Archive for 2017

February 9, 2017

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Roman 15:13


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, contributed a chapter on “Early Modern Protestantism” to the second edition of the book, “Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction,” edited by Gary Ferngren and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book was released last month. For more information, see


Rezumania is back, starting Feb. 14

It’s time for Rezumania! Students can get helpful resume advice on-the-spot from a CPDC career coach anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 or Thursday, Feb. 16. Rezumania is located in Eisenhower Commons both days. Free popcorn and cotton candy will be available! Please help us spread the word by notifying students of this popular event. (Note: the CPDC also offers resume drop in hours for students every day, except Friday, from 2 – 4 p.m., all semester long!)

Pennsylvania Mathematics Education Coalition town-hall meeting

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the Pennsylvania Mathematics Education Coalition will host Ms. Beth Olanoff, the special assistant to the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, who will preside over an overview and discussion of the state’s plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This town-hall meeting is open to all professionals with an interest in high-quality mathematics education: K-12 teachers, mathematics teacher educators, special educators, curriculum specialists, and administrators. All are welcome to the event that will be held in Kline Hall, room 120, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Experience the wonders of Narnia like you never have before! Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” in Miller Theater. A dramatic retelling of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, this play follows four children as they journey to a magical realm where they participate in a life and death struggle for the control of Narnia against an evil witch. It is a heroic tale of love, faith, courage and self-sacrifice that showcases the triumph of good over evil. Students are strongly encouraged to reserve their tickets now, as all performances are selling fast. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” runs Feb. 9-12. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7 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.

Networking breakfast now taking registration

Topic: Making Networking Work

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. (registration and networking, 7-7:30 a.m.)

Location: Messiah College, Martin Commons

Event cost: $15

Business and other professionals need to do networking well, yet they’re rarely taught how to network effectively, nor are they given opportunities to practice their networking skills in earnest. At its upcoming breakfast, the Messiah College Business Alumni association will address these deficiencies and suggest how networking can be a kingdom-building act. Every MCBA event involves networking, but at this breakfast, networking will be the main course.

Mike True, senior associate, talent development and marketing in Messiah College’s Career and Professional Development Center, will open the event by sharing several best practices in networking and inviting guests to add their own. After this networking primer, attendees will have the opportunity to put their networking skills in play through several rounds of “speed networking.” This breakfast promises to be one of the most exciting and interactive MCBA events yet. It will be almost impossible for people to leave without enhancing their networking skills and expanding their networks. We hope you’ll come and network with us! This event is open to EVERYONE! Register at

Events deadline

Friday, March 10 is the deadline to submit your Spring 2017 event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs or require ticket sales. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted. Call room reservations (ext. 6009) with any questions.

Important Dates:

April 20 – Service Day, must be an evening event after 5p.m.

April 21 – We cannot accept requests for any more events

April 25 – Service Day rain date

May 3 – Reading Day, we cannot accept requests for any more events

May 12 – We cannot accept requests

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 on Friday, Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in Boyer 337. No need to make a reservation, just stop in and visit with us.

Fire extinguisher training offered to all employees and students

Fire extinguisher training will be conducted the week of Feb. 26 – March 3. This training consists of a demonstration of the use of the extinguisher and then the opportunity for each participant to experience “hands-on” practice in extinguishing a “fire.” Training on the types of fires and extinguishers as well as initial instruction on the P.A.S.S. system for using extinguishers is provided via an online course which must be completed prior to the actual hands-on session. There are several sessions offered each day. To sign up for a time that fits your schedule, go to:

  • MC-Square
  • Employee tab
  • Employee quicklinks
  • Employee training (students should go to the Student tab à Student training.)
  • Click on the session (date/time) that you wish to attend and follow the instructions for registering.

This year, all employees and students who complete both the Qualtrics and hands-on training will be eligible for a prize drawing. A $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to two lucky participants. The winners will be announced the week of March 6. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or Valerian Curd at ext. 6747. Employees, please inform your supervision of the session for which you register.

Passport processing on Campus and alert to PA residents about Real ID

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 23, to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photo, documents: original birth certificate PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application, and fees ($110 check made out to the Department of State and $25 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College PA Residents Alert.

You may be aware that Pennsylvania is one of seven states that have not complied with the government mandate to incorporate REAL ID requirements for driver’s licenses in order to use them for identification purposes for air travel entrance (even in the US) entrance into federal buildings, and military bases. If PA does not comply or obtain an extension. In the near future, PA driver’s license holders will need another form of compliant identification, such as a passport to use for these purposes. This may be a good time to secure a passport if you currently do not have one. For more information about Real ID, check out this statement issued by PennDOT: Applications can be downloaded at Please contact if you have questions.

Inclement weather reminder

As a reminder for all employees and students, in the event classes are delayed or canceled on campus and Winding Hill facility, those students and/or employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a text notice regarding such a delay or closure. A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the home page of the college’s website, as well as being available by calling the emergency information line at 691-6084; a recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message. Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. If in doubt, please check the website or call the information line if you are not signed up for text alerts. This information is NOT provided to the local media. Please note, any notice of a delay and/or cancellation of an EVENT hosted at the college will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system or website. Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events, and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.

Nominations now being accepted for Performance Awards

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year?  Do any of the statements below describe a colleague?  If so, please consider nominating that colleague for a Pride in Performance Award.  The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus, and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years.  See the list of prior recipients.  Nominations must be submitted, using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found at by Friday, March 10th.  Further information on performance awards, can be viewed at

The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay in Human Resources.


Job opportunities:

The Payroll Office at Messiah College has an opening for the full time position of payroll coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Don Lerew, HRIS and payroll manager, at

For sale:

Studio upright piano for sale, $900. Pictures at . Contact Gene to try it out, just 1 mile from campus.