Archive for 2017

May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:13



Cindi Tomes, instructional designer, is now Cindi Kerns. Cindi was happily married to John Kerns on Sun., April 30. Greet her with a “Hello, Mrs. Kerns!” the next time you see her and you will likely get a big smile in return. Congratulations, Cindi and John!


As we look to meet the future needs of the college, it is sometimes important to take a close look at how we structure our departments so they are better positioned to meet challenges. Over the past few months, we have been considering how to best structure our campus events leadership so that we can diversify how we manage the department. As a result, the following changes have been made in the leadership of the campus events department:

Scott Zeigler will move to the position of facility compliance/inventory control. He will be responsible for contracts as they relate to campus events (pest control, window washing, etc.). He will also be responsible for compliance in all three of the facility departments (maintenance, grounds and campus events). In that role, he will conduct regular compliance inspections, follow up with corrective actions, manage hazardous waste, universal waste, biohazard waste and trash/recycling.

George Blackburn has been promoted to the campus events manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall daily operation and management of the campus events/laundry department. George will plan, organize and coordinate all of the campus events and laundry staff.

Jim Fackler has been promoted to the campus events assistant manager. In his new role, he will provide direction on the daylight shift central campus, campus events staff and provide management for the residence halls campus events staff.

Laura Price has been promoted to the campus events staff and event coordinator. In her new role, she will be responsible to work with human resources for interviewing and hiring for vacant positions in the department. Laura will also work closely with the Office of Conference and Event Services, be responsible to coordinate and organize the set-up and teardown of special events, and be responsible for classroom set-up and event support.

Theresa Day has been promoted to the campus events assistant manager for second and third shifts. She will be responsible for directing the second and third shift campus events cleaning schedules and event set-ups.

Dino Minoglio has been promoted to the second shift campus events supervisor. He will coordinate the campus events activities as they relate to cleaning and events that are held on the second shift.

Dwight Allshouse has been promoted to the third shift campus events supervisor. He will be responsible for supervising the third shift campus events staff and providing support to the cleaning of our central campus buildings.

Heidi Shultz has moved to the supervisor of campus events in the residence halls. She will be responsible for providing direction to the campus events residence hall staff. She will also coordinate and provide set-ups for events that are held in the residence halls and provide support in the summer months for the conference guest that stay in our student housing buildings.

Over the summer months, this leadership team will be working together to streamline processes and services in the department. If you have work that requires a staff member to complete for you, we request that you send in a work order or call ext. 6011. Please join me in congratulating these staff members as they begin their new roles. If you have, any questions please feel free to contact Brad Markley, director of facility services.


Michael True, senior associate in the Career and Professional Development Center, presented a keynote on May 9 to the Penn State University Career Development Professionals Conference at University Park on the topic “Internships: The Current State in Higher Education, Trends, and Future Thoughts.” He also presented a two hour workshop at the Cooperative Education and Internship Association annual conference in April.


Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement information for employees

Undergraduate Commencement: Fri., May 12- Sat., May 13

Schedule and details

The 2017 Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events for Fri., May 12, and Sat., May 13, is posted online at This year, this website will also provide a link to the College’s first live video stream of the Commencement ceremony. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have received an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

  • Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.
  • The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service is not provided Friday evening.)
  • To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.
  • Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.

Commencement day parking

Employee parking 

  • Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day.
  • Members of the COE and other employees coming to campus that morning should use the Mill Road/South Entrance in order to avoid congestion with visitor traffic.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 a.m. in order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist that they are directed to their reserved parking areas on campus. It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

Guest parking

Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.

School of Graduate Studies Commencement, Fri., May 19, 7 p.m., Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Schedule and details

  • This year, Messiah College is pleased to hold the inaugural Commencement Ceremony dedicated for graduates of the School of Graduate Studies. The schedule of events and details for the 2017 Graduate Studies Commencement celebration is posted online at This website will also provide a live video stream of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Members of the Graduate Studies faculty should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding the School of Graduate Studies Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Fiscal Year End 2017 – financial close checklist and calendar

Messiah College’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) ends June 30. The attached end of fiscal year processing checklist and calendar are provided to support department efforts to record charges in the appropriate fiscal year. Departments are requested to begin review of FY17 financial activity now and submit journal voucher/transfer requests to To further assist departments in processing end of year transactions and record keeping between FY2017 and FY2018, the Accounting Office is offering a fiscal year end information session onTues., May 16, 11 a.m. to noon, Larsen 237

Thank you! Questions regarding the fiscal year end close schedule can be emailed to

Move-in day volunteers needed

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is in need of employee volunteers to serve during Move-in day 2017. Volunteers are needed in 3-hour time slots to help move new students into their residence halls on Friday, Aug. 25. You can choose a shift : 8 -11 a.m., 10a.m.-1p.m. or noon-3 p.m. You will also receive a boxed lunch and free t-shirt. Please know that lifting and walking stairs is required. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Sheryl Scaramuzzino at with your availability for that day and t-shirt size by May 31. We look forward to serving with you and thank you in advance for your time and help!

