Archive for 2013

March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I Peter 1:3 (NRSV)


Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Rona Karasik, Jennifer Writz and Anand Reddy (all from St. Cloud University in Minn.) had their publication “Two Thumbs Up: Using Popular Films in Introductory Aging Courses” published in “Gerontology and Geriatrics Education” (2013). For more information, visit this link.

Please join us in congratulating Lynn Masser, lead cook, who won a silver medal at the 2013 NACUFS (National Association of College and University Food Services) Regional Conference held at Millersville University on March 17. This is an ACF (American Culinary Federation) certified competition judged and critiqued by certified master chefs. Lynn completed against nine other chefs at this event. This year’s selected protein was duck and the competing chefs were tasked with designing a meal which included this item.  Lynn prepared Asian duck sliders with pickled vegetables, sriracha aioli and duck fat french fries. See pictures of Lynn and her winning plate on this website or at Messiah’s dining services Facebook page.

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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.

Third annual Messiah College Easter Egg Hunt set for April 6

Join Messiah College alumni, employees and their families for the third annual Messiah College Easter Egg Hunt!

Who: Open to all Messiah alumni, employees and family members

When: Saturday, April 6

  • Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m.*
  • Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Where: Messiah College- The hunt will begin on Eisenhower Lawn. 

Register: To register, email 

The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided into three age groups: one through four year olds, five to eight year olds, and nine and up. All children will receive candy found in their eggs and those who find special golden eggs will be able to select a prize! All alumni, employees and family are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Climenhega Homestead immediately following the Egg Hunt. We look forward to seeing you there!

*Please note that parking on campus will be full that day so plan to arrive early to find a spot!

Kathy Balmer to share departmental honors presentation April 3

On April 3 from at 4:30 p.m. in Boyer 131, Kathleen Balmer (‘13) will share her experiences with the “life-transforming” power of text and literacy as a tool for critical dialogue in her senior honors college and education departmental honors presentation titled “Seeds: Cultivating Critical Conversations through Children’s Literature.” During the course of the presentation, Kathleen will discuss processes involved in writing and illustrating “Seeds,” her piece of original children’s literature for the upper elementary and middle school audience. The presentation will also include reading excerpts from “Seeds” and a critical dialogue activity that incorporates Kathleen’s text and themes of environmental stewardship and community engagement.

Please save the date for this Homecoming Oct. 18 and 19

A reminder that all events during this weekend must be approved by and planned through the office of alumni and parent relations. If you have plans for an event and have not been in contact with our office, please reach out to Brittany Claridge, by email or phone at ext. 2490 by Wednesday, May 1.

The 2013 Homecoming weekend schedule will be made available online by July 1 here. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration with you and our alumni community!

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s summer online undergraduate courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s online summer courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs May 28-July 22, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted more than 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Courses are open to current students (college-level and qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 11 and runs through May 21. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit

Fall 2012 CIRP freshman survey results available 

The office of institutional research administered the CIRP freshman survey during orientation week to the fall 2012 first-year student cohort. Please look at the institutional research webpage for an info-graphic aiming to provide an overall picture of the results organized by our four broad general education outcome areas. The college senior survey (CSS) is being administered right now to senior students who completed the CIRP freshman survey in fall 2009. The CSS mimics the CIRP freshman survey and we have the ability to match students CIRP freshman survey responses to their college senior survey responses. By fall 2013, we should have our first official longitudinal results for student learning assessment from a nationally normed instrument!

It’s BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment time

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment will run from Monday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 30. BJ’s is again offering Messiah employees a 15-month inner circle membership for $40 ($10 savings and three additional months), or a 15-month rewards membership for $80 ($20 savings and three additional months). This offer is not available in the club or online. Current BJ’s members should check their membership expiration dates at this time. The next open enrollment will be held in October. If your membership will expire prior to October, you must renew it now. BJ’s will no longer accept early/late applications. Please note that when renewing prior to the expiration date, ALL extra months are added onto the length of the membership, no months are ever lost.

For further details, or to enroll or renew, please visit the procurement channel on MCSquare.  Fill out the registration form and return it to Daisy Anderson in suite 3012.  Please call ext. 2100 with any questions.


Position available:

Temporary Grounds Worker — The grounds department currently has an opening for the temporary position of grounds worker. This temporary position assists full-time grounds employees for two or more days per week from April through November performing various grounds-related tasks which will include operation of standard grounds equipment. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as is six months to one year grounds related experience. Must have good interpersonal skills; ability to function successfully as a member of a team; ability to work with limited supervision; must be self-motivated; have strong time-management and organizational skills; knowledgeable about basic grounds procedures including weed whipping, trimming, push mowing, weeding, mulching, etc.; demonstarted proficiency with basic grounds equipment including mowers, weed whips, trimmers, blowers; and posess a valid PA driver’s license required. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and rèsumè to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.)  A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related question should be directed to Jared Rudy, manager of grounds, at ext. 6051. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Toner cartridges —The Library has three unopened Laserjet printer Q1338A toner cartidges that we can no longer use. Two of the cartridges are HP brand and the other seems to be of a generic variety. First come, first serve to anyone who can use them. Please reply to if interested. 

Five gallon bucket of red barn and fence paint — Contact Rhonda at ext. 7291 or


Short-term rental — Messiah graduate seeking a rental apartment for she and her spouse and small, friendly, trained dog for May and June 2013. Please contact Angela Hare with information at

Old garden hose — Old or unwanted garden hose needed. Thanks to all who have supplied hoses – we’re only a few hundred feet short of the goal! If you have hose you’d like to get rid of, please call Don at ext. 7169 or email to arrange for pickup.

For sale:

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 $4,800.