Archive for 2022

September 22

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:17



Help welcome Gary Nowicki, Messiah’s new vice president for finance and planning, at a casual “come and go” reception on Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Board of Trustees room 310 in the Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. Light refreshments will be served.


Tovah Wilson is joining the Office of Development. I am pleased to share that Tovah has agreed to serve as the next director of annual giving and donor communication. Tovah is a double grad of Messiah having both a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Higher Education. Most recently, she was part of the HR team at Messiah. Prior to that, she served in Residence Life at both Messiah and Bluffton University. She has also taught elementary school in Honduras. Tovah has a clear commitment and skillset around building and fostering relationships. I am delighted she will be bringing these talents to the task of engaging a broad constituency of alumni, parents, friends, and other donors into the important educational mission of Messiah University. Tovah’s first day in the Development Office will be September 26th.

Please join me in welcoming Tovah to the Messiah Development team!

Jon C. Stuckey, Ph.D.
Associate VP for Development


Paper supply shortage

If you are working or plan to work with the Office of Marketing and Communications and/or Messiah Press, please be aware there is currently a global paper shortage. The paper shortage and increase paper prices are projected to persist through 2023. It’s been a challenge to acquire paper and Press spends several hours a week on the phone with vendors.

What does this mean for you?

To combat the shortage and potential delay in paper, the OMC/Messiah Press are asking, when initiating your projects to plan for an extra week, to battle paper delivery.

For all jobs that are created in OMC and then printed at Messiah Press the new time lines are as follows:

Print only: 6 weeks

Print and mail distribution: 7 weeks

Print and mail distribution with variable data: 8 weeks

Your grace and understanding is greatly appreciated.

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

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!

2022 Alumni Awards Recipients Announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Alumni Awards. These awards are important not only for the tribute they pay to the lives of each recipient, but also as a symbol of the quality of our alumni as a whole. Please save the date for Friday, November 4th for the Alumni Awards Dinner, which will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. in Martin Commons.  Additional event details and ticket information will be coming in the next few weeks.  Questions?  Please contact us at 717.796.5252 or

Young Alumna Achievement Award – Amber Jackson, Esq. (Class of 2009, politics)

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award – Dr. Jeffrey Morris (Class of 1993, mathematics education)

Alumni Christian Service Award – Daniel and Jessica Cotton (Class of 1999, biology and elementary education)

Alumni Appreciation Award – Sharon and Richard ‘70 (Rick) Jordan II

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace Commemoration
Students and faculty from the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Departments of Music and Theater and Dance will lead this year’s campus commemoration of the International Day of Peace on Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 4:30 p.m., in Parmer Hall.

The “Arts of Peace” will include music, dance, and a time of focused prayer for world peace. For more information, contact Dr. George Pickens,

Ballet 5:8 “Baptized Imagination”

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

“Baptized Imagination” is a breathtaking mixed bill with original ballets by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and Matthew Rushing, associate artistic director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Ballet 5:8 is a faith-based company recognized for remarkable artistic excellence, innovation and beauty. The company creates dynamic and captivating performances drawing from life, faith, current events and diverse perspectives that tell relevant stories of the 21st century.

“Baptized Imagination” will feature well-loved fan favorites including “Día de Los Vivos,” “Gospel Impressions,” “Todo Raba” and more! Additionally, this will be Rushing’s first collaboration with the artists of Ballet 5:8, bringing his world-class choreography to Messiah University. “Día de Los Vivos” is a love letter to those battling clinical depression. “Gospel Impressions” is inspired by artist Makoto Fujimura’s exquisite paintings, The Four Holy Gospels. Slager composes geometric movement that illuminates the gospel stories further and captures Fujimura’s unique paintings through dance. The evening will conclude with “Todo Raba,” meaning “thank you very much” in Hebrew. The ballet is a heartfelt expression of gratitude to God.

Ticket prices are $20 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

Visit for more information.

Procurement made easy

Do you know how to request a supplier in One$ource?
Have you struggled with knowing whether to use a P-Card or a requisition?
Do you know how and when invoices are paid?
Do you feel like you “always do it wrong”?

Let us help you!

The Procurement Made Easy review class will cover common mistakes, frequently asked questions, and help you navigate the world of purchasing at Messiah. COVID changed a lot the past few years – time to get back to basics. Even if you have been purchasing at Messiah for years, this class could help make things easier for you.

Procurement Made Easy
Tuesday, Oct. 11
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Parmer Cinema; Boyer Hall

Look for more information and an invitation to the class to come.

Call for nominations

All educators at Messiah University are invited to nominate candidates for the
Class of 1964 Wittlinger Prize and the Boyer Legacy Award.

These two awards are presented annually by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies and the Ernest L. Boyer Center, respectively, to recognize student leaders who embody particular ideals. The Wittlinger Award honors students who demonstrate Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger’s (Class of 1935) qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication. Similarly, the Boyer Legacy Award honors students who demonstrate Dr. Ernest L. Boyer’s (Class of 1948) ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service.

Eligible candidates must be juniors with the highest academic promise, including a minimum 3.5 GPA, strong character, integrity, and a commitment to service. There is no restriction as to the major of the recipient.

Nominations should include the student’s name and a brief statement (no more than 200 words) explaining why the student merits the honor. Students may be nominated for either or both awards.

Both awards carry a cash prize of $1,000 each.

The Wittlinger Award recipient will be recognized during the January 2023 Wittlinger Chapel Series; the Boyer Award recipient will be recognized at the Fall 2023 Teacher Education/Boyer Center Awards Ceremony.

Please submit nominations and direct questions to Jon Stuckey ( no later than Dec. 1.


Job opportunities

Full time Plumber.

Position related questions may be directed to Brad Markley, director of facility services at

For sale

New Dewalt drill set. This is a brand new drill driver and impact driver combo from Dewalt. It is 20 v and comes with 2 batteries, charging base and bag. Item is new in Box. Box has been opened to take pictures. Asking $175 Contact Theresa Day Pictures available upon request.


FLUTE NEEDED! Do you have a student level flute, or better, in good working shape that you are willing to lend to an eager student? Then please contact me! My son, who plays saxophone, is practicing flute now in order to increase his skills across the woodwind family. If you can help me (him) out please contact me: Damian Savarino;

Wanted gently-used leather or faux leather couch. If you have a gently-used leather or faux leather couch, and no longer want it, please contact the Department of Communication, at
We are also interested in acquiring a papasan chair, also in good condition.
Thank you!