Archive for 2022

Sept. 15

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,

For each one should carry their own load.

Galatians 6:4-5



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.


Nance McCown, professor of communication, co-presented as part of a joint teaching panel titled “Don’t Let Teaching Overwhelm You: Creating Inclusive Classrooms While Protecting Balance” to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Religion and Media Interest Group at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, Detroit, MI, in August. Nance’s panel portion was titled, “Co-creating Inclusive Classrooms: Holding Space for Faith.”


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 at 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

Scholarship Reception

The Ernest L. Boyer Center and Teacher Education Program will celebrate the 22-23 winners of five scholarships available to teacher certification students in their senior year and the Boyer Legacy Award, Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Howe Atrium. We invite you to join us to recognize their accomplishments.

Scholarship awards will go to:
September Nguyen, Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award
Melissa Johnson, Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Teacher Scholarship
Micah Wagner, Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship Award
Maria Cushing-Daniels, Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award
Sidney Stutzman, Murk-Hayes Endowed Education Award
Phalika Oum, Boyer Legacy Award

Employee video devotional

Please use the following link: to watch Stephen Gallaher’s next employee devotional.

If you would like to contact our Community Pastor, please email Stephen at or for a faster response, call his cell phone at 717-503-7222.

Friends 20th Annual dinner and program with Anita Voelker

Join us Friday Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. for the Friends of Murray Library Annual Dinner. We are delighted to welcome Anita Voelker back to campus as our keynote speaker. Anita taught for many years in the Education Department at Messiah University. In her presentation, “A Peek Through the Looking Glass: Why Children’s Books Matter,” Anita will discuss how most readers have one particular children’s book that sustained them in childhood and fortified them in adulthood. C.S. Lewis would agree. He noted that “no book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” Anita’s presentation will enable us to peek through the proverbial looking glass to discover the richness of children’s literature through both images and words. By revisiting this distinctive genre with fresh eyes, we will discover why children’s books matter. The event will be held in Hostetter Chapel, with a meal catered by Messiah’s Two Bridges Catering. To register, please visit the Friends of Murray Library webpage. Reservation deadline is Oct. 8

Pricing: $10 Students / $25 Friends members / $40 Non-members

Employee Worship Service volunteers

As the Office of Human Resources and Compliance begins planning our Employee Worship Services for the academic year, it would be helpful to have a list of people who are willing to have an active role in the service. Perhaps you feel called to share a welcome statement or personal testimony; maybe you enjoy reading scripture; sometimes we have need of an employee choir to lead hymns. If these opportunities are of interest to you, contact Staci Davis ( or ext. 5300) to be added to our contact list. Please indicate in which way you would be willing to serve. Thank you for your consideration!

Seeking student for communications assistant

Do you know a student who is a pithy writer or is considering a future in marketing, communications or public relations? Undergraduate Admissions is seeking a student who will contribute to communication efforts with prospective students. This student will partner with the admissions communications manager and will be involved in activities such as drafting content for e-mails and serving as a primary student contact on social media platforms like ZeeMee and class-specific Instagram accounts. If you have an interested student, tell them to email Diane Titter at for more details, or encourage them to apply for the position posted on the Student Employment website.

In search of Mr. Green…

One of the most exciting events the library hosts each year is Live Clue, which brings students into the library to solve a mystery while learning what the library has to offer. Part of this event includes REAL live suspects including Miss Scarlett, Ms. White, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and Mr. Green. At this time, our Mr. Green has retired, leaving us with an opening for someone new to take his place. We would love to see a Messiah employee fill this role, which consists of wandering through the library stacks and interacting with the students who are playing. You would be given all the information you need to answer the questions they might have for you and it’s really about just having fun! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 from around 6 – 9 p.m. If you are interesting in joining our team, email Kimberly Steiner at

Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center room reservations

When reserving space in the Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center, please be sure to use the full names of the following spaces, including the names of the generous benefactors:

1st Floor
Parmer Family Lobby – PAWC First Floor

2nd Floor
Steinbrecher Conference Room – PAWC Room 202

3rd Floor
Larsen Conference Room – PAWC Room 307
Messiah Trustees Board Room – PAWC Room 310
Hahn Reception Area (outside Messiah Trustees Board Room) – PAWC Suite 309

Thank you for your help in ensuring we recognize and honor those who made the wonderful new Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center a reality!


Job opportunities

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, 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, professor of engineering, at

Multicultural and International Student Programs has an opening for a part-time international student programs advisor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Amy Nicols, director of international student programs, at

The Office of Development has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant for prospect research and development. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bob Feil, director of prospect research and record compliance, at

The Office of Faculty Development has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cynthia Wells, director of faculty development, at

The Murray Library has an opening for a full-time collection strategies librarian. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Linda Poston, director of the murray library, at

Grounds Services has an opening for a full-time groundskeeper/crew leader. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager, at

For sale

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:

Rigid contractor table saw.10-inch contractor table saw comes with Incra Miter Gauge and a Freud Dado stack set. $350 O.B.O. Contact for more pictures and information.


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


Get Your Ticket Now! I Am They at Harrisburg Christian School

Messiah University is pleased to be a sponsor of this event! On Sept. 23 at 7p.m., I Am They will be at Harrisburg Christian School I Am They is a nationally known Christian band that has performed in our area at Winter Jam. This awesome evening of worship and entertainment also includes the motivational preaching of Bob Lenz of Life Promotions. Bob speaks nationally, including this year at Creation Festival. Local artists Allison Rutherford, as well as Dan and Lauren Smith will also perform. Tickets can be purchased at All tickets are general admission and sell for $20.