Archive for 2015

October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.

Psalm 78:72


Kristopher J. Cravey, Ph.D., assistant professor of business in the MBA and MSL programs at Messiah College, was recently elected to serve a 2nd term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals (NAECP). The NAECP is the premiere professional organization for those who provide alternative dispute and conflict resolution services in highly regulated industries. Established in 1988, the organization has grown from a group of eight Nuclear Employee Concerns Program managers to over 200 members who are managers, attorneys and Human Resource professionals within nuclear utilities, the Department of Energy, and the petroleum industry. By collaborating with professional and regulatory organizations such as the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Forum has become one of the most influential groups responsible for helping to shape legislation and regulation focused on improving work environments and safety cultures.


Professor of Art and Design Kathy T. Hettinga’s book art was juried into the College Book Art Association exhibition, “Backstory: Exploring the Boundaries of the Book” at Vanderbilt University. Well-known juror, Tate Shaw, director of visual studies workshop stated, “Deciding upon the books to be in the exhibition was an interesting but difficult process. In the end, we were able to include less than twenty percent of the books submitted. The works we selected all appear to have two things in common: they have a subject beyond just being intricate objects and they attempt to investigate concerns we share publicly by addressing these issues through intimate and personal objects.”


The HM Insurance Group (our workers’ compensation insurance carrier) awarded Messiah College a $5,000 safety grant towards the purchase of an automated stair climbing hand truck. This equipment will aid in moving furniture and large/heavy items up and down stairs in buildings that do not have elevators. An actual demonstration video of the equipment is available on the manufacturer’s website; click on the video tab.


Dr. Willie Jennings to hold lecture Nov. 3

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Hostetter Chapel, Dr. Willie Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke Divinity School,  will lecture on “Overcoming the Geographies of Race.”  He won the Grawemeyer Award in Religion (in 2015) for the publication of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, which has received wide acclaim in the Academy.  His work investigates the intersection of race, theology and colonialism. He is the first invited guest from the ethnic and area studies major and will serve as the biblical and religious studies’ 2015-2016 “Religion & Society” speaker.

I hope that you will join for the lecture and the reception that will follow. The event has been sponsored by the ethnic and area studies major, the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies and the Center for the Public Humanities.

Networking breakfast – Turning Passion into Profit

Many of us have had ideas for new products or businesses we’ve dreamed of trying.Software developer, marketer and serial entrepreneur Jason Kichline also has hadthose dreams; the difference is he’s done them!

Kichline twice has turned his passions into successful companies. His first businesswas born out of a dorm room at Messiah College. His second one stemmed fromhis desire to provide a technological solution to church worship music challenges.

In fields that require continual evaluation and innovation, entrepreneurs can feel like they are perpetually chasing “version 2.0.” Join us to learn how Kichline’s faith-infused passions have guided him in growing vibrant kingdom-building businesses.

Student Financial Services open house
Student Financial Services and the student employment office will host a pirate-themed open house on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4: -6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students to meet the SFS staff and learn more about the services they provide. Please encourage students to stop in the SFS office on the first floor of Old Main. There will be snacks, a gift card giveaway and more.

Mock interview day with alumni

The Career and Professional Development Center is conducting a mock interview day on Friday, Nov. 20. On this day, alumni will be on campus to conduct practice interviews with students. Some interviews will also be available via Skype. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to practice interview skills with real-world professionals. Limited slots are available. Please encourage students to sign up ASAP at

United Way employee pledge drive launched

The annual employee pledge drive launched this week and will run through Friday, Nov. 13. By donating to The United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) during the pledge drive, you can help support programs focusing on critical needs such as prescription affordability. $1,580,878 has been saved on the cost of prescriptions since 2006 through free prescription savings cards issued by the UWCR in our local community.

To learn more about this program and others that help individuals and families address health care issues go to

Donating to the United Way is an opportunity for you to help realize solutions to problems in our community. One hundred percent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services. You can

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of four focus areas (health, education, income or basic needs)


  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources and compliance, with any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

The 7 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.

Trick or Treat Time!

