Archive for 2014

September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Isaiah 40:28 (NRSV)


Jim Makowski, professor of biology, presented a paper on “The Use of Alizarin Red as a Method for Detecting Mammalian Tissue in Mixed Feed Samples” at the annual meeting of the American Oil Chemists Society in San Antonio, Texas.

The office of the registrar announces personnel changes. Paula Maynard has transitioned from her previous position of assistant registrar to associate registrar for graduate programs. While Paula continues to be a member of the registrar’s office team, she has a dedicated focus on graduate-level support. Please join us in welcoming Holly Parrey, assistant registrar, as she has assumed responsibilities for the degree certification process, oversight of DegreeWorks and end-of-term grade processing for undergraduate students. Holly came to us from Harrisburg Area Community College and has prior experience at Widener University School of Law and Temple University.

Ann Rohrbaugh recently resigned her position as director of The Learning Center taking a full-time position with the Cumberland Valley School District. We thank Ann for her years of service to the Messiah Community and wish her well. Joan Sotherden is now overseeing operation of The Learning Center. Joan has served Messiah College as an adjunct instructor teaching first year seminar and a variety of other courses for several departments.

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“What Operations Department Can Do For You” training session offered Sept. 18

On Sept. 18 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. conference services, The Bookstore, College Press, safety and catering will hold an informational training about what services are offered for events. If you are a faculty or staff member that has responsibility for organizing events, this training will help you.

Movie on the Green scheduled for Sept. 19

The office of human resources is once again partnering with Student Involvement and Leadership Programs to host an outdoor movie event. DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” will be showing on a 40-foot tall screen on Friday, Sept. 19 on the Eisenhower Lawn at 7:30 p.m. Coinciding with Family Weekend, this event is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. Bring blankets and chairs (rain location is Brubaker Auditorium).

All proceeds go to the United Way of the Capital Region. Suggested donation is $2/student or $10/family. Concessions (including hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese) will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at See attachment for complete details.

Philip Clemens to speak on campus Sept. 23

Philip Clemens, chairman and CEO of The Clemens Family Corporation, will be speaking on campus Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Hostetter Chapel. The topic for the evening will be “Principles of Leadership — Purpose Beyond Profit.” Clemens will address running a highly successful family business while remaining committed to the values of ethics, integrity and stewardship. This event is free and open to the public; no ticket is required. For more information, contact Yonette Schneider, special events and donor stewardship coordinator, at ext. 5242. Chapel credit will be provided for those students who wish to attend.

“Into the City Mini” offered Sept. 23

The Career and Professional Development Center is conducting an “Into the City Mini” trip to MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Association) in Lancaster on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Please help us spread the word about this amazing opportunity by passing this information along to interested students.

Students on this trip are able to attend a networking luncheon sponsored by MEDA, which features a guest speaker and networking time with many local business professionals, some of whom are Messiah College alumni.  Students will also visit MEDA’s headquarters for a tour, a Q&A session with human resource professionals and Skype chats with MEDA employees around the globe (Ukraine, Canada and several locations in Africa). Interested students should register here by Sept. 17 (space is limited).

MEDA offers many international and domestic opportunities in international development and sustainability, among other areas. They also offer six month international internships. Students will learn more about these opportunities during the site visit.

The Ernest L. Boyer Center Symposium set for Oct. 3

The Ernest L. Boyer Center is pleased to host a one-day symposium around the theme “Making Connections: Translating Ideas into Good Practice for School Renewal.” The Symposium is Friday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Boyer 131. Please consider attending and encouraging your students, particularly those who may be called to serve as teachers, to attend.

The symposium is inspired by the ideals of “The Basic School,” a vision outlined by the late Ernest L. Boyer Sr. for transforming elementary education. It will provide principals, teachers, teacher-educators, students and education faculty with opportunities to consider ideas for school renewal but also to see their implementation in current educational contexts.

The symposium reflects the sustained and inspired energies of Dr. Don Murk, professor of early childhood education and chair of the education department, to bring the ideals of The Basic School into reality. The program features addresses by Dr. Paul Boyer, president of Boyer Associates, Dr. Lillian Brinkley, NAESP mentor trainer and Mr. Patrick Callaghan, executive director for elementary education  at South Western City Schools, Grove City, Ohio. Another highlight will be a panel featuring principals who have used the ideals of The Basic School successfully in their elementary schools.

There is no cost for Messiah educators or students and campus participants are welcome to join us for parts of the program as schedules allow. You can register and find out more about the symposium here. For more information, contact Tina Keul, administrative assistant to The Ernest L. Boyer Center, at ext. 5077 or

“Pizza and Professionals” series scheduled for fall

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the “Pizza with Professionals” series. In a typical Pizza with Professionals session, the employer (usually an alum) talks about his or her career path, the advice they have for current students and how to apply for jobs or internships with their company. We then provide about 15 minutes for Q&A.

