Archive for 2020

October 29, 2020

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17


Dr. Dottie Weigel (graduate program in higher education) presented with two graduate students who are part of the GA Partnership Program: Maggie Bolden (Gonzaga University) and Malissa Giannetti (Catawba College) at the 2020 NASPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference. The conference presentation focused on using critical reflection as a strategy to narrow the search for graduate internships and career opportunities in higher education.


Beth Transue ’93, information literacy librarian, co-presented with Rob Lesher ’93, PaLA PA forward program manager, and Robin Vittek, director of Mt. Lebanon Library, at the Pennsylvania Library Association annual conference. The presentation, “Big Statements with Project Outcome” provided examples of assessment using an assessment tool, Project Outcome in public and academic library settings. Beth presented how Murray Library uses Project Outcome to assess student perception of information literacy sessions in First Year Seminar and Created and Called for Community.


Open Door Days via Zoom – Save the Date

President Phipps will host a series of Open “Door” Zoom sessions to continue her practice of meeting individually with students, faculty and staff regarding topics that are important to them.

Admin/Staff Open “Door” Zoom
Friday, Oct. 30
noon – 3 p.m.

Student Open “Door” Zoom
Wednesday, Nov. 4
2 – 5 p.m.

Faculty Open “Door” Zoom
Friday, Nov. 6
noon – 3 p.m.

The Zoom link for each day will be sent via mass email to the appropriate audience prior to the session. Upon arrival, guests will be placed in a waiting room until Pres. Phipps is ready to begin. Please note that the Open “Door” Zoom sessions will still be administered on a first-come, first-served basis in fifteen-minute intervals. In order to keep things moving smoothly, please ensure that your microphone and/or webcam are working prior to logging on. Thank you in advance for your patience as we try a new way to honor this long-standing tradition! Reach out to Karin Bisbee,, with questions.

The Birds” opens Thursday Oct. 29

Ready for some laughs? Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy “The Birds,” which premieres Thursday Oct. 29 and runs throughout the week to Tuesday Nov. 3. Performances will be free and available for viewing on the Messiah Livestream!

“The Birds”
Written by Aristophanes
Directed by Ed Cohn

Written by Aristophanes, “The Birds” is a comedy looking at demagogues and their rise to power. The story follows Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, two Athenians who set out in search of a better life. Eschewing the city life they’ve known— which is crowded, noisy, and full of annoying pests such as poets, lawyers, philosophers, and tax collectors— they seek out Epops, King of the Birds, who might advise them of the ideal place to settle. However, seeing the life of the birds, the two decide to convince Epops and the rest of the birds to build a Utopian city in the sky called Cloud Cuckoo Land!

Performances are Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 2-3 @ 8 p.m., and Nov. 1 @ 3 p.m.

For access to this live streamed event, just visit us online at to step into the theatre and enjoy the show. You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information on our cast and the production!

Fall 2020 Shred Day

Shredding Solutions will be on campus for confidential document shredding

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located along University Drive in front of the VV lot and will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. This is especially important if you are one of the many that are moving in the next few weeks.

Note: This is a later date than normal due to there not being a fall break this semester.

What can be shredded?

All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.)

Personal documents in small/reasonable amounts (a paper box full or less) are also welcome to be brought in for shredding.

Shredding instructions:

Normal shredding needs

Please bring all the paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11 a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two (2) hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1:00 PM, we suggest arriving no later than 12:45 p.m.).

Special shredding needs

If your department has specific needs, special arrangements can be made by calling Allen Snook, director of information security, at ext. 6790. All shredding arrangements must be made before the close of business Thursday, November 20th.

Due to the anticipated high volume of special arrangements anyone with a move date of November 23/24, that requires the storage of Shred Day documents needs to make arrangements as soon as possible. With the probability of sensitive data that is often shredded on these days, Information Security would like to have the documents securely stored, before your move date, so that the documents are not accidentally moved and

Career and Internship Expo – Wednesday, Nov. 4

Regardless of where students are at in their college journey, the CPDC’s annual Expo is a great opportunity to explore future internship, summer, seasonal, and/or full time job options. This year’s event will held online using Handshake. Students will have the opportunity to interact with employers in 1:1 or group settings via video chats.

Educators are also welcome to attend any employer group sessions to learn more about various organizations, and are encouraged to share the info about the Expo with their students of all class years and majors.

Expo Quick Facts:

WHAT: Virtual Career and Internship Expo
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 4
TIME: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (students can sign up for sessions at any point during this time frame)
PLACE: Handshake – click here to register and see listing of participating employers:

Submit your video today.

