April 4

April 4th, 2024 by INTERCOM

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Associate Professor of Finance Dwayne Safer served as a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on March 29 and 30. The working sessions and lectures with MBA students covered recent developments in the fields of data analytics and financial modeling.
He will also be holding workshops and lectures at Tufts University (Medford, MA) covering similar content on April 6 and 7.

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Dr. Kimberly Duetsch, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Dr. Krystal Robinson-Bert, associate professor of occupational therapy, co-presented a student session entitled, “Can I Get Your Number? How Understanding Your Enneagram Can Facilitate Better Communication & Stress Management in Fieldwork and in the Classroom” at the AOTA Inspire annual conference in Orlando, FL, on March 23.
The occupational therapy faculty team, led by Dr. Krystal Robinson-Bert, presented their poster titled, “Freewheeling: An Introduction to the OT Student Advising Wheel, a Tool Infused by the OTPF–4 for Holistic Advising” at the same AOTA conference.

Dr. Kimberly Duetsch also presented her poster titled, “Student Perspectives on Embedding Coping Strategies and Burnout Education in the Health Care Curriculum” in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Krystal Robinson-Bert, along with alumna Demma Franklin ’23, presented their poster titled, “Current Practice of Somatosensory Impairment” at the AOTA conference. The purpose of this quantitative, cross-sectional survey was to determine occupational and physical therapists’ current practice of assessment and intervention related to somatosensory impairment across the United States.

Dr. Jim Foster, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented his poster titled, “Addressing Group & Population Occupational Dysfunction via Telehealth: A Scoping Review” at the AOTA conference. His poster identified groups and populations in which telehealth was recently utilized to address occupational dysfunction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Leanne Rutt, program director and associate professor of occupational therapy, presented her poster titled, “Occupational Justice: Staff Members’ Understanding of the Role of OT in Organizations Serving Persons Experiencing Homelessness” at the AOTA conference.

Dr. Carrie Gorman, assistant professor of occupational therapy, along with alumni Emily Leeper ’23 and Allison Price ’23, presented their poster titled, “Perceptions of Spirituality in OT Education & Implementation in Practice” at the AOTA conference.

Dr. Joanna Behm, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented her poster titled, “Experiences of Occupational Therapy Students with Disabilities” at the AOTA conference. Along with current students Hannah Mumau and Lauren Viscusi, Dr. Behm also presented a poster titled “Compliance Is Not Inclusion: Exploring the Lived Experience of Disabled OT Students & Practitioners.”

AROUND CAMPUS

Cyber Camp 2024

Messiah University’s Cyber Camp is back this summer, taking place June 10-13. This day camp for high school students entering 9th through 12th grade is a fun way to dive into the world of cybersecurity. We will cover topics such as cryptography, online behavior and privacy, ethical hacking, social engineering, threat intelligence and using AI to defend the digital domain.

This year, students will take part in even more hands-on cyber labs, simulations and interactive gaming scenarios. Plus, they will receive instruction directly from our cybersecurity faculty and local industry experts, all while getting to experience an introduction to what college life is all about.

Get all the details and register at https://www.messiah.edu/info/23440/cyber_camp. (*Messiah employees receive a 10% discount when signing their dependents up. Contact cybercamp@messiah.edu for the discount code.)

Join us for our next MBI event on April 24

Dr. Craig Sider is passionate about unleashing potential in others. He partners with leaders and organizations to help them identify – and move courageously toward – a preferred future. For over three decades, Craig has walked with and served leaders from business, nonprofit and education. He combines insights gleaned from degrees in business, theology and leadership development. Craig’s approach is to listen deeply and then ask questions that draw out deeper reflection and inspire fresh thinking. Please join us for our next MBI event where Sider will share insights from his new book, “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream.”

This event will be held in the Martin Commons.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an extended networking breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Settle in for a lively keynote from Dr. Craig Sider based on his new book “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream”
9:30 – 10 a.m. Q&A session, extended networking.

Registration is required for this event, please use the following link:
https://MBICraigSider.eventbrite.com

Summer Camp at the Oakes Museum!

This summer the Oakes Museum will be hosting multiple summer camps for elementary to high school ages.

Curator Club (3rd -5th)
Collect It! – June 24-28
Animals Camp – July 8-12
9 a.m. – noon

CC2 (6th-8th)
Ecology Camp – July 22-26
9 a.m. – noon

High school:
Field Biology Camp – June 17-21
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vertebrate Anatomy Camp – July 15 and 16
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit our website to learn more and register!
https://www.messiah.edu/oakes/

Messiah students and faculty present research to PA State Legislators

Two research teams represented the Messiah University School of Arts, Culture and Society and School of Science, Engineering and Health by presenting posters describing research accomplishments as part of the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – Pennsylvania conference held on Tuesday, March 19 in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Sydney Sefing and Michael Lin (accompanied by John Bechtold on behalf of co-author Teressa Fink) described a study entitled, “Effects of Aroma and Nature of Presentation of Material on Memory.” Larry Mylin (standing in for Evangeline Soerens who was absent due to NCAA National Swimming competition) described a study entitled, “Evaluation of a Cell-Based Vaccine Against Pancreatic Cancer” on behalf of co-authors Evangeline Soerens, Sarah Bath, Daniel Guevin, Laura Hudson, Ashlee (Leib) Ramirez and John Harms. Multiple individuals visited the posters; Mylin was able to describe the study too and take a selfie with Representative Brett Miller who represents the 41st district in which Mylin now resides.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Culmination ’24 Spring Dance Concert

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the spring dance concert Culmination ’24 on April 12 and 13! 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 ’24
Spring Dance Concert
Directed by Gregg Hurley

April 12 at 8 p.m.
April 13 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 messiah.edu/tickets, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.

April 2024 Library Newsletter

Read our April newsletter containing the latest news on events, staff, and more!
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2024 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Alumni Awards. 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 save the date for Friday, Nov. 1 for the Alumni Awards Dinner, which will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. in Martin Commons. Questions? Please contact us at 717.796.5252 or alumni@messiah.edu.

Young Alumnus Achievement AwardDr. Nathaniel D. M. Jenkins (Class of 2011, health and exercise science)
This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah University within the past 15 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah University.

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement AwardJeffrey F Lehman (Class of 1974, chemistry)
Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the University.

Alumni Christian Service AwardMichele E Struss (Class of 1994, art)
This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.

Alumni Appreciation AwardBarry G. Goodling (Class of 1979, business administration)
Recognizes an individual(s) who has/have contributed to the University in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution)

Solar eclipse event

You might have heard about the April 8 solar eclipse. Where we are at Messiah, it will happen between 2:05 and 4:30 p.m., and peak at ~ 92.7% coverage at 3:21 p.m.

Your favorite physicists are planning to set up our telescopes (with sun filters) on the Alumni Plaza outside Lottie, and we invite everyone to come take a look.

One telescope will be equipped with a camera, and we will live-stream the event here, starting at 1:30 p.m.: https://www.twitch.tv/colebolin?sr=a (thanks to Cole and the Physics Club for this).

We will also have NASA approved eclipse glasses that you can borrow.

WARNING – NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN without proper protection! Looking directly into the sun can cause permanent eye damage, even blindness! Note that normal sunglasses provide virtually no protection from direct sunlight! Typical sunglasses block in the order of 20-90% visible light, and (if they are good) up to 99% UV light. Eclipse glasses block around 99.9999% of visible, IR and UV light! That is a factor 10,000 difference! Only use approved eclipse glasses!

DISCLAIMER – This is not an official event. We can help you view the eclipse with approved equipment and eclipse glasses, BUT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY!

Tech Support – Did you know?

  • Microsoft 365 is available for you to install on your computer if you are still running Office 2016. To install it, open software center from your desktop or start menu, find Microsoft 365 64-bit, click Install (plan on 10-15 minutes for this process). After installation is complete, navigate to the software center again. Click Office 365 taskbar and start menu fix (this will remove those 2016 icons). Sign back into your account.
  • Teams – The “New” Teams became Teams on 3/31. If you run Teams through the web browser, it is only available in Edge or Chrome. The “New” Teams application cannot be used in Firefox nor Safari yet. Only Classic Teams can be used in those browsers, but Microsoft says they will be adding support soon.
  • Shared data with students – When students graduate, you may lose files/information shared with you by the student. Please work with the owner of the information to ensure you have access to the data after graduation.
  • Any questions? – Email techsupport@messiah.edu, which will generate a support ticket. The ticket will be assigned to an available technician. This ensures your issue receives attention, even if someone is out of the office.

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Job opportunities

The Career and Professional Development Center has an opening for a full-time events and administrative coordinator. Job related questions may be related to Ashley Jones at ajones@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26777.

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time loan/technical processing technician. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (Librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26761.

The Department of Residence Life has an opening for a full-time director of residence life. Job related questions may be directed to Doug Wood at dwood@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26690.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26763.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at bswartz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26566.

Procurement has an opening for a full-time accounts payable coordinator. Job related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist at ssechrist@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26625.

Residence Life has an opening for a full-time residence director (first year). Job related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm at lgrimm@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26562.

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at jfisler@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26532.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a temporary records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26606.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

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

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at dblackley@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26554.

Thank you!

I wanted to let you know especially those who were so kind to my mom, said prayers and made her smile with all those Christmas cards, that my mom went to be with our Lord on Feb. 22. I am doing okay and I miss her dearly, but I know that she is no longer suffering and at peace. Thank you for the prayers and kind words during her final days. It means so much to work for a company where there are so many kind and caring people. Thank you again and may God Bless each one of you. – Stacy Portko

OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS

Dillsburg Community Church craft sale

On Saturday, April 20, the Dillsburg Community Church in Dillsburg will be having a craft sale. The church is located at 412 Mountain Rd, Dillsburg. Hours are 9 a.m. -2 p.m. There will be many crafts made by local vendors in the area. Grab your friends and come check out all the beautiful crafts. Crafts are great for birthdays, bridal and baby showers. You are bound to find something, maybe even a special gift for yourself. Mark your calendars now, so you do not forget. See you there.

 

 

March 28

March 28th, 2024 by INTERCOM

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Ted Davis, professor emeritus of the history of science, gave the keynote address last week at The Christianity in the Academy Conference, held at Carson-Newman University. Next week, he will visit classes and give public talks at Westmont College and California Baptist University.

Todd Goranson, DMA, RN, professor of music, presented a lecture titled, “Discovering Health: Injury Prevention and Performance Anxiety Management for the Saxophonist” at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma) on March 16 as part of the 2024 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. The NASA biennial conference gathers over 1000 professional and collegiate saxophonists from North America for concerts, master classes and lectures.

On March 18, Goranson also presented a lecture titled, “Strategies for Overcoming Performance Anxiety” at the Weiss Center for the Arts in Carlisle for the music students and faculty of Dickinson College.

AROUND CAMPUS

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due by April 5. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the jobs.messiah.edu system for each student that will be working.

Additional information about summer student employment can be found here.
If you have any questions about hiring student employees for the summer, contact Belinda Conrad, student employment coordinator, ext. 2900 or studentemployment@messiah.edu.

Cyber Camp 2024

Messiah University’s Cyber Camp is back this summer, taking place June 10-13. This day camp for high school students entering 9th through 12th grade is a fun way to dive into the world of cybersecurity. We’ll cover topics such as cryptography, online behavior and privacy, ethical hacking, social engineering, threat intelligence and using AI to defend the digital domain.

This year, students will take part in even more hands-on cyber labs, simulations and interactive gaming scenarios. Plus, they’ll receive instruction directly from our cybersecurity faculty and local industry experts, all while getting to experience an introduction to what college life is all about.

Get all the details and register at https://www.messiah.edu/info/23440/cyber_camp. (*Messiah employees receive a 10% discount when signing their dependents up. Contact cybercamp@messiah.edu for the discount code.)

Young Peacemakers Academy summer camp

Messiah University’s Young Peacemakers Academy will host their residential camp from June 23-28. The Young Peacemakers Academy seeks to engage high school students who are interested in building and sustaining peace in local and global contexts and provide them with Christian foundations for peacemaking. The cost is $349 for the week. Scholarships are available. Employees will automatically receive a 10% discount.

Campers will participate in service-learning in central Pennsylvania and experience social and economic peacemaking with community partners. The camp will also include a day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet global peacemakers at the U.S. Institute for Peace. For more information, please visit our website or email youngpeacemakers@messiah.edu.

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community – Signups are live!

Please join the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Murray Library as they co-host the “Living Library: Many Stories, One Community” on Wednesday, April 10 between noon – 4 p.m.

This event is held in the library and you, as a “reader” have the opportunity to hear stories from colleagues and students as they are the “books.” Each book is on loan for 30 minutes.

Come hear these personal narratives and reserve the “books” of your choice online at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E44ADA92DABFD0-48644368-living#/

If you are new to the concept of the Living Library, and have any questions, please contact Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at ekielley@messiah.edu.

Spring Budget Forum – April 4

An employee FY25 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 4 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. All employees are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be led by Gary Nowicki, vice president of finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY25 budget parameters.

Summer Camp at the Oakes Museum!

This summer the Oakes Museum will be hosting multiple summer camps for elementary to high school ages.

Curator Club (3rd -5th)
Collect It! – June 24-28
Animals Camp – July 8-12
9 a.m. – noon

CC2 (6th-8th)
Ecology Camp – July 22-26
9 a.m. – noon

High school:
Field Biology Camp – June 17-21
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vertebrate Anatomy Camp – July 15 and 16
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit our website to learn more and register!
https://www.messiah.edu/oakes/

Messiah students and faculty present research to PA State Legislators

Two research teams represented the Messiah University School of Arts, Culture and Society and School of Science, Engineering and Health by presenting posters describing research accomplishments as part of the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – Pennsylvania conference held on Tuesday, March 19 in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Sydney Sefing and Michael Lin (accompanied by John Bechtold on behalf of co-author Teressa Fink) described a study entitled, “Effects of Aroma and Nature of Presentation of Material on Memory”. Larry Mylin (standing in for Evangeline Soerens who was absent due to NCAA National Swimming competition) described a study entitled, “Evaluation of a Cell-Based Vaccine Against Pancreatic Cancer” on behalf of co-authors Evangeline Soerens, Sarah Bath, Daniel Guevin, Laura Hudson, Ashlee (Leib) Ramirez and John Harms. Multiple individuals visited the posters; Mylin was able to describe the study too and take a selfie with Representative Brett Miller who represents the 41st district in which Mylin now resides.

Giving Day is coming!

Messiah University Giving Day is Tuesday, 4.2.24!

Did you know that when 30 employees give any amount, a generous donor will give $10,000 to the Messiah Fund? 100% of students receive a tuition supplement from the Messiah Fund, and that is made possible through the support of employees, parents and alumni like you! Visit messiahgives.com to make a gift early or on the day.

Thank you for the ways in which you make a difference in student lives and in the success of Messiah daily!

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Job Opportunities

The Department of Residence Life has an opening for a full-time director of residence life. Job related questions may be directed to Doug Wood at dwood@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26690.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at bswartz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26566.

Procurement has an opening for a full-time accounts payable coordinator. Job related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist at ssechrist@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26625.

Residence Life has an opening for a full-time residence director (first year). Job related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm at lgrimm@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26562.

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at jfisler@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26532.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a temporary records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26606.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

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

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at dblackley@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26554.

Wanted

Inexpensive used car. Do you have (or know someone has) an old car that they would be willing to sell at, or below, market to help a refugee family who works third shift at Messiah? Justin and Nyakiza Nyantabara have their driving permits and will be taking their drivers test this summer, at which point they will need a car. If you can help, please contact Jay McClymont (jmcclymont@messiah.edu) who is working with this family to help meet their transportation needs.

 

March 21

March 21st, 2024 by INTERCOM

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce that Janet Vogel has been hired to be the next director of Murray Library, effective June 1. Janet is currently the director of the Hiram College Library in Hiram, OH. Janet has an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in history from Messiah College. Before assuming the library directorship at Hiram College, Janet served as youth services manager at Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries; Janet also served as an adjunct instructor of history at Messiah University (2011-2015), and before that, as Murray Library’s evening and weekend circulation supervisor. We look forward to having Janet return to her alma mater in June and are grateful for the careful work of the search committee (David Dixon, Braden Lawson, Janet Matanguihan, Caleb Miller, Kimberly Steiner, Beth Transue, and Liz Kielley).

The Registrar’s Office welcomes Anne Narber into the newly created position of undergraduate academic services coordinator. Anne’s first day at Messiah was Jan. 8. Anne comes to Messiah with many years of nonprofit management and ministry experience. She and her husband, Darren, have three children, Emma, Caleb and Ethan, and have recently relocated to the Mechanicsburg area. Anne’s office is in AWC Suite 107.

Please review updated information about the Registrar’s Office team and associated responsibilities on the “Contact Our Team” link on our website (https://www.messiah.edu/info/21291/registrars_office)

AROUND CAMPUS

Introducing the new employee Messiah photo Library, Air

The Office of Marketing and Communications, in partnership with Information Technology Services, is pleased to announce that a new library of Messiah University digital photography is now available for employee use. This curated photo library is hosted by Air, a user-friendly third-party digital asset management system. The Air photo library contains professional, staff and student photography from various aspects of the Messiah experience from the past five years. Photos may be searched/filtered by keywords and downloaded for use in campus department/program communications. It is important to note that, due to copyright restrictions, all photos accessed via Air must be used for university-related purposes only.

Employees can access Air on Falconlink by searching for/clicking on the “Air Photo Library” card.

For more information about Air and how to use it, please see the Tech Support Knowledge Base article “Introducing Air: Messiah’s Image Repository.”

For questions about any of the assets included, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at design@messiah.edu

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due by April 5. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the jobs.messiah.edu system for each student that will be working.

Additional information about summer student employment can be found here.
If you have any questions about hiring student employees for the summer, contact Belinda Conrad, student employment coordinator, ext. 2900 or studentemployment@messiah.edu.

2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant

The 2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 5. This competitive grant, sponsored by Friends of Murray Library, provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Chad Frey, chair of Friends of Murray Library. The grantee will be awarded $1,000 in the spring for the fall 2024 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 22.
See attached PDF for application details.

Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ Summer Academic Camps

This summer, the Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ will
hold their academic camps with commuter and resident options.
The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level film-making skills for
students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to
be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is being held
June 23 – 28. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at
http://www.messiah.edu/filmmakersworkshop

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for
students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative
writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and a variety of activities.
This camp will be held June 23– 28. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at http://www.messiah.edu/writersworkshop.

A 25% discount off the tuition for either workshop is offered to the dependents of Messiah employees.

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 first part of “The Spring Senior Series”, an evening of performance created and presented by department seniors. The weekend of March 22-23 features performances by seniors Madalyn Oliver, Lydia Matson, and Alysse Whaley in Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building.

The Spring Senior Series
Featuring seniors Lydia Matson, Madalyn Oliver, and Alysse Whaley
March 22 – 23 at 8 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

“Love Letter”
Created and performed by Madalyn Oliver

“Searching for Hope”
Created and performed by Lydia Matson

“I Am The Fall”
Created and performed by Alysse Whaley

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

Young Peacemakers Academy summer camp

Messiah University’s Young Peacemakers Academy will host their residential camp from June 23-28. The Young Peacemakers Academy seeks to engage high school students who are interested in building and sustaining peace in local and global contexts and provide them with Christian foundations for peacemaking. The cost is $349 for the week. Scholarships are available. Employees will automatically receive a 10% discount.

Campers will participate in service-learning in central Pennsylvania and experience social and economic peacemaking with community partners. The camp will also include a day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet global peacemakers at the U.S. Institute for Peace. For more information, please visit our website or email youngpeacemakers@messiah.edu.

Announcing Messiah’s 2024 Commencement speakers

Both the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Committees are working to prepare for the graduation festivities for Messiah’s undergraduate and graduate Class of 2024. The websites for both Commencement ceremonies are now live, providing important details for graduates and their families and announcing the Commencement speakers for the Messiah University Class of 2024.

Undergraduate Commencement—May 11

Commencement speaker Jeffery Deal, M.D., is author of four novels and an anthropology book on South Sudan. He recently retired from his position as director of health studies for Water Missions International and is now a Senior Fellow of Public Health and an adjunct professor of anthropology for the College of Charleston. In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology and surgery. His patented robot, Tru-D, is being used around the world and in the U.S. to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Read more.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement—May 18

Commencement speaker Amy E. Black, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Wheaton College (Ill.). Prior to joining the Wheaton faculty in 2001, she taught at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Black earned her Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. She is a specialist in American government, and her teaching and research interests include religion and politics, women in politics, fostering civil dialogue, the U.S. presidency and Congress. In 2000-2001, she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart (PA-04). Most recently, she and Michael Wear co-authored the report “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders,” published by the Trinity Forum. Read more.

Tech Support – Did you know?

