Archive for 2015

February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV)


The Department of Music hosted the annual Finals Concert of the Keith Lance Kuhlman Performance Award competition Feb. 22. The winner of the competition and recipient of the cash award was senior trumpet player Luke Forshey (student of William Stowman). In addition to the Kuhlman Award, the judges named a Concerto Winner to perform with the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra later this semester. The Concerto Winner was senior cellist Kyle Kirkpatrick (student of Diana Curtis). Honorable Mention was awarded to saxophonist Hannah Ditzler (student of Todd Goranson). The participants advanced past the Preliminary Round, judged by a committee of music department faculty members and performed for a panel of outside judges including Brenda Lynne Leach, Marcus DeLoach and Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski.  Please join the Department of Music in congratulating these fine young performers!

Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Katherine Bull ’15 (HDFS) had their invited articles published in the winter 2015 National Council on Family Relations Network newsletter. Hamon’s article was titled “Integrating Family Life Education Methodology Instruction Across the Curriculum” and Bull’s article, titled “Reflections on Creating a Family Life Education Program,” described her experience of conducting a needs assessment and developing a six-hour curriculum for dual earner couples to strengthen their marital bond as part of her senior capstone course.

William Stowman, professor of music, served as a guest artist at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he taught trumpet lessons and presented sessions on a variety of topics including: “Positive Perceptions in Music Education,” “Establishing Practice Routines for Brass Players” and “A Graduate School Primer.” The invitation came from Professor Mark Clodfelter, professor of trumpet, at UNCG.

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Employees asked to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year? Do any of the statements below describe a colleague? If so, please consider nominating that colleague for a Pride in Performance Award. The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years. See the list of prior recipients here. Nominations must be submitted using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found here by Friday, March 6. Further information on performance awards, can be viewed here.

The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay, projects manager human resources, at


Deadline approaching to schedule spring events

If you have not scheduled your spring event yet, the deadline is quickly approaching to reserve your venue.  A firm deadline of March 13 has been set for approval of any event that would:

1. Require a setup that includes tech/AV needs or additional tables, chairs or furnishings.
2. Include serving food to others outside of your group or foods purchased using college funds.
3. Include a fundraiser, selling items, showing a film (only applies to student groups) or include dancing.
4. Include an off-campus speaker (only applies to student groups) or an off-campus vendor.
5. Include more than 25 off-campus guests.

In addition, an Events Calendar Form must be submitted for spring events that would include any of the above.  The deadline for submitting an Events Calendar Form is March 27.
Contact the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009 with any questions.

Merit scholarship opportunity from Harrisburg Academy

Harrisburg Academy is proud to partner with Messiah College and offer a renewable $10,000 merit scholarship new-student opportunity for children of Messiah College full-time employees. Prospective students currently attending school in grades 4 through 10 are invited to spend a half-day visit at Harrisburg Academy March 13 or 20.  Interested in learning more about the academy advantage and why the academy is proud to be the area’s only college-prep independent school? Please consider attending the open house (for parents) and regional testing event (for students) on March 8.  Please contact the academy at or visit

Fire extinguisher training

Fire extinguisher training is available to all employees and students. The fire extinguisher training sessions scheduled for the week of Feb. 22 were canceled due to malfunctioning of the Bullex® Simulator. Another unit has been reserved for our use the week of March 22. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, even if you did not sign up previously, you can sign up now. To register for the session of your preference, go to MC-Square à employee or student tab à employee or student training à select the session of your choice. Please note that only a partial list of the sessions may appear.   To see the complete list, click on the small link at the bottom right “View Complete List.”

If you have not yet completed the online training, it must be completed prior to the hands-on session and is available at If you have any questions, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or Valerian Curd at ext. 6747.

Teaching and Learning Initiative Fellow applications now available

The Teaching and Learning Initiative invites applications for a teaching and learning fellow to serve a three-year term starting in fall 2015. The fellow will be one of two fellows working with the director of teaching and learning to support teaching-related professional development opportunities for Messiah College educators. The Teaching and Learning Initiative seeks to support high quality teaching practices to foster student learning with a particular emphasis on pedagogy related to inclusive excellence, instructional technology and experiential learning. The fellow must be a member of the ranked faculty with a record of effective teaching and passion for the ongoing development of effective teaching at Messiah College. More information about requirements of the position and qualifications of the fellow is available by contact Kerrie Taylor at Applications are due March 24.

