Archive for 2020


Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

– From Psalm 46


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.


Prior to making a room reservation, please be sure to read the “Events at Messiah University” section of the return plan.

A few important notes to remember from the plan:

All meetings and events are encouraged to be virtual whenever possible. To request a room reservation, you must provide a rationale for why the event must be held in-person.

Updated room capacities may be found in EMS. You may not exceed this capacity.

Rooms must be taken as-is. Due to classes being held in non-traditional spaces and the need to maintain the integrity of social distancing, we cannot adjust the furniture.

No guests are allowed to attend events on campus.

Be aware of the additional requirements surrounding accessibility and copyright outlined in the linked plan.

Indoor events are limited to 25 people in a space. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 250 people.


EMS (Event Management Systems) is the university’s scheduling software. By using EMS you can make the reservation much faster, see which vehicles and rooms are available for any date and time, place a “hold” on the vehicle or location, answer the required COVID-related questions, and provide verification of approval. Conference Service can usually begin the approval process the same day as the request is made, and will give final approval to your request within a day or two. At this time, individual students are not permitted to have an EMS account. However, if they belong to a recognized student group, that group may have or establish an account.


Setting up your EMS account is a simple two-step process:


  • On the Internet, log onto . This will bring you to the Campus Schedule page.
  • For “User Id” and “Password”, use your normal credentials, (if you are setting up an account for your group, use your group’s “User Id and “Password”) then click on “Login”. You’ve just created your account. You should see your status as Pending and needing approval from an administrator (Conference Services).
  • At this point, you can exit the website.
  • Send an email to our office at to let us know that you have completed STEP 1.


  • When we receive your email, we will configure your account and send an email back to you with your next set of instructions. Please note that this may take a day or two, but once this is complete, your account will be ready to use.

Thank you for allowing us to help you process your vehicle and room reservations more efficiently and effectively. We are looking forward to serving the campus this semester.

Employee Wellness at Messiah

Employee Wellness has a range of exciting initiatives planned for this fall semester. Starting Sept. 7 we are going to launch “Six Weeks to Move More.” Each week will come with some background, education, tips and then a report-in challenge. Each week you participate enters you to win a new pair of Under Armour sneakers! Like our Facebook page: to sign up!

Engle Center counselor interviewed for podcast

Engle Center Counselor Aubrey Kleinfeld was interviewed for the Aug. 26 episode of the InterVarsity podcast, “All Shall Be Well.” Aubrey was interviewed by Master’s in Counseling graduate Caroline Triscik, who also served as an Engle Center counseling intern in the 2019-2020 school year. Aubrey’s interview focused on the counseling needs of college students in the age of COVID, and is a must-listen for all of us who are working with our students this year. Access the recording here:, or wherever you get podcasts.

Climenhaga Homestead

In an effort to limit public access to campus facilities, the Climenhaga Homestead guest rooms and conference spaces will be closed until further notice.

Murray Library’s September 2020 newsletter

What’s New at the Library? Meet the newest member of the Murray team, read about our current exhibits, hear from the director, and more! View our newsletter here.

Personnel updates in enrollment management

The Division of Enrollment Management is excited to announce the addition of the following new employees:

The Office of Financial Aid is pleased to welcome Lori McGill Sarago as a financial aid counselor. Lori, a Messiah alum who began her new job on June 29, replaces Ryan Hannigan, who has retired. Lori comes to our office with a variety of work experience in higher education having spent approximately the last nine years providing both admissions and financial aid services to students through several third-party organizations such as Emerge Education.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes TyJon (TJ) Culclasure and Chad Muise as our two new admissions counselors filling roles vacated by Rachael Haqq and Randy Ness. TJ graduated from Messiah in 2019 with a degree in ethnic and area studies, having also served as a resident assistant. Chad graduated with a B.A. in communication degree from Houghton College, worked there and at Tyndale University as an admissions counselor, and just finished serving as graduate assistant in athletics with our baseball team as he completed his M.A. in higher education from Messiah. Chad will also be serving Admissions as the liaison to the Department of Athletics and the School of Humanities.

The Office of Admissions is pleased to report the following promotions: Nate Litman has been promoted to assistant director of admissions and will serve as the admissions liaison to The Messiah University Honors Program. Congratulations to Kristin Thomas in her promotion to associate director of admissions, visit and event programming and Molly Janczyk in her promotions to associate director of admissions.

EM is sad to announce the departure of associate vice president for enrollment management, Sarah Wade, after nearly twelve years of dedicated service over two appointments from 2001-2005 and 2013-2020. Her commitment and passion for Messiah has been evident in the leadership she has shown in our division and on many task forces across campus. We wish her the best as she pursues a new career opportunity with VEMO Education.

CPDC announces their fall schedule of virtual events

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce its schedule of fall 2020 virtual events. Please visit for more details and to register. We would appreciate your assistance in promoting these events to students (all staff and educators are welcome to attend as well!).

Applying to Graduate School Webinar – Friday, Sept. 25, 3 – 4 p.m.

Virtual Graduate School Fair –Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon – 3 p.m.

ITC California Virtual Sessions:
Netflix– Monday, Oct. 5, 1 – 2 p.m.
“California Dreamin’ – What its really like to live & work on the Golden Coast – Mon, Oct. 5,             3 – 4 p.m.
FM Asset Management – Tuesday, October 6, noon – p.m.
Google – Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.
Levi – Wednesday, Oct. 7, noon – 1 p.m.
LinkedIn – Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Disney – Thursday Oct. 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
“Attending Graduate School in California” – Friday, Oct. 9, noon – 1 p.m.
“Working for Big Tech in the Silicon Valley” – Friday, Oct. 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

“Pursuing Careers in Applied Health” Virtual Alumni Panel – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 – 8 p.m.

Virtual Career Chat with Merck – Friday, Oct. 23, 3 – 4 p.m.

Virtual Internship & Career Expo – Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Careers in the Sports Industry Webinar – Wednesday, Nov. 11, 4 – 5 p.m.

Virtual Career Chat with Greater Than Me Sports Ministry – Monday, Nov. 16, 4 – 5 p.m.

Work-study/inactive computers

Please power on all work-study and other inactive computers. Since these computers have not been in use for an extended period of time, they will be slower than usual while updates are being done. Updates will happen automatically on the computers. If there are any issues, please contact the Helpdesk at or ext. 4444.


Job opportunities:

The Dining Services department has an opening for a full-time sous chef. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

The Grounds Services department has openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions can be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager, at

The Department of Safety has a full time opening for a community safety officer, 3rd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety at

The Dining Services department has an opening for a full-time catering supervisor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

For sale:

New ZVerse 3D Face Shield for sale, assembled but not used. Asking price is what I paid: $32 (shield cost + shipping). Please contact Doug Curry at if you are interested.

12,000 LB automobile life for sale. Messiah University is selling a 12,000 lb. vehicle lift. The lift is in excellent condition. It will need to be taken apart for transport. The lift is fully operational, but is being sold “as is” with no warranty. Contact Brad Markley:

For rent:

3-4 bedroom, 1.5 bath half house at 810 Grantham Rd in Grantham available Nov. 1. Dale Fogelsanger,, 717-623-0735