Archive for 2015

March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.

Job 11:18


Amy Cook, practicum and internship coordinator for the graduate program of counseling, recently represented Messiah College at the Qualtrics Insight Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Summit featured the most innovative thought leaders across the globe and an impressive assembly of speakers including best-selling author Stephen J. Dubner (“Freakonomics”), VP of the NY Mets Paul Depodesta (subject of “Moneyball”), and Investor Barbara Corcoran of “Sharktank.” If you are interested in networking about Qualtrics, Amy would like to hear from you. She can be reached at

Associate Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch, with coauthors Steven Little and Doyle Lucas, recently had an article published in Business and Society Review (Vol. 120:1) titled “Beyond Association: How Employees Want to Participate in Their Firms’ Corporate Social Performance.” The article details a two-phase empirical study that the researchers conducted over several years, which involved more than 2,200 respondents from around the nation. The study elucidated three distinct approaches to corporate social performance (CSP): donation, volunteerism and operational integration. The researchers hypothesized that prospective employees would favor firms that take an operational integration approach to CSP by strategically aligning their financial and social goals. Surprisingly, however, the study found that respondents preferred the less strategic and less participatory approaches of volunteerism and donation. These findings raise important questions, particularly given that more and more firms embrace integrated economic and social missions.

Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has been asked to serve as a consultant for the Museum of the Bible, a large public museum three blocks from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., that will open in 2017. He will help review content for an entire floor devoted to the impact of the Bible on science, government and the arts.

Messiah 411

Employees asked to submit nomination for Pride in Performance Awards

Deadline extended to Friday, March 13

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year? Do any of the statements below describe a colleague? 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, March 13. 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 in Human Resources.

Shredding Solutions on campus for confidential document shredding March 25

On Wednesday, March 25, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of confidential documentation that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed.

See attachment for complete information.

Invite someone you know to Messiah’s April 11 Open House

Do you know a student who is in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit the college Open House on Saturday, April 11.  Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall, and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day.

Wellness day is April 1

Look for posters around campus and a mailbox flyer detailing events on Wellness Day. Employees who attend the Wellness Fair on April 1 (10 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2 p.m.) and submit their door prize card (with the required 10 signatures from vendors) receive 15 wellness points. Cards can be picked up at the registration table just outside the entrance to Brubaker Auditorium on Wellness Day. A detailed schedule of events can be found here.

Upcoming Wellness Workshop

Messiah College dietician Nicole Benner will be presenting our next wellness workshop on Wednesday, April 1. Her topic will be “The Great Egg Debate.” The workshop will be held in Brubaker Auditorium from noon-12:30 p.m. This is a good opportunity to enhance your nutrition knowledge while picking up 15 wellness points. Hope to see you there.

Wellness Day Walking Breaks

The research is clear: sitting for hours on end is one of the worst things you can do for your health. So, on Wednesday, April 1, employees are being encouraged to take a 2-3 minute walking break every 30 minutes. When the half-hour rolls around, knock on a colleague’s door and take a stroll down the hallway and back. Good for health, good for productivity! If you participate, feel free to tweet about it and/or post a picture on Instagram, using #MCWellnessDay.

Annual International Banquet is April 11

On Saturday, April 11, the International Student Association and Mu Kappa (ISA/Mu Kappa) will once again host its annual spring International Banquet. Please save the date. Because this event has sold out each year, the banquet is being moved to Hitchcock Arena to accommodate more guests. Tickets, which cost $10 for students, $16 for adults and $6 for children under 12, go on sale on March 23 through the Ticket Office. The banquet is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and features international cuisine and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to dress in appropriate ethnic or culturally-meaningful attire. Contact ISA public relations officer Andrea Yong ( with any questions.

Completing your 100 wellness points

There are numerous ways employees can collect wellness points during the spring semester. These include attending a wellness workshop, attending the wellness fair on April 1 and turning in your door-prize card, completing the online health assessment, participating in a local fitness event (5K, etc.), getting a preventive physical exam and more. All of these are detailed in the wellness brochure distributed to employees in September. This brochure can also be accessed here. Employees completing their 100 wellness points can also find the online completion form at the above link. The form can only be submitted once and cannot be saved.  Employees are encouraged to keep their own record as they accumulate wellness points, then submit the online completion form only after all 100 points have been completed. This form must be submitted by June 1, 2015 to be eligible for your health insurance premium discount.

Psychology Camp

The School of Business, Education and Social Sciences would like to announce the first annual Psychology Summer Camp, July 5-6, 2015.

This is a great way to introduce students to the world of psychology and explore the age old question “Why humans do what they do.”

This camp will be available to rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. It will begin Sunday, July 5 and will run through Thursday, July 9. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including, clinical psychology, abnormal psychology and biopsychology.

Click here for more information and to register. Also visit our Facebook page.

Laser Safety

A new section has been added to the campus Safety Manual – a Laser Safety Program. Lasers are divided into classes, based on their power. The greater the number of the laser class, the greater the potential hazard. Currently, we have only class 1 and class 2 lasers on campus and no special precautions or programs are required. However, many additional requirements would need to be met before a class 3 or 4 laser could be introduced at the College. Anyone considering the use of a class 3 or 4 laser should read this new section and then contact the compliance coordinator before making any final decisions.

Hearing from potential employers or internship hosts?

If you are contacted by a representative of a business, non-profit organization, or government agency who may potentially provide internships or jobs to Messiah students, please have them touch base with the Career and Professional Development Center or visit  I am happy to meet with, call or email them about ways to be engaged with our students.

Thank you for your help! Mike True



Copier paper boxes to pack book donations for Booksavers, an organization that turns outdated textbooks, ex-library books, etc., into funds to support the global relief, development and peacebuilding work of the Mennonite Central Committee. Boxes may be dropped off at the library or email to arrange for pick-up.


Outside organization announcement:

Let The Beat Go On! Free EKG screenings for teenagers

Get your heart checked! The EKG (electrocardiograms) screening clinic is open to students in the central PA region, ages 14- 19, who are not currently under the care of a cardiologist. Echocardiograms will also be offered that day on-site, free of charge, for those students who are identified as needing additional testing. The screenings will be done at Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Road, Camp Hill, PA, from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required online at by Friday, March 20. For more information, please visit, call 717-697-5511, or view the brochure.