Archive for 2021

December 2

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021


Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Matthew 24:42


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.


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


Messiah University is listed in the 2021 Campus Sustainability Index as one of the top schools in the category of “data accuracy.” This category recognizes institutions “for submitting reports between March 2020 and March 2021 with the fewest data accuracy issues. We congratulate the STARS liaisons, data providers and others who work to provide high quality information through STARS.”

STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) uses industry best practices to evaluate and benchmark campus sustainability efforts. Reporting is conducted every three years to intentionally look at how we can operate and educate in ways that consider our human and ecological neighbors.

To see Messiah’s full STARS report and the campus sustainability committee members follow the links below. Many thanks to the Sustainability Committee, Facility Services, and senior leadership for their assistance in providing data.


We have three significant staffing changes in the Office of Development, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Bob Brown will be transitioning to part-time. I am very thankful that rather than embarking on full retirement, Bob has agreed to remain at Messiah, but reduce his hours to part-time status. Bob is an alumnus of Messiah, Class of 1982, and represents the very best of what the Messiah educational experience offers to our students. Bob is a skilled planned giving officer having helped guide literally millions of dollars from generous donors who are alumni, parents and friends to sustain the University’s long-term financial health. I look forward to continue working with Bob!

Abby Book is joining Development. I am delighted to share that Abby Book ’98 is moving from her position in the Career and Professional Development Center to become the director of advancement affinity programs within Development. Over the past several years, Abby has worked closely with the Development team on multiple collaborations – most notably the Into the City career immersion trips. She will retain her involvement with Into the City, but also expand her duties to provide leadership to – among others – our Heritage Society, Women of Influence, Retired Educators, BuxMont Council, and Golden Grad programs. We are excited to bring Abby’s many talents to our team!

Introducing John Zeigler. John Zeigler will be joining us as director of development and capital campaigns. John currently serves as a senior gift officer for his alma mater, Bucknell University. However, John is also a current parent of a Messiah student. John has extensive background in both the law profession and fundraising. We are thrilled that he is joining us as we not only complete the current $75M Campaign for Messiah University, but also plan for future needs of the institution.

Please join me in wishing Bob well as he continues in his new role and in welcoming Abby and John to the Messiah Development team!

Jon C. Stuckey, Ph.D.
Associate VP for Development


Supervisor Series

Today’s Supervisor Series, Navigating the Complicated Student, will be at noon in Hostetter Chapel. Due to lack of participants, the 4 p.m. session is cancelled. If you haven’t already, please sign up at

Messiah University Christmas Concert, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Begin your Christmas season with this beautiful concert featuring a variety of Department of Music ensembles. Messiah College Brass Quintets, Handbells, Men and Women’s Ensembles, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are among the groups featured in this traditional favorite!

Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $6 for seniors (age 60+); and $3 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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New unit-specific logos available

Some of Messiah’s schools and departments were reorganized as of June 2021. Corresponding unit-specific logos are now available for download. Please visit to download your unit’s logos.

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

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.

Christmas with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass provide innovative worship for young and old alike through the “best in sacred brass music.” By teaming together, these Christian professionals from around the United States perform their original arrangements as heard on their eighteen recordings. The King’s Brass, formed four decades ago in Detroit, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country featuring three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards, and percussion. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group plays over 150 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as internationally. Playing a wide variety of music from Gabrieli to hymn classics, from Handel to jazz spirituals, from Christmas carols to patriotic marches, The King’s Brass uses all corners of the concert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as “superb in every way” and “innovative and well played.” “Truly, an unforgettable experience!”

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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Streaming films for you and your family

Using your Messiah login credentials, you have access to Swank Digital Campus which provides streaming to films like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, In the Heights, and News of the World. Please enjoy these films on your own or at home with your family. Available titles will change periodically based on the curricular needs of teaching and study.

You also have access to many recent documentaries and dramatic performances from PBS, Ken Burns, BBC Learning, and HBO. Please browse Films On Demand, Digital Theatre Plus, and Academic Videos Online (AVON). Video viewing through library streaming services is available to all students, educators and staff with active Messiah network accounts, at any and all global locations. Questions? Email

Employee Christmas Chapel

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Parmer Hall for an Employee Christmas Chapel. There will be music provided by United Voices of Praise, a message from Stephen Gallaher, and congregational Christmas hymns. If you are interested in being part of an employee choir to lead the hymns, please email Staci Davis (

Library newsletter

What’s happening at Murray Library this December? Enjoy reading about our upcoming events, Christmas resources, and more! View our December newsletter here.


Job opportunities

The Office of Marketing and Communications has an opening for a full-time digital marketing manager position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Carla Gross, associate vice president for marketing and communications, at or Kris Hardy, director of web and digital marketing, at

The Collaboratory has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for strategic partnerships and applied research and a full-time Collaboratory program manager. For more information and to apply, please visit: & Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz, associate professor of engineering, at

The School of Arts, Culture and Society has an opening for a part-time special projects coordinator position. Weekly hours are variable, most weeks average approximately 8-10 hours per week, must be available to work 40 hours per week June 13-17 and June 19-24. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Peter Powers, dean of the school of arts, culture and society, at

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time community safety officer/dispatcher, 3rd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard, director of safety, at

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time baker position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The Division of Operations has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the vice president for operations position. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations at

For sale

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

Two Echo Dots, still in the box-never used, ready for Christmas! $15.00 each.
Contact if interested.

Love seat. Green and tan plaid. 59″ L x 34.5 W. The love seat has been professionally cleaned and is in very good condition. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact

Great handmade Christmas ornaments – These are made with my grandchildren’s names on them, but I can personalize them. These are not completely finished (rushed for time), they also come with a cute ribbon and a nice hanger. The colors I have are shown here. $6 each or 2/$10. Contact me if you have any questions at extension 3918.

More Christmas Ideas…What Papa would not like to show off his children with this t-shirt? Any name can be used Papa Bear, Grandpa Bear, Poppy Bear, etc. Then add the number of bears. You choose size and color, color for name may vary for the name, but I will try the best that I can to accommodate your choice. $20. Call extension 3918 with any questions.

Christmas idea for those Crypto/Bitcoin enthusiast. You select the size and color. I will do my best to accommodate your choice. Then pick the design you would like. $20 ea. Call extension 3918 with any questions.

Fortnite shirt/sweatshirt – Kids will love one for Christmas. Select the color and size. I will do the best I can for the color (sometimes certain colors are hard to find) $25 ea. Call extension 3918 for questions.

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.

Cherry armoire for sale. Measurements: 72”high, 42” wide, 24” deep. This armoire is in good condition, and can be used for storage or as a TV and entertainment center (current contents inside the armoire are not included in this sale). When open, the doors slide back into the cabinet. Asking $100, and buyer will need to pick-up. Located in the Winding Hills community, four miles from campus. Please see photos, and contact Debbie Farver at, extension 3770, or 717-805-3292.

Perfect for Christmas entertaining:  Royal Ruby Depression Glass Sets

The Anchor Hocking Co. began 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

For rent

Rooms for rent. Two Rooms available for rent in a 4 Bedroom house. Looking to rent out two bedrooms in a 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, house in Camp Hill. Convenient location: walking distance from Holy Spirit Hospital, on bus line, close to Harrisburg, local markets, parks, & libraries. Fully furnished with sunroom and finished basement, TV Room, study, washer/dryer. $350 per month per room, utilities extra (usually around $100). One room available immediately and the second room from 15th February, 2022. Available till August 1, 2022. Contact: Mary Michael at or 717-982-5864.

End unit townhouse, walking distance to Messiah: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, additional family room/office, 2-car garage. For more information, contact


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

In-home daycare. Looking for an in-home daycare starting January, for a ten month old.  Contact Nina: