Archive for 2022

November 17

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:16-17


Biological sciences alumna Molly Bletz was interviewed by and quoted in a recent story published by Katherine J. Wu for The Atlantic. “We’re Giving Up on the (Frog) Pandemic” describes work by scientists around the world to stave off a fungal pathogen that has decimated amphibian species everywhere. Bletz has worked on this disease since her first publication with Erik Lindquist in 2011. She is the David H. Smith Conservation Fellow, University of Massachusetts Boston, specializing as a disease ecologist and conservation biologist. A link to the article is here:

A select group of Messiah voice majors won their respective categories in the Student Auditions of the local chapter (Allegheny Mountain Chapter) of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The competition was held in-person – the first time since 2019 – at Susquehanna University. The winners were Kacie Watkins (1st year; student of Damian Savarino), Victoria Lang (sophomore; student of Damian Savarino), Abby Weller (Sophomore; student of Damian Savarino), Brielle Finkbeiner (junior; student of Tara Savarino), Julie Knott (junior; student of Damian Savarino), and Maira Myers (junior; student of Damian Savarino). Please join the department of music in congratulating these accomplished young singers!

Brenda Elliott, department of nursing, was recently invited to contribute to an Editorial in Nursing Education Perspectives, the official journal of the National League for Nursing. Elliott and her research partners discuss building a program of research to support teaching, student learning, and faculty development through their experience as a team. The editorial, titled Launching a Successful Program of Research in Nursing Education, is now available in the Nov/Dec issue

This work received recognition from Dr. Beverly Malone, President and CEO of the NLN:


The INTERCOM will continue Dec. 1

Due to Thanksgiving break, the INTERCOM will not publish next week. The INTERCOM will resume on Thursday, Dec. 1.

As a reminder, all submissions must be in by Tuesday at 4 p.m. to be considered for the weekly publication.

Thanksgiving additional time off

Messiah University is so very grateful to each and every employee for all that you do to better our community. In order to give you additional time for rest and/or holiday preparation, employees may leave four hours early on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 23). Non-essential hourly employees and essential hourly employees not required to work during the early dismissal period will simply document a normal day (with regular hours) on their time sheet. Essential employees who are required to work during this time will document it just as they would for Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Happy Thanksgiving!

Susquehanna Chorale Youth Choral Festival, Nov. 20

The critically acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale and three of its educational choirs will present the Chorale’s annual Youth Choral Festival on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The public is invited to attend.

This inspiring intergenerational event, which inaugurates the Susquehanna Chorale’s 41st season, features the Susquehanna Chorale, the Children’s Chorale, the Susquehanna Youth Chorale, and the Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale. The concert will include selections from the traditional choral repertoire, spirituals, and folk songs from around the world. The “family” of choirs will come together to perform the program finale, Mack Wilberg’s Anthem of Peace, conducted by Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor Linda L. Tedford.

Tickets are available now through the Chorale’s website,, or by calling the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036, option 1. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

2022 Nobel Prize Seminar – November 29

Please plan to attend the 12th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Abaz Kryemadhi, chemistry presented by Jesse Kleingardner, and medicine presented by Erik Lindquist.

‘Moving with the Seasons, Never Fixed in Stone’: Native American Identity in the 21st Century” – lecture by Dr. R. David Edmunds

This lecture by R. David Edmunds, professor of history at the University of Texas in Dallas, is hosted by the Honors Program and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall.

Sahoko Sato Timpone, mezzo-soprano and Valerie M. Trujillo, piano present “Songs of Japonisme”

High Foundation Recital Hall, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

“Songs of Japonisme” surveys the musical influence of the Japonisme movement in the art song repertoire of the early 20th century, with works by both Japanese and Western composers in Japanese, English, French, German and Czech. This performance will feature a collection of art songs linked by music and poetry from an era prior to World War II, a time of mutual admiration between Japan and the Western world.

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

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Campus Christmas Gathering

All employees and students are warmly invited to welcome the holiday season with a Campus Christmas Gathering, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Join us near the Murray Library steps for Christmas music, a short Advent message, seasonal refreshments and hot drinks. Chapel credit will be offered

Procurement made easy

In the spirit of communication and education, the Procurement Services Office will be supporting a “Did you know?” section of the Intercom. Keep a look out each week for helpful facts and tips about Procurement at Messiah University.
the Procurement Office notifies W.B. Mason of Messiah University’s holiday closure schedule, but does not notify other suppliers? Be sure to note holiday closures in delivery notes on new requisitions. If you are expecting a delivery, contact the supplier directly to inform them when the campus will be closed. Questions? Call x6010

Oakes Museum Holiday Open House

Join us at the Oakes Museum for our Holiday Open House!

