Archive for 2023

April 13

Thursday, April 13th, 2023

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10: 9-10



On April 5, The Association of College and University Printers announced that Messiah Press was selected to receive the annual ACUP Distinctive Service Award for a successful partnership with the Mechanicsburg Area School District. The award is given to in-plants who achieve innovative goals for growth while continuing operational production demands. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues at Messiah Press.


Five representatives from the graduate and undergraduate department of nursing presented at the 2023 National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC) in Washington, DC on March 30-April 1. The conference focused on the future of nursing research as it informs radical change in the evidence of pedagogical practices. Nancy Frank, PhD, RN, CNE presented “Nursing Faculty as a Second Victim of Student Failure: A Mixed Methods Study.” Megan Gross, PhD, MPH, RN and Michaela Miller, senior nursing major presented “A Group Nobody Wants to Join: A Student-Led Peer Support Group After Courses Failure.” Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF and colleagues presented “Assessing MSN Program Outcomes Through a Capstone Experience” and “Teaching and Facilitators of Learning Transfer in VBSN Programs: Faculty Perspectives.” Kristen Slabaugh, DNP, CRNP, CNE and Megan Gross presented “Understanding the Impact of Mental and Emotional Health on Retention of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Descriptive, Longitudinal Study.”


Make the most of your summer with Messiah University’s undergraduate online courses

This year, choose from nearly 60 courses in three different sessions—all at a discounted price. Messiah’s online summer undergraduate courses cost 60 percent less than the same classes offered during the academic year. Visit our course list to find the online class you, or someone you know, may want to take this summer.

Messiah’s online summer sessions are convenient, interactive experiences that work around busy summer schedules. All courses are taught by Messiah faculty, drawn from Messiah’s curriculum, and designed specifically for an online learning experience that reflects Messiah’s reputation for academic excellence. Summer courses are open to college-level students, qualified homeschooled and high school students, employees, alumni, parents, and anyone who would like to further their education. The majority of Messiah’s online summer courses meet general education requirements and are transfer friendly—and high school students will find a variety of options for pursuing dual enrolled credit.

Messiah is now enrolling for all summer online sessions. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

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.)

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

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Culmination ’23 Spring Dance Concert

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the spring dance concert Culmination ’23 on April 21 and 22! Dancing is an artistic endeavor. Celebrate spring and the dance accomplishments of Messiah University’s theatre and dance department in an offering of favorite dance pieces from the year, new faculty work, student adjudicated creations, and senior capstone projects all in one fun and glorious dance concert!

Culmination ’23
Spring Dance Concert
Directed by Gregg Hurley

April 21 at 8 p.m.
April 22 at 2 p.m.

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Estimated run time: 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets: $10—Adults; $7—MU students (w/ID), MU employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18) and Seniors (60+) 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.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: The Spring Senior Series

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present “The Spring Senior Series” on April 14-15 in Poorman Black Box Theater. Please join us for an evening of performance created and presented by department senior Tacey Widrick.

“Letting Our Walls Crumble”
Created by Tacey Widrick

April 14 – 15 at 8 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

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 approximately $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.

Student Employee of the Year

The Student Employment Office is pleased to announce that Nate Castellitto has been selected as Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year. Nate works as a student assistant in the Department of Language, Literature and Writing and was nominated by Kerry Hasler-Brooks, associate professor of English; chair of the Department of Language, Literature and Writing. Nate is a creative and innovative student employee who has made many valuable contributions including initiating and leading several projects, such as ‘The Word’, a quarterly newsletter and ‘Writer Talks’, an English program podcast that he created, produces, and hosts. Please congratulate Nate and all the Student Employee of the Year nominees:

Runner-up: Jordan Zercher, Department of Social Work

Honorable Mention:
Noah Andrews, Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics
Asia Perera, Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs

Nominees: Kelly Anderson, Jared Diethrich, Sawyer Haney, Bre Jantz, Elisabeth Kolb, Will Reeder, Joshua Rosengrant, Nick Shover, Eli Whitehead-Zimmers, Aleesa Wu, Kayla Zerbe, and Karla Zima-Doyle.

You can read more about each of these exceptional student employees here:
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination!


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 campus information center has an opening for a part-time University Receptionist. Job related questions may be directed to Jody Brandt 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, Sous chef, 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

Furniture sale (mattresses, TV, TV stand, etc.) Please contact Mina Choi if you’re interested: The items are listed here:


Commencement help needed! On Saturday, May 6, Messiah University will host the 2023 undergraduate commencement. This is an exciting day for campus and particularly for the new alums and their families. Messiah University’s commitment to hospitality shines on this day and we need your help to make the day successful.

The Division of Operations is looking for employees, not already participating in the commencement ceremony, to work. We need bus hosts, field ushers, assistance in traffic control and other duties. The day starts somewhere between 7-8:30 a.m. (depending on role) and is expected to end no later than 2 p.m. (depending on role).

Hourly employees who work commencement will be paid at their current wage rate, and where appropriate, overtime will be applied. All hours worked are to be recorded on the regular department time sheet.

All members of the COE and President’s Cabinet are expected, as part of their regular assignment, to march at commencement and/or provide support for commencement activities.

Are you interested in working and helping us celebrate the class of 2023? If so, please email Randy Heintzelman at

Looking for cameras.  Do you have an old digital camera collecting dust at home? I’m looking to purchase several simple, point and shoot digital cameras for a special event. Willing to pay up to $10 per camera. It must generally still work and hold a battery charge; SD card helpful but optional. Thanks! Email