Archive for 2015

November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5


Kathy T. Hettinga, professor of art and design, has been awarded the Denbo Fellowship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center—prints and book arts center—located in the arts district of downtown Silver Spring, MD.  The contemporary arts center was founded by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a conducive environment for artistic collaboration and dialogue. Selected by a panel of professional artists, curators and art administrators, the Fellowship is competitively awarded for artistic merit and quality of the residency plan to create a new body of work. The Fellowship includes 24 hour access to the art center, technical assistance and a stipend. Hettinga will be a Fellow in residency during her upcoming spring sabbatical.


The Department of Education will host its annual Faculty Fall Forum, featuring Dr. Carol Buckley on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Boyer 131. Dr. Buckley will discuss “Changing Math Attitudes: One Family at a Time,” that will provide an in-depth report on her progress on and analysis of such points of research as the impact on student math attitude as it relates to math achievement; her research design; math attitudinal survey (parent and child); and Messiah College student outcome from experiential learning. Please join us for a new perspective on an old problem—with refreshments.


Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch and Laureen Mgrdichian of Biola University recently presented a paper titled “Mindful Marketing: A Branded Approach for Instilling Marketing Ethics” at the Christian Business Faculty Association national conference in Virginia Beach. The paper is based on the Mindful Marketing concept David has developed, which utilizes a unique model (the Mindful Matrix), an interactive website (, and a weekly blog (Mindful Matters) to make marketing ethics education more impactful and enduring.

One of David’s Mindful Matters blog posts was recently republished on Quartz, “a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy.” The article, which examines the ethics and legality of fantasy sports ads, can be read here. If you would like to receive the weekly Mindful Matters blog via email, click here.


Dwayne Magee, director of press and postal services, has been named the next President-elect of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). This is an international organization with 621 members from a variety of businesses that have in-plant printing from higher education, hospital, government, etc. Past presidents have been from Oklahoma, LSU, Ole Miss and Briggs Straton.  Please congratulate Dwayne on his appointment. – – Kathie Shafer, vice president of operations


Open door day

The open door day with President Phipps, scheduled for Nov. 18, has been postponed.

Upcoming wellness workshop

The next wellness workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from noon -12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. The title of the workshop is “PORTION DISTORTION: The Food You Love in the Size You Need.” It will be presented by nutrition and dietetics students. We hope you’ll plan to attend this informational workshop.

Annual soup sale

The annual soup sale sponsored by the Division of Finance and Planning is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm in the Payroll Office lobby, located on the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of soup and a bottle of water for $3.50 or a cup of soup, hot dog and a bottle of water for $5. Soup options include: Beef Vegetable, Cheeseburger, Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken Corn Noodle, Chili, Creamy Crab and Loaded Potato (a gluten-free option). Baked goods will also be available for purchase. ALL proceeds benefit local families for Christmas. We are also collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and diapers for the Silence of Mary Homes in Harrisburg. Please support this worthy cause and enjoy some homemade soup!

Walking Works program

At last count, 26 Messiah employees are participating in the Walking Works online activity tracking program. Recording daily exercise is a good way to make you accountable for getting in the activity we need each day. So far, 6,197,000 steps have been recorded which equates to 3,106 miles. Remember, any activity can be recorded (the online tracker immediately converts it to an equivalent number of steps so participants can see how close they are to the recommended 10,000 steps/day). Instructions for the easy sign-up can be found at the Messiah Wellness webpage ( Congratulations to the following participants who won free prizes in the recent drawing: Gina Jablonski, Timothy Knapp, Robin Lauermann, Richard Roberson and Lin Taylor.

Peter Greer to speak about his new book, “Mission Drift”

Please join the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences in welcoming Peter Greer, entrepreneur in residence, for his first speaking event on campus. Peter will be speaking about his new book, “Mission Drift” on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7- 8:30 p.m. in Frey 110.

Oregon Extension faculty member to visit campus

Oregon Extension faculty member Heidi Gehman will be on campus Monday, Nov. 16 – Wednesday, Nov. 18 to talk to students and faculty about opportunities for students to study at the Oregon Extension.

If you are interested in meeting with Heidi or inviting her to speak to your class, please contact Wendy Lippert at

Heidi will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons and will be hosting informational meetings. Please encourage interested students attend:

  • Nov. 17, 2015 – Information Session, 4 p.m. – Boyer 234
  • Nov. 18, 2015 – Information Session,  Noon – Boyer 234

To learn more about this program, please browse:

Accounts payable reminder

Accounts payable would like to remind the campus no checks will be issued for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-27 and Christmas, Dec. 21-31, 2015. Our checks are processed weekly on Thursdays. Please plan accordingly if you will need a check issued over these periods.

