Archive for 2014

May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed. To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!
Proverbs 15: 22-23 (NRSV)


Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music, had the pleasure of conducting the Orange County Junior High School All-County Chorus in Newburgh, N.Y. A former teacher in the urban district of Newburgh Enlarged City, Rachel led 150 students from Orange County in a performance for a crowd of 500-plus audience members. “What a joy it was to, once again, perform with the students of Orange County on the same stage where I conducted my final concert nine years ago as director of choral activities at Newburgh Free Academy!”

Bradley Genevro, director of bands, served as a recording producer for multiple recording projects done by universities over the past months. Those schools included Temple University, University of Southern Illinois (Edwardsville) and Depauw University.

Erik Lindquist and Ray Norman have coauthored an article with others from Johns Hopkins University and Food for the Hungry on a water filter study based in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Their article, titled “A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Childhood Diarrhea Using Hollow Fiber Water Filter and/or Hygiene-Sanitation Educational Interventions,” will be published in the upcoming volume of “The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.” This work is the result of a $120,000 grant through the Sawyer Corporation that manufactures the PointONE water filter.

Effective this summer, Paula C. Maynard will assume a new role as associate registrar for graduate programs. In her new role, Paula will be responsible for myriad administrative duties affiliated with the growing population of graduate students. Paula has held several positions within the office of the registrar and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new assignment. We are pleased to welcome Paula to her new role and we wish her well in this endeavor.
Registrar’s Office

The office of the provost is pleased to announce that Ruth Nutt has accepted the position of executive administrator to the office of the provost.  Ruth will be transitioning into the role upon Joan Malick’s retirement. Joan is retiring after 20 years of service to Messiah College, 17 of which have been in the office of the provost. Please join us in welcoming Ruth to her new role and in thanking Joan for her years of faithful and effective service.

The Agapè Center for Service and Learning congratulates Tetyana Pyatovolenko, senior music performance major, as the 2014 Barnabas Servant Leadership student award winner. Tetyana will be awarded $500, a basin to represent her service and ministry to others and $500 awarded to the charity of her choice, Amani Children’s Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C. The Agapè Center for Service and Learning also congratulates Jean Corey, associate professor of English, as the Barnabas Servant Leadership employee award winner for 2014. Jean will be awarded $500, a basin to represent her service and ministry to others and $500 awarded to the charity of her choice, Amani Children’s Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C. Our community is encouraged and strengthened by the commitment to service shown by these award recipients. Thank you for taking the time to nominate your peers for this award!

Messiah 411

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.

Reception for Engle Center employees set for May 22

Please join us in honoring the service of Judy Groop, coordinator of health services, and David Brown, Engle Center counselor, at a reception in the Jordan Atrium Lounge from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 22.
Phil Lawlis, director of the Engle Center

Hostetter Chapel renovations begin May 19

This summer and into the fall there will be several renovation projects taking place within Hostetter Chapel. It is important to know that the building, other than the daycare, will be closed starting May 26. The upper level will reopen in mid-August. On May 19 work will begin to repurpose the Hostetter Fellowship Hall, replace the HVAC system, modify the daycare space and renovate the sanctuary.

As part of the renovations, the College will be removing the pews from the sanctuary, providing a more flexible space that can be set up with chairs for a lecture, table and chairs for a workshop, group meetings and catering. This will make an underutilized space more functional for college use.

The College will be selling the pews for $25 (cash or check). If you are interested, please contact Russ Ehrich at ext. 3550 or Pews are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All pews must be picked up between May 27 and May 30; no exceptions.

Summer flex-time and summer business casual guidelines

Beginning Tuesday, May 27, the College will again permit the use of summer flexible work arrangements and business casual dress. Implementation of a Summer flex-time program and the use of business casual dress is at the discretion of the work unit leader and requires approval in advance from the appropriate dean or provost/vice president. If you would like to take part in flexible work arrangements this summer, please speak to your supervisor. See document for full details.

2013-2014 Performance Appraisal schedule announced

Performance appraisals for all administrative and staff employees, with the exception of employees in operations, are due on June 15. If an employee is leaving campus prior to June 15, the performance appraisal is due before they depart. Operations will continue to review their employees during the month of their hiring anniversary.

Customized appraisal forms have been established to better support the environment and requirements of different areas of the College. Other areas of the College will use the standard appraisal forms found in the forms section of the human resource and compliance website.

If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at

Safety Recall: Northstar® Liquid Fuel Lanterns manufactured by Coleman

Northstar lanterns are being recalled due to a fire hazard. An incorrect gas feed tube was installed on the lantern. When lit, the tube can release too much fuel posing fire and burn hazards. These lanterns were sold nationwide from Nov. 2013 through Feb. 2014. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lanterns and contact The Coleman Company, Inc. at 800-835-3278, by email at or online at and click on “Important Safety Information” for a replacement lantern.



VHS tapes from the Library — The Library is weeding out many of the VHS tapes in our collection. The tapes will be placed on carts in the library lobby. Please come and take a look.

For sale:

Classic Cape Cod Dillsburg—With mixed emotions we are offering our home for 27 years for sale as we prepare to move to first floor living. 1,800 square feet above grade includes four bedrooms (one currently being used as a den), three full bathrooms (one on each level) plus a finished basement. Half-acre, partially treed lot conveniently located close to Dillsburg town center (half mile) and Giant shopping center intersection on Route 15. Photos available on Facebook at 400 Mumper Lane. Priced at $216,900. Open House scheduled for Sunday, May 18 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Ness at 717-919-1461.

Trumpet —Yamaha student trumpet (Bb), lacquered brass finish, model YTR-2320. Includes hard case, mute and cleaning accessories as well as several music books. $225. Contact Jason at or ext. 7109.