Archive for 2013

February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
Psalm 16:9 (NRSV)


John Yeatts, professor of the psychology of religion, has accepted a position as senior pastor at the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church. John will continue at the College on a half-time basis through spring semester 2013 and will assume his position full-time at the church this summer. John has been at the College for 33 years. Beyond his classroom teaching, he has served as department chair, associate dean for general education and common learning, interim dean of the School of the Humanities and head coach of the baseball team. The College will miss his superb teaching and leadership. We wish him well as he moves into his role at the Grantham Church.
Randy Basinger, provost

The fire and safety systems coordinator position for the college has been moved from facility services to the department of safety. With the retirement of John Fite, this position has been filled by Valerian Curd, former safety officer with the department of safety. Valerian, known as “V,” will perform the same duties as John has done in the past. Please congratulate V when you see him on campus. If you have any questions related to fire systems or safety, please contact Vaerian at or ext. 6747.

Paul Johns, instructor of human development and family science, after receiving additional post-licensure training and supervision, has achieved the designation of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. This designation reflects extensive knowledge of marriage and family therapy as well as the ability to train others in the discipline. In addition to the qualifications associated with being a licensed marriage and family therapist in Pennsylvania and an AAMFT clinical fellow, the approved supervisor designation allows Paul to supervise graduate students pursuing an MFT degree or post-graduate students pursuing licensure.

I am pleased to announce that Sarah Wade has accepted the position as director of international and transfer student recruitment. Through this role Sarah will provide leadership to these very important recruitment markets. You may remember Sarah from her time here as an admissions counselor and the assistant director of international recruitment from 2001-2005. She is also a Messiah alumna, having graduated from here in the late 1990s with a degree in English. Her master’s degree is in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University. I am excited to welcome Sarah back to her alma mater. Since 2005, she has led international recruitment and programming efforts at two larger public universities in PA and CO. She has much to offer as we continue to implement strategies related to growth in international and transfer students. She will begin her new role on Friday, March 1.  
John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management

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Representative from Temple Rome on campus March 5

Jim Sawyer, representative of Temple Rome, will be on campus Wednesday, March 5 to talk to students about studying abroad in Rome. If you are interested in meeting with him or would be interested in having him speak to your class(es), please contact Gina Hale in the intercultural office at  ext. 2131 or The representative will be hosting an information session at 1 p.m. in the Eisenhower Board Room. Visit this link  to learn more about this program. 

Ted Prescott to give artist talk March 6

Theodore Prescott will give an artist talk about his sculptural installation in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 6 at 4:15 p.m. in the High Center, room 124. Ted, emeritus professor of art, taught sculpture and was head of the art program for many years. In his lecture, he will speak about how the sculpture was developed, fabricated and installed. He will show photographs of the process from its origins in an orchard to the final forms on display.

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s summer online undergraduate courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s online summer courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs May 28-July 22, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted more than 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Courses are open to current students (college-level, and qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 11 and runs through May 21. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit

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.

Grantham Church use of facilities 

The Grantham Church has revised their property and facility usage policies and guidelines.  In order to make a request for use of Grantham Church, the facility request form and facility agreement must be signed and submitted to the church office. The form can be found here. If you need clarification on any of the facility policies and guidelines, please contact the church office at 717-766‐0531 or

Reminder from conference services

Are you planning an event on campus for this school year? The deadline for submitting requests to conference services is Friday, March 8 (start of spring break). Requests submitted after this date will not be approved. This applies to student, departmental and academic events. The following dates are now closed to events requiring set up needs: March 23, April 13 and April 18.


Position available:

Temporary Administrative Assistant — The office of the provost has an immediate opening for the position of administrative assistant. This full-time, temporary position (time frame to be determined) will provide specialized support to the office of the provost administrators. Responsibilities include fielding phone calls, coordinating calendars, filing and completing projects using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word). This position analyzes data and crafts information into reports. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree and/or specialized training in office/project management or equivalent experience and two to three years of administrative support experience; at least one year of experience in higher education is preferred. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer proficiency as well as the ability to understand basic web design; and ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, rèsumè and statement of faith to Please contact Inger Blount, assistant director of human resources, at with job-related questions. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Housing — Kristin Young (‘10) McIntyre is looking for inexpensive housing in the mid-state for her to complete her Harrisburg area medical practicum from April 7 – May 31. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Thomas Jefferson Medical Center. If you can help, please contact Doug Wood at .

For sale:

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 Lindsey at or Thomas Lindsey, Wolfe & Company Realtors, at 717-580-2820/717-240-5080 or email

Brunswick Masterpiece pool table —4 × 8 × 1 slate table; ball return table. Includes all accessories, sticks, balls, cover and stick holder. Includes ping pong table top as well as accessories. Contact for pictures or additional information.