Archive for 2022

March 24

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.

Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 30:18


Carol Z.A. McGinnis was an invited guest on the March 2022 Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling Podcast. She talks about her sabbatical work that culminated in a new spiritual themes workbook and Apple app, the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) training (soon to be offered through coursework at Messiah), and how spiritual assessment is ethically conducted.

Here is that podcast for your listening pleasure:


We are excited to announce Melonie Babich as the new administrative assistant in the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC). Melonie joins us from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Carol Hall, our former administrative assistant, started in the new role of coordinator of special projects and events in the CPDC in January.

Welcome, Melonie, and congratulations, Carol!


2021-2022 Library Student Research Grant

The 2021-2022 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 8. This competitive grant provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Linda Poston, library director. The grantee will be awarded $750 in the spring for the fall 2022 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner Meeting or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 25. Click here for application details.

Open Door Day with President Phipps

President Kim Phipps will host two “Open Door” Day sessions on Friday, April 8 in her Old Main office to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. Choose either the 9-11 a.m. slot or the 1-3 p.m. slot. Sign up in Old Main 207 for a 15 minute appointment – appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be available in Old Main 225 as you wait. Contact Karin Bisbee with questions.

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due March 25. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the system for each student that will be working.

Additional information about summer student employment can be found here.
If you have any questions about hiring student employees for the summer, contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or

Immigration: Journey through the Biblical Perspective

HRA (Human Rights Awareness) will host Rondell Treviño, founder and president of The Immigration Coalition, for an event titled “Immigration: Journey through the Biblical Perspective” on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Rondell will speak about how we might develop a faithful, biblical perspective on immigration, and he will also share from his organization’s experience providing clean drinking water and food for immigrants, migrants, and asylum-seekers along the US southern border and in Latin America. As part of his presentation, Rondell will also share some practical ways you can be involved in caring for these vulnerable communities. The lecture will be followed with a Q&A time as well as a reception with refreshments to provide space to continue the conversation. This event is free and open to all. Questions? Email

Ted Prescott lecture, “Seeing is believing?”

The Messiah University Honors Program invites you to a lecture by Ted Prescott, Professor Emeritus of Art, on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Professor Prescott will be speaking on the topic “Seeing is Believing?” and explains his choice of title in this way:
The popular adage “seeing is believing” suggests that belief follows seeing. This presentation will question the relationship between seeing and believing and suggest a more complicated relationship between the two activities. Perhaps seeing is sometimes dependent on belief?

Professor Prescott has made extensive contributions to the visual arts at Messiah University where he started the art major in 1980, within Christian circles including helping to establish the national organization CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), and in many public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe where his work has been shown.

It is appropriate that Professor Prescott’s lecture on March 28 will be given in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Since the High Center opened in 2013, visitors have been struck by Professor Prescott’s installation “Psalm,” made of 14 tree limbs juxtaposed against the modern architecture of the building which creates an image of movement, a visual embodiment of activity within the space.

This lecture is part of a series of Honors Program events during the 2021-22 year focused on the theme of “seeing,” and is open to all the public. Those attending Professor Prescott’s lecture are also invited to a reception following.

Supervisor Series

We are quickly approaching the end of our Supervisor Series for the 21/22 academic year. Rob Pepper will be presenting, “A Survival Guide for Academic Leaders” on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 138, and Friday, March 25 at noon in Parmer Cinema. If you haven’t already, please sign up at

Human Library 2022

Sign up to hear student and employee stories via the Human Library 2022
Unjudge Someone
Wednesday afternoon, March 30
The Human Library provides an opportunity for you to hear Messiah students and employees share their personal stories.
Some of the 24 book titles include: “Grief, Interrupted”; “I was adopted – “So what?, you say?”; “Leave Your Language at the Door,” and “The Refining Fire.”
Check out for more information and to see what stories make you want to learn more.
Sign up to “read” here:
Session times are as follows and are 30 minutes in length: 12:15, 12:55, 1:35, 2:15, 2:55, and 3:35 p.m.
All afternoon sessions are held in the Murray Library and walk-ins are welcome!

