Archive for 2015

April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (NLT)


Congratulations to the Department of Visual Arts! As the winner in the Safety Contest, the department will receive $500 in their budget for safety improvements and the employees will receive a safety break. Included in their notable safety accomplishments were better organization and storage for items such as scrap metal used in the sculpture studio; replacing the use of mineral spirits in painting with vegetable oil, thus eliminating a flammable solvent and generation of a hazardous waste; the use of all non-toxic inks in the fall printmaking course; more widespread use of personal protective equipment such as goggles and gloves; improved safety signage in all studios; and disposal of many items that are no longer used to reduce clutter and improve housekeeping. Click on the following link to see a complete list of their safety improvements and to view their winning submission: Visual Arts Entry

Messiah 411

Department of Education to sponsor Honors Presentation this afternoon

The Department of Education is pleased to sponsor an Honors Presentation today, April 9, in Boyer 131, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Melissa Landis will present “’Sound it Out:’ Connecting Students’ Spoken Language to Academic Writing.” In this presentation, Melissa will seek to start the conversation about how to connect students’ language experience with their academic writing.

Eyas invites you to the fourth annual Messiah College Easter Egg Hunt

Who: Open to all Messiah alumni, employees, and family members
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 (Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m.; egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.)
Where: Eisenhower Lawn

The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided into three age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-6 years old, and 7 and up. All children will receive candy found in their eggs, and those who find special golden eggs will be able to select a prize! All alumni, employees and family are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Climenhaga Homestead immediately following the Egg Hunt.

Brahms’ Requiem – April 17 in Parmer Hall

Messiah College is hosting a special performance of Brahms’ Requiem on April 17 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall, performed by The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Malina; the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, and the Susquehanna Chorale, Ensemble-in-Residence at Messiah College, conducted by Linda Tedford.

In contrast to the heaven-storming, fire and brimstone Requiems of the likes of Berlioz and Verdi, Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” is a work of peaceful consolation and surpassing beauty. These performances will be sung in English. On the first half, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra presents the 1st Symphony of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Kevin Puts.

All tickets are $35. For more information, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit

Postage stamp and metered postage changes on campus

Beginning Friday, April 17, 2015 the Campus Store will no longer sell postage stamps or metered postage. Employees or departments who are in need of these items will have four options going forward:

  • Beginning April 20, metered postage and postage stamps can be purchased at the service window of the Messiah College Post Office in the Eisenhower Campus Center. Service window hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and our phone ext. is 6026.
  • Stamps can be purchased using One$ource using our newly created Messiah Post Office store front (Search Messiah Post Office). Orders will be charged back automatically and delivered through regular campus mail.
  • Postage can be purchased online at using a purchasing card. Please allow 5-6 days for delivery. Stamps will arrive to your suite number via campus mail by Priority Mail.
  • Postage can be purchased at the Grantham Post Office at 1 College Ave, Grantham, PA 17027 (717) 766-0953 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Please note: the post office service window in the campus center is open to all students and all employees and at times can be very busy, especially between classes. A second service window at the post office entrance will be open from 1-3:30 p.m. for picking up mail. The second window is for mail pick up only. No postage will be sold from the second window.

The Campus Post Office can charge postage back to a department. We also accept Cash, Checks or Falcon Dollars.

Postage will not be available to purchase on campus April 17 (one day only) so that the transition can be implemented.

With this transition, we are also asking that all outgoing pre-paid UPS and Fed Ex Packages be dropped off at the campus post office instead of the Campus Store.

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s undergraduate online courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s undergraduate online courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs June 8-July 31, 2015, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted more than 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are open to current students (college-level, qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends, and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 14 and runs through June 2. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

Join us May 6 at the Employee Recognition Reception

Please join us Wednesday, May 6, as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Brubaker Auditorium. We will have a time of refreshments and fellowship until 10:20 a.m., accompanied by The Brass Messengers. Conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance, the President’s Awards and the Team Falcon Award. We’ll also introduce Student Shout-Outs. We hope to see you there!

Anti-Virus Software Changes Coming from ITS

ITS is changing its Anti-Virus software program from AVG to Endpoint.  This will happen between now and June 1, 2015.  It will be done incrementally, and the details are still being worked out.  This change should be transparent to the end users, but the AVG icon in the system tray will be removed.  As always, if you experience any issues due to this change, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 4444 or check the blog at

2014-2015 Performance Appraisal Schedule

Performance appraisals for all administrative and staff employees, with the exception of employees in operations, are due on June 15. If an employee is leaving campus prior to June 15, the performance appraisal is due before they depart. Operations will continue to review their employees during the month of their hiring anniversary.

Customized appraisal forms have been established to better support the environment and requirements of different areas of the college. Other areas of the College will use the standard appraisal forms found in the Forms section of the Human Resources and Compliance website.

If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources.


Position Available:

The Office of the President has a current opening for the full-time position of Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Board of Trustees. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job related questions may be directed to Inger Blount, assistant director of human resources; manager of employment and recruiting services, at

For Sale:

Red 1985 Honda Rebel 250, 2765 Miles. Needs battery and spark plugs but otherwise excellent condition, $750. Powerhouse Home Gym WM1501 weight and exercise equipment, $150. Contact Dwayne Magee at

10′ Kayak, yellow. Good shape. Asking $75. Contact Ted Gingrich at

Three black gowns for graduation—one with regular sleeves and two with pocket sleeves. Sizes 5’5’’ or taller. Asking $25 per gown. All in excellent condition. Contact


Used exercise bike, small, nothing fancy. Will pay $30-$50. Email details to

Outside Organizations

5th Annual Forgotten 5K, 1 Mile Mosey & Family Fun Fest

Come Run for a Child at the Forgotten 5K, Walk for a Child in the 1-Mile Mosey, and have some Fun at the Family Fun Fest, featuring a kids’ dash and the chance to learn what God is doing in the lives of orphaned children through their local church. The cost of the 5K is $25, all other events are free. Pre-register by April 15th to be entered in a drawing to win four season passes to Hershey Park. Register at All proceeds benefit Forgotten Voices.