Archive for 2023

February 2

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Matthew 12:15



Paula Johnson, Director of Clinical Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, has been appointed as the chair of ACAPT’s National Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission Task Force (NEDIC) on Physical Therapy Education and Career Advancement Pathways.

As a nationally recognized expert, Paula attended the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) invitation only summit in June of 2022. Data from that summit was analyzed and themes were developed for further action. The task force that Paula chairs will be working over the next 18 months to utilize information from the NEDIC summit and collect and analyze additional data related to pathways to DPT program admission and post-professional leadership roles. The task force will then propose policies, guidelines, best practices, standards and/or resources for adoption and implementation within academic physical therapy.

We congratulate Paula on this honor.


The following students from the theatre and dance program were invited to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival earlier this month. Emma Hehn, a senior BFA musical theatre major performed in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. She performed monologues form Brighton Beach Memoirs, Where You Can’t Follow and a scene from Silent Sky. Out of around 200 participants, she was selected as one of the finalists for the competition. Elizabeth Volpe, a senior BFA musical theatre major performed in the Musical Theatre Initiative Competition. She sang cuts from “I’m Your Man” from Meet John Doe and “Everybody Loves Louis” from Sunday in the Park with George and was selected as a finalist for the competition. Elisaveta Alekumova, a senior B.A. theatre major was one of only six students invited to participate in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Program at the festival. For her work directing the play, “The Arithmetic of Memory” she was selected as the regional runner up for the SDC program. If you see these students, please congratulate them on their artistic/scholarly achievements and for representing Messiah with distinction.


Student Employee of the Year nominations

The Student Employment Office is now accepting nominations for the Student Employee of the Year Award. If you have an outstanding student working in your department, please nominate them! Any current undergraduate student employee may be nominated for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award. Nominees will be judged by committee review and the following prizes will be awarded during National Student Employment Week in April:

  • Student Employee of the Year: $200
    • Runner-up: $100
    • Honorable Mention Awards (2): $50 each

In addition, the person selected as Messiah’s Student Employee of the Year will be nominated for additional recognition at the state, regional and national levels.

To nominate a student employee for the SEOTY Award, complete the form found here:

For additional details to assist you with your submission, see the attachment found here. Nominations are due by Feb. 10. Contact the Student Employment Office at if you have any questions.

Employee Worship Service

Please join us for an employee worship service on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 am in Parmer Hall. Our community pastor, Stephen Gallaher, will be sharing the message “From Generation to Generation.” If you are interested in joining an employee choir to help lead the congregational hymns, please contact Staci Davis ( or x5300).

Church Choir Festival – you’re invited

Messiah is hosting its first Church Choir Festival on Feb. 5 from 1-6 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Join the Concert Choir, worship and music majors, Doug Curry, Joy Meade and Mina Choi for an afternoon of corporate singing in a variety of styles and forms. If you or someone you know would like to participate, please learn more through the attached form or through our website:

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Shoeless Joe

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to invite you to join us for our spring musical theatre cabaret “Shoeless Joe” on Feb. 4 and 5 in the Grace Pollock Dance Studio! “Shoeless Joe” is a new cabaret every time, uniquely built for each new cast! This spring’s “Shoeless Joe” is titled Almost Normal!! Be on the lookout for the “Shoeless Joe” tradition- the crazy socks giveaway during the show. Seating is limited, so get your free tickets now!

Shoeless Joe- Almost Normal!!
A New Cabaret Every Time! Uniquely Built for Each New Cast.
Directed by: Susan Hurley

– Nathan Hurley
– Alysse Whaley
– Emma Hehn
– Aria Walker
– Alden Walker
– Abby Crispin
– Elizabeth Volpe
– Bob Feil

February 4 at 8 p.m.
February 5 at 3 p.m.
Grace Pollock Dance Studio, Climenhaga Building

Estimated run time: 50 minutes

Tickets: Free ticketed event
Tickets are required due to limited seating. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

Refuel: Encouraging and Equipping for God’s Call

The Admissions Office and Campus Ministries will be hosting Refuel: Encouraging and Equipping for God’s Call, a day of worship and conversation, on April 22. The event is tailored to both youth groups and their leaders and will include worship, a keynote speaker, and breakout sessions designed for individuals of various stations (students, youth pastors, volunteers, etc.). We are encouraging anyone with connections to youth ministries or leaders to spread the word and extend an invitation! Individuals can find more details and register for the event at:

Please direct questions to Josh Gerber at

Murray Library’s February 2023 newsletter

What’s New in the Library? Read our February newsletter containing the latest news on events and displays, staff, and more! See attachment.

Employee award nominations

Do you work with someone who has gone above and beyond expectations this year? Nominate them for recognition at this spring’s Employee Recognition Picnic! (Save the date – the picnic will be on Tuesday, May 9. More information will be announced later.)
Nominations will be accepted through March 1. Please see the attached document for more details. Here are the links to the nomination forms:
Pride in Performance:
President’s Award:
Road to Reconciliation Award:
Team Falcon Award

Advisors needed for spring break service trips

The Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement is currently looking for advisors for our Domestic Spring Break service trips who might be willing to serve alongside students as they engage with diverse communities.

Spring Break service trips will take place March 4-11. All costs are covered for trip advisors. Because we seek to make our service trips an opportunity for student leaders to grow and develop skills in leading, reflection and facilitation, the trip advisor simply serves as a resource and encouragement for student leaders and assists in any problem-solving that may arise.

Currently we are looking for advisors who may be interested in serving with the following places:

Praying Pelican (Fort Myers, FL)
Vigilant Hope (Wilmington, NC)

If you are interested or would like more information, please email Abby Anderson at We look forward to hearing from you!

Degree Works update coming this semester!

The Office of the Registrar and Information Technology Services are excited to announce that changes are coming to the Degree Works degree audits. The new look, called “Responsive Dashboard”, provides a device-adaptable and mobile-friendly student dashboard with a fresh, clean look that is ADA compliant for accessibility. Access to the current version of Degree Works (Classic Dashboard) will continue through the spring 2023 semester. Stay tuned for FAQs and informational videos about the new look of DegreeWorks coming to your Messiah email.

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.

Did you know…?

A Purchase Order is a legally binding contract between Messiah University and the vendor? By accepting the purchase order, the supplier agrees to Messiah’s terms and conditions, which are sent with every PO. Having a legally binding contract help protects Messiah University. This is why purchasing with a PO is preferred over using your P-Card. Contact us with questions x6010.


Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
High Center, Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertoire both in cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under).

PLEASE NOTE: Orchestra and First Balcony seating is sold out. Tickets for Upper Balcony can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 717-691-6036, Option #1.


Job opportunities

The Department of Residence Life has an opening for a first year residence director. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm, at

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time collection strategies librarian. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Linda Poston, at

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

Groundskeeping has an opening for a full-time athletic fields groundskeeper/crew lead as well openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill, at

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer. For more information and to apply, please visit or contact Bryce Wickard with any questions at

The Employee Referral Bonus Programs provides a cash incentive of $500 for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration, or full-time faculty. For more information and to see if you qualify for the position, please visit:

For sale

Nightstand for sale, brand new, still in box. Rustic nightstand/end/side table with 1 drawer and 1 door for living room or bedroom. Walnut finish, 13.8″D x 19.2″W x 29″H.
Asking $40.

Wall mirror for sale. Wall mirror with gold-tone frame. 37 1/2 x 25 1/2. Will bring to campus. $10 Photo available.


Found bracelet. A bracelet was found on the floor in Hostetter Chapel after the employee Christmas event on Dec. 21. If you are missing a bracelet, please call Staci Davis at x5300 to identify and claim.


Looking for a glass cutter. Does anyone have the ability to drill a hole into a glass bottle? I have 3 bottles that I would like to have put a hole in so I can put a string of lights in them. Send me an email,, or call and leave a message at x 3918. Thank you.