Archive for 2022

January 27

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16


Professors Borko Rodic DSc, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT and Michael E. Lehr DSc, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS, FAAOMPT were honored in Cleveland, Ohio during the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT)’s national conference. As members of the core faculty within the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, each was recognized with the distinguished honors of becoming a manual therapy fellow-FAAOMPT. After completing four years of advanced and highly specialized training in manual therapy, both graduated from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)’s fellowship program. In addition, the DPT program’s most recent CAPTE accreditation review acknowledged the content expertise of the faculty as a whole being a significant strength of the graduate program, while under the leadership of Karl Bergmann, program director, and Rob Pepper, dean of graduate studies. As core faculty within the DPT program, their professional development journey serves as a model for Messiah University’s health professional student body by embodying lifelong learning.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the men, knowing that from the Lord you receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24


Dr. Brenda Elliott, Department of Nursing, and her co-editors were awarded the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2021 book of the year for the category of nursing education/continuing dducation/Professional development for their book titled Veteran-centered care in education and practice: An essential guide for nursing faculty. Other award categories and winners can be accessed with this link


Enrollment management is pleased to announce that Tariah Rozier ’21 and Elizabeth “Libby” Curd ’19 will be joining our team on Feb. 10.

Tariah is a December 2021 graduate of Messiah with a major in family and consumer sciences education. She served as an RA while she was a student, as well as a diplomat with the HDFS department. Tariah was very involved in La Allianza Latina as well as the Special Olympics, acting as the service plunge day coordinator through the Agape Center. She has a special interest in serving first-generation students and Latino students which will serve her well in her role as admissions counselor for Latino student recruitment.
Libby graduated from Messiah with a human development and family science degree in May of 2019. In her time at Messiah, she served as an RA and SRA with Residence Life. Since graduating, she had worked at the United Methodist Children’s Home as well as Tuckey Restoration. The executive and communication skills she has capitalized on in those roles will help her excel as an admissions counselor.

Tariah and Libby will be filling the roles of Marianne Ramirez Gomez and TyJon Culclasure. They each left in early January to pursue new opportunities in their fields of study. We are grateful for their service to Messiah and our students and wish them well on the next steps of their professional journeys.

Please join us in welcoming these new staff members!
John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management


Save the date

President Kim Phipps will be speaking at the inaugural networking breakfast sponsored by the student club, Beyond the Ceiling. This breakfast will take place on Friday, April 1, from 7 – 9 a.m. in the Martin Commons. So save the date and please consider joining us! More details to come in February.

Navigating COVID-19 – spring 2022 training video

There have been significant changes to our COVID-19 protocols for employees. Please watch this brief training video to learn what to do if you become sick, test positive for COVID-19, or are identified as a close contact.

Student Employee of the Year nominations

The Student Employment Office is now accepting nominations for the Student Employee of the Year Award. If you have an outstanding student working in your department, please nominate them! Any undergraduate student employee may be nominated for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award. Nominees will be judged by committee review and the following prizes will be awarded during National Student Employment Week in April:

• Student Employee of the Year- $150
• Runner-up- $100
• Honorable Mention Awards (2) – $50 each

In addition, the person selected as the Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year will be nominated for additional recognition at the state, regional and national levels. Messiah’s 2020 and 2021 SEOTY went on to be selected as Pennsylvania’s SEOTY!

To nominate a student employee for the SEOTY Award, submit a letter (1.5 page maximum) highlighting the student’s accomplishments and contributions as a student employee via email to the Student Employment Office. Be sure to include examples. The deadline for nominating a student employee for consideration is Feb. 1. To assist you with your submission, see additional details here:

Please assist us in recognizing the outstanding work of student employees by submitting a nomination. Submit your nomination letter to by Feb. 1.

2022 fire extinguisher training

According to recent data released by the U.S. Fire Administration for 2008-2017, the U.S. had an annual average of 1,344,100 fires, resulting in 3,190 civilian deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries, and $14.7 billion in direct property loss each year. Don’t become part of these statistics. Fire extinguisher training will be offered on campus Monday, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 11. Multiple sessions will be offered during these days. All training sessions will be held in Hostetter Chapel, Room 113 and will include hands-on use of the Bullex© Simulation System. This allows you to experience the “feel” of a real extinguisher without any adverse impact on the environment. Class size is limited to 20, so you must register. To do so, go to FalconLink, then All Training Classes. Click on “Fire Extinguisher Training” under Click Here to See Available Courses. Click on the pencil icon in front of the session you wish to attend and follow the instructions to register.

“Reconciliation of Rivals” presented by Mendelssohn Piano Trio on Jan. 30 at 4 p.m., Parmer Hall

Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Stuart Malina and Sara Cyrus explore the creative rivalry between Tchaikovsky and Brahms through the juxtaposition of two powerful compositions inspired by personal loss. While both composers openly expressed disapproval of each other’s styles, they found an inspiring reconciliation on a personal level after meeting for a dinner on New Year’s Day in 1888.

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.

Hiring summer student employees

In order to assist students with obtaining summer on-campus employment, the Student Employment Office will be holding a summer job fair on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Departments hiring summer student workers should plan to have a representative available at the Job Fair unless all summer workers are already actively working for the department during the academic year or are being rehired from the prior summer.

Please keep the following dates in mind as you plan your summer student hiring:
Ø Jan. 28: Summer position requests/modifications due

Ø Feb. 8: RSVP for Job Fair due and summer postings due

Ø Feb. 17: Summer Job Fair

Ø March 25: Summer hiring proposals are due

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2022, please read the summer hiring information prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers.

If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or studentemployment@messiah.ed

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:

Messiah University’s Interprofessional Education Year of Reconciliation event

You are invited to Messiah University’s Interprofessional Education Year of Reconciliation Event on Feb. 16 from 4:30- 8 p.m. at Hostetter Chapel or on Zoom!

This year, Tina Nixon, vice president of mission effectiveness and chief diversity officer for UPMC Pinnacle Health will be presenting, “Reconciliation in Healthcare-How Professions Can Collaborate to Reduce Disparities in Physical & Mental Health”.

Registration is required by Feb. 1 and can be completed here:

Dinner will be provided for those in person. Masks are required and KN95 masks are preferred.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Behm at

Passport services on campus

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus at the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, to process passport applications. PLEASE NOTE: the current time for processing passports is 8-11 weeks.

Applicants need to bring the following documents:

  • Original birth certificate, PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • Copy both front and back of the driver’s license on the same side of the page
  • Non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID
  • Completed application
  • Fees ($130 check or money order written to the U.S. Department of State and $35 cash or check written to the Prothonotary’s Office)
  • Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check written to Messiah University.

Applications can be downloaded at

Please contact if you have questions.

Career and Professional Development Center – upcoming events

Please visit the CPDC website ( for more details and registration information (under Upcoming Events).

Pizza with Professionals with U.S., PA and West Shore Chambers of Commerce
Friday, Jan. 28, 12:15 -1:15 p.m. in Parmer Cinema

Pizza with Professionals with Blake Lynch, senior vice president and chief iImpact officer at WITF Public Media
Tuesday, Feb. 1, noon – 1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema

Camp Days
Feb. 8 and 9
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons

Pizza with Professionals with Mark Hunsberger ’11, director of education and youth symphony administrator, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in Parmer Cinema

Supervisor Series

Our next Supervisor Series presentation is “Onboarding, Payroll and Compensation – New Systems.” Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10, and Friday, Feb. 11, you may sign up using this link: Thursday’s session is scheduled for 4 p.m. and Friday is at noon. Location will be announced via the Intercom next week.

“The History and Legacy of the Black Church”

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Rev. Dr. David T. Miller, pastor of Wesley Union AME Zion Church, will speak on “The History and Legacy of the Black Church.” All are invited to attend this event sponsored by the Messiah University Honors Program. Wesley Union is the oldest African American church in Harrisburg, and Rev. Miller has served there as pastor since 2017. He earned his B.A. from Livingstone College, MDiv from Hood Theological Seminary, and DMin from United Theological Seminary. His favorite passage of scripture is Genesis 18:14 “Is there anything too hard for the LORD?” Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 4:30 p.m. to hear from Rev. Miller. Boyer 131.


Job opportunities

Lottie Nelson Dining Hall is hiring for our summer 2022 Season! We are looking for employees age 14-17 to assist with various duties in the Dining Hall. We offer flexible scheduling, complimentary meals, and a fun and educational work environment. Please contact Todd Christopher for details.

The Division of Finance and Planning has an opening for a full-time accounting clerk. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kimberly Hawkins, director of budget and accounting, at

Procurement Services has an opening for a full-time procurement services clerk position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist, director of procurement services, at

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time cook II (p.m.) position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The Office of Marketing and Communications has an opening for a full-time graphic designer. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Nancy Soulliard, creative director, at

For sale

Electric scooter. Segway Ninebot max Electric scooter. Used very little. Top speed 18 MPH. Seat and turn signals included. Up to 30 mile range. Asking $600. Contact:

For rent

House for rent. A lovely “raised ranch” style house with three bedrooms, one and a half baths, living room, kitchen and a separate dining room is available to rent. Conveniently located in a friendly neighborhood less than a mile from Messiah University, this house features a screened-in carport and an outdoor deck with a beautiful view. It is in an excellent school district (Mechanicsburg). Tenants will occupy the main level of the house and have partial access to the lower level which includes laundry facilities and additional storage space. For more information, contact, or call 717-697-2010.