Archive for 2013

October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (NRSV)


Lois Beck, associate professor of French and communication, had a review of Carl Alderhold’s book, “Fermeture éclair” published in the current edition of “The French Review.”

Gene Chase, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science, published an essay in the online, peer-reviewed “Journal of the ACMS.” The essay critiques a book of essays on phenomenology, mathematics and theology.

Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, recently spoke at St. Michael’s College (Vt.) and Gordon College. Next month, the Louisville (Ky.) Public Library will sponsor an exhibit about Robert Boyle and Johannes Kepler. The Boyle posters were designed by Ted and Christopher Graney, an astronomer with ties to the library.

David Hagenbuch, associate professor of marketing, is this year’s recipient of the annual teaching award presented by the Christian Business Faculty Association. The teaching award recognizes Christian business faculty members who emulate the character, engagement and calling of Christ to the work and ministry of transformational education.

On Sept. 23, Thomas Soerens, associate professor of engineering, presented the paper “Treatment of Ground Water with High Humic Acids for Low Cost Drinking Water Supply” at the Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Conference in Norman, Okla. University of Arkansas student Micah Wyssman was a co-presenter.

Associate Professor Anita Voelker, senior education major Danielle Morabito and junior education major Emily Deines presented a paper at the 46th Annual Conference of the Keystone State Reading Association. Their presentation outlined the research and development of book trailers as a literacy strategy. As a grand finale, participants joined in creating a book trailer using iPads and iMovie. Future research on this topic is scheduled for the spring with fourth graders from a local elementary school.

Messiah 411

Aerial video capture scheduled for Oct. 25

The office of marketing and communications is working again with a videographer taking aerial footage of campus on Friday, Oct. 25 during the timeframe of 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The photographer will be accompanied by a Messiah staff person at all times. He will be using drone technology (which looks like a small remote-controlled helicopter with a camera attached) to capture aerial shots of the fall foliage on campus that day for use in campus communications. Please contact marketing and communications at ext. 6027 with any questions.

United Way employee pledge drive launched

The annual Employee Pledge Drive launched this week and will run through Friday, Nov. 8. The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas: health, education and basic needs. Each week during the drive we will share information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic: The Joshua Group. The Joshua Group is an at-risk youth mentoring organization located and working with youth living primarily in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg — a neighborhood with the highest poverty, unemployment, violent crime and drop-out rates in the city. Read how the Joshua Group is helping launch Jania Green on a lifetime of learning.

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One-hundred percent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services. You can

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of three focus areas (health, education or basic needs)


  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, with any questions at Thank you for your consideration.

Career Center offers networking opportunities

The Expo may be over, but the Career Center is still going strong with its fall programming! See below for some exciting opportunities for students and educators to interact with employers.

Pizza with Professionals

Don’t miss these upcoming chats with the following organizations:

Mennonite Central CommitteeOct. 30, Hostetter Chapel Fellowship Hall

International Justice MissionNov. 6, Kline 120
* All sessions will be held from 12–1 p.m. Free pizza is provided! PLEASE CLICK ON DATE BESIDE EACH SESSION TO REGISTER

Coffee and Conversation with Hovde Foundation

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2-2:45 p.m., Eisenhower Board Room

Jeff Boyd ’97, executive director of the Hovde Foundation, will be available to chat with students and answer questions during this informal session. Drop by when you can and stay for as long as you want. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

INTO THE CITY – Mini to Four Seasons Produce, Ephrata PA

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Connect with the many Messiah College alumni who work at Four Seasons during this informative site visit. Networking dinner also included. Vans depart Eisenhower Circle at 2 p.m. and will return at approximately 8 p.m.

To register, please click here. Register by Nov. 2; space is limited.

Reminders from accounts payable

The department of accounts payable would like to remind you there will not be a check run Thanksgiving week (week of Nov. 25) and Christmas week (week of Dec. 23). Please mark your calendars for planning purposes. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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

The office of marketing and communications is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring 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 early Jan. 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 at no later than Friday, Nov. 8.

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.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The J-term and spring 2014 semester work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

OSHA hazard communication training

All employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies must be given training in the Hazard Communication Standard, the new GHS labeling system and the new Safety Data Sheet format. Hazardous chemicals include but are not limited to cleaning products, paints and paint thinners, inks and dyes, oils and greases, lab chemicals, welding materials such as fluxes and welding rods, etc. This training is required by law to be completed by Dec. 1. Employees such as office workers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non-routine, isolated instances do not need to be included in this training. Student workers may be included, depending on their job assignment. If you are uncertain if you need to attend, please contact Donna Fink at for further clarification.

Rather than assign departments to specific training sessions, we are asking that large groups from the same department not attend the same session but spread attendance out over several sessions. This will help to ensure that attendance at these meetings is evenly distributed.

The following training sessions are being offered in Parmer Cinema on the dates and times shown:

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2-3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8, 8-9 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 11, 8-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2-3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15, 8-9 a.m.

For Campus Events second and third-shifts, a special session is scheduled in Boyer 131 on

Tuesday, Nov.11, 10-11 p.m.

NOTE: Employees in the School of Science, Engineering and Health received this required training in their School meeting on Oct. 23. They should not attend the sessions listed above.

Campus Ministries connection

Loving the Other

Henri Nouwen declares that, “Through the discipline of community we discover a place for God in our life together.” In an age of increasing international connectedness, do we as Christians dare isolate ourselves from our neighbors? The indwelling presence of God in our lives can never be separated from connection with our neighbors. This week, Teaching Pastor Brian Smith offered insights into the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Sharing from Old Testament texts, he helped us understand the concept of “Other” both locally and globally and the challenge of appropriate interactions with what we perceive as “Other.” On Thursday, Dr. Smith visited a familiar New Testament text of one who dared to ask for clarification of the word “neighbor.” It is apparent that rather than fearing the “Other,” we are being called to love through very real actions our “Other.” How we view “Others” will often determine our response. But, the consistent message of Christ is a call to love the “Other.”



Print cartridges — Two Lexmark 26 color print cartridges; Two Lexmark 16 black print cartridges. Contact

For sale:

Small corner TV stand — Two glass shelves, dark wood accents. TV bracket on back to hang flatscreen TV. Asking $25. Call Ted at ext. 7155.

Men’s black snowboard boots — Size 10, $20; Xbox 360 games — Blazing Angels 2, $10; Civil War, $10; Forza Motorsport/Ultimate Alliance (two in one), $15; Guitar Hero III, $10; Halo 3, $10; Country Rock Band, $10; Xbox 360 Rock Band drum set, $25. Contact

Outside organization announcement:

JamFest at the Grantham BIC Church, Saturday, Oct. 26 2-5 p.m. — Come and enjoy a mix of jazz, Latin and folk music, with special guests The Kirk Reese Quartet and Time Out, along with dessert, fun and games. This is a free event to all and will be held outside (weather permitting) so bring your lawn chairs! This event is part of The Arts Hub which you can find at See attachment for details.