Room reservations available through “Virtual EMS”

Many have been asking how to self-select or make their own classroom or lab reservations. You can do this with a “Virtual EMS” account. Others have been asking how they can see the daily schedule of a particular room or building. You can do this with a “Desktop EMS” account. To set up either or both accounts contact

Please note that accounts can only be created for faculty, staff and approved student groups. We cannot create accounts for individual students.

Open enrollments for preschool 2015-2016 available

The Early Learning Center is pleased to announce our open enrollment for 2015-2016. We have both full-day and half-day programs available to the Messiah College community and the community at large. The Early Learning Center utilizes the Project Approach as a key component of its curriculum. This inquiry based approach allows children and teachers to engage in in-depth investigations of a topic or idea worth studying, resulting in the strengthening of academic skills and intellectual dispositions in an authentic manner. Children are viewed as capable, competent, curious and creative members of the classroom community.

Interested parties may call the administrative assistant at ext. 5043 or email for further questions or to schedule a tour of the center. You can also visit our website at and complete an online waiting list form.



Positions available:

Murray Library has a current opening for the full-time position of Interlibrary Loan/Technical Processing Technician. For more information and to apply, please visit Job related questions may be directed to Lawrie Merz, Librarian/Public Services Coordinator, at

The Department of Management and Business has a current opening for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant to the Department Co-Chairs, Management and Business; Director of the International Business Institute. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Jenny Dose, Co-Chair of the Department of Management and Business, at

For rent:

Townhouse in Mechanicsburg —2 bedroom, 1 & ½ bath townhouse unit in Allenview. Basement, garage, carport, washer/dryer hookup, all appliances, central air/heat pump, no pets, non-smoking. $830.00/mo., plus electric and water. One year lease, security deposit and credit check required.  Call 717-608-1262.

For sale:

50″ Samsung Plasma flat-screen TV—Excellent condition and comes in its original box/packaging with remote, instruction manual etc. Pictures available by request. Asking $300. Contact

Char-Broil four-burner propane grill—Stainless steel top. Five years old with a new regulator. Needs new cooking grates. Grill would need to be picked up at my home in Boiling Springs. $30 View images here Rotisserie hardware is not included. Contact Kris Hardy for more information at

Items for sale—White two shelf bookshelf $5; wooden three shelf bookshelf $5; pink bed canopy $5; nickel pendant light $10; rolling desk chair $10; Carter diaper bag $8; eight pane (antique) window $3; Medela breast pump $25; Graco car seat and extra base $30; hand drum $8; Seth Thomas Metronome $5; Size one black boots from The Children’s Place $5; Size one Adidas soccer slides (in pink) $5  Items can be viewed at:  For any of these items please contact Rhonda King at or ext. 7291.


Many free items—A framed picture, large Tupperware container, ice packs, wooden curtain rod and shelf, Snugli baby carrier, winter car seat cover (for baby car seat), two hook rack, picture hanger – wire with metal hooks, ab roller, croc size 10, cleats size one, finger puppet nativity scene, pearl finish Christmas ornaments, “The Joy of Cooking,” Adidas soccer backpack, canvas grocery bag, hats, scarves and gloves, binders, webcam, letter opener, metal collapsible music stand, blank music paper notebooks, Petra, DeGarmo & Key and Sesame Street music books, hymn books. Items can be viewed at:  For any of these items please contact Rhonda King at or ext. 7291.

Outside organization announcement:

Immaculata University Ed.D. in higher education information session

Immaculata’s hybrid higher education doctoral program offered at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg inspires and equips insightful, ethical administrators and faculty leaders. Higher education professionals enrolled in the program may specialize in administration, teaching and learning, or nursing education. Please see our website for more information at An information session will be offered at the Dixon University Center on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. RSVP to Marcia Parris at If you are unable to attend this session, please join Dr. Judy Witt, Ed.D. program director, online in one of her virtual office hours every Wednesday at either 4 or 7 p.m. See website above for details or RSVP to Dr. Witt at