Archive for 2021

February 11

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17



Dr. Dottie Weigel (Graduate Program in Higher Education) and Dr. Mindy Smith (Department of Applied Health Science) recently published an article in the Metropolitan Universities Journal for their special issue, Intersection of Faith and Community Engagement at Urban Institutions (Vol 31. No.3). The article, “The Application of Faith and Learning: Faith-Based Anchor Institutions” is featured here:


Dr. Jennifer Ness-Myers (biological sciences) has published a piece on the BioLogos Science and Faith Blog, making the case for vaccinating based on scientific evidential truths. It follows the format of a letter through which she convinced her vaccine-hesitant parents to receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The article is at:


Having served Messiah for over 17 years, Tracy Thomas, administrative assistant to the vice president for finance and planning, has accepted a position with Capital BlueCross. Tracy’s last day at Messiah will be Feb. 12. Her love for learning and professional growth afforded her the opportunity to provide support to various offices over the years including the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services, the School of Business, Education and Social Services, and Finance and Planning. Please join with us in wishing her all the best in her new position.


The selection committee, the associate provost, provost, and I are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Leah Clarke, associate professor of counseling, as the new assistant director of faculty development for teaching and learning. Leah brings stellar experience to this role, including serving as assistant director for the graduate program in counseling, as a new faculty mentor, and as former chair of Term-Tenure and Promotion Committee. She has also been the recipient of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) award. We look forward to Leah’s planned start on Aug. 1. Please take time to congratulate Leah on her new role as she gives leadership to teaching and learning programs within the Office of Faculty Development. I am deeply grateful to the selection committee (Devin Manzullo-Thomas, Anne Reeve) for their insights and commitment to this important search process.

Cynthia A. Wells, associate professor of higher education and director of faculty development.


Mini Golf in the Stacks – hole creation

Is your department, club or organization looking for a fun way to promote itself as well as give students the opportunity to participate in a safe and fun activity? Murray Library and Campus Wellness and Recreation have the event for you.

Create a mini golf hole for socially-distanced Mini Golf in the Stacks on March 5. It may look a little different this year, but it will be as fun as ever! We are looking for some creative holes that show off what you are doing in your corner of campus – students can design holes that promote their major, clubs can show off what they have to offer or departments can let students know what opportunities there are for them. It’s truly up to you!

Contact Kimberly Steiner at to get your questions answered or to sign up to create a hole. We have limited hole space available, so get signed up early.

Addressing Student Anxiety in Academic Advising

Hello All,

The Office of Academic Advising invites you to attend the February workshop, “Addressing Student Anxiety in Academic Advising.” This timely workshop will be led by Dr. Marie Bunner, associate director of academic success program at West Chester University, and by Dr. Courtney Lloyd, Co-Chair, Committee for Advising Excellence, West Chester University.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 923 8074 6584
Passcode: 122341


Stress and anxiety among college students is a widespread concern in higher education. Academic advisors work with students on a range of issues where students often identify anxiety as the cause of poor academic performance. Presenters will discuss the prevalence of anxiety among college students and pragmatic approaches to address student anxiety and assist students in managing anxiety while adjusting to college life and academic pressure.

We hope to see you there.

Referral Bonuses for Temporary Campus Events Workers

Campus Events urgently needs your help with temporary employee referrals AND you are eligible for up to a $200 bonus (details below).

Do you know someone who would like to pick up anywhere from 5-40 hours per week of temporary work starting immediately and carrying through the remainder of the Spring Semester?

Temporary workers are urgently needed to clean residence halls between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Refer potential applicants to the following link and advise them to add your name in the referral line of the application:

If they are hired and meet performance and attendance expectations, after 6 weeks both you and your referred temporary employee would receive $100. After 12 weeks of successful work, both you and the temporary employee would receive an additional $100.

Extra opportunity for another $300
If after working in a Campus Events temporary role, they are hired into a regular (non temporary position) you would be eligible for a $300 bonus.

*If more than one referral is submitted for the same candidate, Human Resources will attribute the bonus to the first referral received for that particular candidate.

Virtual Recruitment Opportunities for Students

The Career and Professional Development Center is hosting four virtual recruiting opportunities for students this spring semester. All of these events will be taking place via Handshake, our online job and internship portal. Employers will be recruiting for open job and internship positions during each fair. Students can see lists of participating employers and register for these events via our website:

Any assistance in spreading the word about these events is much appreciated!

Health and Human Services Virtual Recruiting Event, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3-6 p.m.

Central PA Employer Consortium Virtual Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 3, 1 – 4 p.m.

Government/Non-Profit Virtual Recruiting Event, Wednesday, March 24, 1-4 p.m.

Communication/Media/Design Virtual Recruiting Event, Thursday, April 15, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about these opportunities at


Job opportunities

The Campus Ministries Department has an opening for a full-time teaching ministries pastor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Villegas, dean of students at

For sale 

Sea Glass necklaces. $10 each.  I have 3 handmade sea glass necklaces that I have from my homemade collection of crafts. Each is approximately 15 1/2″ long and can easily be slipped over the head. Each comes with its own little draw string bag so you can give it as a gift. Email: 

Husqvarna 125BT Back Pack Blower. Runs good. Good condition. Asking $110 Contact:


PUZZLES. Looking to get rid of all those puzzles? I can give them a great home. My 86 year old mom loves doing puzzles and is homebound. She spends her days doing puzzles (all day) and could put some of those puzzles to good use. Please email: