Archive for 2022

Nov. 3

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

Psalm 7:17


Since retiring last year, Ted Davis, professor emeritus of the history of science, has been involved with three projects promoting the public understanding of the history of science and Christian faith. He was an advisor for an exhibit at the National Musuem of American History ( that opened in March. His lectures on “The Scientific Revolution” have been published by Classical Academic Press ( He is also an advisor for a very large exhibit on “Scripture and Science” that opens in January 2023 at the Museum of the Bible.

The Department of Nursing received official notification from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing that the Class of 2022 achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Additionally, the nursing program received “#1 Nursing Program in PA” from Further details about the ranking can be found 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

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.

Remote Messiah computer users

Please remember to connect to Messiah’s Global Protect VPN and work while connected for the day. This will ensure Messiah updates are completed on your computer and the Microsoft license is associated with our Enterprise License.

CultureCONNECT, the 2022 Annual Lecture, “Public Radio Journalism – Adventures Made Possible”

Award-winning newscaster Korva Coleman will address the roles of journalism and NPR (National Public Radio) in today’s complex news landscape at the Department of Communication’s annual CultureCONNECT Lecture. Coleman is best-known for her work writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts for NPR’s newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Be sure to join us on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel Sanctuary for an in-depth look into the world of public radio journalism. Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036. A reception in the Hostetter Chapel lobby will take place immediately following the lecture. Contact Allyson Patton with any questions,

2022 Annual American Democracy Lecture with Michael Dobbs

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Parmer Hall, at 7 p.m. for the 2022 American Democracy Lecture with best-selling author Michael Dobbs. As a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, Dobbs had a front row seat to the collapse of Communism, covering landmark events such as the breakup of the Soviet Union, the rise of Solidarity in Poland, and the Tiananmen protests in China.

Dobbs has written six books on the Cold War and World War II, including the widely acclaimed One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, on the Cuban missile crisis. His latest book, King Richard, Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy, was named New York Times critics’ “Top Book of 2021.”

Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please go to  or contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036. A book signing and reception will immediately follow the lecture

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research provides access to a wide array of up-to-date University statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, Enrollment Summaries and other University-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( Click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for other reports.

Murray Library’s newsletter

See what’s happening in November at Murray Library! Click here to read this month’s newsletter.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Steel Magnolias

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre & Dance is proud to present our fall mainstage production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling opening on Nov. 10! Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!

Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling
Directed by Elizabeth Angelozzi

Nov. 10-12, 18-19 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.
*Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. special school performance
Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Steel Magnolias is set over the span of 3 years and tells the story of a group of friends, neighbors, and clients of hairstylist, Truvy Jones. The beginning of the play focuses on young Shelby who is preparing for her upcoming wedding. As Shelby’s story progresses, we learn about her struggles with Type 1 diabetes, and her mother’s concern about her leaving the nest and starting a family of her own. Although the ladies argue and tease each other, their friendship and sense of community holds them together. We see this at various points of crisis during the play and, ultimately, at the end when Shelby decision to go against her doctor’s orders and have a child has dire consequences.

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes. There will be one 15 minute intermission.

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.

Free notary services

Messiah University offers free notary services for students, employees and their spouses, and retirees of Messiah University, only. When requesting notary services, please note the following:

Notary services are by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Beth Rhoades:
• Dan Campbell recently became a commissioned notary:
• Staci Davis may be contacted if Beth and Dan are not available (
• To have a document notarized, it must be signed in the presence of the notary.
• A government issued picture ID must also be presented (i.e., driver’s license or passport).
• Finally, we are not permitted to notarize any motor vehicle work.

If you have any questions about notary services, please contact Beth Rhoades via email: Thank you.

Mocktails” will be held Nov. 15

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, in collaboration with the Career and Professional Development Center, announces our annual evening of professional development for students. “Mocktails” as this event is known, features networking education for students, followed by a networking reception with local alumni and employers. This reception gives students a safe space to directly apply and practice their networking skills with alumni, employers, and friends of the university.

Mocktails will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Oakes Museum of Natural History.

Interested alumni and employers can REGISTER HERE by Tuesday, Nov. 8. Educators are also welcome and encouraged to attend and can register via this link.

Student registration can be completed use THIS LINK . All students should arrive at 5:50 p.m. for a brief educational session on professionalism and networking.

Please help us spread the word about this event by advertising it to the students you interact with, and any alumni or employers in your circle of influence.

Mental health first aid training opportunity

Hurry, there are just a few seats left!

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.

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


Job opportunities

High School Workers – jobs in Lottie

Do you know a high schooler, age 14 and up, who wants to earn extra money?

Dining is hiring high school students to work in the  Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, during the academic year, shifts from 5  – 7 p.m. during the week and between the hours of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the weekends.

Click here: TO APPLY

Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

Campus Events and Dining positions – full and part time

The Departments of Campus Events and Dining have multiple openings. Please see;

For more details and to apply.

Job-related questions for Campus Events should be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager Campus Events at

Job-related questions for Dining should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

For sale

BOWED PSALTERY. Folk instrument. Alto bowed psaltery has 2-1/2 octaves going down to middle C (32 strings). Body size is approximately 26″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ with pins; weighs approx. 3 to 3/12 lbs. Curly maple back and sides, with cedar soundboard and walnut bridge. $200 includes psaltery, case, bows, music books, and support stand for attaching to tripod (tripod not included) for double-bowing. Info at Contact Sandy: