Archive for 2013

March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21 (NRSV)


For the past five years, the provost has been giving direct oversight to the development and implementation of graduate programming. While this current arrangement has worked, the growth of our programs and the consideration of new programs addressed in our strategic plan creates a challenge. To address this need, I have asked John Addleman to serve as associate provost for graduate and nontraditional programs. This will be a half-time position with John continuing in his position as director, graduate program in counseling. In this role, John will give leadership to the graduate programs as a whole, oversight to the performance of each existing program and leadership to the development of new graduate programming. John will also have oversight of the College’s online summer session, dual enrollment programming and the development of other nontraditional programming. John will begin in this new position on July 1. President Phipps and the Board have encouraged this move and President Phipps will be funding this initially out of Board-designated innovation funds, so this will not have an impact on the current operating budget.
Randall Basinger, provost

Karen Barone, adjunct instructor in the department of communications, was the closing speaker at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Orlando, Fla. in early March. Karen presented her research “Crisis as Opportunity: Encouraging Post-Crisis Organizational Renewal.”

An article by Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, was published in the March issue of the national journal of the Music Library Association “Notes.” The article concerns the Castellani/Andriaccio classical guitar duo and their new DVD “The Guitar and a Journey of Two.”

Messiah 411

President Phipps to host open door day April 5

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” Day on Friday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the president in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The president’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. Please call the president’s office at ext. 2820 if you have any questions.

Campus reception cancelled

The campus farewell reception for Debra Sauders, director of print and web communications, that was previously scheduled for Thursday, March 21, has been cancelled due to an unanticipated personal schedule conflict. Deb is leaving Messiah to take another position that is much closer to her home and family; her last day will be Friday, March 22. Although regrettably we are no longer able to host a reception—you are invited to stop by Deb’s office on third floor Old Main or email her to thank her for her service and significant contributions to Messiah and to wish her well in all of her future endeavors.
Carla Gross, director of marketing and public relations

David Weaver-Zercher to discuss “Amish Behaving Badly? Amish Realities and Amish Reality Shows”

With beard-cutting incidents in Ohio, a so-called Amish Mafia and Amish teens “breaking Amish,” it may appear that Amish culture is falling apart. In this presentation, David Weaver-Zercher, who served as a consultant to federal prosecutors at the beard-cutting trials, will sort out Amish reality from misunderstandings inspired by reality television and other media outlets. If you’re interested in the beard-cutting incidents—who did what to whom, and why did they do it—or wonder about the reality of the Amish Mafia, join us for this lecture on Tuesday, March 26, 4-5:15 p.m. in Boyer 131. Sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies.

Workshop for the Christian Guitarist set for April 13

The department of music will again be offering a Workshop for the Christian Guitarist. It will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The event is open to the public. Admission price is $25 for any type of student (under age 21) and $40 for the general public.

In addition to presentations for both the acoustic and electric guitarist a new feature this year will be a special group of presentations especially for the beginning through intermediate level guitarist. The focus of the event is to help guitarists be more effective in serving the church with their music. 

All information, including online registration, is available here. There is a printable poster on the registration page . Please consider displaying some of these posters at your church.

Christopher O’Riley concludes Cultural Series season April 17

This season’s Cultural Series concludes with a performance by Christopher O’Riley Wednesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall of the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. We are excited to have our first Cultural Series performance in the new hall with all the wonderful features it offers. 

In “Out of My Hands,” the acclaimed American pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top” dives into repertoire from Radiohead to Ravel to Chopin in a storm of music heralded by Rolling Stone for its “unblinking virtuosity.” Guest artists Messiah College Women’s Ensemble, conducted by Rachel Cornacchio, will join him to sing his Joni Mitchell song arrangements. Tickets are $23 and can be obtained by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036. VISA/Mastercard are accepted.  Additional information about O’Riley can be found here.

Thank You: You are making a difference 

We would like to extend our gratitude to all employees for their dedication to Messiah College. Your faithful support of last year’s Employee Giving Program provided $118,272.89 for our annual fund. This fund provides critical resources, including scholarship aid, that help to offset the rising costs associated with higher education. Thank you for your generosity to the annual fund and the Messiah College community.
Beth Clark, director of annual giving

Messiah announces new tool for communicating during an emergency

In partnership with ITS, the Crisis Management Team wants to make all Messiah students and employees aware of a new way that they might receive information and instructions during a campus emergency. Using Safe*Connect software, we are now able to interrupt nearly all of the computers on the College’s network with a pop-up screen that will alert the campus to an emergency situation and provide further instruction.

Safe*Connect is embedded in the access control software intalled on your computer by ITS. All employee PCs and Macs are equipped with this software. (Not all student Macs have this software, but it can be requested by calling student computing services at ext. 3333.) Because the software refreshes every 10 minutes or so, not everyone will receive the message at the same time. (Your computer’s refresh schedule depends on when you booted up your machine.) However within 10 minutes of sending a Safe*Connect alert, we anticipate that the message should be broadly communicated across campus. 

