Archive for 2021

March 11

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

Proverbs 26: 20


Adjustments to School of Graduate Studies and Adult Degree Programs

As we continue to grow and mature as a school of graduate studies and as we have launched our adult degree programs we have adjusted some roles and responsibilities to better serve students and meet future growth opportunities.

The director of enrollment for graduate studies and adult education position is currently vacant and a search committee is narrowing down candidates. We hope to have a new director in place as soon as possible. Responsibilities have been expanded to include oversight for ADP and connections with Emerge Education (our OPM provider). In addition, the director will continue to assist us in identifying new program opportunities and ensuring that our program is mission driven, market sensitive, and revenue positive. Until a new director is named, enrollment questions should be directed to Rob Pepper who will be working directly with the graduate enrollment team.

Rebekah Ostby has been named director of operations and finance for SGS and ADP. Rebekah’s role has been expanded to include ADP financial oversight and all Winding Hill operations (excluding Café). She will be providing administrative support to ADP Council, Graduate Council, and will maintaining the Graduate Catalog and connecting with the Office of the Provost on the ADP Catalog. Please continue to reach out to Rebekah in the areas she has previously served you.

Julie Gomboc-Hellam has been named director of graduate and ADP student services and compliance. Julie’s role has been expanded and now includes ADP in addition to graduate student services. She will work alongside colleagues in student success and engagement to ensure that our graduate and adult students have a positive learning experience. Special attention will be paid to orientation, retention, and health and wellness. Julie will be the SGS and ADP point person as we transition to Tree of Life Bookstore. In addition, she will fill the much needed role as the university administrator for NC-Sara, online compliance and state licensure.


The Office of Faculty Development supported a robust representation of faculty participation at 2021’s virtual Lancaster Learns, a one-day conference held on Friday, February 26. Messiah University contributed as a conference sponsor, and Rocky Allinger, instructional designer, served on the planning committee. In addition to promoting the event in these ways, the Teaching and Learning Initiative provided support to encourage faculty attendance in this regional opportunity to advance excellent teaching in higher education. Several Messiah faculty presented at breakout sessions during the day. • Leah Clarke, associate professor of counseling, shared her ideas in a presentation titled “Can We Teach Empathy?” • Joanna Behm, senior lecturer of occupational therapy, presented on “Inclusive Excellence: The Marriage of CRT and UDL.” • Robin Lauermann, professor of politics, and Elizabeth Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, collaborated for their session “Using Project Scaffolding and Journals to Promote Metacognition and Critical Citizen.” • Brenda White, senior lecturer of athletic training, presented “Best Practices for Teaching First-Generation Latino Students.” Many other Messiah University educators attended the conference, including Maureen Asper, nursing adjunct instructor; Erin Boyd- Soisson, professor of human development and family science/ teaching and learning fellow; Amy Ginck, senior lecturer in spanish; Charlene Lane, associate professor of social work; Cindi Kerns, instructional designer; Cynthia Lehman, senior lecturer of computing, math, and physics; Matt Lewis, associate professor of health and human performance; Devin Manzullo-Thomas, senior lecturer in the humanities/teaching and learning fellow; Sheila Rodriguez, associate professor of Spanish, Michelle Sanford, senior lecturer of dietetics; and Jennifer Thomson, associate professor of biopsychology. Please join me in thanking these colleagues for their commitment to excellence in teaching. Cynthia Wells, director of faculty development.


Compositions by Richard Roberson

Parmer Hall, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty and students from the Messiah University Department of Music will present a program of compositions by Richard Roberson, dean of the School of the Arts. Most of the pieces on the program will receive their first performance. The program will include pieces written over a broad period of time, from the 1970s until now.

Fanfare for an Uncommon President (2004)
The President’s Brass conducted by Timothy Dixon
Written for the inauguration of Kim Phipps as president of Messiah University

Jeremiah Songs (1974)
Damian Savarino, Bass-Baritone, Patrice Ewoldt, piano
Blake Songs (1977/1980)
Tara Savarino, Soprano, Patrice Ewoldt, piano

Concertante, for Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble (1983)
Todd Goranson, bassoon, Timothy Dixon, conductor

Victimae paschali laudes (1994)
Messiah University Chamber Singers, directed by Joy Meade

Piano Trio (2021) – Movement I
Peter Sirotin, violin, Ai-lin Hsieh, cello, Ya-Ting Chang, piano

Open to on campus faculty, staff and students only. Must show Messiah ID for entrance. Must wear face mask and social distance at all times. This event will be live-streamed.

*All performance details are subject to change, pending changes to our on-campus circumstances. Please see for updates.

Room request spring deadline

Friday, April 9 is the deadline to submit your spring 2021 EMS event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs, or require ticket office support. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted. E-mail Room Reservations ( with any questions.

Important Dates:
• Thursday, March 11 thru Sunday, March 14 – Staycation Events
• Friday, April 2 thru Sunday, April 4 – Good Friday and Easter Weekend
• Monday, May 3 – Thursday, May 6 – Finals Week
• Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 – Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Commencement. No events will be accepted for this time period
• Saturday, May 15 – Graduate Commencement. No events will be accepted for this day

Advising for Growth: Encouraging Student Curiosity and Exploration with Goal Setting

The Offices of Academic Advising and Faculty Development invite you to attend the March workshop, “Advising for Growth: Encouraging Student Curiosity and Exploration with Goal Setting.” This workshop will be led by Dr. Robin Lauermann, Professor of Politics at Messiah University.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Zoom info

It is important for students to consider longer-term academic goals and decisions. However, students can become easily sidetracked when other responsibilities, with assigned times and deadlines, arise. In this workshop, faculty member, Robin Lauermann, will share the process and resources that she uses in advising students to set vocational and academic goals. In addition, advisees will share their perspectives from the experience.

We hope to see you there.

2020-2021 Library Student Research Grant

The 2020-2021 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 9. This competitive grant provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Linda Poston, library director. The grantee will be awarded $750 in the spring for the fall 2021 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner Meeting or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 26. See the Library webpage for more information ( ) and view PDF for
application details.

Library hours

Murray Library will have adjusted hours for the Spring Long Weekend. Please check the website for hours. Librarian assistance will be available through the green Chat button found on the library’s website. CrafTea kits to make a magazine pinwheel will be available, while supplies last, starting on Friday, March 12.

Grantham Community Garden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Joining the Grantham Community Garden CSA is a great way to get involved with the sustainability community at Messiah University while also receiving great produce! Support the local spray-free production of in-season foods. Get 6-8 different types of fresh produce each week for 22 weeks from May 31 through Oct. 25. In addition, you will also receive bonus items each week for participating in this program! The beginning of the season will start off with kale, broccoli, tomatoes and squash. Throughout the CSA there will be carrots, peppers, beets and lettuce. Onions, garlic and tomatoes will arrive mid-summer along with several other delicious vegetables! Cost is $450/share (one-time payment or monthly payments accepted). Pick Up will be every Monday. Sign up on Qualtrics to reserve your spot!

The Human Library 2021 – Unjudge Someone

Please Save the Date of Wednesday, March 24 to virtually attend the 3rd Annual Messiah College Human Library Project.

Immerse yourself in the pages of the books right in front of you. The 3rd annual Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. Click here to sign up today:


Apartment for rent

Single occupant apartment one mile from campus. Available May 1. One year lease. All utilities, cable TV and internet included in rent. Contact Les Weiand at ext. 2901 or 717-574-3278 or