Archive for 2024

March 21

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28


The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce that Janet Vogel has been hired to be the next director of Murray Library, effective June 1. Janet is currently the director of the Hiram College Library in Hiram, OH. Janet has an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in history from Messiah College. Before assuming the library directorship at Hiram College, Janet served as youth services manager at Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries; Janet also served as an adjunct instructor of history at Messiah University (2011-2015), and before that, as Murray Library’s evening and weekend circulation supervisor. We look forward to having Janet return to her alma mater in June and are grateful for the careful work of the search committee (David Dixon, Braden Lawson, Janet Matanguihan, Caleb Miller, Kimberly Steiner, Beth Transue, and Liz Kielley).

The Registrar’s Office welcomes Anne Narber into the newly created position of undergraduate academic services coordinator. Anne’s first day at Messiah was Jan. 8. Anne comes to Messiah with many years of nonprofit management and ministry experience. She and her husband, Darren, have three children, Emma, Caleb and Ethan, and have recently relocated to the Mechanicsburg area. Anne’s office is in AWC Suite 107.

Please review updated information about the Registrar’s Office team and associated responsibilities on the “Contact Our Team” link on our website (


Introducing the new employee Messiah photo Library, Air

The Office of Marketing and Communications, in partnership with Information Technology Services, is pleased to announce that a new library of Messiah University digital photography is now available for employee use. This curated photo library is hosted by Air, a user-friendly third-party digital asset management system. The Air photo library contains professional, staff and student photography from various aspects of the Messiah experience from the past five years. Photos may be searched/filtered by keywords and downloaded for use in campus department/program communications. It is important to note that, due to copyright restrictions, all photos accessed via Air must be used for university-related purposes only.

Employees can access Air on Falconlink by searching for/clicking on the “Air Photo Library” card.

For more information about Air and how to use it, please see the Tech Support Knowledge Base article “Introducing Air: Messiah’s Image Repository.”

For questions about any of the assets included, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at

Summer student hiring reminder

As a reminder, hiring proposals for summer student employees are due by April 5. 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, student employment coordinator, ext. 2900 or

2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant

The 2023-2024 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 5. This competitive grant, sponsored by Friends of Murray Library, provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Chad Frey, chair of Friends of Murray Library. The grantee will be awarded $1,000 in the spring for the fall 2024 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 22.
See attached PDF for application details.

Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ Summer Academic Camps

This summer, the Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ will
hold their academic camps with commuter and resident options.
The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level film-making skills for
students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to
be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is being held
June 23 – 28. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for
students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative
writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and a variety of activities.
This camp will be held June 23– 28. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at

A 25% discount off the tuition for either workshop is offered to the dependents of Messiah employees.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: The Spring Senior Series

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the first part of “The Spring Senior Series”, an evening of performance created and presented by department seniors. The weekend of March 22-23 features performances by seniors Madalyn Oliver, Lydia Matson, and Alysse Whaley in Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building.

The Spring Senior Series
Featuring seniors Lydia Matson, Madalyn Oliver, and Alysse Whaley
March 22 – 23 at 8 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building

“Love Letter”
Created and performed by Madalyn Oliver

“Searching for Hope”
Created and performed by Lydia Matson

“I Am The Fall”
Created and performed by Alysse Whaley

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

Young Peacemakers Academy summer camp

Messiah University’s Young Peacemakers Academy will host their residential camp from June 23-28. The Young Peacemakers Academy seeks to engage high school students who are interested in building and sustaining peace in local and global contexts and provide them with Christian foundations for peacemaking. The cost is $349 for the week. Scholarships are available. Employees will automatically receive a 10% discount.

Campers will participate in service-learning in central Pennsylvania and experience social and economic peacemaking with community partners. The camp will also include a day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet global peacemakers at the U.S. Institute for Peace. For more information, please visit our website or email

Announcing Messiah’s 2024 Commencement speakers

Both the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Committees are working to prepare for the graduation festivities for Messiah’s undergraduate and graduate Class of 2024. The websites for both Commencement ceremonies are now live, providing important details for graduates and their families and announcing the Commencement speakers for the Messiah University Class of 2024.

Undergraduate Commencement—May 11

Commencement speaker Jeffery Deal, M.D., is author of four novels and an anthropology book on South Sudan. He recently retired from his position as director of health studies for Water Missions International and is now a Senior Fellow of Public Health and an adjunct professor of anthropology for the College of Charleston. In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology and surgery. His patented robot, Tru-D, is being used around the world and in the U.S. to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Read more.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement—May 18

Commencement speaker Amy E. Black, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Wheaton College (Ill.). Prior to joining the Wheaton faculty in 2001, she taught at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Black earned her Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. She is a specialist in American government, and her teaching and research interests include religion and politics, women in politics, fostering civil dialogue, the U.S. presidency and Congress. In 2000-2001, she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart (PA-04). Most recently, she and Michael Wear co-authored the report “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders,” published by the Trinity Forum. Read more.

Tech Support – Did you know?

  • Older Microsoft files – If an old Microsoft file is saved in a .doc, .xls or .ppt format, there may be compatibility issues and limitations to new features. To update the file, go to “File” and then “Save As” and save it as the more recent file type version like .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx.
  • Desktop computers should NOT be powered off. Updates are pushed to the computers during off hours, and it allows Tech Support to check the system for special updates.
  • Restart, sleep or shutdown? Your computer should be restarted at least once a week. Closing the lid or pushing the power button only puts the computer to sleep and does not constitute a restart. To restart your Windows computer, click start > power > restart. On a Mac, click the Apple icon > restart.

Connecting Communities Convening

Register now and join us on Thursday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel to connect with a diverse cross sector of community partners from the Greater Capital Region who will be on campus for the Connecting Communities Convening. You are invited to learn about important neighboring initiatives underway in our region as well as to participate in discussions throughout the day with community leaders about housing and neighboring practices, policies, paradigms and philanthropy. For a program itinerary and/or to register as a member of the Messiah community, visit
The Convening is a program of the School of Arts, Culture and Society. Contact Chad Frey at if you have any questions.

PSYCamp 2024

We are excited to invite high school students (entering 10th through 12th grade in Fall 2024) to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 23-28! Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we are offering both an overnight residential option and a day-camp commuter option. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and biopsychology.

If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register at: before June 1.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University employees!
Contact for more information.

The Living Library: Many Stories, One Community – Signups are live!

Please join the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Murray Library as they co-host the “Living Library: Many Stories, One Community” on Wednesday, April 10 between noon – 4 p.m.

This event is held in the library and you, as a “reader” have the opportunity to hear stories from colleagues and students as they are the “books.” Each book is on loan for 30 minutes.

Come hear these personal narratives and reserve the “books” of your choice online at:

If you are new to the concept of the Living Library, and have any questions, please contact Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at

Giving Day is coming!

Messiah University Giving Day is Tuesday, 4.2.24!

Did you know that when 30 employees give any amount, a generous donor will give $10,000 to the Messiah Fund? 100% of students receive a tuition supplement from the Messiah Fund, and that is made possible through the support of employees, parents and alumni like you! Visit to make a gift early or on the day.

Thank you for the ways in which you make a difference in student lives and in the success of Messiah daily!

Join us for our next MBI event on April 24

Dr. Craig Sider is passionate about unleashing potential in others. He partners with leaders and organizations to help them identify – and move courageously toward – a preferred future. For over three decades, Craig has walked with and served leaders from business, nonprofit and education. He combines insights gleaned from degrees in business, theology and leadership development. Craig’s approach is to listen deeply and then ask questions that draw out deeper reflection and inspire fresh thinking. Please join us for our next MBI event where Sider will share insights from his new book, “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream”.

This event will be held in the Martin Commons.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an extended networking breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Settle in for a lively keynote from Dr. Craig Sider based on his new book “Beyond Your Box: Break Free to Pursue Your Dream”
9:30 – 10 a.m. Q&A session, extended networking

Registration is required for this event, please use the following link:
Detailed information will be provided to registrants.

Spring Budget Forum – April 4

An employee FY25 budget forum will be presented on Thursday, April 4 in Hostetter Chapel at 3:30 p.m. All employees are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be led by Gary Nowicki, vice president of finance and planning, who will share the University’s FY25 budget parameters. Light refreshments will be available.


Job opportunities

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a full-time director, Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Job related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Procurement has an opening for a full-time accounts payable coordinator. Job related questions may be directed to Steph Sechrist at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Graduate Studies: Administration has an opening for a full-time state authorization and licensure manager. Job related questions may be directed to Jennifer Fisler at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Engineering has an opening for a part-time, temporary administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Philip Tan at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time admissions hospitality assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kristin Thomas at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Paula Holtzinger at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Registrar’s Office has an opening for a temporary records and registration assistant. Job related questions may be directed to Kathee Clark at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Campus and Building services have a variety of full and part-time openings. Job related questions can be directed to Laura Price at For more information and to apply, please visit:

The Department of Education has an opening for a full-time faculty in education. Job related questions may be directed to Beverly Pitcher Johnson at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Dining services is now accepting applications for summer Lottie workers. Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher at For more information and to apply, please visit:

Campus and Building Services is now accepting applications for summer workers. Job related questions may be directed to Denise Blackley at For more information and to apply, please visit: