Archive for 2015

July 30, 2015

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved

Roman 10:9 


“Following performances in July as Frère Laurent in Gounod’s famous opera Romeo et Juliette, Assistant Professor of Music Damian Savarino was hailed by the Washington Life Magazine as singing with a ‘warm tone that brought both a reverent, yet ominous presence to the ill-fated nuptials of the star-crossed lovers.’ For the entire article, read here:

Congratulations to facility maintenance staff Ryan Smith and Jeremy Soltis. Both passed the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) EPA Certification Exam and are now licensed “Universal HVAC Technicians.”  The process to earn this certification/license is complex and requires experience in the HVAC trade, as well as the ability to study for and pass an exam. Holding this license certifies them as a “Universal Technician” as recognized by 40CFR Part 82, Subpart F.


Campus Store Closing
The Campus Store will be closed for remodeling July 30-Aug. 7. We will be filling online orders during this time. Come visit our beautiful new store when we reopen!

Early Arrivals

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival, please complete the online early arrival request form or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Friday, July 31. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 17, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Thursday, Aug. 27 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange.

There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions or changes received between Monday, Aug. 3-16 will be charged $10/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $25/person.

Please extend a warm welcome to Tim Knapp 

Please welcome Tim Knapp, Messiah’s newest instructional designer in Learning Technology Services. Tim’s education and experience will serve him well in his new role. He has a B.A. in history and secondary education from the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, and taught in the Southwestern School District for two years. He has a M.S. in classroom technology from Wilkes University, and worked as a Call Center training specialist for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for three years. Tim is a Mechanicsburg High School graduate who enjoys basketball. You will find Tim on the first floor of Hoffman, directly across the hall from the Innovation Zone. Feel free to stop in and say hello!

Oakes Museum of Natural History
The Oakes Museum of Natural History continues to reach out to both the Messiah College and surrounding community offering excellent educational opportunities and programs. We invite you read the attached flyer to discover more about what we have been up to over the past year. If you have not had a chance to experience us, we are free to the Messiah College community and your families when we are open on Saturdays from 1- 5 p.m. We hope to see you soon!

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac

While this time of year tempts us to spend time outside in nature (hiking, walking, camping, fishing, gardening, etc.), there are some disadvantages to outdoor play. One of them is the painful rash that can develop from exposure to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, all prevalent in this area of the country. Read this bulletin to learn more about these plants that can make your summer fun a not-so-fun experience.

Summer Movie Break for Employees

Human Resources and Compliance is hosting a summer movie break for regular and part-time employees (other summer programming is provided for student employees) as a thank you for your service. Please join us!

What: McFarland, USA

Plot: Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

For more information on the movie, see the trailer:

When: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Times: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., 8-10 p.m.

Where: Parmer Cinema

Tickets are FREE but required to ensure adequate seating; they are available at the Ticket Office.

If you have questions on this event, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources and compliance, at or ext. 7086.


As part of the health care reform law, the government established a new health plan information document called the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). The SBC will help you understand the Messiah College medical plan options. It provides an overview in a standard format and is written in easy-to-understand language.

The Summary of Benefits and Coverage includes three parts:

  • Benefits and coverage information
  • Coverage examples
  • Directions for access to a Uniform Glossary

Benefits and Coverage Information

This section includes a chart that lists the main features of your medical plan. It answers fundamental questions about the coverage levels of the plan options. It also provides specific information about coverage for different services, such as office visits, prescription drugs and emergency room services.

Coverage Examples

The SBC explains how to access or request a glossary with definitions for common health insurance and medical terms, such as copayment and deductible. There may be differences between terms found in the Uniform Glossary and those in our health plan document.

Attached are the Summary of Benefits and Coverage for the three Messiah College medical plans.

Questions:  Call Capital Blue Cross Member Services at 1-800-962-2242 or go to 



Campus Events has a current opening for the full-time position of Campus Events Worker III – South Residence Hall Team Leader. For more information and to apply, please visit: questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at


Scooter for sale, $1850- Like new:• The 2006 Kymco Xciting has an adjustable backrest for the driver. The instrument panel features an analog speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauge. A digital display shows miles traveled, engine diagnostics and a clock. 2006 Kymco Xciting Specs • Model: 2006 Kymco Xciting • Engine Type: Single cylinder, liquid cooled • Bore and Stroke: 250 cc- 72.7 millimeters/ 2.9 inches; 60 millimeters/ 2.4 inches; 500 cc- 92 millimeters/ 3.63 inches; 75 millimeters/ 3 inches; • Compression ratio: 250 cc-10.6:1; 500 cc- 10.5:1 • Valve Train: 250 cc- SOHC; 500 cc- DOHC • Induction: Carburetor • Ignition: Electric • Transmission: Continual Variable (CVT) • Fuel Capacity: 250 cc- 12.9 liters / 3.4 gallons; 500 cc- 10.6 liters / 2.8 gallons • Estimated Fuel Economy: 19.1-21.3 kilometers per liter / 45-50 mpg • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc; dual piston • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc; single piston • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided, swing arm • Wheelbase: 15.75 millimeters/ 62 inches • Seat Height: 369.6 millimeters/ 30.3 inches • Curb Weight: 250 cc- 184.6 kilograms/ 407 pounds; 500 cc- 214.6 kilograms/ 473 pounds; • Tires (Front): 120/70 – 15 • Tires (Rear): 150/70 – 14 Accessories • The 2006 Kymco Xciting features a large, lockable glove box. • Kymco outfitted the 2006 Xciting with a center stand, a side stand and a parking brake. • The passenger foot-pegs fold up for a more aerodynamic appearance when they are not in use. Two new tires. Runs great; inspected.

Two twin size Ovation memory foam mattresses with remote control adjustable bed base. Mattresses can be used as one queen size bed. Very good condition, barely used. One mattress never used. Three years old, paid $3500, asking $1000. Mattresses can be sold separately. Call 717-575-5315.

York natural gas 92% efficient single stage up flow furnace. Model GY9S060B12UP11. 60,000 MBH input – 55,000 MBH output. 1200 CFM 115/1/60 voltage. 2″ flue size. 40″ high X 17.5″ wide X 28.5″ deep. New gas valve, control board, flame sensor, and pressure switch. Good for a garage or a home up to 1500 square feet. 9 years old, works well. $200 Contact Brad Markley at or ext. 3500.

Home Gym System (Parabody 220) – sleek design, fits conveniently into a 6′ x 4′ space, offers a variety of effective total body workouts. The gym offers two unique seated rowing exercises as well – using an overhand or underhand grip – they comfortably add rear deltoid, upper and lower back movements for ideal muscular balance with the chest exercises. An ankle strap adds hip abduction, adduction and extension exercises. Asking $275or best offer – contact Susan ext. 6780 or 717-350-5039.

Several baby items: Winnie the Pooh crib-$200, Winnie the Pooh changing table-$75 or both for $225. Graco Pack N’ Play (hardly used)-$40, Bounce Bounce Baby activity seat-$15, vibrating baby seat-$15, Lil Tykes Cozy Coupe police car-$25. All in good condition. Contact Tom at 717-525-4091 or email to Have pictures of everything but crib.


Slightly used, dozens of letter-sized file folders and hanging folders and a selection of three-ring binders of various sizes and colors. First come, first serve outside the second floor reception desk in Larsen Student Union.


Love to golf? Come out and join the fun at the East Berlin Park and Recreation 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 11 at Briarwood East Golf Course in York. Proceeds will help to surface walking trails at the East Berlin Park. For more information, contact Raeann Hamon (ext. 2850) or Darlene McArthur (717-259-9224).