Archive for 2021


Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3


Beth Transue, information literacy librarian, presented a webinar on March 17 titled, “Revising the Revision: Moving New Information Literacy Instruction for FY Students Online in the Wake of COVID-19” as part of the Create and Communicate webinar series of the PA Library Association College and Research Division. Beth described recent revisions to the information literacy curriculum provided in the FY core courses to increase student engagement and active learning opportunities. Beth described the adaptation of this revised curriculum to COVID-19 online instruction through asynchronous modules in Canvas. Adaptations to this curriculum were made with the assistance of the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative. The PowerPoint presentation may be viewed through MOSAIC, the university institutional repository.


After six years of service in our Community of Educators, Dr. Matthew Farrar, assistant professor of physics and chair of the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics, will be leaving the University at the end of this semester. Matt is a talented teacher, scholar and Collaboratory mentor, and in this current year has been a committed and insightful department chair in his newly merged department. Matt, we are sorry to see you go, we wish you blessings in your new vocation and hope your path continues to cross with Messiah’s.


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 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.

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 (tomorrow, Friday, April 2nd is the last day to submit a note) to one or all of these departments using this form:

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.

Maundy Thursday employee chapel

Please join us for chapel today, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. You may attend in-person at Parmer Hall (seating limited to 150, please click here to sign up: OR watch live online from anywhere by clicking here:

School of the Humanities summer academic camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold two academic camps with a commuter option only.
The Young Filmmakers Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is held on June 20 – 25. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and other activities. This year we are also offering an online version of the workshop that will be taught separately by one of our faculty members. Please check out the schedules for the two workshops which will be held on June 20 – 25. To learn more about our Young Writers Workshop, visit the website at

Both workshops offer scholarships. If you are interested in a scholarship, the application is on the website along with registration. Please keep in mind that you will need to have your application in by May 15.



Procurement Services has an opening for a full-time, 30 hours per week, purchasing coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Daisy Anderson, purchasing manager at

The Network Services department has an opening for a full-time system administrator/analyst. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Tony Wyland, executive director of administrative technology at


Twin bed and mattress. Excellent condition twin bed headboard, footboard and rails (classic vertical slat design; warm maple finish) with Sealy twin mattress. Easy slide-together assembly; no tools required. Asking $200. For photos and additional details, email

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,


Free items! The SILP office still has a few extra items we no longer need. These items range from office supplies to reusable bags to holiday decor! Check out the updated 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! 


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!

Car needed. A Messiah senior graduating this semester is looking for a car to borrow/use for the summer while they are working in the area; they will be heading out to a mission program in the fall. This student is a responsible driver with no prior accidents. They are interested in an automatic transmission, preferably for the end of April to mid-September.
If you know of an opportunity, please contact Hannah McBride at to get in touch with the student.

Car seat. Looking for any kind of free car seat: expired, stained, ripped, dirty, filthy, a bucket seat, a booster, or a convertible. My daughter gets a discount on a new one if she brings in an older model. It doesn’t have to be in good shape, as she’s going to give it to them for the discount. If you have an old car seat laying around that isn’t in use or ready for the trash, please let me know. Thank you.