Archive for 2013

October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35 (NRSV)


Seven Messiah College students and three human development and family science( HDFS) professors attended the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations Conference at Penn State Harrisburg Campus on Oct. 3. Megan Dubbs (FACS ‘14) presented a roundtable titled “Connecting the Dots to a Successful Affiliate.” Katie Bull (HDFS ‘15) presented a roundtable titled “What is Family Science?” Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, presented a roundtable called “Domains for Family Practice: Model for Differentiating Involvement in Family Related Fields.” Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, presented a roundtable called “What is a Certified Family Life Educator and What Can You Do with the CFLE Designation?”

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Campus Store to adjust hours for fall break

The Campus Store will operate under summer/break hours during fall break. The Campus Store will be open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11.

Division of finance and planning to adjust hours Oct. 16

The division of finance and planning will be closed on Oct. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a departmental meeting. This includes the following offices: purchasing, accounts payable, P-card, Falcon Exchange, student financial services, payroll, accounting and institutional research. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

New paradigms for Sarah and Hagar in graphic design and theatre presentation Oct. 16 

In conjunction with the Aughinbaugh Gallery exhibition of of Luba Lukova’s “Women of the Bible,” students will give new voices to the stories of Sarah and Hagar on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4:15 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall, High Center. Suggested for mature audiences only. Join us for an interdisciplinary exploration of text, image and performance. Brian Smith will provide biblical context and lead a post-performance discussion. The event is sponsored by the departments of biblical and religious studies and theatre and dance as well as the Aughinbaugh Gallery. There will be a reception immediately following the performance and discussion in the Aughinbaugh Gallery. Lukova’s “Women of the Bible” is on view in the lower hallway of the Climenhaga Building, and Lukova’s Graphic Guts is on view in the Aughinbaugh Gallery. For more information, contac Sherron Biddle at

8th annual Career and Graduate School Expo Oct. 21

The Career Center is sponsoring the 8th annual Career and Graduate School Expo on Monday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More than 140 employers and graduate-level programs will be in Brubaker Auditorium to recruit for internships, part-time and full-time employment, volunteer opportunities and graduate programs. This event is an opportunity for ALL majors and ALL class levels. Please encourage your students (and alumni) to attend.  

Members of the Messiah College community are invited to attend the Expo and interact with employer and graduate school representatives. Your interaction with recruiters assists us as we develop these relationships for our students. 

This year’s Expo boasts several exciting features:

• LinkedIn photo booth – from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. students and faculty/staff are able to get a professional head shot taken for free. The portrait will then be emailed to them for use as their LinkedIn profile picture!

• Grad School Admission Fee Waivers – several graduate schools are offering these waivers to students who stop by their booth. See our website for complete details.

For a complete list of registered organizations and graduate schools, please visit our website

Digital humanities lecture to feature William Pannapacker 

Join us for an exciting opportunity to hear more about the development of the digital humanities and their impact on education in various majors. William Pannapacker, professor of English and director of the Mellon Scholars Program in Arts and Humanities at Hope College, will be visiting campus to deliver a lecture titled “The Digital Humanities and the Future of the Liberal Arts.” The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Frey 150.  See attachment for more information.

Pannapacker is an American professor of English literature, an academic administrator and a higher education journalist. He is the author of “Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship,” and numerous articles on American literature and culture, higher education and the digital humanities. He has been a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education since 1998, and he is a contributor to The New York Times and Slate Magazine. He is the founding director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities at Hope College in Holland, Mich. According to Harvard University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, “In the world of education journalism, there are few opinion voices as potent as that of William Pannapacker.”

Passport processing on campus Oct. 31

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 31 to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photos, documents: birth certificate, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application and fees to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Applications can be downloaded here. Please contact if you have questions.

Wellness workshop set for Nov. 6

Plan now to attend our wellness workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 12-12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Amy Porto, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, will be presenting the workshop. This is a great chance to receive sound nutritional advice and receive 15 wellness points in the process.  More details to follow in next week’s Intercom. 

Opportunity still available to participate in “Messiah Goes to the World Cup”

Many Messiah employees and spouses are busy recording their exercise miles and minutes in the wellness program titled “Messiah Goes to the World Cup.” After just two weeks, our 108 participants have already collectively accumulated 3,358 miles! For every 4,800 miles, we get to virtually ‘send’ a member of the men’s soccer team to Brazil for next summer’s World Cup. Our goal is to see how many we can get there by the end of the school year in May. If you did not get to register for this first six-week phase, don’t worry, you can still participate in the program. There will be four consecutive six-week phases. Employees get 30 wellness points for participating in a six-week phase and a maximum of 60 points for participating in two or more phases. Registration and participation guidelines can be found at the wellness website.

Important information from conference services

If you have not already planned your event on the following dates, conference services will not be able to support it and therefore will not approve your request for Oct. 18, 23, 24 or 25; and Dec. 5, 6 and 7.

Facts about Messiah 

The office of institutional research has provided access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, enrollment summaries and other college-wide statistics on the institutional research website. Click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for enrollment summaries, etc.
Laura Miller, assistant director of institutional research and analysis

Hazard Communication Program: Chemical Safety Manual available 

Did you know Messiah College has a written Hazard Communication Program: Chemical Safety Manual? This manual contains our policies and procedures for compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 1910.1200. It discusses how Messiah College will maintain the safety of employees who work with or are exposed to chemicals. 

Included in the information found in this manual is how to read a (Material) Safety Data Sheet (M)SDS and how to access them, labeling requirements for chemical containers, definitions of terms often found on (M)SDSs and labels, what types of physical and health hazards may be present with chemical exposures and how you can protect yourself from those hazards, general safety practices to be followed when working with chemicals and what to do if there is a chemical spill. This manual, along with other environmental, health and safety (EHS) documents, can be easily accessed on the College’s website. Go to human resources and compliance, select the “Environmental, Health and Safety” ribbon on the right  and then select the document you want to view from the list on the left. 

If you work with or around chemicals, take some time to become familiar with the contents of this manual. If you have any questions about our chemical compliance program or any EHS issue, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or

Employee Christmas luncheon scheduled for Dec. 20

Please plan on joining us for the annual Employee Christmas luncheon on Friday, Dec. 20 from 12 – 2:30 p.m.  As is our tradition, it will be a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment.  Save the date!

Campus Ministries connection

Identity of a Loser

Scott Evans, an Irish author and blogger of “Falling From the Front and Other Lessons From the Life of a Loser,” spoke in chapel on how our perceived identity intersects with our identity from God’s perspective. He noted that much of our struggle is about control at that intersection. He pointed to the effort of one son to separate himself to something foreign from the father and the effort of the other son to busy himself with the field. At the end of Scott’s talk, he challenged us to discover that God will not allow our history and self-definition to define us. Because, at the feet of the father we are lifted up and welcomed home. There we are celebrated as his children no matter where we have been. Scott left us with this quote from Julian or Norwich, “In our eyes we are always falling, in God’s eyes we are always standing. Both are true. But God has the greater insight.” To listen to Scott’s message in chapel go to McSquare, “Campus Life” tab and click on “Chapel Archives.”


Position available:

The department of college ministries under the division of student affairs has an opening for the position of college pastor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students, at ext. 5234.


Temporary housing —The department of theatre and dance is looking for temporary housing for a guest director from mid-February through mid-April.  He will be directing the College’s Spring Main Stage production this year and will need a place to stay during this time. Compensation will be provided. If you know of any short-term housing opportunities, please contact Kevin Hodes at, ext. 5045 or 717-796-5045.


Used minus-five (31/26 or 32/27) big-barrel baseball bat — In good condition. Contact Dave at ext. 7379 or