Archive for 2023

September 28

Wednesday, September 27th, 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



Kim Fenstermacher, assistant dean of nursing delivered the opening keynote address for the UPMC Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice Conference on September 15 in Harrisburg. Her presentation, titled “Empowering Nurses with Evidence to Learn from the Past and Lead for the Future” urged nurses to think creatively about how to solve the nursing workforce shortages that are impacting nursing practice and nursing education.


Lin Taylor is retiring from Messiah University at the end of September. Lin has played many parts in her 18 years at Messiah University: professor, employee and friend. Beginning in 2005, she taught math and computer sciences as an adjunct professor. Beginning in 2013, Lin joined ITS as a full-time programmer/analyst. In 2021, her hard work was recognized when she received the Pride in Performance award. Lin has served on various committees on campus and volunteers with Girls Who Code.

Please stop by the Messiah Trustees Board Room (PAWC 310) TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 28, between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. to say, “thank you” and wish Lin well in her retirement. Light refreshments will be served.


2023 Alumni Awards Recipients Announced

Please join us for the 2023 Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, November 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the Martin Commons. These awards are important not only for the tribute they pay to the lives of each recipient, but also as a symbol of the quality of our alumni as a whole. Please contact Yonette Schneider ( to reserve a seat or sponsor a table.

Young Alumna Achievement Award – Rachel (Hepkins) Thompson, JD (Class of 2008, Spanish business)

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award – Dennis R. Hoover, PhD (Class of 1990, political science)

Alumni Christian Service Award – Layne A Lebo, DMin (Class of 1988, history and bible)

Alumni Appreciation Award – Randall G Basinger, PhD

Friends of Murray Library Annual Dinner and Public Lecture on Oct. 27

Reservations and tickets are now available for the Annual Friends of Murray Library Annual Dinner and Public Lecture at
We invite you to reserve your spot today at our annual dinner which will be in Hostetter Chapel from 6 -7:30 p.m. Following dinner, we will hold a public lecture at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts from 8 – 9 p.m. You won’t want to miss our special guests and the opportunities to reflect on the past 3 decades of Friends! Additionally, we will be joined by nationally recognized special guest and keynote speaker Chad Dion Lassiter, who will be speaking on “The State of Fair Housing: Neighboring Together for Just Action.” Lassiter is an expert in the field of American Race Relations. He also has international experience working on race, peace and poverty-related issues in Africa, Canada, Haiti, Israel and Norway, and is called upon frequently by media outlets to provide commentary on race relations and potential solutions. Lassiter is a member of the US Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans and currently serves as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Please contact Tracy Sheaffer at if you have any questions.

Interested in displaying something from your students or department?

Have a class who created something interesting for display? Does your department want to promote themselves in a unique way? Have a really cool collection you would like to share? Murray Library would love to partner with you on creating a display in our large display case. Contact Kimberly Steiner at for more information.

Sphinx Virtuosi: Generations

Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic and inspiring professional self-conducted chamber orchestra that serves as the flagship performing entity of the Sphinx Organization–the leading social justice nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Comprised of 18 accomplished Black and Latinx artists, a critical aim of the Sphinx Virtuosi is to evolve and transform the face of classical music through artistic excellence, pioneering programming and impassioned community engagement. Its members serve as cultural and diversity ambassadors for audiences and communities around the United States during national tours.

Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and Julia Alvarez, this evening’s program will showcase the beauty and tradition of excellence inherent in classical music created and performed by Black and Latinx composers for many generations. Together, the Sphinx Virtuosi seek to uplift spirits through sharing the sounds that inspire us and transcend the boundaries of time, history and struggle.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at

Visit for more information.

