Archive for 2023

March 23

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 16:3


Thirteen members of the Department of Biological Sciences attended the 98th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science that was held on the weekend of March 17 – 19 at Gannon University in Erie, PA. Nine students and one faculty member presented results from ongoing research studies. Sean Lapp, mentored and accompanied by John Harms, presented a poster describing analysis of metastasis by pancreatic cancer. Kelly Barr and Abigail Morgan, mentored and accompanied by Jennifer Ness-Myers, presented separate posters that, respectively, described how development of the central nervous system is altered by limiting oxygen availability, and an analysis of gene expression in cultured neural cells. Sarah Bath, mentored and accompanied by Larry Mylin and John Harms, described results of a successful cancer vaccination study. Wei-Jin (Michael) Lin, mentored and accompanied by Larry Mylin, described progress in efforts to develop T4 virus-specific monoclonal antibodies for use in Microbiology course laboratories in a talk. Joel Hart presented a poster describing work conducted with collaborator Abigail Casey to isolate natural antibiotics from plants that was mentored by David Foster and Richard Schaeffer. Tyler Jahraus (also mentored by David Foster) gave a talk in which he described efforts to propagate Virginia bluebells using plant tissue culture techniques. David Foster chaired a session in which he also gave a talk describing how his novel aquaponics system that uses earthworms for biodigestion of animal waste can be employed for education and research. Evan Jerome, mentored by Erik Lindquist and Michael Shin, described efforts to use molecular diagnostic tools to detect a pathogenic fungus among local populations of salamanders in a poster presentation. Katelyn Boyce presented a poster describing ongoing studies conducted under the guidance of Janet Matanguihan that seek to develop better and disease-resistant varieties of flax. All presentations were received with enthusiasm and generated multiple follow-up questions. Angela Hare, dean of the school of science, engineering and health, was introduced to the PAS organization and enjoyed learning from the Messiah group and others while attending a variety of presentations and meetings throughout the weekend. Messiah University will host the 99th Annual Meeting of the PAS on April 12–14, 2024.


Dwayne Safer, associate professor of finance, was elected to the Board of Directors of Americhoice Credit Union headquartered in Mechanicsburg, where he will serve a 3-year term. Americhoice is a community-oriented financial institution with $235 million in assets and five branch offices in the central PA region.


Young Writers and Young Filmmakers summer academic camps

This summer, the Young Writers and Young Filmmakers will hold their academic camps with commuter and resident options.
The Young Filmmakers Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is being held on June 25 – 30. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and other activities. Please check out the schedules for the two workshops which will be held on June 25 – 30. To learn more about our Young Writers Workshop, visit the website at

A 15% discount off the tuition is offered to the dependents of Messiah employees. Scholarships are also available. If you are interested in a scholarship, the application is on the website along with registration. Please keep in mind that you will need to have your application in by May 15.

2022-2023 Library Student Research Grant

The 2022-2023 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Thursday, April 6. This competitive grant provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Linda Poston, library director. The grantee will be awarded $1,000 in the spring for the fall 2023 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 24. See the Friends webpage for more information and attached PDF for application details.

2023 Summer Camps at the Oakes Museum!

This summer we are offering a variety of camps for grades 3rd-12th.

Curator Club and CC2:
Summer camps are weeklong, half-day camps, running 9-noon each day. The cost is $150/camper and there is a before care option for $25.

Curator Club (3rd-5th)
June 19 – 23 – Survive It!
Dig deep into how animals survive a challenging world. Topics will include Build It (habitats), Sense It (vision, smell, and hearing), Move It (locomotion), Eat It (digestion), and Beat It (color and camouflage). We’ll use both the museum collection and the Messiah University campus to explore survival.

July 17-21 – Animals!
Using the museum and the surrounding natural world, each day campers will learn about a different animal group (invertebrates, fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals).

CC2 (6th-8th)
July 10-14 – Ecology Camp!
The world is complex! Learn about the interactions between different life forms and their environments with hands on observations and experiments in the museum and the living laboratory of campus.

High School Camps:
Camp is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day with a lunch included. Students will eat lunches in Messiah University’s cafeteria or bag lunches to be eaten in the field will be provided.

June 15 and 16 – Vertebrate Anatomy Camp – $200
Learn dissecting skills and use them to gain an overview of vertebrate anatomy by comparing the organ systems and specializations of a variety of representative vertebrates. Students will dissect a variety of vertebrates including: frog, shark and fetal pig. Labs will involve microscopy and tissue examination, along with a variety of other hands-on activities.

June 26 – 30 – Field Biology Camp – $350
Learn how biologists study the natural world! Students will be introduced to the study of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic communities, terrestrial insects, and our forests in this hands-on field class. Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of field investigative equipment in this class. We will assess small mammal communities with live traps, track turtles with telemetry equipment, assess fish communities by electrofishing, and examine forest floor invertebrate using pitfall traps, to mention a few things.

