Archive for 2022

May 5

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11


Reception for Provost Basinger: You are cordially invited to a campus reception to honor the good work of Provost Randy Basinger who is retiring in June after serving at Messiah for nearly 40 years. The reception is being held in Howe Atrium on Monday, May 9 from 3-5 p.m. This is a “come-and-go” event with no formal program or planned remarks.


Messiah University Graduate Counseling Associate Professor Carol ZA McGinnis was recently interviewed in a “Connections: Healthy Gambling and Gaming” podcast on the topic of “Women and Gaming.” Here is that web link if you are interested in hearing more on this topic:—S3E3-e1heacb/a-a69u59i


Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed as baritone saxophonist with The Four Tops at Maryland Theater in Annapolis on Wednesday, April 13. He was featured as the soloist on classic hits such as “I Got a Feeling” and “Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”. The Four Tops became a staple of the Motown sound in the 1960s and 1970s, and were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2009.


The Office of Marketing and Communications is pleased to announce the addition of Curt Rohrer to our team in his role as our full-time graphic designer. His most recent position was the design director at Wavelength Marketing and just before that he was the director of publications and design at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Please join our office in welcoming Curt to Messiah University.


Sean Paddock, who has worked for the Department of Safety for 23 years, has been promoted to associate director. Paddock has over 27 years of experience in the safety and security field and carries vital departmental history and investigative experience with him. His dedication to, and knowledge of the operations of our community cannot be matched. We are grateful for his continued service and expertise.

Officer Keith McMann has achieved the position of senior community safety officer specializing in equipment. McMann has been serving our Messiah community for 2.5 years and brought to us over 30 years of experience in campus safety and security. We are blessed by the dedication and experience that McMann brings to our campus.

Officer Jeremy Lippert has achieved the position of senior community safety officer specializing in technology. Lippert has been serving our Messiah community for 2.5 years. Lippert is a 2001 Graduate of Messiah University and has over 10 years of experience in technology/communication. We are thankful for the knowledge and expertise that Lippert offers our campus.


On Wednesday, April 6, The Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) announced in Vancouver, Washington that Kathrynne Shafer, vice president for operations, and her operations leadership team were recipients of the ACUP Impression Award for Collaborative Service.
The award is presented annually to leaders in higher education who collaborate on a project or goal that achieves a positive and impactful outcome. Kathie and the operations directors worked together to create Operations Appreciate Week, a celebration of support services employees whose work throughout the pandemic allowed Messiah to safely and successfully operate through unprecedented challenges.

Please join us in congratulating Kathie and her department directors for their excellent work.


Important undergraduate Commencement information for employees

Schedule and details

Messiah University will be hosting Commencement weekend for the undergraduate Class of 2022 on May 6-7.

Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee. If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Undergraduate Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Important employee parking information for Baccalaureate (Friday, May 6)

  • From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., the VV (Visitor’s lot) will be closed to employees so families of our graduates have access to parking for Commencement-related activities.
  • For Baccalaureate, Department of Safety personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. Guests will walk to Eisenhower Campus Center. There is no shuttle service provided that eveningNote:Messiah employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate. It is also important to note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.
  • If you have questions regarding parking for guests with a disability, visit

 Important employee parking information for Commencement day (Saturday, May 7).

Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail from the Provost’s Office (educators) or directly from their supervisor (staff/administrators). Drivers MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas.

  • All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony will receive parking instructions with their assignment.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist in being directed to their reserved parking areas on campus.
  • It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day

 Hersheypark discount tickets

The Messiah University Community Discount Program is excited to announce that we will have representatives from Hersheypark on campus to offer an exclusive deal on tickets good for any public operating day during the 2022 season! Stop by the table located in Starry Parking Lot during the Employee Recognition event, May 10. The Hersheypark representatives will be available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will offer a 44.79% savings on tickets. Credit card only, please. Regular ticket (3 and older) gate rate: $77.80, Messiah rate: $42.95. This exclusive discount is available to Messiah University employees and family members. This special pricing is available at this event only. Please see flyer for more details.

The Susquehanna Chorale presents A Celebration in Song!

Performances are on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at the Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey; and Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at the High Center, Messiah University, Mechanicsburg. Tickets for both may be purchased through the Messiah University Box Office, and audience members are invited to a reception following each performance.

“Celebrate with us as we commemorate our legacy: 40 years of enriching lives through song,” said artistic director and conductor Linda Tedford. “Experience our joy as we come together with renewed excitement for singing to an audience in live performance.”

The Susquehanna Chorale is a nationally acclaimed adult chamber ensemble of 37 auditioned singers. Since its founding by Tedford in 1981, the group has been praised for its “ethereal blend,” “unparalleled tone,” and strong emotional connection to the music. The May concerts will feature songs that have delighted its listeners for four decades, including sacred motets, early American hymns, love songs, and African American spirituals. There are songs that reflect heartfelt faith, common experiences, and powerful emotions. Concert repertoire includes signature Chorale favorites like Schubert’s Holy, Holy, Holy and Bruckner’s Locus Iste; Philip Stopford’s poignant Do Not Be Afraid; two classic early American folk hymns, Down to the River to Pray and No Time; and Java Jive, made famous by Manhattan Transfer. The concert will conclude with Rollo Dilworth’s Shine the Heavenly Light, and a special performance of Shenandoah as the Susquehanna Chorale is joined by several alumni.

For more information, call 717-533-7859, email or see

2022 Fall Semester – Faculty work submission deadlines

A Note to Faculty: Please Read

Due to the new Campus Store vendor’s textbook subscription service, Slingshot Choice, the due dates for faculty submissions of copyright and non-copyrighted material have been adjusted. With enrollment in this new service, the Campus Store aims to deliver a student’s required course materials, including course packets and lab manuals, to the students a week before the semester starts.

As a result, the Campus Store needs these materials to be received into their inventory sooner than in the past.
Thank you in advance for your understanding. Below are the new dates.

Deadline Dates for Fall Semester 2022 (begins Tuesday, Aug. 23)

May 18:
* Course packs and lab manuals for sale in the Campus Store requiring copyright clearance
* Course materials requiring copyright clearance (posted in Canvas, library reserve, class handouts)

June 13:
* Course packs and lab manuals not requiring copyright clearance

*Complete web form for:

*Electronic copyrighted course materials posted in Canvas
* Print course packs/lab manuals for sale to students in Messiah University Campus Store that REQUIRE copyright clearance
* Print lab manuals/course packs for sale to students in the Campus Store that DO NOT REQUIRE copyright clearance
* Print course materials placed on library reserve or used as a classroom handout

Important: If you plan to have a course packet or lab manual, please add this item to your course in Slingshot Pro as a custom product. Enter the title (i.e. CHEM 106 Lab Manual), your name as author, Messiah Press as publisher and choose Coursepack as product type. Include any additional context in the additional comments section. If you have questions, please contact Aleisha Wildon at x3070.

Questions? Contact Cathy Weaver, Messiah Press customer service representative, at ext. 3896 or

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement, Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m.
Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center

Schedule and details
The full schedule for the 2022 Commencement Ceremony for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is posted online at This website will also provide a live video stream of the Commencement ceremony.

Members of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies faculty should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony should also have received a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

Parking lots YY (beside the Welcome Center) VV (the visitor’s lot) and TT (along the railroad tracks and Sollenberger Sports Center will be the primary guest parking lot for this event.

Note: The COE and employees may travel through the south entrance to avoid all the guest traffic at the main entrance. They may park in the ZZ lot (between the High Center and Old Main and surrounding Old Main). There will be no reserved parking passes issued for this event.
If you have any questions regarding the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement, please contact Rebekah Ostby, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 2755 or

Help us tell your story

The Office of Development would like to help you tell the story of the philanthropic donors who support your department and students. If there are any donor stories you wish to highlight, please email Abby Book at with any relevant pictures and information. We will ensure that your story is highlighted on our social media, e-newsletters, website, and print mailings!

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for benefits begins May 10! Please click here for more information.

Music composition contest winner announced

The ACDA of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the following 2022 Composition Contest winner, Maira Myers, in the Student Category with her piece “The Violet” for SATB and piano.

Maira Myers is a rising junior at Messiah University in the Department of Music. Although she is originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, she has come to Pennsylvania to pursue music education. Maira specializes mainly in voice and has always loved to sing in choirs. She is part of Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at Messiah University and has also sung in numerous choirs throughout her high school years, including district, honors, and state choir. Maira has always had a love and passion for composing music and recently started taking lessons under Dr. Richard Roberson. Maira is very thankful for the opportunity to continue composing and pursuing music. Her piece will be premiered at the ACDA Summer Conference.


Job opportunities

Information Technology Services has an opening for a full-time programmer/reporting analyst position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Joe Bennett, director of data innovation and reporting, at

Alumni and Parent Relations has an opening for a full-time project coordinator and administrative assistant position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations, at

For sale

Great for Mother’s Day –Sunflower Key Fobs – Cute, handmade, adorable key fobs, available in 4″ and some are 6″. $5 each. I have them with me if you’d like to stop by Naugle and see them in person.  MANY other crafts available. All make great gifts for graduation, Mother’s Day, and birthdays etc. Feel free to email for more information and pictures. Contact Stacy at

Great for Mother’s Day – Handmade earrings. These would make a great gift for your mom – handmade and really cute. Made with cork or faux leather; some other materials used. These pictures do not do them justice. They are so cute. They’d be perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation, or just to say “I love you”, or “thanks for being my friend”, whatever the occasion. I have many to choose from, you’re welcome to stop by Naugle and browse through all of my craft items. I have too many to post. Email me to set up a time: Monday – Friday until 4 p.m. All items $5. Thank you for looking. Contact Stacy at

Moving boxes. Lots available: 40 legal (11x16x24); wardrobe (tall and medium); miscellaneous. Negotiable price (i.e. v low). Contact Dan:


Free: New mother baby bundle. Interested? Contact Amanda at