Archive for 2014

May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NRSV)


The Engle Center announces that Judy Groop, coordinator of health services, will be retiring at the end of May. Judy has served faithfully for 20 years, during which time she has built the health services program into what it is today, meanwhile caring for innumerable students. David Brown has also decided to end his run as full-time counselor at the Engle Center. Over the past 20 years, Dave has counseled in the neighborhood of 1,000 students with great skill and care. We are fortunate that Dave isn’t quite ready to pick up his fishing pole: he has agreed to continue in a part-time capacity. We will be honoring their service with a combined reception May 22 in the Jordan Atrium Lounge from 2-4 p.m. Please join us to honor these two veterans for their faithful service!
Phil Lawlis, director of the Engle Center

I would like to thank everyone for the support with prayers, cards, food, phone calls and visits following the passing of my husband, Skip. I would also like to thank the ITS department for the contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of Skip. I feel very fortunate to work in a caring and supportive environment.
Sandy Kline, administrative assistant to ITS

After 30-plus years of the Messiah College experience, we are graduating to retirement in Walnut Creek, Ohio. We have been challenged, rewarded and blessed with our work among you and our students. If your travels bring you to or through our neighborhood, “nuestra casa es su casa.” (Our house is your house.) Holmes County, Ohio, is a lovely tourist destination. And, yes, we do mean that any of you are welcome to stop and stay. We will count it a privilege to host you. Email us for our address, directions or whatever else at We will miss Messiah but are anticipating this new chapter in our lives. We pray God’s blessing and peace for all of us in our continued journeys and service to others and to the Lord. We move on Saturday. Aus liebe.
Rich Stevick, professor emeritus in psychology, and Polly

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Eleventh annual School of Science, Engineering and Health Symposium held May 2

The 11th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held Friday, May 2 in Frey, Jordan and Kline academic buildings. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. A detailed schedule and program is available here. Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

Employee Recognition Reception set for May 7

Please join us Wednesday, May 7 as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 2–4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. We will have a time of refreshments and fellowship until 2:20 p.m. accompanied by the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble. Conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance, the President’s Awards and the Team Falcon Award. The ever-popular Senior Salutes will be interspersed throughout the program. We hope to see you there!

Retirement reception for employee Lois Beck set for May 12

The department of modern languages will hold a reception in honor of Lois Beck Monday, May 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Private Dining Room, Eisenhower Campus Center. Lois has faithfully served Messiah for 46 years as a faculty member teaching French and communication, a wide variety of IDS courses including non-Western, FYS, core course, cross-cultural courses and many others. Her professional research was primarily in francophone literature from Africa and the Caribbean. Please join us as we celebrate Lois’ achievements during her time at Messiah College.

Web team introduces new process for initiating projects and requests

The Web team in the office of marketing and communications is introducing a new project intake system that will help us be more effective in managing, tracking and fulfilling the volume of important requests we receive from the campus community. This is an important long-term efficiency, but will also be particularly important in the months ahead as we progress with the workload related to the redesign of

If you have any request for assistance from the Web team—from a small change to an existing site to the initiation of a new website project—please begin by completing our online form at The user-friendly form will prompt you for the information we will need to fulfill your request and will guide you through next steps and what you can expect from us.

Examples of when to use our online form:

  • Initiate a new Web project (a new site or significant update to an existing site)
  • Make small changes to an existing website that you are unable to make yourself
  • Create or modify an online form (xForms)
  • Request access to a site or page
    • Request troubleshooting/technical assistance
    • Report an issue with Contribute or Jadu
    • Other comments or concerns

We appreciate your cooperation as we work to serve your needs more effectively.
Kris Hardy, director of web communications, and Ramona Fritschi, web services manager

Important reminder to faculty

Learning technology services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The fall semester 2014 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed in this 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.

Important key return information

This is a reminder from the key services department that any keys you hold and no longer need should be returned to the key services department in the Lenhert Maintenance Building before the end of the spring semester so they can be removed from your name/responsibility. The Lenhert front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Also, if you are a supervisor to students in work-study positions, internships, etc., please remind your students that their keys need to be returned prior to their departure for summer (no later than May 16). It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure the students turn in their keys before leaving campus. Failure to do so will result in the department being charged the associated fines. Any keys—regardless of whether they are held by employees or students—are subject to a minimum $75 fee per key if they are not returned and/or lost. Please contact Jen Peachey in key services at ext. 7372 or if you have questions about keys. Thank you for your cooperation.

