Archive for 2014

January 9, 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:13 (NRSV)


Our beloved college pastor, Eldon Fry has recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of spring semester. Eldon has been working a slightly decreased schedule this fall and will move to a half-time schedule as the spring semester begins. His new schedule will find him on campus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. His office will continue to be fully staffed and will be available to assist when Eldon is off campus. We are currently in the process of searching for a new college pastor. A time of celebration for Eldon in appreciation for his good work here at Messiah will be planned for later in the semester. Details will be forthcoming.

We are at a loss for how to thank the Messiah College community for all the support, prayers and gifts given to us immediately following our house fire in November. Each day was, and continues to be, a big transition for us but we very clearly see God’s provision, blessings and protection during this difficult time. We could not have made it through without your help and for that we are eternally grateful! Thankfully, all our troubles disappeared when we finally welcomed our little boy, Owen Asher, into the world on Dec. 26 — happy and healthy. I am blessed to live and work among such amazing people.

Kristen Slabaugh, assistant professor of nursing, clinical track

Messiah 411

January wellness workshop announced

Plan now to attend January’s wellness workshop on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Wellness Director, Professor Doug Miller, will be the presenter. The topic, “Stress and Our Bodies…Hitting ABOVE the Belt,” will help you understand the specific ways chronic stress can negatively impact our health. Our mind-body links are real and important to understand. The presentation will also include helpful ways to prevent stress from delivering that knockout punch we all fear. And don’t forget, attending a wellness workshop earns employees 15 wellness points (with a max of 45 for three workshops).

Accounts payable office to change hours on Jan. 17

The accounts payable office will be closed Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a department retreat. Normal business will resume after 1 p.m.

Zumba and Pilates classes offered

Two wellness exercise classes are available for employees and students this spring. Zumba will meet on Sundays 3-4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium, Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. in Hitchcock Arena, Wednesdays 8-9 p.m. in Hitchcock Arena and Thursdays 10-11 p.m. in Hitchcock Arena. Zumba classes begin Sunday, Jan. 19 and run throughout the spring semester. Certified student instructors will lead the classes. A $15 fee allows participants to attend any or all Zumba sessions.

A Pilates class is also being offered and will meet on Tuesdays from 5:15-6 p.m. in Hostetter Fellowship Hall. The class will begin on Feb. 4 and run for six weeks through March 11. Certified Pilates instructor and HHP adjunct professor Mindy Smith will be leading the class. The cost of the six-week class is $15.

All participants must pre-register and pay for these exercise classes at the front desk in the Falcon Fitness Center (second floor of Sollenberger Sports Center).

Representative from Creation Care Study Program on campus Feb. 6-7

Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) representative Tyler Amy will be on campus Feb. 6 and 7 to talk to students about studying in New Zealand and Belize. CCSP are semester-long programs that focus on global sustainability. While studying at CCSP, students are able to meet general education requirements such as lab science; science, technology and the world; Christian beliefs; and literature. If you are interested in meeting with him or would be interested in having him speak to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or

The Creation Care Study Program concentrates on issues confronting developing communities and creative solutions constructed through awareness and practice of ecological conservation sciences. Additional information about the programs can be found here: Belize and New Zealand.

Please let interested students know Amy will be hosting an information session on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 130.

Representative from LLC International University on campus Feb. 19-20

On February 19 and 20, Kristen Leichty, a representative of LCC International University, will be on campus to talk with students and faculty about opportunities for students to study in Lithuania. If you are interested in inviting Leichty to speak in your classes or would like to meet with her one-on-one, please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at or ext. 6089.

LCC International University serves 600 students from a number of Eastern European nations. Students travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia as well as Latvia and Estonia during this unique learning experience. Courses in accounting, business, conflict studies, economics, English, history, literature, marketing, social science and theology are offered each semester. To learn more about the program, see this link.

We are now on Facebook and Twitter! Like our Facebook page: Intercultural Office at Messiah and/or follow us on Twitter at MESSIAHabroad for updates about this and other programs!

World Cup phase III begins

If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves getting a little more exercise, why not register today for our wellness program titled “Messiah Goes to the World Cup”? It’s a six-week program where you simply record your daily exercise on the link below. At the end of the six weeks, you receive 30 wellness points, if you meet the minimum requirements of the program. These requirements are to record your exercise for at least five of the six weeks and engage in the required amount of exercise each week. For walkers, it’s 100 minutes or five miles of walking each week; for runners it’s 60 minutes or seven miles each week; for cyclists it’s 60 minutes or 12 miles each week; for swimmers it’s 60 minutes or two miles each week; and for those doing any other kind of exercise it’s 60 minutes each week. More than 100 employees are already participating and since September we’ve accumulated over 16,000 miles, which has allowed us to symbolically “send” three of our soccer players to Brazil for this summer’s World Cup (Drew Frey, Jack Thompson and Brian Ramirez). If you would like to join the program for the first time, send an email to You will then receive a special invitation through Café Well that will simplify the registration process. But do it today, since our Phase III program has already begun. If you have participated in either or both of the previous phases, just click on the appropriate link below, and start recording your workouts! Remember, if you are new to the program you also need to email your screen name to






Safety recalls announced

1. Shaw Industries recalls carpet due to fire hazard; sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores.

2. Eight retailers including Best Buy, HH Gregg, Sears/Kmart and Toys R Us recall 32 in. Coby flat-screen televisions due to fire and burn hazards.

Thank you for your donations to World Vision

Thank you for reaching out so generously to World Vision at the Employee Christmas Luncheon! We collected $1,508.85 which will be used to fund the following:

30 chickens

48 soccer balls for schools

$749.85 for the Clean Water Fund

Thank you to Rick Hammaker, Nate Kamban, Tony Beers and the four soccer players who donned appropriate gear and volunteered their time to collect donations.


Job Opportunities

The Department of Conference and Event Services currently has an opening for the full-time position of Guest Relations Coordinator. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions should be directed to Heather Negley, director of conference and event services, at

The Department of Marketing and Communications currently has an opening for the full-time position of Graphic Designer. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions should be directed to Nancy Soulliard, creative director, marketing and communications, at

The Dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences currently has an opening for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions should be directed to Caroline Maurer, dean of the School of BESS, at

The Purchasing Department currently has an opening for the full-time position of Purchasing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions should be directed to Wendy Starner, controller, at

The Internship Department currently has an opening for the part-time position of Internship Coordinator. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions should be directed to Mike True, director of the Internship Center, at

For sale:

27 ft. Mac Thunderbolt display—Rarely used. Asking price is $800. Please contact Scott Hwang at for more details.