Archive for 2023

April 6

Thursday, April 6th, 2023

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

1 Peter 1:3



Kaitlin Gill, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been elected to the role of president-elect for the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Starting June 2023 she will serve a three year term as president-elect, president, past president. The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of nutrition and dietetics practitioners representing over 112,000 credentialed practitioners (including registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered and other professionals and students).

Rick Schaeffer and Anne Reeve accompanied six students to the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis last week. Sarah Mateer, Noah Smith and Marina Stevenson presented posters on their work done with Jesse Kleingardner. Dylan Cook presented his work with Rick Schaeffer and was recognized by the Division of Analytical Chemistry. Dylan McFeaters and Sydney White presented their work with Anne Reeve. Students also heard oral presentations on diverse areas of chemistry and biochemistry, enjoyed seeing new instrumentation at the Expo, and ate a lot of good food!


Spend an evening with Jane Pauley, Host of CBS Sunday Morning, Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Special discount for Messiah employees and students

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore has been a regular collaborative partner with the School of Arts, Culture and Society at Messiah University in a variety of ways and for a variety of programs. In recognition of that collaboration, the Midtown Scholar is now offering all Messiah University employees and students a special opportunity during any of their Author Events. Students and employees attending author events at the Midtown will receive a 10% discount on all café items and books upon showing a Messiah University ID. Purchases should occur within an hour before the event begins or within an hour of its conclusion. Because the School of Arts, Culture and Society helps sponsor the Harrisburg Book Festival, this discount will also be available throughout the week of the festival (Oct. 18-22).

For a full listing of Author Events at the Midtown Scholar that are eligible for this discount, please see the following website: .

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.

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.

Babysitters 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!

Cyber Camp 2023

Messiah University’s Cyber Camp is back this summer, taking place June 12-14. This day camp for high school students entering 9th through 12th grade will be a fun way to dive into the world of cybersecurity. We’ll cover topics such as cryptography, online behavior and privacy, data breaches, ethical hacking, and social engineering. Students will focus on the human factor of cybersecurity through hands-on cyber labs, simulations and interactive gaming scenarios. Plus, they’ll receive instruction directly from our cybersecurity faculty and industry experts, all while getting to experience an introduction to what college life is all about. Space is limited, so register soon! Find all the details at (*Messiah employees receive a 10% discount on the cost of registration for this camp. Scholarships are also available. Contact for more info.)

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.

Young Peacemakers Academy summer camp

Messiah University’s Young Peacemakers Academy will host their residential camp from July 17-22. The Young Peacemakers Academy seeks to engage high school students who are interested in building and sustaining peace in a local and global contexts and provide them with Christian foundations for peacemaking. The cost is $649 for the week.

Campers will participate in service-learning in central Pennsylvania as they and experience social and economic peacemaking with community partners. The camp will also include a two-day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet global peacemakers at Mennonite Central Committee, the U.S. Institute for Peace, and the Carnegie Foundation. For more information, please visit our website: or email

Spring cleaning? Let the Agape Center help you!

Spring is finally here! And we all know that springtime means… spring cleaning! The Agape Center’s international service trip team members are eager to partner with you to help you get your spring cleaning done!
This year, we are offering our spring cleaning/chores fundraiser the weekend of Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23. We ask that you consider enlisting the help of our student team members and, in return, provide a financial donation that will directly support our International service-learning teams traveling to Ecuador and Poland this summer.
We have a variety of timeslots available, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and concluding at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. Students will be available to assist you with a variety of your spring cleaning tasks (i.e., yard work, cleaning, painting, organizing, washing cars, babysitting, etc.). Please see the FAQ Sheet attached for more information on our upcoming service trips and this fundraiser.
Please keep in mind this is an entirely donation-based fundraiser; however, we’d like to recommend a donation of approxi $25 per student. Donations will not be tax deductible, as you are donating in exchange for a “good or service.” If you don’t need help spring cleaning but still want to donate, use this link:

Sign-up here:
Project sign-ups are due by Monday April 17!

Any questions can be directed to Abby Anderson, at or ext. 3898.

Connecting Communities Convening

Save The Date (or register now!) 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.

Procurement made easy

Did you know

  • Messiah University’s fiscal year end is June 30?
    • Departments are prohibited to stockpile supplies in order to spend entire budgets?
    • Items must be physically received on campus by June 30, 2023 to be an FY23 expense? Items received July 1 or after will be expensed in FY24. This is required by accounting principles, and we cannot make exceptions.Questions? Dial ext. 6010


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 Athletics Department has an opening for a full-time head men’s and women’s swim coach; director of aquatics. Job related questions can be directed to Sarah Gustin Hamrock 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.


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