Archive for 2014

August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.
Psalm 33:20 (NRSV)


President Kim Phipps has been named the 2014 recipient of The Centennial Award, the highest honor of Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies. This award honors alumni “who are nationally and internationally recognized for their preeminent contributions to their profession’s or life’s work as they relate to the field of communication, education, scholarship and community.” President Phipps earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University. President Phipps was selected for the award based on her professional achievements as president of Messiah College and for “service to the community, including the board of directors of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, and other arts and service organizations, which demonstrates a spirit of involvement beyond the workplace,” said Paul Haridakis, director, Kent State School of Communication Studies.

The Office of Institutional Research is pleased to have Dan Custer joining the team as the new research analyst. Dan will provide support for the office by collecting and analyzing data, creating and maintaining datasets and reporting information in support of institutional decision-making. We are excited about the research skills Dan brings to the office and look forward to his continued service to Messiah. Please join us in welcoming Dan to his new role.
Laura Miller, director of institutional research

The Office of Annual Giving would like to thank Dan Custer for his five years of dedicated service and wish him the best in his new role as research analyst. During Dan’s tenure in annual giving, he developed a quality phonathon program and continually modified it to keep up with the changing tides of fundraising. He supported our student callers throughout their college experience and provided exceptional leadership training for them. Dan has also given guidance to our Senior Class Gift Committee, which exists to help our seniors celebrate the completion of their Messiah experience and leave a legacy of giving in honor of their class. His enthusiasm for student development and Christian higher education is exceptional. Dan is a colleague and alum who truly embodies the mission of Messiah College. We are grateful Dan will continue to be a colleague at Messiah and wish him well in his new position.
Beth Trott Clark, director annual giving

David Foster spoke at the Penn State Harrisburg NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) closing banquet on Aug. 7. Twenty college students and their parents, and 15 high school students from all over the United States came together to celebrate a summer of research. This group specifically reached out to underserved and minority students.

The Department of Conference and Event Services is pleased to announce the hire of a new sound and lighting technician Karl Krahn. Karl graduated from the New England School of Communications with a degree in communications and a focus in live sound. Karl has done contracted tech work with Norwegian Cruise Lines and the New York Musical Festival. Karl will be a great addition to our sound and lighting department as we seek to provide excellent customer service and quality technical support. Please welcome Karl as you see him on campus.

Congratulations to Sean Matthews, assistant professor of art, and his wife, Jamie, on the arrival of Gianna Marie this summer. Gianna was born July 21 weighing 9 lb. and 2 oz. Blessings to the Matthews family including big sisters Mariya, Rachel and Mary.

Richard Stevick, professor emeritus of psychology, was recently interviewed about his new book “Growing Up Amish: The Rumspringa Years,” by Brian Lockman of the PA Cable Network. The program will run this Sunday, Aug.  31 on Verizon’s channel 9 at 7 p.m. and will also be viewable for the following week on the PCN website. Among other things, Rich’s book delves into Amish youth’s involvement on the Internet, Facebook and other social media, and on the implications for their future.

Messiah 411

Location change for student computer configuration for Welcome Week 2014

For many years, student computer configuration has been in Fry Apartments. This year we are changing location. Student computer configuration for Welcome Week 2014 will take place in the first floor of Frey Hall computer labs. If you are asked for the location of the student computer configuration, please replace Fry Apartments with Frey Hall academic labs for Welcome Week. After Welcome Week we will be back at our normal place of business in Hoffman lobby.

New training documents and videos are now available for our Lexmark and Toshiba copiers

Training documents created by Phoebe Chua, work study for the School of Science, Engineering and Health are available on the College Press webpage. These documents show basic copying, scanning and printing functions. Also, a video playlist with training videos is available here.

Upcoming training sessions offered by our vendor, Higher Information Group are available:

Aug. 28
9 a.m. Toshiba training at Boyer third floor alcove
10 a.m. Toshiba training at Boyer third floor alcove
11 a.m. Toshiba training at Boyer third floor alcove
1 a.m. Lexmark Training Boyer second floor alcove
2 a.m. Lexmark Training Boyer second floor alcove

Sept. 4
10 a.m. Toshiba training at Boyer third floor alcove
11a.m. Toshiba training at Boyer third floor alcove
10 a.m. Lexmark training at Boyer second floor alcove
11 a.m. Lexmark training at Boyer second floor alcove

September wellness workshop announced

The first wellness workshop of the year will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 12-12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Dr. Amy Meoli, medical director at Penn State Hershey Sleep Center, will be presenting on “If You Don’t Snooze You Lose- The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation.” You won’t want to miss this presentation on one of the most important health topics of our day. Employees receive 15 wellness points for attending the workshop.

