Archive for 2016

Oct. 26, 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9


Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations, recently co-presented at the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) with Craig Kimmel, partner at RLPS Architects. The present titled “The Learning Commons: A Modern Version of the Traditional Library” was to share the importance of developing strong collaborative spaces within college libraries for student success. The presentation focused on the process Messiah College’s team went through to develop programming, the challenges of the construction and managing a RACP grant along the student reviews about the renovated space. The success of Café Diem was highlighted as an innovated way to engage the users of the library, while contributing to the financial model of the college.


The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce Katie Kalata and Holly Ragan as the newest members of the provost’s staff. Katie comes to Messiah College from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with expertise in the Institutional Review Board and project management. Katie will be serving as the provost’s office project coordinator. Holly Ragan joins the campus community with previous executive support experience and will be serving at the administrative assistant to the Office of the Provost. Katie and Holly replace Joanna Hadley-Evans who has transitioned to College Ministries. Please join us in welcoming Katie and Holly.


Important reminder to faculty – 2017 J-Term and spring semester work submission deadlines set

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2017 J-Term and spring semester work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates located at on the ITS blog at the following link:

Procedure review:

  1. Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by the administrative assistant to ITS (Diane Hunsinger) approximately 4-6 weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your course pack in College Press.
  2. Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link: The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your course pack or lab manual.
  3. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/lab manual to students notify Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager at the Campus Store and Textbook Express.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials and the instructor has the assurance that their course pack is available for students to purchase before classes begin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, administrative assistant to ITS, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Fauré Requiem to be performed at Messiah College

Messiah College is hosting a special performance of Fauré Requiem on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Maestro Stuart Malina and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will join the Susquehanna Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Messiah, along with the Messiah College Concert Choir and soloists for a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful and comforting Requiem. The program will open with Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique.” The Susquehanna Chorale and the Messiah College Concert Choir are conducted by Linda Tedford, director of choral activities and artist-in-residence at Messiah College. All tickets are $35. For more information, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit

Invite someone you know to Messiah’s Oct. 29 open house

Do you know a student who’s in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit the college open house on Saturday, Oct. 29. Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day.

Upcoming lecture for students on vocation and life after college

WHAT: Special presentation on “Holy Grit: What It Is and Why It’s Important for Life after Messiah”

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boyer 131

WHO: Dr. Tim Clydesdale, author of “The Purposeful Graduate” and professor of sociology from The College of New Jersey, will be on campus to share important insights gleaned from his research of college students across the country on what it takes to transition well to life after college. Much of Dr. Clydesdale’s enlightening research on emerging adulthood, vocation and resilience has been funded through the Lilly Foundation, an organization to which Messiah has been well connected. Please consider sharing this opportunity with students in your sphere of influence!

WHY: For any and all students who are discerning answers to the following questions:

  • What is different about the graduates of today and how they approach world of work as compared to previous generations?
  • What is the difference between students who fly versus fall after graduation?
  • How can students balance “dreaming big and purposefully” with managing expectations and realistic setbacks?
  • What does “grit” look like, and how is it developed?

Questions? Contact the Career and Professional Development Center!

Medical treatment for injured student and employees

When an employee is injured while working and needs to seek medical treatment, they are required to use a provider on our panel of physicians (attached) in order for Brickstreet (formerly HM Insurance Group), our workers’ compensation provider, to pay for their treatment. Students who are injured while working and need to seek medical treatment pose a unique problem because often times they do not have transportation to a provider on our panel of physicians. In addition, the Engle Health Center is not on our panel and, as such, the student risks the treatment not being covered there. Students should not go to the Engle Center for a work-related injury. WORKNET Occupational Medicine on the Carlisle Pike provides transportation to their facility for treatment. If an injured student employee needs transportation, please contact WORKNET to arrange for the student to be picked up for treatment and then given transportation back to campus. WORKNET is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a student employee experiences a life-threatening injury, please call an ambulance immediately. Please share this information with others in your area that need to have this information (such as RDs, dining supervisors, campus events supervisors, etc.).

PLEASE NOTE: Any work related injuries (whether medical treatment is needed or not) must be reported within three (3) days via the online incident report which is located in MC Square>EMPLOYEE FORMS>HUMAN RESOURCES>INCIDENT REPORT. It is responsibility of the student employee’s supervisor to ensure this is completed and to provide the attached employee acknowledgement form to the injured employee at the time of the injury to sign and send to Human Resources. If you have questions, please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 or

Open house for occupational therapy

Do you know a current college student or graduate who may be interested in pursuing a career as an occupational therapist? If so, please consider encouraging them to attend an open house for Messiah College’s Master of Occupational Therapy program on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Prospective students will have a chance to tour our state-of-the-art educational facility, meet the program director and speak with our graduate enrollment staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Date: Nov. 2
  • Location: Messiah College, Winding Hill Site
  • Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

In order to reserve a spot, individuals should call 717-691-6002 or email Stephanie Patterson ( More information can be found at

New resource for teaching and learning: 20-Minute Mentor programs

As part of our Teaching and Learning Initiative, Messiah College now has a 20-Minute Mentor Commons subscription that provides access to a broad range of faculty development topics. I hope you’ll find this to be a useful resource for ideas on how to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning. As a member of our campus community this online resource from Magna Publications is available at no cost to you. 20-Minute Mentor Commons offers on-demand versions of their popular 20-Minute Mentor programs, covering a broad range of faculty development topics. Sign up today and help energize your higher education career.

STEP 1: Activate your 20-Minute Mentor Commons subscription 1. Go to 2. Enter information in each of the required fields. In the Authorization Code box, enter our group Authorization Code MESSIAH248 and click Submit Please note: entering the Authorization Code is done only once.

