Archive for 2017

January 12, 2017

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

For no word from God will ever fail.

Luke 1:37


President Kim Phipps has been recognized with Credo’s 2017 Courageous Leadership Award. Presented on Jan. 5 during the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents’ Institute, the Courageous Leadership Award is given annually to recognize an innovative leader in independent higher education. To qualify for the award, a college or university president must have served for at least five years in a leadership position at their current institution, and are selected for demonstrating:

  • Institutional growth across enrollment, fundraising and retention;
  • A proven track record of fostering collaborative relationships among individuals and teams within his/her institution;
  • Acknowledgement by peers as being an advocate and champion of higher education;
  • Articulation and execution of a clear vision for the future of his/her institution;
  • Proven innovation in operations, academics, net revenue, strategic planning, student success, or other critical areas; and
  • Strategic, game-changing planning for, and investments in, campus spaces and places.

“We could not think of a more deserving recipient for this award than President Kim Phipps,” said Tom Gavic, president of Credo, the strategic consulting firm for independent higher education that sponsors the award, during the award presentation. “Kim is such an engaged educator and leader, who has given so much to her students and to higher education.”


Dr. Edward T. Arke, professor of communication, recently evaluated a research grant proposal for the National Science Centre in Krakow, Poland. The research project, dealing with Media Literacy measurement, includes Arke’s prior research as part of the literature review.


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

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

Jadu training sessions for spring semester available

Jadu training sessions for the spring semester are available for employees and work studies to register for online. Please visit to learn more and to register. Please contact Ramona Fritschi at for more information.


Homecoming Affinity Reunion memo

Each year at Homecoming, the College hosts various “spotlight” reunions to highlight specific schools, groups and learning communities. Two individual academic schools will be highlighted during Homecoming weekend and will allow that school to display its achievements and facilities while providing a place where faculty can enjoy reconnecting with alumni. The schedule for the next three years is below:

  • Homecoming 2017- Interdisciplinary Areas and Extracurricular groups (Agape Center, Residence Life, SGA, etc.)
  • Homecoming 2018- School of Science, Engineering and Health; School of the Humanities; and the College Honor’s Program
  • Homecoming 2019- School of Business, Education and Social Sciences and School of the Arts

The Schools that are not spotlighted in the current year and wish to continue to host a reunion on Homecoming Weekend may be asked to organize events off campus. Please see the attached memo for additional information. Any questions can be directed to Ashley Sider at

Online networking opportunity for students and alumni

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to announce that we will be hosting three monthly Brazen events to connect alumni with alumni and to connect alumni with our students. Brazen is an online, cloud-based platform that makes it easy and fun for people to participate through text-based chats. The three virtual events will be broken down by industry, geography and age, and will rotate each month. For the month of January, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

After signing in from home, office, smartphone or tablet, alumni/students will participate in one-on-one chats with other attendees. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing them to quickly meet new people, exchange contact information and walk away with several new connections they may not have had before. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at the chat history, review notes, gather contact information and follow up. We hope that these connections lead to more in-person connections. Participants have the chance to share their wisdom, knowledge and life experiences, and to exchange career tips and build their professional network–all online, from any device.

To learn more about Brazen or sign up for one of these events, please contact Olivia Snare, GA for alumni engagement at

Spring semester “Pizza with Professionals” series

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the spring semester line up for the “Pizza with Professionals” series. Please encourage your students to attend these events – free pizza is provided! Faculty and staff are also very welcome to attend.

Summer student employment

If your department plans to hire student employees for summer, please read the summer hiring information found here prior to offering summer employment to a student. The Summer Student Employment Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Departments hiring for one or more new positions and/or replacement positions are required to attend the job fair unless all summer workers are already actively working for the department or are being rehired from the prior summer. Please send an email to by Feb. 3 to let us know if you will be attending the job fair. All summer hires, including current student employees and prior-summer student employees, must be processed and approved for hire by submitting a hiring proposal via the system. Summer hiring proposals are due no later than March 24. If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or 


Job Opportunities

The Athletics Department at Messiah College currently has an opening for part-time men’s volleyball coach. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, executive director of athletics and fundraising, at

For sale

Tea light holders. Thirteen dozen tea light holders for $10. Contact Gina Hale at

Washing machine. 2013 Samsung front-loading washer for sale, $100 or best offer. Used but runs well. Located in Mechanicsburg – must pick up. Product details provided here: Contact Cindy at