Archive for 2013

May 23, 2013

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.”
John 4:34 (NRSV)


The provost’s office is pleased to announce and welcome Ruth Nutt as the new administrative assistant. Please feel free to stop by to introduce yourself and to welcome Ruth to the Messiah community. We would also like to thank Donna Fink for eight great years of service and wish her God’s blessing in her new compliance role at the College. Thanks also to Kevin Hodes for doing fine work in the interim.

Damian Savarino, senior lecturer in music, received another favorable review from his recent performance of  Mozart’s “Requiem.” In the Greenwich Citizen, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Linda Phillips remarked, “The Tuba mirum began with a trombone passage, echoed exactly by the powerful bass soloist, Damian Savarino.”  Savarino has sung the bass solos in Mozart’s “Requiem” four times in the last two years – at Lincoln Center, at Carnegie Hall, with the Harrisburg Symphony and most recently with the Greenwich Choral Society, Conn.

 Michael True, director of the Internship Center, has been named as one of the “10 Most Visionary and Forward-Thinking Leaders in Career Services and Recruiting in 2013” by CSO Research, Inc. six hundred and fifty three professionals from 481 different colleges and universities responded to the 2013 Career Services Insights survey. The final question of the survey asked, “In your opinion, who are the most visionary and forward-thinking leaders in career services and recruiting today?” The list, in rank order, was headed up by Andy Chan, vice president at Wake Forest University, followed in the number two slot by Mike. Others on the list included colleagues from the University of North Carolina, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas-Austin, University of Melbourne, Michigan State University, VMI as well as two individuals in business.

Messiah 411

Theatre Summer Academy applications accepted 

Messiah College Theatre Arts Academy (MCTAA) is a three-week summer program for students entering grades five through 12. The academy specializes in professional training for emerging theatre artists. Those with no theatre experience are introduced to the excitement of theatre making. More experienced young artists are immersed in advanced workshops and more challenging roles and responsibilities in the production process. Seasoned theatre professionals and undergraduate theatre majors mentor students as they discover and hone their creative potential. Morning workshops and master classes are accompanied by afternoon rehearsals for two exciting productions. Our work (and play) culminates in public performances of  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Pinkalicious, The Musical.” 

Dates: July 8-28, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General tuition: $1,000

Child of Messiah employee tuition: $750

Both part-time and full-time employees are eligible for the discount. Lunch is included in the cost of tuition. Please contact Valerie Rae Smith, professor of theatre and MCTAA director, at 717-856-8060 for more information or visit the MCTAA website.

Send a teen to the Young Writers Workshop 

If you’re looking for a great summer educational experience for your high school student this summer, register them to attend the second annual Young Writers Workshop at Messiah College, July 14-18. 

The Young Writers Workshop develops a community of young writers devoted to becoming better writers, thinkers and creators. The workshop helps students improve their skills and develop their gifts in either college-prep essay writing or in creative writing. Our section on creative writing focuses on students wanting to become better poets and fiction writers. Our section on essay writing this year will be centered on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and focus on students wanting to become better writers of college-level essays. 

Discounts are available for Messiah College faculty and staff and a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, visit the Young Writers Workshop website.

Helpful tips to enjoy a safe summer 

Summer is finally here! And with it comes outdoor fun and outdoor work but a unique set of safety concerns also accompanies the summer season. Heat and sun, ticks and mosquitos, poison ivy and other poisonous plants can all impact your summer enjoyment. Be sure to take the appropriate precautions so you experience a safe and healthy summer. See attachment for complete information.

Faculty work submission deadlines set

Important reminder to faculty: Learning Technology Services would like to remind you 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 here. 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.

Summer flex-time program and business casual guidelines

Beginning on Tuesday, May 28 the College will again permit the use of summer flexible work arrangements and business casual dress. Implementation of a summer flex-time program and the use of business casual dress is at the discretion of the work unit leader and requires approval in advance from the appropriate dean or provost/vice president. If you would like to take part in flexible work arrangements this summer, please speak to your supervisor. Please see attachment for full details. coming soon

The office of human resources and the student employment office will soon be rolling out, Messiah’s new online employment recruitment system. This system is designed to streamline the recruitment and hiring process for the job applicant (for faculty, administration, staff, temporary and student worker positions), hiring managers and search committees. Ease of job description management will likewise be a benefit of this new system.

If you anticipate filling a faculty, administrative, staff or temporary position and would like additional information, contact human resources at ext. 2289. If you anticipate filling a student position for the fall and would like more information, contact the student employment office at ext. 2900.


Position available:

Practicum and Internship Coordinator, Part-Time — The graduate program in counseling currently has an opening for the position of practicum and internship coordinator. This is a part-time (20 hours-per-week), 12-month, band 7E position. This position provides specialized support for the practicum and internship experiences for students enrolled in the graduate program in counseling. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in related field; counseling preferred. Three to five years working in the counseling field; two to three years of supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking, comprehension and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate successfully with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management, file management and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; attention to detail; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work efficiently in Banner, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and basic web design software; ability to function independently on complex projects developing, implementing and managing significant portions with little to no oversight; understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education in general, and, more specifically to the graduate program in counseling; and specialized training in supervision. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, 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 John Addleman, interim dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position has been filled.

For sale:

Home — Beautiful townhome two miles from Messiah College in desirable Mechanicsburg schools. Parks and walking trails in the neighborhood. Like new condition. Beautiful, spacious kitchen, three bedrooms with a large bonus room that can serve as an extra bedroom, study or family room. 2,145 sq. ft., 1.5 car garage. Please email for more information or for an appointment. Asking $195,000.