Archive for 2013

August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4 (NRSV)


The office of the provost announces new faculty for 2013. See attachment for complete list.

Jon Bert has served the College in the position of sound and lighting coordinator since July 2009. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is taking on more event coordination. His concentration will be on sound and lighting intensive events particularly in the High Center. His new title is event, sound and lighting technical coordinator. His office remains in Eisenhower Campus Center, and he can still be reached at ext. 7394. 

Congratulations to Ryan Gladwin, director of the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus, who successfully defended his thesis at The University of Edinburgh. The title of Ryan’s thesis is “Towards a Liberating Latin American Ecclesiology: The Local Church as a Socially and Culturally Transformative Historical Project.” Ryan is a graduate from Messiah’s program in christian ministries and besides directing the Philadelphia Campus, has taught courses in ethics, theology and religion for the department of biblical and religious studies. 

Learning Technology Services is pleased to announce that Cindi Tomes’ title is now instructional designer. Cindi recently completed her master’s in instructional design from St. Joseph University. Please congratulate Cindi on her promotion. We are thankful for all of her contributions as the campus transitions to Canvas, the new learning management system. She is eager to assist educators with the design of educational modules involving technology. 

Beth M. Transue (’93), associate librarian/collection development coordinator, published an article titled “Connectivism and Information Literacy: Moving from Learning Theory to Pedagogical Practice” in the most recent issue of the journal “Public Services Quarterly.” The article encourages librarians to consider Connectivism learning theory as a basis for information literacy instruction.

Messiah 411

Plan to attend Community Day on Aug. 27

All employees are encouraged to gather together for worship and conversation on Community Day, Tuesday, Aug. 27. This annual Messiah tradition is the ceremonial launch of the new academic year for employees. President Kim S. Phipps will be sharing her “State of the College” address and the College’s key priorities for the coming year. The Community Day gathering is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Parmer Hall, located in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, followed by light refreshments from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Eisenhower Campus Center lawn (rain location for refreshments is Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall). All offices and departments (except dispatch and Early Learning Center) will close from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. to enable employees to attend the gathering and reception that follows. If you have questions, please contact Anne Barnes, executive assistant to the president, at

Make plans to attend the Movie on the Green 

The office of human resources is once again partnering with the Agapé Center and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs to host an outdoor movie event. Walt Disney’s “Monsters University” will be showing on a 40-ft. tall screen on Friday, Sept. 27 on the Eisenhower Lawn at 7:45 p.m. Coinciding with Family Weekend, this event is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. More information will follow in September. Mark your calendar!

Learning Technology Services continues to offer Canvas Training 

Learning Technology Services continues to move forward with the transition to Canvas and this summer over 170 training spaces have been filled.  Follow our website to keep up-to-date on Canvas Information. The website is updated periodically, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly. You will find a list of benchmark dates. We will do our best to keep you informed if there is any change to the training schedule or implementation process. You will also find an FAQ page where there is space for you to submit additional questions. Please come and see what all the excitement is about!

Hand safety: using hand tools 

Fingers and hands are the most commonly injured body part. Injuries can occur at work or off the job and often involve the use of hand tools. Here are some safety tips to consider when using hand tools: 

  • Lack of patience and good judgment often contribute to hand injuries. Concentrate on what you are doing. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted. Don’t be in a hurry.
  • Use the appropriate tool for the job. Use the tool for its intended purpose. Don’t improvise.
  • Keep hand tools clean and in good condition. Keep handles free of grease and other slippery substances. Don’t use tools that are damaged or broken.
  • Always use sharp knives, saw blades, scissors and box cutters. Dull blades cause more accidents because they are difficult to work with and require more force.
  • Cut away from your body.
  • Never hold the item you are working on in your hand.
  • Remove jewelry that could interfere with your safety before performing work ( rings, bracelets and watches).
  • Use rags or brushes for clean-up – never use your hands or fingers.  

Remember, your hands (and fingers) are your most valuable tool. There is nothing that can compare with them for usefulness and adaptability – they are irreplaceable – practice hand safety. 

All newly-posted job openings are now accessed via our online applicant portal, provides online, 24/7 access from any location where internet access is available. Applicants will submit all application materials online and will receive email notifications upon application submission and upon the job being filled. Here are new positions listed on the site.

Campus Events Worker III (Job related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, manager of campus events, at ext. 2940.)

Academic Success Coach and Administrative Assistant for the Director of Disability Services and Director of Advising (Job-related questions should be directed to Jim Sotherden, registrar/coordinator of student retention, at ext. 7131.)



Broyhill entertainment center — Solid wood; pull-out, swivel tray for TV. Recessed doors; wired for components. You transport. For more information or photos, contact

Cat — One year old male cat, Pickle. Neutered, shots current, not declawed. Very friendly with people, good with kids, gets along with dogs. Very playful as he is young. Comes with food, bowls, cat box, litter.  Contact Deb at or ext. 6590.

For sale: 

Baby Jogger jogging stroller —Used, but still in good shape jogging stroller with rain cover and netting.  $50. Contact

White Nook first edition E-reader — Wi-Fi version, black and white screen, includes charger and red case. Asking $45; Black Nintendo DS — Includes charger and travel case, no games included. Asking $25. If interested, please contact Jonathan Bert at

Trailer cover —Fits 30 to 35 ft. trailer. Used two winters. Paid over $400; asking $100; Trailer Sway Control stabilizers — Reese trailer sway control stabilizers. Asking $100; Bike rack — Fits 4 in. receiver, holds four bikes. Asking $50; Scooter — 2009 150 CC. Has less than 300 miles on it. Garage kept and inspected through Sept. 2014. $800; 1999 Vulcan Nomad 1500 CC Motorcycle — New tires, just inspected, great condition. Garage kept. $4,000. If interested contact Brad Markley at

House — Walking distance from Messiah, this two-story, well-maintained, cul-de-sac, contemporary house is located at 12 Summit Dr., Dillsburg. It has three bedrooms, three baths. Various rooms give everyday living flexibility — office or bedroom on first floor. Laundry room large enough for a hobbyist; huge deck overlooks treetops to beautiful sunsets; fully finished lower level with in-law apartment (kitchen hookup; bedroom; living room; bath); beautifully landscaped yard; large workshop. Listed at $254,900. Owner Vernon Martin, associate professor emeritus of accounting. Contact; 717-350-0289. For additional details, contact Shirley Groff at, ext. 2025.