Archive for 2015

December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12


Professor Christine A. Forsythe was elected to serve on The Commission of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design during the annual meeting in Houston last month. The commission is a small group of individuals from various higher educational institutions with art and design programs who review all self-study materials and vote on accreditation for renewal of membership as well as for new membership.


Junior Shaun Egolf and senior Laura Ritenour were awarded first and second place prizes for their research poster presentations given in early October during the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences hosted at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus (UMBC). Posters were also presented by Messiah College students Victoria Koehler, Andrew Nevin and Holly Ross as part of the conference, which included more than 270 presentations by over 325 undergraduate students. The Messiah delegation, coordinated by Sigma Zeta President Bridgette Rodgers also included five other biology students and biological sciences faculty research advisors John Harms and Larry Mylin who each served as judges for the research competition.


The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that Susan Donat, assistant director of curriculum and assessment, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation study, “The relationship among parental style, involvement, influence and undergraduate student success,” achieving her Ph.D. in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Please join our celebration by taking a moment to congratulate Susan on her accomplishment.


Beth Transue ’93, librarian/collection development coordinator, was appointed as co-chair of the PA Library Association PA Forward Health Literacy committee. This committee coordinates health literacy initiatives across the state in cooperation with local libraries and corporate, government and nonprofit partners.


Student Honors Presentation, Dec. 4

On Friday, Dec. 4, the Department of Education will sponsor the Student Honors Presentation of seniors Katelyn Kratz and Amanda Sarac, who will discuss the findings from their qualitative study on disability-related children’s books. Within their presentation, they will explain their writing process and read the book that they wrote to fill one gap in that literature.

Both authors are dual education majors in  PreK-4 and special education. Copies of their book will be available for  purchase—and will make lovely Christmas gifts. The event will take place in the Jordan atrium/lounge, from 2-3 p.m., with refreshments.

Still 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:

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.

Conference and Event Services closed Dec. 7

Conference and Event Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 7 until 2 p.m.  If you have an emergency, please call 717-991-9771.

Christmas trees needed for Christmas traditions dance

The Student Activities Board (SAB) is looking for at least six artificial Christmas trees to borrow for their annual student Christmas Traditions dance event being held on campus in Hitchcock Arena on Dec. 12. If you are willing to lend your unused or unwanted artificial tree to SAB for the event please contact Ashley Burkett at The trees are only need for one day and you will get it back. Prelit or unlit trees (green or white), five feet and taller.

Last chance to submit items for the spring Highlights brochure!

The Office of Marketing and Communications is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. 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 TOMORROW (Friday, Dec. 4). To meet press deadlines, late submissions cannot be accepted.

Safety grant

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

Holiday stamps now available

Holiday postal stamps are now available at the campus post office.

Winter driving safety tips

There are safety hazards unique to winter driving. Read the tips from HM Workers’ Compensation and AAA on driving safely in winter.

Annual campus budget forum is schedule for Jan. 7

The annual campus budget forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Frey 110. There will be a presentation by David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, and a Q&A session. Following feedback from governance groups, College Council is scheduled to vote on potential increases to tuition, room, board and fees on Jan. 21. The forum is open to all employees and attendance is encouraged.

Facts about the Messiah College master calendar website

 How to access the website’s Master Calendar:

– From the Messiah College homepage click on Visitors & Neighbors

– Under “events” click on Master Calendar

How to publicize your event on the master calendar:

– Be sure that your event is open to the college community and/or the general public.

– When completing the online virtual EMS request for a new event, check “yes” in the box for the master calendar.

– You may also contact the Conference and Event Services and ask to have your event placed on the calendar.

How to make your event a “featured event”:

– Send a 1-2 paragraph article, PLUS a .jpg file or poster about the event to Conference and Event Services at

Get campus cancellations and delays

In the event classes are delayed or canceled, only those students and/or employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a text notice regarding such a delay or closure. A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the home page of the College’s website, as well as being available by calling the emergency information line at 717-691-6084; a recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message. Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. If in doubt, please check the website or call the information line if you are not signed up for text alerts. This information is NOT provided to the local media. Please note, any notice of a delay and/or cancelation of an EVENT hosted at the college will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system or website. Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.

