Archive for 2016

September 29

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10


President’s “Open Door” Day has been postponed to Oct. 17

The “Open Door” day scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 has been postponed to Monday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – noon, to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. Room 206 will have a sign-in sheet on Oct. 17. Please call the president’s office at ext. 2820 if you have any questions.

New change for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Have you heard about the new change for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? For the 2017-2018 school year, students can file the FAFSA as early as Oct. 1. They no longer have to wait until Jan. 1, 2017. As an employee of Messiah College, this may not directly impact you, but we want to let you know what is happening so that you will be aware of the changes if you have the opportunity to discuss this with your students or their parents. More information about this change and what it means for Messiah College students can be found on our Early FAFSA/Prior Year webpage. If you have any questions about this change, please don’t hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at

CIEE Shanghai representative to visit campus

On Oct. 17, Allison Moroney, a representative of CIEE Shanghai will be on campus to introduce students to opportunities to study in China. If you are interested in meeting with her to learn more about the program or in having her speak briefly to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or Also, please feel free to share with your students that the Allison will host an information table in Eisenhower Commons on that day and will be hosting the following information session:

October 17, 4 p.m., Larsen 237 (General Information Session)

To learn more about this program, visit

Messiah College Press and Postal Services announce new partnership with PrintReleaf

Beginning Oct.1, a new software program will be calculating how many sheets of paper students and employees use each day on Messiah owned copiers and printers. This information will then be used to certifiably reforest Messiah College’s paper consumption. New trees will be planted equivalent to our paper use at reforestation projects across the globe. Look for the PrintReleaf stickers on every machine and be sure to watch the 2-minute video showing you how this program works at Look for future e-mails and visit the College Press web and social media pages to learn more. Or, come see us at Sustain-a-fest on Oct. 7 where we will also be sharing information about our FSC certification and “close the loop” program.

Fall break reminder

To All Employees:

This is a reminder to all employees that fall break for students begins Thursday, Oct. 20 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 23. As noted on the Office of Human Resources and Compliance holiday schedule, the fall break holiday for employees will occur on either Thursday, Oct. 20 or Friday, Oct. 21 (

Employees who are eligible for other paid holidays, as outlined in section 3.14 (Paid Holidays) of the Employee Policy and Procedure Manual are eligible for the fall break holiday if it occurs during the employee’s regularly-scheduled assignment.

Time off must be coordinated through an employee’s supervisor to assure offices remain open during both of these days. Every attempt should be made to provide the holiday to eligible employees on one of the two approved days. In the event that coverage for special events or projects does not allow an employee to have time off on one of the two approved days, any exception must be approved by the supervisor and the time off must be used within the pay period that includes the fall break holiday.

Attention Mac users

OS X 10.12 (Sierra) has been released. As with any new operating system there are always bugs discovered the first several weeks and even months after its release. Therefore, ITS is requesting all staff who have been assigned a Mac computer NOT attempt to upgrade to version 10.12 as it may be several months until we have a good handle on issues that may exist in our environment and how to resolve them.

ITS announces administrative assistant

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Hunsinger as the administrative assistant to Information Technology Services. Diane will provide administrative support to the vice president and to the directors in addition to continuing some of her previous duties of supporting Faltron test scoring and copyright as well as managing the Hoffman drop-offs with College Press and Disability Services. Please congratulate Diane on her new role.

Grandparents Day 2016

Thursday, Oct. 6 will mark our eighth annual Grandparents Day. The purpose of this wonderful event is to allow the grandparent(s) and/or elderly mentors of current students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to attend Messiah College and to become familiar with our campus and all it has to offer. Please be sure to warmly welcome our grandparents when you see them on campus. Any questions about this event can be directed to Yonette Schneider, special events and donor stewardship coordinator, at

ITS announcement

ITS would like to announce that they now have a limited number of Card Readers in the loaner pool for events other than chapel.  To schedule, please complete the request form found on the ITS web page by clicking on Employees on the left side and then the ID Reader Loaner Request under OnlineForms. Please contact the HelpDesk at ext. 4444 with questions.



For sale:

Ikea Sniglar crib ( Excellent condition; converts to toddler bed. Can include foam mattress and two fitted sheets ( $60 Geox toddler girl winter boots size 7 (Pictures: $15 Bibs: range of coverage; used, but good condition; 22 in total: $10 ( Ergo baby carrier with infant insert: excellent condition; black: $40 Toddler girl raincoat: Carter’s; excellent condition; 12 months (but fits 9-18 months): $10 (

Contact Nathan Skulstand at

Moving sale. We are having a moving sale and need to get rid of these final items. If you want more details on any of these items, or would like to see them, please let me know. Prices are negotiable Pool Table $275 (new 399-599) Nordic Track $100 Solid Oak Book Shelf and Cabinet $350 Snow Blower $450 1 season New $775 Billy Goat $350 Riding Zero Turn Lawn and Garden Tractor $1,800 1 Season, New $3750 Fridge $150 Chest Freezer $150 Garage Work Bench (not the supplies on it) $150. Contact Sally Richardson at



Harvest happening at Grantham Church

The Arts Hub event series hosted by Grantham Church is having an outdoor fall festival called “Harvest Happening” on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited for dinner, games for kids and adults, and live musical entertainment. Featured guests this year are The Eric Byrd Trio, led by Messiah College adjunct music professor Eric Byrd. The evening will start with dinner and musical performance followed by games, dessert and campfire songs. Join us for this free event! For more information contact Doug Curry at

Philippine Madrigal Singers in concert

On Oct. 11, the Northern York Choral Program and Music Boosters will be hosting a concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, fondly known as MADZ. This prestigious choir has recently won the top prize at the International Choral Competition. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Northern York High School auditorium in Dillsburg. Tickets are $10, general admission. For more information, contact Roseann Sachs at