Archive for 2015

April 16

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.”

Genesis 1:14 (NRSV)


Larry M. Lake, director of Writing Across the Curriculum, attended the Associated Writers and Writing Programs convention in Minneapolis, April 9-11. He participated in the session “Neither Here Nor There: Third Culture Writers and Writing,” and attended readings by Stuart Dybek, Charles Baxter, Louise Erdrich, and Francine Prose. The AWP Conference and Bookfair is the largest literary conference in North America. This year’s conference was attended by over 12,000 participants, and featured 550 presentations, readings, lectures, panel discussions, book signings and receptions.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to welcome Shardé Hardy as the new assistant director. Shardé is currently teaching two classes in the Communication Department but will begin full-time in our office at the end of the semester. Prior to working at Messiah, Shardé was an adjunct instructor at Bluefield College and worked as the Bonner Scholar Coordinator at Concord University. She also worked as the Director of Bonner and Community Outreach at Bluefield prior to getting her Master’s in Media Studies from Penn State University.  Since she already has an email account, feel free to drop her a note and make her feel welcome. I will be making rounds with Shardé and introducing her in the next couple of weeks. Jay McClymont  

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Open Enrollment for FY2016 Employee Benefits

Messiah College offers eligible employees a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. Open Enrollment is the period in which eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll or change their options for health and welfare benefits. Open enrollment will be held Monday, April 20 through Friday, May 15, 2015. The changes you make during Open Enrollment will be effective July 1, 2015. Open Enrollment meetings will provide valuable details on upcoming changes and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Enrollment packets will also be available at the meetings. It is very important to take the time to educate yourself about the changes to your benefit plans by attending one of the meetings listed below so you are able to choose the best coverage for you and your family.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:30-10:30 a.m. Parmer Cinema
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4-5 p.m. Parmer Cinema
Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:30.-2:30 p.m. Parmer Cinema
Friday, April 24, 2015 10-11 a.m. Parmer Cinema
Friday, April 24, 2015 2- 3 p.m. Parmer Cinema
Monday, April 27, 2015 11:00 a.m.-noon Parmer Cinema
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:30-9:30 p.m. Boyer 131

There are significant changes to your benefits for the 2015 plan year.

  • Capital Blue Cross Medical and Vision: We are moving from Health America to Capital Blue Cross. There will be three (3) plan options available to you. It is very important that you attend one of the meetings listed above to receive detailed information on these plans so you can make an informed decision. 



  • Guardian Dental Insurance: The dental deductible will no longer apply to preventive services. When using a participating provider, preventive services will be covered in full as long as you have not maxed out your dental coverage.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: The Health Care Account allows you to carry over up to $500 into the next plan year. The Health Care Account limit is changing to $2,550. There is no carryover option for the Dependent Care account.
  • Short Term Disability: The ten-day waiting period for short term disability is increasing to fifteen days.

The elections you make during open enrollment will become effective July 1, 2015 and remain in effect for the entire year (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) unless you experience a life status change such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, death in the family, etc. 

Upcoming Wellness Workshop

Our April Wellness Workshop will be presented on Wednesday, April 22 from12:45-1:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Athletic trainer and physical therapist Wendy Cheesman will be speaking on “Oh my aching back- now what do I do?” This is a timely topic for anyone who has experienced back pain or may one day! Hope to see you there.

Messiah College Business Alumni Networking Breakfast 

Topic: Social Entrepreneurship: The Sunshine Approach with speaker Don Larson

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE! Please feel free to invite a guest.

Location: Eden Resort & Suites • 222 Eden Road, Lancaster PA 17601-4216

  • 7-7:30 a.m.| Registration and networking
  • 7:30-9 a.m.| Event Speaker
  • 9:00 a.m. | Event concludes, guests are encouraged to stay and network

Registration is $15. Please register at Don Larson, founder and CEO of the Sunshine Nut Company and author of “The Sunshine Approach,” is a visionary who has a history of setting or accepting challenging goals and then exceeding expectations. Don has experience in some of the world’s best food companies, providing leadership in engineering, manufacturing, procurement, IT, and commodities. Most of his corporate experience was with The Hershey Company as a turn-around specialist. During his career, Don has been impressed by two conditions: the vast amount of untapped human potential and the level of poverty in which most of the world lives. Based on his belief that capitalizing on the first condition would alleviate the second, Don sold all his possessions and moved his family to Mozambique, Africa in 2011 to help the poor and orphaned through transformational business. Dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless and building a brighter future for generations of Africans, the Sunshine Nut Company is now shipping cashews to the world’s finest retailers. Providing hope never tasted so good!