STEP 2: Access the 20-Minute Mentor Commons library 1. Go to 2. Enter your email address and password, and click Submit. If you do not know or remember your account password, use “Forget your password?” to reset it. 3. On the left side of the screen, under My Account, My Online Access, select Subscriptions. The online content you have access to will be listed to the right. Click the appropriate link to view the content. Please do not share the Authorization Code with anyone outside our campus community. Need help? Call 800-433-0499, ext. 2 (outside the U.S. and Canada call 608-246-3590, ext. 2.). Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. You may also email

  • Jennifer Fisler professor of education director of teaching & learning

Faculty development workshops

The Agapé Center for Service and Learning will be hosting two faculty development workshops in November for individuals currently using service-learning pedagogy or community engagement within their courses and for those who are interested in doing so in the future.

Workshop #1 – Service-Learning and Student Impact: Discover How Service-Learning Pedagogy Can Enhance Academic Learning Outcomes and Challenge Students’ Development Beyond the Classroom

Service-Learning can lead to positive effects in academic performance, values, self-efficacy, leadership, faith formation and vocation. Come hear from a student panel the ways in which service-learning has impacted their student development beyond the classroom. Their first-hand accounts will illustrate both positive and negative service-learning experiences they have been exposed to, and most importantly, how service-learning has led to transformations in their beliefs, values, and decisions. Refreshments will be provided. This workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Library Athenaeum

Workshop #2 – Teaching Tuesday: Exploring Service-Learning Pedagogy as a Means for Achieving Learning Outcomes in Inclusivity and Diversity

Experienced service-learning colleagues Jean Corey, Brandon Hoover and Charles Seitz will speak to the advantages of using service-learning pedagogy to achieve learning outcomes related to inclusivity and diversity in the classroom. Specific attention will be given to reflection and in-class activities that achieve learning outcomes and can be adapted across courses and majors. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Boyer 131.

For more information regarding the upcoming workshops and/or to schedule an individual consultation related to service-learning, please contact Shardé Hardy, or ext. 7218.

Training for supervisors of student employees

The Student Employment Office is offering training sessions for supervisors of student employees on Nov. 9 and 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Frey 110, Alexander Auditorium. This training will include an overview of student employment procedures such as hiring and onboarding, disciplinary processes, employment policies, summer hiring, etc. If you supervise student employees and/or handle the administrative duties involved with student employees, please plan to attend one of the sessions. For additional information, contact Belinda Conrad at ext. 2900 or

November wellness workshop

Our November wellness workshop will be presented by three of our nutrition and dietetics students–Brigitte Brady, Brian Hancock and McKenna Welshans. The workshop is titled “Maximize your lunch hour: eat better and keep moving!” The workshop will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from noon-12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Invite a colleague to join you and come find out how you can make the MOST out of your lunch hour.

United Way pledge drive launched

The annual Employee Pledge Drive launched this week and will run through Friday, Nov. 11. By donating to The United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) during the pledge drive, you can choose to help support efforts focusing on assisting the residents in our community living below the poverty line. $5.1 million was returned to local families during the 2015 tax season through the Money in Your Pocket program, a community partnership which helps low- to moderate-income working families better utilize state and federal tax credits. To learn more about this program and others that help individuals and families address critical issues go to Donating to the United Way is an opportunity for you to help realize solutions to problems in our community. 100% of your contribution is directed to local programs and services. You can • Specify the non-profit recipient • Select one of four focus areas (health, education, income or basic needs) or • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need.

Pledge forms should be returned to Kathy Castonguay, human resources and compliance, suite 3015. Please contact Kathy with any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

October is Hacktober for ITS!

Recap for Hacktober:

  • Malware is a program or application designed to harm your computer. You can get this on your system via email attachments, links to malicious websites or downloading programs from third party websites.
  • Phishing is normally done via an email intended to get you to provide personal and/or confidential information via a URL or by masquerading as a reputable entity. When in doubt, go directly to the company’s website via your web browser. Microsoft doesn’t tell you to change your Messiah password.
  • Passwords for your accounts should be not be attached to your monitor or under the keyboard. They should not contain any part of your user ID or any other personal information. Special characters are great in a password, but be aware, not all special characters work across all systems.


Job opportunities:

Facility maintenance at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of general maintenance technician. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Dan Smith, facility maintenance service manager, at

Campus Events is accepting applications for the position of campus events worker I. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

For sale:

Solid Oak Armoire w/crown molding (store 32″ wide tv or computer or can be used for clothing) $225.Doors fold into side of cabinet. Matching Solid Oak Lighted Books cases w/crown molding, One has 5 shelves, the other with 3 shelves and double doors at bottom, $100 each., Bar Stools (3) Black wrought iron with floral tapestry upholstered seats 27.5″ seat height w/scroll back, $20 each or all 3 for $50, Chocolate Brown leather chair and a half wall hugger recliner to flat position, $125. (All items in great condition- non-smoker) Pictures available upon request. Contact Teri Rader at for more info. Moving must sell these items.

Several items for sale: Maytag front loading washer and GE electric dryer, $125 each or $200 for both. Frigidaire glass top stove $200 OBO, Gold’s Gym treadmill, seldom used, $250 OBO. Have pictures of all. If interested, contact Tom at or leave message at 717.525.4091.


Hope International breakfast

Join us as we hear from Peter Greer, HOPE International’s president and CEO, about HOPE’s work providing discipleship, biblically based training, savings services, and small loans to families in poverty around the world. We’ll learn how HOPE invests in the dreams of women and men, empowering them to use the skills God has placed in their hands to provide for their families and strengthen their communities. Please see attached flyer for details about the event or contact Lisa Brubaker at