Archive for 2023

May 4

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

May he give you the desire of your heart

and make all your plans succeed.

Psalms 20:4


Congratulations to all 2023 graduates!


Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed as baritone saxophonist with The Temptations and The Four Tops for a sold-out audience at The American Music Theatre in Lancaster on Friday, April 14. Todd was featured as the soloist on classic hits such as “I Got a Feeling” and “Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”. Both the Four Tops and The Temptations have received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) and In-plant Impressions have announced the winners of their jointly sponsored 2023 In-Print™ Awards Contest. This is the only printing contest exclusively for in-house print shops from all industry segments. Messiah Press has been awarded Gold in the flyers category and Silver in the booklets category. The awards will be presented at IPMA’s annual conference in June and on display at Bowmansdale building this summer. Congratulations to the entire Messiah Press team.


Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, had a book chapter and journal article published recently. Hamon and Joyce Baptist (Kansas State U) contributed the chapter on “Systems Theory” to the Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies, published by Springer. Hamon also co-authored an article entitled “Student Self-assessments and Personal Reflections After Taking a Family Life Education Methodology Course” with Rachel Jones (HDFS ’19, Smith Scholar Intern) in Family Science Review, 27(1), 1-16.


Important undergraduate commencement information for employees

Schedule and details

Messiah University will be hosting Commencement weekend for the undergraduate Class of 2023 on May 5-6.

Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee. If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Undergraduate Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Important employee parking information for Baccalaureate (Friday, May 5)

  • From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., the VV (Visitor’s lot) will be closed to employees so families of our graduates have access to parking for Commencement-related activities.
  • For Baccalaureate, Department of Safety personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. Guests will walk to Eisenhower Campus Center. There is no shuttle service provided that eveningNote:Messiah employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.  It is also important to note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.
  • If you have questions regarding parking for guests with a disability, visit

 Important employee parking information for Commencement day (Saturday, May 6).

  • Members of the Community of Educatorsand other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail from the Provost’s Office (educators) or directly from their supervisor (staff/administrators). Drivers MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas.

 All other employeeswho will be working the Commencement ceremony will receive parking instructions with their assignment.

  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist in being directed to their reserved parking areas on campus.
  • It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

 Susquehanna Chorale to present Songs for the Journey

The Susquehanna Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director, Founder and Conductor Linda L. Tedford, will present three performances of their spring concert, Songs for the Journey:

  • Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey
    • Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg
    • Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts (Parmer Hall), Messiah University, Mechanicsburg

The theme of the spring concert program series is visually symbolized by the cairn, a human-made pile of stones that has long been a symbol of prayer, balance, and guidance for many cultures. Highlights of the concert will include William Stowman’s Cardinalis Nobis Pacem, Stephen Paulus’ Pilgrim’s Hymn, Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground, Eric Nelson’s arrangement of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, The Girl I Left Behind Me and The Nightingale set by Dan Forrest, Shawn Kirchner’s I’ll Be On My Way, and the South African song, Indondana.

The concert will be preceded by a 15-minute instrumental recital. Audience members are invited to a reception following each of the concerts. For ticket information, visit:

Young Peacemakers Academy Summer Camp

Thanks to generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Messiah’s Young Peacemaker’s Academy summer camp is able to offer a near 50% discount for all campers. The new $349 price includes lessons, food, travel and housing for the entire camp (July 17-22) as students learn and practice peacemaking. A 2-day trip to Washington, D.C. will allow them to observe professionals working towards reconciliation.

Additional scholarships are available. Messiah employees automatically receive a $50 discount! Please visit the ⁠camp website or email for more information.⁠

Hershey Park discount tickets

The Messiah University Community Discount Program is excited to announce that we will have representatives from Hersheypark on campus to offer an exclusive deal on tickets good for any public operating day during the 2023 season! Stop by the table located in Starry Parking Lot during the Employee Recognition event, May 9. The Hersheypark representatives will be available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will offer a 47.6% savings on tickets. Credit card only, please. Regular ticket (3 and older) gate rate: $85.80, Messiah rate: $44.95. This exclusive discount is available to Messiah University employees and family members. This special pricing is available at this event only. Please see flyer for more details.

Employee health benefits

While we are staying with Highmark, there are important changes to our benefits program. In addition, every benefits eligible employee will need to verify their benefits elections via a new platform/service provider. Open Enrollment this year runs May 10 – May 26 and it’s important that you attend one of the following Open Enrollment sessions.

Please note the addition of an evening session.
Wednesday, May 10, 4 p.m. – Parmer Cinema (Boyer 137) and 8 p.m. – Boyer 131
Tuesday, May 16, 9 a.m. – Boyer 131
Wednesday, May 17, 4 p.m. – Boyer 131
Thursday, May 18, 12:30 p.m. – Parmer Cinema (Boyer 137)

2023 Employee Recognition – Milestones and Award Recipients

We are so very grateful to every member of our Messiah community for the contributions you make each and every day. We would especially like to recognize the following people who are reaching milestones:

5 Years of Service

Lauren Allen • Virgil Angeles • Sharon Armstrong • Melinda Barnes • Adam Barron • Joanna Behm • Leslie Bencivenga • Randy Cassell • Sarah Ruth Christopher • Kathee Clark • Cherisse Daniels • Kimberly Fenstermacher • Matthew Fenton • Lanna Flowers • Megan Fowler • Carrie Gorman • Katie Hoffman • Binbin Huang • Amy Humphrey • Nate Litman • Jason Lucas • Susan Marlowe • Janet Matanguihan • Lilla McIntosh • Joy Meade • Cal Napolitano • Lisa Neal • Luke Niesley • Beverly Pitcher-Johnson • Ricardo Plummer • Linda Poston • Jason Renn • Krystal Robinson-Bert • Timothy Royer • Leanne Rutt • Erin Sanno • Bridgette Seaman • Jennifer Smithmyer • Brad Statnick • Philip Tan • Randy Webster • Laura Williams • Sydney Wilson • Jen Zellers

10 Years of Service

Carol Buckley • Anne Burkley • Amy Cook • Erik Forst • Kris Hardy • Rusty Hoffman • Gregg Hurley • Krista Imbesi • Kathleen Johnston • Matt Lewis • Michelle Lockwood • Devin Manzullo-Thomas • Terry McLoughlin • Laura Minoglio • Ruth Nutt • Stephanie Patterson • Leah Smock • Tom Soerens • Kitty Statnick • Cindy Steffan • Brian Swartz

15 Years of Service

Yvonne Booher • John Chopka • Rachel Cornacchio • Drena Doran • Randy Fish • Ramona Fritschi • Michelle George • Mark Graybill • Jay McClymont • Deb Poplaski • Emerson Powery • Gladys Robalino • Susan Shannon • Beverly Spangler • Mark Wiley • Mike Zigarelli • Lori Zimmerman

20 Years of Service

Bryan Brunk • Jenn Fisler • Paul Johns • Erik Lindquist • Rachel Lippert • George Ringer • Roseann Sachs • Damian Savarino • Jennifer Sheaffer • Stephen Smith • Brenda White

25 Years of Service

Bill Althoff • Inger Lindquist Blount • Teresa Ellison • Craig Gephart • Amy Ginck • John Luft • Deb Roof • Jeremy Soltis • Cynthia Wells

30 Years of Service

Bob Brown • Dwayne Keiffer • Doug Phillippy • Amy Weaver

35 Years of Service

John Bechtold • Glen Brubaker • Doug Brunner • Jill Poole • Mike Strite

40 Years of Service

Dennis Weller


Dave Anderson • Richard Crane • Su Deitch • Jan Dormer • Patrice Ewoldt • Jim Fackler • Carol Good • Barry Goodling • Tara Jankouskas • Jeff Moshier • Holly Myers • Michael Rice • Scott Weaver

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023 Performance Awards below:

Road to Reconciliation Award: David Pettegrew

Team Falcon Award: The Messiah Press – Denise Albert • Bill Althoff • James Howell • Mark Kobzowicz • Bob Madden • Dwayne Magee • Thomas Rhoads • Heather Seaman • Cathy Weaver • Sydney Wilson

Pride in Performance Award: Todd Christopher • Kathee Clark • Jocelyn Clippinger • Deb Fleming • Laura Price

President’s Award: Laura Miller • Cal Napolitano

Congratulations to all of our honorees! We hope to see everyone at the employee picnic on Tuesday, May 9. Come to Starry Lot anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy food, games, music and fun. Our honorees, both milestones and performance awards, may pick up their certificates and prizes at the picnic or from the Office of Human Resources and Compliance at another time.

In an effort to support sustainability, we will not have posters or printouts of this information at the picnic, but there will be a display in the HR lobby. Please be sure to read over the lists and congratulate your coworkers when you see them! The Memory Book will be available online only, with a link to follow.


Job opportunities

The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics has an opening for a full-time computer science faculty position. Job related questions may be directed to Alisa Sentz 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 Bridge Center for Continuing Education has an opening for a part-time nursing aide instructor. Job related questions may be directed to Kimberly Fenstermacher at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Campus Information Center has an opening for a part-time receptionist. Job related questions may be directed to Jody Brandt at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Athletics Department has an opening for a full-time head men’s and women’s swim coach; director of aquatics. Job related questions can be directed to Sarah Gustin Hamrock at: For more information and to apply, please visit:

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

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

Dining Services and Campus Events are hiring summer workers (ages 14 and up). Job related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz (dining) at or Denise Blackley (campus events) For more information and to apply, please visit:

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

For sale

Used black LowePro camera backpack case in good condition $15. Vanguard photo/video tripod with case, barely used $45. $55 for both. I have pictures of each upon request. Contact Bob Feil at