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April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NRSV)


I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, prayers, cards and flowers last week when we lost my mother. Your prayers and kind thoughts were such a blessing during a difficult time.
Su Deitch, benefits manager

Messiah College philosopher Robin Collins recently received a $53, 644 grant through the Providence and Chance project (funded by the John Templeton Foundation) to work on a two-year project titled “Discoverability, Providence, and Chance.” This project will focus on better understanding the discoverability of the universe, as well as the level of improbable coincidence in our solar system universe and whether these can be seen as signs of Divine Providence. Collins will be working with Messiah College physicist Abaz Kryemadhi along with two external critics – a cosmologist and a philosopher – who will review the work.

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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.

Employee Recognition Reception scheduled for May 8 

Please join us on Wednesday, May 8 as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. The list of honored employees will be published in next week’s Intercom. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance and President’s Awards. We hope to see you there!

Spring 2012 Student Satisfaction Inventory results available 

The office of institutional research administered the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) during the spring 2012 semester to all undergraduate students. Please look at the institutional research webpage for an info-graphic aiming to provide an overall picture of the results organized by our student affairs outcome areas.

Library now has copiers that scan 

The Library now has copiers that scan. This new function will allow you to scan PDF files from the copier and send them to your email. What’s also nice? It’s free! Instructions are now posted above these two copiers.

UPS CampusShip training available to employees 

From time to time, Messiah employees find a need to ship UPS packages, whether personally or for their department. Did you know that Messiah has a UPS shipping program that you, as an employee, can manage right from your computer? Why wait until you need to ship something to be trained? Please take this opportunity to let us show you how to ship packages and save money at the same time. Please send an email to Bill Althoff at  to be notified of the next training session. The sessions are only about 45 minutes long and can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.

PowerPoint standards different for some rooms in the High Center

The projectors in Parmer Hall and the High Foundation Recital Hall do not use the standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio that is used in most of the campus classrooms. If you plan to use PowerPoint in these spaces, it is vital that you create your PowerPoint using a 16:9 aspect ratio design. Please use the attached instructions for creating PowerPoints for these rooms. The instructions will also assist you in changing your current PowerPoints to 16:9 so that they will look good on the wider screens. If you would like a 16:9 PowerPoint template sent to you, please contact Jonathan Bert at

WWWhat? web tip

Image resizing made easy: BIRME is a flexible and easy way to resize your images. It can resize your images to any specific dimensions or percentage. Visit this site  for more useful tips.



Working Super Genie Lowrey organ — Two-level keyboard and one octave foot pedal. Many different sounds for rhythm and accompaniment. Great for beginners. Contact Denise at or 717-432-0967.

Two new ink cartridges — Compatible for Epson Stylus Color 680/685/777/777i. If you are interested, stop by Frey Hall, room 222, to pick up.

For rent:

Three to four bedroom house — Some furnishings available. Includes kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry, 1.5 bathrooms, basement/attic storage, and off-street parking. Available May 15. $1,180/month ($295/four persons), plus electric, oil and  water. 810 Grantham Rd. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735. 

House — Located at 1142 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg, PA 17019 (2.2 miles from Messiah’s campus). This beautiful, remodeled farmhouse is furnished with a large living room and eat-in kitchen. There are four large bedrooms upstairs furnished with beds, dressers, desks and chairs. The back portion of the house includes a full bath, an office/study room, laundry room and a large bedroom which is great for visiting family or friends. The house also offers two separate living spaces with a large living room and a finished attic. Asking $1,250/month for rent plus utilities; $500 security deposit is required. The utilities include electric, high-speed internet, trash and heating. Care for the grounds (about a quarter of an acre) and snow removal are the responsibility of the renter. Some nice amenities include a side yard that is large and gives kids plenty of space to play. It is also completely enclosed with a fence. Neighbors are very nice and quiet. Please contact Paul by email at or or by phone at 717-364-6564.

For sale:

Fisher-Price Imaginext Batcave – $15; Fisher-Price Imaginext Joker’s scooter – $5; Little People firetruck – $8; Little People farm – $15; Little People amusement park – $20; Melissa and Doug Princess Elise magnetic dress-up – $8. If interested, please contact Helena at ext. 2431 or

Wooden play set — Includes swings, slide, monkey bars, fort and climbing wall, $120; Telescope – Celestron AstroMaster 114, $130; Coleman “S”canoe with paddle – $285; Snap-On KiQ series toolbox – $325; John Deer push mower – $50. For more information or photos, contact Anthony Caito at