  • Older Microsoft files – If an old Microsoft file is saved in a .doc, .xls or .ppt format, there may be compatibility issues and limitations to new features. To update the file, go to “File” and then “Save As” and save it as the more recent file type version like .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx.
  • Desktop computers should NOT be powered off. Updates are pushed to the computers during off hours, and it allows Tech Support to check the system for special updates.
  • Restart, sleep or shutdown? Your computer should be restarted at least once a week. Closing the lid or pushing the power button only puts the computer to sleep and does not constitute a restart. To restart your Windows computer, click start > power > restart. On a Mac, click the Apple icon > restart.

Connecting Communities Convening

Register now and join us on Thursday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel 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 https://www.messiahconnection.com/.
The Convening is a program of the School of Arts, Culture and Society. Contact Chad Frey at cfrey@messiah.edu if you have any questions.

PSYCamp 2024

We are excited to invite high school students (entering 10th through 12th grade in Fall 2024) to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 23-28! 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: www.messiah.edu/PsychCamp before June 1.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University employees!
Contact PsychologyCamp@messiah.edu for more information.

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community – Signups are live!

Please join the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Murray Library as they co-host the “Living Library: Many Stories, One Community” on Wednesday, April 10 between noon – 4 p.m.

This event is held in the library and you, as a “reader” have the opportunity to hear stories from colleagues and students as they are the “books.” Each book is on loan for 30 minutes.

Come hear these personal narratives and reserve the “books” of your choice online at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E44ADA92DABFD0-48644368-living#/

If you are new to the concept of the Living Library, and have any questions, please contact Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at ekielley@messiah.edu.

Giving Day is coming!

Messiah University Giving Day is Tuesday, 4.2.24!

Did you know that when 30 employees give any amount, a generous donor will give $10,000 to the Messiah Fund? 100% of students receive a tuition supplement from the Messiah Fund, and that is made possible through the support of employees, parents and alumni like you! Visit messiahgives.com to make a gift early or on the day.

Thank you for the ways in which you make a difference in student lives and in the success of Messiah daily!

Join us for our next MBI event on April 24

Dr. Craig Sider is passionate about unleashing potential in others. He partners with leaders and organizations to help them identify – and move courageously toward – a preferred future. For over three decades, Craig has walked with and served leaders from business, nonprofit and education. He combines insights gleaned from degrees in business, theology and leadership development. Craig’s approach is to listen deeply and then ask questions that draw out deeper reflection and inspire fresh thinking. Please join us for our next MBI event where Sider will share insights from his new book, “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream”.

This event will be held in the Martin Commons.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an extended networking breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Settle in for a lively keynote from Dr. Craig Sider based on his new book “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream”
9:30 – 10 a.m. Q&A session, extended networking

Registration is required for this event, please use the following link:
https://MBICraigSider.eventbrite.com
Detailed information will be provided to registrants.

Spring Budget Forum – April 4

An employee FY25 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 4 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. All employees are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be led by Gary Nowicki, vice president of finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY25 budget parameters. Light refreshments will be available.

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at bswartz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26566.

Procurement has an opening for a full-time accounts payable coordinator. Job related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist at ssechrist@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26625.

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at jfisler@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26532.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a temporary records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26606.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at dblackley@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26554.

 

March 14

March 14th, 2024 by INTERCOM

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

Psalms 84:11

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Michael Zigarelli, professor of leadership, published an article in the latest edition of Christian Scholar’s Review entitled, “Near-Death Experiences and the Emerging Implications for Christian Theology.” The article may be of special interest to those seeking evidence for whether an afterlife exists, as well as those looking for an alternative way to lead others toward God. It is available online at https://christianscholars.com/near-death-experiences-and-the-emerging-implications-for-christian-theology

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Three members of the Advancement Division presented at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ 2023 Multi-Academic Conference, which was held on Feb. 26-28 in San Diego, CA. Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations, co-presented a session with Chris Allbrook from CampusESP entitled, “How Strategic Engagement Fuels Student Success.” John Zeigler, executive director of development, and Abby Book, director of advancement programs, co-presented a session called “Strategic Alumni Affinity Groups: Harnessing the Power of Cross-Campus Collaborations.”

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The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce that Janet Vogel has been hired to be the next director of Murray Library, effective June 1. Janet is currently the director of the Hiram College Library in Hiram, OH. Janet has an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in history from Messiah College. Before assuming the library directorship at Hiram College, Janet served as youth services manager at Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries; Janet also served as an adjunct instructor of history at Messiah University (2011-2015), and before that, as Murray Library’s evening and weekend circulation supervisor. We look forward to having Janet return to her alma mater in June and are grateful for the careful work of the search committee (David Dixon, Braden Lawson, Janet Matanguihan, Caleb Miller, Kimberly Steiner, Beth Transue, and Liz Kielley).

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Associate Professor of Marketing Keith Quesenberry has published the Fourth Edition of “Social Media Strategy: Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations for the Consumer Revolution” with Roman and Littlefield. It has been completely revised for today’s social media landscape with many updates to make it more student, professor and professional friendly. With an integrated cross-discipline approach, Social Media Strategy serves as a core textbook for a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate social media college courses. Nearly 10 years after the first edition it’s become a go-to text in business and communications departments for marketing, advertising, public relations and communications programs.
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538180112/

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The Office of Faculty Development supported a strong representation of educators at 2024 Lancaster Learns, a one-day conference held on Friday, Feb. 23. Messiah University contributed as a conference sponsor. Additionally, several Messiah University educators contributed as break-out session presenters during the event. Jennifer Fisler, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and professor of education, presented “Candid and Kind: Developmental Feedback on Teaching”; Michelle George, associate professor of social work, and Sarah Jones, associate professor of nursing, collaborated on “Utilizing Interprofessional Collaboration for Student Success in Diverse Professional Settings”; Mindy Smith, assistant professor of applied health science, and Vanessa Lee, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented “Undergraduate and Graduate Collaboration in Service-Learning Pedagogy”; Karen Harrington, interdisciplinary studies, presented “Utilizing the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to Increase Critical Thinking, Inquiry, and Reflection in Higher Education Classrooms”; Jennifer Dose, professor of management, presented “Low-Stakes Quiz Design: Maximizing Learning vs. Minimizing Cheating”; Melinda Burchard, professor of special education, and Sarah Myers, public service librarian, collaborated on “Translating Information from Scholarly Sources to Community”; Joanna Behm and Kimberly Duetsch, assistant professors of occupational therapy, presented “Integrated Student Wellness Initiative”; Brooke Dunbar-Treadwell, director of writing, and Robin Lauermann, professor of politics, presented “A University-Wide Approach to Writing That Supports Students in Building Critical Thinking Skills Through Research”; Joanna Behm and Jim Foster, assistant professors of occupational therapy, presented “AI and the Classroom: Practical and Ethical Use”; Cindi Kerns and Rocky Allinger, instructional designers, presented “Visual Metaphor in Instructional Design: Increase Engagement and Accessibility” and Sheila Rodriguez, associate professor of Spanish along with her student, Kiana Haldeman, senior, Spanish with teaching certification major, presented “Practice Makes Perfect: Intentional Target Language Use in the Foreign Language Classroom”.

Additional attendees included faculty members Elizabeth Eveler, assistant professor of graduate education, Braden Lawson, assistant professor of graduate athletic training, Amy Porto, director and professor of nutrition and dietetics, Anne Reeve, professor of chemistry, Kelly Waltman, assistant professor of criminal justice, Nick Weaver, assistant professor of mathematics, Sean Strehlow, assistant professor of sport management and Leah Clarke, director of teaching and learning, and director and professor of the graduate program in counseling.

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

Cynthia A. Wells, associate dean for faculty development
Director of The Ernest L. Boyer Center
Professor of higher education

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The Registrar’s Office welcomes Anne Narber into the newly created position of undergraduate academic services coordinator. Anne’s first day at Messiah was Jan. 8. Anne comes to Messiah with many years of nonprofit management and ministry experience. She and her husband, Darren, have three children, Emma, Caleb and Ethan, and have recently relocated to the Mechanicsburg area. Anne’s office is located in AWC Suite 107.

Please review updated information about the Registrar’s Office team and associated responsibilities on the “Contact Our Team” link on our website (https://www.messiah.edu/info/21291/registrars_office)

AROUND CAMPUS

Murray Library’s March 2024 newsletter

What’s New in the Library? Read our March newsletter containing the latest news on events and displays, staff, and more! Read the newsletter on Mosaic.
https://mosaic.messiah.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1050&context=lib_pub

Murray Library Seed Library Sow and Grow Event

Ring in the first day of Spring by joining Murray Library’s Seed Library on Tuesday, March 19 for our second annual Sow and Grow event. Join us in the lobby of Murray Library any time between noon -1 p.m. to plant your own Candytuft, Forget-me-not, or Lobelia seed and learn more about the seed library. We hope to see you there!

2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant

The 2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 5. This competitive grant, sponsored by Friends of Murray Library, provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Chad Frey, chair of Friends of Murray Library. The grantee will be awarded $1,000 in the spring for the fall 2024 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 22.
See attached PDF for application details.

Term tenure and promotion presentation

We invite all faculty to attend Don Zhao’s term tenure presentation, “Genome Editing and the Christian Worldview: The Ethical Challenge Faced by Biomedical Professionals”. The presentation is a requirement for his Christian Faith and Academic Vocation (CFAV) review and will be held on March 19 (noon – 1 p.m.) at Winding Hill 140. If you are interested in his presentation but cannot attend in person, you may join the following zoom link for a live-stream: https://messiah.zoom.us/j/95932200947?from=addon

National Procurement Month

March is National Procurement Month! The procurement team would like to invite you to a small celebration on Tuesday, March 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the finance/procurement lobby; first floor of Old Main. Stop by and introduce yourself, ask questions or simply say “hi.”

Exploring Careers in Healthcare summer day camp

The School of Science, Engineering and Health is pleased to once again offer Exploring Careers in Healthcare summer day camp, June 10-12, for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades this fall. Our camp is designed for students to explore some of the most dynamic healthcare professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, applied health science and nutrition and dietetics, from a faith-based perspective. Patient case studies will provide context for engaging, hands-on activities, demonstrations and panel discussions in state-of-the-art facilities on our main campus and at Winding Hill, led by Messiah’s expert faculty, students and professional practitioners. If you or someone you know is interested, we invite you to learn more and register at https://www.messiah.edu/healthcareerscamp before June 2. Please email healthcareerscamp@messiah.edu with any questions.

Voice major performing in Italy!

Victoria Lang ’25, a voice major and music education major in the Department of Music, will be attending the Opera Lucca festival this summer. Victoria is a voice and opera student of Damian Savarino. Victoria applied and auditioned to be a member of the festival and was cast as “Suor Angelica” (cover) in their production of Giacomo Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA. She will also sing opera scenes and aria concerts in local venues, study intensive Italian, work with world-renowned faculty, and spend four weeks in the gorgeous town of Lucca and surrounding areas. Congratulations to Victoria! Buona fortuna! https://operalucca.org/

Boyer Legacy Award and Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award

The Boyer Legacy and Wittlinger Awards section committee, which is comprised of Cynthia Wells, Devin Manzullo-Thomas and Jon Stuckey, is pleased to announce the 2024 recipients.

2024 Boyer Legacy Award: Rachel Baksa

The Ernest L. Boyer Center annually bestows a Messiah University junior with this award in honor of the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Recipients demonstrate Dr. Boyer’s broad accomplishments and convictions, including his passionate commitment to viewing education as a means to solving societal challenges and his ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service.

This year’s recipient is Rachel Baksa. The selection committee appreciated her thoughtful essay, highlighting her commitments to serving students that our educational systems neglect and her efforts toward building community among teachers.

Thank you to Sarah Fischer who nominated Rachel for the award.

2024 Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award: Isabella Farrington

A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1935, Dr. Wittlinger returned to Messiah and served over 35 years as a teacher and visionary administrator. The Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award seeks to honor students who demonstrate Dr. Carlton Wittlinger’s broad academic accomplishments, including his qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication, as they pursue and develop their own leadership skills.

This year’s recipient is Isabelle (Bella) Farrington. The selection committee was deeply impressed by the many ways Bella seeks to inflect service, leadership and reconciliation into her various commitments on- and off-campus.

Thank you to Jason Renn who nominated Bella for the award.

Both awards carry a $1,500 cash prize.

We are grateful to the COE for all nominations and look forward to another round of awards in 2025!

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at bswartz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26566.

Procurement has an opening for a full-time accounts payable coordinator. Job related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist at ssechrist@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26625.

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at jfisler@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26532.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a temporary records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26606.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at dblackley@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26554.

Wanted

Inexpensive used car. Do you have (or know someone has) an old car that they would be willing to sell at, or below, market to help a refugee family who works third shift at Messiah? Justin and Nyakiza Nyantabara have their driving permits and will be taking their drivers test this summer, at which point they will need a car. If you can help, please contact Jay McClymont (jmcclymont@messiah.edu) who is working with this family to help meet their transportation needs.

 

 

March 7

March 7th, 2024 by INTERCOM

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Associate professor of marketing Keith Quesenberry has published the Fourth Edition of Social Media Strategy: Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations for the Consumer Revolution with Roman and Littlefield. It’s been completely revised for today’s social media landscape with many updates to make it more student, professor, and professional-friendly. With an integrated cross-discipline approach, Social Media Strategy serves as a core textbook for a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate social media college courses. Nearly 10 years after the first edition it’s become a go-to text in business and communications departments for marketing, advertising, public relations, and communications programs.
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538180112/

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The Office of Faculty Development is pleased to announce our Faculty Development Fellows for academic years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Faculty Development Fellows are members of the Ranked Faculty who have demonstrated excellence in their roles and displayed commitment to their professional growth and development.

Jason Renn, associate professor of politics and international relations, will serve as Faculty Development Fellow focusing on giving leadership to the Faculty of Color Thriving and Networking group, co-directing the Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Academy, and developing programmatic support for faculty scholarship.

Jenell Paris, professor of sociology and anthropology, will continue as a Faculty Development Fellow for Christian Faith and the Academic Vocation (CFAV). She will support faculty in exploring, understanding, and articulating connections between the Christian faith and their vocations as teacher-scholars. Her focus includes facilitating the CFAV dialogue sessions for faculty preparing for initial review and planning Christian Scholarship Colloquies.

David Owen, professor of computer science, and Krystal Robinson-Bert, associate professor of occupational therapy, will serve as Faculty Development Fellows for Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, they will work closely with Leah Clarke, director of teaching and learning, to support faculty in fulfilling the expectations for quality teaching at Messiah University.

Please join us in congratulating these faculty colleagues as they take on new or renewed terms as Faculty Development Fellows. We’d also like to express our deep gratitude for the good work of Devin Manzullo-Thomas, assistant professor of American religious history and interdisciplinary studies, and Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science, who will each conclude their service this spring after having served for two consecutive terms as Faculty Development Fellows for Teaching and Learning.

We are grateful for the many contributions of our Faculty Development Fellows to the work of the Office of Faculty Development and to Messiah University.

Cynthia Wells, associate dean for faculty development

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The Office of Faculty Development supported a strong representation of educators at 2024 Lancaster Learns, a one-day conference held on Friday, Feb. 23. Messiah University contributed as a conference sponsor. Additionally, several Messiah University educators contributed as break-out session presenters during the event. Jennifer Fisler, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Professor of Education, presented Candid and Kind: Developmental Feedback on Teaching; Michelle George, associate professor of social work, and Sarah Jones, associate professor of nursing, collaborated on Utilizing Interprofessional Collaboration for Student Success in Diverse Professional Settings; Mindy Smith, assistant professor of applied health science, and Vanessa Lee, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented Undergraduate and Graduate Collaboration in Service-Learning Pedagogy; Karen Harrington, Interdisciplinary Studies, presented Utilizing the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to Increase Critical Thinking, Inquiry, and Reflection in Higher Education Classrooms; Jennifer Dose, Professor of Management, presented Low-Stakes Quiz Design: Maximizing Learning vs. Minimizing Cheating; Melinda Burchard, professor of special education, and Sarah Myers, public service librarian, collaborated on Translating Information from Scholarly Sources to Community; Joanna Behm and Kimberly Duetsch, assistant professors of occupational therapy, presented Integrated Student Wellness Initiative; Brooke Dunbar-Treadwell, director of writing, and Robin Lauermann, professor of politics, presented A University-Wide Approach to Writing That Supports Students in Building Critical Thinking Skills Through Research; Joanna Behm and Jim Foster, assistant professors of occupational therapy, presented AI and the Classroom: Practical and Ethical Use; Cindi Kerns and Rocky Allinger, instructional designers, presented Visual Metaphor in Instructional Design: Increase Engagement and Accessibility and Sheila Rodriguez, associate professor of Spanish along with her student, Kiana Haldeman, Senior, Spanish with Teaching Certification major, presented Practice Makes Perfect: Intentional Target Language Use in the Foreign Language Classroom.

Additional attendees included faculty members Elizabeth Eveler, assistant professor of graduate education, Braden Lawson, assistant professor of graduate athletic training, Amy Porto, director and professor of nutrition and dietetics, Anne Reeve, professor of chemistry, Kelly Waltman, assistant professor of criminal justice, Nick Weaver, assistant professor of mathematics, Sean Strehlow, assistant professor of sport management and Leah Clarke, director of teaching and learning, and director and professor of the Graduate Program in Counseling.

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

Cynthia A. Wells, associate dean for faculty development
Director of The Ernest L. Boyer Center
Professor of Higher Education

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Michael Zigarelli, professor of leadership, published an article in the latest edition of Christian Scholar’s Review entitled “Near-Death Experiences and the Emerging Implications for Christian Theology.” The article may be of special interest to those seeking evidence for whether an afterlife exists, as well as those looking for an alternative way to lead others toward God. It is available online at https://christianscholars.com/near-death-experiences-and-the-emerging-implications-for-christian-theology

BID FAREWELL

Murray Library bids farewell to Kimberly Steiner, interlibrary loan specialist, as she embarks on an exciting new chapter of her career journey. Since 2015, Kimberly has been an invaluable member of our Murray Library family, bringing forth innovations and efficiencies to our interlibrary loan process. Her dedication and expertise have not only facilitated access to rare and foreign language materials but have also elevated ILL services to new heights.

Kimberly’s impact extends far beyond the realms of interlibrary loan. She has been a true champion of campus partnerships and student-focused programming, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to enhancing the student experience. Her original events such as Clue, CrafTea, and Mini Golf have become beloved traditions at our library, highlighting her boundless creativity and passion for engaging students. Kimberly’s involvement in significant initiatives like MLK Day planning and Living Library programming embodied her dedication to fostering inclusivity and dialogue. She has also served as a leader on Agape Center service trips. The library is a better and more beautiful place thanks to her attention to displays and details.

As Kimberly sets sail for new horizons at Dickinson College as the associate director of campus life for orientation and campus activities, we will undoubtedly miss her infectious energy and innovative spirit. Her final day is Friday, March 22. You are invited to submit sendoff messages to Liz Kielley (ekielley@messiah.edu) by March 8 to compile into a book of well wishes, as we express our gratitude and best wishes for Kimberly’s future endeavors.

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The Department of Nursing bids farewell to Ashley Ringquist, graduate clinical coordinator, as she embarks on a new career chapter. A department celebration was held for Ashley on Wednesday Feb 28, her last day at Messiah.

Ashley’s started at Messiah in July of 2014, and for nearly ten years, she served as both an administrative assistant and graduate clinical coordinator. In 2021, her role split, and she served as the graduate clinical coordinator until her departure. At Messiah, she was crucial in establishing clinical partnerships across the United States. Ashley went above and beyond to help students find good learning experiences for the various nursing students we serve (Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Nursing Administrators, and RN-BSN students).

Outside of her day-to-day role, Ashley was instrumental in helping assemble our annual Department Newsletter, serving on the social committee, and serving on various other Department committees as needed. She was with us through several rounds of accreditation and adopting a new clinical tracking software program, leaving us in exceptionally good hands. She worked to connect other departments that use the same clinical tracking program to troubleshoot challenges. Her persistence in ensuring the platform was user-friendly and everyone was trained to use it was invaluable.

Please keep Ashley in your prayers as she takes on a new role at Rasmussen University, where she will serve as a remote clinical coordinator for their Florida-based nursing program. We will miss Ashley dearly. If you would like to wish her well, please email baumen@messiah.edu for contact information.

AROUND CAMPUS

Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ Summer Academic Camps

This summer, the Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ will
hold their academic camps with commuter and resident options.
The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level film-making skills for
students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to
be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is being held on
June 23 – 28. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at
http://www.messiah.edu/filmmakersworkshop

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for
students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative
writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and a variety of activities.
This camp will be held on June 23– 28. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at http://www.messiah.edu/writersworkshop.

A 25% discount off the tuition for either workshop is offered to the dependents of Messiah employees.

Exploring Careers in Healthcare Summer Day Camp

The School of Science, Engineering, and Health is pleased to once again offer Exploring Careers in Healthcare summer day camp, June 10-12, for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades this fall. Our camp is designed for students to explore some of the most dynamic healthcare professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, applied health science and nutrition and dietetics, from a faith-based perspective. Patient case studies will provide context for engaging, hands-on activities, demonstrations and panel discussions in state-of-the-art facilities on our main campus and at Winding Hill, led by Messiah’s expert faculty, students, and professional practitioners. If you or someone you know is interested, we invite you to learn more and register at https://www.messiah.edu/healthcareerscamp before June 2. Please email healthcareerscamp@messiah.edu with any questions.

Looking for “books” for the Living Library

The Living Library: Many stories, One Community (formerly the Human Library Project) is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Living Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
Please consider participating as a “book” in the Living Library @ the Murray Library on Wednesday, April 10. As a living book, you would be sharing your story with others in the Messiah University community in a moderated 25-minute session.
Please complete this application to be a book no later than Friday, March 15: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37v5VgYD9SA3g5D

Questions may be directed to Todd Allen, vice president for Diversity Affairs at tallen@messiah.edu or Liz Kielley, Discovery and metadata librarian at ekielley@messiah.edu

Tech Support – Did you know?

  • Qualtrics – Qualtrics has changed their licensing from unlimited responses to a set number of responses allotted to Messiah. This allocation of responses should be sufficient for the needs of Messiah this year. However, if you are using Qualtrics for basic processes such as a sign-in/sign-out system there may be another software that can save Messiah responses and still meet your needs. Please refer to the knowledge base https://blogs.messiah.edu/ETS/kb/forms-forms-on-campus/ for some information about the different form/survey tools on campus and/or contact techsupport@messiah.edu for more detailed guidance.
    • Chrome, Edge, or Firefox? – Chrome and Edge can be signed into using Messiah credentials, and will synchronize with the Messiah password, making it easy to back up and restore bookmarks, passwords, etc. Firefox requires an account that will NOT synchronize with the Messiah credentials requiring you to remember another password. There is no longer a recommended browser to use on campus.
    • Zoom Phones/Caller ID – As the campus switches to the new Zoom phone system, please note internal caller id numbers will appear as 223-285-xxxx instead of their extension until the system is completely switched. Please continue to use the 4-digit extension and not the 10-digit phone number to contact others on campus.

Boyer Legacy Award and Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award

The Boyer Legacy and Wittlinger Awards section committee, which is comprised of Cynthia Wells, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, and Jon Stuckey, is pleased to announce the 2024 recipients.

2024 Boyer Legacy Award: Rachel Baksa

The Ernest L. Boyer Center annually bestows a Messiah University junior with this award in honor of the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Recipients demonstrate Dr. Boyer’s broad accomplishments and convictions, including his passionate commitment to viewing education as a means to solving societal challenges and his ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service.

This year’s recipient is Rachel Baksa. The selection committee greatly appreciated her thoughtful essay, highlighting her commitments to serving students that our educational systems neglect and her efforts toward building community among teachers.

Thank you to Sarah Fischer who nominated Rachel for the award.

2024 Class of 1964 Carlton Wittlinger Award: Isabella Farrington

A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1935, Dr. Wittlinger returned to Messiah and served over 35 years as a teacher and visionary administrator. The Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award seeks to honor students who demonstrate Dr. Carlton Wittlinger’s broad academic accomplishments, including his qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication, as they pursue and develop their own leadership skills.

This year’s recipient is Isabelle (Bella) Farrington. The selection committee was deeply impressed by the many ways Bella seeks to inflect service, leadership, and reconciliation into her various commitments on- and off-campus.

Thank you to Jason Renn who nominated Bella for the award.

Both awards carry a $1,500 cash prize.

We are grateful to the COE for all nominations and look forward to another round of awards in 2025!

 CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at bswartz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26566.

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at jfisler@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26532.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at dblackley@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26554.

 

 

Feb. 29 – Leap Day

February 29th, 2024 by INTERCOM

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Office of Faculty Development is pleased to announce our Faculty Development Fellows for academic years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Faculty Development Fellows are members of the Ranked Faculty who have demonstrated excellence in their roles and displayed commitment to their professional growth and development.

Jason Renn, associate professor of politics and international relations, will serve as Faculty Development Fellow focusing on giving leadership to the Faculty of Color Thriving and Networking group, co-directing the Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Academy, and developing programmatic support for faculty scholarship.

Jenell Paris, professor of sociology and anthropology, will continue as a Faculty Development Fellow for Christian Faith and the Academic Vocation (CFAV). She will support faculty in exploring, understanding, and articulating connections between the Christian faith and their vocations as teacher-scholars. Her focus includes facilitating the CFAV dialogue sessions for faculty preparing for initial review and planning Christian Scholarship Colloquies.

David Owen, professor of computer science, and Krystal Robinson-Bert, associate professor of occupational therapy, will serve as Faculty Development Fellows for Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, they will work closely with Leah Clarke, director of teaching and learning, to support faculty in fulfilling the expectations for quality teaching at Messiah University.

Please join us in congratulating these faculty colleagues as they take on new or renewed terms as Faculty Development Fellows. We’d also like to express our deep gratitude for the good work of Devin Manzullo-Thomas, assistant professor of American religious history and interdisciplinary studies, and Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science, who will each conclude their service this spring after having served for two consecutive terms as Faculty Development Fellows for Teaching and Learning.

We are grateful for the many contributions of our Faculty Development Fellows to the work of the Office of Faculty Development and to Messiah University.

Cynthia Wells, associate dean for faculty development

BID FAREWELL

Information Technology Services invites you to honor Chris Culbert as we celebrate his retirement after nearly three decades of service.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 29
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: PAWC 310

Chris’s journey at the university began in 1992 and over the years he has played a key role in modernizing Messiah’s communications infrastructure as the institution moved from islands of isolated buildings to an interconnected campus providing solid data communications everywhere. He leaves the institution in great shape for the future having installed innovative air blown fiber optics, introduced in-building cellular, assisted with door access and video security, and found ways to save many budget dollars as well as bringing additional funds.

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Murray Library bids farewell to Kimberly Steiner, interlibrary loan specialist, as she embarks on an exciting new chapter of her career journey. Since 2015, Kimberly has been an invaluable member of our Murray Library family, bringing forth innovations and efficiencies to our interlibrary loan process. Her dedication and expertise have not only facilitated access to rare and foreign language materials but have also elevated ILL services to new heights.

Kimberly’s impact extends far beyond the realms of interlibrary loan. She has been a true champion of campus partnerships and student-focused programming, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to enhancing the student experience. Her original events such as Clue, CrafTea, and Mini Golf have become beloved traditions at our library, showcasing her boundless creativity and passion for engaging students. Kimberly’s involvement in significant initiatives like MLK Day planning and Living Library programming embodied her dedication to fostering inclusivity and dialogue. She has also served as a leader on Agape Center service trips. The library is a better and more beautiful place thanks to her attention to displays and details.

As Kimberly sets sail for new horizons at Dickinson College as the associate director of campus life for orientation and campus activities, we will undoubtedly miss her infectious energy and innovative spirit. Her final day is Friday, March 22. You are invited to submit sendoff messages to Liz Kielley (ekielley@messiah.edu) by March 8 to compile into a book of well wishes, as we express our gratitude and best wishes for Kimberly’s future endeavors.

AROUND CAMPUS

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: “The Spitfire Grill”

The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our spring musical production of “The Spitfire Grill” opening on Feb. 29! Tickets are on sale now and are buy one, get one free for opening night!

“The Spitfire Grill”
Music and book by James Valcq
Lyrics and book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Ed Cohn
Music direction by Eric Dundore

Feb. 29, March 1-2, 5-7 at 8 p.m.
March 2-3 at 3 p.m.
*March 5 at 10 a.m. school series performance for junior high and high school students

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Based on the hit film, “The Spitfire Grill” is a heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption, perseverance, and family. A torn page from an old travel book sparks parolee Percy Talbot to journey to a small town in Wisconsin. There she finds a new life working at the Spitfire Grill. The folks in this depressed town have more to worry about than Percy’s past, but fear and hesitancy turn to friendship when Percy schemes to revive the old grill by raffling it off. The entry fee is one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

Estimated run time: 2 hours, including one 10-minute intermission

Tickets: $15—Adults; $12—MU students and 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 messiah.edu/tickets, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

An Evening with Michael Beschloss, “Presidential Courage”

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, scholar of leadership and bestselling author of 10 books, most recently the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Presidents of War.”

Beschloss appears regularly on television as the “NBC News” presidential historian and contributor to “PBS NewsHour.” He has also been a contributing columnist to the New York Times. He has won an Emmy for his television work and received six honorary degrees and numerous other awards. He has the largest Twitter following of any American historian, in the neighborhood of 400,000. His Twitter account appears on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds. He has served as a historian at the Smithsonian, a scholar at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. Among his earlier books are two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s secret tapes; “The Conquerors” about Franklin Roosevelt, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust; and “Presidential Courage.” He was also co-author (with Caroline Kennedy) of the No. 1 global bestseller “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations about Life with John F. Kennedy.”

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase tickets, contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 or online at www.messiah.edu/tickets.

St. John Passion

March 1, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s stunning “St. John Passion” with Messiah’s Chamber Singers, the Schola Sancti Gregorii from St. Lawrence Church, and orchestra. This emotive setting of the passion story il – luminates Jesus’ humanity and divinity through Bach’s genius writing and devout theological convictions. Compositional symmetry, symbol – ism, complex harmonies, poignant chorale settings and passionate performers narrate the most profound story ever told.

Ticket prices are $15 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 messiah.edu/tickets.

Visit arts.messiah.edu for more information.

Tech Support – Did you know?

  • Emailing techsupport@messiah.edu generates a support ticket, which will be assigned to an available technician. This ensures your issue receives attention, even if someone is out of the office. Be as specific as possible in your email, such as including a screenshot of the issue you are experiencing, when applicable.
  • Software costs are a significant expense to the University, and there are many options for similar software that Messiah already subscribes to or is free to use. Before looking at “new” software, please check the University Software List for a comparable item. The list is located at https://blogs.messiah.edu/ETS/kb/software-software-list/
  • Aventri charges $5 per response regardless of whether it is for a paid event. So while creating and sending events is free, the responses incur costs.
  • Qualtrics is now a pay-per-response software. Messiah does have a set response allowance from Qualtrics, but Microsoft Forms may be an easier option for basic sign-in/sign-out processes and surveys. If you need assistance in determining the best option, please contact techsupport@messiah.edu.

Update from Falcon Fitness Center

We are pleased to announce that Nate Nester will be joining the Community Wellness Staff as the director of the Falcon Fitness Center on Monday, March 11. Nate will be giving leadership to the day-to-day operations of the fitness center ensuring excellent facilities and services for both our internal and external community members and supporting the PREP initiative. After working as a licensed athletic trainer for the last 10 years, the past two with Messiah athletics, Nate is excited about the opportunity to broaden his passion for helping individuals attain their health and wellness goals.

Term tenure and promotion presentation

We invite all faculty to attend Don Zhao’s term tenure presentation: Genome Editing and the Christian Worldview: The Ethical Challenge Faced by Biomedical Professionals. The presentation is a requirement for his Christian Faith and Academic Vocation (CFAV) review and will be held on March 19 (noon – 1 p.m.) at Winding Hill 140. If you are interested in his presentation but cannot attend in person, you may join the following zoom link for a live-stream: https://messiah.zoom.us/j/95932200947?from=addon

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time library evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26159.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26390.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time director of the Murray Library. Job related questions may be directed to David Weaver-Zercher at dzercher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25707.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at tchristopher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26530.

For sale

Sofa for sale. Craftmaster striped sofa in great condition. 89″ L, 35″H, 35″D. Mechanicsburg pick up. $75. Contact Tina Keul tkeul@messiah.edu

 

Feb. 22

February 22nd, 2024 by INTERCOM

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

John 13:34

BID FAREWELL

Information Technology Services invites you to honor Chris Culbert as we celebrate his retirement after nearly three decades of service.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 29
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: PAWC 310

Chris’s journey at the university began in 1992 and over the years he has played a key role in modernizing Messiah’s communications infrastructure as the institution moved from islands of isolated buildings to an interconnected campus providing solid data communications everywhere. He leaves the institution in great shape for the future having installed innovative air blown fiber optics, introduced in-building cellular, assisted with door access and video security, and found ways to save many budget dollars as well as bringing additional funds

AROUND CAMPUS

The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the 2024 Humanities Symposium dance concert “Many Parts, One Body: Dance explorations of the American Project” on Friday, Feb 23 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building.

Tickets are required due to limited seating. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets can be reserved online at messiah.edu/tickets, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community (formerly the Human Library Project) is where Messiah students, faculty, and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Living Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
Please consider participating as a “book” in the Living Library at the Murray Library on Wednesday, April 10. As a living book, you would be sharing your story with others in the Messiah University community in a moderated 25 minute session.
Please complete this application to be a book no later than Friday, March 15: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37v5VgYD9SA3g5D

Questions may be directed to Todd Allen, vice president for diversity affairs at tallen@messiah.edu or Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at ekielley@messiah.edu

Please complete this application no later than Friday, March 15.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: “The Spitfire Grill”

The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our spring musical production of “The Spitfire Grill” opening on Feb. 29! Tickets are on sale now and are buy one, get one free for opening night!

“The Spitfire Grill”
Music and book by James Valcq
Lyrics and book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Ed Cohn
Music direction by Eric Dundore

Feb. 29, March 1-2, 5-7 at 8 p.m.
March 2-3 at 3 p.m.
*March 5 at 10 a.m. school series performance for junior high and high school students

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Based on the hit film, “The Spitfire Grill” is a heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption, perseverance, and family. A torn page from an old travel book sparks parolee Percy Talbot to journey to a small town in Wisconsin. There she finds a new life working at the Spitfire Grill. The folks in this depressed town have more to worry about than Percy’s past, but fear and hesitancy turn to friendship when Percy schemes to revive the old grill by raffling it off. The entry fee is one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

Estimated run time: 2 hours, including one 10-minute intermission

Tickets: $15—Adults; $12—MU students and 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 messiah.edu/tickets, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

An Evening with Michael Beschloss, “Presidential Courage”

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, scholar of leadership and bestselling author of 10 books, most recently the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Presidents of War.”

Beschloss appears regularly on television as the “NBC News” presidential historian and contributor to “PBS NewsHour.” He has also been a contributing columnist to the New York Times. He has won an Emmy for his television work and received six honorary degrees and numerous other awards. He has the largest Twitter following of any American historian, in the neighborhood of 400,000. His Twitter account appears on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds. He has served as a historian at the Smithsonian, a scholar at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. Among his earlier books are two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s secret tapes; “The Conquerors” about Franklin Roosevelt, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust; and “Presidential Courage.” He was also co-author (with Caroline Kennedy) of the No. 1 global bestseller “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations about Life with John F. Kennedy.”

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase tickets, contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 or online at www.messiah.edu/tickets.

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time library evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26159.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time CES local chapter assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

Grounds Services has an openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. Job related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill at mgraybill@messiah.edu. For more info and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu.

Data Security has an opening for a full-time IT security analyst. Job related questions can be directed to Allen Snook at asnook@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26295.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz @mwirtz@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time director of the Murray Library. Job related questions may be directed to David Weaver-Zercher at dzercher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25707.

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at bwickard@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25830.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

For sale

Sofa for sale. Craftmaster striped sofa in great condition. 89″ L, 35″H, 35″D. Mechanicsburg pick up. $75. Contact Tina Keul tkeul@messiah.edu

FREE

3 Brand new furnace air filters, Size 16x21x1
Merv 13. Email Bill: balthoff@messiah.edu if interested.

 

Feb. 15

February 14th, 2024 by INTERCOM

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

John 6:54

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Emerson Powery, interim dean of the School of Arts, Culture and Society and professor of Biblical Studies, has been working on a multi-year project of co-editing the upcoming New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition of the Bible called The Westminster Study Bible. This edition includes interpretive materials from over eighty leading biblical experts (including Messiah’s Rebecca Harris and Brian Smith) who, as teachers in a variety of educational settings, are sensitive to how the biblical texts have been received, what their cultural and social consequences have been, and how readers might hear them now in multiple contexts. To learn more about Emerson’s work, please visit: https://www.wjkbooks.com/Pages/Item/60046/Westminster-Study-Bible.aspx

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Beth Transue ’93, information literacy librarian, presented at the 2024 PA Library Association Frontline Conference, a one-day online conference designed for frontline library staff. The presentation, “Moving Beyond Dr Google: Providing Consumer Health Literacy in the Library”, provided recommendations for how library staff can connect patrons with credible health information while understanding and respecting professional roles and boundaries.

BID FAREWELL

The Department of Marketing and Communication invites you to honor Ramona Fritschi, as we celebrate her retirement following 15 years of dedicated service to our institution. Join us for a special gathering to recognize Ramona’s significant contributions and commitment to excellence in supporting messiah.edu and advancing numerous digital accessibility initiatives.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Boyer Atrium

AROUND CAMPUS

The Center for Public Humanities is pleased to invite you to the 2024 Humanities Symposium on “The American Project”

The 2024 Humanities Symposium will be held during the week of Feb. 19-23. The CPH executive committee is eager to provide a forum for the University community and the wider public to engage in our weeklong conversation through faculty-student conversations, interdisciplinary and departmental panels, and artistic performances such as dance, film, concerts, poetry readings, and exhibitions.

Our featured speaker, Philip S. Gorski, Ph.D., is professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University. He writes on religion and politics in early modern and modern Western Europe and North America from a comparative historical perspective. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development, and secularization, with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. He is the author of several book-length studies in these fields. His current work focuses on the history and politics of white Christian nationalism and American civil religion.

Keynote Address: “Un/Civil Religion: American Christianity and Liberal Democracy in Crisis”

Date: Feb. 22

Location: Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at messiah.edu/tickets.

Book sales will be available before the keynote address and sales and signing will be available after the keynote address.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents 2024 Humanities Symposium Dance Concert: “Many Parts, One Body: Dance explorations of the American Project”

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the 2024 Humanities Symposium dance concert “Many Parts, One Body: Dance explorations of the American Project” on Friday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building.

Tickets are required due to limited seating. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets can be reserved online at messiah.edu/tickets, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

Updates from the Division of Student Success and Engagement

The Division of Student Success and Engagement is delighted to welcome the following new employees to our Messiah family. We are also thrilled to announce new role changes for some of our existing employees.

Office of Student Engagement:

Curtis Kurtz was promoted to director of student engagement. Curtis is a proud Messiah Alum and has served at Messiah University for the past four years in Residence Life. Most recently, he served as the assistant director of residence life for first year experience and the residence director of Bittner Hall. During his master’s program, Curtis had the opportunity to intern with the Activities Programming Board at Shippensburg University, which helped grow his passion for student engagement. He is excited to continue serving our Messiah students in this new capacity and to lead the student engagement team.

Joshua Grimm is our new head eSports coordinator and coach. Josh comes to us from Lycoming College where he served as a full-time athletic trainer and as their first-ever eSports coach. Juggling the responsibilities of both roles, he was able to play a pivotal role in propelling Lycoming to its first eSports success in 2021 with a Madden championship. Joshua also worked with their Valorant, Hearthstone, and League of Legends teams and worked with their men’s basketball team. Additionally, he worked as an athletic trainer for the MLB Draft League and was a part of the UPMC eSports committee. Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology both from Lock Haven University.

Engle Center

Dr. John D. Goddard, CAADC, C-DBT is our new Engle counselor/program director of drug and alcohol education. John comes to us with 20 years of counseling experience in the mental health and addictions field working with a wide diversity of clients in a variety of settings. He has worked with children and adolescents in the school setting, as well as intensive, in-home family therapy. In addition, he provided individual, couples, and group therapy sessions in outpatient settings. John’s approach to care is integrative and his areas of interest include Christian counseling, spirituality, addictions, eating disorders, and the complex interactions between physical and mental health.

Alissa Ford, MA, NCC is our new part time Engle Center counselor. She is a Messiah alum earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Messiah. She is a National Certified Counselor and has experience working with clients from all walks of life in a variety of settings including inpatient, partial, and outpatient private practice. She has a niche for working with the young adult and adult populations. Alissa served as an intern at the Engle Center and is so excited to officially be joining the staff!

Mendelssohn Piano Trio “The American Experience”

Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
High Foundation Recital Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

Mendelssohn Piano Trio will explore the American experience in music through juxtaposition of “Piano Trio No. 2” by Arthur Foote, the first American-trained outstanding classical composer, “Nocturnes” by Ernest Bloch, who founded the Cleveland Institute of Music, and “Piano Trio” by Erich Korngold, who created some of the most memorable scores for Hollywood and impacted generations of American composers, including John Williams.

Ticket prices are $10 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 messiah.edu/tickets.

Welcoming Laurie de la Riva as lab coordinator

The Department of Biological Sciences has hired Laurie de la Riva in their lab coordinator role. Welcome Laurie!

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community (formerly the Human Library Project) is where Messiah students, faculty, and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Living Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
Please consider participating as a “book” in the Living Library at the Murray Library on Wednesday, April 10. As a living book, you would be sharing your story with others in the Messiah University community in a moderated 25 minute session.
Please complete this application to be a book no later than Friday, March 15: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37v5VgYD9SA3g5D

Questions may be directed to Todd Allen, vice president for diversity affairs at tallen@messiah.edu or Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at ekielley@messiah.edu

Please complete this application no later than Friday, March 15.

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time library evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26159.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time CES Local Chapter assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

Community Wellness has an opening for a full-time assistant director of the Falcon Fitness Center. Job related questions can be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer at khansen@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26273.

Data Security has an opening for a full-time IT security analyst. Job related questions can be directed to Allen Snook at asnook@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26295.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time director of the Murray Library. Job related questions may be directed to David Weaver-Zercher at dzercher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25707.

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at bwickard@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25830.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

For Sale

Bunny earrings (great gift for Easter basket). Who wouldn’t love a pair of these cute bunny earrings? They would make a great gift for an Easter basket or for a special friend who just loves bunnies. $10 each or 2/$15 (indicate posts or wire hooks, and only in silver). Email: sportko@messiah.edu

 

 

February 8

February 8th, 2024 by INTERCOM

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Business Department Professor Keith Quesenberry’s research paper “Time Is on Story’s Side: Story Development Impacts Daily Shares of Viral Advertising Videos” has been accepted to be presented at the annual Society of Business, Industry, and Economics academic conference in April. A continuation of previous storytelling research with Michael Coolsen, professor of marketing at Shippensburg University, it expands previous analysis of over 100 YouTube viral ad videos that found more fully developed stories on a 0 to 5 act drama scale increased total shares and views. This additional regression analysis found a sharper decline in shares for videos that tell a less developed story over a 23-day period indicating that viral advertising videos are shared for a longer time, or stay viral longer, with a story.

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Todd Goranson, DMA, RN, professor of music, presented a one-hour guest lecture titled “Mental and Musculoskeletal Health for the Performing Musician” at Towson University’s Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Goranson was the invited speaker for the spring semester opening convocation for Towson’s 150 undergraduate music majors and their music faculty.

BID FAREWELL

The Department of Marketing and Communication invites you to honor Ramona Fritschi, as we celebrate her retirement following 15 years of dedicated service to our institution. Join us for a special gathering to recognize Ramona’s significant contributions and commitment to excellence in supporting messiah.edu and advancing numerous digital accessibility initiatives.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Boyer Atrium

AROUND CAMPUS

Murray Library’s February 2024 newsletter

What’s New in the Library? Read our February newsletter containing the latest news on events and displays, staff, and more! Read the newsletter on Mosaic. https://mosaic.messiah.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1047&context=lib_pub

2024 Employee Award nominations

Do you work with someone who has gone above and beyond expectations this past year? Nominate them for recognition at this Spring’s Employee Recognition Picnic on Monday, May 13! Please see the attached form or use the links below to submit nominations from now until March 1.

Team Falcon Awardhttps://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a3ysYH9TIgySfI
The Team Falcon Award is given to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or university-wide goals.

Road to Reconciliation Awardhttps://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b4xIqJSdXn2ZpCC
The Road to Reconciliation Award is given to employees who have demonstrated a leadership role related to reconciliation beyond the expectations of their positions.

Pride in Performance Awardhttps://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sxQR0D7CYcpI90
The Pride in Performance Award is given to administrative and staff employees who have demonstrated remarkable competence in their role along with a consistent commitment to excellence and to working successfully with others to achieve the goals of the University.

President’s Awardhttps://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3sBNDNcc1aXKB0
The President’s Award is given to administrative and staff employees who have demonstrated significant commitment, ingenuity,

The Center for Public Humanities is pleased to invite you to the 2024 Humanities Symposium on “The American Project”

The 2024 Humanities Symposium will be held during the week of Feb. 19-23. The CPH executive committee is eager to provide a forum for the University community and the wider public to engage in our weeklong conversation through faculty-student conversations, interdisciplinary and departmental panels, and artistic performances such as dance, film, concerts, poetry readings, and exhibitions.

Our featured speaker, Philip S. Gorski, Ph.D., is professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University. He writes on religion and politics in early modern and modern Western Europe and North America from a comparative historical perspective. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development, and secularization, with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. He is the author of several book-length studies in these fields. His current work focuses on the history and politics of white Christian nationalism and American civil religion.

Keynote Address: “Un/Civil Religion: American Christianity and Liberal Democracy in Crisis”

Date: Feb. 22

Location: Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at messiah.edu/tickets.

Book sales will be available before the keynote address and sales and signing will be available after the keynote address.

Seed Library

The Murray Library Seed Library will be kicking off the spring season on Monday, Feb. 12! Stop by Murray Library any time beginning that day to browse our seed directory and “check out” some seeds. The Seed Library is:
• Completely free
• Open to anyone (no library card needed)
• Stocked with over 75 varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds
Check out more information on our website by visiting https://libguides.messiah.edu/seed. Happy Gardening!

Central Pennsylvania Forum for Science and Faith presents spring lecture

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Jessica Moerman, President and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network and co-founding pastor of Grace Capital City church, to campus to deliver a talk entitled, “Climate Change: What God’s Creation is Telling Us.” Dr. Moerman’s talk is Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium, Frey Hall 110. We look forward to an enlightening and inspiring talk.

Changes at the Falcon Fitness Center

I am pleased to announce that Kris Hansen-Kieffer has agreed to serve as the Executive Director of Community Wellness with a strong emphasis on the PREP programming and partnerships, collaboration with the academic departments as well as supervising the day-to-day operations of the Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is an important part of our community wellness program and we have already seen success in several new programs that Kris has worked to develop.

There is a current search for an associate director of the Fitness Center who will give leadership to day-to-day operations. If you have questions related to the services of the Fitness Center, please check out the website at https://fitness.messiah.edu/fitness-center/ or email fitnesscenter@messiah.edu.

Department of Theatre and Dance students excel at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

The Department of Theatre and Dance sent students from the disciplines of design, directing, and performance (both musical performance and other) to compete in the 2024 Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at the end of January. KCACTF is a national theatre program involving over 600 academic institutions with the aim of improving the quality of higher education theater in the United States. Students are nominated by outside respondents to participate and showcase their work at one of the annual regional festivals.

Abby Crispin, Julia Itson, Eleanor Mund, Sammi Shuma, and Alysse Whaley were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition. Out of 200 participants, Alysse Whaley and her scene partner Eleanor Mund were selected to advance to the finalist round of 16 performers, and Eleanor Mund won the award for “Best Scene Partner” for the event.

Abby Crispin, Eleanor Mund and Ella Murray participated in the Musical Theatre Competition, and Ella Murray was selected as a finalist for the competition.

Lydia Matson was nominated to participate in the conference’s design/tech and management exhibition for her work as the costume designer for “Alabama Story.” Carmi Wilmot participated in the festival and served as a directing coach for student scenes.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud of the excellent work showcased by our students.

Updates from the Division of Student Success and Engagement

The Division of Student Success and Engagement is delighted to welcome the following new employees to our Messiah family. We are also thrilled to announce new role changes for some of our existing employees.

Office of Student Engagement:

Curtis Kurtz was promoted to director of student engagement. Curtis is a proud Messiah Alum and has served at Messiah University for the past four years in Residence Life. Most recently, he served as the assistant director of residence life for first year experience and the residence director of Bittner Hall. During his master’s program, Curtis had the opportunity to intern with the Activities Programming Board at Shippensburg University, which helped grow his passion for student engagement. He is excited to continue serving our Messiah students in this new capacity and to lead the student engagement team.

Joshua Grimm is our new head esports coordinator and coach. Josh comes to us from Lycoming College where he served as a full-time athletic trainer and as their first-ever esports coach. Juggling the responsibilities of both roles, he was able to play a pivotal role in propelling Lycoming to its first esports success in 2021 with a Madden championship. Joshua also worked with their Valorant, Hearthstone, and League of Legends teams and worked with their men’s basketball team. Additionally, he worked as an athletic trainer for the MLB Draft League and was a part of the UPMC esports committee. Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology both from Lock Haven University.

Engle Center

Dr. John D. Goddard, CAADC, C-DBT is our new Engle counselor/program director of drug and alcohol education. John comes to us with 20 years of counseling experience in the mental health and addictions field working with a wide diversity of clients in a variety of settings. He has worked with children and adolescents in the school setting, as well as intensive, in-home family therapy. In addition, he provided individual, couples, and group therapy sessions in outpatient settings. John’s approach to care is integrative and his areas of interest include Christian counseling, spirituality, addictions, eating disorders, and the complex interactions between physical and mental health.

Alissa Ford, MA, NCC is our new part time Engle Center counselor. She is a Messiah alum earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Messiah. She is a National Certified Counselor and has experience working with clients from all walks of life in a variety of settings including inpatient, partial, and outpatient private practice. She has a niche for working with the young adult and adult populations. Alissa served as an intern at the Engle Center and is so excited to officially be joining the staff!

Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement

Paula Holtzinger is our new director of the Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement. Paula’s various experiences in service learning, global study, and service, as well as community partner relations wonderfully reflect the mission of the Agape Center. Paula is a proud graduate of Messiah’s peace and conflict studies program. The transformative experiences she had as a student leader and director with the Agape Center influenced her decision to pursue international work through the English Language Institute where she facilitated experiential learning opportunities and taught English in Vietnam, Lebanon, Hong Kong, and Cambodia. Paula also served as an emergency response assistant for Lebanon and Syria with Mennonite Central Committee in Beirut. From there, Paula joined Journey’s End Refugee Settlement Services as the employment training program manager in Buffalo, NY. Most recently, Paula has served as the administrative assistant to the Agape Center team while completing her graduate work in restorative justice, trauma, and resilience in educational environments.

Residence life

Julianna “Jules” Pinelli is our new residence director who will be serving as the Interim Bittner RD for this spring 2024 semester. Jules joins us from Wheaton College where she is completing the last semester of her master’s in higher education and student development, having served as a graduate resident advisor at Wheaton for the past year and a half. Jules received her Bachelors in Psychology from Cornerstone University where she served as an RA for two years. Originally from Long Island, NY, Jules loves going for walks, coffee, hosting friends and family, and baking.

