The Office of Marketing and Communications tackles a wide variety of projects, so it’s understandable that you might have some questions about how best to work with us. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions. Of course, you’re also welcome to contact us directly at 717-691-6027), and we’ll do our best to get you headed in the right direction.
What services does the Office of Marketing and Communications provide to the broader campus community?
- Media relations consultation/support
- Marketing strategy and consultation
- Branding and visual identity consultation
- Special event planning consultation
- Website design, training and consultation
- Print and digital communication design
- Proofreading and bulk mail coordination for printed publications being delivered to off-campus audiences of 200+
- Search engine optimization (SEO) consultation
Where is the Office of Marketing and Communications located?
The office is located on the third floor of Old Main.
How can I add, update, or remove my name from Messiah’s mailing list?
Please contact Karen Garlinger, services coordinator, at 717-691-6027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print and web projects
How do I initiate my print project?
Begin by contacting our services coordinator, Karen Garlinger, with a brief description of the project, intended audience and timeline. Please keep in mind that we coordinate, design and proofread projects with 200 or more intended off-campus recipients and require a minimum of five weeks to complete the project (three weeks to design and proofread it and two weeks to print and mail it). Contact Karen at ext. 7342 or email@example.com with questions or to initiate a print or digitally-delivered communication (such as an HTML email) project. She will guide you through the process and set up a meeting with you to discuss the project with our design team.
If your project does not fit the required amount of recipients, please contact College Press at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about your project.
How do I initiate my web project?
How do I optimize my website to achieve favorable organic search results on major search engines?
Photos and videos
Can I request a College photographer for my event?
Yes! The College does not employ a staff photographer; however, the Office of Marketing and Communications works with several freelance photographers to cover key institutional events. We also have a talented group of student photographers available for some assignments.
If you have a campus event for which you would like photography coverage, please communicate your request to email@example.com. Please provide the following details with your photography request:
- Date and time of the event
- The type of photos you’re looking for
- Pertinent event details
- The formality/informality of the event (so that we can gauge what skills and experience level the photographer needs to have )
We will then check the availability of the photographers
with whom we work, and if one is available, assign someone with the
appropriate skills to cover the event.
Billing arrangements for photography requests are made
on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature of your event, one of
the following billing arrangements will be made.
- OMC may agree to pay for the photography if it is something that is likely to be used more broadly, such as on the institutional website or in various College print publications.
- Your account will be billed if the photography is primarily for your own office’s use.
- The cost may be shared by OMC and your office.
How do I select photography for my print or web project?
You can view photography you may want us to use for your College-related print project, and you can view and download low resolution images for your College-related presentations or websites via our digital image archive. Images are copyrighted for College-related purposes only. For a username and password to access this archive, please contact Ramona Fritschi at ext. 6027.
Does your office provide videography services?
The Office of Marketing and Communications coordinates limited video production related to some of the projects we directly manage and oversee; however our department is not currently resourced to provide broader video production services for other campus departments. The College provides additional video production support for campus departments through the Academic Technology Services of ITS. Visit their website to learn more.
How can I get assistance with planning my event?
The Office of Marketing and Communications plays a primary role in planning designated larger institutional events—like Commencement. For the most part, public campus events are coordinated by other campus departments or offices. As needed, members of the OMC team can serve in a consultation role for event planning and promotion. Simply contact Carla Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6940, to discuss your request.
Where can I find the Cultural Series schedule?
The Cultural Series schedule is available on the Cultural Series website.
How can I request a campus speaker for my organization’s event?
You can contact the director of communications to request a speaker for your event. Please be prepared to answer questions about the date and time of the event, the composition of the audience, the event location, the desired length of the talk and the honorarium (honorariums are not required, but it’s helpful to know up front whether one is available). We will then work together to identify and invite the most appropriate member of the Messiah College community to your event. You can reach the director at 717-691-6027.
How do I submit a story idea or class note for The Bridge magazine?
The Messiah College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
One College Avenue Suite 3023
Mechanicsburg PA 17055
If you have a story idea (please review story criteria) you would like to be considered for an upcoming issue of The Bridge magazine, you may submit it in one of the following ways:
- Mail to Messiah College Office or Marketing and Communications, The Bridge magazine, One College Avenue Suite 3020, Mechanicsburg PA 17055.
- Email email@example.com.