Archive for 2021

January 21

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Timothy 6:12


The division of operations and the department of safety announce the retirement of Cindy Burger, director of safety. Cindy has played a critical role in the growth of the department from a department of five to now a team of 23. During this time there have been numerous changes in federal requirements that campuses need to meet. Cindy has been a constant learner in these areas and helped the Messiah community navigate the numerous compliance regulations. She has a passion for educating others and developed educational programs to help make our campus safe for students, employees, and guests. In the past 25 years she has worked tirelessly with the team in Student Success and Engagement and Operations – always focused on what was needed for our students. Her partnership with the Upper Allen Police department provided the university with resources to navigate various situations. Cindy has been dedicated to her team, providing opportunities for learning and growth, and developing a professional team that continues to serve the campus community. Cindy’s last day is January 29. Please be sure to reach out to her before she leaves. We hope to have an opportunity to celebrate Cindy and her contribution to the Messiah community later this spring.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations


COVID at the holidays

How has COVID-19 impacted your holidays, your traditions and your family? Murray Library invites all COE, administrators, students and staff to submit a video, written reflection, photograph, poem or other media to be included in CovidChronicles@Messiah, in Mosaic, our institutional repository. You are a part of history; let’s preserve your experience for future generations. Please enter your submission using this form: Check out submissions included in this growing collection here.

Messiah announces new partnership with Tree of Life Bookstores

Messiah is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tree of Life Bookstores, who will take over operations of the Campus Store. The partnership will also provide Messiah students with more affordable course material solutions.

Tree of Life will offer their innovative Textbook Butler service to students. This service allows students to receive all their course materials delivered to their campus residence or desired address before classes begin, at an affordable price.

From the initial contact and interview process, it was evident that Tree of Life’s mission is a fit with Messiah University. They want our students to be successful in the classroom and will work with the university to find cost effective ways to provide the needed resources.

Exhibit opportunities at Murray Library

Would your department, office or campus organization like to curate a display at Murray Library? We routinely put together displays that are exhibited for a month at a time. You pick the month and the theme and Murray Library provides the space. Various types of spaces are available: trophy case, vitrines, and foyer display area and document cases. See photos of the spaces: Email Kimberly Steiner with your interest at

Student Employee of the Year nominations

The Student Employment Office is now accepting nominations for the Student Employee of the Year Award. If you have an outstanding student working in your department, please nominate them! Any undergraduate student employee may be nominated for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award. Nominees will be judged by committee review and the following prizes will be awarded during National Student Employment Week in April:

  • Student Employee of the Year- $150
  • Honorable Mention Awards (2) – $50 each

In addition, the person selected as the Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year will be nominated for additional recognition at the State, Regional and National levels. Messiah’s 2020 SEOTY went on to win the title of Pennsylvania’s SEOTY!
To nominate a student employee for the SEOTY Award, submit a one-page letter highlighting the student’s accomplishments and contributions as a student employee via email to the Student Employment Office. Be sure to include examples. The deadline for nominating a student employee for consideration is Jan. 29. To assist you with your submission, please consider the following:

  • Why do you think your nominee deserves to be Student Employee of the Year? Include some examples.
    • What are your nominee’s greatest attributes as they pertain to the job description? Include examples of what your student has done above and beyond standard expectations.
    • Describe the quality of work your nominee produces. Include examples.
    • What leadership skills has the nominee displayed while working in your department? Include examples of your nominee’s initiative and motivation in the workplace.
    • Describe the impact your nominee has had on your department, campus, and/or community as a direct result of work performed.
    • What qualities does your nominee possess that makes him or her distinct from other employees?
    • Consider how your student displays the NACE core competencies

Please assist us in recognizing the outstanding work of student employees by submitting a nomination. Submit your one-page nomination to by Jan. 29.

CPDC announces spring schedule of virtual events

The Career and Professional Development Center has a full slate of exciting virtual events planned for the 2021 spring semester. A full listing, including registration links, can be found on the attached document and also by clicking here: .

Please help us spread the word about these programs by promoting them to your students. Educators are welcome to attend all events as well!

Hiring Summer Student Employees

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2021, please read the summer hiring information found here: prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers. At this time, we are proceeding in anticipation that we will have summer student job openings for the upcoming summer. However, we anticipate the pandemic planning to continue to be a fluid planning item over the next few months. As such, the summer student hiring process and/or availability of student jobs is subject to change as we monitor the pandemic situation and related regulations. As you communicate with students about summer jobs, please be sure to communicate the fluidity of the situation and that any offers of employment are subject to change.

In order to assist students with obtaining summer on-campus employment, the Student Employment Office will be holding a virtual summer job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Departments hiring summer student workers should plan to have a representative available on the day of the Job Fair to meet with students via Zoom. Please keep the following dates in mind as you plan your summer student hiring:

-Jan. 29: Summer position requests/modifications due

– Feb. 5: RSVP for job fair due, summer postings due, and Zoom links due

– Feb. 17: summer job fair

– March 19: summer hiring proposals are due

If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or


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