Archive for 2023

March 2

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Give, and it will be given to you.

A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.

For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:38


Eric Rawson, chair and professor of health, nutrition and exercise science department, presented “Supplements with the Greatest Impact on Pre-Workout, Performance, and Recovery”, at the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaches Summit at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, IN on March 1.


Isis Rivera-Walsh recently posted a piece on the Christian Scholar’s Review blog entitled, “A Catholic Among Protestants.” This well written piece highlights her experience of service as a Catholic faculty member to a CCCU institution, like Messiah University. The article can be viewed here:


The Office of Faculty Development supported a robust representation of educators at 2023 Lancaster Learns, a one-day conference held on Friday, Feb. 24. Messiah University contributed as a conference sponsor. Additionally, several Messiah University educators contributed as break-out session presenters during the event. Joanna Behm, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented Flipped Learning: Student and Faculty Experiences; Kristi Barbato, assistant professor of nursing, Brooke Dunbar-Treadwell, senior lecturer of English, Amy Ginck, senior lecturer in Spanish, Jennifer Ness-Myers, assistant professor of biology, Jenell Paris, professor of anthropology and criminal justice, and Jennifer Thomson, professor of biopsychology, collaborated for their session, Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward. focused on positive advancements that resulted from challenges faced during the pandemic; Melinda Burchard, professor of special education, presented Growing Culturally Responsive Citizens: Planning and Assessing for Change; Mindy Smith, assistant professor in applied health science and Katie Rousopoulos, director of the Agapé Center for local and global engagement, presented Creative Connections: Bridging a public health gap through disciplinary objectives and a study-away program; Heather Barto, professor of counseling, presented Using Mindfulness and Yoga in the Classroom; Cindi Kerns and Rocky Allinger, instructional designers – educational technology services, together with Brad Harman, digital media specialist presented DIY Instructional Video Tips and Tricks.

Additional attendees included faculty members Sheri Boyce, professor of biology, Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science, Kaitlin Gill, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, David Hazen, assistant professor of education, Vanessa Lee, assistant professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, David Owen, professor of computer science, Gladys Robalino, associate professor of Spanish, director of the Center for Public Humanities, Joshua Sanders, adjunct professor of interdisciplinary studies, Kristen Slabaugh, professor of nursing, and Leah Clarke, director and professor of the graduate program in counseling and assistant director of the office of faculty development.

Please join me in thanking these colleagues for their commitment to excellence in teaching.

Cynthia Wells

Director of Faculty Development

Director of The Ernest L. Boyer Center

Professor of Higher Education


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.

Roadmap to Medicare webinar

We are excited to have HTA’s Medicare Insurance Specialist present:
ROADMAP TO MEDICARE – Educational Webinar

Register at

This presentation is designed for those: Nearing age 65, nearing retirement, working past age 65, and ALL Retirees.

Join us for an informative presentation and get your questions answered about the following topics:

Important Timeframes:
• What you should be doing as a retiree or soon to be retiree
• Open Enrollment and Guaranteed Issue Periods, plus late penalties
• What happens when you and your spouse do not turn 65 at the same time
• When to enroll or defer Medicare Part B if not retiring at age 65
• Changing carriers—how and when

Make sure your coverage is complete:
• What does Medicare cover and not cover
• Is secondary insurance necessary and what are the options
• How do a Medicare Supplement and Original Medicare coordinate

This is an educational presentation for consumers—no cost to attendees

Upcoming regional networking events

The Advancement Division is pleased to announce a series of regional networking events, which will occur over the next several months. Please see below for a listing of all events, and refer to the attached document for more details and registration links.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in promoting these events to alumni you are connected with who may live in one of these target areas. Students and prospective students/families are also welcome at all events, please feel free to share information with them as well.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Nashville Tailgate
Friday, March 10, after the 3 p.m. lacrosse game, Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205.

NYC Student/Alumni networking reception
Monday, March 27, Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Lancaster area networking breakfast
Saturday, April 15 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (there will be brief remarks from university representatives at 10 a.m.)
Messicks – 1475 Strickler Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552

Bucks/Montgomery Counties networking reception
Monday, April 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the home of Rod and Cathy Musser, 2775 Ashton Court, Doylestown, PA 18902

York County networking event

Tuesday, April 18th, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Logos Academy – 250 West King Street, York, PA 17401

Washington DC area networking event

Tuesday, April 25 from 6 – 8 p.m., The Old Ebbitt Grill – 675 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005

Messiah University networking dinner at Highmark Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Monday, June 12, 5 – 8 p.m.

Campus Store and Mail Services modified spring break hours

Please note our modified Spring Break hours to plan your purchases and mail pickups:

Monday, March 6: Store CLOSED for Inventory; 9-10 a.m. mail pickup at store back door
Tuesday, March 7: Store CLOSED for Inventory; 9-10a.m. mail pickup at store back door
Wednesday, March 8: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 9: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, March 10: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 11: CLOSED

2023 Summer Camps at the Oakes Museum!

This summer we are offering a variety of camps for grades 3rd-12th.

Curator Club and CC2:
Summer camps are weeklong, half-day camps, running 9-noon each day. The cost is $150/camper and there is a before care option for $25.