Murray Library invites all students, faculty and staff to create and submit a short video (5 minutes or less) to be included in CovidChronicles@Messiah, in Mosaic, our institutional repository. Please create a video response to the question What has been sources of encouragement and support for you during this time?” All entries will receive a free Cafe Diem drink and be included in the drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Please enter your submission using this form:   by Nov. 8.

We congratulate Damian Savarino as the winner of the first $25 Amazon gift card drawing for his submission to Covid Chronicles@Messiah! Please check out submissions included in the collection here.

DNP progam granted accreditation

I am pleased to announce that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation to the Messiah University Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The accreditation is for the maximum length of time (five years) and extends to Dec. 31, 2025. While the vote happened this fall, the accreditation action is effective as of March 2, the first day of the program’s recent CCNE on-site evaluation. The program met all accreditation standards with no compliance concerns. Special thanks to Dr. Kim Fenstermacher, Dr. Kristen Slabaugh, Dr. Louann Zinsmeister, Dr. Nancy Woods, Beth Aumen, Ashley Ringquist, Lisa Brubaker, and additional faculty, staff and administrators who have worked over the past several years to successfully launch Messiah University’s first doctoral program and to be granted CCNE accreditation.

Rob Pepper, assistant provost/dean of the school of graduate studies

After COVID-19, what is the future of education?

This afternoon (Thursday. Oct. 29), the Honors Program hosts three panelists who will be talking about the question “After COVID-19, what is the future of education?” Our panelists are:
Dr. Kim Phipps, president of Messiah University
Dan Steinfield ’96, head of School at Delaware County Christian School
Jordyn Moyer ’14, 8th grade English language arts teacher at Halifax Middle School
After their virtual conversation, panelists will respond to questions.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m.


Job Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development has an opening for the position of assistant director of faculty development for teaching and learning, beginning with fall 2021. Serving within an integrated office of faculty development, the assistant director is loaded at 6LU per academic year with 2 weeks summer stipend and provides leadership for programming that supports university priorities in teaching. This includes overseeing the Teaching and Learning Fellows program, coordinating Teaching Tuesdays and Professional Learning Communities, and organizing the peer mentoring program for new faculty. The assistant director also works closely with the director of faculty development to plan and implement initiatives that advance the mission of the office of faculty development, including delivering new educator and new faculty orientation programs.

Applicants should: demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and identity of Messiah University; exemplify excellence in teaching, including commitments to connecting Christian faith and learning and inclusive excellence; exhibit capacity to effectively use educational technology in teaching; display the ability to collaborate well with others; and maintain confidentiality with personnel matters.

• Minimum education required: Doctorate
• Experience required: 5 years of teaching in higher education
• Status: ranked faculty appointment

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and position-related questions should be directed to Dr. Cynthia A. Wells, director of faculty development ( Priority application deadline is Nov. 13; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Information Technology Services department has an opening for a full time ITS administrative support specialist. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Susan Shannon, director of learning technology services at

The Dining Services Department has an opening for a part-time cook. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

The Departments of Social Work and Psychology and the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, visit Job related questions may be directed to Charles Seitz, department chair, social work at

The Department of Safety has a full time opening for a community safety officer, 2nd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at

Messiah University is hiring! Full-time, part-time and temporary positions in various departments are currently available. Do you know someone who would make an excellent employee? The employee referral program provides a $300 bonus for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration or full-time faculty. Please visit for a list of current job openings and to apply.

For sale

Messiah fleet vehicle for sale. Ford Fusion 2017 with 100,300 miles. State inspection and emissions inspections expires in December. Being sold as-is with no warranty. Asking $5500.00. Contact Brad Markley at extension 3500 or email for more information.

Bike for sale. Gary Fisher classic mountain bike. 26-inch wheels, cantilever breaks, grip-shifters, and a classic triple crank. This is a great bike for anyone looking to ride with the kids, get around town, or hit a trail or two. A few scratches on the frame and wear on the saddle, but the components work great. Recently I tuned the shifting and it works great. Size is 19in (measuring from the top of the seat tube to the bottom bracket). Approximate fit for someone 5’8″ to about 6’1″. Asking $150 obo.

Email Brandon Hoover if interested:


AC window unit. Thermostat controlled AC window unit. Approx. 12,000 BTU. In great shape and will cool about 600-800 sq./ft. very well. Retails for $350. Asking $100 obo.


If interested email Brandon: