Archive for 2021

April 22, 2021

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Mark 3:25



Fourteen students from the Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry departments delivered oral or poster presentations describing research done with six Messiah University faculty members at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science that was hosted by York College of PA in a fully virtual format (ZOOM) on Saturday, April 10. Mina Diep (Larry Mylin), Annelyse Cruzan (Michael Shin), Nathan Thorne (Michael Shin), Silas Buckwalter (John Harms), John Harms (substituting for Kally Tan), Veronica Woodring (Jen Ness-Myers), and Seth Kabonick (Anne Reeve) delivered oral presentations. Michael Bellerose and Matthew O’Neil (Larry Mylin), Kathryn Armstrong (Michael Shin and Scott Kieffer), Adam Cole (Michael Shin and Scott Kieffer), Noah Scholl (John Harms), Halle Becker (Jen Ness-Myers) and Kylee Kimbel (Jen Ness-Myers) presented posters. The presentations were well received by members of the Academy and most generated multiple questions. Thanks to our dedicated research students and faculty mentors!

On April 16, 2021, Kim Fenstermacher, assistant dean of nursing, presented to the South Central Organization of Nurse Leaders on the topic “Educating the Future Nursing Workforce in 2020 and Beyond: Changes and Challenges.” Kim described the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the delivery of nursing education, including the need to replace clinical hours with virtual simulation. She presented several upcoming changes that will challenge nurse educators, specifically related to the curriculum and the licensing exam for registered nurses.


PSYCamp 2021

We are excited to invite high-schoolers to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 20-24. Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we will offer both an in-person, day camp option, as well as an online option. While we will not be hosting our in-person campers overnight in a residential format, we are excited to welcome them to campus during the day and provide them a taste of what it is like to be a student on campus. This enriching, summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, personality and biopsychology. If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register here:

Reminder from the Key Services Department

If you are a supervisor to students in work-study positions, internships, etc., please remind your students that their keys need to be returned prior to their departure for summer. Keys may be returned in one of four locations.
• (Preferred location) The Lenhert front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. After hours, drop key in the secure mailbox beside the entrance door.
• North Complex fishbowl in the secure mailbox
• South Complex main lobby in the secure mailbox
• Witmer Main Lounge in the secure mailbox.
Do not return keys to the secure mail boxes at Oakwood Hills.

It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure the students turn in their keys before leaving campus. Failure to do so will result in the department being charged the associated fines.

If the student is assigned work/projects during the summer and has a need for their keys after May, an email must be sent to Key Services from their supervisor indicating the revised due date for the key.

Any keys – regardless of whether they are held by employees or students – are subject to a minimum $75 fee per key if they are not returned and/or lost.

Please contact Scott Zeigler in Key Services at if you have questions about keys. Thank you for your cooperation.

Updated Photo Library now available!

Our campus Photo Library has been updated! It is now easier to navigate with photos from the past five years. The categories are re-organized and users are now able to more easily search, view and download images.

To access it:

  • Please contact IT with your purpose for requesting access. ITS will create an account and let you know when it is ready. You will use your Messiah username and password to access the photo library unless otherwise directed.
  • Then log into and bookmark the new Photo Library at:

Read through this guide to begin using our Photo Library: Photo Library Guide

Please note: These photos are for institutional use only and aren’t for personal or private usage. The login to the previous version of our photo library will no longer work. If you are a member of the admissions, the President’s Office or Messiah Press team, please use the login established for your team.

Summer day camps at the Oakes Museum

The Oakes Museum of Natural History will be offering a variety of summer day camps for students entering 3rd through 12th grades. Options include:
3rd through 5th grade: Survive It! Animal Edition (June 14-18) and Collect It! (July 19-23)
6th through 8th grade: Ecology Camp (July 5-9)
8th through 12th grade: Aquatic Biology/Herpetology (June 21-25), Entomology (June 28-30) and Animal Anatomy (July 12-14)

Scholarships are available, and registration is limited.
Check out our website for more information!

Culmination ’21: Spring Dance Concert

As part of our 2021 Spring Season, GiViM, the premier dance ensemble for Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Culmination ’21: Spring Dance Concert, directed by Gregg Hurley. This eclectic evening of dance features faculty and adjudicated student work with performances on April 23, 8 p.m. and April 24, 2 p.m. in Miller Theater. While this performance will be available for viewing online via Messiah’s livestream, there will also be a small amount of tickets available to the campus community!

Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis, open to Messiah campus members only. Tickets can be reserved online at the following links: April 23, 8 p.m. April 24, 2 p.m.

Please be advised that only one ticket is permitted per person, and all tickets must be reserved in advance; tickets will not be available at the door. Tickets will be available online until they sell out or until 30 minutes before ShowTime, whichever comes first.

Tickets are expected to go very quickly, so be sure to get yours today!

Important Note: For the safety of our campus community, all attendees must wear masks and follow campus social distancing guidelines at all times, especially in regard to seating. Please also be aware that all performance details are subject to change, pending any changes to our on-campus circumstances. Please see for updates.

Free, ticketed event
Miller Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Building
Limited on-campus audience with socially distanced seating

For access to this livestreamed event, click the link above or visit us online at

Estimated runtime: 2 hours (one 15-minute intermission)
For questions, please call the Ticket Office at 717-691-6036.

Computers/Windows updates

Remote employees: Please connect to VPN on a weekly basis and work for several hours. This will allow the computer the “check in” with the Messiah network, and get some of the updates needed by the computer.

Campus computers: Please power on ALL computers on campus, including student worker and adjunct computers. Because most of the computers have not been in use for a period of time, they will require software updates, which will happen automatically.

If there are any issues, please contact the Helpdesk at or call ext. 4444.

Make the most of your summer with Messiah University’s summer online courses

This year, choose from nearly 60 courses in two different sessions—all at a discounted price. Messiah’s online summer courses cost 60 percent less than the same classes offered during the academic year. Visit our course list to find the online class you, or someone you know, may want to take this summer.

Messiah’s online summer sessions are convenient, interactive experiences that work around busy summer schedules. All courses are taught by Messiah faculty, drawn from Messiah’s curriculum, and designed specifically for an online learning experience that reflects Messiah’s reputation for academic excellence. (CHEM 106 and BIOL 117 include one week of face-to-face instruction on campus.)

Summer courses are open to college-level students, qualified homeschooled and high school students, employees, alumni, parents, and anyone who would like to further their education. The majority of Messiah’s online summer courses meet general education requirements and are transfer friendly—and high school students will find a variety of options for pursuing dual enrolled credit.

Messiah is now enrolling for all summer online sessions. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

Open enrollment for FY22 benefits begins May 1

Messiah University encourages the health and financial well-being of its employees by providing access to quality and affordable healthcare as well as other valuable benefits.

Open Enrollment is the time to assess your benefits and make elections for the new fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022).

Open enrollment for benefits for FY22 will run from May 1 through May 22, 2021.

Please watch for a mass email in the next few weeks providing detailed information and links to the materials.

Please feel free to contact Su Deitch at x7085 or if you have questions.

School of Science, Engineering and Health Symposium

The 18th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held live via Zoom on Friday, April 30 8:20 a.m. -5 p.m. This annual event showcases student and faculty innovation, creativity, and productivity. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. View the full program at Explore the schedule of oral and poster presentations, abstracts, author index, and more by clicking links at the top of the page.

Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

Email to receive the symposium Zoom passcode.


Job Opportunities

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant to work Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas, associate director of admissions, visit and event programming at

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Rebecca Drazba, administrative assistant to the registrar at

For Sale

SNOOPYVintage Snoopy. $10 Contact Stacy Portko –

Pura Vida inspired bracelets. These make great gifts or just for everyday wearing. Summer is coming and they look really nice with your summer outfits. All different kinds of colors as you can see. Colors for boys and girls.
$6 ea or 2/$10. If you’d like to stop by and see them in person, please contact me at extension 3918.

For rent

House for rent. 4 Bedroom 2 bath, house for rent in Camp Hill, across Holy Spirit Hospital. Fully furnished with sunroom and finished basement, TV Room, washer/dryer. $350/month, utilities extra. Available August 1 for one-year lease. Contact: Bernardo Michael at or 717-982-4707.


Used Car for Undergrad Student. A Messiah student with high financial need is seeking a used car to attend regular and necessary healthcare appointments in the local area. She will be living on campus this summer and is hoping to purchase the car within the next month. Replies and/or questions can be directed to Amy Slody at Thank you in advance for helping us find a car for this student.