Archive for 2013

May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)


Thanks to everyone who filled out the Alumni Engagement Survey. We had a total of 253 participants. Congratulations to Thomas Chilcote and Laurie Brantner, the two winners of the $25 Amazon gift cards. We will be compiling all information that was provided and will be sharing it with the campus community in the weeks to follow. Thank you again!
Barry Goodling, chair, alumni engagement working group

Erin Boyd-Soisson, associate professor of human development and family science, was recently quoted in a “Quality Health” online article titled “Breastfeeding in Public: How to Have a Better Experience.” You may see the article here .

William Stowman, professor of music, was nominated for and has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the International Trumpet Guild. The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching and literature associated with the trumpet. ITG’s more than 5,000 members represent 56 countries and include professional and amateur performers, teachers, students, manufacturers, publishers and others interested in belonging to an organization dedicated to the trumpet profession. Bill’s platform for election included a commitment to educational objectives within the Guild, especially as they relate to jazz education.

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Give Local…Impact Local 

Each dollar given to the Messiah College Annual Fund makes a difference in our students’ lives. Last week all employees received a mailing announcing this year’s employee giving campaign. As employees, we have the opportunity to support a Messiah College education for our students. Consider giving to the Messiah Annual Fund. As a small expression of gratitude, employees enrolled in payroll deduction for the 2014 fiscal year will be allowed a “dress down” day on the last Friday of every month. For more information, please contact Beth Trott Clark, director of annual giving, at or ext. 3953.

Retirement reception for Yvonne Martin planned for May 2 

Yvonne Martin, assistant professor of business administration, a respected colleague and dear friend to so many of us, is retiring at the end of this semester. The department of management and business is planning to celebrate the tremendous impact Yvonne has had on Messiah College for more than 30 years. On Thursday, May 2 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., we will host a reception for Yvonne in the Private Dining Room of Eisenhower Campus Center. We invite you to attend and join us in celebrating with Yvonne.

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!

Employees invited to High Center Dedication Service on May 5

On Sunday, May 5, the Messiah College Board of Trustees will host a service of thanksgiving and dedication from 4-5 p.m. in Parmer Hall for the benefactors, contractors, business partners and friends of the College who contributed to the successful design and construction of the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Self-guided tours and an appetizer and dessert reception will follow the service.

In addition to our off-campus guests, there are tickets available for Messiah College employees (two per person), on a first-come, first-served basis, by visiting the ticket office in the ground-floor lobby of Eisenhower Campus Center.

Employee Recognition Reception set 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. We will have a time of refreshments and fellowship until 2:20 p.m., accompanied by the student musical ensemble Creekside Brass. Conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance, the President’s Awards and the new Team Falcon Award. The ever-popular Senior Salutes will be interspersed throughout the program.  We hope to see you there!

Retirement reception for Carl Erikson planned for May 15 

Carl Erikson, assistant professor of engineering, is retiring at the end of this semester. Carl was hired as one of the initial group of professors who created the engineering department in 1989. He has provided leadership and faithfully supported the growth and development of the department over the years. We will honor Carl’s commitment and service on Wednesday, May 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. with a reception in the lobby of Frey Hall. We invite you to take a break from grading and join us in celebrating with Carl.

New webpage with general health and wellness information 

Murray Library has added a new webpage that focuses on consumer health resources. This page was demonstrated by Beth Transue, librarian/collection development coordinator, at the recent Wellness Day Health Fair. The new webpage links to online health resources from credible organizations and the health information is written for the general public. The library webpage includes sections about general health and wellness concerns, online health risk calculators, immunization schedules, medication interaction checks, online tutorials and videos and information about specific diseases such as diabetes. These are great websites to look at first when searching for online health information rather than ‘Googling’ and hoping for the best! You can reach this webpage through the library website (Articles/Medicine/WellnessResources), the Engle Center (Health Services/Resources) or the Wellness Program. You can also go directly to the webpage here

Important information from residence life 

The campus residences will close at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. Only summer workers and students doing internships for credit are assigned housing beyond Sunday, May 19. If you are leading a group of students who need housing past the morning of Sunday, May 19, please contact Rhonda King about housing options for them.

Departments of purchasing and accounts payable to have limited hours May 9 

The departments of purchasing and accounts payable will be closed Thursday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to attend a supplier event held off campus. Normal business will resume after 1 p.m.

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 on 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.


Position available:

Accounts Payable Clerk, Part-Time — The procurement office currently has an opening for the position of accounts payable clerk. This is a part-time, 25 hours-per-week, 12-month, band 7C position. This position is primarily responsible for processing invoices and requests for payments in an accurate and timely fashion. Education and experience include a high school diploma or equivalent as well as two years of accounts payable or closely related experience. Other requirements include strong understanding of computer-based accounts payable processes and systems; effective interpersonal and customer relations skills; the ability to perform detail-oriented work and pursue issues and questions in a diligent fashion; working understanding of IRS Form 1099 rules and regulations; and deadline-oriented and customer focused work ethic. 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 may be directed to Wendy Starner, controller, at ext. 6920. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Brunswick Masterpiece pool table — 4 × 8 × 1 slate table; ball return table;  includes sticks, balls, table cover, and stick holder. Also includes ping-pong table top and accessories. Asking $550; 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. Originally paid $4,500 for all three, asking $1,100. Contact for pictures or additional information.

Cable console piano — In great shape, no chipped or sticking keys. Tuned regularly. Owned by my family since it was made. Rich walnut color. $400-500 or best offer. Can provide pictures and more details. If interested, contact

Pop-up camper — Skamper model cs-8 (1973). Good tires and wheel bearings; some wear and tear in canvas. Asking $400. For more information, contact Rick Schaeffer at

2005 Honda Helix — In very good condition, has current inspection. White pearl, 34,636 miles, 75-plus mpg, 250 cc engine (requires a motorcycle license), automatic transmission. Has has plenty of built-in storage and an aftermarket luggage rack and trunk with liner and passenger backrest. Will also include owner’s manual and a Honda shop manual, full-size rain cover, battery charger/tender. Had 35,000 Honda shop tune-up from Velocity Cycles prior to winter storage. Great for around town errands or a day trip! Can cruise at highway speed. This is a comfortable, fun bike that still has a lot of travels left in it! Asking $2,000. For more information or photo, contact Craig at

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; Pentax SLR 2X-7 camera – $99; McKenzie 8 ft. × 5 ft. rug — $50; Black heavy-duty four-drawer adjustable file cabinet – $40; Black and Decker Firestorm six-amp table saw — $50; Gibson Epiphone EM-two custom Rebel (1991) electric guitar — $195; Two Sterns child and infant life jackets – $20 for both or $10 each; ArtPly dollhouse kit (The Tennyson) in the box – $30. For more information or photos, contact Anthony Caito at

Outside organization announcements:

Cancer Prevention Study-3: research today for a cancer-free tomorrow —To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollment is being made possible at the Relay for Life of Carlisle (Friday, May 17, 6:30-10 p.m.) and Carlisle Regional Medical Center (Wednesday, May 22, 4:30-8 p.m. or Thursday, May 23, 12:30-4 p.m.). Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys every two to three years for the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer (this does not include basal or squamous cell skin cancer). CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. For more information, visit, call 888-604-5888 or email