Archive for 2022

December 15

Thursday, December 15th, 2022

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6


“Peace Carol,” a composition by adjunct music professor John Devorick received its premiere at a recent concert of the Eagle Singers, a select choir from Eagle View Middle School, under the direction of Messiah alum Dru Deitch (née Kepner). Another composition by Professor Devorick, “Litanies,” will be published by GIA Publications in 2023.

Josiah Hatfield (beloved RD here at Messiah for the past 10.5 years), has accepted a position as assistant director of New Student and Family Programs at Butler University, which begins in early January. Josiah has been an incredible servant leader here at Messiah and his presence and ongoing contributions will certainly be missed! Josiah’s last day will be Dec. 22.

Additionally, Vic Canavra (former apartment RD of Fry and Smith) moved on to other job opportunities in mid-November and we are delighted that Jaz Velazquez joined the RD team on Dec. 1. Jaz served as a 2-year RA in Solly and Witmer. Her undergrad degree was HDFS and she will be in this apartment RD role while pursuing her master’s in Higher Education here at Messiah. Welcome, Jaz!

On Dec. 9, Brenda Elliott, assistant professor in nursing, co-presented a webinar titled “Integrating Veteran-specific Content into RN-BSN Courses” to members of the National RN-Baccalaureate Faculty Forum (NRFF). The NRFF is a national organization that supports faculty teaching in RN-BSN programs across the United States. The focus of the presentation was to discuss how nursing faculty can strategically teach content related to the military/veteran population and assess veteran-care competency of students enrolled in RN-BSN programs.


Intercom schedule

A reminder Dec. 22 is the last INTERCOM until the New Year. The INTERCOM will resume Thursday, Jan. 12.

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.

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 in the Calvin and Janet High Centerat 7:30 p.m.; 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 following 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.

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!

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.

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 furniture purchases must go through the Procurement Services Office? Benefits are:
o Consistency across campus
o Preferred pricing through furniture suppliers
o Warranty provided
o Known quality and durability
o Assembly and delivery directly to your space

Furniture purchased for Messiah must withstand the heavier use of an institution. Often, cheaper furniture would need to be replaced more frequently. Furniture should not be purchased elsewhere without permission from the Procurement Services office. Call with questions ext. 6010.

Getting a new phone? Maintain access to your Messiah account by setting up a secondary MFA method!

The preferred method for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is the use of the Microsoft Authenticator app on your smartphone. This is the most secure and easiest to use option for securing your Messiah University account.

However, the Microsoft Authenticator app will not transfer your Messiah account between your old and new phone. It is highly recommended that you set up at least one additional method for MFA as a back-up such as a text message or a call to your personal cell phone. This will allow you to sign into your Messiah account and reset Microsoft Authenticator to use on your new phone!

Steps for setting up a secondary MFA method and how to regain access to your account if you do get a new phone can be found in our MFA FAQs at


Job opportunities

The Registrar’s office has a full-time opening for the position of administrative assistant to the registrar. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark, registrar, 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.

2014 Specialized Tri/Road Bike. 56″ frame. Shimano Claris 175 pedal system. Lots of extras including bottle holders, aero bars, tire kit, and 2 specialized helmets. Also included:  barely used Travel Trac indoor trainer. $800. Email John:


Student In need of Christmas-break housing

Dear Messiah community,

We have a female student in need of a place to stay over the Christmas break. If you would be open to hosting her, please contact me at and I’ll provide more information. Thanks much!

Barbie house. I’m looking for a Barbie house for my 5 year old granddaughter. Please email Stacy: