Archive for 2015

January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Psalm 4:8 (NRSV)


Sam Wilcock, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, will be chair of the department of mathematics, physics, and statistics (MPS) effective Feb. 13. This department, formerly part of the department of information and mathematical sciences, houses the majors of mathematics, mathematics with teaching certification, physics (B.A.), physics (B.S.), physics with teaching certification and a minor in statistics. Full-time faculty in the MPS department are Marlin Eby, Niklas Hellgren, Abaz Kryemadhi, Doug Phillippy, Christine Robinson, Lamarr Widmer. Angela Hare will rejoin this department after her service as interim SEH dean, February 2015-July 2016.

Messiah 411

The operations departments to present information on assistance with meetings and events Jan. 15

On Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Kline 120, the operations team will be presenting a session on the things that can be done by our in-house service providers to assist you in your meetings and events at the college. Presenters will include employees from The Campus Bookstore, Safety, The College Press, Dining Services and Conference and Event Services. Come and see what can be done for your next meeting or event!

Teaching and Learning Office Open House set for Jan. 16

Please join Jennifer Fisler, director, and Brian Swartz, learning technology fellow, for the grand opening of the new Teaching and Learning Office with an Open House on Friday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Boyer 101D.

The Teaching and Learning Initiative began this year to provide additional support to educators seeking to enhance their teaching. At the Open House, you will learn more about additional internal grants, spring professional development opportunities and existing on-campus resources. This new office space will be available to educators for the purpose of meetings related to teaching and learning at Messiah. Please join us to learn more! Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. See attachment for information.

Farewell reception for Carol Lerew Jan. 16

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 16 in honoring and bidding farewell to postal services employee Carol Lerew. Carol will retire after 23 years of service to the College and we invite all students and employees to stop by the campus post office for an opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful colleague.

2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week begins Jan. 19

Intercultural Office-Multicultural Programs is proud to present the 2015 MLK Commemoration series beginning Monday, Jan. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 21. It is the College’s goal to reflect on the vision and Christian ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God’s agents of justice, peace and reconciliation. For all the details on the week’s events, visit or see the poster.

Library to close Jan. 19 for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 as part of the College’s annual observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Library will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Please plan accordingly.

The Boyer Center presents new resource on Ernest L. Boyer

The Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives has launched a new blog—Service Fulfilled—that seeks to extend its mission to “foster the enrichment of students and teachers through implementation of Boyer’s educational vision.” The blog will showcase the valuable resources of the Boyer Center Archives: offer behind-the-scenes “sneak peeks” at what’s going on at the Archives; connect Boyer’s writings to contemporary issues in American education; and advertise news, events and current and future projects of the Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah. Be sure to visit regularly, like our Facebook page or add the blog to your RSS feed today!

New structure to assist in connecting students to financial resources

In recent months, the offices of student accounts, falcon exchange and financial aid have partnered together to restructure and streamline functional responsibilities. A core outcome of the restructure is an enhanced student administrative experience at Messiah College by providing specialized service delivery. As we continue to develop and implement the model, we are asking the campus community to join in promoting the awareness of our enhanced model when a student shares or comes forward with a financial concern. To assist, we offer the below overview of the concept and the attached functional reference guide.

Student Financial Services (SFS) – First floor, Old Main

SFS has been created as a first point of contact for all enrolled students with a financial question or concern. SFS provides students with specialized liaisons—student account coordinator/counselor, who connect students with Messiah College resources and assist in developing a strategy to overcome perceived financial barriers. While not all responses to questions received will be under the purview of SFS, the concept is that a student account coordinator/counselor will be a first point of contact and will ensure students are supported through the process to identify answers to their administrative questions.

Financial Aid – Basement, Old Main

Continuing the specialized service delivery concept, financial aid administers financial aid processing and provides leadership in developing policy and processes to position the College to comply with increasingly complex government regulations.

If you have any questions regarding the enhanced model and how we assist students, please feel free to contact the student financial services or financial aid offices.

January wellness workshop planned for Jan. 22

The January wellness workshop will be presented Thursday, Jan. 22 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Doug Miller and Mindy Smith will be presenting this timely workshop titled “Core Strengthening – Practical Ways to Improve Abdominal and Back Health.” Plan now to attend this important workshop and learn simple, inexpensive ways to decrease your risk of back pain in the future.

Win tickets to see “Wicked” on Broadway Feb. 14

SAB is raffling off two (2) fifth row, premium-level tickets to “Wicked” on Broadway (valued at $160 each) to all students and employees. The show is Saturday, Feb. 14. Transportation will be provided by Messiah SAB with their NYC excursion, departing Messiah at 9 a.m. and returning at 11 p.m. To win these tickets, you must purchase your raffle entry at the Larsen Student Union, second floor reception desk between the hours of 4:30 p.m. -1 a.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. The winner will be chosen on Feb. 4. You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry costs $5. For more information, contact

Steps outlined for completing 100 wellness points

There are numerous ways employees can collect wellness points during the spring semester. These include attending a wellness workshop, participating in the next Café Well physical activity phase beginning Jan. 25, attending the Wellness Fair April 1, 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 online here. Employees completing their 100 wellness points can find the online completion form at the above link. The form can only be submitted once and cannot be saved. So 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.

Fall wellness workshops available for viewing at MCSquare

If you missed any of the following fall workshops, a video of the presentation is now posted on MCSquare. Go to “Employee Quicklinks,” “Wellness Workshops.” Employees get 15 wellness points for either attending or viewing a workshop, with a maximum of three workshops for 45 points. Fall workshops that are now available and include: “If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose,” “Evaluating Quality Health Information” and “Nutrition Misinformation.”

Reminders to prevent winter fires

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in winter than any other season. Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February. Read the NFPA bulletin “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” for some safety tips in preventing house fires.


Position available:

The Department of Graduate Studies has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Assistant Director of Graduate and Nontraditional Curriculum. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, interim assistant provost for graduate and nontraditional programs, at


Four HP564 ink-jet cartridges — Black, yellow, blue (cyan), magenta. Nearly full, used briefly. For more information, contact Lawrie Merz at

For rent:

Apartment — Recently renovated, second story, two bedroom, one bath apartment, with a large living room and eat-in kitchen provides a very spacious living area. Off-street parking is also provided in this three-unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking. Renting at $800 per month. Interested parties should contact Lisa Snyder at, Prowell Management at or call 717-364-6764. Available March 1.

For sale:

1998 Buick Century —90-plus year old parents can no longer drive and want to sell their car before insurance is due in February. Only 39,625 miles. Just inspected – good thru January 2016. Great condition, V-6 engine, automatic, white exterior; tan interior. Asking $2,900; NordicTrack Elite 4200 treadmill —Heavy duty treadmill featuring variable incline and speeds; TV monitor; stereo speakers with audio hook-up for mobile devices; book holder, cup holders, pulse sensor and fan. In great condition; low use. Bought in 2007, MSRP was $1,699, asking $475. Recently moved, so treadmill is disassembled and ready to move. For more information or photo, contact Randy Ness at 717-919-1461.

DVDs — “Friends” TV show complete sets. Seasons 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Asking $8 per season or $40 for all. Call Bill at ext. 3904.