Previous Wellness Workshops now available for viewing on MCSquare

If you were unable to attend a wellness workshop this year, but don’t want to miss out on all the great information shared, we’ve got good news. The presentations are now available for viewing online. Simply go to MCSquare, “Employee” tab, “Employee Quicklinks,” “Wellness Workshops.” These workshops are available right now: “Tips for Surviving and Thriving with Cancer” by Sandy Bush; “Packaging Puzzled? Deciphering Food Labels” by Amy Porto; “Stress and Our Bodies-Hitting Above the Belt” by Doug Miller; and “Mindfulness and Stress: How to Use Your Head to Your Advantage” by Phil Lawlis and Krista Cochran. Employees who were unable to attend a particular workshop but view it online still receive 15 wellness points for viewing the video.

Don’t forget to complete your 100 wellness points

Employees have just a few weeks left to collect their 100 wellness points for the academic year and qualify for a discount on next year’s health insurance premium. The completed form must be returned to Doug Miller before June 15. Options for wellness points can be found here. Just click on the link titled “2013-14 Wellness Program Description.” The completion form is also located at the above webpage.

Encourage students to participate in the Career Center survey

Annually, the Career Center surveys the graduating class about their career/grad school plans after college. Results of this survey are vitally important to the College. The overall percentages of this survey are utilized by the “U.S. News & World Report,” “Peterson’s,” and “College Board” publications.

We are asking for your help with spreading the word about this important survey to students in your sphere of influence. Currently, we are encouraging all seniors who have confirmed their post-graduation plans to complete this survey, which can be found here or by copying and pasting this link into a browser:

If post-graduation plans are NOT confirmed yet, graduates will still have the opportunity to share their information when we email this survey later in the fall, so there is no need for them to take the survey now. Thank you for your assistance in promoting this survey to the senior class!

New procedure included in Safety Manual

A “Project/Activity Approval Procedure” has been created to aid in environmental, health and safety compliance. This procedure has been added to the Safety Manual, Section 16. Compliance with this procedure is effective fall semester 2014 for all new projects/activities in the educational areas that meet the definition given in this procedure. Any questions regarding this procedure should be directed to Donna Fink, compliance coordinator.

Open Enrollment information sessions available

Messiah College offers eligible employees a comprehensive and valuable benefits program.  Open Enrollment is the period in which eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll or change their options for health and welfare benefits.  The changes you make during Open Enrollment will be effective July 1. There will be information sessions available. Please find complete information here.

Campus Ministries connection

We continue to celebrate the Easter season as we engage the Polarities of Worship. At one end of the continuum we experience the joy of a resurrection, ascension and the anticipation of Pentecost but on the other hand we are focused on completing a semester well and anticipating our summer. Perhaps like no other time, Chapel this week is an opportunity for us to celebrate each other, embrace the promises based on Christ’s work and through the polarities of silence and the joyous noise of celebration experience His story in the story of our lives.


Positions available:

The Campus Events department has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Campus Events Worker III – ECC. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

The School of the Arts currently has an opening for the limited-hour position of Aughinbaugh Gallery Director and Preparator. For additional information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions should be directed to Richard Roberson, Dean of the School of the Arts, at


Wurlitzer piano—The kids have moved out and we no longer have a need for our piano. It is a mahogany color, compact upright piano in good condition. Free to whomever can come haul away. Photo available upon request. Contact Randy Ness by calling ext. 6600 or email

Records —Classical guitar, symphonic and children’s vinyl records. Email


Nanny – Seeking to fill two positions for childcare in Camp Hill home. Position one is for summer (June 23-Sept. 5), hours flexible between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., M-F, care for two children ages 1.5 and 4. Position two, beginning Dec. 1 and year round 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., care for three children ages three months, two years, and four. Degree in early childhood education or related fields preferred for second position. Competitive pay based on experience and education. Contact David at for further details.

For sale:

Lawn mower — Quiet, light-weight, fume-free, battery-operated Neuton EM 5.1 lawn mower. 14 in. cut, works fine for smaller yards. Comes with two MA.2 batteries, a grass catcher and a charger, $100; Grill —Slightly dented but fine working medium-sized charcoal grill, $25. Email

Outside organization announcement:

Special guest speakers at Elizabethtown BIC Church May 4 and 18 — Walt Mueller , founder of the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding, will speak Sunday, May 4 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services and during Sunday school at 10:10 a.m. Also on Sunday, May 18, Messiah College Commencement speaker Richard Mouw, retired president of Fuller Theological Seminary, will speak on “The Lordship of Christ” at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The church is located at 996 East High Street, Elizabethtown PA 17022 or visit