Archive for 2014

October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will abandon you forever.
I Chronicles 28:9 (NRSV)


On Oct. 20 the Department of Education’s Carol Buckley hosted a discussion event that focused on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) — “Unraveling Common Core State Standards: Debunking Myths and Setting the Record Straight.” Guest speakers were Joan Gillis, from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, who discussed CCSS from a math perspective and Carrie Soliday from the Lincoln Intermediate Unit who presented CCSS from a language arts standpoint. Their presentations defined the pivotal initiative of CCSS and explored their evolution. There was an informal question and answer segment after the presentations. The event drew a crowd of 81 attendees.

Associate professor of marketing David Hagenbuch recently presented a paper titled “Should Advertising Shock?” at the Christian Business Faculty Association Conference held at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. The paper won the “Best Practice in Teaching Paper Award.”

Please join us in welcoming Kyle Weber, accounting analyst; Dan Custer, research analyst; Heather Ingram, student account coordinator and counselor; Steven Gross, student account coordinator and counselor; L. Jill Hans, director of financial planning and budget; Christine Hartman, director of financial operations and controller. Stephen Beaver was recently promoted to senior accounting analyst and will assume the duties that were previously held by Stephen Badoo. We would like to thank Stephen Badoo, who currently works remotely for the College, for his excellent work and wish him well in his future career endeavors. His assignment will end on Oct. 31. Please note – all interoffice communications for Stephen Beaver, L. Jill Hans, Christine Hartman, Dave Hoffman and Kyle Weber should be addressed to Suite 3012.

Messiah College has a Workplace Safety Committee that is state-certified. This means that it must operate within certain parameters outlined by the state. In doing so, it affords Messiah certain benefits including a 5 percent reduction in our worker’s compensation insurance. The policy and by-laws for the Messiah College Workplace Safety Committee have been added to the Safety Manual, section 20. For a list of Committee members, to review the meeting minutes, or for future meeting dates, refer to the Safety Committee channel on MCSquare (employee tab).

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The Cultural Series presents The Manhattan Transfer: Living Room Sessions Oct. 24

Join Grammy-winning vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer, in their presentation of “The Living Room Sessions” which takes the audience on a journey from their early days through their long and successful career to the present Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. For ticket information, contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 or visit Information is also available online at

The Career and Professional Development Center to offer workshop Oct. 27

The Career and Professional Development Center would like to inform students and educators about a special workshop being offered in conjunction with the Career and Graduate School Expo Monday, Oct. 27 at 12:00p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall. Lunch will be provided. Interested students and faculty can register here.

Seven Ways to Make Your Graduate School Application Stand Out (and the Seven Deadly Sins of Graduate School Applications” with guest speaker Dr. Don Martin, author of “Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students” and a long-time professional in the field of graduate school admission.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Don Miller
• Educational background: B.A. in Religion from Lancaster Bible College; M.A. in Communication from Wheaton College; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University.
• Spent 28 years in graduate enrollment and student services.
• Was Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid and Dean of Students at Columbia University (Teachers College), The University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism), and Wheaton College (Ill.).
• Former columnist, “US News & World Report.”
• Has made graduate school presentations on college/university campuses in North America, Europe and Asia.

President Phipps to host open door day Oct. 28

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” Day on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the president in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The president’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. Please call the president’s office at ext. 2820 if you have any questions.

Dr. Nancy and Dr. M.J. Heisey to speak on campus Oct. 28

On Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Parmer Cinema (Boyer 137) Brethren in Christ scholars Dr. Nancy Heisey and Dr. M.J. Heisey, both Messiah alums, will share presentations based on their current research. Nancy will discuss connections between BIC theology and the writings of early church fathers, while M.J. will discuss the work of BIC relief workers during and after World War II, as well as the archival holdings that make her research possible. For more details, check the Sider Institute website or contact Shirley Groff at

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin on campus Oct. 30

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks on her newest book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism,” on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. As one of the most recognized historians of the day, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive Era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Author of several best-selling books, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” A contributor both on and off the air to the PBS documentaries “LBJ,” “The Kennedys” and “FDR and Baseball,” Goodwin is the person most turn to for a keen historical perspective on political and current events.

“Lincoln,” the film version of her acclaimed book, “Team of Rivals,” was produced by Steven Spielberg and premiered in Nov. 2012 to rave reviews and multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Dreamworks Studios and Steven Spielberg have also acquired the film rights to “The Bully Pulpit.” General admission tickets are $25. Student tickets (with Messiah College student ID) are $10. To purchase, please contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 or visit

Passport processing available on campus Oct. 30

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be visiting campus Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Eisenhower Commons from 10:30 a.m.—1 p.m. to process passport applications. You need to bring:

1. Photo

2. Documents – birth certificate, driver’s license PLUS A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE (Non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID, along with a copy of their ID)

3. Completed application

4. Fees

Applications can be downloaded here. For more information, contact the Intercultural Office at

Jazz vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd to present lecture and perform on campus Nov.5

Acclaimed vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd will present a hybrid lecture and concert titled “What is Jazz?” on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Floyd will be joined by Aaron Graves on piano and Matthew Parish on double bass. This event is sponsored by the College Honors Program.

Ruth Naomi Floyd is a gifted vocalist-composer who has been at the forefront of creating vocal jazz for over 20 years. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, critics have praised Floyd’s music and discography for its distinctive sound of progressive ensemble jazz that is seamlessly blended with explicit Biblical messages of unwavering faith in God.

Admission is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please contact the ticket office at or ext. 6036. Please see attachment for more information. Alternate chapel credit will be given for students attending this event.

Representative from Oregon Extension on campus Nov. 10-12

Oregon Extension faculty member Heidi Gehman will be on campus Monday, Nov. 10 through Wednesday, Nov. 12 to talk to students and faculty about opportunities for students to study at the Oregon Extension. If you are interested in inviting her to speak in your classes or would like to meet with her one-on-one, please contact Wendy Lippert at Please encourage interested students to attend one of these information sessions:

Nov. 11, 4 p.m., Larsen 237

Nov. 12, 12 p.m., Larsen 237

To learn more about this program, please see this link.

Representative from International Studies Abroad on campus Nov. 17

On Nov. 17 International Studies Abroad (ISA) Program Representative Ashley Tobin will be on campus to introduce students to opportunities to study with ISA programs in Chile and France. If you are interested in meeting with her to learn more about the programs or in having her speak to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or
Also, please feel free to share with your students that Tobin will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons on that day and will be hosting the following information sessions highlighting both programs:

Nov. 17, Boyer 237, 4 p.m — General information session

Nov. 17, Boyer 230, 5 p.m. — Orientation session for students applying for spring 2015

Check out the following links to learn more about these programs:



Learning Technology Services offers fall open door sessions

Learning Technology Services is offering fall open door sessions. These workshops are led by our instructional designers, director of innovation consulting and digital media specialists. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia (recording media, ensemble and others)
  • Mobile Apps and Canvas
  • Canvas rubrics and modules

Please visit this link to view the calendar of times to drop in.

Reminders about holiday schedules from accounts payable

The accounts payable office would like to remind you that there will be no checks issued the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-28 and Christmas, Dec. 22-Jan. 1. Please plan accordingly if you will need checks those weeks for special events, honorariums, etc. Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Second six-week ‘Messiah Goes to the World Cup’ phase beginning soon

Over 70 employees have been participating in the first phase of the physical activity program titled “Messiah Goes to the World Cup.” After signing up on the Café Well internet site, employees simply log their miles of walking, running and cycling or their minutes of swimming and any other kind of exercise. Together so far, we have accumulated over 5,400 miles — equivalent to 206 marathons! For every 1,050 miles (round trip distance to Montreal) we record, we get to symbolically “send” one of our women’s soccer players to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. So far four players have been selected by the employees participating in the program (Sara Yunez, Marissa Weaver, Holly Burgard, Nikki Elsaessar) and we will be sending our fifth player this week. Join the fun by participating in the second six-week phase, which begins on Oct. 26. If you are a first-timer, or you are a current participant, you still need to register for the second phase. Register today be clicking on the appropriate link(s) below. Employees get 30 wellness points for participating in a six-week phase. Remember, if you want to count your physical activity for wellness points, you MUST sign up for this program.


7th annual Messiah Team Triathlon completed

Seven teams recently participated in the Messiah Team Triathlon on campus, an event requiring teams of three, with each person completing only one leg of the triathlon (800 yd. swim, 12.5 mile ride, or 5K run). This year’s event included  12 employees and nine students. The Wellness Program wants to thank all who participated. Special congratulations to the team of Aaron Faro, Doug Miller and Brian Hager for setting a new Messiah Team Triathlon record in their division (male employees, combined ages <135).

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The J-term and spring 2015 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed on the document attached.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895 or Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sakai no longer available after Dec. 31

Effective Dec. 31, Sakai will no longer be available to the campus. This means you will not be able to retrieve any material from it after Dec. 31. Additionally, you will not have access to Sakai during J-term. If you need assistance with retrieving material please contact Learning Technology Services prior to Dec. 22. Please call ext. 4444 or stop by the Innovation Zone in Hoffman and see Julie Gomboc-Turyan or Cindi Tomes.

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Halloween safety tip reminders

See attachment for complete list of safety reminders recommended from

Workplace Safety Committee wants to hear what your departments is doing to promote safety

What has your department done to promote or improve safety beyond expected compliance in 2014-15? The Workplace Safety Committee would like to hear your story. Don’t have anything to write? There’s still time to change that – start working on a safety project now! Submit your department’s achievements on the contest entry form by March 27, 2015 and you could win a Safety Break (refreshments) for your area and an extra $500 in your area’s budget for safety improvements. A copy of the entry form is available at the Safety Committee Channel on MCSquare. The winning entry will be selected at the Committee’s April 7, 2015 meeting.

Reminders for fire safety

See attachment for important fire safety reminders.


Positions available:

The Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy invites applications for the full-time position of Director of the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to John Addleman, Associate Provost for Graduate and Nontraditional Programs, at

The Early Learning Center has an immediate need for the temporary, as needed, part-time position of  Substitute Teacher, Preschool. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Stacey Griffiths, Director of the ELC at


Vendors for Holiday Bazaar — To be held at Mountain Ridge Church Dec. 13  Direct sales, crafts and food vendors wanted. For more Information, contact

Metal detector/rock tumbler — Real ones, not the plastic ones for kids. Contact Jenell at

For sale:

Doublewide home — Located at 21 Audubon Park, 1,620 sq. ft., less than 10 minutes from campus. Doublewide home built in 1995. Central air, three bedrooms, two full baths, living room, dining room, nice sized kitchen with pass through counter to family room, family room with stone wood burning fireplace, plus laundry room. Master bedroom features a full bath. Home has two off-street parking spaces, storage shed and a covered deck. HOA $320/month includes water/sewer/trash. List price $69,000. Call 717-502-6430 for appointment.

Outside organization announcement:

The Arts Hub to host Ameranouche at the Grantham Church Oct. 25 — The Arts Hub is pleased to host the award winning and premier gypsy jazz trio in the United States Ameranouche! A veteran of the Newport Jazz Festival this rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic jazz, mixed with soul, flamenco and bebop influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and elegant. Whether they’re playing a musette waltz from 1930 or a funk-inspired original tune, Ameranouche is the sound of gypsy jazz in the 21st century. Join us for this free event!

Join us before the shoe at 6:45 p.m. for an art gallery reception featuring the work of painter Ralph Hocker. Ralph paints beautiful landscapes of central PA and will be sharing several of his pieces with us.  Ameranouche will perform at 7:30 p.m. The Grantham Church is located at 421 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. For more information, contact Rebecca Coover at 717-766-0531 or See these links for additional information. The Arts Hub, Ameranouche, and Ralph Hocker.