Archive for 2023

Jan. 12

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9


Ted Davis, professor emeritus of the history of science, recently led two sessions on “history and science and religion” for the Oxford/CCCU faculty development project, “Supporting Structures: Innovative Collaborations to Enhance STEM Research at CCCU Member Institutions.” He will also take part in events related to the opening of the exhibit, “Scripture and Science: Our Universe, Ourselves, Our Place,” including a session for journalists, at the Museum of the Bible on January 19. In that connection, he will lead a tour of the exhibit when the University Honors Program visits on January 21.


The Office of Human Resources and Compliance is delighted to welcome Amelia Crouse, HR assistant to our team. Amelia is a recent Messiah grad with a degree in public relations.  Her responsibilities include support of the recruitment and employment data functions.

Please join us in welcoming Amelia!


Brenda Elliott, assistant professor in nursing and Jessica Lahr, adjunct faculty in nursing (UG online), along with their colleague Sue Burt (Shenandoah University), published their research study examining home care providers (therapy, nursing, and social work) experiences caring for patients during the COVID pandemic. The study is published in the Jan/Feb issue of Home Healthcare Now and is titled “Walking into a COVID petri dish: Home care providers experiences during a pandemic.”

Brenda Elliott, assistant professor and coordinator of MSN, CAGS, and RN to BSN programs co-authored a research manuscript titled “Faculty perspectives of teaching and facilitating learning transfer in VBSN programs” in the Jan/Feb issue of Journal of Professional Nursing.


Travel reminders

As travel restrictions continue to lift, procurement services would like to remind you of the following:

  • Please refer to section 6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy prior to making travel arrangements for University business. Details include:
  • General travel principles
  • Air travel
  • Travel by car/van
    • A university owned pool vehicle must be used when available
    • If not available, use the vehicle selection worksheetto determine the most cost effective alternative
    • Employees must be an approved driver to use a pool vehicle or a rental car
  • Travel related business expenses
  • Travel related business meal expense guidelines
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle supplier for Messiah University and should be used for regional and national university travel.  Details here.
  • As stated in the purchasing card manual, cardholders should notify the purchasing card administrator with dates and location of travel at least 2 weeks prior to departure.  Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

Questions can be directed to Procurement Services x6010.

Trivia night at Murray Library

You’re invited! Put your knowledge to the test on Friday, Jan. 13 at Trivia Night! Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. at Murray Library! We’ll have four rounds of trivia to test your knowledge in a variety of categories. Gather with your colleagues and/or students to form a team or join up with friendly folks when you arrive. Teams can include up to six players. Awesome prizes await the top three teams! All Messiah employees are welcome.

Procurement made easy

In the spirit of communication and education, the Procurement Services Office will be supporting a “Did you know?” section of the Intercom. Keep a look out each week for helpful facts and tips about procurement at Messiah University.


The procurement website is loaded with information?  From forms needed to how-to instructions, you can find answers to many of your questions.  Or…simply call: purchasing x6010; purchasing cards x2211.

Benefits – Who to Contact

We begin 2023 without Su Deitch managing our benefits. While we miss her, we’re happy for this milestone in her career and wish her all the best in retirement. Please see the following important information regarding contacts in Human Resources for your benefits related questions.

Jennifer Smithmyer, employee health and wellness coordinator (, has been working closely with Su to transition responsibilities and this week officially assumes responsibility as employees’ first point of contact for most benefits questions. Specifically, Jen is our employee contact for the following:
• health, vision, and dental plan enrollment questions. Questions related to plan details, network providers, etc. should be directed to the website: or call the appropriate number on the back of your insurance card.
• maternity/paternity leaves
• short-term disability
• workers’ compensation and information regarding the reporting of on-the-job injuries
• family medical leave and general leaves of absence

Retirement – Don Lerew, assistant director of human resources (

Educational assistance programs – Karen Blair, HR data manager (

New employee benefits orientations – There are also changes as it relates to benefits orientations for new employees, as well as for faculty who are interviewing. If you are in the process of or anticipating hiring full-time, staff, administrators, or faculty, please contact Staci Davis, HR specialist (, for information related to these changes.

Still not sure who to contact? You can always email or call x5300 and we’ll be happy to direct your inquiry to the appropriate person.

“Out of Service” technology

Educational Technology Services (ETS) occasionally has “out of service” technology available for donations, and reviews requests for donations twice a year. Employees aware of a charitable organization’s specific technology need may submit a request for donations form for “out of service” technology.


Job opportunities

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

Dining services has part-time openings for Lottie Nelson workers. Available shifts are daily from 5-7 p.m. and between 9a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends- perfect for high school students. For more information and to apply, please visit: 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

The Department of Safety has openings for both third shift safety officer and dispatcher. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at

Dining services is down a very significant number of student employees during the spring semester and they need your help! This opportunity is available to current full-time Messiah employees only. If you can serve in Lottie during one of the shifts listed below, you will earn $20 per hour and receive a meal voucher for use in Lottie, the Falcon, or Union (you may work in Lottie over your lunch hour with supervisor approval).

Available shifts:
LUNCH Monday through Friday*
11 a.m. – noon (5 openings each day)
noon – 1 p.m. (5 openings each day)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.(4 openings each day)
DINNER 7 days a week* –
6 – 8:30 p.m. (4 openings each day)
*You may work one lunch shift and the dinner shift on the same day, but no more than one lunch shift per person, per day.