Archive for 2018

Thursday, May 3

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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. Dr. Curry joined Messiah College in 1980 and has been serving as a politics professor for 38 years! Dean and his wife, Jean, plan to relocate to South Carolina. Please come and help celebrate Dean’s years of service and to wish him well on Monday, May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. In Howe Atrium (Boyer Hall). A drop-in reception with light lunch is planned beginning at noon; there will be a brief program to honor Dean beginning at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to send reminiscences, photos, memorabilia or simply your good wishes for a memory book that is being assembled. These may be sent to Sommer Keller, Messiah College, One College Ave., Suite 3018, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or dropped off at the reception. Email submissions are welcome as well at


Dr. Damian Savarino, associate professor of music in the Department of Music, made his seventh solo appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dr. Savarino sang the bass solos in Mozart’s REQUIEM on April 22 with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Manhattan Concert Productions, under the baton of Dr. Jeffrey Douma (Yale University).


The School of School of Science, Engineering and Health invites you to a celebration in honor of the retirement of Sandy Bush, Gary Emberger, Eileen Gardner, Pam Linstedt, Lamarr Widmer and Nancy Woods. The retirement reception will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 12:30 to 2:30p.m. in the Jordan Lounge. Sandy Bush, senior lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science has served faithfully for 35 years. Gary Emberger has blessed our campus with 36 years of dedicated vocation in biology. Eileen Gardner has served students as the patient simulation laboratory assistant and coordinator since the beginning of the undergraduate nursing program, 33 years ago! Associate Professor Pam Linstedt has been with the Department of Nursing for 22 years. Lamarr Widmer has taught math for three decades in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. For ten years, Nancy Woods has served in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. We invite you to attend and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these fine educators.


Please join us for a reception honoring Dr. Nancy J. Patrick, on Thursday, May 3, from 4 – 6 p.m. in Howe Atrium. Nancy will retire this summer after 16 years of service at the College. Please join us as we celebrate her many years at Messiah.


Dr. Roseann Sachs, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been appointed to the American Chemical Society’s committee for the development of the national 2020 Organic Chemistry Examination of the ACS, through the ACS Division of Chemical Education Examinations Institute. Appointment to this committee is a significant recognition of stature in the chemistry education community.


School of the Humanities summer academic camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold three academic camps. FaithWorks@MessiahCollege  is a unique summer experience connecting faith and service. This camp will be held on July 8 – 14 and is open to high school students. Their website is

The Young Filmmakers Workshop will be held on June 24 – 29. This camp will provide college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. To learn more about this camp, visit their website

The Young Writers Workshop will be held July 8 – 12 and offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers. We accept students in rising grades 9-12. To learn more about this workshop, visit the website at

All three workshops offer scholarships, but there is a deadline to have your application in for the scholarship. Each camp has their own individual deadline, so please check out the websites and apply now! The Young Writers and the Young Filmmakers also offer a 5% discount to all Messiah employees. You can receive the discount with your ID number when you register.

Fall 2018 early arrivals

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival (before Sunday, Sept. 2), please complete the online early arrival request form or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Wednesday, Aug. 1. The earliest students may return this year is Friday, Aug. 17, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Friday, Aug. 31 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange. There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions received between Thursday, Aug. 2–Aug. 16 will be charged $25/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $50/person. Please contact Rhonda King at with any questions.

Move-in day 2018; volunteers needed

New student orientation and move-in day will be Friday, Aug. 31 and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is in need of volunteers to serve during move-in day 2018. Volunteers are needed in 3-hour time slots to help move new students into their residence halls on Friday, Aug. 31. You can choose a shift of 9 a.m. – noon, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. or noon-3 p.m. You will receive a free t-shirt. Please know that lifting and walking stairs is required. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Sheryl Scaramuzzino at with your availability for that day and t-shirt size by May 31. We look forward to serving with you and thank you in advance for your time and help!

Make change happen. Choose here!

Did you know that Messiah College purchased over 100,000 compostable to-go containers in the fall 2017 semester? That is a lot of waste, both in terms of resources and meal plan dollars. What if there was a better way? What if clicking ‘here’ rather than “to go” on the order screen actually meant something? What if students could reduce their impact on the environment AND save a little money? Every time you choose ‘for here’, you are taking a small step towards a more sustainable future. When a campus community begins taking small steps together, those steps can add up to big change. Beginning Thursday, April 26, when you get your order “for here”, you will receive a $0.25 discount on your order. All you need to do is click “for here” when placing your order in The Falcon or Union Café. The discount will be taken at the register. The discount applies equally to ALL payment types (cash, credit, dining dollars, employee meal plan, etc.).

Important reminder for faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2018 Fall Semester work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates posted on the ITS Blog. Click on this link to review the deadlines: Procedure review:

  1. Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by Diane Hunsinger approximately 6-8 weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your course pack at College Press.
  2. Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link: The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your course pack or lab manual.
  3. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/lab manual to students notify Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager, Campus Store and Textbook Express.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials, and the instructor has the assurance that their coursepack is available for students to purchase before classes begin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger at ext. 3895, or Thank you for your cooperation.

College Guitar Ensemble presents concert

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble, directed by Randall Zwally, will present a concert on Saturday May 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall. Since it will be held on “Cinco de Mayo” we will be including several Latin American pieces. The concert will also include classical guitar, bluegrass (with banjo), blues (with improvisation and resophonic guitar), Irish tunes, Christian hymns and much more. Admission is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Join us May 22 for the Employee Recognition Reception

Please join us on Tuesday, May 22, as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. We will enjoy lunch refreshments and fellowship until 11:30 a.m. A performance by the student group Seven and conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed HERE. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will announce the recipients of the 2018 Performance Awards. We hope you join us!

Summer Flex-Time Program 2018

Beginning on Monday, May 21, the College will again permit the use of summer flexible work arrangements. Implementation of a Summer Flex-Time Program is at the discretion of division executives and directors and requires approval in advance from the appropriate dean, provost or vice president.  If you plan to allow flexible work arrangements this summer, please meet with your teams to discuss.

In work units that generally operate an eight-hour traditional day schedule, Monday through Friday, the Summer Flex-Time Program will permit employees to work for nine hours on four days of the work week, in order to allow for a four-hour day on the fifth day of the work week.  In other units, where work requires employees to be available in the early morning, throughout the evening, and/or on weekends, supervisors may adopt work schedules unique to the respective unit (though consistent with federal standards and regulations for documenting and paying for hours worked).

With the approval of the division executive, work units can design flexible work arrangements that fit the needs of the unit as long as they meet the following criteria:

  1. In every case, a flexible schedule must assure adequate maintenance of the unit’s work responsibilities.
  2. Work units that adopt a Summer Flex-Time Program are required to maintain coverage of essential services for each day of the work week.
  3. Offices with significant contact with students, College guests, and/or off-campus audiences should provide phone coverage and basic office support for all 40 hours of the traditional work week.
  4. A supervisor has every right to limit the number of people who can participate in the flexible work arrangements each week so as to ensure adequate coverage.
  5. Unless the work unit is part of Operations, official work days may not begin before 7 a.m. or end after 6 p.m. Operations may employ different scheduling so as to meet the needs of the unit as long as it is approved by both the appropriate director and the vice president.
  6. Employees must include at least a 30-minute lunch period in each nine-hour day.
  7. Supervisors must approve all arrangements in advance.  Employees must coordinate their individual work plans with their supervisors and receive approval accordingly.
  8. When employees take time off, the sum of all hours reported in a week (regular hours, vacation hours, sick hours, etc.) must equal 40 hours. If an employee worked a 9-hour day during a week in which he/she plans to take vacation, the vacation charged should be less than 8 hours.
  9. For the purposes of overtime calculations, please remember that vacation is no longer included in the calculation per the recent policy changes.
  10. Holiday pay for Memorial Day and July 4 will be 8 hours regardless of revised schedules. Employees on revised schedules who would otherwise work more than 8 hours on those days will need to add the additional hours elsewhere during the weeks of May 28 – June 1 and July 2 – July 6.
  11. The Summer Flex-Time Program may be implemented the week beginning on Monday, May 21, 2018 and may extend as late as Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Again, this is dependent upon the needs of each department and the resulting schedules.  There may units across campus for which flexible work arrangements are simply not possible because of summer demands.

