Archive for 2020

October 22

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33


Submit your video today!

Murray Library invites all students, faculty, and staff to create and submit a short video (5 minutes or less) to be included in Covid Chronicles @Messiah, in Mosaic (our institutional repository).  Please create a video response to the question “What have you learned about life and yourself during this time?  Have your priorities, perspectives, and values changed in any way?”

All entries will receive a free Café Diem drink and be included in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.  Please enter your submission using this form: by October 25.

After COVID-19, what is the future of international travel?

This afternoon (Thursday. Oct. 22) the Honors Programs hosts 3 panelists who will respond to the question “After COVID-19, what is the future of international travel?” Panelists are: Katie Rousopoulos, director of off-campus programs at Messiah University; Jeff Boyd (‘97), owner of Untamed Path Adventures; and Mike LaGrand, director of alliance analytics and pacific planning at United Airlines. After their virtual conversation, panelists will respond to questions. Thursday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m.

Open Door Days via Zoom – Save the Date

President Phipps will host a series of Open “Door” Zoom sessions to continue her practice of meeting individually with students, faculty and staff regarding topics that are important to them.

Admin/Staff Open “Door” Zoom
Friday, Oct. 30
noon – 3 p.m.

Student Open “Door” Zoom
Wednesday, Nov. 4
2 – 5 p.m.

Faculty Open “Door” Zoom
Friday, Nov. 6
noon – 3 p.m.

The Zoom link for each day will be sent via mass email to the appropriate audience prior to the session. Upon arrival, guests will be placed in a waiting room until Pres. Phipps is ready to begin. Please note that the Open “Door” Zoom sessions will still be administered on a first-come, first-served basis in fifteen-minute intervals. In order to keep things moving smoothly, please ensure that your microphone and/or webcam are working prior to logging on. Thank you in advance for your patience as we try a new way to honor this long-standing tradition! Reach out to Karin Bisbee,, with questions.

The Birds” opens Thursday Oct. 29

Ready for some laughs? Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy “The Birds,” which premieres Thursday Oct. 29 and runs throughout the week to Tuesday Nov. 3. Performances will be free and available for viewing on the Messiah Livestream!

“The Birds”
Written by Aristophanes
Directed by Ed Cohn

Written by Aristophanes, “The Birds” is a comedy looking at demagogues and their rise to power. The story follows Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, two Athenians who set out in search of a better life. Eschewing the city life they’ve known— which is crowded, noisy, and full of annoying pests such as poets, lawyers, philosophers, and tax collectors— they seek out Epops, King of the Birds, who might advise them of the ideal place to settle. However, seeing the life of the birds, the two decide to convince Epops and the rest of the birds to build a Utopian city in the sky called Cloud Cuckoo Land!

Performances are Oct. 29-31 & Nov. 2-3 @ 8pm, and Nov. 1 @ 3pm

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!


Job opportunities

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance has an opening for a part-time human resources administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please visit: For job-related questions, please contact Inger Blount, director of human resources at

The office of faculty development has an opening for the position of assistant director of faculty development for teaching and learning, beginning with fall 2021. Serving within an integrated office of faculty development, the assistant director is loaded at 6LU per academic year with 2 weeks summer stipend and provides leadership for programming that supports university priorities in teaching. This includes overseeing the Teaching and Learning Fellows program, coordinating Teaching Tuesdays and Professional Learning Communities, and organizing the peer mentoring program for new faculty. The assistant director also works closely with the director of faculty development to plan and implement initiatives that advance the mission of the office of faculty development, including delivering new educator and new faculty orientation programs.

Applicants should: demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and identity of Messiah University; exemplify excellence in teaching, including commitments to connecting Christian faith and learning and inclusive excellence; exhibit capacity to effectively use educational technology in teaching; display the ability to collaborate well with others; and maintain confidentiality with personnel matters.

• Minimum education required: Doctorate
• Experience required: 5 years of teaching in higher education
• Status: ranked faculty appointment

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and position-related questions should be directed to Dr. Cynthia A. Wells, director of faculty development ( Priority application deadline is Nov. 13; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale

Grantham Townhome. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse nestled in Grantham, Mechanicsburg School District. Covered front entry welcomes you into this home that has been well maintained and tastefully decorated. Wood floors throughout the first and second floors. There are large, bright windows throughout the home providing lots of natural light. Cozy living room is the perfect place to unwind. The eat-in kitchen provides plenty of cabinet space and Center Island. Deck, with recently replaced boards, is just off the kitchen offering a great spot to dine outdoors, watch wildlife and enjoy the spectacular view of woods and Yellow Breeches Creek! The 2nd floor provides 3 spacious bedrooms, including a master suite with walk-in closet and master bath. There is a convenient laundry area in the 2nd floor hallway. The lower level is fully finished with large windows, lots of storage, office area, and family room space that could be used as a 4th bedroom, playroom or virtual school room! Walk out access to the backyard from the lower level. Low monthly HOA fee which includes trash and lawn care. Very close to Messiah University and local Grantham Park. Convenient access to Rt. 15, PA Turnpike.

Please contact Courtney Brennan at 717-673-0675 for additional details or Skyla at

Address is: 820 Yorkview Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Pictures are available here:

For rent

Apartment for rent. One bedroom apartment – Mechanicsburg Borough near Rakestraws Ice Cream, less than 5 miles from Messiah. Spacious and newly remodeled 800 sq. ft. apartment. Off street parking. Laundry hookups and plenty of basement storage. Long history of Messiah employee and alumni rentals. Call Rick at 717-557-7738.


Seeking household donations. I volunteer with a team of Messiah alumni with the Adopt an Apartment program through the Brethren Housing Association. We furnish apartments for single moms and their children transitioning out of homelessness. We are always looking for donations of furniture and household items in excellent condition. More info on the program can be found at If you have items to donate, please email photos to