See below for more information, including dates and registration links. Please help us spread the word about these programs by passing this information on to interested students.  Educators are also invited to attend.

Note: several of our alumni presenters are able to speak in classes either before or after their Pizza with Professionals session. This is noted below by an asterisk. To schedule a class speaker, contact Abby Book, program coordinator alumni engagement, at

All Pizza with Professionals sessions will be held from 12- 1 p.m.:

Sept. 29GoCorps – location TBD – RSVP here

Oct. 3WTS International* – Jordan 159 –  RSVP here

Oct. 17National Cancer Institute*- Boyer 131- RSVP here

Oct. 22Under Armour* – Boyer 131 – RSVP here

Oct. 29Manitowoc – location TBD – RSVP here

Nov. 5International Justice Mission – Boyer 131 – RSVP here

Nov. 7Mennonite Central Committee– location TBD – RSVP here

Save the Date for Prezi training

The office of human resources has partnered with Kaitlyn Gehris, Messiah’s Prezi ambassador, to provide training to employees who are interested in discovering the benefits of Prezi and learning to transition from text driven PowerPoint to the innovative and millennial-preferred Prezi presentation software. These sessions have been divided into a one-hour, four-part series. See attachment for details.

The sessions will be presented on Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27.


  • Getting familiar with Prezi
  • Prezi features and images
  • Designing a Prezi
  • Honing your skills to create polished and distinctive Prezi presentations

Registration information available soon.

Opportunity to study the Bible in Turkey

After having led student trips to study the Bible in Turkey, I’ve volunteered to take members of my church in Harrisburg to do the same next summer from June 15-28 and wanted to extend the invitation to any interested adult learners at Messiah, as well. If you have ever considered taking a holiday to the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean coast while also learning more about the Bible and your faith at the same time, consider joining us on a pilgrimage next summer to the “other holy land.” There participants will walk the roads trod by Paul on his three missionary journeys (Acts 13-21) and explore several of the cities and earliest Christian communities to which he wrote letters (Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon and more). We will also visit some of John’s “seven churches of Revelation” (Rev. 2-3) and travel across the regions to which Peter wrote his two letters. Since two-thirds of our New Testament books were either written from or to ancient Asia Minor (now modern-day Turkey), this land holds many clues to understanding the Bible better. Consider it an adult Vacation Bible School!

In addition to learning more about the Bible, there will also be free time and opportunities for relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea, soaking in calcium hot springs, sampling fabulous Turkish cuisine and coffee, seeing Turkish rugs woven, bartering in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, visiting mosques to understand Muslims and their faith better, learning more about the modern secular state of Turkey and how religion and politics interact in a different country and visiting two UNESCO world heritage sites! Spanning the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey really is the place where East meets West and it is a country full of beauty, hospitality and history. Come and join the adventure!

If you are interested in learning more about the trip, please email Dr. Ramey at Deadline for trip deposits is Oct. 15. For more information, see attachment.

Protocols and procedures for lobby spaces outlined

To ensure a consistent positive, welcoming first impression for campus guests and improve visitors’ experience, the College has outlined the protocols and procedures. See attachment for complete details.

Reminders about submitting work order requests

In efforts to properly track work order repair requests, it is important that work requests not be communicated directly to facility maintenance employees, (either in passing, or by calling personal phone extensions and personal email addresses). ALL service requests need to be submitted using the maintenance work order form on MCSquare. If the request is an emergency, call facility services so that computer generated work orders can be created. Following this procedure will help to reduce lost requests and provide the managers in facility services the ability to manage work requests more effectively. See attachment for complete details.

Reminder from business office of updated forms for FY15

When accessing the business office forms, please check the business office channel on MCSquare to ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version. Prior versions of the forms are not guaranteed to be relevant nor accepted. Also, if you find you are having difficulty opening or using the forms, please ensure that you are using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Save a copy from the MCSquare page and open it in one of those programs. Some computers and browsers, especially Apple products, have default PDF handlers that restrict capabilities of the form and by using an Adobe product you will ensure full compatibility. If you do not have Adobe Reader (which is a free download), you can download it here (make sure to uncheck the McAfee Security Scan box or by contacting the Helpdesk). If you have any questions ,you may contact Teri Rader at ext. 2910 or Stephen Beaver at ext. 2050.


Position available:

The Office of Development has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Assistant Director of Annual Giving I. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Beth Clark, Director of Annual Giving, at


Kittens —Four kittens looking for a good home. (My girls say they already have a good home, Daddy says looking for a better home.) For more information, contact