Join us May 6 at the Employee Recognition Reception 

Please join us on 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! 

Join us for Homecoming Weekend 2015!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations would like to invite the Messiah community to join us for Homecoming Weekend 2015, October 16 and 17. We would love to see you there! For a full list of activities and frequently asked questions, visit Please email with additional questions or concerns.

Messiah College Referral Bonus

Want to share the experience of working at Messiah College with others? Have a friend, relative, or colleague that you feel would be a good fit at Messiah and help Messiah succeed? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, consider referring the individual for a position at the College. Not only can you help the College, but the College has a way to thank YOU for the help. Messiah has an Employee Referral Bonus Program, coordinated through Human Resources, whereby referrals who are hired by the College can lead to you receiving a $300 bonus for the referral. Full details and conditions of the Employee Referral Bonus Program, including the process of making a referral as well as the conditions for receiving a bonus, can be reviewed in the Messiah College Policy and Procedure Manual. A copy of the referral form is located here. The College thanks you for your assistance in identifying strong candidates for employment at Messiah.

“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


Position Available:

The Department of Information & Mathematical Sciences has a current opening for the part-time position of Physics Lab Technician/Adjunct Instructor of Physics. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Samuel Wilcock, Chair of the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences, at

The Campus Events department has a current opening for the full time position of Campus Events Worker I, 3rd Shift. For more information and to apply, please visit:  Job related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, Campus Events Manager, at

The Campus Events department has a current opening for the full time position of Campus Events Worker III. For more information and to apply, please visit:,  Job related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, Campus Events Manager, at

For rent:

House in Grantham. Available June 27- August 8. Four bedrooms and a nice cat. Price negotiable, depending on number of people. Contact Jenell Paris

For sale:

Baby Items: Baby bouncer: $5 (used/good condition). Ikea Antilop High Chair: $10 (white w/tray, used condition). Exersaucer: $15 (used/good condition). Baby Einstein Neighborhood Friends Activity Jumper: $60 (like-new condition; still have box). Letter/Number foam floor tiles: $10 (used/good condition; can cover the floor of a medium to large bedroom). Graco door jumper: $15 (used/good condition). Thule infant sling: $50 (for use with Chariot/Thule bike trailer/jogger; like-new condition). Moby Wrap baby carrier: $20 (brown, like-new condition). Pictures available upon request. Email:

Tama nine-piece drum set—five drums, two cymbals, top hat, throne and music stand, $575. Contact

Two tickets to see the Celtic Thunder at the Hershey Theatre. Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7:00 p.m.. Asking $50.00/pair of tickets. Call Bill at extension 3904 or 253-5196.

Full PA and monitor system. Includes Behringer Europower PMP5000 Board – (20 channel – 1200 watt – 2 Digital effects processor), two JBL JRX100 Main Speakers – 15 inch woofer, two Behringer Eurolive VP Floor Monitors – 12 inch woofer, two Behringer Eurolive F1520 Floor Monitors – 12 inch woofer, 6-space rack (with covers) containing Fuhrman Power Conditioner, dbx266 compressor/gate, DOD 32 channel EQ, and SoundTech 400 watt power amp (everything you need to run the 2-channel monitor system) and cables with Speakon connectors to connect mains & monitors. For more information, contact

Swing set. Compact Wooden Scout Hideout Swing set with two-swings, play hut with cedar roof and ground level sand area w/ corner seats, 8′ wave slide, and ladder. Ideal for small spaces. Great shape. Contact for more information.

One Story Townhouse. Neat and clean single story townhome just north of Gettysburg. Two bedrooms, two baths with gas heat, central A/C, rear deck. Comfortable living, low maintenance, HOA includes plowing and lawn care. $149,000. For more information, contact Janet Vogel ( or visit