Spring HIGHLIGHTS brochure submissions

The Office of Marketing and Communications is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 4,000 homes in the community in early January. To ensure your public event (i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public) is included, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any) and contact phone number to Karen Garlinger ( no later than Friday, Nov.20.

The Highlights brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Karen at ext. 7342. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs.

The 7 Cities of Revelation and the Greek Island of Patmos (June 3-12, 2016)

Deposits are due Nov. 15 for anyone wishing to receive the discounted rate. The final date for sign-up and deposits for the trip are Dec. 15.

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:

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

Vote for alum Kay See Tan ’08
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is launching a new Young Alumni Award to highlight the significant impact of alumni from Christian colleges and universities. You are invited to vote for the candidate you believe deserves the honor of being named the 2016 winner. Messiah alum Kay See Tan ’08 is one of the 30 CCCU alums included in the contest, and it would be awesome to see a fellow Falcon take the honor! First round ends Nov. 15! You can vote once a day and must like the CCCU Facebook page to be able to participate. Vote now:

Needed: a few good elves

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 18:

Set-up:     9- 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.- Noon

Serving:   Two 45 minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:40 a.m. for instructions

Cleanup: 2:30- 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at by Wednesday, Dec. 9. 

Annual Authors’ Exhibit: attention educators!

The annual Authors’ Exhibit will be held on Friday, Dec. 11. Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from Jan. -Dec. 2015 for display at this important event held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea. Materials can be dropped off at Carol Hostetter’s office in Boyer 101 or put in campus mail to Suite 3008. Materials will be returned to you following the event.

“Better Health Works”, a book from Capital Blue Cross Book, available while supplies last

Capital Blue Cross has donated a limited number of a book “Better Health Works” to be distributed to employees of Messiah College who are covered under the Capital Blue Cross health plans. This is a self-care guide for you and your family. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Better care, lower costs
  • First aid and emergencies
  • Common health problems
  • Living better with chronic disease
  • Staying healthy

The books will be distributed on a first come-first served basis while supplies last. If you would like a book, please stop by Su Deitch’s office in Old Main, room 203 between 7:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.

INTERCOM Information

Due to the upcoming holidays, Intercom will not publish the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Please be reminded that the regular deadline for submission is Tuesday at 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please email

Free Biometric Screenings

As a part of the PinnacleHealth CARES program, Messiah College has scheduled FREE biometric screenings. While these biometric screenings are provided as part of the Care Connect medical plan, we feel it is important to make them available to all full and part-time employees.

The biometric screening provides an opportunity for early detection of health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.

These screenings have been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in Hostetter 113.

In order for your biometric screening to be accurate, an 8-10 hour fast is required. You may drink water and take any medications you normally take each morning but no other food or drink. Light snacks will be provided after you have your screening.

To make an appointment for your biometric screening, go to

Health Risk Assessments

In addition to participating in our biometric screenings, we are asking ALL employees to complete the PinnacleHealth Health Risk Assessment BEFORE Dec. 31. To do this, please visit, click on the box next to Messiah College, then click “sign up” below the “log in” button. This will prompt you to create a user name and password. An email address and first and last name are required. After logging in, on the right side of the page, you will see “What is your wellness score?” with a banner underneath that says, “Assess your health now!” Click this banner and it will launch the HRA.

Completion of this Health Risk Assessment will assist our Wellness Team in knowing where to focus their educational efforts.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Job Opportunities:

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance has a current opening for the full-time position of human resources administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Inger Blount at

For Sale:

Galileo Astro/Terrestrial Telescope, 1000mm/120mm, great condition – $45 Includes CD-ROM set, Mars eye electronic finder, accessory tray, and pre-assembled tripod. Contact



Moving boxes of all sizes free to anyone who will pick them up.

Contact Cindy Goforth at ext. 7214


West Shore Christian Academy, the region’s largest Christian school, located in Shiremanstown is pleased to welcome the Messiah College Powerhouse Band on Saturday, Nov. 14 for a Night of Worship. This event will also feature national radio personality Brant Hansen from the Word FM. Brant will be sharing his story as well as speaking about the ministry of CURE International. The evening is great for children and adults alike and all proceeds will support the work of CURE International, an international healthcare ministry whose headquarters are in central PA. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. To purchase tickets and/or get directions call 717-737-3550, ext. 129. The event starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets will also be available on the evening of Nov. 14.

The Arts Hub at the Grantham Church is hosting Good Company A Cappella on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. Several of its members are Messiah alums. PLUS…in the Art Gallery is an exhibit of plein air paintings by Peter Emerson, with an art reception at intermission. These events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there! Contact Shirley Groff,