Archive for 2019

May 9

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,

Galatians 6:4



Congratulations to Dr. Amy Porto, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, on being elected President of the Central Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Congratulations to Brian Swartz, associate professor and chair of engineering, and his wife, Tawnee, on the May 6 arrival of the newest member of their family, Elekai David. Elekai weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and is 21.5″ long. He will be eagerly welcomed home by siblings Avery, Caitlin, Eli, Adelyn and Calia.


Medicare education seminar

Human Resources is offering a Medicare education seminar entitled Roadmap to Medicare which will take place on Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. in Parmer Cinema. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement information for employees


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


Schedule and details

  • The full schedule for the 2019 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 should also have received 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.

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 17 and Saturday, May 18

Schedule and details

The 2019 Undergraduate Commencement schedule is posted online at The 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 should have already received 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

  • On Friday, May 17, from 6 am until 10 pm, the following employee lots will be closed so families of our graduates have access to parking:
  • ZZ (Old main and High Center) lot;
  • YY lot (Chapel Dr.);
  • TT (Railroad tracks and around Sollenberger Sports Center)
  • Employees assigned to these lots may park in other employee lots, including XX lot (the lot behind Boyer and the Chapel), on Creekside Dr. (in the parking spaces at the swinging bridge) or in Starry. There will be no shuttles that day.
  • Department of Safety personnel will direct guests to parking areas on campus. Guests will walk to Eisenhower Campus Center for the service. There is no shuttle service provided that evening. Note: college employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.  It is also important to note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.

Important Employee parking information for Commencement day

  • 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.  Drivers 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 will receive parking instructions with their assignment.


  • All 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 in being 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.


Hersheypark discount tickets

The Messiah College Community Discount Program is excited to announce that we will have representatives from Hersheypark on campus to offer an exclusive deal on tickets good for summer 2019! Stop by the table outside of the Falcon after the Employee Recognition Reception on Tuesday, May 21. The Hersheypark representatives will available from 1 – 3 p.m. and will offer a 45% savings on tickets. Credit card only, please. Regular ticket (ages 3 and older) gate rate: $69.80, Messiah rate: $38.50. And, new this year – discounted meal tickets and snack vouchers! This exclusive discount is available to Messiah College employees and family members. The tickets may be used on any one public operating day during the 2019 summer season. This special pricing is available at this event only. Please see flyer for more details.

Laptop tune-up during May Development Week

It’s time for annual laptop tune-ups. This happens annually during May Development Week. Tune-ups take at least four hours to complete and are completed on a first come, first served basis. So get your laptop in early! The Help Desk will clean your laptop of spyware\malware and also install important updates to your operating system. As always, please bring your equipment in for a checkup or fix whenever you notice that you have a problem. You don’t have to wait until your equipment dies to ask for help! Contact the Help Desk today whenever you have a problem: or 717-796-4444.

Summer flex-time program 2019

Beginning on Monday, May 20, 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. Please see the policy for this year attached.

Summer group exercise at the Fitness Center

The fitness center is offering a summer group exercise sampler. Classes are Tuesday: 12:15-1 p.m. during June-July. Go to our website to learn more:

Important reminder for faculty Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2019 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: Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by Diane Hunsinger approximately 6 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. 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. 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. 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 course pack 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.

Homecoming/Family Weekend update!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to announce that we are making some changes to Homecoming and Family Weekend! Instead of offering two different weekend experiences, we will be merging Family Weekend and Homecoming into one beginning this fall. This year’s date for HFW will be Oct. 18-20. We realize that this change may create questions and unknowns, but we also believe that in change lies endless possibility. We’re excited to begin offering more opportunities for connections between our alumni and parents and we are asking for your support and participation as we move forward. More details on the schedule, registration process and overall event details will be available early July. Thanks again for your support and please contact us with any questions!

Early arrival before Sept. 1

If you plan to sponsor students for an early arrival (before Sunday, Sept. 1), please complete the online early arrival request form ( or if you have a large group of students, please submit a list of student names, date and reason for return, employee sponsor and ID number (if known) to by Tuesday, Aug.1. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 19, 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. 30 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 late additions received between Monday, Aug. 5– Friday, Aug. 16 will be charged $25/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $50/person.


Job opportunities:

Campus Events is hiring temporary, full-time and part-time workers for the summer months, mid-May to mid-August. First and second shifts are available. You must be 16 years of age to apply. For additional information and to apply, please visit:

For sale:

Kubota riding lawn mower and Epson printer.2010 Kubota GR2110 diesel riding lawn mower for sale. 54-inch deck, second set of blades, all wheel drive, garage kept, 600 hours. Asking $4,200. Pictures available here: FREE Epson Stylus CX5000 printer. Questions can be directed to

Office chair. Tūl microfiber manager chair, with arms and wheels, ideal for a home office. Excellent condition. $30 OBO. Contact Ted Davis, ext 6840.

7 piece black patio dining set. Includes 4 chairs, 44″ round table, umbrella holder, and small short side table. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact if interested.


Free player piano- you move. Converting parlor into in-law quarters, but the piano is in the way. Can you help? Glossy black, presentable. Condition is fair. Player part works but needs work. Includes several antique and newer rolls of music. Contact Amanda at


Corn hole boards needed by May 16

Do you have a corn hole board that we can borrow for the afternoon? The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is in need of 8-10 corn hole boards for our “Leave the Nest” event as part of Senior Week on Thursday, May 16, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you have one that we can borrow, please email to coordinate logistics. Thank you!