Archive for 2015

October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1


The Messiah College Dining Services Program was recently selected as the winner of the 13th Annual PRLA (Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association) Excellence in Food Safety Award. This is quite an honor, as this award is open to all restaurants, hotels and dining operations across the state of Pennsylvania. The dining services team will be honored at the Awards Gala being held on Oct. 26 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Pittsburgh. When visiting any one of the venues, please congratulate a dining services employee for this outstanding achievement.


Reminders about Intercom submissions

The Intercom only accepts submissions from Messiah College email addresses. For publication in the Thursday newsletter, the announcement must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. All items must be submitted by e-mail to the Intercom mailbox ( or by using the online submission form (preferred method). Submissions sent through methods other than those above may not be included. Attachments should be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF file. To read the Intercom guidelines and to access the submission form, please go here.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra at Messiah College
The Legendary Count Basie Jazz Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, with special guests New York Voices will be presenting a Cultural Series concert Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Known as “the greatest swing band in all the land,” the Count Basie Orchestra is still going strong 80 years later with tours that take them all over the world. The Orchestra continues the excellent standards set by Count Basie in swinging and shouting the blues with precision and swing and is still the “most explosive force in jazz!” New York Voices 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the New York Voices and they show no signs of slowing down. Known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend, New York Voices were featured on the 1997 Grammy award-winning recording (Best Large Jazz Ensemble) “Live at Manchester Craftsmen Guild.” Tickets are selling quickly and you won’t want to miss this concert! For more information and ticket prices visit

Silent Auction Sale

Messiah College will be offering the silent auction sale of a 1995 Pace American 23’ enclosed trailer. Maintenance records for service work that has been done over the years would be available at the time of purchase. The trailer will be sold “as is” and “without warranty.” The trailer can be seen at the Lenhert Building. The trailer is available for Messiah College employees, faculty, family and friends of anyone who is interested in bidding on it. If interested, silent sealed written bids, with the name and phone number of the bidder, can be given to Facility Services at the Lenhert Building. The sealed bids will be opened on Oct. 30. The trailer will be sold to the highest bidder. Bidding starts at $3,500. The trailer was recently inspected and has new tires. All taxes, registration transfer fees and notary fees will be covered by the purchaser. Any questions can be directed to Brad Markley at ext. 3500.

Invite someone you know to Messiah’s Oct. 31 open house

Do you know a student who’s in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit the college Open House on Saturday, Oct. 31. Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day.

An evening with journalist and author Bob Woodward

One of America’s preeminent investiga­tive reporters and nonfiction authors, Bob Woodward, will be speaking at Messiah College on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Mr. Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter and is currently an associate editor there. As a young reporter in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein. The two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting of the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of Presi­dent Richard Nixon. Gene Roberts, former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the work of Woodward and Bernstein “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”

Woodward has authored or coauthored 16 nonfiction books in the last 36 years. All 16 have been national best-sellers and 12 of them have been #1 national nonfiction best-sellers—more #1 national nonfiction best-sellers than any contemporary author. General admission tickets are $25. Student tickets (with ID) are $10. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#CyberAware)!

The goal of this national campaign is to raise awareness about steps each of us can take to stay safer and more secure online.

Here are a few tips all Internet users can leverage to practice cybersecurity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year:

  • Use a different password for each site: When a data breach occurs, cyber criminals often sell the information to third parties before the theft is detected. When you reuse the same password, criminals can use this to gain access to your other accounts.
  • Use a password manager: Instead of trying to remember lots of different passwords, a password manager keeps your passwords in an encrypted vault. The best managers allow you to sync across devices, change passwords with a click, log into sites for you, and more.
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a longer, more secure password.
  • Keep it secret: Don’t share your passwords or reveal them to others. No legitimate organization should ever ask you for your password.
  • Beware of unfamiliar or unexpected links and attachments: Links in email, texts, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals steal your information or compromise your computer. Attachments, too. If it looks suspicious, DELETE IT! Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately or offer something that sounds too good to be true. These are often scams. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Protect your privacy: Don’t give sensitive personal, financial, login, business, system or network information to anyone you don’t know or who doesn’t have a legitimate need for it — in person, over the phone, via email, IM, text, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Visit for more tips and resources for staying secure online.

The Seven Cities of Revelation and the Greek Island of Patmos (June 3-12, 2016)

Our group had such a good time last summer traveling around beautiful Turkey (just ask Jonathan and Cathleen Lauer) that I’ve agreed to lead another tour for next summer. This tour will be shorter (only nine days from one weekend to the next) for those who have limited vacation time. This time, the biblical part of the tour will mainly focus on the book of Revelation, so we’ll be visiting all of the seven cities in Turkey as well as the island of Patmos from where John wrote his book. An additional add-on trip to Istanbul is available at the end of the tour for those who have more time.

To see a full itinerary description of all the sites and activities included in the tour, please see the attached brochure or visit this link: Other details, such as costs, travel plans and accommodation are also listed there.

Please feel free to email me at or at with any questions.

Announcement from School of the Humanities

Please welcome Lucas Sheaffer as the School of the Humanities special projects coordinator. Lucas is an adjunct in the English department and has also worked in the admissions office. He graduated from Messiah College in 2005, received his Master’s in Humanities in 2010 from Penn State University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University working on a dissertation titled “Damming the American Imagination: 1900-1980.” As the special projects coordinator, Lucas’s responsibility will be to promote and implement the Young Writers workshop. He will continue to research and propose similar programming that has the best chance of being self-sustaining financially and to attract students to Messiah College. I would encourage you to give Lucas your support to assist him in developing new programs for our school.

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research has provided access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, Enrollment Summaries and other college-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for enrollment summaries, etc.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The 2016 J-Term and Spring Semester work submission deadlines have been set.  Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates located at on the ITS blog at the following link:

 Procedure review:

1.     Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by the copyright and educational support specialist (Diane Hunsinger) approximately 4-6 weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your course pack in College Press.

2.     Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link:     The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your course pack or lab manual.

3.   It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/lab manual to students   notify          Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager, Campus Store & Textbook Express.

4.     VERY IMPORTANT:  Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials and the instructor has the assurance that their course pack is available for students to purchase before classes begin. 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.


For Sale:

Baseball Cards. Topps, Donruss,  Fleer. Ranging from 1971-1985ish. Some Hall of Famers to Hall of Shamers! Must go! Worth well over $200 will sacrifice all for $150 obo. If interested contact Tom at or 717-525-4091.

5 Country-style Kitchen Chairs Solid wood. Made in Yugoslavia (c. 1980) $40 for set of five. Email Jake at

Radial Arm saw w/ stand 10” blade. 11 amps. Motor. Originally purchased 1980. Good Condition. $50 or best offer. Contact Jake at


Free to a good home – Two male Maine Coon cats. One is a black cat and the other is a grey tiger cat. Cats are declawed, neutered and have their rabies shots. The cats are about nine years old and can be indoor or outdoor cats. They are brothers and can go to one home or can be separated. If interested please contact Rhonda at or 717-503-3454.

Free shelves and cabinets from the Oakes Museum. Our move from our old storage cabinets to our new mobile storage system is complete! We have numerous kinds of shelves and cabinets available for free on a first come first served basis. Everything is currently in J074 for you to see. Pictures available. If you want one or two or three, all must be removed from J074 by October 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Any questions call Ken Mark – ext. 7190