Archive for 2014

April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.
Psalm 5:3 (NRSV)


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has been accepted as a participant in the University of Dayton Chautauqua course, “The Birthplace and Early History of the Atomic Bomb,” held in and near Albuquerque, N.M. April 3-5. This course explores via lectures and field trips the science, politics and geography behind the creation of the world’s first atomic weapons.

Effective April 1, Tracy Thomas will be assuming the duties of P-Card administrator. All correspondence and questions including new card requests, declined or fraudulent transactions, adjusting credit limits, removing international blocks, travel/international travel notifications, IntelliLink issues and allocation/approval assistance should be directed to Tracy at ext. 2211 or

Messiah 411

9th annual Adult Youth Workers and Student Leaders Conference set for April 5

This year’s conference features keynote speaker Duffy Robbins. Duffy is a 35-year veteran of youth ministry who is widely respected as one of the leading voices in youth and family ministry. The conference includes two keynote sessions, worship led by the Salt ‘n Light Band and Messiah College’s “SEVEN”, 25 breakout sessions covering the morning and afternoon led by experienced youth leaders. Lunch is included. The conference runs from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and refreshments are provided, so come early. The pricing of the conference is very modest. For more information, go to Walk in registrations are welcome.

President to host Open Door Day April 7

President Kim Phipps will host an Open Door Day Monday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. Open Door is an opportunity for you to speak with the president in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The president’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. A schedule for these dates and times may be found on the president’s webpage. Please call the president’s office at ext. 5220 if you have any questions.

Thesis presentation set for April 9

The Master of Arts in Higher Education is pleased to invite members of the campus community to hear a thesis presentation of Dan Custer, who will receive his M.A. in higher education this May. Dan’s thesis draws on institutional research data related to student-faculty interaction and student success at Messiah College. (See his thesis abstract here.) The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 from 12–1 p.m. in the Library Athenaeum. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided. RSVP to Tina Keul at by April 7.

Join us for “Elijah” performance April 11

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society and the Susquehanna Chorale perform “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Inspired by the Baroque-era choral masterpieces by Handel and Bach, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” is the greatest oratorio of the nineteenth century. Messiah College’s choral ensembles and ensemble-in-residence the Susquehanna Chorale, directed by Linda Tedford, join the Harrisburg Symphony, conducted by Stuart Malina, for an evening of stirring choruses and vivid orchestral writing in this timeless musical setting of the life of the Old Testament prophet. All tickets are $40. To purchase, please contact the Ticket Office at ext. 6036 or visit

Free tax preparation available until April 15

Have you completed your taxes yet? If not, Messiah College is partnering with the United Way of the Capital Region and offering employees, students and the community two free tax services: and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). is a free tax website for preparing and e-filing your federal and state income tax returns online, safely and free! Anyone with income less than $58,000 is eligible to use the tax service. A toll-free certified Helpline volunteer is available to answer questions while you are filing your returns. Please see the attachment for details.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program consists of IRS-certified Messiah students providing free tax preparation services to individual and families with total income of less than $52,000. Students, with supervision, will prepare your federal, state and local income tax returns. The Messiah site, located in Frey 156, will be open Tuesday evenings from 5:30–7:30 p.m. until April 15. No appointment is needed. You must have your social security card with you. Students may bring a copy of their card but must have photo identification. Please contact Kathleen Johnston at ext. 7300 if you have any questions.

Young Writers Workshop registration open

The Young Writers Workshop is a unique summer writing program held on the scenic, suburban campus of Messiah College. Designed to foster a community of young writers through an enriching, summer writing camp environment, the workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in grades 9-12 and offers three different tracks.

Workshop Dates: Sunday, July 20 through Thursday, July 24

Registration Deadline: July 11

• Courses taught by published Messiah faculty

• Readings and interaction with published writers

• Residential writing camp experience

• Opportunity to help create and publish an e-book that will be made available to the public

• Unique and practical session about how to write a college admissions essay

• Field trip to Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore for public reading and workshop with local writers

• Personalized attention — class sizes limited to 15 students

For more information, contact Joanna Hadley-Evans, assistant to the dean of the School of the Humanities, at ext. 5073 or visit For complete information see attachment.

Save the date for Homecoming 2014

A reminder that all events during this Oct. 17-18 weekend must be approved by and planned through the office of alumni and parent relations. If you have plans for an event and have not been in contact with our office, please reach out to Brittany Claridge at or ext. 2490 by May 2.

The 2014 Homecoming Weekend schedule will be made available online by July 3.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration with you and our alumni community!

Messiah launches new business and leadership graduate program

As a Messiah employee, you know that we have a strong tradition of developing and mentoring leaders who are a faithful and ethical presence in business, church and society. We are excited to introduce four new graduate programs in business and leadership: a Master of Business Administration (MBA), master’s in strategic leadership and certificates in leadership or management.

