Archive for 2021

October 14

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Trust in the Lord forever,

for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:4




Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center Dedication Celebration

Please join us! All Messiah students and employees are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony of the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center on Friday, Oct. 15. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Dr. Thomas and Linda Pheasant Entrance Plaza (the building entrance facing the campus green) followed by a dessert reception inside the building. The rain location for the ceremony will be inside the building. (Note: the University will be hosting a private outdoor luncheon prior to this ceremony to show appreciation for the trustees and friends whose generosity made this new facility and campus green space possible for our campus community.) Please direct any questions to Yonette Schneider at

You’re invited!

Join us Monday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. for the Friends of Murray Library 19th Annual Dinner Meeting and Program. Devin Manzullo-Thomas will share findings from his forthcoming book, Exhibiting Evangelicalism: Commemoration and Religion’s Purpose of the Past, about the history of evangelical museums in America. In the United States, museums are respected cultural institutions and are viewed as places for education, tourism or the cultivation of civic virtue – supposedly secular purposes. But many museums challenge this simple characterization, including museums owned and operated by evangelical Christians. Devin will describe how these sites came to exist, the narratives they promote, and how they impact public culture in the United States today.

The event will be held in Howe Atrium and Parmer Cinema (Boyer Hall), with a meal being served by Messiah’s Two Bridges Catering. Reservation deadline is Oct. 15. If interested, please contact Tracy Sheaffer, library administrative assistant, at or ext. 7181.

Alumni Awards Dinner

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations welcomes the campus community, Messiah alumni and guests to the Alumni Awards Dinner where we will recognize and acknowledge several individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, society and Messiah University.


Friday, November 5 · 6:00 p.m.

Martin Commons

Served Dinner: $15/person · $120/table of 8


With the postponement of the Alumni Awards Ceremony last year due to COVID restrictions, this fall we will honor our 2020 recipients:

  • Young Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Shauna L. Nefos-Webb ’04
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Glenn D. Focht ’86
  • Alumni Christian Award: Wendell Gehman’89
  • Alumni Appreciation Award: George A. and Barbara J. Parmer

Seats are limited and you must pre-register for this event before Oct. 29, by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 717-796-5252. (As a Messiah University employee, you will have the option to pay via journal voucher or personal credit card depending on the nature for your attendance and/or participation in the event.)

If you have additional questions, please contact Yonette Schneider, MA’16, executive coordinator for advancement events, at

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research provides access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, Enrollment Summaries and other college-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( Click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for other reports.

Textbook Adoption dates for spring 2022

Undergrad: Opens Oct. 27 and Due Nov. 3
Grad: Opens Oct. 18 and Due Nov. 1

In order to obtain the most from the Slingshot Choice program as well as to prepare for the likelihood of continued supply chain disruption due to COVID-19, we are asking Messiah faculty (or designated admins) to submit their course material adoptions in a timely way through the Slingshot Pro Adopt tool (formerly Butler Central) available using your Messiah SSO. For your convenience, we have also added a card on FALCONlink that you can favorite.

Once Spring adoptions have opened for your division, instructors will begin receiving notifications from Slingshot Pro Adopt system about adoption submission and reminders.

Please note that emails from are not junk, phising or spam. This is how we communicate with you about your adoptions so please be sure to pay close attention to these messages.

Please check your inbox for a mass email with additional details and instructions.

Thank you in advance for prioritizing this very important task!

United Way Campaign 2021

On Oct. 12, we all received an email from President Phipps encouraging us to give towards this year’s United Way Campaign. As a reminder the campaign will be from Oct. 25-Nov. 5. All employees will receive an email on Oct. 25 from There will be a link contained in the email that will allow you to donate electronically.

Please consider supporting Harrisburg United Way as they are celebrating 100 years of service. If you need assistance with the electronic giving site please contact Gina Hale at


Job opportunities

Dining Services has openings for part-time dining services associates. Flexible shifts customized to your availability, work a 2, 4 or 6 hour shift anywhere between the hours of 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

Campus Events has an opening for a full-time campus events worker, second shift, M-F 3:15-11:45 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager, campus events central and residence halls, at

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a full-time associate registrar for undergraduate programs position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark, associate registrar, at

The Department of Athletics has an opening for a temporary, part-time medical assistant. This position will work M, W, F, 6:15-8:45 a.m., performing COVID-19 surveillance testing for athletes. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Sarah Gustin-Hamrock, athletics director, at

The Cafe @ Winding Hill has an opening for a part-time dining services associate position, working 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Fri. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

Aquatics has an opening for a temporary lifeguard position, working 20 hours per week. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Katie McComb, director of aquatics, at

The Department of Safety has an opening for a part-time community safety officer to work the hours of 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri., Sat., Sun, every other weekend. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard, safety director, at

For sale

Thule Gateway Pro 2 bike trunk rack (excellent quality): trunk bike rack securely holds two bikes, is easy to use, and folds for compact storage. Nearly new condition; used three times. I can send photos if needed. Asking $145 or best offer. Email:

Glass top dining room table for sale. 66”x39” glass table beveled top, separate rectangular shape base. Metal base light tan. $75 or best offer. Contact:

Sawyer Slide projector. Slide projector with slide trays and extra bulbs. $75 or best offer. Contact:


Off campus student housing needed. 25 year old female looking for off campus housing relatively close to campus. Looking for small apartment, in-law quarters, or even room to rent. Non-smoker, doesn’t drink. Please send info or inquiries to