Archive for 2023

March 16

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2



The following is an important announcement from the Office of the Provost:

“It is with deep appreciation for his 15 years of service as an academic school dean that I am writing to communicate to the Messiah community that Dr. Peter Powers, Dean of the School of Arts, Culture, and Society, has decided to step down from this role at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.  In the upcoming year, Dr. Powers will be engaged in a sabbatical focused on the role of the liberal arts and humanities in the future of higher education.  Upon his return to Messiah in the Fall of 2024, Dr. Powers will become the Director of the Center for Public Humanities and continue to provide leadership in teaching and scholarship as a Professor of English.

Dr. Powers first joined the faculty at Messiah in 1997 and his contributions to the university as a faculty member, department chair, and school dean have been both exemplary and extensive.  In the arc of his administrative career, he has provided leadership across a wide range of disciplines, first as Chair of the English Department, and then as Dean of the School of Humanities, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Education, and Social Science, and most recently, Dean of the School of Arts, Culture, and Society.  In these roles, he has championed academic excellence, created opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and scholarship, and fostered an ongoing collegial and collaborative spirit.

Dr. Powers’ contributions are far-reaching and include as exemplars the creation and launch of new programming, including Digital Media and Digital Humanities, developing academic summer camps in the Humanities, and serving as chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee.  He has also contributed as a scholar, both through publication of his own work as well as through successful and collaborative grant writing, including the recent Thriving Congregations grant funded through the Lilly Endowment.  Throughout his tenure, he has been a model colleague and institutional servant, contributing to initiatives that include the Term-tenure and Promotion Task Force, the General Education Task Force, multiple institutional strategic planning processes, as well as Middle States accreditation reviews.  His mark on the institution is significant and we have been strengthened as a community by his committed, insightful, and experienced leadership.

With this transition, I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Emerson Powery, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts, Culture, and Society and Professor of Biblical Studies, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Arts, Culture, and Society for the 2023-2024 academic year.  A search for the next school dean is anticipated during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Powers for his service and welcoming Dr. Powery to this new role.”

Alison R. Noble

Interim Provost


Victoria Lang’25, soprano, a voice student of Damian Savarino, won the 2023 Keith Lance Kuhlman Performance Award. Named in honor of the late Keith Lance Kuhlman, this annual solo competition housed in the Department of Music, is open to any current music major and the winner receives a cash prize. Participants must first submit video submissions in order to advance to the Finals Concert, which is then adjudicated by three impartial, outside judges. Congratulations, Victoria!


Keith Quesenberry, associate professor of marketing, has released his second book with co-author Michael Coolsen, professor of marketing at Shippensburg University. “Brand Storytelling: Integrated Marketing Communications for the Digital Media Landscape” represents a culmination of their academic research and decades of teaching and professional experience in the industry. More info.:


Todd Goranson, professor of music, was a guest lecturer at the Whitworth University Department of Music in Spokane, Washington on Feb. 28 and the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho on March 2. Goranson presented talks on overcoming performance anxiety and injury prevention for instrumental music majors at both universities, in addition to a saxophone master class and one-on-one work with students at the University of Idaho.


Exploring Careers in Healthcare camp 2023

Messiah University is offering Exploring Careers in Healthcare summer day camp June 12-14, for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades this fall. Our camp is designed for students to explore some of the most dynamic healthcare professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, applied health sciences and nutrition and dietetics, from a faith-based perspective. Patient case studies will provide context for engaging, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and panel discussions in state-of-the-art facilities on main campus and at Winding Hill with Messiah’s expert faculty, students and professional practitioners.
If you or someone you know is interested, we invite you to learn more and register at before June 1.
Please email for more information.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Into the Woods

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present the fairytale musical “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine as our spring mainstage production! “Into the Woods” opens on March 23 in Miller Theater and runs for two weekends. Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!

“Into the Woods”
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

Directed by Daniel Inouye
Music direction by Eric Dundore
Choreography by Gregg Hurley

March 23-25, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m.
March 26 and April 2 at 3 p.m.
Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

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.

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets: $10—adults; $7—MU students (w/ID), MU employees (w/ID), youth (under 18) and seniors (60+)
*Tickets are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!* Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due by March 31. If your department plans to have any student employees this summer, please submit a summer hiring proposal via the system for each student that will be working.
Additional information about summer student employment can be found here.
If you have any questions about hiring student employees for the summer, contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or

Sydney White ’23 presented at the Capitol

On March 8, Sydney White ’23 (biology) presented her research done in Anne Reeve’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol poster session. Seth Kabonick ’22 (biology) and Noah Smith ’23 (biochemistry) were co-authors on the poster which described the synthesis and evaluation of natural product analogs as inhibitors of an enzyme involved in insulin signaling. Messiah was one of 55 participating colleges and universities, and to our knowledge, this is the first time we have been represented at this session that highlights the importance of undergraduate research to state legislators.

Procurement made easy

Did you know….There are hundreds of suppliers already in our One$ource system? Prior to making a purchase or requesting a new supplier, check out the suppliers already there. Many with whom we have a long-established relationship. Call with questions ext. 6010.

Special discount for Messiah employees and students

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore has been a regular collaborative partner with the School of Arts, Culture and Society at Messiah University in a variety of ways and for a variety of programs. In recognition of that collaboration, the Midtown Scholar is now offering all Messiah University employees and students a special opportunity during any of their Author Events. Students and employees attending author events at the Midtown will receive a 10% discount on all café items and books upon showing a Messiah University ID. Purchases should occur within an hour before the event begins or within an hour of its conclusion. Because the School of Arts, Culture and Society helps sponsor the Harrisburg Book Festival, this discount will also be available throughout the week of the festival (Oct. 18-22).

For a full listing of Author Events at the Midtown Scholar that are eligible for this discount, please see the following website: .

Seed Library events

You’re invited! Murray Library’s Seed Library will be hosting two free events on Tuesday, March 21.

These events are open to the public.

  • Noon-1 p.m., Come to our Sow and Grow Event in the lobby of Murray Library.

o Plant your own bachelor’s button, Victorian posy, or German chamomile seed and learn more about the seed library

  • 5-6 p.m., Come back to listen to the Inaugural Seed Library Lecture given by Brandon Hoover, director of sustainability.

o Hoover will be discussing the value of seed saving, the community of growing one’s food, the way we share knowledge in the food system, and the role of the liberal arts in food system education.

We are appreciative to the Sustainable Development Fund for making the creation of the seed library possible. We hope to see you there!

Human library books needed

Murray Library in partnership with the Office of Diversity Affairs is once again hosting a Human Library ( event on April 5, from noon-4 p.m. But what is a library without books? If you have a story you would like to share with readers, please apply here: To see last year’s books, check out:


Job opportunities

The department of computing, mathematics and physics has an opening for a full-time director of cybersecurity education. Job-related questions may be directed to Angela Hare at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of athletics-sports information has an opening for a full-time athletic communications assistant. Job-related questions may be directed to Matthew Fenton at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of facility maintenance has an opening for a full-time plumber. Job- related questions may be directed to Brian Miller at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of facility maintenance has an opening for a full-time maintenance mechanic. Job- related questions may be directed to Brian Miller at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of network services has an opening for a full-time system administrator/analyst. Job-related questions may be directed to Tony Wyland at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The department of wellness and recreation has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant for community wellness/fitness center. Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Ogden at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Dining Services has several part and full-time positions including a catering supervisor, dining associates, and cooks. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at

Dining Services is hiring summer Lottie workers (ages 14 and up). Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Campus events has several openings for all shifts. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price at

Groundskeeping has openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill at

The department of safety has an opening for a full-time 3rd shift safety officer/dispatcher. For more information and to apply, please visit or contact Bryce Wickard with any questions at

For sale

Pickup truck for sale. See Craigslist posting: Contact me directly, at with questions.

Klaussner sofa for sale. 80″ Klaussner sofa – 3 cushion, brown upholstery. Non-smoking household, no pets. Picture available. $50 must be picked up. Contact Terry at

Lane rocker recliner – blue upholstery. Non-Smoking household, no pets. Picture available. $25 must be picked up. Contact Terry at


Old CDs wanted for International Gala! ISA/MuKappa will host their annual International Gala on Saturday, April 1 with the theme of “As in a Mirror.” They are looking for old CDs, DVDs, Discs that you no longer use that could be transformed into decorations and objects to use during certain activities at the Gala. If you are looking to get rid of these old discs, please contact ISA/MuKappa Advisor Amy Nicols ( or drop them off at the MISP Office on the second floor of Larsen Student Union. Thank you!

Sony PS4 game system. I am looking to purchase a used Sony PS4 game system in good condition. Please email me if you have one for sale at


FREE- Time Life WW II set- see pic. 31 of 39 original volumes. Contact Amanda-

FREE Books! Have you ever wondered where Hostetter Chapel got its name? How did Messiah come to be? And what does it have to do with Upland College? We have some FREE books that can answer those questions! Contact if you would like to claim a copy of one, two or all four!