Archive for 2022

October 13

Thursday, October 13th, 2022


Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF in the Department of Nursing recently presented a poster titled, “Aligning veteran and medical-surgical competencies to provide veteran-centered care” at the 2022 AMSN Annual Convention, Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2022, San Antonio, Texas.

Jessica Merkert MSN, RN, CPN, SCRN, adjunct nursing faculty, recently published an article Peristomal Complications in Home Healthcare Now, an interprofessional journal for home care and hospice clinicians.

Messiah’s financial planning concentration and certificate receives CFP® Board Registration

The Department of Business is pleased to announce that the recently launched Financial Planning concentration and certificate has been approved by the CFP® Board. Students will be able to take the CFP® Exam upon successful completion of the degree requirements on their way towards becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. As a result, both concentrations within the Finance major have received the highest level of accreditation in their respective fields of finance. The Financial Planning concentration is now a CFP® Board Registered Program and the Financial Analysis concentration has been a CFA Affiliated Program since 2018. Messiah University is one of only five universities in Pennsylvania and one of three CCCU institutions to be accredited by both the CFP® Board and the CFA Institute.


United Way campaign 2022

On Oct. 11, we all received an email from President Phipps encouraging us to give towards this year’s United Way Campaign. As a reminder the campaign will be from Oct. 24-Nov. 11. All employees will receive an email on Oct. 24 from There will be a link contained in the email that will allow you to donate electronically.

Please consider supporting Harrisburg United Way. If you need assistance with the electronic giving site please contact Gina Hale at

Messiah University vehicle reservation reminders

All drivers must be on the Approved Driver List (FalconLink). This list is updated weekly. Please be sure to check the list prior to selecting drivers.

Contact Debbie Farver at if you need instructions to become an approved driver.

Vehicle reservations should be made at least 24-hours in advance, so that they can be approved and prepared. Requests with less than 24-hours advanced notice cannot be reserved through EMS, and need to be completed by contacting Debbie Farver at (office hours: 9:00-2:30, Monday-Friday).

When requesting a Messiah University vehicle, the following information must be provided to complete the reservation:

  • Type of vehicle(s) needed (car, mini-van or 15-passenger van)
  • Pick-up date and time
  • Return date and time
  • Destination
  • Driver’s name
  • Billing account name/number

For overnight/multiple day vehicle reservations, please contact Debbie Farver, and she will assist you in making the reservation.

Please be sure to cancel reservations as soon as you know they are not needed, so that the vehicle(s) can be made available for someone else who might need a reservation. Vehicle requests are often in high demand. If you do not cancel the reservation, you may be charged a $25 fee.

Please fill the vehicle with gas if the gas gauge is at ¾ tank or less, and be sure to get a receipt to include with the vehicle invoice when returning the vehicle. If the vehicle is not refueled prior to returning to campus, your department may be charged a refueling service fee of $25 per vehicle.

You are responsible for removing ALL trash, food, athletic equipment and personal belongings from the vehicle at the end of your reservation. The vehicle should be left in good condition for the next group to use, as we do not have an employee tasked with cleaning out vehicles between reservations.

When using a Messiah vehicle, please complete the highlighted lines on the green vehicle invoice card (included in the key bag given to you when you pick-up the vehicle). The following information must be provided on the card:

  • Driver’s signature on front of card and printed name on back of card
  • Beginning mileage
  • Ending mileage
  • Each vehicle is equipped with an EZ-PASS transponder for toll roads. Please note that the transponder is in the vehicle (yes/no).
  • Indicate any notable damage to the exterior or interior of the vehicle

2023 Spring Semester — faculty work submission deadlines

Note to faculty: please read!

Due to the new Campus Store vendor’s textbook subscription service, Slingshot Choice, the due dates for faculty submissions of copyright and non-copyrighted material have been adjusted. With enrollment in this new service, the Campus Store aims to deliver a student’s required course materials, including course packets and lab manuals, to the students a week before the semester starts. As a result, the Campus Store needs these materials to be received into their inventory sooner than in the past. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Below are the new dates:

Deadline dates for Spring Semester 2023 (begins Monday, Jan. 9, 2023)

October 14, 2022:
• Course packs and lab manuals for sale in the Campus Store requiring copyright clearance
• Course materials requiring copyright clearance (posted in Canvas, library reserve, class handouts)

November 14, 2022:
• Course packs and lab manuals not requiring copyright clearance

*Complete web form for:
• Electronic copyrighted course materials posted in Canvas
• Print course packs/lab manuals for sale to students in Messiah University Campus Store that REQUIRE copyright clearance
• Print lab manuals/course packs for sale to students in the Campus Store that DO NOT REQUIRE copyright clearance
• Print course materials placed on library reserve or used as a classroom handout

Important: If you plan to have a course packet or lab manual, please add this item to your course in Slingshot Pro as a custom product. Enter the title (i.e. CHEM 106 Lab Manual), your name as author, Messiah Press as publisher and choose Coursepack as Product Type. Include any additional context in the Additional Comments section. If you have questions, please contact Aleisha Wildon at x3070.