This engagement of Sphinx Virtuosi is made possible in part through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Bridge Center for Continuing Education

The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University in partnership with the Southcentral Long-Term Care-RISE Team at Penn State Health is coordinating training for entry and mid-level Long-Term Care Leaders. The training focuses on Leading Spirituality and Wellness in Long-Term Care and consists of 8 online non-credit bearing educational courses. Each course will focus on a unique aspect of spirituality and will encourage Long-term care leaders in their personal journeys as well as provide tools to support their co-workers and team members. Courses can be completed as standalone events, or participants can earn a Certificate of Completion if they complete the 4 Core Courses and 2 Elective Courses. This is a grant-funded initiative and it is free for employees of long-term care and assisted living facilities in the following counties: Adams, Blair, Bedford, Franklin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Cumberland, Lebanon, Dauphin, Fulton and York. Please pass along this information to others in your network by sharing this link: that lists details and registration.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: “Who Will Carry the Word?”

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Charlotte Delbo’s moving account of survival in our fall production of “Who Will Carry the Word?” opening on Oct. 5. Tickets are on sale now and are buy-one-get-one free for opening night!

“Who Will Carry the Word?”
Written by Charlotte Delbo
Translation by Cynthia Haft
Directed by Ed Cohn and Carmi Wilmot

Oct. 5 – 7, 8 p.m.
Oct. 8, 3 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

“Who Will Carry the Word?” is a deeply moving recount of French writer Charlotte Delbo’s survival during the Holocaust. The play depicts the atrocities during this unfathomable time in history, painting an emotionally raw picture of enduring the unimaginable. While “Who Will Carry the Word?” is based on existence in concentration camps, it also portrays how in times of despair, mankind comes together—bonded by strength and courage—to find hope and the will to escape a dire fate.
Please note that this performance contains mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Estimated run time: 2 hours, including one 10-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.

Society of Women Engineers National Mission Award

Messiah’s SWE chapter has been chosen to receive the Society of Women Engineers Mission Award. The national organization honored SWE for their deliberate and passionate promotion of women in engineering by creating spaces of belonging, introducing professional development opportunities, and striving to share their faith in the context of vocation. Congratulations to the SWE officers: Jaylinne Rijo (president), Paige Campbell (vice president), Cassie Gehenio (secretary), Caitlin Ross (treasurer), Caitlin Renner (marketing), Laura Frederick (first year chair), Elizabeth Yoho (events coordinator), Emily Javier (professional outreach chair), and Professor Michelle Lockwood (faculty leader)!

Charter bus trip

Join Friends of Murray Library on a charter bus day trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Morning departure time from Messiah University is at 7 a.m., with anticipated evening arrival time back to campus at 9:30 p.m. Registration includes transportation and museum tickets but does not include meals. To sign up by Oct. 16, visit the Friends webpage at Any questions, contact Tracy Sheaffer at

Central Pennsylvania Forum for Science and Faith presents fall lecture

Please join us as the Forum welcomes Peter Enns, Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University, to campus to deliver a talk based on his recent book entitled, “Curveball: When Your Faith Takes Turns You Never Saw Coming (or How I Stumbled and Tripped My Way to Finding a Bigger God).” Dr. Enns’ talk is Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium, Frey Hall 110. We look forward to an illuminating and inspiring evening.

HPIR career night

Join us as the History, Politics and International Relations (HPIR) department welcomes back two of our own for HPIR Career Night, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, Boyer Hall 336, 6:30 p.m. History major Wayne Kantz ’03 currently teaches college prep and advanced placement U.S. History courses at a Lancaster high school. He also works as a HPIR adjunct instructor at Messiah. Politics and International Relations major Sharon Hoeck ’12 works on the development team for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit focused on reducing worldwide nuclear and biological threats.


