December 17

All this took place to fulfill what the LORD had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the LORD had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Matthew 1:22-25

 

NEWS

It is with a heavy heart that Human Resources and Compliance announces the retirement of Sharon Robinson after twenty years of committed service to Messiah. Sharon has positively impacted the work experience of so many Messiah employees through her warmth, compassion, humor and hospitality. She will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life.

Please be sure to say goodbye and best wishes to Sharon before the Christmas Break.

Amanda Coffey, vice president for Human Resources and Compliance

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INTERCOM

The INTERCOM will resume on January 7, 2021. Our staff wishes you Merriest Christmas Wishes and blessings for a bright New Year.

Contactless pickup available at Murray Library

Murray Library is offering Murray-To-Go. Contactless pickup is back! Request any items from Murray Library’s collection. Pick up will be available in the Library foyer, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Requests must be made by 3 p.m. the weekday before the desired pick-up date. (Email by 3 p.m. on Friday for a Monday pickup.) Directions for pickup. Please contact the circulation desk at circulationdesk@messiah.edu or 717-691-6006 with your questions. The return dropbox is open 24/7 for your convenience.

Ancestry.com (library edition)

As the holiday season approaches, you might be curious about your family’s history and the branches of your family tree.  Did you know that Murray Library has access to Ancestry.com (Library Edition)? By using the link provided here, your Messiah University login information gets you on- and off-campus access to census, immigration, marriage, and military records, plus user-submitted family trees. You might also want to check out our genealogy research guide for other FREE online resources to help you get started.  Family history can be a great conversation-starter at the holidays!  Questions about getting started? Email librarian Sarah Myers, smyers@messiah.edu

Messiah Adult Learning Workshops- Great Christmas Gift!

The School of the Humanities is partnering with Hampden Township Parks and Recreation and Mechanicsburg Parks and Recreation to offer two online adult writing workshops. You do not need to be a resident of the municipalities to register for these workshops.

Hampden Parks and Recreation registration:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/hampdentwprec/Activity_Search

Mechanicsburg Parks and Recreation registration:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/mechareaparkrec/Home

Novel Planning Workshop
Do you have an idea for a novel but don’t know how to start the process? Messiah University is here to help. We will teach you how to plan and outline your novel in a way that will make the writing process much easier. You will create characters who come alive, plots that draw in your readers, settings that become real, sub-plots that add depth, and you will consider your theme as a way to make your novel stand out.

This course consists of four ‘work at your own pace’ online modules, four group Zoom calls, and a Q&A with a published author. Each module consists of lessons, video explanations, instructor-led workshop discussions, and writing challenges. The instructor will be available to help you work through challenges via email or personal coaching Zoom calls, as needed. You will also receive a $20 gift card to the Messiah University bookstore. At the end of the four weeks, you will have a fully planned novel ready to be written.

Instructor: Abigail Baia, MFA

Dates: Feb. 1 – 28 online, group Zoom calls on Monday evenings, 6 – 7p.m. EST. Work at your own pace through online lesson modules and message board workshops through the month of February.

Location: Online through Zoom calls and an online classroom. (Instructions will be sent to help you access and use the online classroom.)

Cost: $250

Novel Writing Workshop

Do you have an outline or a plan for a novel but aren’t sure how to begin writing? Are you in the process of writing a novel, but need a bit of coaching? Would you benefit from meeting with other writers and published authors to keep you motivated? Messiah University wants to help you write your manuscript!

Through a series of online ‘work at your own pace’ modules, group Zoom calls, and a Q&A with a published author, you will learn story-telling techniques such as hooks, pacing, effective dialogue, and more. You will explore how to grab your reader with your first sentence, keep them reading through the middle, and wow them in the end. If you haven’t written your first word, or are slogging through the middle, we are here to help you.

The instructor will be available to help you as you write via email or personal coaching Zoom calls, as needed. You will also receive a $20 gift card to the Messiah University bookstore. At the end of the four weeks, you will have made significant progress on your manuscript.

Instructor: Abigail Baia, MFA

Dates: April 5 – 30 online, group Zoom calls on Monday evenings, 6 – 7p.m. EST. Work at your own pace through online lesson modules and message board workshops through the month of April.

Location: Online through Zoom calls and an online classroom. (Instructions will be sent to help you access and use the online classroom.)

Resident: $250

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is here

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge has published. This expanded issue of the magazine includes the names of our Class of 2020, the financials, donor profiles and stories of our alumni and students. To read the magazine in its entirety, visit https://messiah.edu/the_bridge.

Hard copies of The Bridge are available in the lounges of Eisenhower and Boyer. As always, additional quantities can be found on third floor of Old Main in the reception area.

CLASSIFIEDS

Job opportunities

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/18092. Job-related questions may be directed to Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations at jmcclymont@messiah.edu.

In search of

Household items for Smith quarantine apartments

We will continue to use Smith apartments to quarantine individuals during the spring semester as needed. While we received some items last semester to improve these spaces (thank you to those of you who donated!), we are hoping to make them better for next semester.

With Christmas around the corner and New Year’s “out with the old” and “in with the new” mentality, maybe you are replacing some things and looking to donate your old items. Do you have a microwave that you are looking to get rid of? A teapot? Pots and pans? Lamps? Or any other household items that you can imagine in an on campus apartment that someone would be staying in while they are quarantined?

The Department of Residence Life would like to collect various items to place in these apartments as we are able. Please email Julie Price at jprice@messiah.edu if you are getting rid of anything that might make these spaces more livable for our students.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

 

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