Archive for 2015

May 14, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

Job 8:7



Commencement schedule and details

The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Commencement weekend schedule of events for Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the Commencement website at, including helpful details on Baccalaureate, reception plans, event tickets, and inclement weather plans. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the President’s Office.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or Thank you to all campus employees who have been planning and working for the past several months to make Commencement a wonderful experience for graduates and their families.

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate. Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details. The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. Shuttle service will not be provided Friday evening. To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Parking Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.

Graduate programs reception parking

Graduate programs faculty attending the reception for master’s program graduates on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel, are requested to enter by the campus’ South Entrance (Creekside Drive) and park in Lot XX behind Hostetter Chapel and Boyer Hall. No parking pass is required.

Commencement day parking

For Commencement day, members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus in order to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day. A shuttle service will transport all other guests between their parking areas and the athletic complex both before and after the Commencement ceremony. Read additional details on guest and disability parking.

Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strong encourages all employees to arrive on campus early (no later than 8-8:15 a.m.) in order to alleviate being stuck in traffic and to help ensure they are directed to their reserved parking areas on campus.

Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Parking Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.


Associate Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch recently contributed to an article titled “Beware of Companies That Win When You Lose,” published in U.S. News & World Report.  Author Geoff Williams quotes Hagenbuch several times in the piece:

Dr. Julie Gomboc-Turyan, assistant director of grad and nontraditional curriculum, and Dr. Janet Blood, associate professor of fashion merchandising at IUP, presented a workshop on “Instructional Strategies in Color for Fashion and Interior Design” at the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Pocono Manor on May 2, 2015. 



The following employees received performance awards at last week’s Recognition Reception.

The Pride in Performance Award is given to individuals in recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance. This year’s recipients are:

  • Laurie Branter, administrative assistant to the vice president for enrollment management
  • Aaron Faro, athletics recruitment coordinator; assistant coach, men’s soccer; director of AROMA
  • Percell Green, executive chef
  • Amy Slody, director of disability services
  • Brian Smith, campus events worker II
  • Kevin Villegas, director of international student programs

The President’s Award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. This award went to:

  •  Kris Hardy, director of web communications
  • Heather Keefer, assistant director of admissions for the visit experience

The Team Falcon Award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals. The recipients are the members of Student Financial Services:

Marilyn Donelson                                               Lora Harper

Carol Good                                                        Heather Ingram

Steve Gross                                                      Cathy Poiesz

Nance Gubb                                                      Elliott Sternbergh

Please join us in congratulating these employees on their significant contributions to the College!


Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The Fall Semester 2015 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed on this attached document. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright & educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


FY16 (July 1 or after) invoices may be submitted for payment now as a prepaid FY16 invoice. Mark your invoices in the upper right corner as FY16 and submit as instructed to either purchasing or accounts payable for processing. Note: Employee/Student Travel Reimbursements for FY16 (July 1 or after) will not be processed until the travel has been completed, due to possible cancelled travel. The accounts payable office will not issue checks the first week of July due to the new fiscal year budget rollover. If you have an invoice that is due prior to July 9, 2015 (first check run of FY16), please submit no later than June 22, 2015. More information will be available soon, regarding final dates to enter purchase requisitions in Banner/ One Source, FY16 Visa payment, etc. If you have questions concerning FY16 invoices, please contact accounts payable by email or ext. 2910.


Thank you to all who gave to our Give ‘em a Break campaign. Because of the generosity of our community, every student is receiving a finals break! They received their Kit Kat Bar, Falcon Dollars, and note from a donor, and it was a hit! Thank you for helping us support our students as they finish their semester well.


For information on the summer flex-time program for 2015 and summer business casual, please see the attachment.


Did you know that there have been safety recalls recently for baby furniture, including cribs, due to the presence of lead paint? Power reclining furniture due to fire hazard? IKEA crib mattresses due to risk of entrapment? TORO mowers due to injury hazard? Shark vacuums due to shock hazard? Hair-dryers due to electrocution hazard? Homelite electric blower vacuums due to fire and burn hazard? To get details on these and many more safety recalls, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at and select the Recalls tab.


EHS Today had an excellent article, “Seeing Spots: What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer” by Sandy Smith. The article had a – examples of skin cancer. Although it can be deadly, most skin cancer is treatable, especially if you catch it early. Monthly self-exams can go a long way in identifying skin cancer for early treatment but you need to know what you’re looking for; so while some of these pictures may be unpleasant, take the time to view them to educate yourself on signs of skin cancer.

And because one of the leading causes of skin cancer is UV exposure from the sun, sun lamps, and tanning beds, in many instances skin cancer is preventable. By limiting your exposure through the use of sun screen, clothing and hats, and eliminating the use of man-made sources you can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. With spring here, time spent outside working and playing will increase; take the proper precautions to protect yourself from the threat of skin cancer.


Please join us for The Ernest L. Boyer Center Symposium “Constructing Hope: Inspired Learning in an Age of Accountability” on October 8, 2015. The Keynote title is “Boyer’s Basic School: A Partnership for HOPE” with Patrick Callaghan, Jr , assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction – South Western City Schools, Grove City, Ohio.

The event will take place from 4- 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Registration is required via the website at For more information, contact Tina Keul at


For Sale:

Playground/treehouse slide – Timber-Bilt green turbo tube slide. Available to purchase in either one or two sections. Contact or 717-645-8589 for pictures or questions.

Townhouse for Sale – A well-maintained townhome within walking distance of Messiah College at 818 Yorkview Dr. It was built in 1997 and is 1350 square feet. Walk-out basement has an additional 265 square feet of finished area. Two bedrooms; 2.5 baths. New Heat pump (2013), new hot water heater (2012), new deck (2012). All appliances have been replaced except the microwave. Included with the sale are the refrigerator, washer and dryer. HOA is $30 per month which includes trash and lawn mowing. Not yet listed, the asking price is $152,900. Email Shirley Groff ( for contact information.

House for Sale – A large, brick Cape Cod in Mechanicsburg at the corner of Keller and George on 1/3 acre. The main floor has three bedrooms and bath, upstairs is a very large bedroom and bath, the basement has a large finished room and other smaller finished rooms. It will be listed near the beginning of June. Asking price not yet firm, but less than $200,000. For contact information, email Shirley Groff (