Archive for 2014

May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
I Corinthians 6:11 (NRSV)


Keith Jones Pomeroy (‘06) will be leaving his role as program manager at the Agapè Center at the end of this semester. Along with his wife and some friends, he will be moving to the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Center outside of Harper’s Ferry, W.V. Keith has worked at Messiah for the past five years engaging students in service-learning, spiritual formation and reconciliation. Though sad to leave the Messiah community, he is looking forward to sharing life with friends. Ashley Sheaffer will be transitioning to the Agapè Center as the director of cocurricular service learning—a continuation of her work with the SALT Program in Harrisburg. Ashley (‘06) currently works in Harrisburg as the assistant director of residence life for special interest housing. After earning her M.S. in counseling from Shippensburg University, she joined the Messiah community in 2008 as the coordinator of the upperclass experience. Ashley has a passion for student learning, social justice a7nd urban dynamics. Please join us in celebrating Keith’s excellent contributions to the Messiah community as he prepares to leave and welcoming Ashley to the Agapè Center team.

On May 3, eight teams comprised of students, alumni and employees participated in the 6th annual Messiah Team Triathlon. Some took it easy, some went hard- everyone had fun. That’s the beauty of the event- there’s room for all. Special thanks to Nancy Luley, Rhonda King and Charlotte Knudsen for their work in organizing the event and congratulations to the team of John Luft, Doug Miller and Aaron Faro for setting a new record in the male employees (combined age over 120) category. Rumor has it the Messiah Team Triathlon may be moving to the fall. So it’s not too early to start thinking about forming your team for next year. Each person does only one leg (half- mile swim, 12.5 mile ride, or 5K run).

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New director of Middle East Studies Program to visit campus May 12

The new director of the Middle East Studies Program, Doug Magnuson and his wife Patti Magnuson, Middle East Studies program administrator, will be on campus Monday, May 12 and are interested in meeting with educators who would like to learn more about the program and the new leadership the Magnusons will provide this dynamic program. This program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, is based in Israel; however, students travel to other Middle Eastern countries such as Morocco, Turkey and Jordan. Students in the Middle East Studies Program study:

  • Introduction to Arabic
  • Islamic thought and practice
  • Conflict and change in the Middle East
  • Peoples and cultures of the Middle East

If you are interested in meeting the Magnusons, please contact Wendy Lippert at in the Intercultural Office.

Retirement farewell reception for Eldon Fry set for May 13

Student Affairs is hosting a reception in honor of Eldon Fry on Tuesday, May 13 from 2–4 p.m. on the Boyer Patio (Howe Atrium in case of rain). Eldon is retiring from his position of College Pastor after serving at Messiah College for a total of 21 years. Many of us have been blessed by his wisdom and care over the years. Please join us in a time to fellowship and thank Eldon for his years of service here at Messiah College.
Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students

Commencement 2014 schedule and parking for employees

The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 Commencement weekend schedule of events for Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, on the Commencement website at, including helpful details on Baccalaureate, reception plans, event tickets and inclement weather plans. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the President’s Office. Please see attachment for complete details.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or Thank you to all campus employees who have been planning and working for the past several months to make Commencement a wonderful experience for graduates and their families.

Mail delivery change effective June 30

As previously announced in the President’s Campus Update from Dec. 16, courier mail delivery to all campus offices other than those in Old Main will be discontinued following the end of the 2014 spring semester. The last date for full courier mail delivery service will be June 27.

Beginning June 30, each campus office should pick up their mail at the Campus Post Office daily between the hours of 1 and 3:30 p.m. Large or unusually heavy packages which are not time sensitive will be delivered to campus by the College Press courier during his normal delivery schedule as time permits. A package dolly and mail tubs will also be available to borrow from the campus post office. These can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis by inquiring at the customer service window.

In order to maintain security of the mail, the Campus Post Office is asking that there be a designated person or persons who will regularly pick up the mail for each department. The presentation of a Messiah College photo ID card will be required for unknown or unfamiliar staff members. Sending work-study students to pick up mail without prior arrangements to do so is strongly discouraged for security reasons.

Mail delivery to Old Main will still occur between 12 and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions about mail pickup or delivery can be addressed to Bill Althoff at ext. 3904.

Class of 2013 Post-Graduate Employment Report now available

The Career Center is pleased to provide the “First Destination” survey report for the Class of 2013. This report highlights employment and graduate school outcomes from our most recent graduating class. If you have questions on information included in the report, please feel free to contact the coordinator of this survey, Abby Book, at

Important note: The Class of 2014 survey is now live and available to current seniors. Please encourage your students who have confirmed their plans to respond.

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.

Spring cleaning reminder

With the end of the semester fast approaching, areas should be reviewing their containers of hazardous and bio-hazardous wastes and chemical substances/partial containers of substances that will no longer be used. There is no longer a waste coordinator to make regular rounds to pick up waste. Areas must now initiate the contact for waste removal. If you have any containers for pick-up, please contact Bob Brubaker at or ext. 5624. It is your responsibility to make the arrangements with Bob; you need to inform him of what waste you have, approximately how much, where it is located and when it is available to be picked up. Remember that these containers of waste should be dated to show when the first waste was added to the container. We cannot store hazardous waste for more than one year from the date on the container; bio-hazardous waste cannot be stored in areas for more than 30 days before being moved to the freezer at Lenhert. If the waste is approaching the deadline date, contact Bob immediately.

Campus Ministries connection

Our chapel series for 2013-2014 is complete. Thank you to all who have invested time in chapel this year. It truly has been a community effort. Now we are given the opportunity to live the “Polarities of Worship” and other chapel movements encountered through the year. We pray especially for our graduates as they engage the future and also pray for all of our students as they begin their summer. May all of us continue to experience the rhythms of spiritual formation in our lives.


Position available:

The Department of Residence Life has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Assistant Director of Residence Life – Upperclass Experience. For additional information and to apply, please see . Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students, at

For rent:

Three-four bedroom duplex house for rent in Grantham — Located at 810 Grantham Road. $1,200/mo; Two bedroom townhouse for long term lease — Available June 1. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at 717-623-0735 or

For sale:

Moving sale — Going overseas in September, need to sell our furniture. We have living room and dining room furniture, beds and dressers, a patio set and more. For photos and prices, please email

Moving sale — Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., we will be having a small moving sale at our home. Stop by for great deals on a variety of items. Located at 2703 Mill Rd., Mechanicsburg PA. For more information, contact