Archive for 2014

November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16 (NRSV)


Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music and director of music education, recently directed the Sweet Soundsations Choir at their annual festival. This event, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania, hosted 192 Junior High School ladies from 21 school districts around central Pennsylvania. The all-day event was held at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg.

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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 at Larsen Student Union.

Martha Strickland to speak on campus Dec. 4

On Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 335, Martha Strickland, associate professor of education at Penn State Harrisburg, will speak on “The Choreography of Conversation across Differences.” As part of a first-year seminar on “Third Culture Kids,” Strickland will use her own research and past experience to consider the importance of context for identity formation. A particular focus will be on how conversations—especially those between and among people with different backgrounds and experiences—affect relationships. Light refreshments will accompany the presentation and all are welcome. For more information, contact​.

Farewell reception for faculty member Dec. 5

Please join us as we celebrate with Anita Voelker as she departs from the Messiah College community after 21 years of teaching to move to Arizona to be closer to family.

On Friday, December 5 from 2-5 p.m. in Howe Atrium, the department of education and the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences invites you to attend an Open House retirement reception on Anita’s behalf. Please come as your schedule permits.

Oakes Museum to host Holiday Open House Dec. 6

Join us at The Oakes Museum of Natural History for the annual Holiday Open House Dec. 6 from 1-5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. Admission is free, so invite a friend. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at ext. 6082 or if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

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 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.

Thanksgiving safety reminders

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends the many blessings God has given us. But accidents can happen—even on holidays. The National Fire Prevention Association offers tips on a safe Thanksgiving.

It’s nice to share, but keep your illness to yourself

It’s cold and flu season! How can you protect yourself, your co-workers and students, your family and your community from the spread of these and other illnesses? For more information, read the attached.

Winter safety tips

HM Workers’ Compensation (our insurance carrier) has published a newsletter that contains tips on winter safety, including avoiding winter slips and falls, winter walking safety footwear, snow shoveling, driving in winter weather conditions and snow blower safety. Read this very informative document to help stay safe and accident free this winter.

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 19th.

Set-up: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-noon

Serving: Two 45-minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:40 a.m. for instructions

Cleanup: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at by Wednesday, Dec. 10.



Vendors—Vendors still wanted for Holiday Bazaar located at Mountain Ridge Church on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. If you know someone or are interested in setting up stand, please contact or call 717-385-8378.

For sale:

Stampin’ Up! supplies—New, in original packaging. Please contact for list of items.

1978 Honda Hawk 400 motorcycle—8,200 miles, $595; Massey Harris Pony tractor—Includes cultivators, $1,675; Christmas trees—4-8 ft. spruce and fir, $25. Delivery available. For more information, contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

Boots—Two pair boys snow boots, size two and three in very good condition, asking $8 each; Boy’s size 5.5 Nike sneakers—Black with blue, very good condition, asking $12; 35 CDs—Mostly Christmas, instrumental new age and classical, $2 each. Please contact Bill at ext. 3904 or

Four 16 in. Chevy mag wheels—Less than 1,000 miles of wear. Four lug-bolt pattern.Came off 2010 Cobolt also fits some Malibu models and other GM models. For more information, contact Bob Weaver at

2001 Jetta TDI—Silver, 45 mpg city, 50 highway mpg. 177,246 miles, new timing belt and oil change, new head lamps and front turn signals, inspected until December 2015. Good condition. Four-door, sun roof, CD player, five-speed stick. Asking $3,500. For more information, contact George Blackburn at

Wooden bunk beds/loft bed/twin beds—Your choice how you want to set up, includes mattresses, in good condition. $100. For more information, contact