Archive for 2014

January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.
Philippians 1:20 (NRSV)


Bradley Genevro and William Stowman served as guest conductors for the 2014 Northern New Jersey Region Band Festival. Genevro conducted the 50-member wind ensemble and Stowman conducted the 110-member symphonic band. The groups rehearsed for two full days then presented a combined concert at Randolph High School in Randolph, N.J. Many of the students from these ensembles—some of the finest high school musicians in the entire state—will go on to participate in the New Jersey All State Festival later this spring. Genevro’s program included “Stained Glass Windows,” a new work written for the Messiah College Wind Ensemble by Adjunct Composition Professor Bruce Yurko.

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Representative from Gordon IN Orvieto on campus Feb. 7

Dr. John Skillen, associate director of European Programs at Gordon College, will be on campus Friday, Feb. 7 to talk to students and faculty about opportunities for students to study with Gordon IN Orvieto. If you are interested in inviting him to speak in your classes or would like to meet with him one-on-one, please contact Wendy Lippert at Also, please encourage interested students to attend the following information session: Gordon IN Orvieto, Friday, Feb. 7 at 3:30 and 4 p.m. in Boyer 231. Learn more about this program in Orvieto, Italy, here.

Upcoming Wellness Workshop set for Feb. 20

Mark your calendar now for February’s wellness workshop on “Mindfulness and Stress: How to Use Your Head to Your Advantage.” The workshop is part of the wellness program’s emphasis on stress management this spring. It will be led by Phil Lawlis and Krista Cochran on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 12:15-1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Come and learn more about how you can develop the practice of mindfulness and the important role it plays in helping to manage stress.

“Laughter Is Medicine” Wellness initiative

According to researchers, laughter is not just good for the soul—it’s good for the mind and body as well. In light of the wellness program’s emphasis on stress management this spring, we are initiating “Mirthful Mondays.” For six consecutive Mondays (beginning on Feb. 17), we will be sending out a “Mirthful Monday” email newsletter with humorous video clips, jokes, etc. We’re hoping you’ll find a few minutes during the day to read it and/or watch the clips. But we need your help to pull this off. Beginning today, if you have a favorite joke or funny video clip, send it to Doug Miller at We’ll screen them and include the funniest (realizing that humor is often in the eye of the beholder) in the newsletter each week. Please be sure anything you send is public domain.

Employees asked to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year? If so, please consider nominating that colleague for a “Pride in Performance Award.” The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years. See the list of prior recipients here. Nominations must be submitted using the Pride in Performance nomination form found here by Friday, Feb. 28. Further information on performance awards can be viewed here. The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at


Positions available:

The Department of Safety has an immediate opening for the full time position of Supervisor of Investigations and Crime Prevention. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety and dispatch services, at

The Department of Printing and Mailing Services has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Postal Services Clerk. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Dwayne Magee, director of printing and mailing services, at

The School of the Arts has an immediate opening for the part-time position of Studio Art Technician. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Christine Forsythe, professor of art, at

ITS has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Instructional Designer. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Susan Shannon, director of learning technology services, at

For sale:

Kitchen table and four chairs in very good condition — Cream-colored with dimensions of 60 in. L × 36 in. W × 29 in. H. Asking price is $100. For more information or photos, contact Don Lerew at ext. 2030 or at

Outside organization announcement:

Host families needed — American Home Life International is looking for Christian families interested in hosting international students for the 2014-15 academic year. These high school students will be studying at the Christian School of York and transportation to and from school would be provided. Host families are given a generous monthly stipend to offset any cost of hosting these students. Host families are able to preference a male or female student, if needed. For more information regarding this ministry, please contact Emily Downey at