Archive for 2022

May 19

Thursday, May 19th, 2022



Christine Perrin taught at Messiah University for the first time in the late 1990s. Since then, she has taught a variety of courses and in many different capacities. In 2015, she took on the director of writing position alongside teaching creative writing in the English department (now Language, Literature and Writing). This year she directed the Writing Center. What drew her to Messiah University was the range of commitments to a notable diversity of goods harmonized by a fixed pledge to Christ. In turn, two of her three children graduated from Messiah. Many of her students have loved books and life and have pressed their likeness into her being. “To work with so many good and intriguing colleagues has been an astonishing privilege.” After this semester, she will step down from teaching full time to have more time to write and to teach in a variety of other contexts. (Her first order of business is a second book of poems and a novella about the Mandelstams—Osip and Nadezhda during the Bolshevik Revolution).


This is the inaugural year of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given to up to two adjunct faculty at Messiah University each spring. Nominations were solicited from all department chairs/program directors, and after careful consideration of these nominations, the Scholarship and Development Committee identified the following two adjunct faculty members to be honored with the 2022 Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Messiah University.

Trevor Bunch, adjunct instructor in computer and information science
Linda Gemberling, adjunct instructor for graduate counseling

Congratulations to Trevor and Linda for this recognition of excellence in classroom teaching. The Messiah University community deeply appreciates the award winners, and all of our adjunct faculty, for their role in educating women and men toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith at Messiah University.


David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history and assistant provost, recently published two articles in Brethren in Christ History and Life: “Sympathy and Disfavor: The Brethren in Christ and Civil Rights, 1950-1965” (December 2021) and “Words Empty and Hollow? The Brethren in Christ and the Challenge of Race, 1967-1975” (April 2022). The articles explore shifting attitudes about race, racial justice, and the church’s role in addressing social inequality among the Brethren in Christ, Messiah University’s founding denomination. Messiah faculty and graduates appear frequently in the articles. The research and writing of the articles was funded through the Christian Lesher Fellows Program and the Sider Grants Program, both administered by Messiah’s E. Morris and Leone Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies.

The two articles are available to read on Mosaic, Messiah’s institutional repository, using the following links:


Join a Summer 2022 Professional Learning Community

Please join us for two Summer 2022 Professional Learning Communities (PLC):

  1. Have a course that needs a tune-up? A full overhaul? Some parts replaced? To be designed and built? Bring it into The Course Workshop. This Professional Learning Community will provide faculty with resources, support, direction and community for revising or developing courses over the summer. Individual faculty goals will drive this PLC so you can cruise into fall. The Course Workshop will be held June 1, 15, 29 and July 13 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This PLC is facilitated by Leah Clarke, associate professor of counseling, and Tina Keller, associate professor of TESOL education. To register, please contact facdev@messiah.eduby May 20.
  2. You are invited to join Rocky Allingerand Cindi Kerns, instructional designers, to discuss Kosslyn’s brief book on the what, why and how of active learning in online courses. You will share ideas, brainstorm new strategies, and plan application for increasing student engagement online. Active Learning Online will be held via Zoom; the dates and times will be based on participant availability. To register, please contact educationaltechservices@messiah.eduby May 20. Book included in registration.

Campus Store summer hours

The Campus Store’s summer hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday with the exception of the following holidays:

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 – CLOSED
Juneteenth Observed, Monday, June 20 – CLOSED
Independence Day, Monday, July 4 – CLOSED

Please plan your visits accordingly!

The Bridge is here! 

The latest issue of The Bridge has published! Check out our reading feature to get ideas for your summer book list, learn about an alumna working at the National Aquarium, give to the Engle Center expansion and more. You can find hard copies in the common areas of Boyer, Eisenhower and the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. Also, you can read the entire issue online at

Privacy word security

All employees must define a privacy word by June 1. Having a privacy word defined helps to verify your identity and protects your account. After this date, if you contact a Messiah University office for assistance that requires access to or change to your account, you may be asked to provide your privacy word before the office is able to assist you.

Go to to create your privacy word.

If you have any questions or issues defining a privacy word, please contact ETS – tech support by e-mailing or calling 717-796-4444.


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 President’s Office has an opening for a full-time vice president for finance and planning. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to

The Engle Center has an opening for a full-time medical director; certified registered nurse practitioner. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Villegas, dean of students and Christian spiritual formation, at

For sale

Teardrop trailer for cozy camping. If you enjoy semi-rustic camping, but you don’t like to sleep in a tent, then this might be the ticket for your next outdoor getaway! My sister-in-law, who recently moved to Central Pennsylvania, is selling her nearly new sleeping camper, and I thought it might be of interest to someone in our community. There is an ad on Craigslist:

The camper has been meticulously cared for since its initial purchase. Sleeps two adults. If interested, you can contact my sister-in-law directly through the Craigslist ad. Since it’s not my trailer, I don’t know all of the details about it, but I’m happy to talk with you at if you have initial questions. Deana Baddorf