Archive for 2017

January 1, 2017

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

Psalm 51: 10-12


We are excited to welcome Lori Chance to Messiah College as the sustainability program coordinator. With a master’s degree in community psychology and a background in sociology, psychology and work in non-profit organizations, her interests include community organizing and awareness, social change and sustainability. Raising her two children, now 16 and 13, on a 17-acre farm has allowed her to explore her own passion for creation care and land stewardship. On their farm, they house several horses and chickens which help to support the important nutrients that go into their family gardens. Lori is excited to join the office and work with an enthusiastic team of students in their efforts to protect the earth and make a healthier future for Messiah’s campus and the community. Please welcome Lori as you walk by the sustainability office in Eisenhower.


The Office of Marketing and Communications is excited to welcome Livia Ungurean ‘16 as its new communication specialist. Livia will write content across a variety of institutional marketing and communication platforms including print and web communications, advertising and social media. She will also serve as the department editor, and will be responsible for the annual update of Messiah’s academic profiles (MCAPs). She will begin at Messiah Jan. 17. Thank you for warmly welcoming Livia back to her alma mater!


Pete Ramsey was elected President of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) in December. PTC provides educational opportunities for turfgrass professionals and helps to fund turfgrass research for golf courses and athletic fields at Penn State University. This is a two-year term and Pete has served on the PTC Board since 2008.


Applications are now being accepted for Into the City Nashville

Our next Into the City trip will be to Nashville from Sat., March 11 – Wed., March 15 (the first half of spring break). Please encourage interested students to apply by Jan. 9 at

Into the City is a career exploration and professional development program that leverages the expertise of Messiah alumni, parents and friends to expose students to life, work and community in an urban context. In addition to having free time to explore the city of Nashville, student participants will discover answers to the following questions through visits to various companies and personal connections to Messiah alumni:

  1. How has my Messiah education prepared me for the world of work?
  2. What types of career opportunities exist in a given organization?
  3. What are the range of workplace cultures and values, and what is a good fit for me?
  4. How can I practically connect with professionals and enhance my network?
  5. What do employers look for in new graduates?
  6. What are the various stages of career progression?
  7. How can I best articulate the value I bring to a professional context?

Please contact the Career and Professional Development Center with any questions at ext. 6016.

January 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Series with the CPDC, part of teaching and learning initiative

The career and professional development of our students doesn’t just occur in one department on campus. We recognize that it takes a community. We also recognize that faculty is a significant source of influence in students’ discernment and development processes. In an effort to enhance our shared efforts to assist students in this journey, the Career and Professional Development Center is offering a three-part series during J-term to address critical issues on this topic.

All faculty members are invited to join us for these events. Brown Bag Lunches will be held in Larsen 237 from noon – 1:15 p.m. on January 10, 17, and 24.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch or to pick up something in The Union before we begin.  If you have any questions about these events, please contact Deana Baddorf at

Jan. 10: Professionalism and Career Readiness: What employers are saying about new graduates’ session components:

  1. A survey of national trends on what employers are noticing in the new graduates in their transition to the world of work
  2. A discussion on the expectations and role of colleges/universities in the development of professional competencies of students
  3. Feedback from a panel of local employers who routinely hire new college graduates

Jan. 17: What you should know about millennials and the world of work session components:

  1. Overview of generational differences in their approach to work
  2. Highlights of the millennial generation and their values
  3. Strategies for managing or working effectively with millennials

Jan. 24: Faculty roundtable on strategies for promoting professionalism in the classroom session components:

  1. A panel of faculty sharing ideas for integrating career development and encouraging professionalism in the classroom

 Annual campus budget forum

The annual campus budget forum is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (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. 23. The budget forum is open to all employees and attendance is encouraged.

2017 MLK Commemoration Series

Intercultural Office – Multicultural Programs is proud to present the 2017 MLK Commemoration series beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10 – 21. It’s the college’s goal to reflect on the vision and Christian ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God’s agents of justice, peace and reconciliation. For all the details on the MLK events, visit or see the attached poster.

Employee mileage reimbursement rate change

The IRS has announced an adjusted mileage reimbursement rate, of $0.535 cents per mile for car, van, pickup truck or panel truck effective Jan 1. Messiah College has adopted the rate decrease. Mileage reimbursement requests, regardless of travel date, should be calculated using the new rate of $0.535 cents per mile. Please note, this rate is for reimbursement requests only and does not impact the College’s internal charges for use of fleet vehicles.

January Wellness Workshop

Our January wellness workshop is titled “Depression – more than just the blues”. This is an important topic that touches all of us in one way or another. Mark your calendar today, so you don’t miss this workshop.

Here are the details:

  • Date and time – Thursday, Jan. 12, noon -12:45 p.m.
  • Location – Parmer Cinema
  • Presenter- Eleanor Muir, director of counseling and health services

Group exercise classes beginning soon

Employees will have the opportunity to participate in 4 different group exercise classes this semester. Each class has a $20 registration fee, and participants must register and pay the fee prior to the first class, at the 2nd floor reception counter in Larsen.

In some cases, space is limited, so if you are interested, register today.

  1. Zumba – Sundays, 3-4 p.m., beginning Feb. 5; meets in Brubaker
  2. Pilates – 8 Wednesdays, 11:30-12:15 p.m., beginning Feb. 8; meets in Brubaker
  3. Yoga – 8 Wednesdays, 5-5:45 p.m., beginning Feb. 8; meets in Boyer 231
  4. Resistance Bands – 8 Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 9; meets in Boyer 231


For sale

Phil & Ted Traveller Crib $60 or best offer. Used but in like-new condition. Black. Only weighs 7 pounds and packs up small enough to fit in an airplane’s overhead compartment. Image:

For rent

Townhouse for rent in midtown Harrisburg area. 435 Peffer Street, Harrisburg. Available Now. 20 minutes from campus. First floor: Living room furnished with 2 couches and coffee/end tables; Dining room with table and chairs; kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher; 1/2 bath; Second floor: 3 bedrooms and 1 bath with washer and dryer; Third floor: 2 bedrooms. Storage space in basement; on-street parking. Renting out 4 of the bedrooms individually. Rent: $400/month plus splitting all other bills with other tenants (electric, gas, water, trash, etc.) One month rent and $400 security deposit due at lease signing. For pictures or any other questions contact: or 717-818-7636