Archive for 2020

August 13

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:34



Congratulations to Dr. Harold Underwood, associate professor of engineering, his paper titled “Circuits for a Multidisciplinary Engineering Student Mix” has been selected for the Best Paper Award at the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Spring 2020 conference.


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, was the main consultant for a recent issue of Christian History magazine on the theme, “How the church fostered science and technology.” He also wrote two articles in that issue, which can be downloaded at


Last spring Amy Porto encouraged a group of four students in her research course (NUTR 426) to submit their abstract for consideration at our national meeting (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo). We are excited to report, it has been accepted as a poster presentation.

Unfortunately the meeting will be held virtually this year but the students are thrilled and honored to be able to present their research at this level.

A special thank you to Mindy Smith who allowed students to recruit subjects from WELL courses last spring and helped to facilitate that process.


Updated Photo Library now available!

Our campus Photo Library has been updated! It is now easier to navigate with photos from the past 5 years. The categories are re-organized and users now be able to easily search, view and download images.

Please note that these photos are for institutional use only and aren’t for personal or private usage.

To access it:

  • Please contact IT at helpdesk@messiah.eduwith your purpose for requesting access. You will use your Messiah username and password to access unless otherwise directed.
  • Then log into and bookmark the new Photo Library at:

Please read through this guide to begin using our Photo Library: Photo Library Guide

Collaboratory director announced

The Department of Engineering and the School of Science, Engineering, and Health are pleased to welcome Dr. Darren Hercyk as director of the Collaboratory. Dr. Hercyk has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s in international/global studies and DM in from Liberty University. He spent 11 years working in missions’ administration in Africa and Asia with Compassion International, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services before serving in administration and adjunct teaching in Global Studies at Liberty University. Darren began his role as Collaboratory director on July 1. The Collaboratory, now restructured into the Department of Engineering, is an engineering-focused yet interdisciplinary service organization pursuing the mission of increasing hope and transforming lives through real-world application of professional disciplines, Christian discipleship, and partnership with marginalized communities.

Residence Life welcomes new employees and cool changes

With the departures of several veteran members of the Residence Life team, we are pleased to welcome Curtis Kurtz, who will be serving as the RD of Sollenberger and Mellinger, Tovah Wilson, RD for Miller and Fry, and Rebecca Firstbrook, RD for Hess and Kelly. In addition, Josiah Hatfield and Amy Nicols have assumed new positions. Josiah is serving as the assistant director of Residence Life for the First Year Experience and is now the RD for Bittner hall. Amy is our new assistant director of Residence Life for the Upper Class Experience and is now the RD for Mountain View, special interest housing, and one of two apartment buildings in OakWood Hills. Other changes include Beth Moshier as RD for Naugle Hall, Caleb Miller, RD for Witmer Hall, and Julie Price, also assuming responsibility for one of two apartment buildings in OakWood Hills

We are deeply grateful for our team!

Registrar’s Office welcomes new employees

The Registrar’s Office welcomed two new employees this summer – Olivia Warner, records and registration assistant; and Ed Wichrowski, senior associate registrar for the School of Graduate Studies.

Olivia’s first day at Messiah was July 6. Her office is located in Old Main Registrar’s Office. Olivia graduated from Geneva College this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies and Linguistics.

Ed’s first day at Messiah was August 3. His office is located in the administrative suite at Winding Hill. Ed comes to Messiah with 10 years of Enrollment Management and Registrar’s Office experience at Eastern Nazarene College.

Please introduce yourself to these new members of the Messiah University Community.

Finance Major added to CMT Academic Partner Program

The Department of Business is pleased to announce that the finance major has been accepted by the Chartered Market Technicians (CMT) Association as part of its Academic Partner Program. The CMT credential is the preeminent, global designation for practitioners of technical analysis and Institutions in the Academic Partner Program demonstrate academic excellence in the teaching of behavioral finance to portfolio management and other key aspects of technical analysis. Students in the finance major will receive scholarships to take the CMT exams and will now have the ability to pursue both their CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CMT charters. The principal contact for this program is Dwayne Safer, CFA, CAIA.

Murray Library welcomes you back!

Murray Library will reopen on Monday, August 17.

Summer Hours: August 17-21 and August 24

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fall Hours: August 25 – Nov.24

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 am – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m.- 11 p.m.

New graduate assistants at Messiah and Partner Institutions

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is pleased to welcome 11 new graduate assistants for the 2020-2021 academic year both on the Messiah University campus and at partner institutions. Graduate assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to put the educational theories gained through classroom instruction into professional practice through supervised, real-world experience. Our graduate assistantship program aims to provide an innovative and cost-efficient way to advance departmental and university-wide goals and objectives.

Please join us and our collaborating departments in welcoming the following to the Messiah University community:  Brody Beiler, graduate assistant for academic success; Gage Bley, graduate assistant for baseball; Matt Bur, graduate assistant for student success and retention; Liam Dole, graduate assistant for athletics communication; Emily Farwell, graduate assistant for women’s volleyball; Taylor Forbes, graduate assistant for intercultural programs; Alexa Glatfelter, graduate assistant for campus wellness and recreation; Lila Goodhile, graduate assistant for assessment of student learning; Shannon Rogers, graduate assistant for academic advising; Leah Springer, graduate assistant for student involvement and leadership; and Elisa Warren, graduate assistant for AROMA.

They join five returning graduate assistants to the Messiah campus, who will complete their degree program and GA positions this year. Arkél Brown, graduate assistant for women’s basketball and athletic diversity; Alex Kipp, graduate assistant for men’s basketball; Kimberly López, graduate assistant for the Agapé Center; Michael Pagano, graduate assistant for athletics communication; and Ryan Speer, graduate assistant for cross country/track and field.

In addition, four of our students in the Graduate Program in Higher Education have been placed as graduate assistants at partner institutions: Karly Bliley, graduate assistant in Residence Life at Bluffton University; Anthony Powe, graduate assistant in Residence Life at Catawba College; Taylor Wiederrecht, graduate assistant for cross country/track and field at Houghton College; and Zachary Shilvock, graduate assistant for tennis at Houghton College.

They join two returning Graduate Assistants at partner institutions: Maggie Bolden, graduate assistant in Residence Life at Gonzaga University; and Malissa Giannetti, graduate assistant in Residence Life at Catawba College.

Welcome back from the Office of Academic Accessibility

The Office of Academic Accessibility, formerly known as the Office of Disability Services, would like to offer you a warm welcome back for the fall semester. As many of you may know, there have been conversations through recent years regarding an update to the name of our office to better and more positively reflect its mission. Our dedication to our goals of strong student support through practical, caring encouragement, academic coaching, and personal advocacy has only deepened in recent months, and we are excited to continue serving our students and cultivating our relationships with all of you during the upcoming year. We cordially invite you to reach out to the Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA) with any questions you may have about academic accommodations and student support. As always, we look forward to working with you to help our students reach their full potential while attending Messiah University. ~ Amy Slody, Tony Devine, Deana Baddorf, and Brody Beiler, OAA graduate assistant (You can email us at

2019-2020 TT&P Approvals Intercom Announcement

Congratulations from the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been approved for promotion, term-tenure, or term-tenure renewal effective August 1, 2020:

Promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate professor:

  •        Kristopher Cravey, associate professor of Business
  •        Kerry Hasler-Brooks, associate professor of English
  •        Krista Imbesi, associate professor of Film and Digital Arts
  •        Tina Keller, associate professor of TESOL
  •        Charlene Lane, associate professor of Social Work
  •        Jeffrey Stroup, associate professor of Nursing


Promotion from Associate professor to Full Professor:

  •  Alison Noble, professor of Chemistry
  • Amy Porto, professor of Nutrition and Dietetics


Term Tenure:

  •        Kristopher Cravey, associate professor of Business
  •        Kerry Hasler-Brooks, associate professor of English
  •        Krista Imbesi, associate professor of Film and Digital Arts
  •        Paul Johns, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science
  •        Tina Keller, associate professor of TESOL
  •        Charlene Lane, associate professor of Social Work


Term Tenure Renewal:

  •  John Bechtold, professor of Psychology
  • Sheri Boyce, professor of Biology
  • Henry Danso, professor of Psychology
  • Jan Dormer, associate professor of TESOL
  • Jennifer Dose, professor of Management
  • Marlin Eby, professor of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Patrice Ewoldt, associate professor of Music
  • Stephen Gallaher, professor of Christian Ministries
  • John Harles, professor of Politics
  • Lawrence Mylin, professor of Biology
  • Jenell Williams Paris, professor of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Amy Porto, professor Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Sharon Putt, professor of Theology and Religion
  • Richard Schaeffer, professor of Chemistry
  • David Schenk, associate professor of Philosophy
  • Eric Seibert, professor of Old Testament
  • Harold Underwood, professor of Engineering
  • Scott Weaver, associate professor of Computer Science
  • Cynthia Wells, associate professor of Higher Education


Congratulations to the following retired faculty members who have been approved to receive Emeritus Status:

  •        Douglass Jacobsen, professor of Church History and Theology
  •        Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, professor of Psychology
  •        James Krimmel, associate professor of Accounting


Job opportunities

The Department of Facility Services has multiple openings for campus events workers. See the attached flyer for more information. Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager, campus events central and residence halls.

Messiah University is hiring! Full-time, part-time and temporary positions are currently available. Do you know someone who would make an excellent employee? The employee referral program provides a $300 bonus for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration or full-time faculty. Please visit for a list of current job openings and to apply.

For sale

Thule Voyager 976 trunk mounted bike rack, fits most minivans, sedans, and SUVs. Holds 3 bikes. Excellent condition, with original user manual. $45. Contact Ted Davis (

Santa’s Own artificial Christmas tree, prelit Middleberry model, 7.5 feet tall. This stunningly beautiful, convincingly real tree must be seen to be appreciated. Comparable quality trees today sell for $1200-1500. This one is ten years old, but looks brand new. First $300 gets it, but you must pick it up at my home about 2 miles from campus. A few spare bulbs included. Contact Ted Davis (


Free canning jars. Blue glass- 8 qt., 1 pt.
Quart jars- 46 (21 wide-mouthed)
Smaller- 22 (6 wide-mouthed)
Interested? Contact Amanda at