Archive for 2022

March 17

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9


Please join us in welcoming the following three new faculty members to the School of Science, Engineering and Health this coming fall.

David Bibighaus will join the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics as assistant professor of cybersecurity and computer science. David is moving to central Pennsylvania from Colorado where he is currently senior lead engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton. David earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the US Air Force Academy (1994) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA (1998) and the Naval Postgraduate School (2005). David brings more than 20 years of experience in cyber operations and cyber defense to our cybersecurity education program.

Seth Burkert will join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as assistant professor of chemistry. Seth will be coming to Messiah from a two-year visiting appointment at Franklin and Marshall, and he also taught at Lafayette College. He earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Saint Francis University (2012) and the University of Pittsburgh (2019). Seth is an award-winning teacher who often uses a flipped-classroom approach, and he regularly mentors undergraduates in his physical chemistry research.

Nick Weaver is a Messiah College graduate (B.S. in mathematics, 2017) who earned an M.S. in statistics from the University of Colorado (2020) and will complete his Ph.D. there this summer. Nick will join the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics as senior lecturer of mathematics (2-yr appointment). Nick has earned multiple awards for his performance as a teacher and graduate student. He is passionate about active learning and looks forward to bringing to the department some best-practices in inclusive excellence in STEM that he learned at UC-Denver (a Hispanic-Serving Institution).


The Teacher Education Program and Graduate Program in Education are pleased to welcome alumna Christina Simmons back to Messiah. Christina will be serving as assistant professor of education, director of teacher education, and assistant director of the Graduate Program in Education starting July 1. Christina graduated from Messiah with an undergraduate degree in English and minors in Spanish and TESOL. She completed her graduate work in education at Fordham and Walden Universities. She has taught in a variety of PK-12 contexts in New York City, Quito, Ecuador and most recently at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania where she has also served as department chair. Christina has also taught as an adjunct in the graduate programs at Messiah and Eastern Mennonite University. Please join me in welcoming Christina to this new role! Jan Dormer will continue as the interim program director for the Graduate Program in Education. Jan’s knowledge of the program, strong administrative skills, and innovative ideas will continue to serve the program well in the coming year. I am thankful to Jan for her willingness to continue in this role for the coming year.

-Jennifer Fisler, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies


PSYCamp 2022

We are excited to invite high school students to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 19-24 (extended 5-day camp)! Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we are offering both an overnight residential option and a day-camp commuter option. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and biopsychology.
If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register at: before May 23.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University employees!
Contact for more information.

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 Spring Senior Series on March 18 -19. Please join us for an evening of performance created and performed by department seniors: Jim Hy, Hope Trenkler, and Rachel Switzer.

The Spring Senior Series:
March 18-19 at 8 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

“Casting Stones”
By Jim Hy and Hope Trenkler

By Rachel Switzer

Estimated Run time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

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

Connect with us on social media!
Facebook: @MUTheatreandDance
Twitter: @MUTheatre_Dance
Instagram: messiah_theatre_and_dance

Accounts payable procure to pay deadlines reminder

Accounts payable procure to payment deadline:  We have recently had an influx of last minute requests for procure to payment instances. Knowing that there are many new staff and may not have been passed on the details of procure to pay processing, this is a reminder. A requisition for purchase orders should be done for the goods or services you are purchasing prior to requesting the supplier to provide your order. We pay our suppliers by Visa Supplier Pay or Ach direct deposit, very few receive a check. Requests should be completed in One Source, including receiving, allocation, approval process no later than Friday for a payment to be considered for the following Thursday. However most vendors are setup to pay on NET15, NET30 or NET45 payment schedule. If you receive an invoice, related to a purchase order please be sure to forward to for processing as soon as it is received. We will process it according to the due date. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact accounts payable by email or phone extensions 2910 or 2911. We understand emergencies arise, but there has been a high volume for quick turnaround lately. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Award-winning alum to visit campus

Jonathan Stutzman ‘09 (Dept. of Communication film alum), an award-winning filmmaker and children’s book author, and artist, Heather Fox who often illustrates Stutzman’s books, will facilitate several sessions and deliver a public reading during a March 21, visit to Messiah. Events include:
• Using Children’s Books in the Classroom Workshop, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Parmer Cinema
• Storytelling through Film Luncheon (invitation only), 12:30-1:30 p.m., HC113
• Path to Publishing Workshop, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Parmer Cinema
• Public Reading, 7-8 p.m., Boyer 131 (time provided for author autographs for those who bring pre-purchased Stutzman titles)
• Reception in Howe Atrium to follow reading

Sponsored by the Departments of Communication; Education; and Language, Literature and Writing, and the School of Arts, Culture and Society.

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due March 25. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the 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, ext. 2900 or

Immigration: Journey through the Biblical Perspective

HRA (Human Rights Awareness) will host Rondell Treviño, founder and president of The Immigration Coalition, for an event titled “Immigration: Journey through the Biblical Perspective” on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Rondell will speak about how we might develop a faithful, biblical perspective on immigration, and he will also share from his organization’s experience providing clean drinking water and food for immigrants, migrants, and asylum-seekers along the US southern border and in Latin America. As part of his presentation, Rondell will also share some practical ways you can be involved in caring for these vulnerable communities. The lecture will be followed with a Q&A time as well as a reception with refreshments to provide space to continue the conversation. This event is free and open to all. Questions? Email

Employee Strategic Plan and Budget Forum

An employee strategic plan update and FY23 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 7 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. The session will be recorded and posted to the Strategic Planning and Prioritization website for reference by April 8. All employees are encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY23 budget parameters and process as well as provide an update on year one of the University Rising strategic plan.

