Archive for 2022

December 8

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022


Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

Luke 2:14


Keith Quesenberry, assistant professor of marketing, had an education journal article published “Engaging the Disengaged: Implementing a No-Tech Policy After Years of Adding Tech to the Classroom” in the September issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. It includes his research, assessment, and reflection upon his attempts to reengage students in the physical classroom post-COVID and amidst the proliferation of constant class use of smartphones and laptops.

Todd Goranson, professor of music, will complete his associate of science degree in registered nursing through the Harrisburg Area Community College weekend nursing program this week. His graduation pinning ceremony on Dec. 13 marks the completion of 22 credit hours of lab science and mathematics coursework, 37 credits of registered nursing courses, and 525 clinical hours at medical facilities since the summer of 2020. An advocate for musicians’ mental and musculoskeletal health, Todd is excited to use his knowledge and new credentials in his teaching and outreach.


Retirement Celebration for Su Deitch

Su has been a beloved member of the human resources and compliance team for over 17 years and is retiring at the end of the month. Please stop by our office (118 Old Main) on Monday, Dec. 19, 2 – 4 p.m. to wish her well and enjoy fellowship and refreshments.

You’re Invited: MOT Research Symposium

You are invited to the Occupational Therapy program’s annual Research Symposium on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m. in the Jordan Science Center (Hollinger Lounge 150/152) on Messiah University’s main campus. Come and go as you please, while enjoying light refreshments. This year, students will share their year-long descriptive research studies on the following topics:

  • Teacher perceptions on the use of flexible seating
    Perceptions of OT students with disabilities regarding accommodations
    § Social & leisure participation in those with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
    § OT and PT use of sensory evaluation and treatment with those with neurological conditions
    § Healthcare students’ experience of burnout
    § Understanding of occupational therapy among organizations serving those experiencing homelessness
    § Recently graduated OT perceptions of spirituality in their education and their practice

Please reach out to if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Employee Christmas Event

All Messiah employees are invited to a special Christmas event on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2-4 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. We are excited to share with you “A Charlie Brown Christmas” followed by the Eric Byrd Trio performing music from the famous Vince Guaraldi soundtrack. Please come spend time together enjoying this nostalgic movie, music, and of course, Christmas cookies! This will also mark the end of the 12 Days of Christmas prize giveaways, so maybe we’ll even be treated to a visit from Buddy the Elf and Mrs. Claus… you won’t want to miss it!

Tim Warfield’s “All Star” Jazzy Christmas, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of saxophonist Tim Warfield’s “Jazzy Christmas” recording. Selected by the New York Times as one of the “Top 20 Best Holiday Listens” of 2013, his recording vividly showcases a collection of traditional holiday songs, performed from a jazz perspective. The musical program features new takes on familiar material such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night,” but also lesser-known gems like Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall.” Joining Warfield will be guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Neil Podgurski, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Clarence Penn and vocalist Lucy Yeghiazaryan.

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

Naxos: free music streaming

Need a festive soundtrack for wrapping presents and trimming the tree? Music streaming database, Naxos, contains many imaginative and beautiful albums of carols and other Christmas music, from ancient to modern. Many of the albums are by critically acclaimed choirs and orchestras. Stream an entire album or create a personal account for setting up playlists. This service is available to all Messiah students and staff, on or off campus. The database contains full recordings for all seasons throughout the year, including over 2.7 million state-of-the-art classical music tracks.

The Human Library 2023 – Unjudge Someone

Please save the date of Wednesday, April 5, to attend the 5th Annual Messiah University Human Library Project.

Immerse yourself in the pages of the books right in front of you. The 5th annual Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.

Travel reminders

As travel restrictions continue to lift, Procurement Services would like to remind you of the following:

  •  Please refer to section 6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy prior to making travel arrangements for University business. Details include:
  • General travel principles
  • Air travel
  • Travel by car/van
    • A university owned pool vehicle must be used when available
    • If not available, use the Vehicle Selection Worksheet to determine the most cost effective alternative
    • Employees must be an approved driver to use a pool vehicle or a rental car
  • Travel related business expenses
  • Travel related business meal expense guidelines
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle supplier for Messiah University and should be used for regional and national university travel.  Details here.
  • As stated in the Purchasing Card Manual, cardholders should notify the Purchasing Card Administrator with dates and location of travel at least 2 weeks prior to departure.  Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

Questions can be directed to Procurement Services x6010.

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.


All requisitions must be through the approval process by 5PM on Friday afternoon to be paid in the following week’s check run? This allows the accounting team to prepare Messiah’s accounts to cover the payments. It takes 24 hours to move money from Messiah’s many assets to cover the proposed check run. Last minute payment requests run the risk of the funds not being available. Call with questions x6010.

Cognos unavailable Dec. 8 – 9 for upgrade

On Dec. 8 through Dec. 9, ITS will be working with our contractor to upgrade our Cognos version 11 software. The Cognos environment will be available no later than Monday, Dec.12. We hope to have it up by the end of the day on Dec. 9.

Holiday shopping at the Oakes Museum

During the week of finals (12/12-12/16) the Oakes Museum gift Shop will be open for staff and students to shop! The gift shop will also be 20% off! Shop for puppets, books, geodes, activity boxes and more!

Dates and times we will be open are:
Monday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Job opportunities

Residence Life has an opening for interim residence director to work January through May 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm, director of residence life at

For sale

Penn State jacket (never worn). NEW – $150
For all you Penn State fans, here is a gift that either you or someone special on your Christmas list will appreciate. Size large, and new with tags still attached.
More pictures and info are available by contacting Laura Price at
Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.


Caregiver needed. My family is looking for a full-time (potentially live-in) caregiver for my elderly mother. Duties would include housekeeping, meal preparation, and assistance with daily activities, driving, and companionship. If you know someone who may be interested, please contact me at


Susquehanna Chorale to Perform Traditional Candlelight Christmas Concerts

The Susquehanna Chorale, a nationally acclaimed adult chamber ensemble of 40 auditioned singers, will present its traditional Candlelight Christmas concert series in December. The programs will be conducted by founder, artistic director and conductor Linda L. Tedford.

This year, the Chorale’s program will feature Members of the Messiah University Brass in a performance of John Rutter’s inspirational three-movement Gloria, as well as other works.

The program also includes a majestic opening processional, Personent Hodie, Jim Clements’ Gabriel’s Message and Eric Whitacre’s hauntingly beautiful Lux Aurumque. The Chorale is certain to bring holiday cheer with their performance of Jerry Rubino’s setting of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and a whimsical, not-to-be-missed performance of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Traditional songs and carols follow, including an audience sing-along of Mack Wilberg’s Joy to the World. The evening concludes with the Chorale surrounding the audience for the traditional finale, Silent Night.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 16 at the Calvin and Janet High Center, Messiah University, Mechanicsburg 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 at Leffler Chapel, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg 4 p.m.

A pre-concert instrumental recital will be presented by the Messiah University Brass 15 minutes prior to each performance. A reception for the audience and singers is planned to follow each program.

Tickets may be purchased through the Susquehanna Chorale website at or by calling the Messiah University Box Office at (717) 691-6036, Option #1. All tickets purchased in advance include a processing fee. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.