Archive for 2015

August 6, 2015

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:2


Two Messiah faculty members recently participated in the Keystone Digital Humanities conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Fabrizio Cilento, assistant professor of communication, presented on Cinemablography, a website that showcases student projects, analysis, and commentary on film. David Pettegrew, associate professor of history, and Albert Sarvis (assistant professor of geospatial technologies, Harrisburg University) showcased the Digital Harrisburg Project and its interactive map of the population of Harrisburg in 1900.


Messiah College Press has received notification that its Forest Stewardship Council® Chain-of-Custody Certification has been renewed for the next twelve months. The renewal was awarded after the organization passed an extensive audit by Printers Green Resource LLC in which the auditor reviewed and verified all the organization’s FSC internal chain-of-custody procedures and documentation for accuracy and compliance. Messiah College Press is a member of the InGreen FSC Group which is certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Because of its Ten Principles and fifty-six strict criteria for operating a forest and addressing the concerns of all those affected by the forest, they are widely accepted as the “Gold Standard” of forest certification programs.

As an FSC certified printer, College Press can add the FSC mark to any qualifying job to show that the piece was produced on responsibly sourced paper. If desired, the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal can be added to the FSC trade marks.


Kristopher J. Cravey, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, (graduate-level), was invited to present and serve as a panelist for the Research Team Leader Forum at the recent Construction Industry Institute’s Annual Conference in Boston. The Construction Industry Institute, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas.  Dr. Cravey, along with a panel of industry experts, presented best practices on effective research approaches and leading research teams to newly appointed research team chairs.


Copy Training Sessions Available

On August 28, Higher Information Group will be on campus to offer four copier training sessions. They will be covering printing, scanning and copying features of both Lexmark and Toshiba copiers.

Please sign up for your training in advance by sending an email to Bill Althoff at and note your preferred session times. Sessions will run for about 45 minutes.

  • 10 a.m.    Boyer 2nd floor alcove    Lexmark copier training
  • 11 a.m.    Boyer 3rd floor alcove    Toshiba copier training
  • 1 p.m.      Boyer 2nd floor alcove    Lexmark copier training
  • 2 p.m      Boyer 3rd floor alcove    Toshiba copier training

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 ASAP  (requests were due by Friday, July 31). The earliest students may return this year is Monday, August 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, August 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, Aug. 3–Aug. 16 will be charged $10/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $25/person.

Tox Town

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has an online program that explains environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work and play. The format includes a user-friendly map for areas such as cities, towns, farms, ports, the U.S. Southwest and U.S. Border Regions and provides information for hazardous chemicals commonly found in these locations. In addition, there are links to information on various disaster emergencies and other home safety issues. Check out this user friendly website ( with your child for a unique learning experience

Financial Operations: Student Financial Services and Falcon Exchange Update 

After more than 12 years of committed service to students and colleagues, Marilyn Donelson retired as director of student financial services/bursar on June 30. In addition to overseeing the Student Financial Services and Falcon Exchange office operations, among Marilyn’s many accomplishments was the creation of a student-focused service delivery model.  In continuation of this model, the director of student financial services/bursar position was redefined into two components.  We were fortunate to have two strong service-oriented team members—Cathy Poiesz and Lora Harper—to promote into these redefined roles.  I look forward to working directly with both Cathy Poiesz and Lora Harper and feel this new structure will allow us to further focus and enhance our support to students and campus colleagues.

A summary of service areas for each position is below:

  • Cathy Poiesz – director of student financial services:   In this new role, Cathy will manage and oversee the Student Financial Services office, including the billing, monitoring of student receivables, and payment outreach for enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Additionally, Cathy will develop and implement practices to counsel enrolled students on student account and financial matters as well as coordinate student financial services with other campus departments.
  • Lora Harper – manager of financial services:  Lora Harper will be responsible for the recordkeeping and deposit of payments to Messiah College, including the reconciliation of the College’s student and other accounts receivable, the billing and collection of non-student revenues, as well as supporting eCommerce efforts. Lora is also responsible for managing the daily activities and related internal control processes of the Falcon Exchange which includes cashiering and deposit services, ID card and student parking administration.

Although the Falcon Exchange will be separate and distinct from the Student Financial Services department, the offices will continue to work closely together as part of the ACCESS model of student service.  To learn more about the ACCESS model which is designed to assist students in overcoming financial challenges, please see the attached. 


For rent:

Charming Colonial Williamsburg inspired townhome located in Fairfax Village North, Linglestown (Lower Paxton Township-Central Dauphin School District) for rent. This 1300 sq ft townhome is located in a lovely setting off Patton Road. First floor includes an eat-in kitchen, combined dining/living room, a powder room and private deck. Second floor includes 2 bedrooms (master bedroom has a powder room) and a full bathroom. There are window blinds throughout the house and it has a partially finished basement. Appliances included are dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. The home is total electric including central air. Rent includes trash, sewer, lawn service, snow removal, 2 reserved parking spots and home owner’s association fee. Tenant is responsible for electric, water (United Water), cable, phone and internet service. Rent is $1050/month. One month rent and $1050 security deposit are required at lease signing. Available October 1 (possibly sooner). Pets allowed on a case by case basis with a $25/month pet fee.  Please contact Su Deitch, 648-7573 or x7085.


We are seeking a nanny for our 1-year old son, to begin in September and continue at least through the end of the academic school year, with possible availability next year as well. Hours can be flexible but will mostly cover mornings Monday – Friday (8-12 or 9-1). The nanny will watch our son in our Camp Hill home. Some experience in early childhood education required, payment arrangements based on experience and education. Contact Fabrizio and Vanessa Cilento at if interested. 


Grantham Yard Sale

The Grantham Community Association is sponsoring a community yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., in the village of Grantham.  Look for sale locations particularly along Grantham Road and High Street.  Antique twin spool bed, Hunter/Douglas vertical door blind, jewelry, sports tubes for tubing on the Yellow Breeches or sledding on Cemetery Hill, stained glass kit, large iron wheels, lamps, dishes and glassware are among the treasures.