Archive for 2021

February 25

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28


Dr. Jan Dormer has recently published the book, “Language Learning in Ministry: Preparing for Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition” (William Carey Publishers). This book will help to equip missionaries and others with an understanding of the language learning process. It will help both those preparing for language learning and those who provide oversight and mentorship during the language learning period. It will also help families prepare for their children’s language needs as they head into a new culture.


Department of Nursing: CCNE Accreditation

Dear Messiah University Community,

The Messiah University Department of Nursing will be undergoing a virtual evaluation of our baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program on April 12-14, 2021, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the purposes of accreditation. CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:

  • To hold nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles.
  • To evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • To assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.
  • To inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards.
  • To foster continuing improvement in nursing programs – and, thereby in professional practice.

If you would like additional information about CCNE or its standards and procedures, you may visit their web site at

A very important part of this evaluation is soliciting third-party comment on the nursing program by its communities of interest. I am writing to invite you to submit comments and opinions about the nursing program directly to the CCNE. All comments and opinions submitted to CCNE are held in strict confidence and shared with the on-site evaluation team. All comments must be written, signed, and received by CCNE no later than March 22, 2021. Please send your comments directly to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

655 K Street NW Suite 750

Washington DC 20001


Thank you for your interest in and support of the Messiah University Department of Nursing.

Kind regards,

Kim Fenstermacher, Ph.D., CRNP

Assistant Dean of Nursing

Associate Professor of Nursing

Connecting Communities Convening

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This virtual event with the goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor, will culminate in a white paper that encourages and ensures that those seeking public funding for housing initiatives demonstrate their commitment to becoming a good neighbor in the community they intend to serve. We invite you to save the date for April 22 and visit the website for additional details and information about registration:

Anita Voelker Literacy Awards given

Congratulations to Education Department honors student, Mikayla Frederick, for receiving funding from the Anita Voelker Literacy Award to purchase books that will support her Education Department Honors Project. She is researching how best classroom teachers can support English Learners. We can’t wait to learn her findings!

Congratulations to Julianna Chen, who was recently awarded the Anita Voelker Literacy Award! Julianna says, “The Anita Voelker Literacy Award helped me work towards enacting change by introducing other teachers to the issue of lack of representation in text and inspiring others on the journey of empowering our students through literacy. Diverse groupings of books were distributed to local classrooms in different grade levels. My hope was that these texts would be used in the classroom as not only a mirror for kids to see themselves, but also a lens through which others could understand the narratives around them.” Click on the photo to see the breakdown of how the purchased books were used.

Fall Photo Contest winners!

Winners of the Fall Photo Contest will be on display in the lobby of the Jordan Science Center from Feb. 25-March 30! This contest was sponsored by Earthkeepers, Sustainability and the Oakes Museum.

Here are the categories and winners:

Beauty in the Built Environment
Winner – Kara Jung
Honorable Mentions – Ruth Pickens and Amber Fogelsanger

Beauty in Nature
Winner – Melissa Farnsworth
Honorable Mentions – Ruth Pickens and Aimee Kulp

Earthkeeping in Practice
Winner – Amber Fogelsanger
Honorable Mentions – Amber Fogelsanger

Winner – Leanne Tan
Honorable Mentions – Emma Spronk and Sam Operchuck

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3

Congratulations to Boyer and Wittlinger 2021 recipients!

We are pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Boyer Legacy Award and the Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award.

2021 Boyer Legacy Award: Julianna Chen

The Ernest L. Boyer Center annually bestows a Messiah University junior with this award in honor of the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Recipients demonstrate Dr. Boyer’s broad accomplishments and convictions, including his passionate commitment to viewing education as a means to solving societal challenges and his ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service.

Thank you Dr. Tina Keller, who nominated Julianna for the award.

Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award: Victoria Anders

A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1935, Dr. Wittlinger returned to Messiah and served over 35 years as a teacher and visionary administrator. The Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award seeks to honor students who demonstrate Dr. Carlton Wittlinger’s broad academic accomplishments, including his qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication, as they pursue and develop their own leadership skills.

Thank you Dr. Raeann Hamon, who nominated Victoria for the award.

Both awards include a $1,000 cash prize.

We are grateful for all nominations and look forward to another round of awards in 2022!

Selection committee:
Devin Manzullo-Thomas
Cynthia Wells
Jon Stuckey

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals” Opens Thursday March 4

Get ready to laugh! Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals,” opening Thursday, March 4 and running through Wednesday, March 10.

Performances are free and will be presented via livestream; however, virtual tickets are required to access each day’s performance. Just visit us at to select the day(s) you wish to watch, grab your tickets, and enjoy the shenanigans of this hilarious, family-friendly show!

Please be advised that tickets are not to be shared, and a separate ticket will be required for each performance night. If you know someone who would enjoy this show, please help spread the word and be sure they also get their tickets! For questions, please call the Ticket Office at 717-691-6036.

Don’t miss the fun–get your tickets today! And don’t forget to follow us on social media this week to get more behind the scenes information on our cast and crew.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals”
Written by Ernie Nolan
Directed by Daniel Inouye

Professor TJ Barker and his troupe of traveling theatricals have just arrived at the theatre to begin a performance of their spectacular production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when they realize something is amiss. Not only has the orchestra not arrived, but also five of the hilarious O’Hanlon brothers have been stricken with food poisoning. Now only two actors are left to play the dwarfs! Can Professor Barker rally his troupe and prove that the show can go on? Follow their madcap theatrical adventure as they take turns acting, puppeteering, and becoming the orchestra while performing one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Through ingenuity and will power, they prove in the end that anything can happen once upon a time.

March 4-6 and 8-10: 7 p.m.
March: 3 p.m.

Free, online ticketed event
Presented via livestream*
*Tickets and livestream access available at

Estimated runtime: 1 hour, no intermission

*Please note that this performance will contain quick bursts of flashing light, similar to a strobe effect.*

Encouraging one another

Dear Messiah Community,
Let us be reminded that we have hope. Let us remind each other of God’s goodness.
Let us also be reminded that we have each other.
If you know of someone on our campus who could use a kind word of comfort or reassurance, the employees of Messiah Press and Postal Services invite each of you to do so through a new (and free) card sharing program on our web site.
Click here and follow the instructions provided, we will take care of the rest.
Let us find joy in sharing God’s grace with one another.


Job opportunities

The Engle Center has an opening for a temporary medical assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Michelle Lucas, health services coordinator at


Free steel toe sneakers. One pair of steel toe sneakers. Size 11x. Barely worn. Free, Ext 3566 or

For sale

PowerXL 1700W 10-qt Vortex Air Fryer Pro Oven with presets and accessories. Includes 4 airflow racks, rotisserie stand, forks and fetch plus recipe books. Asking $100. Email:

Antique Royal typewriter and antique table. $100. Please call Dick Ocker at 717-243-9596.


Looking for donations of vintage school related materials. The Education Department is working to decorate our resource room with vintage school related materials.

We are looking for the following donations:
Vintage school books
Vintage lunch boxes
Football Helmet
School Pennant
Old Hand-crank Pencil Sharpener
or other teacher/school related materials.
We could also use a few Beanbag Chairs/floor pillows.

Email Tina Keller for more information