July 12 – Introduction to Dissection (12:30-4:30) – $75
Learn dissecting skills while dissecting an earthworm, frog and pigeon. This is a great introduction to dissection and anatomy! (This half day program does not include lunch.)

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Into the Woods

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present the fairytale musical “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine as our spring mainstage production! “Into the Woods” opens on March 23 in Miller Theater and runs for two weekends. Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!

“Into the Woods”
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

Directed by Daniel Inouye
Music direction by Eric Dundore
Choreography by Gregg Hurley

March 23-25, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m.
March 26 and April 2 at 3 p.m.
Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Based on the Brothers Grimm most popular folk tales, “Into the Woods” is a reimagining of what can happen when beloved fairy tale characters are thrown together while pursuing their dreams and wishes. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine bring to life characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (down from his beanstalk), the Baker and his wife, a pair of princes in search of their brides, and the big bad wolf who is on the lookout for his next meal. It intertwines these stories in increasingly dramatic and humorous ways and asks what comes after the “happily ever after” and whether the journey through the woods was worth it in the end.

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 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.

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due by March 31. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the system for each student that will be working.
Additional information about summer student employment can be found here.
If you have any questions about hiring student employees for the summer, contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or

Spend an evening with Jane Pauley, Host of CBS Sunday Morning

A moderated conversation with Jane Pauley by Messiah University President Kim Phipps based on Ms. Pauley’s bestselling book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.” The evening will conclude with a moderated audience Q&A with Ms. Pauley.

A familiar face on television, one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists and host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Jane Pauley is praised by audiences for her relatable and personal inspirational message. She advocates for people 50+ starting different careers, making a difference and pursuing their dreams. She is also a highly regarded advocate for mental health, children’s health and education issues. She fills the room with optimism and is warmly received by audiences everywhere. Prior to anchoring on CBS, Pauley had a 13-year career on NBC’s “Today” and was also a co-host of “Dateline NBC” for 12 years. Pauley has written two New York Times bestsellers. “A memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue” (2004) and “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life” (2014). She and her husband, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau, are the parents of three adult children.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under); to order, contact the Messiah University Box Office online at

Spring Budget Forum

An employee strategic plan update and FY24 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 6 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. All employees are encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and Gary Nowicki, vice president for finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY24 budget parameters as well as provide a brief update on the University Rising strategic plan.

Save the Date – April 4

We invite our campus community to join us in our institution-wide Giving Day event on Tuesday, April 4! This 24-hour online event is dedicated to rallying our students in an effort to raise $160,000 and 300 donors in support of their education and experience at Messiah.

How can you partner with us?

Engage with our social content and share from your account! Did you know by reacting to a post and commenting on a post, you boost the algorithm that social platforms use? By boosting the algorithm, more people see our content and have an opportunity to join in on our efforts! Become an official event ambassador today #MessiahGives23

Make a gift! You are a valued member of our community, and you already go above and beyond for our students – thank you! This special day provides the opportunity to care for our students through a financial donation. Regardless of the amount, your participation matters and will help make for a successful event!

P.S. If you would like to make a one-time donation prior to Giving Day, you may do so here.

Questions? Contact Tovah Wilson, director of annual giving and donor communication, at

Connecting Communities Convening

Save The Date for Thursday April 20 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to connect with a diverse cross sector of community partners from the Greater Capital Region who will be on campus for the Connecting Communities Convening. You are invited to learn about important neighboring initiatives underway in our region as well as to participate in discussions throughout the day with community leaders about housing and neighboring practices, policies, paradigms and philanthropy. For a program itinerary and/or to register as a member of the Messiah community, visit
The Convening is a program of the School of Arts, Culture and Society made possible by generous funding from the Kline Foundation. Contact Chad Frey at if you have any questions.

Musical Theatre Workshop opportunity

My name is Emma Hehn and I am a senior musical theatre major here at Messiah University. I am holding a Musical Theatre workshop in April for those between the ages of 8-14 here at Messiah University and would love for your kids to join. And the best part…it’s completely free!

For some quick information regarding the program, take a look at the poster or follow the link to my website. Registration is quickly approaching and space is limited, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for any questions

Link to Website:

• When: Friday, April 21 at 5 – 7 p.m. / Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m.-noon / Sunday, April 23 at 4 – 6 p.m.

• Where: Messiah University in Poorman Blackbox in Climenhaga Fine Arts Building

• How Much: FREE

Employee Cybersecurity Training – Module Two is Available

Module 2 of the required Cyber Security Training is available. To access the training, go to Falcon Link and search “Cybersecurity Training.” The training should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

A total of four training modules will be released this spring. Employees are required to complete all four modules by the end of May.

