Archive for 2013

August 1, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 (NRSV)

Messiah 411

Annual bike auction set for Aug. 7

It’s that time of year again for the department of safety to host another “Tour de Messiah”  auction of bikes and other stuff. Please come to the lawn in front of the department of safety office (located in the green building just before the main entrance to campus on your right) on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. to peruse the bicycle selection for 2013. Other items this year include iPods, cameras, a mini dorm-size refrigerator, TV, furniture and other miscellaneous items. This is one auction you won’t want to miss! Auction concludes at 11 a.m. Please note if you plan to bid, be prepared to pay for and pick-up the item you bid on at the conclusion of the auction; only cash and checks accepted. All proceeds donated to missions. Event sponsored by the department of safety. See attachment for complete details.

Important information for students arriving on campus early

An early arrival is defined as any returning student who is returning to campus to live before Sunday, Sept. 1. Students are only to return early for a college-related reason.  

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival, please email the following details to by Friday, Aug. 2: student name, housing assignment (if you know it) and date of return. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 19, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Saturday, Aug. 31 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make those arrangements through the Falcon Exchange. 

There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions or changes received between Monday, Aug. 5 – Friday, Aug. 16 will be charged $10/person and between Saturday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 31 any changes or additions will be $25/person. Please feel free to contact housing at ext.  5239 with any questions.

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.

The National Safety Council offers this information on burns 

Burns can occur in your home and at work. The most common causes of burns are from scalds (steam, hot bath water, hot drinks and foods), fire, chemicals, electricity and overexposure to the sun. Some burns may be more serious than others. The severity of the burn is based on the depth of the burn. First-degree burns are the least severe and third-degree burns are the most severe. All burns are susceptible to tetanus (lockjaw). Get a tetanus shot every 10 years. If your last shot was five years ago, talk to your doctor; you may need a booster shot. Some burns may require medical attention for treatment.  You can easily treat minor burns yourself. Here’s some things you shouldn’t do when treating burns: 

DON’T use ice — can cause further damage to wound.
DON’T apply butter or ointments — can increase severity of burn.
DON’T break blisters — broken blisters are more vulnerable to infection.

Learn more about treating each type of burn and the different treatments based on the severity of the burn here.  


Positions available: 

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program in Counseling — The department of graduate programs currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant to the graduate program in counseling. This full-time, 12-month, band 7C position provides administrative and project support to the director of the graduate program in counseling.  Responsibilities include acting as the first point of contact for visitors, faculty candidates and students; data entry; project and event coordination; assistance with practicum and internship coordination; maintenance of program website; and a high volume of general support responsibilities. Education and experience requirements include high school degree or equivalent; associate’s degree preferred. Two to three years of administrative support experience required. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across department and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills; strong attention to detail and procedure; ability to problem solve and see issues to their conclusion; the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer skills including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel, Word and Outlook, as well as understand basic web design; ability to maintain and generate various reports; ability to work independently on complex projects with little to no oversight; and ability to supervise work study students. To apply, submit a letter of interest, rèsumè, salary requirements and statement of faith to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources. Job-related questions should be directed to John Addleman, associate provost for graduate and nontraditional programs, at ext. 2980. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Community Safety Officers — The department of safety currently has two openings for the positions of community safety officer. These are full-time, 12-month positions. One is second shift (2 p.m. – 12 a.m.) and the other is evening shift (7 p.m. – 3 a.m.). These band level 7C positions are community-focused positions responsible for helping to foster and safeguard a climate conducive to learning, living and working. The purpose of these positions is to provide security and protective services to the campus, ensuring the preservation of personal safety of the college community and to foster positive relationships with the community at large. Education required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; some college is preferred. Experience required includes two years of human services or emergency services experience preferred; experience with college students a plus. Other requirements include exemplary interpersonal and human relations skills; ability to demonstrate respect for others and build trust and rapport with co-workers and students, including those from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; experience and desire to interface with traditional-aged college students; service orientation; basic investigative skills; ability to manage conflict in order to affect conflict resolution and to work cooperatively with the campus community; ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks; demonstrated commitment to the job, strong work ethic and integrity. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required; must be certified within first 30 days of employment; intermediate computer skills with ability to learn campus software and Microsoft Office within the first 30 days of employment; and ability to adhere to strict confidentiality.  To apply, please submit a resume, 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 Cindy Burger, director of safety, at Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Ink cartridges — Two Canon 52 photo cartridges and four Canon 51 color cartridges available. Contact

For sale: 

Sweet corn — $4 per dozen, $3 for 10 or more dozen. Variety: “Incredible”-yellow and “Temptation”-bicolor. No sprays used. Fresh-picked in the morning and brought to campus by noon. If interested, please email or call 717-476-1291. Feel free to pass the information along to family and friends.

2003 Vibe GT sport wagon —2003 Vibe GT, 138k miles (same powertrain as Toyota Matrix XRS). Sporty and functional. Six-speed manual transmission,  moon roof, power windows/locks, alloy wheels. A/C, cruise control, inspected through May 2014. Shadow gray, one-owner, very clean and well maintained.  30-plus mpg highway. $5,400. Contact Robin Lauermann for more information or photos at

Kymco People 50cc scooter — White, 2005 People, two- cylinder scooter. The scooter has a top speed of 45 miles-per-hour, does not require a special motorcycle license and only has 3,500 miles. The scooter has been driven from home to Messiah College and around the Dillsburg/Mechanicsburg area. The scooter is in like-new condition. Asking $1,200. Please contact or for more information.

York Barbell equipment — 1 in. bar 80 in. long, curling bar with spinlock, contour cast iron plates (four 50 lb. and six 25 lb.), Pro Series 205 incline bench, York FTS squat stand. Call Jeff at 717-332-7264.

Outside organization announcement:  

Golf tournament to benefit East Berlin Park — Play in the fourth annual golf tournament at Briarwood East Golf Course (Rt. 30 in York) on Friday, Sept. 20 and help to support the East Berlin Park. Lots of contests and prizes. Four-person scramble includes cart, range balls, meal after round, chance at skills awards and prize raffles. Contact Gerry Mummert at 717-259-7142 or Raeann Hamon at ext. 2850 for more information.