Questions? Contact Cathy Weaver, Messiah Press customer service representative, at ext. 3896 or

Employee video devotional

Please use this link to watch Stephen Gallaher’s next employee devotional.

If you would like to contact our community pastor, please email Stephen at or for a faster response, call his cell phone at 717-503-7222.

Passport services

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, October 25, 2022 to process passport applications. PLEASE NOTE: the current time for processing passports is 7-10 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.

Passport applications can be downloaded at this link.

Please contact if you have questions.

New seed library at Murray Library. We need YOU!

What’s a seed library?

A seed library is a circulating collection of seeds that people can borrow, plant, harvest, save, and—if all goes according to plan—return to the library for others to borrow. A seed library offers opportunities for anyone to try their hand in gardening. In Spring 2023, the Murray Library seed library will freely share seeds with any interested gardeners. This will be open to the community. Look for more details in 2023!

How can you help? Please donate your seeds!

  • As you harvest your fall plants, save some of the seeds for yourself and bring some to the library.
  • Return the seeds in separate baggies or envelopes by their variety to the Library’s circulation desk. Seeds must be dry and free of most residue.
  • The seed library accepts seeds for: vegetables, herbs, flowers
  • Commercially distributed, opened or unopened seed packets are also accepted.

Thanks to the Office of Sustainability for their support!

Check out our mission, goals, and educational resources:

Retirement plan Summary Annual Report

Messiah University is providing the attached Summary Annual Report (SAR), as required by law, to all participants and employees with balances in our Messiah University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. The attached report provides a summary of the plan for calendar year 2021.

This document is also available at any time by accessing the “Human Resources Benefits Documentation” card on FalconLink.
Employees may request a paper copy of this report by contacting Don Lerew, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at

Fall photo contest

The Oakes Museum, Office of Sustainability and Earthkeepers are sponsoring a Fall Photo Contest!


  • Wildlife
  • Earthkeeping in practice
  • Beauty in nature
  • Beauty in the built environment

Deadline for submission is the last day of classes, Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Photos must be taken on the Grantham campus of Messiah University during the 2022 fall semester.

All winning photos will be displayed January – May 2023 in the Oakes Museum.

Prizes will be given to the grand prize winner for each category.

Everyone is invited to an Open House on Feb. 16, 3-5 p.m. to view the winners!

All entries must be sent digitally to, one submission/email.

  • Please include the category for your submission.
  • All files should be .jpg .tiff or .png.
  • Editing images is only allowed for minor changes to exposure, color, sharpness or cropping. Conversion to black and white is also allowed. No other edits are allowed including but not limited to any removal or additions of features in the image.

Mental health first aid training opportunity

Mental health first aid training is being offered to employees on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Jordan 1st floor atrium. To register, click on the “All Training Classes” card on FalconLink. Space is limited – Reserve your seat today!

Why enroll in mental health first aid training? One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis happens. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to help a student, colleague, friend or family member in need of assistance.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Smithmyer at

Cybersecurity awareness month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! The Cybersecurity Education Program is pleased to announce the “See Yourself in Cyber” campaign, in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). Each of us can greatly increase our cybersecurity at work and at home by taking a few basic steps. Follow along at our blog for tips and resources all month long from MU’s Cybersecurity faculty and students:


Job postings

Messiah employees can earn extra money this fall semester by assisting the Campus Events department with cleaning bathrooms in the academic buildings. Starting the week of Oct. 24, shifts are available in two hour increments Monday through Fridays between the hours of 5-10 p.m. Let us know what works best with your schedule! We just ask that you commit to working the same two hour shifts each week for the remainder of the fall semester. Plus, you can pick up multiple shifts if you want to earn even more. The pay rate is $25/hour, available to full-time Messiah employees only. This is a great way to earn some extra money for the upcoming holiday season and provide a great service to campus! For scheduling or additional information, please contact Denise Blackley, administrative coordinator for facility services, at or ext. 7145.

The Falcon Exchange has an immediate opening for the position of falcon exchange representative. This is a full time, year round, staff position. To apply, Job-related questions should be directed to JR Harris, director of student financial services, at

The Development Office has an opening for the position of senior regional advancement representative. This is a full time, year round position. To apply: Job-related questions should be directed to Jon Stuckey, associate vice president for development, at


For sale

Fishing boat and trailer: Sea Nymph fishing boat (circa 1985) in good condition with 25 HP Mercury outboard motor in very good condition. Off-white exterior with brown interior. Seats 4. Trolling motor, live well and other accessories. Trailer is in good condition with new wheels and tires. We have the title and registration to transfer for the trailer. Title not required for the boat due to model year (pre 1997). Asking $3,000. For photos or more information contact

Concert tickets: For sale, two tickets to the Michael W. Smith concert on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. – Row P, Seats 5 and 7.  $45 each. Please contact Karen Blair ( if interested.


House cleaner: Looking for someone to clean my home on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Contact Nina Johnson at for more information.

My son is looking for a “garage fridge/freezer” for free or reasonably priced. If you have one to get rid of, please let me know. Toni Michael, ext. 7081.