Archive for 2023

May 25

Thursday, May 25th, 2023

Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24


This is the second year of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given to up to two adjunct faculty at Messiah University each spring. Nominations were solicited from all department chairs/program directors, and after careful consideration of these nominations, the Scholarship and Development Committee identified the following two adjunct faculty members to be honored with the 2023 Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Messiah University.

Heather Noll, adjunct instructor in physical therapy
Kristen Reitz, adjunct instructor for human development and family science

Congratulations to Heather and Kristen for this recognition of excellence in classroom teaching. The Messiah University community deeply appreciates the award winners, and all our adjunct faculty, for their role in educating women and men toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith at Messiah University.


Damian Savarino, associate professor of music, recently performed the baritone solos in the world premiere performance of Terre Johnson’s TE DEUM with the Masterworks Choir and Orchestra in Florence, SC.


End of fiscal year approaching

FY23 fiscal year end is June 30. End of year processing and account review is essential for accurate representation of our financial records. Please begin your end of year processing as soon as you are able and complete no later than the due dates below.

June 23
Petty cash reconciliation
Due to Falcon Exchange

July 6
Purchasing card personal reimbursements
Due to Falcon Exchange

July 7
Falcon Exchange transmittals
Cross-Cultural travel reconciliations
All other travel reconciliations
Due to Falcon Exchange
Specify FY23 in description

July 14

Journal entries
Transfers – review ALL department orgs and accounts (including operating, capital, grant, and special funds reports)
Submit to

Questions should be sent to

Ask my accountant

Ask My Accountant – Wednesday, May 31, Boyer Hall, Room 138 from 9 – 10 a.m. This is a working session open to all. What is a fund, org and account? When might Messiah be required to collect and remit PA sales tax? What do I need to do in anticipation of fiscal year-end? Come learn about these things and more. Session will start with a brief discussion by finance and planning accounting team members. This will be followed by an open floor question and answer period.

The latest issue of The Bridge has published!

Check out our feature, “More precious than rubies,” which explores redemptive entrepreneurship at Messiah through Ruby Coffee + Co founders Rachel Beatty ’23 and Rachel Ferrence ’23. You can find hard copies in the common areas of Boyer, Eisenhower and the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. Also, you can read the entire issue online at

Summer at the Oakes Museum!

The Oakes Museum stays busy over the summer – we hope to see you soon!

  • Saturdays
    • Open to everyone from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Museum staff are available to give tours and answer questions
    • A craft and scavenger hunt are available all day
    • Shop in our gift shop
    • June – August we have a Story time for children at 10:30 a.m.
    • Museum admission is free for all Messiah students, employees, alumni and their families!
  • Summer Day Camps
    • 3rd-5th graders
      • Curator Club Survive It Camp – June 19-23
      • Curator Club Animals Camp – July 17-21
    • 6th-8th graders
      • Ecology Camp – July 10-14
    • 9th-12th graders
      • Vertebrate Anatomy Camp – June 15 and 16
      • Field Biology Camp – June 26-30
      • Intro to Dissection – July 12

For more info on camps, visit –

  • Escape(ish) Room
    • This is a great team-building activity, and we offer it to on-campus groups for free (or donation if possible)

Visit our website for more information –

2023 Memory Book

Many thanks to everyone who attended our employee picnic on May 9. Again, we are most grateful to each and every employee… you are what makes the Messiah community special! Please click this link to view this year’s memory book, recognizing the significant milestones and achievements of our colleagues: A special thank you to Heather Seaman and the Messiah Press for the design.

Procurement made easy

Did you know…?
If you receive an invoice from a supplier, be sure to forward it to and note the PP# in the subject line. Do NOT attach the invoice to an existing (already approved) purchase order (PP#) because purchasing and A/P are not notified of new attachments. Also, don’t assume that accounts payable has also received the invoice. If you receive an invoice by email, mail, or in a package, forward to A/P and they will delete it as a duplicate if they too received it.
Have an invoice and no purchase order? Contact Purchasing (x6010) for instructions on how to proceed.

The Young Peacemakers Academy is hiring for two female RAs!

The Young Peacemakers Academy summer camp is currently hiring for two female resident assistants. We are looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working with high school students during the week of July 17-22. We would like candidates to have the necessary training to drive a 12-passenger van with Messiah. We will compensate hired RAs for all time invested in training and for clearances, if necessary.

If you, or anyone you know, may be interest in this position, please email for the full job description and the link to apply. You can visit our website – to find out more details about the camp. Thank you!


Job opportunities

The Department of Wellness and Recreation has an opening for a part-time fitness center front desk staff. Job related questions may be directed to Kevin Ogden at For more information and to apply, visit:

Messiah Press Production has an opening for a part-time printing and bindery technician. Job related questions can be directed to Dwayne Magee at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Financial Aid Office has an opening for a part-time financial aid office assistant. Job related questions can be directed to Mike Strite at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Facility Services has an opening for a full-time general maintenance HVAC mechanic. Job related questions can 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 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 full-time 3rd shift openings (Monday- Friday 9:30 p.m. – 6 a.m.). There are also 2nd shift openings (5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.). For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price at

For sale

AeroPilates reformer machine. Low-impact cardio and strength training machine that folds for storage. Includes a foot bar, leg pulleys, pull-up bar, rebounding pad, and four cords for resistance. Some cords are showing minor wear, but can be purchased on at a reasonable price. Asking $125. Contact Loni Allen at

Speaking voice health. Are you a lecturer whose voice fatigues or gets hoarse easily? Adjunct voice instructor, Jenice Riebe, provides private summer coaching to help improve speaking voice health. Instruction may be one-on-one or in a small group setting; virtual or in-person. Contact


Beginner sourdough workshop

Wanting to try your hand at making sourdough bread but don’t know or where to begin? This is the class for you. Taught by myself, this is a 2 hour hands-on workshop that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to bake fresh and nutritious sourdough bread for your family and friends. See the attached flyer for further details.