Archive for 2014

January 16, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NRSV)

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2014 MLK Commemoration Week events schedule

The office of multicultural programs is excited to present the 2014 MLK Commemoration series beginning Monday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 23. It’s the College’s goal to reflect on the vision and Christian ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God’s agents of justice, peace and reconciliation. For all the details on the week’s events, visit or contact the multicultural programs office at ext. 2123 or

Retirement reception for employee Jan. 28

Therese Heckman, administrative assistant in the Career Center, has announced her plans to retire at the end of January. In addition to her eight years of service in the Career Center, Therese formerly served for five years as the administrative assistant to the dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. As a dedicated employee with a heart for Messiah College and our students, we are grateful for her service to our community. To celebrate Therese’s time served and to wish her well as she transitions to this exciting new venture, there will be an Open House for friends and colleagues in the Career Center on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 2–4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Christy Hanson, director of career development

Alumni and parent relations office to host networking breakfast Feb. 19

Have you ever set a New Year’s Resolution for your own self-improvement as a leader or in your personal life, and then have it fizzle out by February? Have you ever wanted to make a significant change to the way you approach leadership roles (both personal and professional) in your life? Come hear how executive coaching can make a difference in your success at work and in your personal life. Gary and Connie Ostwald will share current stories from their coaching experience through interactive role playing with members of the audience during this lively breakfast session.

This networking breakfast—“Coaching: A Strategic Tool for Leadership and Self Development”—is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a Messiah alum. Enjoy an interactive discussion led by an experienced coaching team; Connie Ostwald, associate professor of economics and development, and Gary Ostwald, executive coach, author and leadership development consultant. Please feel free to bring a friend Feb. 19 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Registration is $15. Email

Request for connections in the greater Philly area for Career Exploration Program

Each semester, the Career Center, office of alumni and parent relations and the office of development plan an “Into the City” career immersion program. We are gearing up to revisit the greater Philadelphia area this spring. The itinerary for this experience typically entails a diverse set of company site visits, alumni/parent panel presentations and a networking breakfast. Realizing we have a rich web of connections within the Messiah community, we’re calling on our community members to request referrals from your respective networks. Specifically, we’re interested in contacts (alumni or otherwise) who are affiliated with an industry or organization that would have appeal to Messiah students. It’s a wonderful opportunity for organizations to share their stories and opportunities with a talented group of students. Please contact Christy Hanson, director of career development, at with any suggestions.

Murray Library presents Inklings display through February

Don’t miss Murray Library’s foyer display, “Celebrating the Magical Worlds, Writings and Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” Travel past the lamppost and peer into the whimsical “wardrobe” to view enchanting scenes from Narnia and Middle Earth. Discover (or re-discover) the Inklings, a literary group including Tolkien and Lewis. This imaginative display will last through J-term into early February.

Merit scholarship to Harrisburg Academy available

Harrisburg Academy is excited to be partnering for a third year with Messiah College to offer merit scholarships to children of full-time Messiah College employees. These merit scholarships are annual, renewable tuition scholarships of $10,000 per student. Applicants must be new students applying to the Academy for enrollment in 5th through 11th grades. (See addendum for the 2014-15 Corporate Partner Merit Scholarship application.) All materials are due by Feb. 1 and testing dates are currently scheduled for Jan. 22, Feb. 8 and Feb. 18. A half-day visit for applicants is available on Feb. 5 and includes three classes and lunch. Have questions? Would you like to RSVP? Please contact Jessica Warren, director of admission and marketing, at

Reminders about candle safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently published a report of fires in the home caused by candles. During 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 10,630 home structure fires per year started by candles. On average, 29 home candle fires were reported per day. For more information about candle fires, including causes and preventions, read the NFPA fact sheet.

Who is the College’s retirement advisory firm?

We’ve had a couple of employees ask. So to clarify, our employees have access to retirement planning counsel through our advisory firm, Capital View Wealth Management (which was formerly named Conte-Brown). Our advisors are the same. Their contact information is Capital View Wealth Management, 212 S. Front Street, Wormleysburg, PA 17043, 717-412-4966. Denny Browne; Rob Teague; and Andy Grace


Job Opportunities

The Department of College Ministries currently has an opening for the full-time position of Assistant to the College Pastors/Chapel Attendance and Worship Media Development Coordinator. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions may be directed to Creta Bieber, project coordinator for student affairs, at

The Department of Athletics currently has an opening for the full-time position of Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach; Assistant Equipment Manager. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, director of athletics, at

The Department of Safety currently has two openings for the part-time, weekend position of Security Enforcement Officer. For more information and to apply, see Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety and dispatch services, at


Small air hockey table — For more information or photo, contact Don Lerew at ext. 2030.

Dozens of violin music books to give away— Ranging from beginners’ levels to violin concertos. Contact


Room to rent for the spring semester —I will need to rent a small room for the spring semester. I primarily need a place to sleep. My wife will be with me for a significant portion of the semester. I am looking for a location where I do not intrude upon the space of the other occupants of the residence. Contact

For rent:

Two-bedroom townhouse — Located less than a mile from Messiah College. One bathroom, convenient second floor laundry, large eat-in kitchen with island, living room, rear deck with storage shed. Off-street parking (two spaces). Hardwood floors and beautiful tile in the kitchen and bathroom. Move in date March 1. For more information, contact Laurie Owens at or call April at 717-608-0700 to find out more or schedule a tour.

For sale:

Large animal cage used for rabbit—Good condition. Asking $40. For more information or photo, contact Don Lerew at ext. 2030.

Inversion table—$100; my son purchased two inversion tables by mistake. I’m keeping one as my Christmas gift. The second table is still in the box. Please contact Susan Shannon at

Hardwood firewood—$150 cord. For more information, contact or Jeff at 717-259-7700.

Ludwig middle school level snare drum—With stand, sticks and music stand. Good condition. Price open to discussion. Contact