Archive for 2013

June 27, 2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.
Psalm 91:14-15 (NRSV)


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has been elected to membership in The International Society of Science and Religion. In May, Ted led faculty development seminars at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Waynesburg University.

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Farewell reception for employee June 28

The campus community is invited to attend an open house for Seleena Lindsey, learning technology specialist, on her last day of employment Friday, June 28. Please stop in any time between 9 and 10:30 a.m. in the Innovation Zone, Hoffman 106. Come and celebrate Seleena’s contributions to Messiah College during her 10-plus years of service and to offer her best wishes on the new chapter in her life. Coffee, tea, donuts and pastries will be served. All are welcome!

Outlook upgrade set for July 3-7

The office of information technology dervices will be running a required upgrade to Microsoft Outlook beginning July 3 at 6 p.m. and ending on July 7. During this time frame, your Outlook account may be inaccessible for approximately five-10 minutes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: After the Outlook upgrade is complete, will no longer work to access your email account. However, you may continue to access your email via or via MCSquare by clicking on “Falcon Mail.” The client version of Outlook is not affected by the upgrade.

The benefits of the upgrade are:

  1. Each Messiah Outlook account will increase in storage from 10 GB to 25 GB
  2. The limit of emails sent within a 24-hour period will increase from 500 to 10,000 

If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact the helpdesk at ext. 4444.

Falcon Exchange to be closed July 5

The Falcon Exchange on the second floor of Eisenhower Campus Center will be closed on July 5. Please try to plan any cash needs, travel advances, reconciliations, change orders, ID and department ID card needs as appropriate. The Falcon Exchange will reopen Monday, July 8 at 8 am.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Poiesz at ext. 7192 or

Important information from accounts payable office

The accounts payable office will be closed July 1-5. There will be no accounts payable checks issued this week. Our first check run in FY14 will be July 11. If you have FY14 payments that need to be paid prior to July 11, please forward them to so we can enter them as FY14 prepaid invoices. Please mark FY14 in the upper right corner of the invoice/expense reporting form.

Don’t get left out…send in your fall public events 

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the fall semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 5,000 homes in the community in late Aug. To ensure your public event is included, i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any) and contact phone number to Kim Christen no later than Friday, July 19.

The Highlights brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Kim Christen at ext. 7326. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs. 

The Campus Store offers new summer hours 

Beginning on Monday, July 8, the Campus Store will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. These summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 16. 

Academic operating hours will begin again on Monday, Aug. 19 and the store will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturdays when school is in session.

Learning Technology Services makes update on Canvas

Learning Technology Services is excited to move forward with the transition to Canvas. This is an update on the planning processes associated with the implementation of Canvas. Follow our website for Canvas Information. We are updating this website on a daily basis, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly.

You will find a list of benchmark dates. It is important to remember that, in the implementation process, unexpected delays may occur. It is our goal to make courses available at the earliest opportunity without compromising the quality of the implementation process. Please remain aware that these dates are subject to change depending on unforeseen circumstances. Should that occur, we will do our best to keep you informed. You will also find an FAQ page where there is space for you to submit additional questions.

Family Weekend 2013 activities needed for brochure mailed in Aug. 

Family Weekend 2013 will be Sept. 27-29. If your office or department is having an event that you would like considered for submission in the weekend brochure (mailed to all underclassmen families in early August), please send the information to Only activities or opportunities appropriate for family involvement will be considered. Call ext. 5240 with any questions.

Reminders for July 4 safety 

July is national Firework Safety Month. Although fireworks are a fun and exciting way to celebrate our nation’s freedom, they can also be harmful or even deadly if not used properly. Malfunction and careless use of fireworks results in nearly 10,000 injuries every year. Of those, more than half are to the hands, fingers and eyes. The most common fireworks that cause injury are firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, fountains and sparklers that are legal in many states. For more information, read the NFPA publication on Firework Safety.

CommUNITY Day Pass deadline extended

Coupons were distributed earlier this year to participants in the United Way Employee Pledge Drive.  Originally scheduled to expire on June 30, Dining Services has graciously extended the deadline to Friday, Aug. 16. If you haven’t used your pass yet, try out dining’s new menu! Redeem the pass for one lunch in Lottie Nelson–you pick the day–during regular lunch hours (12–1 p.m.) at the discounted rate of $3.50. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, with any questions.

Letters of Appointment 2013-14 mailed in July 

Letters of Appointment for the 2013-14 year will be mailed to all administrative and staff employees at their home address within the next two weeks. The letter includes information such as title, salary or hourly rate and the date range an employee is expected to work. Benefit and deduction information is no longer displayed on the Letter of Appointment. Instead, employees who wish to review this information may do so using Employee Self Service, which is available through MCSquare. If you do not receive your Letter of Appointment, or have any questions on the content, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at ext. 7086.

Reminders for Health America PPO coverage 

Messiah College’s health insurance provider is changing from Capital Blue Cross to the Health America PPO Plan effective July 1. A summary of benefits and coverage is available here

If you are currently enrolled in the Capital Blue Cross PPO Plan and have not changed your employment status or notified us to discontinue your coverage, the coverage you established on your most recent enrollment form will be applied to the new plan automatically. New cards are being sent to your home address. Health America will begin mailing identification cards on Wednesday, June 26. If you do not have a card by July 5, please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085. 

There are a couple of changes to the plan that are important. First, please note that although the networks are very similar, there are some doctors and facilities that are not in the new network. We recommend that you got to to check network providers. 

