Archive for 2017

December 6, 2017

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 John 14:27


Dean Curry, the first and only director of the College Honors Program (CHP) since its inception in 1997, has announced his planned retirement at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.  We all wish Dean the best as he now plans for a well-deserved retirement at the end of this academic year.

Accordingly, the Office if the Provost is please to announce the opening of an internal search process for a new director who will begin service on July 1, 2018.  Expressions of interest will be received until the close of business January 9, 2018 and should include a letter explaining your interest/qualifications and a current curriculum vitae.  Send expressions of interest and any questions to Bill Strausbaugh, associate provost, at


Accounts payable holiday payment schedule

The final accounts payable payments in December will be issued on Dec. 21. Please plan by Dec. 12 for a payment on Dec. 21. It is important that all payments for services, honorariums, officials, etc. who performed during 2017 be paid in the 2017 calendar year to meet IRS tax reporting guidelines. Requisition to Check processing should be 1-2 weeks prior to your payment needs. This is to allow adequate time for vendor setup, IRS verification, 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 holiday

Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is partnering with Ten Thousand Villages to host a sale of 100% Fair Trade gifts from around the world. The sale is Dec. 5-7 in the Eisenhower Commons from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Stop by and become part of the Fair Trade story!

Employee Christmas Luncheon, donation opportunity

In the spirit of Christmas, we are again offering employees the opportunity to give at our Employee Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 15.  The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria to the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico struck a chord in many of our hearts. We contacted several organizations helping with the relief effort on the island and were most inspired by the work of Mennonite Disaster Service, a local charity based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. They have made several visits to Puerto Rico since September and are doing much needed restoration work. One of their projects includes the rebuilding of a Christian, non-denominational school called Academia Menonita Betania. This school is located in a rural section of Puerto Rico and serves 127 students, three of whom are from the Mennonite community. The destruction to the school was vast – the roof was blown off and water damage was extensive throughout the lower floors. Furniture, books, supplies and all musical instruments were destroyed.

While oftentimes disaster relief efforts benefit from donated goods, the situation in Puerto Rico is particularly complex in the type of aid needed to rehabilitate the country. Most organizations working in-country are not able to handle a deluge of material donations and currently do not have the means of transportation, storage or people-power. Financial contributions, however, do allow organizations like Mennonite Disaster Service to provide on-the-ground food and housing materials as well as skilled volunteers in rebuilding homes and infrastructure.

Your support can fund the following:

$1 – A meal for a volunteer

$5 – One pound of drywall screws

$10 – Hammer

$18 – Bag of cement

$25 – Shovel

$37 – Support a volunteer for one day (travel, meals, lodging)

Donations will be collected prior to the luncheon, in the lobby outside Lottie Nelson Dining Room.  If paying by check, please make your check payable to Mennonite Disaster Service.  Be assured that all donations from Messiah College will go directly to the restoration of the school.

We are very appreciative of President’s Cabinet, who will match our collective donations of $1000 with an additional $500.

In closing, please watch the video:, taken by volunteers at Mennonite Disaster Service

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 TODAY, Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. There will be no formal program. It is a come and go event with a time to fellowship. President Phipps will be meet and greeting the students. Please register by calling the Alumni and Parent Relations Office ext. 5252 to let us know if you plan to attend.

Summer student employment

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2018, please read the summer hiring information found here prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers.
In order to assist students with obtaining summer on-campus employment and to facilitate earlier placement of students, the Student Employment Office will be holding a summer job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 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. 2 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 23, 2018.
If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad at ext. 2900 or

Advise a J-Term break service trip

The Agapé Center for Service and Learning is pleased to offer employees an opportunity to participate in and advise a student service trip over J-Term Break 2018, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 4.

Advisors serve alongside students, assist student leaders in facilitation of reflection and devotions, and assist in any problem-solving that may arise. All costs are covered for advisors.

We are currently looking for advisors who may be interested in specifically serving with Children’s Bible Fellowship of New York (Carmel, New York), Priority One Ministries (Bronx, New York) and World Impact (Newark, New Jersey).

Children’s Bible Fellowship (Carmel, New York)
For nearly 75 years, CBFNY has worked with inner city, at-risk, and disabled youth through summer camp programs consisting of a variety of activities. Messiah students will have the opportunity to participate in outreach and discipleship ministries and will engage in team-building, evangelism and conflict resolution skills through an in-depth orientation that will introduce participants to the realities of urban life.