Messiah’s Graduate Programs in Business and Leadership have been designed to advance the careers of busy professionals and deepen the understanding of leadership from a Christian faith perspective. All four programs are fully online. The website went live on Monday, March 17 and online classes start in August.

Messiah College alumni get their first course tuition-free during the 2014-15 academic year when they pursue a business and leadership graduate degree or certificate. Details

To learn more about the programs for yourself or for someone you know who may be interested in earning a graduate-level degree or certificate in business and leadership, visit

Reservations for Climenhaga Homestead available at new online form

The Climenhaga Homestead was recently assigned an updated web address. All reservations for the Climenhaga Homestead and McBeth Conference Room should be made using the online reservation form. for student employment available in April

The student employment office will begin rolling out, Messiah’s new online employment recruitment system for student employment, during the month of April. This remaining implementation phase will bring the hiring of all employees under the same system and similar processes.

All student employee hires are required to be processed through this system starting May 1. This will apply to summer hires and academic year hires. For the current summer, those students who have already been hired into a summer assignment via the summer roster request form do NOT need to apply within the system. However, all new academic year 2014-15 assignments are required to utilize the system. Students continuing in the same assignment in 2014-15 do not need to reapply through the system.

See the attachment for further details on the system for student employment and for a listing of training sessions. If you supervise student employees or handle the administrative tasks of hiring student employees, your attendance at one of the training sessions is highly encouraged.

The Early Learning Center is renovating, restructuring and changing its enrollment options

The Early Learning Center, a NAEYC accredited early childhood program, is now accepting enrollment in its full-day preschool program. This Reggio inspired center combines a Pennsylvania Department of Education licensed preschool with a Department of Public Welfare licensed afternoon program. This full-day program is now open to children of community families as well as those of employees of the College.

Renovations of the Early Learning Center will take place early this summer and new curriculum will be utilized. This new curriculum will include the Project Approach as a key component. The Project Approach is an inquiry-based approach to learning where children and teachers work together as investigators of topics. Through traditional preschool activities and in-depth investigations into topics worth studying, both academic skills and intellectual dispositions of children are strengthened.

If you know anyone who needs full-day education and care for their child(ren) in a unique, quality program, please have them contact Laura Price at 717-796-5043 or Stacey Griffiths at 717-691-6085.

*Children must be three-five years of age and toilet trained to enroll in this program. Half-day options are available, but are currently full at this time.

Important reminders about OSHA 1910.1200 compliance

If you intend to order a “new” chemical (one not previously used or inventoried in your department), you must notify your lab managers (if this position exists in your department) or the compliance coordinator Donna Fink. New chemicals need to be added to the area/department inventory lists and the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) must be added to the 3E Online System.

If a chemical substance is obsoleted from use in an area (there is none of the chemical remaining and there is no intent to re-order it), once again the lab manager or compliance coordinator need to be notified. The chemical must be removed from the inventory list and the SDS archived.

NOTE: This regulation does not apply to office chemicals.

Campus Ministries connection

Have you ever struggled internally or externally during worship? Our Teaching Pastor Brian Smith confessed that his own background provides such dilemmas in expressing worship in chapel. His selected text was Deuteronomy 6 and the related quotes of Jesus in Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 10. We learned the Hebrew words of the Shema together! (Brian was delighted!) Brian challenged us with the command that we involve our total being in obedience and reverence of God. He shared the concept of Madeliene L’Engle that nothing is so secular that it cannot be made sacred. How we do that will be followed up in Thursday’s chapel focusing on the performance of worship.


Position available:

The Office of the Provost has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Executive Administrator. For additional information and to apply, please see .


Gray male cat — George needs a good home; 10 years old, neutered, playful and talkative. Great with kids and other animals. Moving out of state and can’t take him along. For more information, contact or call M. Smith at 717-465-2905.


Empty Altoid Mint tins — Any size, for a craft project. Email, and I will come and get them from you.

For rent:

Two bedroom townhouse — Located less than a mile from Messiah College. One bathroom, convenient second floor laundry, large eat-in kitchen with island, living room, rear deck with storage shed. Off-street parking (two spaces). Hardwood floors and beautiful tile in the kitchen and bathroom. For more information, contact or call April at 717-608-0700 to schedule a tour.

For sale:

House — Two-story, Cape Cod house in Dillsburg (Northern York County School District). Located in town at 113 Welty Avenue. Features include three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, in-law quarters, sunroom, full unfinished basement and two-car detached garage. Brand new furnace installed this winter. House situated on 0.241 acres. Asking price is $179,000. Please contact Joann Lerew at 432-5884 for more information.

Power recliner —Catnapper power lift recliner. New with tags, never used. Soft green and tan color. $375. For pictures or more information, call Heather at ext. 6890 or email