During our due diligence process prior to engaging Health America, a disruption analysis brought to light five providers that employees have used in the past year that do not participate in the new plan. They are: 

  • Crumay Parnes – dermatology
  • Philip Lawlis – psychology
  • Dr. Amita Nayyar – psychiatry
  • Susquehanna Internal Medicine Associates
  • Dr. Howard Cohen – internal medicine 

We have sent letters to each of these practices to ask them to consider joining the Health America network but they have declined at this time. 

Second, although we have been able to keep the monthly premium share the same as last year, there are some increases in plan co-pays: 

  • In-network specialist visit co-pay increases from $20 per visit to $30 per visit.
  • In-network urgent care co-pay increases from $20 per visit to $30 per visit.
  • Emergency room co-pay increases from $50 per visit to $125 per visit. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call human resources.

Information related to dermatologist and new health care provider

In the course of our open enrollment meetings, we announced the change to the Health America PPO Plan effective July 1. We also notified employees that Crumay Parnes Associates Inc., a local dermatologist used by many of our employees and family members, does not participate in the Health America PPO Plan. We have contacted them twice requesting they consider either joining the network or accepting existing patients as in-network but to-date they have chosen not to do so. Numerous employees have contacted them as well and were told that Crumay Parnes is not interested in joining the Health America network. You can continue to use Crumay Parnes Associates, Inc. as your dermatology provider; however, you will be subject to the out-of-network costs rather than the $30 co-pay for an in-network specialist. You will be responsible for the out-of-network deductible of $1,000 per individual or $2,000 per family. Once you have met the deductible, Health America will pay 70 percent of the cost and you will be responsible for the 30 percent co-insurance.

We recently received information that Penn State Hershey Medical Group is opening a dermatology practice in Camp Hill on July 1, and they are already accepting patients for a July 1 start date. Please feel free to contact them if you wish to make an appointment.

Penn State Hershey Medical Group – Dermatology. 3025 Market Street, Entrance B, Camp Hill PA 17011. Phone: 717-691-1212; Fax: 717-691-5354. Hours: M, Th, F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Please feel free to contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 or if you have questions.


Positions available:

Dining Room Supervisor— The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of dining room supervisor. This is a full-time, year-round, band level 7C position. This position is responsible for overseeing the set-up, service and clean-up periods of the student dining room. This position also directly supervises the student work staff and provides the necessary training and scheduling of student and part-time workers. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma and two years of food experience is preferred; ServSafe certification is required within six months of hire date. Other requirements include ability to understand the requirements of each job in the food court, dishroom and dining room; excellent communication skills including the ability to train, monitor and communicate with both student and part-time workers; demonstrated knowledge of portion sizes and use and care of all equipment; excellent organizational skills including the ability to analyze scheduling needs, organize and communicate student schedules and maintain work-study files; and effective time management skills enabling productivity in a high volume environment. To apply, please submit a rèsumè and letter of interest 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 questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Production Assistant — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of production assistant. This is a part-time, 32 hours-per-week, nine-months of the year, (weekdays and every other weekend) band 7B position. The production assistant is responsible for preparation of food items needed to support the serving areas in the dining hall. The dining hall serves 25,000 meals per week. Education and experience includes a high school diploma or equivalent; prior prep kitchen experience is preferred; general understanding of recipes and food production; neat and clean appearance; knowledge of proper food handling and storage procedures; and the ability to organize and work in a fast paced environment. To apply, please submit a rèsumè and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17011 or email to (Applications are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Items from Library — On Monday, July 1 the Library is clearing out items no longer needed as we have no room to store them. The items available are large bookcases (6 or 9 feet long), an odd assortment of office chairs and a few large room dividers. If interested, please come on Monday to the lower level glass study rooms. Anything not available will be clearly marked for the library.


Vehicle — I am looking to buy an extra vehicle for my teen driver. Low cost, prefer automatic, mostly local driving (no long distance trips). If you have a vehicle you’d trust your own teen to drive, please contact me at or 717-554-6134.

For sale: 

2005 Honda Helix Scooter — Very good condition, has current inspection. White pearl, 35,000-plus miles, 75 mpg, 250 cc engine (will require you to have a motorcycle license), automatic transmission. Has plenty of built-in storage and an aftermarket luggage rack and trunk with liner and passenger backrest. Includes owner’s manual and a Honda shop manual, full-size rain cover, battery charger/tender. Had 35,000 Honda shop tune-up and new tires from Velocity Cycles prior to winter storage. Great for around town errands yet capable of cruising at highway speeds. This is a comfortable, fun bike that runs great and still has a LOT of travels left in it! Asking $2,000. Pictures available here. Contact Craig at

House in Mechanicsburg — Four bedroom, 2.5 baths, living room, dining room, family room, working fireplace, eat-in kitchen, screened-in porch, flat fenced in backyard, basement with play area and small study and storage. Washer/dryer on main floor. Two-car garage. Selling with refrigerator, dishwasher and stove and possibly washer/dryer. Current herb garden and have had vegetable garden. Newly resealed driveway and several new energy efficient windows. New water heater, new ceiling fan on porch, new fixtures in showers. Recent update to electrical box, front gutters and gutter guards. Gas heat, central air. Approximately 2,500 sq. ft. above ground. Colonial house with a wonderful flow, good for entertaining. Cumberland Valley School District, 15 minutes from the College. Contact Shirley Groff at, Donna M. Steele, 717-791-9162 or cell 717-557-7904,

Four-acre farmette — located in the Lisburn area, approximately six miles from campus. Ideal for horses andor sheep/goats. Two-story farm house, three bedrooms with finished attic as a fourth, 1.5 baths. Cinderblock three-car garage. Large wood stove and oil forced air furnace. West  Shore School District. Asking $285,000. Contact Shirley Groff at or call (h) 717-766-4952, (c) 717-439-4924.