Priority 1 Ministries (Bronx, New York)
This service trip offers numerous ways to serve. Some students may be serving in a storehouse organizing food and other materials for distribution while others might be directly interacting with homeless communities. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work with children in an after school tutoring program.

World Impact (Newark, New Jersey)
World Impact is a Christian mission organization dedicated to ministering God’s love in the inner cities of America. Its purpose is to honor and glorify God and delight in Him in the inner cities by knowing God and making him known through evangelism, follow-up discipleship and planting culturally conducive churches.

If you’re interested in serving as an advisor or have additional questions, please contact Shardé Hardy at by Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Saturday Science Programs at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

The OMNH Curator Club Saturday Science Programs begin again in January. There are six activities including weather prediction, local birds and dangerous plants! Curator Club provides educational science enrichment for kids in grades 3-5 and CC2 is for kids in grades 6-8. Program attendees receive a membership card for free admission to The Oakes Museum of Natural History, a t-shirt and a certificate for three free admissions to bring a friend. Each activity includes a craft or project to bring home. To sign up or find out more go to or contact us at ext. 2659.


Job opportunities:

The Division of Enrollment Management has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Laurie Brantner at

The Fitness Center has three openings for Group Fitness Instructors in the areas of yoga, pilates and spin. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Ogden at

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the opening of an internal search process for a new director of the College Honors Program  who will begin service on July 1, 2018.  Expressions of interest will be received until close of business January 9, 2018 and should be sent to Bill Strausbaugh, associate provost, at

For sale:

Variety of items.     Twin comforter; brand new, navy and black plaid and solid black (reversible) $20. Set of three beach wall hangers.  Approximately 5.5’’ x 5.5’’, never used, kept in bubble wrap, $5.  Camera scarf, new, never worn, $5, Purses:  All new, never used – $10 each black, reddish pink and neutral/patterned $15, lularoe shirt – XL – worn twice, like new, $15.  Please contact Karen at

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.

4K LED Smart Vizio TV (M60-C3), for $485. The TV is a 60 inch 4K LED Smart TV. It has a native 120Hz refreshing rate – effective to 240Hz.
The TV has 5 HDMI Inputs (4 4k 30Hz and 1 4K 60Hz) with 2 HDMI 2.2 inputs. The TV does not have High Dynamic Range (HDR).
The TV is only two years old and is in excellent condition. This model was also the highest rated 4K Smart LED TV in 2015 by CNET.

For more information, please contact Robert Reyes at 717-756-2181 or by e-mail at

House for sale by owner prior to Jan. 15, 2018 listing. Three-bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2,500 sq. ft., 2-car garage with large store room beneath it. Wintertime view of Roundtop, in summer enjoy vegetation easement at tree top level. Light, airy open floor plan. 2 miles from campus in Bowmans Hill development. Come have a look! Call Jonathan Lauer, ext. 3820 or 717-691-8341

White Christmas express electric train. Bachman Big Hauler White Christmas Express Electric train with realistic smoke, electric steam sound, operating headlight, 14 feet of original track plus an additional 7 feet of track, $75. Contact for pictures or information.

Concert tickets. Two tickets to Amy Grant/Michael W. Smith Christmas concert at the Giant Center in Hershey.  The event is Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., section 110, row G, seats 1 and 2.  Face value of $100.  Please contact Gordan Beattie 717-440-0408 or Karen Beattie 717-439-3405.  First come, first serve. 

2005 Saturn Vue XE – $2250 or nearest offer. We have really enjoyed this car. It looks and drives great. It is very spacious and great for shopping trips, camping trips etc. It has a sun-roof, cd-player, alarm system. Non-smoker, title in hand, well maintained. Inspected and valid until end of June 2018. Contact Diane at


Free holiday gift wrapping

FREE holiday gift wrapping for anyone who is interested! If you don’t like wrapping gifts, don’t have time or struggle to wrap gifts at home without others sneaking a peek, let us take care of it for you! A variety of wrapping paper is available (see designs here), as well as gift bags, ribbons and bows. All wrapping supplies are included in this free service. For those who wish to give, donations to will be happily accepted but are not expected. Gift wrapping is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16. Contact Cindy at to coordinate drop-off/pick-up or for more information.


Couches needed. Minds Matter, a student-run executive organization dedicated to informing and educating peers about mental health, is in need of up to three couches to furnish their new space in the basement of Hoffman. They wish to make their space warm and inviting for the students they serve. Please consider donating old or new couches to help them make this wish a reality. Contact Kelly Striker at to coordinate your donation. Thank you!