Archive for 2021

September 1

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

John 8:12


Dr. Brenda Elliott and two colleagues published findings of a research study in Nurse Educator titled, “Analysis of content gaps in prelicensure textbooks to meet veteran care competencies.” The article reports a secondary analysis of identified content gaps in prelicensure nursing textbooks with veteran care competency (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) domains. An article video is available on the journal webpage at


Congratulations to Leah Conner for her promotion to assistant registrar for the School of Graduate Studies. Leah earned her M.A. in higher education from Messiah this past December. Leah has served as the records specialist supporting Graduate Enrollment and Graduate Registrar’s Office for the past four years. Leah will now focus her time and work to Registrar’s Office tasks for the School of Graduate Studies.

With Leah’s transition to full-time registrar’s office, we welcome Sarah Darr, admissions specialist, to support the Graduate Enrollment Office. Sarah will process admissions paperwork and be a first point of contact for prospective graduate students.


New lodging page for Messiah guests

Conference and Event Services is pleased to announce a new, easy-to-use lodging page for guests of Messiah University. The previous lodging page listed local hotels, but required guests to call the hotel directly to book. Our new partnership with Campus Travel Management Inc. allows guests to book online with the hotel of their choice. Rates are listed, including any Messiah discount, after dates are selected for the stay. If you have guests coming to campus for meetings or events, please encourage them to use this new system.

The new lodging page is available at
As a reminder, the Climenhaga Homestead Guest House continues to serve the Engle Center’s counseling team this fall. If you are using institutional funds to book lodging, you should NOT use the link above. Messiah has lower negotiated rates for internal use only. If you need to contact our preferred hotels for discounted rates, please contact Jonathan Bert in the Office of Conference and Event Services.

Division of Student Success and Engagement

Some departments with the division of SSE have new titles and new employees. Attached are documents displaying the SSE organizational chart, and detailed information regarding who to contact within SSE and Diversity Affairs.

Introducing the new High Center Season

Messiah is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 High Center Season— featuring a mix of distinctive concerts, theatre events and lectures, including lectures by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight (Oct. 12), Humanities Symposium speaker Krista Tippet (Feb. 24) and NASA astronaut, Mae Jemison (April 13). Fall brings performances by Voctave (Oct. 2), Soprano, Toni Palmertree, performing with the Messiah University Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 19) and Theatre Messiah’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing (starting Nov. 11). Spring 2022 highlights include the Mendelssohn Piano Trio (Jan. 30) and Azaguno “Nukpɔkpɔ” (April 2). Both the fall and spring seasons include several performances by Messiah’s own artists- and ensembles-in-residence and our celebrated student and faculty ensembles. To view the entire 2021-2022 High Center Season schedule, including additional event details, visit

While many of the High Center Season events are sponsored by Messiah’s visiting performance series, students and faculty in that school also perform and exhibit a broader calendar of outstanding music, theatre, dance and visual arts events which can be viewed at

New graduate assistants at Messiah and Partner Institutions

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is pleased to welcome eight new graduate assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year both on the Messiah University campus and at partner institutions. Graduate assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to apply educational theories gained through classroom instruction and put them into professional practice through supervised, real-world experience. The graduate assistantship program aims to provide an innovative and cost-efficient way to advance departmental and university-wide goals and objectives.

Please join us and our collaborating departments in welcoming the following to the Messiah University community:  Abby Anderson, graduate assistant for the Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement (Service Trips); Andrew Bookman, graduate assistant for Athletic Communication; Maddie Groff, graduate assistant for Residence Life; Alexa Groft, graduate assistant for Assessment of Student Learning; Willie Hope, graduate assistant for Men’s Basketball; Dillon May, graduate assistant for Cross Country/Track and Field; David Stevens, graduate assistant for Wrestling; and Lydia Watkins, graduate assistant for Academic Success/Office of Academic Accessibility.

They join five returning graduate assistants to the Messiah campus, who will complete their degree programs and GA positions this year. Brody Beiler, graduate assistant for Residence Life; Gage Bley, graduate assistant for Baseball; Matt Bur, graduate assistant for Student Success & Retention; Liam Dole, graduate assistant for Athletic Communication; Emily Farwell, graduate assistant for Women’s Volleyball; Taylor Forbes, graduate assistant for the Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement (Off-Campus Programs); Alexa Glatfelter, graduate assistant for Campus Wellness & Recreation; Shannon Rogers, graduate assistant for Academic Advising; Leah Springer, graduate assistant for Student Engagement; and Elisa Warren, graduate assistant for AROMA.

Additionally, Anthony Powe, graduate assistant for Residence Life is serving in his second year at Catawba College, one of our partner institutions.

Student applications now accepted for Into the City Nashville

On October 16-20, the Into the City career immersion program will travel to Tennessee to visit the many Messiah University alumni living and working in the greater Nashville area. Site visits include the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, music producer Sal Oliveri, Regions Bank, the Nashville Soccer Club, musical artist Ben Gallaher, and creative events company CTS.

Interested students must submit an application by September 22nd. Please encourage students from all years and majors to apply via this link – . (Note: per university regulations all student participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19)

*Students and educators are invited to learn more about the trip by attending the ITC Info Session on Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Free pizza will be provided. RSVP for the info session by Sept. 6 at

Feel free to direct any questions to Abby Book at


For sale

Love seat. Green and tan plaid.  59″ L x 34.5 W. The couch has been professionally cleaned. Asking $100. Contact

Two Echo Dots for sale, never used, new in the boxes. $28/each
contact if interested or with questions.

Various Items for sale
1. Ceiling fan, sells for $300, sell for $30, like new.
2. Pumpkin container – I was going to use it for a terrarium (never happened) $10
3. Cross stitch of Christ – (never finished, no time, all supplies are there to finish it) $10
4. Play station – like new $20
5. Signs $10
6. Bacon press $8
7. 1967 cross stitch of corvette (once again no time to finish) $10

8. I am the storm decal, $7 (I can make any decal you want just contact me)
9. American flag to hang on your door. New, and handmade by myself. $30
10. Easter egg wreath $20
11. Dare to be different sign – adorable – new, handmade – $10
12. Shredded paper – my husband has retired and these are all of his files he had to destroy, so he sat for weeks and shredded and shredded, now we need to find out what to do with them all, I have approx. 30+ bags in my basement – make me an offer. They would be great for packing, moving, crafts etc. Please I need to get them out of my basement.

Please contact Stacy Portko: for more information on any of these items.

Office table and 4-chair set. Round office table (41″ diameter) and 4-chair (upholstered) set for sale $125. Photos available by request. Contact:


Laptops. Evangelical University in Ndola Zambia is seeking to provide laptops for their students. If you have a usable laptop that you would like to donate please contact Tina: