Archive for 2023

March 30

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

Pray for us.

We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

Hebrews 13:18



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.


Giving Day is next week – 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 receive gifts from 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.

The Human Library 2023 – Wednesday, April 5

Sign-ups are “live!”

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 Available Books – The Human Library – Research Guides at Messiah University

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

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

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

Babysitter’s available for service trip fundraiser

To help with the fundraising efforts for their upcoming service trip in May, the Poland International Service Trip team is happy to offer their time to provide babysitting services, in return for a donation to their upcoming trip. They are available to help on the weekends or some weekdays, if you let them know at least a week in advance. Please reach out to Abby Anderson at for more information or if you are in need of a babysitter for the remainder of the semester!

New ETS Tech Support Knowledge Base

A new Tech Support Knowledge Base is now more accessible and mobile friendly, ensuring you get answers to your questions quickly and easily. Find ‘How-To’ articles worth searching at a new URL –

Here are a few updated links to our most popular pages:

If you have any questions about the new ETS Tech Support Knowledge Base or need assistance updating links in Canvas, please reach out to

2023 fire extinguisher training

According to recent data released by the US Fire Administration for 2008-2017, the US 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, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12. Multiple sessions will be offered during these days. All training sessions will be held at the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center, Room 310, Trustees Boardroom, 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 25 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.

Department of Safety and Emergency Support

The Dispatch Office—situated on the first floor of Eisenhower Campus Center and available by phone at (717) 691-6005—exists to serve the Grantham campus community during emergency incidents. Persons witnessing criminal activity, medical emergencies, and other matters of significant concern, should immediately notify the Dispatch Office. Those calling Dispatch should be prepared to provide known details about the situation. Safety Officers will be sent to assume control of the incident. It is important to note the dispatchers are not trained to give medical advice.

Regarding medical calls – some, but not all, Safety officers are certified EMTs. If the officer is an EMT, their role will be to provide medical care. If the officer is not an EMT, their role will be to determine who to bring into the situation for a higher level of care. There are also Messiah students who possess EMT credentials, and they can be dispatched as needed to the scene.  They are qualified to assume care of the patient. In those cases, the student will tell the patient and others in the immediate area that they are EMT certified.

If a member of the Messiah community calls an ambulance, they should immediately notify the Dispatch Office thereafter that such has been done. Those calling 911 should be prepared to be answer multiple questions. Please understand that 911 dispatchers are required to ask a list of standard questions. It is OK if the caller does not know all the answers, and OK to tell the 911 dispatcher that they don’t have that information. Whenever the Safety Department is advised that an ambulance has been called, they will meet the ambulance at the main campus entrance and escort it to the scene.

*Note: Emergencies at the Winding Hill location are handled by the local police and emergency services. Messiah University Department of Safety does not provide services at this site.

Library newsletter

See what’s new at Murray Library! Check out our April newsletter here.

Procurement made easy

Did you know…?
The most common and preferred method of payment is with a standard requisition in One$ource?

A standard requisition should be used for:
o Supplies
o Services
o Contracts with a known payment date and amount
o Honorariums

The workflow for a standard requisition is:
o Enter a requisition (request for payment)
o Budget manager approves the purchase
o Funds are encumbered (funds on “hold” for this purchase)
o Purchase order is sent to supplier
o Receive items in One$ource after you physically receive the items and only for the actual number you received (count them to be sure)
o Invoice is matched to the purchase order in One$ource and paid according to terms
Call  ext. 6010 with questions.

2023 fall 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 student’s room 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.
In addition, copyright permissions are requiring a longer turnaround time to process requests.
Thank you in advance for your understanding. Below are the new dates.

Deadline Dates for Fall Semester 2023 (begins Tuesday, Aug. 22)

May 10:
• Course packs and lab manuals for sale in the Campus Store requiring copyright clearance

June 12:
• 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

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 ext. 3070.

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

Holy week Scripture and song service, April 5

All are warmly invited to attend the Holy week Scripture and song service on Wednesday, April 5 from 7-8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel sponsored by the honors program. Please join us as we reflect on Christ’s passion through the hearing of Scriptures and singing of hymns.


Job opportunities

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

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:

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 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:

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

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

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) For more information and to apply, please visit:

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

For sale

Jeff Dunham tickets. 4 tickets for the Jeff Dunham Concert at the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Sec 120, Row D. $100/each. If interested, and/or want to see where the location of the seats are, please contact Tom at Thank you

Hand crochet towels for on the handle of your stoves. They make the perfect gift for someone you don’t know what to get for Easter, birthdays, pastors, etc. Additional photos available upon request. $10 each. I can be reached in Miller basement or by calling ext. 3918.


A caregiver for my parents in our home to assist with daily tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication assistance, grooming and hygiene, and shopping. My father is in a wheelchair and needs assistance with wheelchair transfers. Flexible number of days/hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If interested, please email Tracy at to discuss specifics and pay.

Recycled magazines. The mission organization Burkina Faso Outreach, a former Collaboratory partner, is looking for magazines that have images of people, places that show God’s creation – trees, animals, flowers, etc. Nature magazines, National Geographic, children’s issues, etc. These will be used for various projects in Christian primary schools in local villages in this West African country. If you have some to donate before April 15, please send them in campus mail to Angela Hare, School of SEH, or drop off in Jordan 157.


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