Advising spring workshop: Helping student-athletes succeed

Hello all,

The Office of Academic Advising invites you to attend the March workshop, “Life Beyond the field: Helping Student-Athletes succeed.” This workshop will be led by Dottie Weigel, associate professor and program director of Higher Education, and Shannon Rogers, graduate assistant in Academic Advising Office and Messiah women’s lacrosse player.

The workshop will be help on Tuesday, March 22 from 9:30-10:20 a.m. in Boyer 277.

Navigating college transitions can be challenging and complex for students, and these experiences are often compounded for student-athletes who are balancing the demands of academics and their sport. In this session, participants will be given practical strategies to help student-athletes succeed in a variety of contexts beyond their sport. Participants will be encouraged to consider their roles as teachers, advisors, and mentors as they support students toward personal and academic success.
We hope to see you there.

New library resources

Murray Library added 94 new EBooks this month. Click here to see a sampling. Educators are invited to contact their liaison librarian at any time with inquiries concerning resources.

Ted Prescott lecture, “Seeing is believing?”

The Messiah University Honors Program invites you to a lecture by Ted Prescott, Professor Emeritus of Art, on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Professor Prescott will be speaking on the topic “Seeing is Believing?” and explains his choice of title in this way:
The popular adage “seeing is believing” suggests that belief follows seeing. This presentation will question the relationship between seeing and believing and suggest a more complicated relationship between the two activities. Perhaps seeing is sometimes dependent on belief?

Professor Prescott has made extensive contributions to the visual arts at Messiah University where he started the art major in 1980, within Christian circles including helping to establish the national organization CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), and in many public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe where his work has been shown.

It is appropriate that Professor Prescott’s lecture on March 28 will be given in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Since the High Center opened in 2013, visitors have been struck by Professor Prescott’s installation “Psalm,” made of 14 tree limbs juxtaposed against the modern architecture of the building which creates an image of movement, a visual embodiment of activity within the space.

This lecture is part of a series of Honors Program events during the 2021-22 year focused on the theme of “seeing,” and is open to all the public. Those attending Professor Prescott’s lecture are also invited to a reception following.

Supervisor Series

We are quickly approaching the end of our Supervisor Series for the 21/22 academic year. Rob Pepper will be presenting, “A Survival Guide for Academic Leaders” on Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 138, and Friday, March 25 at noon in Parmer Cinema. If you haven’t already, please sign up at

Human Library 2022

Sign up to hear student and employee stories via the Human Library 2022
Unjudge Someone
Wednesday afternoon, March 30
The Human Library provides an opportunity for you to hear Messiah students and employees share their personal stories.
Some of the 24 book titles include: “Grief, Interrupted”; “I was adopted – “So what?, you say?”; “Leave Your Language at the Door,” and “The Refining Fire.”
Check out for more information and to see what stories make you want to learn more.
Sign up to “read” here:
Session times are as follows and are 30 minutes in length: 12:15, 12:55, 1:35, 2:15, 2:55, and 3:35 p.m.
All afternoon sessions are held in the Murray Library and walk-ins are welcome!

At 7 p.m., the evening of March 30, come hear our featured “book” in the person of T.M. Garrett “Erasing the Hate: From Neo-Nazi to Peace Activist.” This will be held at 7 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall.
Questions about the Human Library 2022 may be directed to Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at or Todd Allen, vice president for diversity affairs, at


Job opportunities

Do you know someone who loves outdoor work and spending time on our beautiful campus? Refer a Seasonal Groundskeeper! Seasonal Groundskeepers work 24 hours a week, April-November; this is an ideal position for retirees or anyone that enjoys working outside! YOU could get a $300 bonus for providing a referral that leads to successful hiring for this position! For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager, at 

Campus Events has an opening for a full-time campus events worker, second shift, M-F 3:15 p.m. -11:45 p.m. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager, campus events central and residence halls, at

Campus Events has an opening for temporary campus events worker – summer. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley, administrative coordinator, facility services, at

The Division of Finance and Planning has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the Finance and Planning and Technology Service Teams. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Miller, associate VP for institutional research and administrative technology, at

For sale

House for sale in Lemoyne. We are selling our house at 205 Herman Ave., Lemoyne, PA, 17043. 4-bed, 4-bath (1 full, 1 3/4, 2 half). Less than 20 minutes from campus. Just down the block from the Lemoyne community pool!
If interested please contact our agent, Nichole Gatten, 717-243-5400 or


Queen mattress and box spring. My wife and I have purchased our first home and would like to upgrade from a full to a queen bed. Please email ( or call/text (757-403-2212) if you have a queen mattress, box spring, or both for a reasonable price. I can pick up from your home.

Looking for a house cleaner to clean my home weekly or bi-weekly depending on hourly rate. Contact if interested!