Job opportunities

Full-time Messiah employees can earn extra money ($20 per hour) this semester by serving meals and completing other tasks as needed in Dining Services. The following shifts are available in Lottie Nelson: Mon. 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (line server, 2 needed), 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. (salad bar attendant); Tues. 6 – 7:30 a.m. (line server, 2 needed), 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (line server, 2 needed), 12:30 – 2:15 p.m. (salad bar attendant), 5 – 8 p.m. (dish room workers, 2 needed); Wed. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (line server, 2 needed), 12:30 -2 p.m. (beverage worker), 5 -8 p.m. (dish room workers, 2 needed), 5 – 8 p.m. (line server, 2 needed); Thurs. 6 -7:30 a.m. (line server set up, 2 needed), 11a.m. -12 p.m. (line server), 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (line server, 3 needed), 12:30 – 2 p.m. (salad bar attendant), 5 – 8 p.m. (line server, 2 needed); Fri. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (salad bar attendant), 12:15 – 2:30 p.m. (line server, 2 needed), 4:30 – 8 p.m. (stir fry attendant); and Sun. noon – 2:30 p.m. (salad bar attendant), 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. (line server, 2 needed), 1:30 – 3 p.m. (line server). There are also shifts available every weekday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (table cleaner) and 10:45-2:30pm (dish room workers, 2 needed). The Union Café has shifts available Monday-Friday 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. (opening and running lunch, 4 workers needed), 5 – 8 p.m. (dinner: 2 at grill needed and 2 and salad and smoothies needed), and 8 -10:30 p.m. (closing support, 4 needed). Weekend shifts are also available at the Union from noon – 2:30 p.m. (opening, 4 needed) and 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner, 4 needed). For scheduling or additional information, please contact Todd Christopher ( for Lottie Nelson and Andrew White ( for the Union Café.

The Department of Student Financial Services has an opening for a full-time student financial services counselor. Job related questions may be directed to JR Harris at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics has an opening for a full-time computer science faculty member. Job related questions can be directed to Niklas Hellgren at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Athletics has an opening for a part-time assistant swim coach. Job related questions may be directed to Joshua Clarke at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Oakes Museum of Natural History has an opening for a part-time collections manager. Job related questions may be directed to Helena Cicero at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full-time admissions counselor for Latino student recruitment. Job related questions may be directed to Virgil Angeles at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Safety has a full-time opening for a 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Safety has an opening for a part-time safety officer. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard 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:

Dining Services has several part and full-time positions including a catering supervisor, culinary assistant, Winding Hill Café operations assistant, and PM cook. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at

Campus and Building services have a variety of full and part-time openings. Job related questions can be directed to Laura Price at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Dining Services has an opening for part-time baking associate. Job related questions can be directed to Mark Wirtz at For more information and to apply, please visit:

For sale

Sea glass necklaces – large selection. Please send me an email for more available photos. All necklaces are newly handmade. A sea glass necklaces makes a great birthday gift or upcoming Christmas gift. Contact Stacy:

Standard size cedar chest for sale. $50, OBO. Exterior dimensions: 48’’ wid x 21.5″ deep x 21.5″ high (wheels to lid). Interior dimensions: 44.5″ x 17.5″ x 13.5″ deep. Solid with small scratches and faint water mark on lid. See attached photos. Contact Larry at

Snowblower 24″ Electric Start 179cc Gas Engine. 24″ Troy Built Snowblower. Electric Start 179CC. Like new condition. $500. Contact Brad Markley for pictures and information

Pumpkins for sale. Pumpkins of all sizes for sale at the Gallaher homestead, 401 Skyport Rd., Mechanicsburg. Open this Friday from 5 p.m. – dark and this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All other days/hours are self-service, or by appointment by calling Stephen Gallaher at 717-503-7222.


Menkis Works Pottery Fall Craft Sale and Open Studio

Visit Menkis Works Pottery for this annual Pottery and Craft Sale! There will be wheel throwing demonstrations, kid’s activities, refreshments and more. Check out the studio where pots are made, and find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season! Menkis Works Pottery is a small batch family business run by husband and wife team and Messiah alumni Brian and Naomi Menkis. They make hand-crafted, beautiful and functional pots for daily use such as: mugs, bowls, vases, teapots, plates, pitchers and much, much more! Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located at 2401 Arcona Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA

Volunteers needed

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is holding an Oktoberfest on Sept. 30. We are in need of volunteers to help with our kids section which includes various activities. Contact Nina Johnson if interested in volunteering: