Archive for 2021

October 28

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

Isaiah 35:4



Dr. Brenda Elliott, assistant professor and coordinator of MSN, CAGS, and RN-BSN programs, was invited to contribute a column in the September/October issue of MedSurg Matters! The column she co-authored, titled, “A multimodal approach to enhance nurses’ capacity to care for military veterans” is a synthesis of empirical evidence to facilitate nurses’ development of essential knowledge, skills and attitudes in caring for military and veteran populations. The article was selected for continuing education hours.


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 in progress

All employees should have received an email on Oct. 22 from Your unique ID is in the email and when you click the Login it will ask you to reset your password. Since this is the first time Messiah has used the electronic option for giving, you’ll need to create a new password.

In honor of the 100th anniversary, United Way is offering a “Double Your Dollars” matching gift program. New and increased gifts from individuals will be matched up to $1,000 thanks to our generous supporters. Maximize your impact in our community by increasing your gift this year!

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

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, Nov. 5 · 6 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

2021 Culture Connect: Transnational Branding, “the Girl Who Can,” and Postfeminist Edutainment

On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Boyer Hall’s Parmer Cinema, Dr. Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College) and Dr. Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University) will explore the production, aesthetics, narrative, reception and circulation of Winx Club (2004- ), a cartoon series and a multinational merchandising system ideated, developed and produced multinationally and multilingually by Rainbow Productions, Loreto, Italy. A reception in Howe Atrium will immediately follow the event.

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Mendelssohn Piano Trio presents “Unity in Variety: Musical Path to Reconciliation”, High Foundation Recital Hall, Oct. 31, 4 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn considered unity in variety the essence of the beautiful. Through masterpieces by Brahms and Ravel, Mendelssohn Piano Trio explores this idea and its broader implications for reconciliation in our increasingly fractured society. Mendelssohn Piano Trio explores both meanings of the word “reconciliation:” restoration of peaceful and friendly relationships, as well as making things compatible with each other.

The program includes Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major and Ravel Piano Trio. Brahms wrote his Sonata Op. 100 as a reconciliation gift to his friend, violinist Joseph Joachim and his wife, after their contentious separation which even involved a legal battle in which Brahms testified on wife’s behalf. The Ravel Piano Trio, written on the eve of World War I, is a perfect example of great artist’s ability to reconcile seemingly incompatible cultural influences such as French baroque forms, jazz harmonies and Javanese dance rhythms.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah University Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

Campus-wide health protocols are published on the Together@Messiah website and are subject to change. Please see the “Events and Gatherings” tab.

Messiah University requires indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status.

Any specific guidelines for arts events will be updated at

Visiting alumni update

Please join us in welcoming following alumni back to campus:

Thursday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m. Boyer 231. Daniel Beers ’17– will speak on “Philosophical Roots of the Abolitionist Movement.” Sponsoring faculty: James LaGrand.

Friday, Oct. 29, Olivia Kimmel ’17 will participate in a panel discussion. Sponsoring faculty: Kimberly Fenstermacher.

Our Visiting Alumni Program includes a small gift, parking pass, possible coupons for lunch or coffee, and notification to the Messiah University campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bringing back alumni and welcoming them to campus. Please utilize the online form on FalconLink – Visiting Alumni Registration.

Supervisor Series 2021-2022

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance is excited to present a new series of informational sessions for supervisors. The attachment includes information for the entire series. There will be a special incentive for attending all of the sessions! Our first session is:
Supervisor Responsibilities in Addressing Harassment and Harm
Presentation by: Hannah McBride and Amanda Coffey
Friday, Oct. 29, noon -1 p.m., Hostetter Chapel
Please use this link to sign up:
Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation, if you wish.

Employee Town Hall

All employees are encouraged to attend one of two Town Hall Forums on Monday, Nov. 15 in Hostetter Chapel. Choose either the 9 a.m. session or the 3 p.m. session and hear from President Phipps, Provost Randy Basinger and VP for Finance and Planning David Walker regarding Messiah’s financial profile and our strengths and challenges. A recording of the session content will be posted to the website in the days immediately following the town hall. Questions? Please contact Karin Bisbee at ext. 5220.

Mocktails” will be held Nov. 16

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, in collaboration with the Career and Professional Development Center, announces our annual evening of professional development for students. “Mocktails” as this event is now known, features networking education for students, followed by a networking reception with local alumni and employers. This reception gives students a safe space to directly apply and practice their networking skills with alumni, employers, and friends of the college.

Mocktails will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Admissions and Welcome Center.

Please note that we will be following several Covid protocols for Mocktails. Out of an abundance of precaution, we are asking that all attendees wear masks at this event. Food and drink will be provided at locations separate from the main networking area so that all interpersonal interactions can occur while participants are masked.

Interested alumni and employers can register at by Monday, Nov. 9. Educators are also welcome to attend and can register via this link.

Student registration can be completed at All students should arrive at 5:40 p.m. for a brief educational session on networking.

Please help us spread the word about this event by advertising it to the students you interact with, and any alumni or employers in your circle of influence.

 “The Good Gardener: Learning the Virtues through Embodied Time,” lecture by Emily Maeda

Co-sponsored with the Office of Sustainability.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., High Center Recital Hall.

In a time when wars, disasters and conflict dominate our daily news feed, what in the world would landscapes and gardens have to offer a broken world? Gardens invite us to attend to the moment, to temporalize space and to “come to our senses.” In a world of mediated experiences, gardens remain stubbornly rooted in time and help us to embody the meaning of hope.

Emily Maeda grew up outside of Boulder on her parent’s farm where she learned to love the beauty of Colorado’s natural environment. She pursued her education in piano performance at both the University of Colorado and Arizona State University, where she also took classes in landscape design. Currently, she serves as vice president of Tree of Life Landscapes, which emphasizes the use of native plants and the design principles of order, unity, and rhythm.


Job opportunities

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Schedule: 1-2 hours every other week, specific time/day TBD based on availability
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Rate: $30/hr
Notes: Cleaning supplies provided, transportation not provided.
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Honda mower for sale. Honda SelectDrive self-propelled walk-behind gas mower for sale: $200. Three years old, sells new for $650. Recently serviced with oil change and sharpened blades. Excellent cut, with bag and mulch options. Comes with bag, replacement filter and owners manual. You pick up at my home near campus. Contact Angela at