At 7 p.m., the evening of March 30, come hear our featured “book” in the person of T.M. Garrett “Erasing the Hate: From Neo-Nazi to Peace Activist.” This will be held at 7 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall.
Questions about the Human Library 2022 may be directed to Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at or Todd Allen, vice president for diversity affairs, at

Spend an Evening with NASA’s first Science Mission specialist Mae Jemison

Come hear Mae Jemison on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall, as she speaks on issues related to health care, social responsibility, technology, education, STEM and motivation. Dr. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space. She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To order, contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

Azaguno “Nukpɔkpɔ”

April 2, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Join us for a Nukpɔkpɔ, a thrilling evening of traditional and contemporary West African music and dance, as the multi-ethnic ensemble Azaguno returns to Messiah University. This collaborative performance will also feature renowned international dancers and musicians from Ghana, as well as several of Messiah University’s music and dance ensembles. Founded by Dr. Paschal Yao Younge and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge, Azaguno, which means “a master drummer” among the Ewe people of Ghana, brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience, fusing traditional West African music and dance with contemporary intercultural works in new theatrical contexts. Don’t miss this unique and exciting performance!

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $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

Visit for more information.

2022 Schrag Lecture: “On Loving Our Enemies”

The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies will host its 2022 Schrag Lecture on Thursday March 31 at 7 p.m. in Martin Commons. America today seems like an increasingly divided place – politically, economically, religiously, and culturally. In this moment, what does it mean to build bridges and love our enemies?

Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett will attempt to answer this question by drawing on the lessons she learned while writing her book, “American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland” (Graywolf, 2020) which follows a group of Brethren in Christ connected wheat harvesters across the American heartland.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her most recent book, “American Harvest,” examines the role of GMOs, God, agriculture and race in society, and won the 2021 Northern Californian Book Award for General Nonfiction. Mockett’s memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye” (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, the Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Mockett lives in San Francisco with her family.

A panel discussion with Marie and the subjects of her book, as well as a dessert reception and Q&A, will follow the lecture. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Save the Date – April 12!

We invite our campus community to join us in our institution-wide Giving Day event on Tuesday, April 12! This 24-hour online event is dedicated to rallying our students in an effort to raise $150,000 and 400 donors in support of their education and experience at Messiah.

How can you partner with us?

1. Engage with our social content and share from your account! Did you know by reacting to a post and commenting on a post, you boost the algorithm that social platforms use? By boosting the algorithm, more people see our content and have an opportunity to join in on our efforts! #MessiahGives22

2. Make a gift! You are a valued member of our community, and you already go above and beyond for our students. However, even a small gift of $10 can make a difference and contribute to a successful event!

3. Become an official event ambassador! Receive a toolkit so you can champion the event on your own social platforms. Help us make a splash on social! Sign up today at

P.S. If you would like to make a one-time donation prior to Giving Day, you may do so at

Questions? Contact Lauren Walter, director of annual giving and donor communication, at

Exploring Careers in Healthcare Day Camp

Exploring Careers in Healthcare is the name and focus of Messiah’s new summer day camp being offered June 20-22, for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades this fall. Our camp is designed for students to explore some of the most dynamic healthcare professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and applied health sciences, from a faith-based perspective. Patient case studies will provide context for engaging, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and panel discussions in state-of-the-art facilities on main campus and at Winding Hill with Messiah’s expert faculty, students and professional practitioners.
If you or someone you know is interested, we invite you to learn more and register at before June 1. Please contact Holly Myers at for more information.


Job opportunities

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant, working 25 hrs./wk. (Aug-May); 20 hrs./wk. (Jun-Jul). For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Katie Rousopoulos, director of the agape center for local & global engagement, at

Campus Events has an opening for a full-time campus events worker, third shift, S-Th. 8 p.m.-4:30 a.m. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager, campus events central and residence halls, at

For sale

House for sale in Lemoyne. We are selling our house at 205 Herman Ave., Lemoyne, PA, 17043. 4-bed, 4-bath (1 full, 1 3/4, 2 half). Less than 20 minutes from campus. Just down the block from the Lemoyne community pool!
If interested please contact our agent, Nichole Gatten, 717-243-5400 or