Archive for 2018

November 29

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm: 25:5


Dr. Damian Savarino and Tara Savarino, voice instructors in the Department of Music, served as adjudicators in mock auditions for Northern High School’s upcoming production of The Phantom of the Opera. Dr. and Mrs. Savarino worked with students at Dillsburg’s high school to help them prepare for their vocal auditions.


Materials for Authors’ Exhibit, Dec. 17.

The annual Authors’ Exhibit and New Docs’ Tea will be held on Monday, Dec. 17. Please submit your headshot and electronic copies, as well as hard copies, of your publications, exhibits, performance materials etc. from January – December 2018 for display at this event. Electronic materials can be sent to Hard copies can be sent by campus mail to Suite 3008 or dropped off in the faculty development office in Boyer 101. Materials will be returned following the event.

Tips for a great presentation

Conference and Event Services created a one-sheet with tips for presenters when using projection and microphones. These tips will help you with some of the technical aspects of a presentation. The one-sheet can be found here.

Open House at Oakes Museum of Natural History

The Oakes Museum of Natural History invites you to join us for our annual Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1-5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “Thank You” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a winter craft project for children, a story time, winter photo booth, 20% off all items in the museum gift shop, and drawings for museum gift certificates. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at (717) 691-6082 or email us at if you have questions.

Nobel Prize Seminar on Dec. 4

Please plan to attend the 9th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Dr. Matthew Farrar, chemistry presented by Dr. Jesse Kleingardner, and medicine presented by Dr. Larry Mylin. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

Holiday gift sale

Join us for a Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons that supports Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sale features 100% fair trade items.

Things are changing at the Union Café!

Healthy Combo Options at the Grill: As of Monday, Nov. 26, you can choose an apple, banana, carrots or celery sticks in place of fries for your combo. Don’t worry, we are not removing fries from the menu. However, now you can choose whether you want fries, fresh fruit or fresh veggies. Gluten-free options: Pizzas: Did you know the Union Café offers gluten-free pizza? Simply click on the ‘pizza’ category, and select ‘gluten free personal pizza.’ Grill: Instead of a regular bun, you can order a ’gluten-free burger’, served on a gluten-free bun (there is an up-charge for the roll). Deli: You can also order a create-your-own gluten-free sandwich from the deli. Select the ‘gluten-free melt’, and enjoy a made-to-order, gluten-free sandwich (there is an up-charge for the roll). Create-your-own melts and smoothies Speaking of the deli, you can now order create-your-own melts. Order under ’melts’, and get exactly what you want on your melt. And don’t forget that you can also order ‘create your own’ smoothies.

December graduates luncheon

We will be honoring the December graduates at an informal lunch with President Phipps on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a time to celebrate those students who have completed their coursework and will be leaving Messiah College. Come celebrate these students. Deadline to RSVP is Dec. 7. Please register at

Incarnational Encounters: Stories that Change Us

Please join the Department of Education for our Fall Research Forum. Dr. Tina Keller will be presenting her topic, “Incarnational Encounters: Stories that Change Us.” The incarnation, God taking on the flesh of man, is a mystery that has captured the imagination of Christians over the ages. Viewing life though this incarnational lens becomes foundational in changing the ways one conceptualizes the world. Most importantly, it fundamentally changes beliefs, or the narratives told about people perceived as being different, or ‘other.’ If Jesus encountered us, so then should we seek to encounter our own ‘other.’ This presentation will describe the background of using narratives as a tool for change. Along with her research of teacher ideology, Dr. Keller will share two stories that challenge us to disrupt narratives of otherness. Mindfulness of the spirit of God in self and in our other challenges the way that one sees the world. Telling and retelling of such stories have the power to create change. The presentation will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Boyer 131. Light refreshments will follow.

Landmine talk on Thursday, Dec. 6

Landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other remnants of war create a legacy of violence that persists long after the conflict ends. The sad truth is that these terrifying devices are more likely to kill or maim non-combatants than soldiers, and a high percentage of victims are children. Dr. Don Pratt been advising and mentoring students involved in Humanitarian Demining projects in the engineering department at Messiah College for more than 20 years. These projects have included investigations of a variety of mine detection methods, destruction of munitions, and even improved prosthetic devices for landmine survivors. Recent work has focused on a revolutionary new method of rendering explosives harmless and a new device for defusing IEDs. Come and hear about this exciting research work and the results of field testing, including ongoing work in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Georgia. The presentation will be on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Frey 110.

Nativity scenes

Join us in Murray Library from Nov. 28 through Dec. 20 for a display of unique Christmas nativity scenes from around the world. These scenes celebrate the greatest common good, Jesus Christ coming down to us.


Job opportunities:

Refer a cook and earn $300. Employees who provide a referral that result in a successful hire are eligible for a $300 bonus. See the attached flyer for more information.

For sale:

Double-seat, jogging doll stroller–can accommodate infant to American-girl dolls. Like new, asking $30. Contact Allyson Patton with any questions.

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. Runs great. Regular oil changes and maintenance. Normal wear for 13 year old vehicle but no mechanical issues at all. Some minor rust on rear fenders but nothing on the frame. Inspected through 3/19. This has been a great vehicle for our family since it came off the line in 2005. $2500 o.b.o. If interested I am happy to provide more photos. Contact: Abby Love at

Multi-generational home for sale. Ever considered multi-generational living? We are selling our home with full in-law apartment. The in-law suite has its own entrance, full-size kitchen, laundry, 2-3 bedrooms, and 1 1/2 bathrooms which connects to the main house with one interior door. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and much more. There’s even a 2-story playhouse and large shed in the one acre yard! Come to the open house this Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 – 3 p.m., or we can set up a special showing for you. Check out this link for pictures and info: For more information contact Heather Keefer at

Bikes for sale. An Ignite recumbent exercise bike for $100. Limited use, great for home workouts. A men’s 19 inch, 24 speed Giant Cypress bicycle for $75. A women’s 17 inch, 24 speed Giant Cypress bicycle for $75. Both have had limited use and would be great for young adults. Originally purchased from Holmes Cycling and Fitness. For more information, contact Kathie Shafer at or call ext. 6003.

For rent:

House for rent. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 half bath, basement, carport, heat pump/ac, newly remodeled. Convenient location to the West Shore area, approximately 10 minutes from campus. No pets, no smoking. For details email Stephanie Cramer at or call 717-858-3181.


FREE Gift Wrapping. FREE holiday gift wrapping for anyone who is interested! If you don’t like wrapping gifts, don’t have time or struggle to wrap gifts at home without others sneaking a peek, let us take care of it for you! A variety of wrapping paper is available, as well as gift bags, ribbons and bows. All wrapping supplies are included in this free service. For those who wish to give, donations to charity: water will be happily accepted but are not expected ( Gift wrapping is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Contact Cindy at to coordinate drop-off/pick-up or for more information.


Seeking to re-home two, adult male cats. Zoe and Bailey are brothers who were found as stray kittens on a family farm. The Hardy’s have offered them a loving home for the past ten years, but are seeking to re-home both cats (ideally together). The cats are de-clawed, neutered, and excellent with children/people. Please contact Shardé Hardy ( for more details if you or someone you know might be interested.

A non-traditional nursing student is looking for a room to rent several nights a week. She has a home in Harrisburg, but does not like driving on 15 at night so would like to stay locally (within walking distance of campus) a few nights a week. If you have a room she can rent please contact Marie at or Rhonda at


White Christmas musical tickets on sale

West Shore Christian Academy presents: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: Nov. 29 (7p.m.), Nov 30 (7p.m.) and Dec. 1 (2p.m. and 7p.m.) at the The Pollock Center in Camp Hill. White Christmas is a musical based on the well-loved Paramount Pictures 1954 film of the same name. This cast includes children of Messiah employees and alumni. The Production Team and is led by four Messiah alumni; Rachel Ballasy, BFA musical theatre, Stephanie Cramer, BS music education, Aleta Leatherman, BS music education, and Jon Menkis, BFA visual arts. Tickets can be purchased from the Pollock Center and are $10 for Children/Students (K-12) and $15 for adults. Visit for additional information and to order tickets.