Archive for 2013

September 19, 2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)


Associate Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch had an article published in a Sept. issue of the Central Penn Business Journal. The article is titled “Middleman in an Intergenerational Workforce.”

Erik Lindquist, professor of biology and environmental science, David Foster, professor of biology and environmental science, Sam Wilcock, associate professor of mathematics and statistics and Jeff Erikson, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, recently published their collaborative research findings in the journal “Northeastern Naturalist.” The article, titled “Rapid Assessment Tools for Conserving Woodland Vernal Pools in the Northern Blue Ridge Mountains,” is the outcome of two state-funded grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. 

Damian Savarino, assistant professor in music, will be performing in his fourth production with Teatro Grattacielo in New York City. On Nov. 19, Savarino will be singing the bass role of “Harita” in a concert production of Franco Alfano’s “Sakùntala” at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts of New York University. More information about this concert can be found at

Messiah 411

College Honors Program 2013-14 keynote lecture  features Cherie Harder

The College Honors Program 2013-14 keynote lecture, “Community, Calling and the Good Life” by Cherie Harder, will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Admission is free and open to the publicp; no ticket required. Please see attachment for complete information.

Harder serves as president of The Trinity Forum, a nonprofit organization that works to cultivate networks of leaders whose integrity and vision will renew culture and promote human freedom. Prior to joining The Trinity Forum in 2008, Harder served in the White House as special assistant to the President. Earlier in her career she served as policy advisor to the U.S. Senate majority leader, and from 2001 to 2005 she was senior counselor to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The author of many articles and speeches, Harder is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and holds a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  She serves on the board of Gordon College, the C. S. Lewis Institute, and Faith and Law; on the Leadership Council of Convergence; and on the advisory board of the National Civic Art Society.

Conference services offers training session Sept. 24

You are invited to the first ever “What can we do to help make your event a success” training event on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. in Boyer 131. There will be short presentations from printing services, The Campus Store, technology services, catering, and conference services designed to highlight what services can be provided to you so that your next event will be successful and worry free.  Please call Randy Heintzelman at ext.  6009 to register for this event.

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. Pixar’s “Monsters University” will be showing on a 40-foot tall screen on Friday, Sept. 27 on the Eisenhower Lawn at 7:45 p.m. Join Mike and Sulley as they matriculate at MU, known for producing the best Scarers. Coinciding with Family Weekend, this event is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. Bring blankets and chairs (rain location is Brubaker Auditorium).  

All proceeds go to the United Way of the Capital Region and directly benefit the Central PA Food Bank. Suggested donation is $1/student or $5/family. Concessions (including hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese) will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. See attachment for further details. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with questions.

Help name the new College Ministries blog

College Ministries will begin to publish a brief blog in the Intercom Sept. 26 that connects an aspect of spiritual formation with the current chapel movement. We are asking you to help us name this new regular feature. A $50 Visa gift card will be given to the person whose entry is selected by our impartial panel of judges. Simply send your entry by email to All entries must be received by 4 p.m. Sept. 26 to be considered for the prize.

Reminders about driving college vehicles

Just a reminder, if employees need to drive a college-owned, leased, or rented vehicle and have not completed the new application, MVR Form and provided insurance information by Sept. 30, they will be removed from the approved driver list as of Oct. 1. You may still apply after Sept. 30; however, you will not be permitted to drive until your complete application has been processed and you receive an email that states your driving status.

Reimbursable wellness education classes – learn and earn!

Sometimes the desire to be healthy is there, but we don’t know where to start. HealthAmerica’s Learn and Earn Wellness Education Refund Program can help. Messiah employees are eligible for refunds on approved health education group classes in the local community. These programs enable you to learn about ways to get — and stay — healthier, plus earn a refund of your class fee! See flyer to find out the health topics that are being offered and which local facilities are offering them. Messiah employees completing any of the approved Learn and Earn wellness classes also earn 15 wellness points for each class attended. 

Instructions for participating in “Messiah Goes to The World Cup”  

The first six-week phase of the Messiah Goes to the World Cup program begins on Sept. 22, so it’s time to get registered. To participate in the program, log on to CaféWell and register. After signing up the first time, you will only need to log-in any other time. After signing up or logging in, click on the “Improve Your Health” tab and the “Find New Activities” option and click on “Fitness and Exercise.”  From here you just have to scroll through and find the specific “Messiah Goes To The World Cup” program you want to register for. Usually the walk program appears on page five, the cycle and run programs on page six, the exercise program on page seven and the swim program on page eight, but that can change. Just scroll through until you find your program(s). You will only have to do this once! Once the six-week phase begins and you want to record your activity, after logging on with your username and password, the program(s) you have signed up for will automatically pop up. Click on the “My Progress” tab to record your exercise mileage or minutes.  

If you wish to remain anonymous on the Café Well site then be sure to choose a screen name that does not identify you when you register. After doing that you will need to send an email to  with your CaféWell screen name (and your team name if participating as a team) to complete your registration and to be eligible for prize drawings.  HealthAmerica will keep your CaféWell screen name confidential and only share it with the Messiah wellness director for record-keeping purposes.  Contact Doug Miller at with questions.

Weight Watchers offered on campus this fall

If you’ve been waiting for us to offer a Weight Watchers class on campus, your wait is over. The Wellness Program is announcing an on-campus, 17-week class beginning no later than Oct. 18.  Participants will need to pay a fee of $18 up front, but that fee will be completely reimbursable by HealthAmerica at the completion of the program. If interested, be sure to contact Judy Groop before the registration deadline of Sept. 30. This is a fantastic opportunity for Messiah employees looking for a holistic, proven approach to weight loss. See attachments for further details. 

Environmental, health and safety manuals now available online 

In the past, Messiah College has had environmental, health and safety procedures that were housed in an electronic “Facilities Services Policy/Procedure” website. Some of these documents are specific to facilities services but many are actually needed for campus-wide compliance with various federal, state and local regulations. As part of the College’s goal to increase safety awareness and maintain a safe environment for our employees and students, the documents that have campuswide impact have been reformatted and combined. See attachment for complete information.



Six-pack Filtrete Ultimate Allergy Reduction Filter by 3M — For 24 × 24 × 1 filter slot.; Queen down comforter — No cover, never used, still in package. Contact Angela

For sale:

Bedroom furniture — Solid cherry wood, traditional style, king poster bed with mattress and box springs, two nightstands, armoire with power strip for TV and lingerie chest. Excellent condition. Pictures available. Asking $2,750 for all. For more information, contact, or call 717-713-3350.

House — 825 Grantham Road (.5 mile to the College). House built in 1940. 2.5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, finished basement (with an office, laundry and family room), completely renovated kitchen (2006), two-car garage, .5 acre of land, large vegetable garden with raised beds, one fruiting peach tree, two fruiting pear trees. Asking $225,000. We will list it with an agent in two weeks. For more information, contact or call 717-766-2669.