Archive for 2021

November 18

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7


Dr. Tina Keller’s article, “Story Shaping Ideology: Majoritarian Stories of English Learners” was recently published as a chapter in the book “Teaching Practices and Language Ideologies for Multilingual Classrooms” (Chapter 1).

Using interviews, artifacts, email correspondences and lesson plans collected from six white, female, preservice teachers during their student teaching, this chapter focuses on the stories that shaped their ideologies of the emergent bilingual children in their classrooms. The findings indicate the preservice teachers, while having diverse lived experiences, held some common majoritarian stories concerning English learners. In addition to those majoritarian stories already established in the field, there were three additional stories uncovered in this study that significantly influenced the ideologies of emergent bilingual students. The chapter concludes by encouraging teacher educators to unpack story and use it as a vehicle for addressing teacher ideology of emergent bilingual students.


Dr. Brenda Elliott, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the MSN, CAGS, and RN-BSN programs, presented with her colleagues at the Sigma Theta Tau International 46th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, held Nov. 6-10, 2021. Their presentation, titled “Veterans in nursing education: Evidence-based strategies to enhance learning and support transition” was a synthesis of two studies conducted by the research team.


Please plan to attend the 11th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110) or Live Stream ( The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Dr. Niklas Hellgren, chemistry presented by Dr. Anne Reeve, and medicine presented by Dr. Scott Kieffer.


Campus Christmas Gathering

All employees and students are warmly invited to welcome the holiday season with a Campus Christmas Gathering, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Join us near the Murray Library steps for lively Christmas music, a short Advent homily, seasonal refreshments and hot drinks. Chapel credit will be offered. In case of inclement weather, this event will be postponed to Dec. 2.

Travel reminders

As travel restrictions continue to lift, Procurement Services would like to remind you of the following:

  • Please refer to section 6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy prior to making travel arrangements for University business. Details include:
  • General travel principles
  • Air travel
  • Travel by car/van
  • Travel related business expenses
  • Travel related business meal expense guidelines
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle supplier for Messiah University and should be used for regional and national university travel. Details here.
  • As stated in the Purchasing Card Manual, cardholders should notify the Purchasing Card Administrator with dates and location of travel at least 2 weeks prior to departure.  Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

Questions can be directed to Procurement Services at ext, 6010.

Messiah University Symphony Orchestra with guest artist, Toni Palmertree, soprano, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Timothy Dixon, conductor

Pennsylvania native Toni Marie Palmertree is a soprano praised for her tender, expressive voice (San Francisco Examiner). She has been engaged to sing major roles with leading opera companies in the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera. In this concert, Toni Marie Palmertree will perform favorites for soprano and orchestra with the Messiah University Symphony Orchestra.

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 Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at

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Supervisor Series

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance is excited to announce that we’ve added new times to our upcoming Supervisor Series presentations. All supervisors, whether you supervise other employees or students, are welcome to attend. Please sign up at:

Situations and Complaints:
-Thursday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. – Frey 110
-Friday, Nov. 19, noon – Hostetter Chapel

Navigating the Complicated Student – Mental Health Concerns, Accommodations and Other Challenges:
-Thursday, Dec. 2, noon – Parmer Cinema (Boyer Hall)
-Thursday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. – Parmer Cinema (Boyer Hall)

Holiday gift sale!

Join us for a Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons that supports Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory. Tuesday, Dec. 7 – Thursday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Sale features 100% fair trade items.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: The Fall Senior Series

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present The Fall Senior Series, an evening of performance created and performed by department seniors. The first weekend, Dec. 3-4, features original productions by seniors Caitlin Buswell, Gabrielle Johnson, and Evan Tinsman. The following weekend, Dec. 10 and 11, features original productions by seniors Mackenzie Williams and Liberty Dolence. The evening of performances will begin at 8pm in Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building. Tickets are $5. You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information.
*Please note that some performances will contain mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.*

The Fall Senior Series:
Dec. 3-4 and 10-11 at 8 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

Dec. 3-4
Featuring seniors Caitlin Buswell, Gabrielle Johnson and Evan Tinsman

“I’m Okay”
Conceived By Caitlin Elizabeth Buswell
Created and Performed by Caitlin Elizabeth Buswell and Joshua David Murray

“Shattered Glass”
Created by Gabrielle Johnson
Performed by Maddy Oliver and Gabrielle Johnson

“Living; Proof.”
Created by Evan Tinsman

Dec. 10-11
Featuring seniors Mackenzie Williams and Liberty Dolence

“A Night of Exploration”
An Improv Through the Benefits of Dance
Created by Mackenzie Williams

“As I Talk to Me”
Created by Liberty Dolence. In collaboration with Emma Hehn with Direction from Jim Hy.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

*Important information regarding attending indoor events at Messiah University:
Messiah University will be requiring indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. See for event updates.

Connect with us on Social Media!
Facebook: @MUTheatreandDance
Twitter: @MUTheatre_Dance

Graduate Enrollment personnel updates 

This fall the School of Graduate Studies has restructured to ensure that we are prepared to meet current and future enrollment goals:

 Leah Smock has recently been promoted to associate director of enrollment for graduate studies and adult education. Leah will collaborate with enrollment counselors, program directors and undergraduate as she leads Early Assurance and Accelerated Program recruitment efforts. She will also oversee the use of Centralized Application Systems (athletic training, dietetics, occupational therapy and physical therapy). In addition to these new areas of responsibilities she will continue to recruit new students for the Graduate Program in Counseling.

Leah Conner moves from the Registrar’s Office back to Graduate Enrollment. Leah will serve as the assistant director of enrollment for graduate studies and adult education. In this newly expanded role, Leah will serve as the technical lead for the graduate instance of SLATE, Messiah’s CRM system that tracks student inquiries and applications. In addition to this important technical role, Leah will recruit for the Higher Education Program and the Dietetic Internship.

Carly Rippeon, a May 2021 HDFS Messiah alum, and former student work-study in admissions, joins the SGS enrollment team as a full-time graduate enrollment counselor. Carly will be recruiting for the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Athletic Training degrees.

Maranda Monroe will be joining the SGS enrollment team as a full-time graduate enrollment counselor on Nov. 29. Maranda will be recruiting for Graduate Education Programs, Graduate Music Programs and the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Maranda will be transitioning from a full-time role in public school education and is on track to complete the Messiah M.A. in higher education degree in May of 2022.

We continue to accept applications for the Director of Enrollment for Graduate Studies and Adult Education full time position.  Job-related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, assistant provost/dean of the School of Graduate Studies, at

Oakes Museum holiday shopping!

The Oakes Museum will be open for holiday shopping:
Nov. 22 – for pre-Thanksgiving shopping
Dec. 13-14, noon – 4 p.m.

Our gift shop has a variety of books, puppets, animal toys AND our new-this-year activity boxes:
– Fossil dig – become a paleontologist and dig your own fossils!
– Flowers – learn how to press your own flowers and design your own candle holder
– Solve-a-mystery box – solve the puzzles and help us find our key!
– Owl Pellet Dissection kit
– Crack open your own geode!

Call for Nominations for 2022 – The Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Prize and The Boyer Legacy Award

All educators at Messiah University are invited to nominate candidates for the
Class of 1964 Wittlinger Prize and the Boyer Legacy Award.

These two awards are presented annually by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies and the Ernest L. Boyer Center, respectively, to recognize emerging student leaders who embody particular ideals. The Wittlinger Award honors students who demonstrate Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger’s (Class of 1935) qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication. Similarly, the Boyer Legacy Award honors students who demonstrate Dr. Ernest L. Boyer’s (Class of 1948) ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service.

Eligible candidates must be juniors with the highest academic promise, including a minimum 3.5 GPA, strong character, integrity and a commitment to service. There is no restriction as to the major of the recipient.

Nominations should include the student’s name and a brief statement (no more than 200 words) explaining why the student merits the honor. Students may be nominated for either or both awards.

Both awards carry a cash prize of $1,000 each.

The Wittlinger Award recipient will be recognized during the January 2022 Wittlinger Chapel Series; the Boyer Award recipient will be recognized at the Fall 2022 Teacher Education/Boyer Center Awards Ceremony.

Please submit nominations and direct questions to Jon Stuckey ( no later than Dec. 1.

APHS Conference research presentations

The Applied Health Science major sent four students to present their research projects at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The conference attracted over 600 physicians, researchers, clinicians and practitioners from a seven-state region. The students, faculty mentors and projects are listed below:

  • Sam Zercher was selected as an Undergraduate Research Award Finalist and presented a Free Communication for his study Continuous and Interval Training Acutely Elevates Serum Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor in Healthy College-age Males
    • Student research team: Grant Myers and Nate Romberger
    • Faculty mentors: Jennifer Thomson and Scott Kieffer
  • Rhianna Gonzales presented a Free Communication entitled The Effect of Meditation on Heart Rate Variability.
    • Student research team: Hannah Logan, Courtney Luckenbill, Spencer Cassel
    • Faculty mentor: Scott Kieffer
  • Kathryn Armstrong presented a Thematic Poster entitled The Influence of CYP1A2 and ADORA2A Polymorphisms and Caffeine Consumption under Anaerobic Conditions
    • Student research team: Michael Sedhom
    • Faculty mentors: Michael Shin and Scott Kieffer
  • Alexa Glatfelter presented a Thematic poster for her project Thrive: Impact of a Mind, Body, Soul Program on Anxiety Symptoms and Quality of Life
    • Faculty mentor: Mindy Smith

You’re invited: MOT Research Symposium

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2021 MOT Research Symposium on Dec. 7, from 5-7 p.m. Join us for this open house event and learn about the six research studies that our second-year occupational therapy students have completed this year.

Research topics include:
• Interventions to Treat Shoulder Subluxation
• The Use of Sensory Assessments in OT
• Requirements for School-Based OT Practitioners
• Perceptions of Cross-Cultural Experiences
• Health and Wellness in Older Adults
• Health Management Strategies of Individuals with POTS

We look forward to seeing you in the Hollinger Lounge, located in the Jordan Science Center. Contact the OT Department at with any questions.


For sale

Christmas is just around the corner. Hand decorated Christmas decorations – perfect for grandchildren, neighbors, friends, anyone on your list that’s hard to buy for. These gifts are personalized and people love them. Choose what you you’d like it to say, or chose a name.
$6 ea. or 2 for $10. Larger ones are $7. I’m here on campus in Naugle if you’d like to see them in person. I would be glad to bring them in for you to see. – Stacy x3918

Personalized tea towels. Perfect for that special someone on your list that you don’t know what to give them, to show how much you care. Pastors, grandparents, babysitter etc.,$10/each. Contact Stacy at ext. 3918

Set of 2 light mint green wingback chairs for sale. They’re used but in fair condition. Asking $100 for the set or best offer. Pick up in downtown Gettysburg. To see photos or inquire, email

Need a Christmas gift for the jigsaw puzzler in your family? Table top wooden, hand-crafted jigsaw puzzle board. Size 32” x 42” wide. Tilt or lay flat. Several available. Sized to fit 1000 piece puzzles. Has felt table top protectors. My 81-year-old father is making these puzzle boards. $75. Photos available upon request. Contact

Washer – dryer – toilet decals. Cute decals that spruce up any appliance. I have one for the washer as well, please email for the other picture if interested. Email or call me at or ext. 3918.

Perfect for Christmas entertaining:  Royal Ruby Depression Glass Sets

The Anchor Hocking Co. bagan making Royal Ruby glass in 1939, and it continues to be a popular collector’s item today.  We’re helping a relative pass along some of their pieces from a Ruby Red glassware collection.  Here’s what we have to offer: (Please follow links to view photos.)

  1. Eggnog Set #1 – Bowl and six 6 oz. cups – $40
  2. Eggnog Set #2 – Bowl and six 6 oz. cups – $40
  3. Tilted pitcher with ten 4 oz. tumblers – $75
  4. Parfait cups (7) – $45
  5. Sherbet/dessert cups/bowls (12) – $80
  6. Sugar and Creamer set – Lidded sugar bowl (1) with creamer pitcher – $40
  7. Handled cups (12), saucers (3), sugar bowls (1 uncovered) and creamer pitchers (1) – $42
  8. Plates and bowls – 9” plate (1), 8” salad plates (4), 7 ½” soup bowls (4), 4 ½” bowls (2) – $75
  9. Vases (4), tumbler (1), tiny tumbler (1) – $25

If you have any questions, please email Deana at

Tooth Fairy bottles. What child would not like a cute little bottle to put their first or second little tooth in so it doesn’t get lost, waiting on the tooth fairy. $3 ea. or 2/$5 Contact:

Friendship angels. Cute and adorable friendship angles made from oyster shells. Great to a give a co-worker or your very best friend. $5 each Contact or ext. 3918.

Cookies for Santa plate. Cookie plate for Santa, $6, custom personalization plate: $7, plate and mug set: $10. Contact or ext. 3918

For rent

lovely “raised ranch” style house with three bedrooms, one and a half baths, living room, kitchen, and a separate dining room is available to rent.  Conveniently located in a friendly neighborhood less than a mile from Messiah University, this house features a screened-in carport and an outdoor deck with a beautiful view.  It is in an excellent school district (Mechanicsburg).  Tenants will occupy the main level of the house and have partial access to the lower level which includes laundry facilities and additional storage space. Available January 24 (or if needed, as early as January 1, 2022).  For more information, contact, or call 717-697-2010.


Men for Spring Opera Production.

Have you ever wanted to sing in an opera? Well, here’s your chance!…

NEEDED – men (tenors and basses) to sing in the ensemble of the Spring Opera Production!

Through the Dept. of Theatre and Dance, the spring MainStage production will be
THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD by Gilbert and Sullivan.

WHAT: tenors and basses, of any age, with some vocal ability and music reading ability. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE or OPERA SAVVY NEEDED! Just the willingness to sing, learn and have fun!

WHEN: Ensemble rehearsals will be on Monday evenings, starting Feb. 21 through March 25.

March 28 – April 6 will be work-throughs/run-throughs/tech and dress rehearsals. Performances will be April 7, 8, 9, and 10. That’s basically it!

WHERE: rehearsals will be in the Climenhaga building (Miller Theater) and performances will also be in Miller Theater.

WHY: Because it will be fun – performing in a theatrical production with orchestra and full sets and costumes! And if you’ve never sung in an opera before, this is your chance!

To inquire, please contact Dr. Damian Savarino at
I’d love to hear from you!

Housing needed. I’m (Bob Feil) posting this on behalf of a woman who recently moved to the area to attend school for the ministry, is attending McBIC, and is looking for a temporary room to rent:

I am a quiet, friendly, and tidy mature student (grandma) from Canada looking for a room to rent in the Mechanicsburg area for six months starting immediately until May 8. Shared living would be nice. Please contact Teresa at or text 905 399 0889.

Caregiver needed. Live-in caregiver wanted for an aging parent. Location is a comfortable home in Danville, PA. If you know someone who may be interested, please ask them to email David at