Summer break P-Card reminder

Dear cardholders and approvers:

Please complete all P-Card allocations/approvals prior to leaving for summer break. If a purchase has not posted to your account prior to your last workday, please arrange with the P-Card administrator to have it allocated. If you do not work during the summer but typically approve transactions for someone who does, please arrange for a delegate to approve transactions during your absence over the summer. Direct any questions to Steph Sechrist at ext. 2211 or by email to:

Thank you.

2017 Performance Award recipients announced    

The following employees received performance awards at the May 3 Recognition Reception. The citations for each can be viewed at

The Pride in Performance Award is given to individuals in recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance.  This year’s recipients are:

Nicole Benner, nutritionist; dietitian

Andy Erikson, engineering technician

Donna Herman, campus events worker

Derek Mauldin, sound and lighting technician

Rachel Shenk, assistant director of admissions for telecounseling and recruitment

Alisa Wacker, admissions assistant for international recruitment

The President’s Award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. This award went to:

Robin Lauermann, assistant dean of general education and common learning; professor of politics; director of academic advising 

We introduced the Intercultural Excellence Award this year to recognize an individual who provided leadership to fostering intercultural awareness and furthered support for diverse students and employees at Messiah. The inaugural award went to:

Bernardo Michael, professor of history

The Team Falcon Award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals.

There were two teams recognized this year:

Into the City

  • Joanna Barnhouse                            Dwayne Keiffer
  • Abby Book                                            Jay McClym
  • Christy Hanson                                                   

Touching Base

  • Cindy Burger                                       Eleanor Muir
  • David Downey                                     Amy Nicols
  • Mallory Griest                                     Julie Price
  • Kris Hansen-Kieffer                         Amy Slody
  • Josiah Hatfield                                   Bryce Watkins
  • Paula Hoffman                                   Kevin Williams
  • Lynn Maynard                                    Doug Wood
  •  Caleb Miller                                       Rebecca Woodruff
  • Norma Miller

 Please join us in congratulating these employees on their significant contributions to the College!


Job opportunities:

The Department of Marketing and Communications has an opening for a full-time graphic designer. For additional information and to apply, please see Job related questions may be directed to Nancy Soulliard at

The Department of Nursing has an opening for a part-time clinical liaison/placement coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Nancy Woods at

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full-time application processor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Pamela Shook at

The Department of Graduate Programs has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the Graduate Counseling Program. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Heather Barto at

The Division of Finance has an opening for a full-time budget manager. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to David Walker, vice president for finance and planning at

Part-time summer teacher/tutor: Are you good at explaining concepts in basic algebra and science? Can you help a high school student complete homework assignment in these subjects over the summer? Do you like to tutor and be a role model to younger students? If so, this opportunity might be for you.

Role: Be a teacher/tutor for a 9th grade student. Drive the student to and from class at a local high-school. Tutor the student in the completion of homework and preparation for exams. Hang out and do a variety of non-academic activities together. Hours: 20 hours per week. June 1 – July 28. Please call 724-816-0308 for more details or email Michael Nagel at

For sale:

U-2 tickets available for Pittsburgh concert. Four tickets to see U2 and The Lumineers at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Seats are Section 512; Row M. $400 (face value plus fees) or best offer. Email for more information.

Terra-cotta chiminea. Lightly used, 38″ chiminea. Great for a patio or backyard. Includes iron stand, chiminea and weather cover. $50 OBO. Contact for pictures or more information.

New Women’s Adidas Running Shoe: Never worn, size 8.  $15. 2T girls clothing:  Mostly 2T, a few 18-24 months pieces.  Generally in very food used condition.  $80 or best offer.  Images: Shoes: 6 pairs – runners, crocs, winter (sizes 6-8) – 2 swimsuits and size large reusable swim diaper – 9 long-sleeve shirts – 16 short-sleeved t-shirts – 4 tank tops – 11 dresses (summer and winter) – 5 sweaters – 9 pants – 8 shorts/capris – 3 skirts – 9 PJ sets (summer and winter) – Some socks, 1 pair of tights, and a package of 2T-3T pull ups included. Phil & Ted Traveler Crib: In like-new condition, black. $50 OBO Image: or read more about it here: (it is the previous model to this one, but basically the same) Please contact

For rent:

Two and three bedroom apartment available Aug. 1. Students welcome. or 717-623-0735.

Vacation Rental in Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy the fantastic golf course views from the screened lanai of this ground floor 2/2 1100 sq. ft. condo. Condo complex offers two heated swimming pools. Located amid the lush surroundings of The Meadows Golf and Country Club that features three golf courses, tennis courts and over 13 miles of walking trails. Close to the new University Town Center Mall, I-75, dining, shopping and the gulf coasts finest beaches. Contact Brad Markley for more information at ext. 3500 or


Memorial 5k run and 1 mile walk/run

The annual Sam Mizrahi 5k run and one mile walk/run will be held at Northern High School on Sun., May 21 at 1 p.m. This low key walk/run supports a scholarship for a graduating senior and a camp for kids with diabetes. Place winners receive Fitzgerald Pottery. There are also lots of door prizes. Contact Jennifer Fisler for more information (