Wellness Program offers Zumba and Pilates classes

The Wellness Program will be sponsoring Zumba and Pilates classes this fall. Zumba will be open to both students and employees and will meet in Hitchcock Arena during the following times: Sundays: 4-5 p.m.; Mondays: 10-11 p.m.; Wednesdays: 7-8 p.m.; Thursdays: 7-8 p.m. The one-time semester fee of $20 allows participants to attend any or all of the classes throughout the semester. Payment must be made at the front desk in the fitness center (upper level of Sollenberger Sports center) prior to attending class. Classes will begin Sunday, Sept. 14.

The Pilates class will be offered on six consecutive Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 16. The class will be taught by certified instructor and HHP adjunct professor Mindy Smith. Space is limited and employees are being given the first opportunity to register. The $20 registration fee for Pilates must be paid at the front desk in the fitness center prior to attending class. On Sept. 7, registration will be opened up to students if spaces are still available. Classes will be held in the basement lounge of the Sollenberger Residence Hall.

Messiah Team Triathlon moved to the fall

The 7th annual Messiah Team Triathlon will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Teams must be comprised of any combination of three Messiah students, alumni or staff (or family members).  Each person does one leg (800-yd. swim, 12-mile ride, or 5K run) of the triathlon. Start putting your team together now and let the training begin. Each team must complete the online registration form (one form per team) by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Join us for this on-campus fun, free fitness event. Employees participating receive 15 wellness points.

Text alert system sign-up reminder

If you have not signed up for text alert system, please do so today.  If you previously signed up for text alert, please make certain the information you provided at your initial sign-up is accurate by accessing the Text Alert System.

The Text Alert System is the College’s means to notify all students and employees of critical emergency situations. The Text Alert sign-up is found on MCSquare in the “Need to Know” channel.  If you have not loaded this channel onto your MCSquare tab, please do so.  See link for the sign-up instructions.  (Please note that you will experience a slight delay when linking between MCSquare and OTAir; please be patient!)

BRITA recalls children’s water bottles

Brita has recalled children’s hard-sided water filter bottles sold between June 2013 and July 2014. The lids can break into pieces with sharp points posing a laceration hazard. The bottles were decorated with Hello Kitty, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were sold through various retailers including Target, Walmart and For more recall information, call Brita at 800-926-2065 or go to

Lead program added to the Safety Manual

A lead program for the College has been added to the Safety Manual. It outlines OSHA, U.S. EPA and Pa. DEP compliance requirements for lead. These regulations impact us because we have lead in some chemicals on campus; some of our buildings were constructed prior to 1978 and thus have the potential for leaded paint; and at times we may generate some wastes which contain lead.

FY15 retirement incentive option announced

Messiah College (“the College”) announces the Messiah College FY15 Retirement Incentive Option (the “RIO”), which offers special retirement incentives for eligible full-time employees. All RIO-eligible, full-time employees will be provided a RIO information/election packet explaining the RIO on or around Aug. 26. Those eligible employees wishing to elect RIO will need to confirm their retirement and register for RIO by Oct. 15. Unless otherwise communicated by the College, the maximum number of RIO retirements will be limited to 25 and RIO requests will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. The College also reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to terminate the RIO at any time before the end of the RIO election deadline on Oct. 15. See attachment for complete details.


For sale:

Wii games — Mario super sluggers baseball , $15; Mario and Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games, $15; Mario Strikers charged soccer, $10; Wipeout the game, $10; Sonic and the Black Knight, $5; Beyblade Metal fusion battle fortress, $5. All in very good condition. Contact Bill at ext. 3904.

Nikon D300s camera — $500. It has a few cosmetic blemishes, but is in great working condition. This was the camera that kicked-off my wife’s wedding photography experiences. Takes great photos and HD video. Contact Scott Hwang at if interested.

Pre-lit Christmas tree — Approximately 7 ft. tall and about 5 ft. wide at base. Asking $100 obo. Please email for photo.

2009 Honda Accord. Silver — 76,600 miles. Excellent condition inside and out. Power windows, seats and locks. Asking $11,000. Please call Ed at 717-614-7682.

Outside organization announcement:

Support East Berlin Parks at golf tournament—Enjoy a round of golf and a variety of putting contests while supporting the East Berlin Parks. Golf tournament is Friday, Sept. 12, with 12 p.m. shotgun start. $70 per golfer, includes cart, range balls, meal after round, chance at skill awards and prize raffles. Register by Sept. 5. Call Gerry Mummert at 717-259-7142 or contact Raeann Hamon at for registration forms.