Nikki Murren has agreed to serve as interim assistant director of residence life for first year experience and will also continue serving from her current location as Naugle residence director.

Mendelssohn Piano Trio “The American Experience”

Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
High Foundation Recital Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

Mendelssohn Piano Trio will explore the American experience in music through juxtaposition of “Piano Trio No. 2” by Arthur Foote, the first American-trained outstanding classical composer, “Nocturnes” by Ernest Bloch, who founded the Cleveland Institute of Music, and “Piano Trio” by Erich Korngold, who created some of the most memorable scores for Hollywood and impacted generations of American composers, including John Williams.

Ticket prices are $10 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 messiah.edu/tickets.

CLASSIFIEDS

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time library evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26159.

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time CES local Chapter assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at ptan@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26328.

Community Wellness has an opening for a full-time assistant director of the Falcon Fitness Center. Job related questions can be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer at khansen@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26273.

Data Security has an opening for a full-time IT security analyst. Job related questions can be directed to Allen Snook at asnook@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26295.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time director of the Murray Library. Job related questions may be directed to David Weaver-Zercher at dzercher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25707.

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at bwickard@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25830.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

FOR SALE

2008 VW Jetta for sale. Lower mileage car (130,000 mi) in good shape. Good gas mileage. R title. Great first car or for someone looking for a dependable, low cost car! Email Lori for additional information or pictures. lsarago@messiah.edu

Ink cartridge. Unused, but opened ink cartridge. Canon 251 XL Gray. $10. Contact Ted Davis: tdavis@messiah.edu

Bunny earrings (great gift for Easter basket). Who wouldn’t love a pair of these cute bunny earrings? They would make a great gift for an Easter basket or for a special friend who just loves bunnies. $10 each or 2/$15 (indicate posts or wire hooks, and only in silver). Email: sportko@messiah.edu

WANTED

Bookcases wanted. I am looking for a few tall bookcases (approximately 6-7 ft. high) that I could purchase inexpensively. If you have a bookcase or two you are willing to part with, please call Eric at ext. 2546 or 717-697-2010.

Empty Wine bottles. I am looking for some empty wine bottles for some craft projects. Please email: sportko@messiah.edu

THANK YOUS

Thank you. I am not sure who to personally thank, so I thought I would make a post in hopes that that special someone sees it.
Thank you so much! It was so kind of you. You know who you are and what this is about. Just know that it was greatly appreciated. Thank you and may God bless you. Stacy Portko

OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION

Messiah University to Host the 99th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science April 12 – 14

Messiah University will host the 99th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) over the weekend of April 12 – 14. Approximately 250 students and faculty from educational institutions across Pennsylvania will visit campus to share about research conducted in a variety of areas of life and physical sciences in oral and poster presentations. David B. Olsen (’83) will deliver a keynote address following the Saturday evening banquet describing work of Merck and collaborating scientists to identify and characterize drugs that can be used to combat malaria. Olsen will also share career insights in a Saturday lunchtime panel aimed at students considering science careers in industry. We encourage Messiah students (and faculty) to register to attend and present at the conference. Non-presenting Messiah students and faculty may attend oral and poster presentations free of charge, but must also register in advance. Visit the PAS website (https://pennsci.org) for more information about the meeting (registration, cost, schedule) and the PAS organization. Larry Mylin (biological sciences) is serving as the local organizing host. Contact him with questions about the meeting, and if you are available to volunteer to support by participating the variety of things that must happen to host such a meeting.

 

February 1

February 1st, 2024 by INTERCOM

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 1:5

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Business Department professor Keith Quesenberry’s research paper “Time Is on Story’s Side: Story Development Impacts Daily Shares of Viral Advertising Videos” has been accepted to be presented at the annual Society of Business, Industry, and Economics academic conference in April. A continuation of previous storytelling research with Michael Coolsen, professor of marketing at Shippensburg University, it expands previous analysis of over 100 YouTube viral ad videos that found more fully developed stories on a 0 to 5 act drama scale increased total shares and views. This additional regression analysis found a sharper decline in shares for videos that tell a less developed story over a 23-day period indicating that viral advertising videos are shared for a longer time, or stay viral longer, with a story.

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Emerson Powery, interim dean of the School of Arts, Culture and Society and professor of Biblical Studies, has been working on a multi-year project of co-editing the upcoming New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition of the Bible called The Westminster Study Bible. This edition includes interpretive materials from over eighty leading biblical experts (including Messiah’s Rebecca Harris and Brian Smith) who, as teachers in a variety of educational settings, are sensitive to how the biblical texts have been received, what their cultural and social consequences have been, and how readers might hear them now in multiple contexts. To learn more about Emerson’s work, please visit: https://www.wjkbooks.com/Pages/Item/60046/Westminster-Study-Bible.aspx

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Damian Savarino, bass, professor of music, recently performed the bass-baritone solos in Gabriel Fauré’s REQUIEM with the Connecticut Choral Society. Under the baton of Maestro Eric Dale Knapp, Savarino was joined by soprano soloist, Francesca Federico.

AROUND CAMPUS

Messiah cybersecurity competition team wins third place!

On Jan. 20, the Messiah University cybersecurity competition team placed 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition! They will be advancing to compete in the regional competition in March.

The competition was an “inherit and defend” style event. Teams were given a simulated business production environment and had to harden the systems quickly before the attackers tried to break in. In addition to securing systems the team functioned as a legitimate business, responding to tasks from the C-suite and keeping all systems online. Throughout the competition the most impressive thing that Messiah’s teams did well was remain calm under pressure and communicated with each other.

This was Messiah University’s second year participating in the competition. The senior team was comprised of Raymond Truex (captain), Grace Taylor, Aidan Hubley, Carolina Hatch, Brandan Snook, and Christopher Copeland. The first-year team was comprised of Eli Kalmbacher (captain), Austin King, Aiden Morris, and Ryan Scannell. Both teams were coached by David Bibighaus.

Placing 3rd out of 24 teams is an exciting achievement for the team. They are excited to return to the regionals in March for the second year in a row and will continue preparing for the next competition.

Employee Worship Service – Tuesday

Please join us next Tuesday, Feb. 6, for an employee worship service at 9:30 a.m. in Hostetter Chapel. We’ll join together in singing and our employee community pastor, Stephen Gallaher, will provide the message.

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community (formerly the Human Library Project) is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Living Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Living Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.

Please consider participating as a “book” in the Living Library at the Murray Library on Wednesday, April 10.  As a living book, you would be sharing your story with others in the Messiah University community in a moderated 25 minute session.

Please complete this application to be a book no later than Friday, March 15. https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37v5VgYD9SA3g5D

Questions may be directed to Todd Allen, vice president of Diversity Affairs at tallen@messiah.edu or Liz Kielley, Discovery and Metadata librarian at ekielley@messiah.edu.

Murray Library’s February 2024 newsletter

What’s New in the Library? Read our February newsletter containing the latest news on events and displays, staff, and more! Read the newsletter on Mosaic. https://mosaic.messiah.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1047&context=lib_pub

2024 Employee Award nominations

Do you work with someone who has gone above and beyond expectations this past year? Nominate them for recognition at this Spring’s Employee Recognition Picnic on Monday, May 13! Please see the attached form or use the links below to submit nominations from now until March 1.

Team Falcon Award: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a3ysYH9TIgySfI
The Team Falcon Award is given to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or university-wide goals.

Road to Reconciliation Award: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b4xIqJSdXn2ZpCC
The Road to Reconciliation Award is given to employees who have demonstrated a leadership role related to reconciliation beyond the expectations of their positions.

Pride in Performance Award: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sxQR0D7CYcpI90
The Pride in Performance Award is given to administrative and staff employees who have demonstrated remarkable competence in their role along with a consistent commitment to excellence and to working successfully with others to achieve the goals of the University.

President’s Award: https://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3sBNDNcc1aXKB0
The President’s Award is given to administrative and staff employees who have demonstrated significant commitment, ingenuity,

CLASSIFIEDS

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Murray Library has an opening for a part-time library evening circulation supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Myers at smyers@messiah.edu (librarian). For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26159.

Community Wellness has an opening for a full-time assistant director of the Falcon Fitness Center. Job related questions can be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer at khansen@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26273.

Data Security has an opening for a full-time IT security analyst. Job related questions can be directed to Allen Snook at asnook@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26295.

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at kthomas@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26174.

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at pholtzinger@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/26176.

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a part-time records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at kclark@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25904.

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time director of the Murray Library. Job related questions may be directed to David Weaver-Zercher at dzercher@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25707.

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. Job related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard at bwickard@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25830.

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 wyland@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/23892.

Dining Services has several part and full-time positions including Chef I- Cold Food and Cook II. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu. Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at mwirtz@messiah.edu.

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

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at bjohnson@messiah.edu. For more information and to apply, please visit: jobs.messiah.edu/postings/25934.

FOR SALE

2008 VW Jetta for sale. Lower mileage car (130,000 mi) in good shape. Good gas mileage. R title. Great first car or for someone looking for a dependable, low cost car! Email Lori for additional information or pictures. lsarago@messiah.edu

Ink cartridge. Unused, but opened ink cartridge. Canon 251 XL Gray. $10. Contact Ted Davis: tdavis@messiah.edu

WANTED

Bookcases wanted. I am looking for a few tall bookcases (approximately 6-7 ft. high) that I could purchase inexpensively. If you have a bookcase or two you are willing to part with, please call Eric at ext. 2546 or 717-697-2010.

OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION

Messiah University to Host the 99th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science April 12 – 14

Messiah University will host the 99th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) over the weekend of April 12 – 14. Approximately 250 students and faculty from educational institutions across Pennsylvania will visit campus to share about research conducted in a variety of areas of life and physical sciences in oral and poster presentations. David B. Olsen (’83) will deliver a keynote address following the Saturday evening banquet describing work of Merck and collaborating scientists to identify and characterize drugs that can be used to combat malaria. Olsen will also share career insights in a Saturday lunchtime panel aimed at students considering science careers in industry. We encourage Messiah students (and faculty) to register to attend and present at the conference. Non-presenting Messiah students and faculty may attend oral and poster presentations free of charge, but must also register in advance. Visit the PAS website (https://pennsci.org) for more information about the meeting (registration, cost, schedule) and the PAS organization. Larry Mylin (biological sciences) is serving as the local organizing host. Contact him with questions about the meeting, and if you are available to volunteer to support by participating the variety of things that must happen to host such a meeting.