Archive for 2020

September 24, 2020

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Do everything in love.

Corinthians 16:14


Dr. Kristen Slabaugh was selected to participate in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Mentoring Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each participant is paired with an experienced nurse practitioner (NP) leader and provided with opportunities to further develop leadership knowledge and skills associated with the NP educator role. Congratulations, Dr. Slabaugh!

Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, will do a Zoom talk for Dartmouth College students at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The presentation, “Swallowing a Modern Jonah: How Not to Defend Christian Faith,” is based on a research project he did 20 years ago that was featured on two BBC radio programs. Next month, he will do another event for the same audience. ZOOM ID = 992-9383-6782 and PASSWORD = 504957. The event is sponsored by The Dartmouth Apologia: A Journal of Christian Thought (

The scientific journal Diversity recently published a study by professor of biology and environmental science, Dr. Erik Lindquist, with research colleagues from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, University of Panama, University of the Andes (Colombia), and San Diego State University. Their research article, represents the first complete examination of species phylogenetics, geographic distribution and paleogeology related to the critically endangered harlequin frogs of Central America. Lindquist will be co-presenting their findings at the 1st International Electronic Conference on Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution in March 2021.


Fall photo contest

The Oakes Museum, Office of Sustainability and Earthkeepers are sponsoring a Fall Photo Contest!

– Wildlife
– Earthkeeping in practice
– Beauty in nature
– Beauty in the built environment

Deadline for submission is the last day of classes, Nov. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Photos must be taken on the Grantham campus of Messiah University during the 2020 fall semester.

All winning photos will be displayed January – May 2021 in the Oakes Museum.

Prizes will be given to the grand prize winner for each category.

Everyone is invited to view the winners at an Open House on Feb. 25, 3-5 p.m.!

All entries must be sent digitally to, one submission/email.
– Please include the category for your submission.
– All files should be .jpg .tiff or .png.
– Editing images is only allowed for minor changes to exposure, color, sharpness or cropping. Conversion to black and white is also allowed. No other edits are allowed including but not limited to any removal or additions of features in the image.

Photos will be judged by representatives from both the Office of Sustainability and the Oakes Museum.

We reserve the right to withdraw an image from consideration if we believe it to have violated any of the above conditions.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (Sept. 28 – Oct. 2) is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. At Messiah’s Murray Library, we support our community’s freedom to read.

Starting Monday, Sept. 28, Murray Library is offering a fun matching game of quotes from classic, frequently challenged books. Match the quote to the book and submit your answers by Oct. 2 for a chance to win a free Cafe Diem drink. The dropbox is located right inside the entrance of the library.

Follow the library on social media to see the library staff’s favorite banned/challenged books! Facebook and Instagram: MUMurrayLibrary

“Antigone” opens Thursday, Oct. 1

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to open our 2020-2021 Season with “Antigone,” which premieres Thursday, Oct. 1 and runs throughout the week to Wednesday, Oct. 7. Performances will be free and available for viewing on the Messiah Livestream!

Written by Sophocles
Directed by Katie Anne Phykitt and Daniel Inouye

Brothers Polyneices and Eteocles died at each other’s sword. The newly appointed King Creon praises Eteocles as worthy of a burial with military honors but deems Polyneices a traitor to his country and decrees he shall be left unburied. Antigone is a fierce battle of wills between Antigone, who believes in loyalty to family and honor to the divine, and Creon, who believes in loyalty to the state and honor to the law. Antigone was written in roughly 441 BC, but its themes of fervent activism, feminism, political dissent, and justice make this play so relevant, it could have been written yesterday. This production places the action of the story in the present day and uses a modern lens to view an ancient story.

Performances are Oct. 1-3 & 5-7 @ 8 p.m., and Oct. 4 @ 3 p.m.

For access to this live streamed event, just visit us online at to step into the theatre and enjoy the show. You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information on our cast and the production!

* Please note that this production contains some mature content (reference to suicide) and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. *




Freezer (27×24, 36 deep), refrigerators, dining room set (table, chairs, buffet, china cabinet), bedroom set, assorted chairs, two living room couches (somewhat faded), garden tools (shoves, rakes, hedge clippers, weed whackers, etc.), 33-inch vinyl records (mainly pre-20th century music), laundry items (washer and dryer), kitchen stove. Other items available on inquiring.

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