The Bridge readership survey

Last year, The Bridge revamped its look and content by partnering with Skelton Design of Towson, Md., for a redesign of the print edition. We’d like to know what you think of it! Please go to to take a quick readership survey. The deadline is Jan. 15. Survey participants will be entered to win one of five $50 gift cards to The Campus Store, which can be used on campus or online.

Christmas luncheon – collection for Bethesda Mission

Bethesda Mission’s ministries reach men, women and children in the Harrisburg area, seeking to inspire hope in each person. This mission meshes well with the theme for the luncheon this year – the anticipation and hope of Christmas Eve. To participate in our tradition of charitable giving at this event, please bring an item from the following list to the luncheon:

  • Toothpaste
  • Men’s deodorant
  • Men’s white socks
  • Sports ball (football, soccer, basketball)
  • 1” binder
  • Spiral notebook

We’ve even provided a visual to help you remember the list of items! See link.

Please contact Human Resources & Compliance with any questions. All donations are optional.

Reminder to RSVP for the employee Christmas luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the employee Christmas luncheon to the Office of Human Resources & Compliance by Wednesday, Dec. 9. The RSVP card, located on your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment!

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at or ext. 7086 with questions.

Messiah guitar ensemble concert

The Messiah Guitar Ensemble will present a concert on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall. Admission is free. For an example of the ensemble’s performing please view:

Advise a service trip

We’d like to offer the opportunity to employees to participate in and advise a student service trip over J-term break or spring break. Advisors serve alongside students, assist student leaders in facilitation of reflection and devotions and assist in any problem-solving that may arise. All costs are covered for advisors.

We’re currently accepting interest for J-term break (Thursday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Jan. 31. Our partnering organizations are Children’s Bible Fellowship in Carmel, N.Y.; Priority 1 Ministries in the Bronx, N.Y.; Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and the Steinbruck Center in DC. Spring Break Trips information coming soon! If you’re interested in J-term break (or spring break) and have additional questions, please contact Ashley Sheaffer,

Want to start the new year with an extra $50 in your pocket?

Congratulations to Diane Hunsinger, the winner of the Workplace Safety Committee’s safety contest question for November. She will receive a $50 gift card. The question for November was: clorox regular bleach is used on campus and is probably found in many homes. Under first aid measures on the Safety Data Sheet, what should you do for ingestion? The correct answer was “C. call a poison control center.”

Remember that for each of the remaining months of the contest, a question will be distributed to all employees via mass email. All correct answers for the month will go into a prize drawing; each month the prize is a $50 gift card. Watch your email on Monday, Dec. 7 for the next question!

Dr. Bernardo Michael sabbatical reflections lecture, Dec. 9
Dr. Bernardo Michael of the history department spent his sabbatical year in South Asia doing research. On Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 131 he will offer reflections on his the research he did during that time in a lecture entitled “In the footsteps of Charles Freer Andrews (1871-1940): Reflections on a Sabbatical Year in South Asia.” The lecture is being co-sponsored by the Department of History, The School of Humanities and the Office of Faculty Development.


For Sale:

Christmas trees — Live fir and spruce. 4-7’ $25. 8-12’ $40.  Located at 9680 Carlisle Rd, Dillsburg. Delivery available. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

Townhome without association fees:  1,740 sq. ft. living space in addition to a finished basement and a one car garage. Approximately one mile from Messiah College. Gas heat , 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, AC, lots  of storage space, thousands of dollars landscaping, porch, patio and basement “garden room” ideal for entertaining. $177,000. Available occupancy February 2016. Call 717-697-1469 or email Shirley Groff at for more information.

Upright Lester piano. Asking $100, you must make arrangements to move the piano. It is located in Dillsburg. Contact if interested.

Household items: My brother and his wife have various items they’d like to sell before returning to Malawi as missionaries with BICWM for three more years. Think of it as reduce, reuse, recycle….the “reuse” part. Plus, you’re buying local and helping a missionary family. It’s a win-win-win!  For more information and pictures go to or contact David Owen at They are living in Grantham, in case you want to preview any items over lunch, etc.

Job Opportunities:

The Department of Safety has a current opening for the full-time position of Community Safety Officer, 1st Shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at


Wooden track for Thomas the Train set. Please notify with information and price.