Archive for 2022

February 10

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31


Drs. Kristen Slabaugh and Brenda Elliott submitted a manuscript titled, The Positive Impact of Making Time and Being Present: Spiritual Care Revisited to Home Healthcare Now. The manuscript has been accepted for publication in the May/June issue.


The Office of Residence Life is pleased to welcome Nikki Elsaesser as interim RD of Naugle Hall (as Beth Moshier has transitioned to associate registrar). Nikki is a double alumnus of Messiah having received her B.A. in athletic training (’16) and her M.A. in higher ed – strategic leadership (’20) where Nikki also served as a GA for Aroma. Most recently, she is coming to us after three years as head coach of the women’s soccer team at Houghton College. We are grateful for Nikki’s willingness to step into this position quickly and for her passion and genuine care for supporting and mentoring students. Please join us in welcoming Nikki.


Supervisor Series

This week’s Supervisor Series “Onboarding, Payroll and Compensation – New Systems” will take place Friday at noon in Parmer Cinema. Unfortunately, due to lack of registrants, we had to cancel this afternoon’s offering. If you haven’t sign up yet, please do so at: See you tomorrow, 2/11, at noon in Parmer Cinema!

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.

Employee Wellness – spring semester!

This semester, Messiah Employee Wellness is focusing on educating and encouraging the mind, body and soul of each employee. We will be looking at personal goals in these areas, along with sending challenges and information in a biweekly newsletter! You can sign up to just receive information, or to take part in our challenges to win gift cards. Check out our first week in the mass email from Jan. 31 and SIGN UP here:
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Campus Wellness and Recreation GA at

Toni Marie Palmertree, Soprano and Ellen Rissinger, Piano Present “The Heart of a Woman”

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Pennsylvania native Toni Marie Palmertree is a soprano praised for her tender, expressive voice (San Francisco Examiner). She has been engaged to sing major roles with leading opera companies in the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera.

“The Heart of a Woman” is a concert of women composers, celebrating the tenacious women through our history who have broken the mold!

“Music is our escape and an opportunity to connect with others in an intimate
way. We long to gather in the same space to share the magic that live music
creates. The past teaches us that art is born from suffering, pain, loss, joy and
hope. Through these trials, we emerge with performances that are even
more emotionally authentic and beautiful because we have persevered through
so much. For this concert, we’ve selected works by women who overcame the
barriers and created works of art that will touch your soul and heal your spirit.”

Ticket prices are $10 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.

Micro-Farm in Lottie

Messiah brings eco-friendly Babylon Farm to Lottie Nelson

Dining Services recently installed an eco-friendly “Babylon Micro-Farm” to Lottie to foster a more sustainable dining experience.

Feb. 1
Walking into the dining hall this semester, Messiah students will soon find our staff using a large glass machine flourishing with herbs. These transparent garden structures represent another step toward a more sustainable campus.

This machine, known as “Babylon Micro-Farms,” uses controlled glass environments with hydroponics — a process that involves growing herbs and leafy greens in an aqueous solvent without soil — to produce greens for Messiah’s chefs to add into their recipes.

Dining Services installed the farm on Feb. 1 and chefs will now actively utilize the farm in Lottie. The farm will be growing basil, wasabi arugula, pea shoots, marigold, romaine and dozens of other greens within the farm.

The Babylon technology includes inter-machine cameras that allow us to see the performance of the farm. Additionally, we receive updates through a mobile app which helps to ensure that the farm is stable and all of the plants are being maintained.

Alexander Olesen, Babylon’s CEO and co-founder said Babylon began at the University of Virginia. He said Babylon’s goal was to achieve maximum sustainability through the design of the farms, reducing the environmental impact of farming on the environment.

Dining Services is hoping to bring more awareness to our students in terms of what they’re eating, both on and off campus, and how it impacts sustainability.

Women of Influence Initiative – Call for Nominations for 2022-2023

Your assistance is needed in nominating female students for the Women of Influence mentoring initiative

We are once again seeking nominations of female students who will be entering their sophomore or junior year in Fall 2022 to be a part of the sixth year of the “Women of Influence Initiative.” This initiative connects women leaders with female students to participate in an informal mentoring program. Messiah’s Women of Influence Initiative provides an opportunity for female leaders to encourage, support, and informally mentor current students, and provides the students with networking and learning opportunities which encourages their personal and professional growth and development.

Please send student nominations to Diana Cashman at Nominations should include a brief description of why you feel the nominated student would be a good candidate for this program. Nominated students will be invited to submit an online application. The top list of nominees will be interviewed by members of the Steering Committee. Note: preference will be given for students who demonstrate leadership promise but who may not have been able to develop a strong mentoring relationship through on-campus venues.

Nomination deadline: Monday, Feb. 14

*Please read below for additional details about the Women of Influence Initiative:

Program Objectives:
1. To connect female students with women (alumni/parents/friends of Messiah) to participate in an informal networking and mentoring program.

2. To support female students in their academic, vocational, spiritual and social growth.

3. To grow scholarship aid and endowment for women students.

The need for female students to have engaged and confident mentors is significant. Mentoring relationships have the potential to have a profound impact on the development of student’s future leadership skills and growth.

Planned Activities:
This initiative will focus on the following key activities:

1. Learning and Leading – Attend fall and spring events hosted by President Kim Phipps (or other senior female administrator) that provide informal dialog between the mentor and student.

2. Mentoring – Provide a structure for mentors and students to interact informally.

3. Giving – Mentors support an annual Women of Influence scholarship (scholarship aid) for female student leaders.

Student Commitments:
• To attend at least two events annually on Messiah’s campus sponsored by the Women of Influence Initiative
• To respond in a timely fashion to interactions from mentor
• To pray regularly for their mentor

Mentor Commitments:
• To attend at least two events annually on Messiah’s campus sponsored by the Women of Influence Initiative
• To develop a relationship with one female student that includes periodic conversations/ interactions throughout the year–online or in person
• To financially support Women of Influence Scholarship Program
• To pray regularly for their student

Women of Influence Steering Committee:
• Abby Book, Co-Chair
• Kathie Shafer, Co-Chair
• Jocelyn Clippinger
• Jennifer Fisler

Reminder: please send nominations to Diana Cashman at with a brief description of why you feel the nominated student would be a good candidate for this program. Nominated students will be invited to submit an online application. The top list of nominees will be interviewed by members of the Steering Committee. The nomination deadline is February 14, 2022.

Into the City D.C. applications due March 1

On March 23-25, the Into the City career immersion program will take place in Washington, DC. Students will have the opportunity to interact with alumni living and working in the greater DC area through site visits, alumni panels, and a networking reception.

Students must submit an application by March 1 through this link.

Students and educators are invited to learn more about the trip by attending the ITC Info Session on February 16 at 12:15 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Free pizza is provided. Please RSVP for the Info Session by 2/14 here. (Attendance at the Info Session is not required in order for a student to apply.)

Spotted lantern fly – trap building

On Feb. 23, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Office of Sustainability is hosting a Spotted Lanternfly trap-making event in the Eisenhower Campus Center Board Room, to help aid in the extermination of this invasive pest. By creating these traps we are hoping to protect the most targeted trees around campus by putting them up high enough to catch the nymphs as they crawl up the tree. Come help us build traps for the campus, and bring a plastic bottle to make a trap for your own home!

Five-Second Version
Who: You and the Office of Sustainability
What: Making Spotted Lanternfly traps
When: February 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: ECC Board Room

If you wanted to look ahead on how to make the traps, or can’t make it to the event, check out this link:

Capital View Wealth Management – Q&A opportunity

Andy Grace and Dennis Browne from Capital View Wealth Management will be on campus on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 9:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Feel free to stop by Kline rooms 108 and 113 if you would like to ask questions or to receive general financial planning information.

New procurement services clerk

The Finance and Planning division is excited to announce that Jessie Fisher has accepted the position of Procurement Services Clerk. The duties of this newly defined position will include all administrative functions for the Purchasing Card program as well as registering new suppliers in One$ource. Jessie has been working as the Procurement Services Office Assistant since August. Please welcome Jessie to her new position.

Use this quick reference to determine who to contact within the newly restructured Procurement Services Department:

One$ource questions – Darcy Griffiths x6010;
Purchasing Card questions – Jessie Fisher x2211;
New suppliers for One$ource – Jessie Fisher x2371;
All other purchasing questions – Steph Sechrist x2497;


Job opportunities

The Office of Marketing and Communications has an opening for a full-time communication specialist. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Danielle Ran, director of communications, at

The Falcon Exchange has an opening for a full-time Falcon Exchange representative. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to JR Harris, director of student financial services, at

The Office of Residence Life has an opening for a full-time residence director (first year). For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm, director of residence life, at

The Office of the Provost has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Ruth Nutt, executive administrator for the office of the provost, at

For sale

Faux Leather earrings. Many choices to choose from. Pierced ears. $7 ea.
Pick up your favorite  pair – I work in Naugle. Or email me for more pictures of many other crafts. Thank you.

Personalized key rings. What a neat gift to give to that special someone who has just bought a new home or a new car, or just to put on your book bag or your keys. I can personalize in any way you’d like, name, quote, etc., $7 ea.
Email for pictures of other craft merchandise.