Archive for 2020

November 12, 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 62:5


Messiah University botanist, Janet Matanguihan, has published in the Christ Animated Learning blog through the Christian Scholars Review. The title of her piece, “A Word in Season for the Weary”, is the latest installment in this series. This encouraging word offers Janet’s insights on how we Christian professors can impact our hurting, pandemic-ravaged world.

In addition, earlier this week, Janet published an article entitled “Fundamental Shifts in Research, Ethics and Peer Review in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the Journal of Korean Medical Science. Her coauthor is Edward Barroga of the Graduate School of Nursing Science at St. Luke’s International University in Tokyo, Japan.

Please join the Department of Biological Sciences is congratulating Janet on this global contribution to the sciences.


Spring faculty 2021 semester work submission deadlines

Please click here to view the 2021 Spring Faculty Work Submission deadlines for course packs, lab manuals, documents posted in Canvas, and other course materials requiring copyright clearance and/or duplicating.

Questions?  Visit the Messiah Copyright website

Fair Use Evaluation Tool

Important:  If you plan to sell a course pack or lab manual to students in the Follett Store, notify the Follett store manager, 717-796-1800 x3050. Note Kevin McCann is no longer at Messiah.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding copyright and your course materials.

Jigsaw puzzle library

Pandemic puzzle shortage? No problem! Joanna Hadley-Evans curates a robust collection of puzzles available for swap/loan with colleagues on campus. Dozens of 300-2000 piece puzzles representing various seasons and themes are available – perfect for family time as the holidays are approaching. Drop some off or take some home and return whenever you are done! Contact Joanna at to arrange a time to stop by her office in Hostetter Chapel to peruse the collection.

Fall 2020 Shred Day

Shredding Solutions will be on campus for confidential document shredding

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located along University Drive in front of the VV lot and will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. This is especially important if you are one of the many that are moving in the next few weeks.

Note: This is a later date than normal due to there not being a fall break this semester.

What can be shredded?

All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.)

Personal documents in small/reasonable amounts (a paper box full or less) are also welcome to be brought in for shredding.

Shredding instructions:

Normal shredding needs

Please bring all the paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11 a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two (2) hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1:00 PM, we suggest arriving no later than 12:45 p.m.).

Special shredding needs

If your department has specific needs, special arrangements can be made by calling Allen Snook, director of information security, at ext. 6790. All shredding arrangements must be made before the close of business Thursday, November 20th.

Due to the anticipated high volume of special arrangements anyone with a move date of November 23/24, that requires the storage of Shred Day documents needs to make arrangements as soon as possible. With the probability of sensitive data that is often shredded on these days, Information Security would like to have the documents securely stored, before your move date, so that the documents are not accidentally moved.


We congratulate Doose Ahua, a graduate student from Dakar, Senegal, as the winner of the second prize drawing for a submission to Covid Chronicles@Messiah!  Please check out submissions included in the collection here.

Poster exhibit

Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian Institution, Murray Library and Messiah Press present a poster exhibit titled: “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II”. The exhibit traces the story of Japanese national and Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Young and old lived crowded together in hastily built camps under the constant watch of military guards while brave Japanese American men risked their lives fighting for the United States. The poster exhibition encourages viewers to engage in dialogue about how this happened and through themes of identity, immigration, prejudice, civil rights, courage, and what it means to be an American. The poster exhibit is located on easels throughout the upper level of the library. It will remain on display until the end of the fall semester.

2020 Fall Senior Series debuts Friday with “Words We Wish We Said”

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the 2020 Fall Senior Series, which debuts this weekend with the premiere of original production “Words We Wish We Said.” Join us for an evening of performance, created and performed by department seniors Bryanna and Ryan. Performances will be free and available for viewing on the Messiah Livestream!

Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14.

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 senior creators and the production!

