Archive for 2019

December 5

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

“…an angel of the Lord appeared to (Joseph) in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 1:20


The Messiah College Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate DPD program won the School Spirit Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award recognizes the program with the largest percentage of their enrolled students attending the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (the national conference for dietitians). The prize for winning this award included a private reception with the Academy President and Board of Directors and an invitation to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Gala at the conference on Oct. 28 in Philadelphia.


Jan Dormer has begun a three-year term as a Fulbright reviewer for English Teaching Assistant applications for Indonesia. She participated in this year’s Fulbright review meetings on Nov. 25 in New York City.


Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed as baritone saxophonist with legendary Motown groups, The Temptations and the Four Tops, at the Modell Lyric Theater in Baltimore on Oct. 26. Both the Four Tops and Temptations have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition, Goranson presented a lecture titled, “Fight, Flight, or Freeze: Overcoming Performance Anxiety” at the University of North Dakota. During his guest residency at the University Of North Dakota Department Of Music, funded by an internal UND grant, Dr. Goranson also presented a saxophone master class and presented a solo recital on the Aurora Recital Series on Nov. 18.


“Postcards from the Unknown” Nora Sturges Exhibition; Artist’s Talk and Reception

Please join us for the opening of “Postcards from the Unknown” Nora Sturges Exhibition, Dec. 6, – Jan. 29, 2020, Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery. The Artist’s Talk and Reception is Friday, Dec. 6, 4:15 p.m. in the Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery.

Nora Sturges: My paintings depict edges of human habitation— outposts in the wilderness of the arctic and overlooked margins of densely populated areas nearer home. The familiar landscapes examine both the practical and unplanned ways we transform our visual environment, while the arctic scenes offer evidence of our attempts to live in, understand and improve our world, set against the unknowable vastness of nature itself.

December Graduate Lunch

We will be honoring the December graduates at an informal, drop-in lunch with President Phipps on Monday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Martin Commons. 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. 10. Please register at

Holiday Open House at the Oakes Museum

Visit the Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday Dec. 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for our annual Holiday Open House! Make and take crafts, door prizes, a photo booth, free admission for everyone, sales in the museum gift shop, cookies and more make this a fun event for the whole family!

Christmas stamps

The Campus Post Office has a limited supply of Christmas stamps now available for sale. These are books of 20 for $11.

We have the following styles available:

  • Christmas wreaths
  • Birds of winter
  • Winter-berries

We reserve the right to limit the quantities purchased. They will be available on a first come, first served basis and when the supplies run out they will no longer be available through our post office. Cash, check or Falcon Dollars only. No debit or credit cards can be accepted.

Seeking singers for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Messiah College Choral Arts Society seeks singers for our spring 2020 season, which includes a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and an Opera Pops concert with the Messiah Symphony Orchestra. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to participate. Auditions will take place on Dec. 10 and Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the High Center. Choral Arts Society rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:15-9:30 p.m. during the spring semester. Please email Joy Meade, director of choral activities, with your interest and to sign up for an audition

Holiday Gift Sale

Join us for a Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons that supports Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory. Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Sale features 100% fair trade items.

J-Term early arrivals

If, for any mandatory academic or co-curricular reason, you need students to return early to housing for J-term, please email Given the college’s limited staffing, requests can be made only for 1/6/20. Housing opens on 1/7/20 to our students. Please contact Housing ASAP with the student names, ID numbers, and the reason they need to return on the 6th. Thanks!

Farewell Reception

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 2:30-4 pm (brief remarks at 3) in Howe Atrium as we celebrate nearly 34 years of service for Sherri Wolgemuth. Sherri officially started working at Messiah in 1986 and has held many roles during her tenure, some of which include admissions, financial aid and communications secretary, assistant to the dean of enrollment management, UG systems administrator and ACS supervisor and undergraduate admissions systems coordinator. Her diligence, work ethic, attention to detail, and problem-solving have come through in all these positions. We appreciate the many systems she has implemented and reports she has built during her time with us. A memory book will be provided at the reception so that you can relate your well-wishes, memories and words of encouragement in writing. There will also be pages available ahead of time. Contact to request a memory book page. We look forward to seeing you there. Sherri‘s last day in the office will be Dec. 20.

What’s new at Murray Library?

Enjoy reading Murray Library’s December newsletter. Find out more about our recent CLUE event, current displays, Christmas resources, and more! View newsletter here.

Christmas music in the Library, Dec. 12 and 13

Get into the Christmas spirit as classes wind down! The Library will again be hosting live Christmas music and serving Christmas cookies, too! Back by popular demand, the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble directed by Prof. Randy Zwally will play on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m. (for a recording to whet your appetite, click here:  Get a latte, enjoy some home baked cookies, feel the spirit! And new this year, we will also enjoy Christmas music by the Messiah Flute Ensemble on Dec.13, at 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch, get a coffee and eat some Christmas cookies! Amid the hectic pace of Christmastime, allow yourself these lovely half hours of beautiful music (and some Christmas cookies!).


Job opportunities

The Department of Dining Services has a full time opportunity for a union cafe shift supervisor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

For sale

Moving sale. Craftsman mechanics 3 tier set, 19 drawers in all good shape, with working locks. Photos available. $250. Also panama jack outdoor bar with 2 stools and 8 built-in shelves $400. If interested contact:

Pickup truck for sale. Looking for a low cost pickup truck to haul mulch, to haul firewood, to keep tools in for your projects? 1991 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, extended cab, comes with cap on the bed. Automatic, 4X4, 6 cylinder. 144,000 miles, 6.5 ft. bed. Inspection good until September 2020. Last time the truck needed nothing. Newly renovated interior. Tires have plenty of life remaining. Starts right up every time. Upgraded four alloy wheels will come with the truck. New body mounts, new shocks, new transmission mounts. Must see to appreciate. First $1500 gets it! Contact Bill Strausbaugh at 717-433-1666 or ext. 5365 for pictures or an appointment to see the truck.


Children’s books. My son’s girlfriend is almost finished with college and will become a teacher. She’s looking for gently used books to start a student library. This is for elementary school age children. Once I have confirmation of the grade and age group I will let you know. If you have any books that you’d like to donate she would appreciate it. Feel free to contact me with questions: Thank you for considering this donation.


Whispering Pines Estate’s Christmas Wonderland

Whispering Pines Estate’s Christmas Wonderland, Dec. 12, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Dec. 13 and 14, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Christmas lights, musical entertainment, live animal nativity, Santa, kid’s crafts, hayrides and sleigh rides, and more. Cost for rides – a portion of proceeds will go to Global Partners for Peace and Development. Located at 767 Pinetown Road, Lewisberry. For more information contact Donna: