Archive for 2014

November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Philippians 2:15-16 (NRSV)


Associate Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch recently had an article titled “What’s Your Purpose? 5 Reasons You Need to Set One for Your Business” published on The article has been shared over 2,000 times on Twitter.

The department of music hosted the annual student auditions for the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Nov. 1. Elaine Henderson, senior lecturer in music, and Damian Savarino, assistant professor of music, were co-coordinators of the all-day event. Over 200 singers from area high schools, colleges, universities and private vocal studios competed for winner and semi-finalist status, with winners receiving a cash prize.  Messiah College students who won their divisions were Sarah Adams (student of Elaine Henderson), Joel Bauman (student of Elaine Henderson), Jacob Mandell (student of Damian Savarino), Michael Hardenberg (student of Elaine Henderson and Damian Savarino) and Olivia Renkel (student of Tara Bowers Savarino). Semi-finalists were Janine Shuey (student of Elaine Henderson) and Johanna Harcrow (student of Elaine Henderson and Damian Savarino). Please join the department of music in congratulating these fine singers!

Michael True, senior associate for talent development and marketing in the Career and Professional Development Center, delivered the keynote address at the annual conference of the New England Association for Cooperative Education and Field Experience in Providence, R.I. He spoke about abilities students need for employment. He also presented a workshop on observation at the annual conference of the National Society for Experiential Education in Baltimore, Md.

The College Press has received notification that its Forest Stewardship Council® Chain-of-Custody Certification has been renewed for the next 12 months. The renewal was awarded after the organization passed an extensive audit by Printers Green Resource LLC in which the auditor reviewed and verified all the organization’s FSC internal chain-of-custody procedures and documentation for accuracy and compliance. Messiah College Press is a member of the InGreen FSC Group which is certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Because of its ten principles and 56 strict criteria for operating a forest and addressing the concerns of all those affected by the forest, they are widely accepted as the “Gold Standard” of forest certification programs.  As an FSC certified printer, College Press can add the FSC mark to any qualifying job to show that the piece was produced on responsibly sourced paper. If desired, the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal can be added to the FSC trade marks.

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Students encouraged to participate in Alumni Mock Interview Day Nov. 18

The Alumni Mock Interview Day is Tuesday, Nov. 18. Alumni will be on campus to conduct mock interviews with students. Please encourage students to sign up here.

The division of finance and planning will host the annual soup sale Nov. 18

The division of finance and planning will host the annual soup sale on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the payroll office lobby on the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of homemade soup and a bottle of water for only $3.50. Soup options include: corn chowder, beefy zucchini, cheeseburger, chicken, beef stew, tomato vegetable, pizza soup (and gluten free pizza soup) to name a few. Baked goods are also available to sweeten up your Tuesday! All proceeds benefit local families in need for Christmas. We are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Silence of Mary Homes in Harrisburg. Please support this worthy cause and enjoy some amazing homemade soup! See attachment for complete information.

The department of theatre and dance present “Taming of the Shrew” through Nov. 23

The department of theatre and dance presents Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” This high-energy, pop-art rendition of the classic Shakespeare comedy will be held in Miller Theater (Climenhaga Building) on Nov. 13-15 and 20-22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at ext. 6036. For more information and a glimpse behind the scenes, visit the department of theatre and dance on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Nobel Prize seminar set for Dec. 2

The departments of chemistry and biochemistry, biological sciences and information and mathematical sciences present the fifth annual Nobel Prize seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in Frey 110 (Alexander Auditorium). Refreshments will be served at 4:45 p.m. See attachment for complete information.

Mark the beginning of Advent with the annual Celebration of the Light

All students and employees are invited to attend and celebrate the traditional start to the Christmas season Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 4:45 p.m. Carol-singing, prayer, scripture reading and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will all be a part of this year’s advent celebration. Hot chocolate, cider, pumpkin cookies and other seasonal treats will be served. Supervisors are asked to provide release time as able to those non-essential employees who would like to attend.

Rain date: Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4:45 p.m. in the Eisenhower Campus Center circle. In case of inclement weather on Dec. 4, the event will be held indoors in the Larsen Student Union.

Annual Authors’ Exhibit submissions accepted

In preparation for the annual New Doc’s Tea/Authors’ Exhibit on Dec. 11, please submit  hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from January 2014 to December 2014. Materials will be returned to you following the event. These can be dropped off at Carol Hostetter’s office in Boyer 101 or put in campus mail, suite 3008. Thanks for submitting your materials.

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.

  • Deadline to submit for November check is Friday, Nov. 14 for a check on Nov 20.
  • Deadline to submit for December check is Friday, Dec. 12 for a check on Dec 18.

Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Learning Technology Services offers 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.

Information for recalls look-up by VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years. For more information and the link to their web tool, read this bulletin.

Warnings about “black ice”

Black ice is a thin coating of ice that forms on the ground when the temperature dips below freezing; because it is transparent, the walking or driving surface appears wet and nearly invisible, not icy. When you think the ground is wet, beware, it may be ice. For information on safely walking and driving on black ice use this link.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive in final week

We are in the final week of our annual employee pledge drive. Pledge forms are due Friday, Nov. 14. The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas: health, education and basic needs. Each week during the drive, we are sharing information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s program partner is Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. Inc. Catholic Charities offers family-based mental health services (FBMHS) which are designed to prevent hospitalization or out-of-home placement of children and adolescents with severe mental illness or emotional problems. These services include therapy, crisis management, case management and family support services. FBMHS also helps to reunite families whose children have been placed outside of the home.

Read how Jennie benefited from Catholic Charities’ family-based mental health services and how this program taught her family how to relate to one another here.

Donating to the United Way is an opportunity for you to help realize solutions to problems in our community. One hundred percent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services. You can:

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of four focus areas (health, education, income or basic needs)


  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with any questions. Thank you for your consideration.


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