Archive for 2014

June 12, 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13 (NRSV)


Last week at the NACCAP (North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals) conference held at John Brown University in Arkansas, Dana Britton and Tim Agnolutto presented a session entitled, “Blue Jeans, Comp Time and Trophies: Mentoring & Managing Millennials.” There were approximately 400 admissions professionals that attended this conference. Dana was also chosen to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, and Tim received the Regional Service Award. We are honored to have our employees recognized for excellence in the profession and celebrate a strong team presence at this year’s NACCAP conference. On a fun side note, Rusty Hoffman was the first to cross the finish line in the NACCAP 5K, while Rachel Shenk was the top-performing female in this annual event. Congrats to all!
John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management

This past spring semester the COE Senate approved the Teaching and Learning Initiative. The plan for this initiative includes my appointment of a Director of Teaching and Learning to give leadership to centralized programming and to chair the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Fisler, associate professor of education, to fill this role. Given Jennifer’s related work with the assessment of student learning, her title for these responsibilities will be Director of Teaching and Learning and Assessment. Please congratulate Jennifer on her appointment and look for more this summer and early fall about the implementation of the initiative.
Randy Basinger, Provost

Dr. William Stowman, professor of music, was a featured artist at the 39th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Valley Forge, PA, May 20-24. Bill performed as a soloist with Bravo Brass from Philadelphia doing a world premiere of a new composition for brass and trumpet solo called “Monaco Legacy” by Benjamen Blasko ’13. He also performed as a member of Tromba Mundi in the opening ceremonies and in a recital of opera transcriptions for trumpet later in the week. The conference was attended by more than 1,000 people from around the world.

Messiah 411

Wellness completion form due in three days

Employees who acquired 100 wellness points during the 2013-14 academic year and want to receive a discount on next year’s health insurance premium must return their completed form to Doug Miller by Sunday, June 15. If you have not yet returned the form, but plan to do so, please email a copy of it to Do not send a hard copy through campus mail. The wellness completion form can be found at the wellness website. You can also Google “Messiah Wellness” and find the site. Employees who accumulate 100 wellness points, complete the form and return it by the deadline will receive a discount on next year’s health insurance premium.

Accounts payable notice for fiscal year end June 30

Please submit all employee reimbursements for this fiscal year by June 20 so we can process them by June 30. If you make a purchase or are traveling the last few days of June, be sure to submit your reimbursements and receipts within five business days of returning to campus, and no later than July 7.

NOTICE: Messiah College is a PA Sales Tax Exempt Entity. If you are making purchases on behalf of the College, please be sure to present a PA Sales Tax Exempt Certificate to the cashier prior to checking out. If you need a PA Sales Tax Exemption Certificate, contact accounts payable. Thank you for your continued cooperation, and have a great summer! Any questions regarding this notice, contact Teri Rader at ext. 2910 or

2014-15 Letters of Appointment delayed

The delay in the decision regarding the cost of living adjustment has necessitated a delay in the production of the 2014-15 Letters of Appointment for administrative and staff employees. We expect to mail the letters by July 11. The content will include title, salary or hourly rate, and the date range an employee is expected to work. The letters will be mailed to your home address.

Benefit and deduction information is no longer displayed on the Letter of Appointment. Instead, employees who wish to review this information may do so using Employee Self Service, which is available through MCSquare.

If you do not receive your Letter of Appointment, or have any questions on the content, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at ext. 7086.

Family Weekend 2014 activities needed for brochure mailed in August

Family Weekend 2014 will be Sept. 19-21. If your office or department is having an event that you would like considered for submission in the weekend brochure (mailed to all underclassmen families in early August), please send the information to Only activities or opportunities appropriate for family involvement will be considered. Call ext. 5240 with any questions.

Make arrangements for early student arrivals

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival, please complete the online early arrival request form, or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Friday, Aug. 1. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 18, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Thursday, Aug. 28 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange.

There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions or changes received between Aug. 4–Aug. 17 will be charged $10/person and between Aug. 18–30 any changes or additions will be $25/person.

Human resources announces partnership with Open Hands Ministry

Human resources will be partnering with Open Hands ministry, founded by retired College Pastor Eldon Fry, in the development of various programs for supervisors and teams. Open Hands serves individuals and congregations desiring spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, spiritual formation consultation, life coaching or leadership development. Open Hands is also available to anyone seeking such support and guidance. For more information, contact Eldon at 717-385-3980 or His website is

Safety tip: Be aware of your surroundings

June is National Safety Month. Each week of the month, the National Safety Council will be focusing on a safety topic relevant to most workplaces and most households. For the third week, the Council advises everyone to “Be Aware of Your Surroundings.” Information provided in this tip sheet includes how to create a safer environment on the job and at home.


Positions available:

The Financial Aid Office has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Loan Processing Coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Greg Gearhart, director of financial aid, at

The Office of the Provost has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Provost’s Office Coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to William Strausbaugh, associate provost, at

For rent:

Single room with private bath for rent in Dillsburg, 10 minutes from college. $500/month. Shared kitchen. Call 717-856-8060.

Single room for rent with shared bathroom and kitchen in Dillsburg. Call 717-856-8060.

One-bedroom apartment available for rent mid-July. Located on Summit Dr., a five-minute walk to campus. Single tenant only. Contact Susan at or 717-802-5447.

Outside organizations:

Grantham community yard sale Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.