Archive for 2020

August 20

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

because you know that the testing of the faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its works

so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4


Please join me in wishing Linda Nye all the best in her new career! In response to the University’s Strategic Plan, Linda has successfully created and implemented a new and profitable revenue stream for Messiah University by increasing our offsite catering business by over 50% annually. Since 2008, Linda’s dedicated servant leadership and operational vision has been instrumental and vital in elevating our catering services program. Kenji Kanazawa has been promoted to the catering manager position in Dining Services and we look forward to his leadership and continued development of our catering department. Congratulations to both!


Congratulations to Philip Tan, assistant professor of engineering, and his wife, Julia, on the arrival of their first child, Joel Trevelyan Tan, on Aug. 5. Joel weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. and was 19.5 inches.

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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 Aug. 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.

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

State of the University Address

The inaugural State of the University address will be delivered by President Kim Phipps via livestream on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m. during the regularly scheduled Chapel time. All faculty and staff are warmly invited to tune in by visiting the livestream link at the President’s Office website. As per usual, the written transcript of the President’s address and the accompanying presentation, including a new companion document to the address, will be posted in the days just following the speech for your reference. Thank you for making time in your schedule for this important message and the start of our new year together!

Community pastor announcement

As we consider Christian faith formation and discipleship on campus in 2020/21, Doug Curry and Mina Choi will be giving leadership to a variety of programs and opportunities for students. Since large gatherings will not be possible, the chapel requirement will be waived. Yet, in order to maintain spiritual vitality on campus, Campus Ministries plans to offer the following programs and resources to encourage personal and communal spiritual disciplines:

1. Each Tuesday the Campus Ministries team will launch an online chapel experience, on Thursday a podcast with community members reflecting on the chapel message will launch and during chapel time several online six-week chapel series options will continue to be offered. Each Monday President Phipps will provide a devotional for the community, on Wednesday student ministry leaders will provide a devotional, and on Friday the devotional will be expressed through the arts. Be sure to check your weekly email for links to these offerings.

2. Life Groups, Bible study groups, and prayer ministries will be offered – both in-person and virtually – by student ministry leaders from Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Prayer Outreach Team, and the Logos Ministry Team. These discipleship-based ministries will forge intentional relationships with spiritual accountability, and nurture our students to grow in Biblical literacy and spiritual formation. Students will have the option to sign up for any of these groups individually, or by Residence Hall/Apartment floors to be led and mentored by Student Ministries leaders.

3. Campus Ministries will craft a resource center within FalconLink to provide further discipleship and Christian faith formation resources. This resource center will provide tools for student leaders, employees, and students seeking to explore pathways for continued growth and/or mentoring, and for community members to express prayer concerns and requests for pastoral counseling.

4. Students will be encouraged to get involved with local churches that verify compliance with the University’s risk reduction measures and health practices. This listing will also include streaming options for which our students can participate remotely. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate church bus or van transportation at this time so students will need to coordinate their own transportation. This information has been communicated to local congregations.

In addition, in the absence of a Campus Pastor this year, Stephen Gallaher has agreed to fulfill a one year temporary position as community pastor, primarily serving the spiritual needs of employees. In this role he will…

-Provide regular times of prayer and short devotional for employees. This will be delivered virtually.
-Provide time and space for individual meetings with employees who seek pastoral care. [Email –] -Work with supervisors and deans to provide encouragement and support for employees

Randall Basinger, provost

Mosaic Success!

We’re celebrating 22,000 downloads from MOSAIC, Messiah’s Institutional Repository!  In just over a year since its debut, scholarly and creative content has been used in 163 countries.  The collection includes over 1,800 works of text, images, and videos created by Messiah’s outstanding educators and students. Email to get involved and learn more.

PA Student Employee of the Year

Back in April, Rebecca Lauver ’20 was announced as Pennsylvania’s Student Employee of the Year! Rebecca (biology major) served for two years as the biodiversity coordinator in the Office of Sustainability where she managed a multi-year reforestation project planting more than 600 trees in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Her award-winning work helped secure a job with the Alliance for the Chesapeake where she will carry out her passion and skillset in conservation around central Pennsylvania. Many thanks to the Student Employment team for selecting Rebecca and the Office of Sustainability to represent Messiah.

Into the City (virtual) trip to California!

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce its virtual Into the City trip to California! During the second week of October we will be featuring online career chats with numerous alumni from the CA region. Please read below for a full schedule and additional information. We would appreciate your assistance in promoting these events to students (educators and staff are welcome to join in as well!)

ITC California Schedule of Events:
(please note: the password for all events is ITCVirtual)

Netflix – Monday, Oct. 5, 1 – 2 p.m.
Speaker: Ashli Aldrich ’04, program manager, talent mobility at Netflix
Register at

“California Dreamin’ – What its really like to live and work on the Golden Coast” – Monday, Oct. 5, 3– 4p.m.
Panelists: TBD
Register at

PFM Asset Management – Tuesday, Oct. 6, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Lesley Murphy ’05, senior managing consultant
Register at

Google – Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.
Speaker: Kevin Gin ’07, software engineer
Register at

Levi – Wednesday, Oct. 7, noon – 1 p.m.
Speaker: Tim Murphy ’05, director of brand operations
Register at

LinkedIn – Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Speaker: Elizabeth Gin ’08, senior user experience researcher
Register at

Disney – Thursday, Oct. 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Leah Pendorf ’11, consumer insight manager at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Register at

“Attending Graduate School in California” – Friday, Oct. 9, noon – 1 p.m.
Phoebe Chua ’16, Ph.D. Candidate in Informatics, UC Irvine
Anna Love ’16, Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, UC Irvine
Sarah Kistler ‘17, MA in Education, Azusa Pacific University
Elliot Rossomme ’17, Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Register at

“Working for Big Tech in the Silicon Valley” – Friday, Oct. 9th, 4 – 5 p.m.
Register at

• Gain an inside perspective on many key organizations in CA
• Network with notable Messiah alumni
• Understand what it is like to live and work in CA
• Learn more about various job and internship options in the CA region

Visit for more information and to register for all online ITC California sessions.

Windows update and activation errors for remote users

While working remotely for an extended period of time, you may get a Microsoft Activation Error or an error regarding missing Windows updates. To resolve this, please connect to OpenVPN and work while connected for a day. This should resolve the issue. If it does not, please email for further assistance.


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 (

“Book Sale on a Porch: Pay what you will”

On Saturday August 21and Sunday August 22, a number of books will be available to choose from on Lucas Sheaffer’s front porch. No prices, just pay what you will in the bucket. Address is 718 W Siddonsburg Road, Dillsburg, PA, 17019.


Used 4-wheel drive vehicle. Looking for a used 4-wheel drive vehicle for my teenage son. If anyone is looking to sell or knows someone who is, please email me at or call me at ext. 2080.