Saturday Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission will be free for all, and we will be offering a 20% discount at the gift shop! There will also be a holiday craft and story time for children, a photo booth and holiday cookies!

Hope to see you there!

Wrap-Around plan document and summary plan description

Messiah University is required to provide employees with a comprehensive document that outlines our benefit plans. This document is called the wrap-around plan document and summary plan description. It was distributed in April 2022 to all existing employees and is available in the on-boarding process for new employees.

Effective July 1, 2022, Messiah moved from the Guardian dental plan to the United Concordia dental plan. Due to that change, the Wrap-Around Plan Document and Summary Plan Description has been updated. The updated document is attached for your review.

Office renovations

The Conference and Event Services office located in Suite 224 will be in the process of renovations starting Monday Nov. 28 and continuing through Jan. 2, 2023. A temporary office will be set up for them in Hostetter room 113. Due to the limited space available in 113, team members will be splitting time when possible, working from home and coming into the office. The office phone will be transferred to the temporary location.

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.

Student Honors Presentation by Ty Bair

Join us on Wednesday, Nov.30, at 5:30 pm, in Boyer 235, as Ty Bair shares his research on, “China’s Growth and Uncertain Future in Global Politics.” Much of the stability found in China comes as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s ability to maintain a steady increase in economic standing for its citizens since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As recent signs that this growth could be reaching a stagnation point, will this turmoil significantly affect China’s standing in the global community as a cultural and economic influence? Ty is a Politics and International Relations major.

Theatre Department – spring musical announcement

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance is announcing a change to our spring 2023 musical production. While we were originally scheduled to produce, Little Women: The Musical, circumstances have changed that now prevent us from moving forward with this show. After careful consideration, the Theatre and Dance department will instead produce Stephen Sondheim’s classic fairy tale adaptation, Into the Woods. All currently sold tickets for Little Women: The Musical will automatically transfer to the new show. If you would like to cancel your tickets due to this change, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717.691.6036 or via email at

Based on the Brothers Grimm most popular folk tales, Into the Woods is a reimagining of what can happen when beloved fairy tale characters are thrown together while pursuing their dreams and wishes. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine bring to life characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (down from his beanstalk), the Baker and his wife, a pair of princes in search of their brides, and the big bad wolf who is on the lookout for his next meal. It intertwines these stories in increasingly dramatic and humorous ways and asks what comes after the “happily ever after” and whether the journey through the woods was worth it in the end.

Into The Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Performance Dates:
March 23-25, 31 and April 1 @ 8 p.m.; March 26 and April 2 @ 3 p.m.
*Estimated run time – 2 hr. 45 min with a 15 min intermission included
March 30 @ 10 a.m. special daytime school matinee performance of Act One of the show.


Job opportunities

Multiple openings for positions in Campus Events (custodial) and Dining Services.
To view a listing of all open positions, please see

For sale

Small Kitchen Island. Ikea Tornviken, off-white with oak top and shelves. Only used for three months, in very good condition. $225. Contact David:


The Office of Marketing and Communications has a large supply of frames and a few office photos available, since their office update. All items are on a first come, first serve basis. Items are located on the third-floor hallway of Old Main, below the coat rack.


Wrestling shoes, kid size 1-2. I’m looking for a pair of wrestling shoes size 1-2 for a child. Contact Stacy:


West Shore Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

You are invited to the West Shore Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Shiremanstown UM Church on Sunday evening, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. The event is organized by the Mechanicsburg Area Council of Churches, Temple Beth Shalom, the B&H Islamic Center, and students from the PACS Program and the BRPS Department. Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted and given to New Hope Ministries. For more information, contact George Pickens (

Meeting location needed

Muddy Waters Anabaptist Community, a new Anabaptist-Mennonite church in Cumberland County, is looking for a meeting place that has seating for 50-75 people on Saturday evenings, 4-8 p.m. We’d prefer a place where we can set out food and plug in slow cookers for a fellowship meal after our 5 p.m. worship service. If you know of a possible meeting location, please contact Ron Hershey at or Linda Mininger at or David Weaver-Zercher