Archive for 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

    Proverbs 3: 5-6


Scott Kieffer, professor of exercise science, received the Honor Award by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Nov. 4. The award honors him for more than 30 years of service in various roles over the years, most recently executive director since 2012. The organization hosts an annual event with 800 attendees, 170 abstracts/Clinical Case Studies, and 40+ invited speakers.

Sam Boden, sustainability studies and pre-law minor, published his Honors Research titled, “Food Policy Councils in the Mid-Atlantic: Working Towards Justice,” in the Journal of Agriculture Food Systems and Community Development. His work, done in the spring of 2017, focused on the role of localized food councils in Pennsylvania and Maryland and how their organizational structure influences their work toward justice and democracy in the food system.


Annual soup sale

The annual soup sale sponsored by the Division of Finance and Planning is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the payroll office lobby, located on the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of soup for $3, a barbecue sandwich for $2 and a dessert for $1. Soup options include: cheese broccoli, cheeseburger, chicken and bacon corn, creamy crab, minestrone, pizza soup, tomato bisque, turkey chili and a few yet to be determined. ALL proceeds benefit local families for Christmas. We are also collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for Silence of Mary Homes in Harrisburg. Please consider supporting this worthy cause and enjoying some homemade food/goodies!

Off-campus study pre-approval deadline is Dec. 1

Students wishing to study off campus in either domestic or international semester-long programs for fall 2018 must submit their completed preapproval applications by Dec. 1. Students can access the application at

If students have questions about programs or the process, they can contact the Intercultural Office at or schedule an appointment with Lauren or Wendy at

Introducing a new public events Calendar on

The Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Conference and Event Services collaborated to develop a new online public events calendar on the College’s website at The new calendar is easier to navigate, searchable, filterable and integrates with the events module of Jadu, the College’s web content management system (CMS).

What types of events are posted on the new calendar?

The primary audience for the new online calendar is prospective students and other off-campus community members. Events posted on the Public Events Calendar should meet the following criteria:

  • Must have already been approved and room reserved through the Office of Conference and Event Services or other appropriate campus events protocol;
    • Must be open to the general public (would not include private, by-invitation events or events designed for primarily student or employee audiences);
    • Promotes a cultural, educational or recreational benefit to the community;
    • Must be sponsored by an official Messiah College entity (student, academic or administrative);
    • Events can be either free or paid admission.

How can I request my campus event be added to the new calendar?

Moving forward, campus event planners will be able to request that their event be added to the new Public Events Calendar (if it meets the above criteria) via an online form they will receive during the room reservation process. Or, if you already have an approved public event for the 2017-18 academic year, and would like to request that it be added to the new calendar, you may submit your request at

Holiday Open House at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Join us for our annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1- 5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a winter craft project for children, a story time, winter photo booth, special discounts in the museum store, drawings for museum gift certificates, and refreshments. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Admission is free, so invite a friend. Contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Call for nominations: Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award

The Messiah College Class of 1964 established a student award in recognition of Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger, their class advisor, as part of their 50th Class Reunion celebration. A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1935, Wittlinger returned to Messiah and served over 35 years as a teacher and visionary administrator.

The Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award seeks to honor students who demonstrate Wittlinger’s broad academic accomplishments, including his qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication, as they pursue and develop their own academic leadership skills.

Candidates must be juniors with the highest academic promise, including a minimum 3.5 GPA, strong character, integrity and a commitment to service. All educators at Messiah are invited to nominate candidates since there is no restriction as to the major of the recipient.

To nominate a student, contact the director of the Sider Institute, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, at Please include the student’s name, verification of junior status and a brief statement explaining why you feel the student merits the award. The final list of top candidates will be contacted to verify academic standing and interviewed by the selection committee. Once selected, the recipient will be presented with the Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award during the Wittlinger Chapel Series in February 2018. The award carries a $500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque.

Nominations are due to the Director of the Sider Institute by Dec. 15.

Accounts Payable Holiday Payment Schedule

Accounts Payable will not be processing payments the week of Thanksgiving. If you have a payment need please plan accordingly by Nov. 7, for a payment on Nov. 16, to meet payment expectations. The final payment before Christmas closing will be Thursday, Dec. 21. Please plan accordingly by Dec. 12 for a payment on Dec. 21. It is important that all payments for 2017 services, honorariums, officials, etc. be paid the same calendar year to meet IRS tax reporting guidelines.

Requisition to check processing should be 1-2 weeks prior to your payment needs and more if a new supplier. This is to allow adequate time for vendor setup, approvals and invoice processing. Keep in mind any International supplier payments can take longer due to collection of required IRS forms and verification. Our first payment in 2018 is Jan. 4. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of Accounts Payable. Have a safe and happy holidays.

Materials for Authors’ Exhibit, Dec. 7

The annual Authors’ Exhibit will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7.Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials etc. from January to December 2017 for display at this important event held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea. Materials can be dropped off at Darcy Griffiths’ office in Boyer 101 or put in campus mail to Suite 3008. Materials will be returned to you following the event.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive Launched

Please note:  Employee Pledge Drive forms should be sent to Kathy Castonguay, Suite 3015.

The annual Employee Pledge Drive launched last week and will run through Friday, Nov. 17.

By donating to the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) during the pledge drive, you can help support a project that helps the un- and underinsured gain access to health care. Currently, nearly 38,000 people in our region are without medical insurance and thousands more are underinsured. The Access to Health Care project employs four community health workers who connect people to care through a partner or provider of one’s choice.

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 percentof your contribution is directed to local programs and services.  You can:

  • Select one of four focus areas (Access to Health Care, School Readiness, Workforce Development or Basic Needs)
  • Specify the non-profit recipient


  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, Human Resources and Compliance, with any questions.  Thank you for your consideration.

Web services open door hours Nov. 16

The Web Services team (Kris and Ramona) will be available Thursday, Nov. 16 from 8:15-10 a.m. in Boyer 337. We are available to answer your Jadu questions or help you strategize your next website project.

No need to register, just stop by at any time.

Save the Date

The Employee Christmas Luncheon will be held on Friday, Dec. 15 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Please plan to attend this special holiday celebration to enjoy fellowship, a delicious meal, Christmas carols, door prizes and more!


Job opportunities:

The Intercultural Office has an opening for the assistant director of off campus programs. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job related questions may be directed to Faith Minnich-Kjesbo at