Additional guidelines may need to be established by individual work units in order to allow for an orderly and effective implementation of the summer flex-time practice.  In particular, work units that traditionally work beyond the traditional day schedule will develop guidelines appropriate for the requirements of that work unit.  In every case, plans for flexible work arrangements should be reviewed by the appropriate dean or provost/ vice president.

Business casual

In work units that do not require a standard uniform or dress code, it may be acceptable to implement a business casual dress code for the summer when meetings and appointments do not preclude doing so. It should be noted that business casual is a comfortably relaxed version of classic business attire with no sacrifice of professionalism. It should not be confused with beach or picnic attire. Shorts, t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops are not appropriate for the office.  If the attire currently worn is business casual, this is not an opportunity to dress even more casually.

Questions and suggestions about the Summer Flex-Time Program should be directed to the Office of Human Resources and Compliance and/or the senior administrator responsible for the respective work unit.

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement information for employees

School of Graduate Studies Commencement, Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m., Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Schedule and details

  • The full schedule for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies is posted online at edu/gradcommencement. This website will also provide a live video stream of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Members of the Graduate Studies faculty should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.


Parking lots ZZ (between the High Center/Old Main and surrounding Old Main) and VV (visitor’s lot) will be the primary guest parking lots for this event. Note: there are no reserved employee parking passes issued for this event. Employees should follow the directions of parking personnel when they arrive on campus.

  • Employee lot ZZ will be closed all day on Friday, May 11 to allow for setup for the outdoor graduate reception. Employees who are assigned to this lot may park along the railroad tracks or in the visitor’s lot VV. 
  • Please be aware that there is no creek access or parking available in Starry Field parking lot on Saturday, May 12.

If you have any questions regarding the School of Graduate Studies Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or .

Undergraduate Commencement: Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19

Schedule and details

The 2018 Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events is posted online at This year, this website will also provide a link to the live video stream of the Commencement ceremony. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

  • Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.
  • The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service is not provided Friday evening.)
  • To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.

Commencement day parking

Employee parking

  • Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day.
  • Members of the COE and other employees coming to campus that morning should use the Mill Road/South Entrance in order to avoid congestion with visitor traffic.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 a.m. in order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist that they are directed to their reserved parking areas on campus. It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

Guest parking

Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984. 

Fiscal year-end information

Messiah College’s fiscal year ends June 30. Attached are a fiscal year-end processing checklist and calendar to support department efforts in recording charges to the respective fiscal year. Departments are encouraged to review FY18 financial activity and submit identified journal voucher/transfer requests to Purchase requests for FY18 may be submitted through Thursday, June 14. FY18 will be closed to prepare for year-end processing and audit on Wednesday, July 18.

The period of delivery generally determines the fiscal year to which a purchase is to be charged.

• Goods and services received on or before June 30 represent FY18 charges.

• Goods and services received on or after July 1 represent FY19 charges.

We are available to assist with questions regarding the College’s Fiscal Year-End Close Schedule via email to Additionally, the Accounting Office is offering a fiscal year end information session:

• Monday, May 14: 9 – 10:30 a.m. Larsen LSU 237

Annual Amani Bead Spring Sale

Monday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 9 a.m. -6 p.m. (please note our late hours on Tuesday!)

Eisenhower Commons

Mother’s Day and graduation are just around the corner: celebrate the mothers and graduates in your life by giving great gifts that give back.  Or you might want to just reward yourself!

Necklaces, bracelets, bookmarks, key chains, Kenyan market items and more!

As always, all proceeds support New Life Homes in Kenya.


Job opportunities

The School of the Humanities has an opening for a part-time digital Harrisburg project manager. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to David Pettegrew, Associate Professor of History, at

The Dept. of Athletics has an opening for an assistant men’s lacrosse coach/administrative coordinator and recruiter. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, Executive Director of Athletics, at

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3v3 Basketball Tournament

Time to dust off your sneakers and hit the basketball court! The “Battle in the ‘Burg” 3v 3 basketball tournament will be held on May 19 at Memorial Park. Divisions are available for current 3rd graders through adults. The event benefits the Mechanicsburg Basketball Boosters. This is a great way to have fun and support the Mechanicsburg Basketball program! Follow the link below to register your team of 3 and take on the competition! Click Here to Register Please send any questions to or Ruth Nutt at