Curator Club (3rd-5th)
June 19 – 23 – Survive It!
Dig deep into how animals survive a challenging world. Topics will include Build It (habitats), Sense It (vision, smell, and hearing), Move It (locomotion), Eat It (digestion), and Beat It (color and camouflage). We’ll use both the museum collection and the Messiah University campus to explore survival.

July 17-21 – Animals!
Using the museum and the surrounding natural world, each day campers will learn about a different animal group (invertebrates, fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals).

CC2 (6th-8th)
July 10-14 – Ecology Camp!
The world is complex! Learn about the interactions between different life forms and their environments with hands on observations and experiments in the museum and the living laboratory of campus.

High School Camps:
Camp is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day with a lunch included. Students will eat lunches in Messiah University’s cafeteria or bag lunches to be eaten in the field will be provided.

June 15 and 16 – Vertebrate Anatomy Camp – $200
Learn dissecting skills and use them to gain an overview of vertebrate anatomy by comparing the organ systems and specializations of a variety of representative vertebrates. Students will dissect a variety of vertebrates including: frog, shark and fetal pig. Labs will involve microscopy and tissue examination, along with a variety of other hands-on activities.

June 26 – 30 – Field Biology Camp – $350
Learn how biologists study the natural world! Students will be introduced to the study of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic communities, terrestrial insects, and our forests in this hands-on field class. Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of field investigative equipment in this class. We will assess small mammal communities with live traps, track turtles with telemetry equipment, assess fish communities by electrofishing, and examine forest floor invertebrate using pitfall traps, to mention a few things.

July 12 – Introduction to Dissection (12:30-4:30) – $75
Learn dissecting skills while dissecting an earthworm, frog and pigeon. This is a great introduction to dissection and anatomy! (This half day program does not include lunch.)

Travel reminder

Are you traveling (domestically or internationally) for the University spring break and plan to use a purchasing card? Please notify the purchasing card administrator ( with dates and location of travel prior to departure. Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

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…March is National Procurement Month? The Procurement team would like to invite you to a small celebration on Thursday, March 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the finance/procurement hallway; first floor of Old Main. Stop by and introduce yourself, ask questions or simply say “hi”.

Employee cybersecurity training

Messiah is rolling out cybersecurity training for ALL employees, as required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) as well as the institution’s cyber insurance. The training will be released in four modules. Each module should take about 15 minutes to complete. The first module is available now!

To access the training, go to Falcon Link and search “Cybersecurity Training.” Employees are required to complete all four modules by the end of May.


Job opportunities

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:

The Department of Athletics-Sports Information has an opening for a full-time athletic communications assistant. Job-related questions may be directed to Matthew Fenton at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Facility Maintenance has an opening for a full-time plumber. Job- related questions may be directed to Brian Miller 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 Wellness and Recreation has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant for community wellness/fitness center. Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Ogden 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

Dining Services is hiring summer Lottie workers (ages 14 and up). Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at For more information and to apply, please visit:

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 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/dispatcher. For more information and to apply, please visit or contact Bryce Wickard with any questions at

For sale

(2) – 16″ Nishiki Pueblo mountain bikes. Gray and red Nishiki Pueblo mountain bike, size 16″ with 26″ wheels. Complete overhaul recently and in good condition. Seat is in excellent shape. Let me know if you want one or both. Add’l pics available.$100/each OBO. Contact Lori:

NIB Google Nest Hub (2nd Generation). $80 OBO. 7 inch touchscreen. Full-range speaker. 3 mics. DC power jack. Adapter included. Connects to wi-fi and bluetooth. Contact Lori:

YETI Tundra 35 hard cooler. Used YETI Tundra 35 hard cooler for sale. $200 OBO. It’s the smallest of YETI’s coolers, easily fitting in your car, 4×4, or wherever you need to take it. Cooler is in good condition. It holds ice for days at a time. YETI advertises that this size holds 39 cans (only) or 29 pounds of ice (only). Contact Lori:

Wooden toddler bed. Comes with mattress and unicorn bed set. See photo attached. $50. Contact my email if interested:

Couch and loveseat for sale. Couch seats three people, and the two ends recline (see pictures) Couch is worn but is still very comfortable. Asking $250 or best offer.
Loveseat is comfortable and supportive. The material is plaid, but we have covered it with a couch cover to make it more neutral (couch cover comes with the couch). Asking $75 or best offer. Both would be great starter seating for a new graduate. Picture available here:
Email with any inquiries.

Lowepro 35092 Primus AW Premium Backpack (Arctic Blue). This premium photography all-weather backpack is comfortable for long and short hikes (no pulling on shoulders) and has a harness system with 8 points of adjustment to customize fit, specialized compartments and features for hiking out in the great outdoors with your gear and favorite cameras (lens compartments, easy access, lots of padding, tripod/mono-pod holder, seam sealed, and all-weather cover to protect against rain, etc.), a side mesh pocket for water bottle, and is in excellent “like new” condition. Dimensions: 21” L x 12.5” W x 8” D. For photos and video, see: $150. Email:

Two used car seat covers (black and gray) for sale. Headrest covers are included. Seat covers are leather and in great condition. One small stain on the side of one seat. The seat covers are manufactured to NOT interfere with any side air bags on your car seats. $35 for the pair. Email Lori: