Archive for 2023

February 16

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

Philippians 1:9 – 10


Interim director of enrollment for Graduate and Professional Studies

I’m excited to announce that Sarah Wade will be joining the enrollment management (EM) division in this role beginning Feb. 20. Sarah is a 1999 graduate of Messiah. She has worked in admissions and EM in several roles over the years, most recently as the associate vice president for EM. In addition to her time at Messiah, Sarah served on the enrollment teams at Kutztown and CU Boulder, and as vice president for education at VEMO. She is an experienced enrollment leader and looks forward to serving the grad enrollment team in this role!

Please join me in warmly welcoming Sarah back to Messiah!


Dottie Weigel, associate professor of Higher Education, and James Winfield, adjunct professor, presented a preconference session at the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Los Angeles, California. The session, “Engagement Strategies to Address Student Disconnection in the First Year of College” offered ways to address engagement in a variety of first-year contexts, with a special focus on first-generation students.


On Feb. 11, a Messiah team from the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics scored 12 out of 30 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) Virtual Qualifying Round. This was the first year for Messiah to participate in the competition, led by assistant professor of cybersecurity education David Bibighaus. Student captain Ray Truex led the team roster of Luke Anderson, Justin Ayres, Chris Copeland, Ryan Donat, Delainey Gray, Aidan Hubly, Brandon Snook, Michael Stefanchik, Grace Taylor, Shane Wahlberg, and Xavier Zepiora. The team had the 6-hour task of securing and defending a fictitious company’s network while ensuring smooth business operations, after a security breach and IT restructure. Read more on our cybersecurity blog:


The Center for Public Humanities host the 2023 Humanities Symposium

The 2023 Humanities Symposium will be held Feb. 20-24. To view the week’s sessions, you can visit The keynote address will be held on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The speaker will be T. Alexander Aleinikoff, professor and director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School in New York City. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Please contact the ticket office at 717-691-6036.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Crimes of the Heart

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley opening on Feb. 16! Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for opening night!

Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley
Directed by Ed Cohn

Feb. 16-18 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 18-19 at 3 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building
Due to mature subject content, this play is not recommended for children.

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the eldest, never left Hazlehurst — she is the caretaker of the sisters’ cantankerous Old Granddaddy. Meg, the middle sister, left home to pursue stardom as a singer in Los Angeles, but has, so far, only found happiness at the bottom of a bottle. And Babe, the youngest, has just been arrested for shooting her abusive husband, Zackery Botrelle. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail. Under the scorching heat of the Mississippi sun, past resentments bubble to the surface and each sister must come to terms with the consequences of her own “crimes of the heart.”

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 15 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.

Employee parking reminders from the Department of Safety

All employees must register their vehicle(s) with The Department of Safety and park in their assigned lot. Employees should have a current blue parking permit hangtag.

To register for a permit or to update your vehicle(s) go to Falcon Link and click on Falcon Park for options.

Employees are to park in their respective assigned lot location, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., while classes are in session.

Please take time to review the University “campus parking map” and the “employee traffic code” at the Department of Safety website by clicking the quick link “vehicle parking information”. You are responsible for abiding by the parking and traffic regulations.

When on Messiah University property, your permit must be visible from the outside of the vehicle. Please place your assigned parking permit hangtag on your rear-view mirror while parked for maximum visibility and to avoid receipt of a citation.

Contact our Dispatch Office with questions or to report parking concerns. The safety team is available 24/7 at 717-691-6005. Consider saving this number in your cellphone as a resource.

As a community, thank you for your partnership as we advance the mission of Messiah University. Please email if you have any questions.

Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Guest Artists and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet “Migration and Inspiration”

Feb. 19, 4 p.m.
High Center, Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

While migration of people inevitably changes culture for generations, it also leads to migration of ideas and forms across genres in arts. Mendelssohn Piano Trio; Michael Stepniak, dean of Shenandoah Conservatory; and Devin Howell, principal bass of the Harrisburg Symphony, will be joined by Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers in exploring mutual influences among Eastern European, German, French and American cultures through music by Franz Schubert and Josef Suk, as well as choreography by Alan Hineline. English department faculty members Christine Perrin, Matthew Roth and Samuel Smith will also perform original poetry as part of this cross-disciplinary program.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at

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.

Did you know… employee gifts (either tangible or monetary, including externally issued gift cards) cannot be purchased using institutional funds? This includes, but is not limited to, care packages for sick co-workers, gifts for birthdays or new babies, flowers, candy, gift cards, etc. Gifts presented to employees (including student workers) may be subject to federal, state and local taxes. Employee gifts must be reported to the Payroll Office by using the Employee Gift and Award Payroll Reporting Form available on FalconLink. Please refer to section 10.6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy for more information, or call ext. 6010.


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 Residence Life has an opening for a first year residence director. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm at

Murray Library has an opening for a full-time collection strategies librarian. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Linda Poston at

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

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 an opening for a full-time athletic fields groundskeeper/crew lead as well 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. For more information and to apply, please visit or contact Bryce Wickard with any questions at

The Employee Referral Bonus Programs provides a cash incentive of $500 for employees who provide referral assistance that leads to the successful hiring of qualified staff, administration or full-time faculty. For more information and to see if you qualify for the position, please visit:

For sale

Boy’s jeans. Size 14. Never worn, 2 for $15. Email:

Handmade mason jar wall decoration. $15 Email:


In search of a free or inexpensive working microwave and coffee pot. Please let me know if I can take one off your hands. Email:

Computer and desk. My son is moving out and taking his computer with him. I am in need of a computer (not a laptop) so I can use my cricut to do my crafts. I am also looking for a desk. Email: Stacy at