Archive for 2016

October 6

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14: 27


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.

ID reader loaner request

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.

Library special projects fund call for proposals; deadline Dec. 9

The Library and Library Committee are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the library Special Projects Fund. This Fund allows departments, faculty or programs to improve the library collection by applying for and using additional funds from outside their department library allocation. The distribution of funds will be determined through a proposal process coordinated by the Library Committee. Faculty, departments or programs are invited to submit proposals for the Special Projects Fund. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Dec. 9.

We invite proposals that would build the library collection in the following ways:

  1. Support new majors, programs or curricular concentrations (undergraduate)
  2. Support interdisciplinary projects
  3. Address underdeveloped areas of the library collection
  4. Make one-time, large purchases such as important reference works
  5. Address changing media formats
  6. Address changing cultural or pedagogical needs. Please review the document about this fund on the Special Projects Fund website,, for complete information and a link to the online proposal form,

Please direct any questions about this fund or the proposal process to your liaison librarian. Submit completed applications via the online proposal form. You may alternatively submit them to Beth Transue, librarian/collection development coordinator, box 3002 or The Library Committee looks forward to reviewing your proposals this fall.

Website projects for October

The Web services team will be out of the office from Oct. 16-Oct. 19. If you have projects that you are considering initiating during that time, we recommend that you expedite them or plan on delaying them until after Oct. 19. In all cases, please use the appropriate web form at for the most efficient project initiation.

“Welding with Children”

Friends of Murray Library invites the campus community to a reading by Tim Gautreaux, a novelist and short story writer, who has been called the “Bayou shepherd of half-sunk souls.” He will read “Welding with Children,” at 8 p.m. in the Frey Hall Alexander Auditorium (110) on Thursday, Oct. 6.

A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Tim Gautreaux is professor emeritus in English at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Best American Short Stories.

Visiting Alumni Update

We are pleased to welcome back to campus the following alumni:

Oct. 4 – Tyler Miller ’08 and Dave Barrett ’91 speaking in the engineering department – sponsoring faculty – Brian Swartz.

Oct. 7 – Cynthia Wallis ’16 – nursing 411 presentation – sponsoring faculty – Tara S. Jankouskas

Oct. 10 – Cuong Diep, Ph.D. – presentation on using zebrafish to understand kidney regeneration – sponsoring faculty – Lawrence Mylin

Our visiting alumni program includes a small gift, parking pass, possible coupons for lunch or coffee and notification to the Messiah College campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bringing back alumni and welcoming them to campus. Please send an email to to begin the visiting alumni process and alert the office of returning alumni.

October wellness workshop

Come join us at our October Wellness Workshop where Dave Tanis will be telling all of us to go take a hike! Titled, “A Walk in the Woods: Great for the Heart and the Soul” you will learn about the many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of hiking, as well as common sense tips on being sure you are safe and well-prepared for your hike. Here are the details: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3-3:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. See you there- and take the scenic route.

October is Hacktober – this week is malware awareness

Malware – Malware is short for malicious software, meant to damage or disrupt your computer system, including a Mac. Normally Windows computers are the targets, but Macs can also get viruses and malware. Malware may be tracking software, it can be a program designed to lock your files, it can affect your hardware, or it may scan your computer for financial information. Email is the easiest way to spread malware. Be aware of any email that asks you to provide a password or change your password. Other email red flags are misspellings, incomplete/invalid return email addresses, just a link to another website, to name a few. You can check your ability to detect malware by going to We also have several articles regarding malware in the ITS blog located at

Cell phone contest winners

Please join us in congratulating the winners of our cell phone contest. The recipients of the four $50 Amazon gift cards are: Rebecca Grodkiewicz (general education), Bob Feil (panned and leadership gifts), Holly Myers (graduate program in counseling) and Heather Dravk (modern languages).

Although the contest is over, it is not too late to update your emergency contact information and cell phone information in MCSquare. Let us keep you safe and informed! Go to the Personal Information tab of the self-service main menu in MCSquare and update the following: (1) Emergency Contacts (Employee) (2) Cell phone information – “View and Maintain Cell Phone Info”

Don’t forget to click the “Update” button on the cell phone page to update or confirm your cell phone information.

Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to open our 2016-2017 Season with “Eurydice” tonight in Poorman Black Box Theater. On the day of her wedding, Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling into a wonderland of an underworld. Full of poetry, lyrical beauty, and wit, Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” transforms a traditional myth into a visceral, contemporary meditation on love worth grieving for. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for any performance can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door.

The Department of Education’s fall faculty research forum

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Department of Education’s Professor Milton Gaither will discuss his research and summarize recent trends in homeschooling within the United States, which is the subject of the final chapter of his book “Homeschool: An American History,” an updated edition of which is due out in early 2017. Dr. Gaither will explain how the homeschooling movement is growing more diverse in terms of who is doing it, how it’s being done, and why. What has historically been the practice of Christian fundamentalists and back-to-nature romantics is increasingly going mainstream, as homeschoolers develop formal institutions in the private sector and as public schools create online and blended learning opportunities. Dr. Gaither will also discuss some of the recent controversies and scandals in the homeschooling movement and speculate on what the future may hold. Join the Department of Education from 4-5p.m. in Boyer 131 for a lively talk on a timely subject and refreshments with friends and colleagues.


Job opportunities:

The School of the Arts at Messiah College has an opening for the position of studio art technician. For more information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Richard Roberson, Dean, School of the Arts, at

For sale:

Hoodies for Sale. 2 youth large Nike hoodies, 1 youth XL Nike hoodie, 1 youth large Under Armour hoodie, 5 Youth XL Under Armour hoodies, 1 youth large Pittsburgh Steelers hoodie, 2 youth large Pittsburgh Penguins hoodies, 1 youth XL dri-fit long sleeve shirt Nike and Under Armour hoodie, $15 each. Team hoodies and dri-fit shirt $10 each. Contact Bill Althoff at

Moving: tools for sale.  Woodworking tools: clamps, dovetail, air nail guns, various saws, drill press, planers, 500 lb hoist, sawdust collection system, and more. Contact Terry @ for more details.


Ceramic heat bulb.100W 120V ZooMed ceramic infrared heat emitter bulb, for reptiles in 30-40 gallon terrariums. Standard (E26) bulb base. Contact Angela at


Philippine Madrigal singers concert cancelled

The concert previously scheduled for Oct. 11 at Northern York High School has been cancelled, as the group was unable to get Visas for this United States tour.