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

We are holding a 12 hour prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. We hope to have three people praying for each 15 minute interval. You can pray at a location of your own choosing. Closer to the vigil date, specific intercessory concerns will be sent. Of course, you will have your own concerns for others/situations on and off campus. We invite all employees to sign up using this link: There are still plenty of slots available! If you have questions, please contact our community employee pastor, Stephen Gallaher, at

Procurement made easy

Did you know…

Messiah University Procurement by the numbers:
• 600 – number of Purchasing Cards on campus
• 220 – number of buyers using One$ource
• 210 – average number of requisitions approved each week
• 10 – average number of new suppliers added each week
• 85 – average number of physical check payments each week
• 140 – average number of ACH payments each week
We can help each step of the way. Call x6010.

The Human Library 2023 – Wednesday, April 5

Please join the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Murray Library as they co-host the 5th annual Human Library on Wednesday, April 5 between noon – 4 p.m. This event is held in the library and you, as a “reader”, have the opportunity to hear stories from colleagues and students as they are the “books.” Each book is on loan for 30 minutes.

Sign up to “Unjudge someone.” Reserve the books of your choice online at
The link to reserve a “book” opens on Monday, March 27.

If you are new to the concept of the Human Library, you can read more at and if you have any questions, please contact Liz Kielley, Discovery and Metadata Librarian at

PSYCamp 2023

We are excited to invite high school students (entering 10th through 12th grade in fall 2023) to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 25-30 (5-day camp)! Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we are offering both an overnight residential option and a day-camp commuter option. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and biopsychology.
If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register at: before June 1.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University Employees!
Contact for more information.

Registration closes tomorrow for MBI Event

Someone To Tell It Too is the topic of our next MBI Networking Breakfast.
Click here to register (use this URL:

Michael Gingerich and Messiah alumnus Tom Kaden ‘04 are co-founders of Someone To Tell It To, a Harrisburg, PA based organization that cultivates meaningful relationships through compassionate listening and trains others to do the same. Michael and Tom have helped lead more than 20,000 interactions with people in the United States and several other countries around the world in the last ten years.

Having conducted scores of in-person and virtual workshops, their clients include Deloitte, New York Life and large variety of both corporate and nonprofit clients. You can find their most recent book entitled Listening 2by2 on Amazon, which will be given to all attendees, and their Someone To Tell It To podcast saw the completion of their 70th episode. Now in it’s 5th season, you can find the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Come join us for this event in the Martin Commons on Messiah University campus. It will be a great time to reconnect with friends, enjoy a great meal together, and hear content that will prove very useful in the workplaces of today.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an extended networking breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote from Michael and Tom
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meet the speakers, extended networking


Job opportunities

The department of computing, mathematics and physics has an opening for a full-time director of cybersecurity education. Job-related questions may be directed to Angela Hare at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Bridge Center for Continuing Education has an opening for a part-time nurse aide instructor. Job related questions may be directed to Kimberly Fenstermacher at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of network services has an opening for a full-time system administrator/analyst. Job-related questions may be directed to Tony Wyland at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of wellness and recreation has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant for community wellness/fitness center. Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Ogden at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Dining Services has several part and full-time positions including a catering supervisor, dining associates, and cooks. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at

Dining Services and Campus Events are hiring summer workers (ages 14 and up). Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz (dining) at or Denise Blackley(campus events) more information and to apply, please visit:

Campus events has several openings for all shifts. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price at

Groundskeeping has openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill at

The school of science, engineering and health is now hiring a full-time administrative assistant- dean of school of science, engineering, and health. Job related questions may be directed to Angela Hare at For more information and to apply, please visit:


Old CDs wanted for International Gala! ISA/MuKappa will host their annual International Gala on Saturday, April 1 with the theme of “As in a Mirror.” They are looking for old CDs, DVDs, Discs that you no longer use that could be transformed into decorations and objects to use during certain activities at the Gala. If you are looking to get rid of these old discs, please contact ISA/MuKappa Advisor Amy Nicols ( or drop them off at the MISP Office on the second floor of Larsen Student Union. Thank you!

Looking for fall housing near campus. I am looking for a housing opportunity that is within walking or biking distance of campus for a woman who is interested in taking graduate courses and assisting with the women’s soccer program. The time frame would be mid-August to mid-December. She will not have a car and is coming from Sweden. If you may know of something please contact me to discuss. Scott Frey ext. 5359


FREE Books! Have you ever wondered where Hostetter Chapel got its name? How did Messiah come to be? And what does it have to do with Upland College? We have some FREE books that can answer those questions! Contact if you would like to claim a copy of one, two or all four!


Spring Market at Immanuel Church

This Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Immanuel Church at 800 S. Market St. in Mechanicsburg will host a Spring Market featuring homemade crafts as well as products from some of your favorite vendors. The youth group will be selling peanut butter eggs and other food items. Proceeds benefit the youth group’s upcoming mission trip to Costa Rica.

Volunteers needed

Yokefellowship Prison Ministry is a Christian non-profit organization seeking volunteers for administrative support and to lead small group discussions with those incarcerated and or in work release programs. Training is provided. Please contact or Information about YPM is available at