Safe*Connect is just one of several ways the College will communicate during an emergency situation. We anticipate using text message alerts, social media, mass email, the College website and emergency blog as well. Text message alerts remain the most effective, fastest way of getting information and instructions to the entire campus, so if you haven’t signed up yet for text message alerts, we strongly encourage you to do so today. Instructions can be found here. More about the College’s emergency response plans and methods of communication can be found here.

Learning Technology Services introduces Innovation Zone

Learning Technology Services is now located on the first floor of Hoffman. We even have an Innovation Zone located right off the lobby. Please stop by and celebrate our move with us. You will find us in the following offices:

H101 – Seleena Lindsey, learning technology specialist
H101 – Cindi Tomes, learning technology specialist
H102 – Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist
H103 – Vaughn Miller, helpdesk support II
H105 – Craig Gephart, helpdesk support II
H106 – Innovation Zone
H113B – Lew Gladfelter, helpdesk coordinator
H113C – Berte Thompson, director of technology support services
H108 – Susan Shannon, director of learning technology services
H111 – Ryan Mark, helpdesk support II

We look forward to your visit.
Susan Shannon, director of learning technology services

WWWhat? web tip

Photo cropping like a pro: provides automatic suggestions to obtain the best composition from photos you’ve already shot.  Upload your picture and does the rest. Download the zip file and use as needed. Available for your iPhone/iPad as well.

Performance Management Workshops scheduled for supervisors

Human resources will host two workshop sessions on performance management in April. Topics covered will include managing the work behaviors of your employees, giving praise and constructive criticism and preparing for and conducting the annual appraisal.

Tuesday, April 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Kline 113

Wednesday, April, 24, 9 – 10:30 a.m., Boyer 432

Please contact Kathy Castonguay,, with questions or to enroll in the session of  your choice.

2012-2013 performance appraisal schedule posted  

Performance appraisals for all administrative and staff employees, with the exception of employees in operations, are due on June 15. If an employee is leaving campus prior to June 15, the performance appraisal is due before they depart. Operations will continue to review their employees during the month of their hiring anniversary. 

Customized appraisal forms have been established to better support the environment and requirements of different areas of the College. Other areas of the College will use the standard appraisal forms found at  link found here

If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact Kathy Castonguay,, in human resources.


Position available:

Part-Time Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program in Nursing — The graduate program in nursing has a current opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time, 20 hours-per-week, 12-month, band 7C position. This position provides specialized support to the coordinator of the graduate program in nursing. Responsibilities include acting as first point of contact for program interaction including visitors, faculty candidates and students. Education and experience include associate’s degree and/or specialized training as well as two to three years of administrative support experience; at least one year of experience in office supervision required. 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, Word, PowerPoint, Listservs and Outlook as well as understand basic web design and online learning formats; ability to maintain and generate various reports (budgets, student lists, program meeting minutes, etc.); ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight; understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education and the submission of proposals for the graduate program in nursing both internally and externally; and specialized training and development in supervision and event planning. 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 Louann Zinsmeister, coordinator of the graduate program in nursing, at ext. 7229. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Bunny — Small black bunny in need of a new home. This bunny was abandoned and lived in the wild for a few months before being rescued. We are unsure of her age, but she is probably only a year or two old. She uses a litter box, which will come with her, as well as a small cage. She loves to be petted, but isn’t fond of being picked up or held; therefore not an ideal pet for young children. If you can give this special girl a home, please contact Lynn at

Printer cartridges — Cannon 3e series: 4 cyan, 4 black, 4 yellow, 5 magenta; 1 HP 57 tri-color, 1 HP 56 black. Previously used for a color printer in our department that was upgraded. All are new. For more information, contact Kim Christen, department of marking and public relations, at ext. 6027 or

For sale:

Home —Located in Camp Hill, Lower Allen Township. This charming, three bedroom, 1.5 bath, split-level home boasts hardwood floors throughout, crown molding on main level, separate dining room, living room, family room, patio and .27 acres of fenced yard space. This well maintained home with many upgrades will not be on the market long! For more information on this listing, visit this link.  Contact Rachel Cornacchio at or Olivia Carpenter (listing agent) at

House — We plan to sell our lovely house across the Yellow Breeches from Messiah (Faculty Hill) by the end of summer next year. If you are interested, call or email us for details or a tour at, or call 717-697 5526. 

Leapster 2 console and case – $35; Leapster games – $7 each. All gently used, but in original packaging: “I Spy,” “Up,” “Wall-E,” “Lightning McQueen,” “Finding Nemo.” Buy console and ALL games together for $60; Step 2 water table — $10; Step 2 canyon road/train table — $15; Radio Flyer tricycle — $10; Radio Flyer Scooter — Ages two to five, $15; Lightning McQueen bike helmet — Ages two to five, $5; Spiderman flip -open sofa — $5. If interested call ext. 3009 or email

2004 Isuzu Rodeo SUV —140K miles, V6, 4WD, gray with gray interior, recently serviced, runs great, Honda engine, roof rack, power windows, trailer hitch. Email if interested in picture or test drive. Asking $5,000.