Archive for 2013

February 21, 2013

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NRSV)


Associate Provost/Chief Information Officer William “Bill” G. Strausbaugh’s title has been changed to vice president for information technology/associate provost to more accurately reflect his scope of institutional responsibilities. We are grateful for Bill’s effective leadership of information technology and key aspects of the educational program.
Kim S. Phipps, president, and Randall G. Basinger, provost

Dr. James M. Lower, father of Jonathan Lauer, library director, passed away on Feb. 10 following a brief illness. A memorial service was held Feb. 13 at Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton, Ill. A link to Dr. Lower’s obituary is available at Hultgren’s website. Kindly remember the Lauer family during this time of loss.

Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science and Boyer Fellow, recently had an article “Particularity and Integration: Understanding of Ecocultural Niches and the Implication for Fostering Diversity within Christian Colleges and Universities,” published in the journal, “Christian Higher Education,” volume 12, pages 35-50.

Messiah College was represented by the Concert Choir, under the director of Linda Tedford, at the District 7 Honors Choral Festival on Feb. 9 at Cumberland Valley High School. The concert culminated in a double choir piece written for the two ensembles by world-renown composers Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. The piece was commissioned as part of a consortium project with the Cumberland County Music Educators Association, a project started and organized by Dr. Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music. There were approximately 900 audience members and over 200 singers involved.

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Important wellness workshop offered Feb. 21

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn how you can better care for your back and avoid the debilitating back problems common to many Americans. Dr. Robert Zabinski, a local chiropractor, is a recognized authority on the spine. Join us Thursday, Feb. 21 for his interactive workshop from 12-1 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). 

Shredding Solutions on campus for confidential document shredding Feb. 21 

On Thursday, Feb. 21 Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus that will be accessible beginning at 11 a.m. The shred truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. See attachment for complete information.

Passport Processing available on campus Feb. 25

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus Monday, Feb. 25 to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photos, 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 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applications can be downloaded  here. Please contact if you have questions.

Employee worship service in the High Center on Feb. 27

All employees are invited to attend a special worship event in The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts in Parmer Hall, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 3-4 p.m. The worship experience is being planned by our College Ministries colleagues and will include student participation. All employees are encouraged to attend this worship service, and supervisors are asked to ensure release time to all employees (except where essential duties must be covered).  

Meatless Mondays in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall begin Feb. 25 

Messiah College is participating in Meatless Monday by increasing its meat-free options on Mondays and educating students about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals. Students will be able to choose to go meatless on Mondays at the following stations in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall: Mongolian Grill, Southwest, Grantham Grill, Pasta, Soup and Specialty Salad Bar. 

Messiah College Dining Services is committed to ensuring the good health of our students. “Americans simply don’t need to eat the high volume of animal products we’ve gotten used to eating—it’s bad for our health, for the local and global environments and it’s not good for farmers or for animals,” said Kenny Torrella, outreach coordinator of farm animal protection at The Humane Society of the United States. “The Humane Society of the United States is pleased that Messiah College is joining the effort to show that being socially responsible can also be delicious.” 

The Meatless Monday campaign, now a popular international movement, began in 2003 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet. Although Americans are eating less meat than we were just five years ago, representing the first significant decline in domestic meat consumption in decades, meat consumption at current levels is just not sustainable. High demand for meat pressures farmers to opt for more industrialized production systems where they can lose touch with the animals. These systems also squeeze smaller farmers who have a harder time competing with factory farms.


• Meatless Monday is an international movement to raise awareness of the benefits of reduced meat consumption by bringing attention to the animal welfare, environmental and public   health impacts of industrial meat production.

• Polls show that 50 percent of people in America are aware of Meatless Monday and that roughly one in five are participating in it.

• Going meat-free one day a week can help improve public health too. People who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of weight gain, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health problems than people who eat a typical American diet. 

To sign up for a weekly Meatless Monday recipe via email or text message, visit this link.  

Service Day registration begins March 18 

Service Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 18. Volunteer registration will begin on Monday, March 18. Those interested in proposing or leading a project for Service Day, please contact Jessica Teeter at More information about Service Day is available here.

Reservations now available for the Library Athenaeum 

For those users of Virtual EMS, you can now request reservations for the Library Athenaeum.  The Athenaeum is still being remodeled, but should be ready for your meeting beginning Monday, April 1.


Positions available:

Community Safety Officer (two positions) — The department of safety currently has two openings for the position of community safety officer. These full-time, 12-month, band 7C positions are community-focused positions responsible for helping to foster and safeguard a climate conducive to learning 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. There is a second and a third shift position available. 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; and 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 rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, 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 and dispatch services, at ext. 7272. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Baby Doll stroller — $5; Baby seat/rocker — $10; (Looks like this); Doorway bouncer — $12; (looks like this not jungle print). All items are clean and have batteries. Contact for more information.

Bookcase —  68 in. tall, 27.5 in. wide and the shelves are 8 in. deep, $20; Crockpot — Seven quart red Rival crockpot, $10, Trap — Small Hav-a-Hart trap, 5 in. ×18 in., $5; Floor lamp — With end table as part of the stand, $3, Basket — 9 in. × 13 in. woven basket from Ten Thousand Villages, $3. Please contact Rhonda at or ext. 7291.

Firewood — Dry, Norway maple firewood for sale, $135 per cord. Call 717-259-7700.

House —Sitting on a .91 acre lot with young and mature trees, this well cared for home in Cumberland Valley School District is conveniently located between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. A charming ranch with white picket fence is larger than it appears and offers country style living only minutes to Route 15 and I-81. With a neutral color scheme throughout, this 1,404 sq. ft. vinyl sided rancher offers single floor living with three bedrooms, one bath, laundry/mudroom, dining room, living room and kitchen. Included are electric range, dishwasher, refrigerator, garbage disposal, microwave, HE washer, dryer, all ceiling fans and double hung windows. Master bedroom has Pergo laminated flooring, large closet and access to patio. Kitchen remodeled with KraftMaid maple cabinets and ceramic tile. Basement has concrete floor, UV light and water filtration system, oil forced hot air and central air (oil tank in basement), and 200 amp electric with whole house surge protector. Detached one-car garage, 15 ft. × 50 ft., includes a 100 amp electric sub-panel and a large 15 ft. x 20 ft. storage room in rear of garage. Large paved driveway offers multiple parking spaces. The rear home foundation and plumbing are prepared for a second floor addition. House address is 1351 Zimmerman Road, Carlisle. For more information contact Seleena Lindsay at or Thomas Lindsey, Wolfe & Company Realtors, at 717-580-2820/717-240-5080 or email

Outside organization announcement:  

West Shore Christian Academy to host open house dates — West Shore Christian Academy, Cumberland County’s largest accredited Christian college-preparatory school is enrolling students (PK-12) for the 2013-14 academic year. Located off of Route 15 near Camp Hill, West Shore Christian Academy has provided an excellent Christ-centered education for 40 years. With low student-teacher ratios, PIAA sports for middle and high school students, opportunities for music, computer and the arts, as well as Bible and weekly chapel programming, West Shore Christian Academy partners with families to develop, nurture and equip students to positively influence the world for Christ. Visit for more information and open house dates.