Archive for 2021

March 25

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7


Dr. Emerson Powery, professor of biblical studies, gave a public talks (virtually) at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian Seminary in Iowa on Monday, March 22. Emerson gave the sermon during their morning chapel service, facilitated an afternoon workshop, and presented during the evening lecture.


Dr. Gladys Robalino, professor and chair of Spanish, has agreed to serve as the director of the Center for Public Humanities beginning in the 21-22 academic year. Gladys has served regularly on the steering committee of the Center for the Public Humanities, is engaged deeply with our local and university communities, and has proven herself as an excellent administrator and leader in different capacities on campus. All of this besides her good work as a teacher and scholar. I anticipate the many good ways that Gladys will build on the rich legacy of the Center in the coming years. Please also join us in congratulating Gladys on her appointment to this new role.


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.

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

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, will culminate 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 save the date for April 22 and visit the website for additional details and information about registration:

Student Employee of the Year

The Student Employment Office is pleased to announce that Michael Stefanchik has been selected as Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year. Michael works for the Conference Services Department as a member of the tech crew with Sound and Lighting and was nominated by his supervisor, Luke Niesley.
Additionally, Michael’s nomination was forwarded for consideration at the regional level and Michael was selected by NEASEA (Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators) as Pennsylvania’s Student Employee of the Year.
Please join us in congratulating Michael for this achievement. Michael and all of Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year nominees will be recognized during National Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 11-17. Thank you to everyone that submitted a nomination to recognize the outstanding work of student employees.

Employee strategic planning and budget forum

An employee strategic planning and budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 8 in Parmer Hall at 3:30 p.m. The session will be available via live stream. It will also be recorded and posted to the Strategic Planning and Prioritization website for reference. All employees are encouraged to tune in.

The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, who will share the University’s financial forecast, along with the key challenges, next steps related to the FY22 budget process and a brief overview of the proposed strategic plan for FY22-24. An in-person audience will be invited to attend the presentation in Parmer Hall (size of audience is limited by Covid social distancing restrictions). Questions from all employees can be sent to

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: The 2021 Spring Senior Series

Please note *****DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, For We Were Loved First, WILL BE RESCHEDULED. The Order of Things will be presented as scheduled. PLEASE CONTINUE TO VISIT FOR THE LATEST UPDATES**** 

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present their 2021 Spring Senior Series this weekend with the premieres of original productions “For We Were Loved First” and “The Order of Things.” Join us for an evening of performance, created and performed by department seniors MacKenzie Harrison, Aimee Kulp, and Annelise Wardwell.

Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27.

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 senior creators and the production!

Estimated Runtime: 2 hours (includes one 15-minute intermission)

Please note *****DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, For We Were Loved First, WILL BE RESCHEDULED. The Order of Things will be presented as scheduled. PLEASE CONTINUE TO VISIT

***The Order of Things will be presented as scheduled***

The Order of Things
Conceived by Annelise K. Wardwell
Created & Performed by Annelise K. Wardwell and Jim Hy

Relationships present unique challenges, and they often face strain when the individuals involved lack communication and find themselves on different wavelengths. Familial relationships are no exception to this, as they often make up one of the most fundamental cornerstones of the human experience.
What happens when such a relationship is faced with perhaps the greatest trial imaginable? Will it crumble under the pressure, or will it grow even stronger under the weight of adversity?

*Please note that this performance contains mature language and content, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.*

Estimated runtime: 45 minutes

Messiah University vehicle reservation reminders

Please continue to make your vehicle reservations through EMS. Contact Debbie Farver (3770) with any vehicle reservation questions. Debbie is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Please complete your reservation request at least three days prior to your trip date to ensure vehicle availability and complete processing of your request.

“CANCEL” any reservation that you will not be using, so that the vehicle(s) can be available for someone else who might need a reservation. Reservations which are not canceled will be charged a $25 fee.

Before making a reservation, please check the “Approved Drivers List” on FalconLink to be sure that the Approved status for you and/or other drivers is current. (From the “Approved” date, employees expire in two years; students in one year).

Due to Covid restrictions, all travel requires pre-approval from your VP or Provost, and the approval must be sent to Debbie in order to complete the reservation request.

With “Billing” questions, please contact Randy Heintzelman at (7227).

Summary Annual Report available

Messiah University is required to publish a Summary Annual Report for the Messiah University Health and Welfare Plans on an annual basis. Attached is the Summary Annual Report for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

You also have the legally protected right to examine the report at the main office of the Plan and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to:

Public Disclosure
Room N1513
Employee Benefits Security Administration
U.S. Depart of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210

Please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 if you have questions.

Lecture: “Why I Read Homer to My Children”

On Tuesday, April 6 at 8 p.m., the Honors Program will host a lecture by Danielle Bennette Dukes, “Why I Read Homer to My Children.” You are cordially invited to attend via livestream @ Mrs. Dukes’ lecture is one of the keynote events of the Honors Program’s Book of the Year program, in which all first-year students read Homer’s Odyssey together.

Danielle Bennette Dukes is a remarkable woman. She has helped to educate many classical school and homeschool students (including her own six children) through her teaching, writing, and consulting. In doing so, she draws on the various cultures and sub-cultures in which she has dwelled. Her formative experiences as a black woman, a life-long New Orleanian, and a Catholic shape how she reads, thinks, and engages the times. Mrs. Dukes loves many things, including African folk tales, the history and culture of Mardi Gras krewes, traditions of Christian contemplative prayer, and classical literature. Today, when dividing lines between cultures and identities seem increasingly prominent, Mrs. Dukes’ experiences and thoughts are notable. Among the many rich things she has shared with her children are the writings of Homer. On April 6, she will talk about both why she has felt compelled to read Homer to her children and how she has gone about doing so.


For sale

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 we have 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:

Bella Multiuse Pressure Cooker for sale. Functions include pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steam and more. Used weekly for two years and works well. Nonstick coating on outside of inner pot is flaking off in places but the nonstick coating on the inside of the inner pot (cooking surface) is still fully intact. We upgraded to a multiuse pressure cooker with additional functions because we have found this unit so useful. Asking price: $30 please contact Beth Transue


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 String Lights! International Gala is coming and the ISA/MuKappa Cabinet is looking to “light up” their venue both literally and figuratively. We are on the hunt for warm/yellow-ish patio string lights to use in decorating for this year’s Gala. If you have some string lights (larger bulbs preferred), please let Amy Nicols know at (717) 796-5210 or at Thank you all!