Archive for 2022

March 31

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9


Faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Anne Reeve, Jesse Kleingardner and Roseann Sachs, and four students, Spencer Clements, Courtney Smith, Noah Smith and AJ Swanson recently attended the National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego. The group presented five research posters and three talks at the meeting, the first in-person conference since 2019!

Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, CNE, Department of Nursing, co-authored a podium presentation titled “Caring for veterans in rural communities: Personal and patient safety considerations” presented at Sigma Theta Tau International’s Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference (March 24-26) in Washington, D.C. The presentation was based on part of a completed study she did with colleagues Katie A. Chargualaf (University South Carolina Aiken) and Libba McMillan (Auburn University). The conference session focused on the need for nurses working in rural communities to be armed with skills and interventions to protect themselves, as well as address the growing national concern related to veteran suicide.

Six students from the Department of Biological Sciences presented results from ongoing faculty-student collaborative research studies in oral or poster formats during the 97th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, held on the campus of DeSales University (Bethlehem, PA) on March 26 and 27. Silas Buckwalter and Natalie Johnston, mentored by John Harms, presented posters describing studies addressing the aggressive nature of pancreatic cancer. Madeline Johnston, mentored by Jennifer Ness-Myers, presented a poster describing effects of oxygen limitation during neuronal development. Daniel Guevin, mentored collaboratively by Larry Mylin and John Harms, received a 2nd place award for his oral presentation that described results of immunotherapeutic targeting of pancreatic cancer by vaccination. Lily Velazco, mentored by Larry Mylin, received an honorable mention for her oral presentation that described development of virus-specific monoclonal antibodies. Lily and collaborator Hunter Zondory described the same project in more depth in a shared poster presentation. All presentations were received with enthusiasm and generated multiple follow-up questions.


Employee Strategic Plan and Budget Forum

An employee strategic plan update and FY23 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 7 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. The session will be recorded and posted to the Strategic Planning and Prioritization website for reference by April 8. All employees are encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY23 budget parameters and process as well as provide an update on year one of the University Rising strategic plan.

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

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Yeomen of the Guard      

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the spring opera production of Yeomen of the Guard in Miller Theater on April 7-10! Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!

Yeomen of the Guard
Written by: William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed by: Dr. Damian Savarino
Conducted by: Dr. Timothy Dixon

At the Tower of London, Colonel Fairfax is sentenced to death for the crime of sorcery and is awaiting his execution this very day when Sergeant Meryll appears in hopes of providing him a reprieve. When the prisoner appears, he reveals that his wicked cousin will inherit his estate if he dies unmarried. Fairfax laments that if he could only marry a woman – any woman – he would pay that woman a healthy sum for her troubles. Suddenly, the jester Jack Point and his lovely assistant, Elsie Maynard, appear to perform for the gathering street crowd. Elsie reveals that her mother is ill and needs money for medicines, so she agrees to be blindfolded and marry Fairfax, much to the chagrin of Point who is secretly in love with Elsie. Meanwhile, Sergeant Meryll has hatched a plan to have Fairfax disguised as his son Leonard so he may disappear and escape, which he does, and the entire tower is thrown into chaos. Eventually, after several topsy-turvy plot twists involving other members of the tower – and an intermission! – Fairfax (still disguised as “Leonard”) marries Elsie. Other marriages are announced, and the whole Tower of London rejoices, except for the broken-hearted Jack Point.

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Building
April 7 – 8 at 8 p.m.
April 9 – 10 at 3 p.m.

Estimated Runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes. There will be one 15-minute intermission between Acts I and II.

Tickets: $10—Adults $7—MU Students (w/ID), MU Employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18) and Seniors (60+)
*Tickets are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!* Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Learn cybersecurity this summer!

We are excited to announce Messiah’s first ever Falcon Cyber Camp, taking place June 20-22. This day camp for high school students entering 9th through 12th grade will be a fun way to dive into the world of cybersecurity. We’ll cover topics such as cryptography, online behavior and privacy, data breaches, and ethical hacking. Students will learn through hands-on cyber labs, simulations, and interactive gaming scenarios. Plus, they’ll receive instruction directly from our cybersecurity faculty and industry experts, all while getting to experience an introduction to what college life is all about. Space is limited, so register soon! Spread the word and find the details at

2022 Annual Peace Lectureship

On April 12, Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube will deliver the Annual Peace Lecture, “Creation Care as Reconciliation,” at 9:30 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium and again at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Chapel credit is available for both events. Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is a mother, social justice advocate, and development expert. She has more than 18 years of experience working with climate change responses, climate finance governance, and disaster preparedness in southern Africa. She is a member of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe, and recently served as National Coordinator of Compassionate Development Services. This year’s Peace Lectureship is sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies and Sustainability Studies Programs. Please join us if you can.

Spring cleaning? Let us help YOU!

Spring is finally here! And we all know that springtime means… spring-cleaning. The Agape Center’s International service trip team members are eager to partner with you to help you get your spring cleaning done!
This year, we are offering our spring-cleaning/chores fundraiser the weekend of Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10. We ask that you consider enlisting the help of our student team members and, in return, provide a financial donation that will directly support our International service-learning teams traveling to the Dominican Republic and Poland this summer.
We have a variety of timeslots available, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and concluding at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Students will be available to assist you with a variety of your spring-cleaning tasks (i.e., cleaning, painting, organizing, washing cars, etc.). Our students will even babysit to give you a night without the kids! Please see attached FAQ Sheet for more information on our upcoming service trips and fundraiser.
Please keep in mind this is an entirely donation-based fundraiser; however, we’d like to recommend a donation of approximately $25 per student. Donations will not be tax deductible, as you are donating in exchange for a “good or service.”
Forms are due Monday April 4! Sign-up here:

Don’t need help spring cleaning but still want to donate, click this link:

Any questions can be directed to Abby Anderson, at or Ext. 3898.

Tailgating for Jobs – April 6

The Career and Professional Development Center and the Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement will host “Tailgating for Jobs” on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-6 p.m. in the visitor’s parking lot. This is a fun, low-key recruiting event where students can learn about job, internship, and service opportunities for the summer and fall.


Murray Library celebrates successful participation in the PA Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA GOAL) program to lower the cost of student textbooks by providing access to library licensed ebooks. Textbook costs can be a financial barrier that affects student success and retention. Through this grant program, 22 faculty from 15 undergraduate and graduate academic departments identified library ebooks to replace traditional textbooks in their courses, in some cases using the same book. The grant program provided funds for the library to purchase these ebooks for perpetual access or to expand database subscriptions. The library expects to receive a total of $14,165.50 from the grantor to cover acquisitions costs and stipends. Potential textbook cost savings to students from use of these library ebooks is estimated to be $97,603.93. This grant was made possible through funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and was administered by the PA Academic Library Consortium Inc. The library thanks faculty across campus for their enthusiasm and interest in exploring this grant program with us. Questions about this grant program can be directed to Beth Transue, librarian.

Connect with Murray Library!

It’s almost National Library Week! From April 4-8, the Murray Library team has some fun events and challenges for the Messiah community. Join us for any or all of these events.

Daily events (Monday through Friday):
-Challenges on Instagram @MUMurrayLibrary and throughout the building
-Stop at our free bookmark coloring station
-Noon to 1 p.m., the library staff will have a table on the Murray Library main steps, weather permitting, or in the foyer, with opportunities to chat and win prizes.



Free to a good home: 14-inch Remington corded electric chain saw, works well, lightly used. Model number ES1414AS. Contact Ted Davis:

Electric mobility scooter. Only used once since “road readied” with new batteries and tires. You haul from our place in Dover, PA. Interested? Contact