Archive for 2022

Sept. 8

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13


Congratulations to Linda Poston, Murray Library director, who was recently elected to the board of the Association of Christian Librarians. Linda was also elected to be association’s president for 2022-2023. The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an organization of evangelical Christian academic librarians that seeks to strengthen libraries through professional development of evangelical librarians and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education.

Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed as bassoonist and solo alto saxophonist at Duke Divinity School (Duke University) on Sept. 2 with The New Caritas Orchestra under the baton of theologian/musician Jeremy Begbie. The orchestra was comprised of 54 Christian orchestral musicians from top US orchestras and music school faculties, including the Boston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. The concert, titled “Cries of Loss and Hope: Marking a Difficult Season in Music and Word” was presented by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts and will be aired on PBS stations in the Carolinas in 2023.

The Division of Student Success and Engagement would like to share the following changes within the Division:

Doug Wood has been promoted from Associate Dean of Students to the Dean of Students replacing Kevin Villegas. He will continue to provide oversight to residence life, housing, Engle Center for Health and Counseling and student conduct. The Associate Dean of Students position has been eliminated.

Christy Hanson has been named Dean of Experiential Learning and Leadership Development and will provide oversight to the Office of Student Engagement as well as the Career and Professional Development Center and the Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement.

Emily Bingham has been named director of campus ministries; she will also continue her role as teaching ministries pastor.

Sarah Axtman has taken the role as the full time coordinator for Student Success and Engagement/executive administrative assistant to the vice provost. Sarah comes to us from Linglestown Life, where she served for 12 years as its full-time director of discipleship for children and youth.

We welcome Carrie Beth Ent into the role of director of health services for the Engle Health Center. Carrie Beth is a certified registered nurse practitioner and was formerly the director of student health at Goucher College.

We also welcome Kimberly Keene as the new full time administrative assistant to the Engle Center for Health and Counseling. She will provide support to both Health and Counseling services.


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!

Homecoming volunteers needed

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is in need of employee volunteers to serve at registration for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2022! Volunteers are needed in in two-hour timeslots on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Ashley Sider at with your availability. We look forward to serving with you!

403(b) Oversight committee member needed

The 403(b) Oversight Committee is seeking an hourly staff employee to join the committee. If interested, please email Staci Davis at The committee usually only meets one time per year. Thank you for your consideration!

Purchasing Office closed for training

The Purchasing Office will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 15 for department training. No requisitions will be approved in One$ource that day. Please plan accordingly.
For questions, contact Purchasing ext. 6010

Celebrating Messiah’s Distinctives: An Employee In-service Event

All administrators, faculty and staff are warmly encouraged to attend the employee in-service event on Sept. 20. Join us in the Sawatsky Lobby (lower level of the High Center) at 8 a.m. for a continental breakfast. The program will begin in Parmer Hall at 8:30 a.m. with a time of worship, including a meditation from director of campus ministries and teaching pastor Emily Bingham. President Phipps will deliver the 2022 State of the University address at 8:45 a.m. followed by a review of our Messiah University distinctives through visual presentations and a Messiah-inspired trivia game with great prizes!

Please plan to participate in this important celebration of our Messiah community as we enjoy a morning of fellowship, fun and food together as colleagues.

Messiah enters partnership with local Dunkin

The Office of Development is pleased to announce that the new Dunkin at 1423 South Market St., Mechanicsburg is partnering with Messiah University. Dunkin is offering a 10% discount to anyone who shows a Messiah ID, and will donate 10% of the proceeds from any Messiah-related sale back to the university.

Trivia Night at Murray Library

You’re invited! Put your knowledge to the test on Friday, Sept. 16 at Trivia Night! Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. at Murray Library! We’ll have four rounds of trivia to test your knowledge in a variety of categories. Gather with your colleagues and/or students to form a team or join up with friendly folks when you arrive. Teams can include up to six players. Awesome prizes await the top three teams! All Messiah employees are welcome.

Middle States’ Self-Study Report draft available

Accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. are required by their respective accrediting agencies to complete periodic self-studies—a process that involves a significant amount of data collection, analysis and evaluation resulting in a comprehensive institutional report. Messiah University will present our Self-Study Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (Middle States) in the spring of 2023. Over the past year and a half, a campus steering team and multiple working groups have analyzed and prepared Messiah University’s Self-Study Report, a process that included soliciting and receiving feedback on draft chapters that were posted earlier this year.

The draft of the 2023 Self-Study Report will be submitted to the review team chair this week and is now available to the community at The co-chairs of the MSCHE Steering Committee, Laura Miller and Alison Noble, thank the members of the steering committee and working groups for their service in this important process, as well as the larger community for their input.

The draft of the Self-Study will be submitted to Middle States in early 2023 and the MSCHE review team will visit campus on March 12-15, 2023.

Alison Noble and Laura Miller, co-chairs
Messiah University MSCHE Steering Committee

Music for Piano Times Two IV “Nostalgia and Hope” Sept. 18, 4 p.m., Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

Migration is one of the most powerful forces in art. It strengthens artists’ connections to their roots while infusing their work with new ideas. Pianists Stuart Malina, Ya-Ting Chang, Patrice Ewoldt and Richard Roberson will explore music for two pianos by composers whose life stories and music were shaped by migration.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at

$500 Employee Referral Bonus

Messiah University is hiring! Do you know someone who would make an excellent employee? The employee referral program now provides a $500 bonus for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration or full-time faculty! Only referrals provided and candidates hired on or after Sept. 1 are eligible. Please visit for a list of current job openings and to apply.


Job opportunities

Dining Services has openings for multiple positions:

Dining room supervisor, for more information and to apply, please visit:

Salad cook (pantry lead I), for more information and to apply, please visit:

Sous chef, for more information and to apply, please visit:

FT and PT Cook (p.m.) positions, for more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

Campus Events has multiple openings for full-time and part-time campus events worker positions. 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

The Department of Safety has an opening for a part-time community safety officer, working 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—every other weekend. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bryce Wickard, director of safety, at

Human Resources has an opening for a full-time human resource assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Inger Blount, director of human resources, at

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time engineering communications coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz, associate professor of engineering, at

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time engineering events coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz, associate professor of engineering, at

The Office of the Provost has an opening for a full-time executive assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Alison Noble, interim provost, at

For sale

Twin captains bed: twin captains bed with 6 storage drawers on side and 2 long drawers on end. Lights on headboard. Picture available on request. $75. Contact:

Panasonic Lumix G100 camera. Panasonic LUMIX G100 4k Mirrorless Camera for Photo and Video, Built-in Microphone with Tracking, Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System, 12-32mm Lens, 5-Axis Hybrid I.S, DC-G100KK (Black) Asking $300 Contact Ted:

Marshall guitar amp (DSL 40C).Gently used Marshall DSL40C valve powered guitar amplifier. Includes footswitch and power cord. Great built in tone or base for pedalboard. $450 (or best offer). Contact Josh:


Cookbooks. I have over 100 like-new cookbooks in a wide a variety of types/nationalities/genres to choose from. Great for all cooking levels and interests. Please contact for more information.

Free bunny. Looking for a new home for 2-year-old Olive (“Ollie”, a Holland Lop). Contact for info.


Wanted Wheelchairs. The Department of Conference and Event Services would like to obtain either free or at a low cost, several additional wheelchairs to assist conference guests who may experience some mobility issues when on campus. Please email Jody Brandt at if you or anyone you know might be willing to provide a used/ gently worn wheelchair. This is a great way to continue to foster an environment of hospitality on campus.