Archive for 2022

February 24

Thursday, February 24th, 2022


Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:2-5


Beginning March 15, Bryce Watkins will transition from his current role as assistant director of housing to program manager for the Collaboratory for Applied Research and Strategic Partnerships. Bryce is a 2012 Messiah graduate with a B.S. in engineering (mechanical) and earned an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University. Bryce has a heart for undergraduate students and has seven years of experience as residence director at Taylor and Messiah and three years here as assistant men’s volleyball coach. Bryce knows Messiah University in several contexts and looks forward to his new student development and project management role with engineering and other students.


Reflecting the central role of the Office of Institutional Research for enrollment and financial modeling as well as the increasing demands on data and operational systems housed in administrative technology services (ATS), we have restructured these areas to facilitate strong communication and synergy between areas.

Effective March 1, Laura Miller will assume the role of associate vice president for institutional research and administrative technology. Laura will continue to lead the office of institutional research and expand her role to provide oversight to the areas of ATS, led by:
Joe Bennett, director of data innovation and reporting
John Luft, director of enterprise application support
Tony Wyland, director of systems and network communications
Allen Snook, director of IT security

I am grateful for the key contributions to the university from these areas, particularly in supporting our data systems throughout the pandemic.

David Walker
Vice president for finance and planning


Supervisor Series

Our next Supervisor Series installment is tomorrow – Friday, Feb. 25, at noon in Hostetter Chapel. “Cultural Intelligence 2.0” will be presented by Dr. Todd Allen and Inger Blount. Please sign up at Feel free to bring your lunch and you’ll need your smartphone, as well.

2022 Humanities Symposium keynote address

Feb 24, 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall. Event is free, but a ticket is required. Journalist, national humanities medalist, and bestselling author Krista Tippett founded and leads the On Being Project – a groundbreaking media and public life initiative pursuing “deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy to renew inner life, outer life and life together.” As the creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning On Being radio show, Tippett takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, how we do want to live, and who will we be to each other?

Faculty Talkback on Krista Tippett, Keynote Speaker-2022 Humanities Symposium

Join us for the Krista Tippett Faculty Talkback event, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in Boyer 235, as faculty panelists discuss Tippett’s keynote address and how it anchored the 2022 Humanities Symposium, “Reimagining Reconciliation.” Moderator Dr. Nance McCown will direct the conversation as panelists Dr. Ed Arke, Dr. James LaGrand, Dr. Robin Lauermann, and Dr. Brian Smith weigh in on the big ideas of Tippett’s address. This event, as well as the symposium, is sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities.

Mini Golf in the Stacks hole creation

Is your department, club or organization looking for a fun way to promote itself as well as give students the opportunity to participate in a safe and fun activity? Murray Library has the event for you.
Create a mini golf hole for this year’s Mini Golf in the Stacks on March 25. We are looking for some creative holes that show off what you are doing in your corner of campus – students can design holes that promote their major, clubs can show off what they have to offer or departments can let students know what opportunities there are for them. It’s truly up to you!
Contact Kimberly Steiner at to get your questions answered or to sign up to create a hole. We have limited hole space available, so get signed up early.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Re-Imagining Reconciliation

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the 2022 Humanities Symposium dance performance Re-Imagining Reconciliation on Feb. 25 and 26 at 4 p.m. at the Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Building. Tickets are free, but required due to limited seating. Tickets can be reserved online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

“Re-imagining Reconciliation”
Humanities Symposium 2022 Dance Performance
Directed by: Gregg Hurley

Connect with us on social media to get behind the scenes information!
Facebook: @MUTheatreandDance
Twitter: @MUTheatre_Dance
Instagram: messiah_theatre_and_dance

*Important information regarding attending indoor events at Messiah University:
Messiah University will be requiring indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. See for event updates.

Deadline for submitting spring 2022 EMS events

Friday, March 18 is the deadline to submit your Spring 2022 EMS event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs or events that require tickets. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted as will any event through Aug. 14. Email with any questions.

Employee award nominations

Do you work with someone who has gone above and beyond expectations this year? Nominate them for recognition at this spring’s Employee Recognition Picnic! You can find more information on the attached flyer. Nominations will be accepted through March 7 and can be made using the QR codes attached or by selecting the “Employee Forms” card on Falcon Link. If you would like to read more about our recognition program and awards, please visit

Thank you from Messiah Press

Messiah Press wishes to thank all employees who made time on Feb. 11 to attend our open house. We appreciate your interest and your support for our department. Any employees who were unable to attend but would still like to visit for a tour or to have questions answered my do so by contacting us at

Connecting Communities Convening

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This hybrid in-person and virtual event will continue last year’s goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor. Last year, this event virtually brought together over 100 community leaders to lay the foundation for a policy white paper that encourages and ensures those seeking public funding for housing initiatives demonstrate their commitment to becoming a good neighbor in the community they intend to serve. We invite you to save the date for Tuesday, April 26 and visit the website for additional details and information about upcoming registration:


Job opportunities

The Division of Student Success and Engagement has an opening for a full-time director of housing. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students, at

The Office of Financial Aid has an opening for a part-time office assistant, working 15 hours per week. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Greg Gearhart, director of financial aid, at

For sale

Faux Leather earrings. Many choices to choose from. Pierced ears. $7 ea.
Pick up your favorite pair – I work in Naugle. Or email me for more pictures of many other crafts. Thank you.

Personalized key rings. What a neat gift to give to that special someone who has just bought a new home or a new car, or just to put on your book bag or your keys. I can personalize in any way you’d like, name, quote, etc., $7 ea.
Email for pictures of other craft merchandise.

Lenovo Yoga Laptop. Model: Yoga 9 14ITL5. The item has a 14 inch touch screen with stylus and box included. It was purchased brand new in 2021 and very gently used for only a few months. The item is reset to factory conditions. The operating system is Windows 11. Technical Specifications: 11th Gen Intel Core i7; 16GB RAM; 500GB SSD Storage. The requested sale price is $950 but offers will be considered. Contact: Josh –

For rent

CHANGE: Please note that the Intercom will no longer be accepting listings for employee-owned or other rental properties.