Archive for 2013

April 25, 2013

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
John 14:26 (NRSV)


Associate College Pastor Evie Telfer served on a Moving the Needle consulting team with Credo Higher Ed at Bethel University April 10-11. Evie joined professionals from Credo, Belmont University, Luther College and Maryville University to conduct an assessment geared toward improving Bethel’s second year retention rate. Telfer was also accompanied by biblical and religious studies students Hannah Pratt, Jacey Johnson, Elizabeth Jackson and Diamond Gaines, who attended Come to the Water, the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conference, April 12-14 in Estes Park, Col. Evie served as a panelist for a discussion on Chaplaincy and Ministries Beyond the Local Church.

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, directed a Workshop for the Christian Guitarist on April 13 on the Messiah campus. It was attended by over 75 guitarists from seven different states. Some of the clinicians who presented at the workshop included adjunct instructor Jay Umble and Erik Schlosser who is a department of music alum and a music teacher at Manheim Township High School.

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Choral Arts Society to present Handel’s “Messiah”

Handel’s “Messiah,” composed in 24 days by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is one of the best-known and most-loved choral works of all time. This year, you won’t have to travel far to hear this Baroque masterwork performed with professional soloists and orchestra under the direction of one of the nation’s leading choral conductors in a brand-new, top-tier performance facility.

Directed by Linda L. Tedford, the 80-voice Choral Arts Society will perform “Messiah” on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in Parmer Hall, located in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Many of our staff, faculty and students are singing in the choir.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office at ext. 6036. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Discounted tickets for $12 each are available for groups of 20 or more. We hope to see you there!

Honors presentations set for April 29-30 

On Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 235, honors student Solveig Parsons will present his findings titled “The HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Its Impact on Children in Sub-Saharan Africa.” In his presentation,  Solveig will present his research on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on children in Sub-Sahran Africa and  what one organization is doing to help communities address the needs of these children. 

On Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 235, honors student Alejandro Garcia Davalos will explore the rise and fall of Christian (or ethical) socialism in Great Britain. This left of center movement was very influential in the UK during the mid-1900s but has waned since, leaving much of the Christian rhetoric to more conservative parties.  Alejandro will talk about his research on the history of this movement and posit theories as to why it may have lost traction. He will also present his findings of the movement’s revival and discuss how re-igniting Christian rhetoric in the left may be beneficial for the politics in general. 

On Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 235, honors student Havilah Mendez will present her findings on “Economic Transformation in the Republic of Ghana: Recommendations for the Future Description.” In her presentation, Havilah will share her research regarding economic success in the Republic of Ghana, from post-independence to today. Asking the question “What has contributed to Ghana’s success?” she showcases certain economic theories of development and government actions which have contributed to the country’s stability. The presentation includes an account of (1) the main phases of Ghana’s growth and history, (2) the popular theories of economic development relevant to the Ghanaian case and (3) the recommendations for the future. Havilah will provide her final recommendations at the conclusion of her presentation, highlighting Ghana as a model of good development and proposing a new phase of economic growth.

10th annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health set for May 3

The 10th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held on Friday, May 3 in Frey, Jordan and Kline academic buildings. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. A detailed schedule and program is available on the Symposium website. Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

Career Center seeks participation in post-graduation survey

Annually, the Career Center surveys the graduating class about their career/grad school plans after college. Results of this survey are kept anonymous, but are vitally important to the College. The overall percentages of this survey are utilized by U.S. News & World Report, Peterson’s and College Board publications.

We are asking your help with spreading the word about this important survey. Currently, we are encouraging all seniors who have confirmed their post-graduation plans to complete this survey, which can be found here, or by copying and pasting this link into a browser All seniors who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards.

If post-graduation plans are NOT confirmed yet, graduates will still have the opportunity to share their destination when we email this survey later in the fall so there is no need for them to take the survey now. They will also be eligible for a gift card drawing at that time. Thank you for your assistance in promoting this survey to the senior class!

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The fall semester 2013 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed at his attachment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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The office of human resources want to remind you that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the dangers associated with distracted driving on the road. By practicing safe driving techniques, you can significantly reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident. 

Multitasking at the Wheel

While there is little you can do to control other people’s driving, there is plenty you can do to reduce your own distractions. Do not engage in any of the following while driving:

  • Touching up makeup or hair
  • Talking with other passengers to the point that you aren’t watching the road
  • Smoking
  • Adjusting the radio or other audio devices
  • Allowing your dog to sit on your lap
  • Eating
  • Using your cellphone  

Get Plenty of Rest

Driving any distance requires you to be physically and mentally well-rested. Fatigue plays a large role in motor vehicle accidents and can be a major element in driving distractions. If you become drowsy, pull off the road and take a short nap. 

Know Where You are Going

Before you set out for a new location, familiarize yourself with the route. If you need to check your map or call for directions along the way, pull over before doing so. 

Don’t Drink and Drive

Alcohol is the single greatest contributing factor to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Never drive while intoxicated. Be aware that some prescription medications may also have a debilitating effect. 

Practice Defensive Driving

In addition to avoiding distractions, you should give your full attention to driving defensively. This can help minimizes the risk of an auto accident. It’s important that you remain aware of other drivers around you and make adjustments to your driving accordingly.
Information provided by Horst Insurance Co.

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment will run 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 or call ext. 2100.

Open Enrollment for FY2014 employee benefits will be held May 1 –May 28 

Messiah College offers eligible employees a comprehensive and valuable benefits program.  Open Enrollment is the period in which eligible employees have the opportunity to sign up for benefits or change their options for health and welfare benefits. The changes you make during open enrollment will be effective July 1. 

Open Enrollment meetings will provide details on the upcoming changes and give you the opportunity to ask questions. We encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about your options by attending one of these important meetings listed below and choose the best coverage for you and your family.  Please see this attachment for times and complete details.


For sale:

Fisher and Paykel top-loading washer and dryer — $295 washer; dryer $395; Entertainment center — two pieces, brown/black color, $40 each or $80 both; 27 in. JVC TV – $99; Everybody Loves Raymond DVDs — Complete seasons one through six, $45; Gibson Epiphone EM-2 Custom Rebel (1991) electric guitar – $195; Snap-On KiQ series toolbox – $275; Pentax SLR 2X-7 camera – $99; Kelty Kids Ridgeline child hiking backpack carrier – $40; McKenzie 8 ft. × 5 ft.  rug — $75; Two Sterns child and infant life jackets – $20 for both or $10 each; Wood glider-rocker — White frame/denim cushions, $45; Black heavy-duty four-drawer adjustable file cabinet – $40; ArtPly dollhouse kit (The Tennyson) in the box – $30. For more information or photos, contact Anthony Caito at

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.

Outside organization announcements:

Amani Bead spring sale begins April 30 — Mother’s Day and graduation are just around the corner—and we have plenty of great gifts!  Necklaces, earrings and bracelets made with Kazuri beads, a fair trade organization in Kenya that employs over 300 single mothers. We also have scarves, bookmarks, key chains and other market items from Kenya. As always, 100 percent of the proceeds go to back Kenya to help care to for the babies at New Life Homes. The sale is Tuesday, April 30 through Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Eisenhower Commons.

Dr. Del Tackett to speak May 18 — On Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Covenant Christian Academy and the Pennsylvania Family Institute are hosting a Christ and Culture Forum with Dr. Del Tackett. Tackett is an author, theologian and architect and teacher of Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project,” a Christian worldview video series. Tickets are on sale at