Archive for 2013

March 7, 2013

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (NRSV)


Please join with me in welcoming Krystalyn Davis to her new position as the interim director of community life at the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus (MCPC). Krystalyn is a Messiah as well as MCPC alumna (family studies graduate ‘98) and also has a master’s in social work from Fordham University. She is a certified social worker and brings a wealth of experience in social work, counseling, local church ministry and knowledge and experience of the great city of Philadelphia to her new job. She will be working in supervision and development of the MCPC residence life, co-curricular and service-learning programs. We are very excited to have her as part of the MCPC staff.
Ryan Gladwin, program director, Messiah College Philadelphia Campus

Amanda Coffey, vice president for human resources and compliance, and her team would like to welcome Donna Fink to the new role of compliance coordinator. Donna has been employed by Messiah College since July 2005 and has performed diligent and outstanding work for the provost’s office. Donna brings a wealth of experience to this new position with 20-plus years in the compliance field. Please congratulate Donna as she transitions into her new role and serves the campus community in a new capacity.  

Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Julie Guistwite (’99 family studies) presented a poster titled “Linking Public Health Education and Bereavement Services in the Funeral Home to Enhance Older Adult Quality of Life” at the 39th Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, St. Petersburg, Fl. on March 1.

The registrar’s office welcomed Emily Kime to its team on March 4. Emily is the new academic records specialist.
Carrie Widdowson, associate registrar

I want to thank everyone for giving to help pay for my medical bills. You have all touched my heart in a big way. God bless each one of you. God is good.
Vicky Yost, postal services clerk

Messiah 411

An Evening with Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace laureate, and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, will present the final lecture in the Courage and Conviction series on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, women’s rights advocate and recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace — which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 — is chronicled in her memoir “Mighty Be Our Powers,” and in the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”

Admission is free, but a ticket is required; contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 for more information.

Into the City Mini trip to Clark Associates rescheduled to March 20

Due to the recent snowstorm, the Into the City Mini trip to Clark Associates in Lancaster, Pa. has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 20. The same schedule will apply (departure at 2 p.m., returning approximately 7:30 p.m.)

There is still space available on this trip. Interested students should contact the Career Center at or ext. 6016.

While at Clark Associates, students will meet with numerous executives and Messiah alumni employed (more than 20!) at the organization and also have the opportunity to tour Clark’s facilities. In addition to learning about Clark Associates (an organization recently named as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies) and their recruitment process, students will be challenged to consider the transferability of their Messiah College experience to the workplace. The program will conclude with a networking dinner.

We appreciate your help with informing students about the new date for this exciting and educational program. If you are interested in incorporating this event into a class, please contact the Career Center for more details at ext. 6016 or This organization is interested in students from any academic major. For more information about Clark Associates, please visit this website.

Spring Into the City program announced

Applications are now being accepted for the latest “Into the City” destination – New York City! This career immersion program will take place on April 11-12 and promises students a high-impact, hands-on and educational experience. They will receive firsthand exposure to living, working and connecting in the greater NYC area by meeting Messiah alumni and parents through company site visits and tours, panel presentations and a networking reception.

Organizations represented include: Bloomberg, Charity: Water, Educators 4 Excellence, JP Morgan, Ketchum, Perry Ellis, The H(app)athon Project, Time Warner, Inc., The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, The New York Foundling and more. 

Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so please encourage your students from all majors and academic years to apply for this educational opportunity.

**APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY WEDNSDAY, MARCH 27 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the “Into the City” website.

An info session will be offered Wednesday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Hostetter 113. Students must RSVP to attend. Educators are also welcome!

ITC is sponsored by the Career Center, office of alumni and parent relations and the development office.

Instructions for reserving group study room in Learning Commons

As part of the Library Learning Commons project, there are now two group study rooms in the Library that can be reserved by using the link on the Library homepage  by going to this page

Each room includes a large-screen wall monitor and a table equipped with four power jacks and four data jacks (to plug PC laptops into the monitor).  Each room seats five around the table; chairs can be brought in to accommodate up to 10 participants total (snugly). Minimum group: two people. 

Important reminder from conference services

Are you planning an event on campus for this school year? The deadline for submitting requests to conference services is Friday, March 8 (start of spring break). Requests submitted after this date will not be approved. This applies to student, departmental and academic events. The following dates are now closed to events requiring set up needs: March 23, April 13 and April 18.

Important information about Capital Blue Cross coordination of benefits

Individuals who are enrolled in the Messiah College Capital Blue Cross coverage may from time to time receive a coordination of benefits questionnaire from Capital Blue Cross. This process ensures that claims are being paid by the appropriate insurance carrier and allows Capital Blue Cross to monitor Messiah’s health care expenses. Prompt attention to Capital’s request for information helps to prevent delays in the processing of your healthcare claims. Please see the attached letter from Capital Blue Cross outlining this process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Capital Blue Cross COB service line at 1-866-494-7254.


Positions available:

Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Provost — The office of the provost has an immediate opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides specialized support to the provost, vice president for information technology/associate provost, and the provost’s executive assistant. Responsibilities include fielding phone calls, coordinating calendars, filing and completing projects using Microsoft Office programs; also analyzes data and crafts information into reports. Education and experience required include an associate’s degree and/or specialized training in office/project management or equivalent experience and two to three years of administrative support experience, at least one year of experience in higher education is strongly preferred.Other requirements include professional level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel and various databases as well as understand basic web design; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight; understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education including regulations and certifications related to the institutional review board; and specialized training and development in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA  17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Inger Lindquist Blount, assistant director of human resources, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Catering Manager —
The department of dining services has an immediate opening for the position of catering manager. This full-time, 12-month, administrative position oversees the execution of all on- and off-campus catered events. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree or equivalent experience; college-level coursework in management, restaurant management, or other business related field strongly preferred. Three years related managerial experience is required. Other requirements include demonstrated effective interpersonal and human relations skills; ability to work with a diverse group of clients that include students, faculty and staff, board of trustee members and conference participants; strong organizational skills, including time-management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; ability to effectively supervise and appropriately mentor both staff and student workers; proficient in computer skills with working knowledge of office software like Word, Excel and catering software applications; work with confidential matters regarding personnel and finances; able to physically perform work at the various duty stations supervised. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

HVAC/Refrigeration Technician — The department of facility services currently has an opening for the position of HVAC refrigeration technician. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7E position. This position is responsible for installation, repair, replacement and/or maintenance of all plumbing, refrigeration and commercial cooking equipment systems. These systems include all potable water, sanitary, HVAC, refrigeration and cooking appliances and other essential systems. This position is also responsible for performing other building system repairs/preventive maintenance as assigned. Education and experience includes a high school diploma or equivalent required; universal refrigeration license required; five-plus years’ of experience in plumbing, refrigeration and electrical trouble shooting. Prefer knowledge in commercial kitchen equipment. Other requirements include extensive knowledge of plumbing, refrigeration, equipment repair and building codes; knowledge and experience with water and drainage systems; knowledge and experience in maintaining commercial kitchen equipment; broad range of repair knowledge across all mechanical trades; knowledge and ability to interpret building plans, schematics and equipment operation; ability to troubleshoot plumbing, refrigeration and commercial kitchen systems; ability to quickly recognize and evaluate potentially dangerous situations; solid organizational, time management and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently, make decisions and schedule necessary work; and experience in the use of computerized maintenance management systems. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website.  Job-related questions should be directed to Brad Markley, director of facility services, at ext. 3500. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Universal Weight Set — Currently in Bittner Residence Hall basement. Taker must move. If interested contact Rhonda King at ext. 7291 or

For rent:

Apartment — Two bedroom, one bath, electric heat paid by renter, water, sewage, trash paid by property owner. Ten minutes from campus on Main Street in Shiremanstown. No smoking inside and No pets. $550/month. Contact Tara Jankouskas at 717-838-8290.

House — Furnished three-bedroom home available for the summer (May 29-Aug. 2). Approximately two miles from campus. Rent negotiable. We are looking for someone who would enjoy living with an indoor cat and would be willing to do yard maintenance. For more information, contact David Owen at

Houses — For rent in Grantham: two, three, or four bedroom houses available May 16 and/or Aug. 16 for student, graduate or family. 706 and 810 Grantham Road. For more information, contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

For sale:

Hydrojohn Quintana Roo wetsuit — Women’s size large. $50; Portable file box — 14 x 10 x 11.5, $5; Miniature lights — 10 boxes of 100 count clear miniature lights with white cord. Lighted length 24.7; total length 27 feet; connect end to end, $30; Old fashioned telephone stand — $15; Folding drying rack — $5; Hammock from Mexico — $5; Desk — Dark tobacco wooden writing desk with fold out drawer for storage or keyboard. Dimensions 47 in. x 22 in., $40. Contact Rhonda at ext. 7291 or

Brunswick Masterpiece pool table — 4 × 8 × 1 slate table; ball return table. Includes all accessories, sticks, balls, cover and stick holder. Includes ping pong table top as well as accessories; 65th anniversary Snap-on Toolbox — Top and bottom box used for eight years; both have original keys; Model #KR537D Top and #KR557F bottom. Includes a Matco sidebox Model #MB302, three drawers with two large areas. Paid $4,500 for all three. Asking $1,100. Contact for pictures or additional information.