Archive for 2020

August 27

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,

In difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 10:12



This past spring, Messiah’s capstone marketing class, Marketing Management and Strategy, taught by professor of marketing David Hagenbuch, won second place in the 2020 Marketing Plan Competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Marketing Association. The ‘live case’ focused on United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s need to gain more Gen Z and Millennial donors.

Other teams participating in the annual competition include schools such as the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, and West Virginia University. Marketing professionals judge the schools’ written marketing plans. Last year, Messiah took first place in the competition. Messiah University is the only school to place in the top three each of the last three years.

Messiah 411

Chat with a librarian!

Murray Library offers an instant message, chat tool located on our library webpages to help you get the answers you’re seeking.  Click the green button in the bottom, right corner to get started.  Receive friendly and helpful librarian assistance in about a minute.  There are no silly questions, so ask away!

Live chat hours during Fall 2020:

Sunday: 7-9 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.

Room and Vehicle reservation process

Due to COVID19 restrictions and requirements, Conference & Event Services is no longer able to process

vehicle reservations or room reservations via email, phone or walk-up requests. Therefore, Messiah vehicle

and room requests must be processed through an EMS account.


Prior to making a vehicle reservation, please be sure to read the “Managing Institutional Travel” section of

The Bridge to Reopen Messiah website.

A few important notes to remember from the plan:

All travel will require prior approval from the President, employee’s vice president, or Provost’s Cabinetlevel

supervisor (dean, vice-provost, associate provost, provost).

Information related to J-term and spring semester travel will be communicated in the future.

Due to social distancing requirements, please note the maximum capacity when using Messiah vehicles:

Vans – up to 5 persons (1 person per row. Removing any row(s) of seats decreases this number);

Mini-Vans – 3 persons; Cars – 2 persons.



Prior to making a room reservation, please be sure to read the “Events at Messiah University” section of the

return plan.

A few important notes to remember from the plan:

All meetings and events are encouraged to be virtual whenever possible. To request a room reservation,

you must provide a rationale for why the event must be held in-person.

Updated room capacities may be found in EMS. You may not exceed this capacity.

Rooms must be taken as-is. Due to classes being held in non-traditional spaces and the need to maintain

the integrity of social distancing, we cannot adjust the furniture.

No guests are allowed to attend events on campus.

Be aware of the additional requirements surrounding accessibility and copyright outlined in the linked


Indoor events are limited to 25 people in a space. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 250 people.


EMS (Event Management Systems) is the university’s scheduling software. By using EMS you can make the reservation much faster, see which vehicles and rooms are available for any date and time, place a “hold” on the vehicle or location, answer the required COVID-related questions, and provide verification of approval. Conference Service can usually begin the approval process the same day as the request is made, and will give final approval to your request within a day or two. At this time, individual students are not permitted to have an EMS account. However, if they belong to a recognized student group, that group may have or establish an account.


Setting up your EMS account is a simple two-step process:


 On the Internet, log onto . This will bring you to the Campus

Schedule page.

 For “User Id” and “Password”, use your normal credentials, (if you are setting up an account for your

group, use your group’s “User Id and “Password”) then click on “Login”. You’ve just created your

account. You should see your status as Pending and needing approval from an administrator

(Conference Services).

 At this point, you can exit the website.

 Send an email to our office at to let us know that you have completed STEP 1.


 When we receive your email, we will configure your account and send an email back to you with your

next set of instructions. Please note that this may take a day or two, but once this is complete, your account will be ready to use.

Thank you for allowing us to help you process your vehicle and room reservations more efficiently and effectively. We are looking forward to serving the campus this semester.

A warm “Welcome Back” from Murray Library!

Murray Library opens this fall semester with a new “grand” front entrance. It includes a larger entrance area with two diagonal stairways and a center section for step seating. Enjoy!

A few things to know:

Our Fall Hours are:
• Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
• Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                      • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Sunday: 3 – 11 p.m.

Items to Return: Please use the outdoor book-drop to return all library materials. It is now open 24/7 for your convenience. All materials are quarantined for 3 days before re-shelving.
Seating: We are happy to provide 260 socially-distanced seating of all types on both levels. Please use any location marked with a green check-mark sign, and avoid red “X” sign locations.
Sanitizing Stations: Please use the spray bottles (disinfectant) to moisten paper towels to assure that any space you plan to use is properly cleaned prior to use. Sanitizing Stations are located on both levels.
Self-Check-out: To provide “contact-less” check-out, we are happy to provide a station at the Circulation Desk with easy instructions for swiping your ID card, scanning the item you wish to check out, desensitizing the item, and receiving a printout of the due date. A desk attendant is there to assist you as needed.

View photos of library spaces here.

And one final piece of good news – Cafe Diem will be open! Have a great semester!

Linda Poston, director of Murray Library


Job opportunities

Facility Services has an opening for a general maintenance mechanic, 2nd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Miller, facility maintenance manager, at 

For sale

12,000 LB automobile life for sale. Messiah University is selling a 12,000 lb. vehicle lift. The lift is in excellent condition. It will need to be taken apart for transport. The lift is fully operational, but is being sold “as is” with no warranty. Contact Brad Markley:


Used 4 wheel drive vehicle. Looking for a used 4 wheel drive vehicle for teenage son. If anyone is looking to sell or knows someone who is, please email me at or call me at x2080.