Archive for 2022

April 7

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk your steps will not be hampered; when you run you will not stumble.”

Proverbs 4:11-12


Brenton Good, professor of art, painter, printmaker, and chair of the Department of Art and Design, was recently interviewed by the UK Printmaking journal, Pressing Matters. The profile focuses on how Professor Good’s life in the classroom impacts his time in the studio. Congratulations, Professor Good!
Check out the article here:


Oakes Museum summer camps

The Oakes Museum is offering the following summer camps:

3rd-5th grades
June 27 – July 1: Explore It! Curators Club Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
Each day we will investigate a different topic, ranging from fossils to the sun to following a raindrop on its path across campus. Join us as we explore it!

July 18 – 22: Animals! Curators Club Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
Using the museum and the surrounding natural world, each day campers will learn about a different animal group (invertebrates, fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals).

6th-8th grades
July 5-9: Ecology CC2 Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
The world is complex! Learn about the interactions between different life forms and their environments with hands on observations and experiments in the museum and the living laboratory of campus.

*Before camp care will be available for the above three camps from 8-9 a.m. Games, puzzles, crafts will be provided with staff oversight. The cost for before camp care is an additional $25/week.

9th-12th grades
Our high school day camps offer students entering 9th-12th grades a unique opportunity to learn in the field and lab. Qualified museum staff will lead each session, and college professors and professionals will offer their expertise as guest speakers. Lunch is included – we will eat in the university cafeteria or provide bag lunches to eat in the field.
June 13 – 14: Herpetology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Camp includes a frog dissection.

June 16 – 17: Aquatic Biology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Learn about collecting terrestrial insects in the field, preparing insects for permanent preservation and display, sampling techniques used by aquatic biologists and how ecologists assess water quality.

June 20 – 21: Forest Ecology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Learn about forest ecology in the field, learning how to view the forest sampling techniques used by aquatic biologists and how ecologists assess water quality.

June 23 – 24: Vertebrate Anatomy High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $175
Learn dissecting skills and use them to gain an overview of vertebrate anatomy by comparing the organ systems and specializations of a variety of representative vertebrates. Students will dissect a variety of vertebrates including: frog, shark and fetal pig. Labs will involve microscopy and tissue examination, along with a variety of other hands-on activities.

Space is limited, so register early at
Camper safety is our highest priority. In accordance with current CDC and Messiah University guidelines, masking and physical distancing will be required. Messiah University reserves the right to cancel camp if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ Summer academic camps

The Young Writers’ Workshop and Young Filmmakers’ Workshop will be back this summer offering resident and commuter options.
The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is held June 19 – 24. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and other activities. The workshop will be held on June 19 – 24. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at

Both workshops offer scholarships. If you are interested in a scholarship, the application is on the website along with registration. Please keep in mind that you will need to have your scholarship application in by May 15 to be considered.
This year we are also offering a 15% discount to employees, which will be an option when you register your child

Travel reminders

As travel restrictions continue to lift, Procurement Services would like to remind you of the following:

  • Please refer to section 6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy prior to making travel arrangements for University business. Details include:
  • General travel principles
  • Air travel
  • Travel by car/van
  • Travel related business expenses
  • Travel related business meal expense guidelines
  • More information can be found on the Travel Servicessection of the Procurement Services website
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle supplier for Messiah University and should be used for regional and national university travel.  Details here.
  • As stated in the Purchasing Card Manual, cardholders should notify the purchasing card administrator ( with dates and location of travel at least 2 weeks prior to departure.  Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

Questions can be directed to Procurement Services x6010.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Dept. of Communication student honors presentation

On Wednesday, April 13, senior communication major Jenn Myers will deliver her Honors Presentation, “Nonprofit Narratives: Faith-Based Organizations, the Gospel Mission, and You,” at 4:30 p.m., in Boyer 131. Her research considers Walter Fisher’s theory of narrative paradigm, that suggests that humans naturally communicate by telling stories and that good narratives have immense power. Many organizations have started harnessing the potential of social media to share narratives that tell the world what they do, why they do it, and how others can get involved. This study uncovers details about how five faith-based nonprofits use effective storytelling on social media to communicate their mission to the public, as well as to encourage others to join in supporting their cause. Jenn hopes that this research will help those who work in the nonprofit sector more successfully communicate with their constituents through storytelling on social channels, as well as help all of us become more conscious media consumers and supporters of sustainable, positive change. Please join us if you can. There will be refreshments.

Murray Library’s April newsletter

See what’s happening at Murray Library in April!
Check out upcoming library events, new resources, and more! View newsletter here.

Help Needed to Celebrate the Class of 2022!

On Saturday, May 7, Messiah University will host the 2022 undergraduate commencement. This is an exciting day for campus and particularly for the new alums and their families. Messiah University’s commitment to hospitality shines on this day and we need your help to make the day successful.
The Division of Operations is looking for employees to work who are not already participating in the commencement ceremony. We are in need of:
• Bus hosts
• Field ushers
• Assistance with traffic control
• Help with other duties as assigned
The day starts between 7-8:30 a.m. (depending on role) and is finished no later than 2 p.m. (depending on role).
Hourly employees who work commencement will be paid at their current wage rate, and where appropriate, overtime will be applied. All hours worked are to be recorded on the regular department time sheet.
All members of the COE and President’s Cabinet are expected, as part of their regular assignment, to march at commencement and/or provide support for commencement activities.
Are you interested in working and helping us celebrate the class of 2022? If so, please email Randy Heintzelman at
Thank you!

Kathrynne Shafer
VP of Operations

Connecting Communities Convening

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This hybrid in-person and virtual event will continue last year’s goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor. Last year, this event virtually brought together over 100 community leaders to lay the foundation for a policy white paper that encourages and ensures 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 Tuesday, April 26 and visit the website for additional details and information about upcoming registration:

PSYCamp 2022

We are excited to invite high school students to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 19-24 (extended 5-day camp)! Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we are offering both an overnight residential option and a day-camp commuter option. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and biopsychology.
If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register at: before May 23.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University employees!
Contact for more information.

SACS Research Symposium

The School of Arts, Culture and Society is hosting their Research Symposium on Friday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. This respected event, which showcases a variety of student research, provides a visual representation of the hard work and dedication of many students within SACS. Featuring engaging posters and several oral presentations, this symposium displays relevant and interesting student research. Join us to support and learn more about our students’ projects! Please direct any questions or students interested in presenting to Jennifer Thomson (

Learn Cybersecurity this summer!

We are excited to announce Messiah’s first ever Falcon Cyber Camp, 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 (*Messiah employees receive a 10% discount on the cost of registration for this camp. Contact for more info.)

Service Day opportunities

Service Day – Thursday, April 21.  Please consider signing up and encouraging students to do the same.

The Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement has several on and off campus project opportunities for you to serve with:

Love the Hill – Love the Hill does cleanup work and trash collection. They also have a community garden. Participants will be picking up trash around Allison Hill. There may be some community garden work, but the majority will be trash pick-up in the community. Sign up here.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry – Show the love of Christ through giving hand knit items to those in need. An intergenerational group will bring supplies and work on items for donation. We’ll share snacks/lunch items to enrich fellowship. Sign up here.

Paxton Ministries – Volunteers will be helping to facilitate games and activities for residents throughout the morning on a “fun day”. Activities will be planned by their activities coordinator and student facilitator. Sign up here.

Salvation Army Beautification – Salvation Army offers wholistic care for those in need. Participants will help with spring cleaning and gardening on the grounds around TSA. Working with the Major to beautify the space outside the building. Sign up here.

Salvation Army After-School – There are three storage closets at Steelton-Highspire elementary school that the Salvation Army uses to store their supplies for the after-school program. Salvation Army has asked volunteers to clean, organize, condense, and label supplies in order to be prepared for the summer program. Sign up here.

McBIC – Students will do various projects around the church. Power washing, staining, painting, organizing, cleaning, outside clean up. Lunch will be provided. Sign up here.

Grantham Community Garden -The Office of Sustainability is looking for volunteers to help prepare the garden for the summer season. This will involve weeding, as well as preparing the garden beds and planting seeds. We are also looking for volunteers to work with power tools to fix the chicken coop. Tree Planting – We are looking for volunteers to plant around 40 trees to help strengthen Messiah’s forest as well as strengthen the Creekside. We will focus on planting white pine and swamp white oak. Note: Wear appropriate clothes for the outdoors. Make sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and lots of water! Sign up here.

Sign-ups close on Wednesday, April 13.

(Note: All Created and Called for Community educators and students are already registered to support a designated project.)

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement at or call ext. 7255.


Job opportunities

Messiah University is hiring! Full-time, part-time and temporary positions in various departments are currently available. Do you know someone who would make an excellent employee? The employee referral program provides a $300 bonus for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration or full-time faculty. Please visit for a list of current job openings and to apply.

The Division of Student Success and Engagement has an opening for a full-time coordinator for Student Success and Engagement/administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost for student success and engagement, at

Education Technology Services has an opening for a full-time technology support (tier I) position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Neil Weaver, director, innovation consulting, education technology services, at

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time community safety officer/dispatcher – 3rd Shift, working two 12-hour shifts per week as a dispatcher (7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and two 8-hour shifts per week as a safety officer (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.). For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard, director of safety, at

The Department of Sports Medicine has an opening for a part-time athletic trainer. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Megan Fowler, director of sports medicine, at

The Admissions Office has an opening for a temporary admissions traveling recruiter, working 40 hours per week, August-October. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Shayna Mark, associate director of admissions, at

Campus Events has an opening for a full-time campus events worker, Residence Hall. 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

Human Resources and Operations has an opening for a full-time safety officer and compliance coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Inger Blount, director for human resources and compliance, at

Dining has an opening for temporary Lottie worker – summer. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher, restaurant manager, Lottie, at