Archive for 2021


Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9



After 28 years of tremendous service at Messiah University, Dr. David Vader will be leaving us this semester to pursue other opportunities. As professor of engineering and co-founder and director (Emeritus) of the Collaboratory, David’s time at Messiah is marked by excellence, strategic insight and servant leadership. He is a rigorous and supportive educator, particularly in the teaching of thermodynamics. He serves as advisor to the longest-running Collaboratory project that began more than 20 years ago-–hand-powered and electric tricycle design and fabrication for people with disabilities in Burkina Faso, West Africa. As department chair for seven years over the turn of the century, David doubled engineering enrollment and built the Dokimoi Ergatai service-learning model that grew into the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. In 20 years of Collaboratory leadership, he poured his vocational talent into the organization that has become a significant Messiah University distinctive for students across multiple majors. David’s impact on Messiah’s educational model is significant, and more so his personal impact in the lives of countless students. He is an Approved Worker (‘Dokimoi Ergatai’). Interested in knowing what David will be pursuing next? Talk with him!


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.


Fall Photo Contest winners!

Winners of the Fall Photo Contest will be on display in the lobby of the Jordan Science Center from Feb. 25-March 30! This contest was sponsored by Earthkeepers, Sustainability and the Oakes Museum.

Here are the categories and winners:

Beauty in the Built Environment
Winner – Kara Jung
Honorable Mentions – Ruth Pickens and Amber Fogelsanger

Beauty in Nature
Winner – Melissa Farnsworth
Honorable Mentions – Ruth Pickens and Aimee Kulp

Earthkeeping in Practice
Winner – Amber Fogelsanger
Honorable Mentions – Amber Fogelsanger

Winner – Leanne Tan
Honorable Mentions – Emma Spronk and Sam Operchuck

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3

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:

Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Concert, Parmer Hall, March 31, 4 p.m.

Featuring faculty members of the Messiah University, Penn State University, Gettysburg College, as well as Stuart Malina and Members of the Harrisburg Symphony

“This program celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary by exploring three of his most lighthearted works. The “Gassenhauer” Trio, Woodwind Quintet and Septet offer a unique window into the mind of a young genius on a journey from absorbing classical style of Haydn and Mozart to transcending its boundaries. The inventive brilliance, youthful energy and humor of these works were met with enthusiastic admiration of Viennese public. They also laid foundation for Beethoven’s immortal later masterpieces that changed the course of music history.” – Peter Sirotin

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.

*Event details subject to change. Please see for updates.

Connecting Communities Convening – It’s time to register!

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This virtual event with the goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor, culminating in a white paper that encourages and ensures that those seeking public funding for housing initiatives demonstrate their commitment to becoming a good neighbor in the community they intend to serve. We invite you to register to attend our event, held on April 22, and visit the website for additional details:

Operations Appreciation Week

April 12-16 is Operations Appreciation Week. Thank you to all of the amazing employees that serve our Messiah Community in Dining Services, Safety, Facility Services, Conference and Event Services, Sustainability, Messiah Press and Postal Services and the Campus Store.

Join us by sending a personalized note of appreciation to one or all of these departments using this form:



The Residence Life Office has an opening for the position of residence director, upper class for beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm, director of residence life, at


Easter plates. These would be a great idea for Easter dinner. You could use them for rolls, cupcakes, candies, brownies, etc., If you have another saying I could do that as well. I have a few other designs if you’re interested, email me and I can send you pictures of the other ones. Plates measure 12.6″ x 12.6″. Plates are made of heavy duty plastic. $8/each or 2/$12. Hand wash only. I’m located in Naugle, ext. 3918 – Stacy Portko,

Tooth Fairy bottles. These are really cute. They’d be the perfect little extra in the kids Easter baskets this year. What little one wouldn’t be so excited to put their newly lost tooth in this cute little bottle and put it under their pillow for the tooth fairy? (i mean seriously how many times have we put that tooth under the pillow only to go into their rooms at night and fumble around trying to find that tooth ) This will make your life much easier and they will have fun putting their newly lost tooth into the bottle and putting it under their pillow. Some designs (printing) vary. But all are very cute. $3 ea. or 2/$5 Contact Stacy:

SNOOPY. Vintage Snoopy. $10 Contact Stacy Portko –

Handmade picture. In my “free” time I love to craft. I’ve come to the point where i need to start doing something with them. I have many to choose from, if you’re interested, email me and i can send you pics of what I have. They would be great to decorate your office or your bedroom and or living room. Paintings are 8×10 on canvas. I am located in Naugle, ext. 3918. Price $8 Stacy:

Rooster decorative. I bought this from Hobby Lobby, but no longer my decor style. I kept this in my living room, and kept my blankets in it for those cool nights. I have another picture of it looking down from the top if you’d like to see it. I am located in Naugle – ext. 3918. $15 Stacy:

Tree picture 8 x 10. Another one of my many crafts. I can personalize these if you would like with your favorite saying, someone’s name etc., and $10 ea. Stacy:


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


SILP Closet Clean-out: Free items! The SILP office has extra items we no longer need. These items range from office supplies to holiday decor to board games and everything in between! Check out the list of items (and images) to see if you or your office wants any of them. Items can be picked up in the SILP office on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact email Thanks!


Farmhand Wanted. We are looking to hire one or two “farm hands” to help us this spring. Jobs would entail painting a fence, cleaning out an out building, painting chairs, cleaning a basement etc. We will pay $10 an hour cash after each day. Please feel free to share this and have interested people email me. We are located 15 minutes from campus and some transportation could be arranged if needed. Please contact Tina Keller:

Looking for Cat Sitter/House Sitter. Looking for reliable and mature individual to provide occasional house sitting and cat sitting in our home. Due to cat’s older age, the individual must be able to commit to staying in our home a few hours per day and all night overnight. Typical cat and house sitting duties would include food, water, litter and mail. Ability to provide liquid medicine to cat via syringe is a plus but not required. Daily rate for time and duties is negotiable. Current planned trips are a few days in mid-May and one week in mid-August with other possible times as discussed. If interested, please contact Beth Transue,

Family in need of a rental/or mobile home for sale. My daughter is looking for a larger rental unit with at least 3 bedrooms. She would like to stay in the Dillsburg/Mechanicsburg area, but all areas will be considered. You can email me with the info: and I can forward it to her. She does work here on campus 2nd shift but her days vary. Thank you.