Archive for 2017

November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 21:22


Dottie Weigel, graduate program in higher education, presented a pre-conference workshop “Making Learning Meaningful through Integrative Leaning” at the National Conference on Students in Transition in Costa Mesa, California. The annual conference is sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

On Oct. 7, Nance McCown, associate professor of communication, presented findings from her sabbatical research at the Public Relations Society of America’s Educators Academy, the highly competitive, refereed research portion of the PRSA international conference held this year in Boston. Boston University hosted the morning panels and research paper presentations, while afternoon poster sessions and an evening awards reception took place at the Marriott Copy Place. McCown’s paper, based on a qualitative case study including in-depth interviews, participant observation, and internal document analysis, was titled “Non-profit Employee Engagement through internal Communication, Leadership Style, and Workplace Culture.”


No Intercom on Thanksgiving

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Intercom will not publish on Thursday, Nov. 23. It will resume Nov. 30.

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

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 runs through tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 17.

Currently, 26% of local workers earn poverty-level wages. By donating to the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) during the pledge drive, you can support the Workforce Development project, which helps help the un- and underemployed obtain jobs where they can earn a living wage. Partners including South Central PA Works will help individuals secure and maintain employment with organizations such as PinnacleHealth, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

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:

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

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!

Nobel Prize Seminar on Nov. 28

Please plan to attend the 8th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Dr. Matthew Farrar, chemistry presented by Dr. Jesse Kleingardner, and medicine presented by Dr. Jennifer Ness-Myers. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

Help us Celebrate Wendy Lippert

The Intercultural Office Staff would like to invite you to join us for Wendy Lippert’s retirement reception. Wendy is retiring after 23 years at Messiah College, having worked diligently to build study abroad into the thriving program it is today!

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 3 – 5 p.m. in Howe Atrium.

Needed: A few good elves

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in Dining Services and Campus Events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 15:

Set-up: 9 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 – noon
Serving: two, 45-minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:40 a.m. for instructions
Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Blair in Human Resources at by Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” continues this weekend

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present the Tennessee Williams classic “Summer and Smoke,” continuing this Thursday night and running until Sunday in Miller Theater.

Set in Mississippi in the early part of the 20th century, this story follows the relationship between an extremely puritanical Southern girl and a rather un-puritanical young doctor. Each is attracted to the other, but because of their vastly divergent attitudes toward life, they are unable to connect. This play explores the human experience of both body and soul and the consequences of not finding the balance between the two.

“Summer and Smoke” runs Nov. 9 -12 and 16 – 19. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available.

Get your tickets today!

*Please note that this production contains mature language and some adult content. *Recommended for ages 12 and up.

December graduate luncheon

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to invite you to the December Graduate Luncheon. Come celebrate those students who are on the threshold of Messiah College and the next chapter in their life journey on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Martin Commons. There will be no formal program. It is a come and go event with a time to fellowship. Please register online at to let us know if you plan to attend.

Two Bridges Catering

As many of you may be aware, the Catering Department of Dining Services has established a new “identity” in an effort to help widen the goals and opportunities of the department. Two Bridges Catering is now the name to remember as services are offered for college and non-college related functions both on and off campus in the West Shore and Harrisburg Areas.

Whether you are in need of an appetizing lunch, refreshments for a meeting, delicious ideas for a reception, church, or dinner function, or simply want to enjoy something sweet from the Bakery, Two Bridges Catering is here to help! There is even the opportunity to save 25%-40% off the standard prices if you are willing to pick-up the order. Call ext. 4095 or email with inquires.

Two Bridges Catering is also hiring on-call wait staff to assist with events. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours and be 18 or older. Current part-time Messiah College employees are welcome to apply, however, this is not meant for those who are already full-time employees or enrolled students. If interested, please visit the job posting at or inquire at

Your continued support is greatly appreciated and we look forward your next event!

Be safe when shoveling snow

Cold weather is here and it may not be long until white flakes of snow start falling. While they’re lovely to look at, those light flakes can become very heavy when you have to shovel them off sidewalks and driveways. Here are some tips from BrickStreet Insurance on how to remain safe and injury free during the snow falls of winter.

TODAY: Jadu /web services open door hours

Do you have a question, issue or need some assistance with your Jadu website? Web Services is hosting Open Door hours today from 8:15 -10 a.m. in Boyer 337. No need to make a reservation, just stop in and visit with us.


For sale:

Christmas trees — Live fir and spruce. 4-7’ $25. 8-14’ $40. Holly $5/5×1′. Located at 9680 Carlisle Rd, Dillsburg. Delivery available. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

Job opportunities:

The Dept. of Graduate Programs has an opening for a full-time occupational therapy academic fieldwork coordinator/clinical instructor in OT. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Darlene Perez-Brown

Dining Services has an opening for a part-time dining services associate. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at