Here are some tips to keep Halloween safe:

  • Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight (with fresh batteries), glow bracelet or necklace, or flashing attire for visibility. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes. Light-up shoes are also practical and noticeable on a dark Halloween night.
  • Require well-fitting shoes to be worn, preferably sneakers. While adorable in the store as a costume accessory, children planning to go trick or treat should wear sturdy shoes and not the princess high-heel, too large boots, or other types of shoes often shown with costumes. These often create tripping hazards and very tired feet before the night is over.
  • Avoid costumes that drag on the ground.  Costumes that drag can trip up little feet or get caught on bushes, etc.
  • With the thought of comfort, pick costumes that are bathroom-friendly and pre-plan a bathroom stop along the way (a friends’ house will do and is a good time for a water break as well or at a public facility if driving).
  • Be sure a child’s mask allows full visibility and breathing. Parents should try on masks for size and not hesitate to cut out larger openings for a trick or treater’s comfort. If possible, find a mask that “breathes” and is easy to put on and off. The types of mask that easily can slide up on the head and then pulled down are best. Even better, use non-toxic face paints instead of masks – they won’t obstruct the child’s view as masks sometimes do.
  • Trick or treaters should walk, not run, and should never cut across lawns or driveways. Obstacles could exist that aren’t readily visible in the evening.
  • Only carry flexible props, such as knives, swords, ninja items, etc., that can’t cause injury if a child accidentally falls. No play prop should resemble the real item; and consider leaving play weapons at home and not part of trick or treat night.
  • Only trick or treat at houses with outside lights on. Residents who do not wish to be bothered by trick or treaters often leave off their lights as a sign; respect their preference.
  • An adult should accompany children under 12. If your child is older and going without adult supervision, establish a pre-planned route and curfew time. Make sure s/he has a cell phone to contact you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have your child wait until you can inspect the treats. Discard anything slightly or not completely wrapped. If your child is allergic to nuts, read the ingredients carefully. Be careful of hard candy which can be a choking hazard for very young children.

Information provided by the Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Division and

History department annual faith and history lecture

The history department is pleased to announce that its annual faith and history lecture will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. in Boyer 235. This year’s lecture will feature senior lecturer Dr. Alexander Wisnoski III. Dr. Wisnoski’s lecture will encompass marital life in colonial Peru and is entitled “Making the Married Life in Colonial Peru: Thoughts on Slavery, Divorce and Church Courts in the Spanish Empire.”

Shared internship experiences

Three students will be speaking about their internship experiences on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 from noon-1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. FREE PIZZA will be provided. This is a great chance for students to learn more about what an internship is like and how it can benefit their future career. Educators are also welcome to attend. Please encourage students to register at

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.

A new look for Canvas is coming Jan 1, 2016

Watch this video for more details. You can also read more about it.


Job Opportunities:

The School of Business, Education, and Social Sciences has a current opening for the full-time position of Managing Director for the International Business Institute. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Caroline Maurer, dean of the School of Business, Education, and Social Sciences, at

Student Financial Services has a current opening for the full-time position of Student Account Coordinator and Counselor for Graduate Programs. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Cathy Poiesz at

For Sale:

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. $200.00 Contact Brad Markley at, or call extension 3500.


10 week old kittens. Two male, gray and black tabbies still available. Very child-friendly. Born and raised in my daughter’s room! Very cute, of course. Contact Roseann Sachs ( if you are interested.

Firewood:   10 fallen trees in various sizes that are available for someone to come and cut up for firewood.  They have been down for at least 6 months, so they would be ready for the winter.  If you really love to cut trees down, we have several (smaller sizes) that you can cut down in addition to the fallen trees.  This is at no charge.

If you are interested, please contact Sally Richardson at


Home/apartment for rent: A family of four with two little kids and a dog is looking for a 3 bedroom house/apartment for rent. They can pay up to $650. Please contact Kim at 814-330-4423. They need something as soon as possible. Contact Gladys Robalino:


The Parish Resource Center, a non-profit in Lancaster working with about 80 churches across 17 denominations, is hosting two major events that may be of interested to the Messiah College community. On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Center will host a concert by Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-Award-winning, all-female, all-African-American a cappella ensemble. (All proceeds from ticket sales, after costs, will benefit the Center and the Bright Side Opportunity Center, a nonprofit in Lancaster City providing healthcare, social services, and educational programs.) On Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., the Center will also host an evening with Diana Butler Bass, bestselling author and highly regarded church historian. At the event, Bass will address the question, Is the decline in church membership an opportunity for church growth?

For more information about these events, and to order tickets, please visit, or contact Devin Manzullo-Thomas at