Estimated Runtime: 1 hour (no intermission)


“Words We Wish We Said”

Created by Ryan Wong and Bryanna Pye
in Collaboration with Jim Hy
Performed by Ryan Wong, Bryanna Pye, and Jim Hy
with Direction from Katie Anne Phykitt
Choreographed by Ryan Wong and Julia Mary Register

Living in a world that encourages independence, society stigmatizes emotions as a sign of weakness. Humans believe the lie that they are alone in their feelings and brokenness. Many emotions and experiences are universal, but people convince themselves no one else feels the same way. If we could open up to those around us, maybe we could realize that we’re not that different. Everyone has unspoken stories they are yearning to communicate; words give us the power to reclaim our relationships, our perspectives, and our lives.

An off-chance encounter between two strangers gives them the chance to learn from a new perspective. As they start to open up about their hopes and regrets, they discover that maybe they’re not so different after all.

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

New book published by Dr. Mfum-Mensah

Congratulations to Dr. Mfum-Mensah on his new recently published book, “We Come as Members of the Superior Race: Distortions and Education Policy Discourse in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Westerners have long represented Africans as “backwards,” “primitive,” and “unintelligent,” distortions which have opened the door for American philanthropies to push their own education agendas in Africa. We Come as Members of the Superior Race discusses the origin and history of these dangerous stereotypes and western “infantilization” of African societies, exploring how their legacy continues to inform contemporary educational and development discourses. By viewing African societies as subordinated in a global geopolitical order, these problematic stereotypes continue to influence education policy and research in Sub-Sahara Africa today.

Join us via Zoom Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. to hear Dr. Mfum-Mensah discuss his new book and learn more!
Meeting ID: 964 2642 1595
Passcode: 646816

Global University Trading Challenge

Congratulations to the Messiah University investing team that finished 21st in the global CME University Trading Challenge with an ending portfolio value of $710,125. The annual trading competition, which began Oct. 4, included more than 500 undergraduate and graduate teams from colleges and universities worldwide. Each team begins with a $500,000 notional portfolio to invest in the futures markets and Messiah’s team generated a +42% gain in the month-long competition (compared to the S&P 500 which returned -3% for the month of October).

Messiah’s team outperformed formidable competition from schools such as Cornell, Duke, NYU, University of Chicago, Georgetown, Rutgers and UNC among others.

Congrats to the Messiah University team consisting of Mo Lutz, Makayla Miller and Daniel Preziosi.

Ten Thousand Villages online Gift Festival hosted by The Collaboratory

This year there is an alternative to the annual in-person Gift Festival at Messiah University. November 16-22 shop online to support artisans all over the world who are also experiencing hardships due to the pandemic. Shop online and have your Ten Thousand Villages purchases delivered right to your home address!

Use the promo code and your online purchases will continue to benefit Ten Thousand Villages Mechanicsburg and Messiah University Collaboratory. During the dates of the sale, get free shipping on orders over $50!

Shop our website: and type code in promo box during checkout: MESSIAH20


For sale

Santa’s own artificial Christmas tree, prelit Middleberry model, 7.5 feet tall. This stunningly beautiful, convincingly real tree must be seen to be appreciated. Comparable quality trees today sell for $800-1200. This one is ten years old, but looks brand new. First $120 gets it, but you must pick it up at my home about 2 miles from campus. Contact Ted Davis (

Santa key. What child would not love to have this cute key to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve? They’ll be so excited knowing that even though they don’t have a chimney that dear old Santa will still be able to get into their home to leave them lots of amazing gifts. (Keys vary in design)

Keys can be personalized with: name(s), family name, address, or whatever you’d like on the back. $7 each or 2 keys for $12. Located in Naugle A125 (right inside the door), you can either pick up here, we can meet somewhere or for ($3) keys can be mailed anywhere in the US. PayPal or cash accepted. For more information contact Stacy at ext. 3918.

2003 Subaru Forester. $2800 Very good condition. 137K miles. Manual transmission. Electric windows and locks. Clean interior. Great in all weather. Please email

Lost and found

Kat’s peanut butter spoon. Looking to return Kat’s spoon that was found this summer, in Kelly Apartments.  You can reach me in Naugle A125 (right inside the door), or ext. 3918, and ask for Stacy.


Toner cartridges. The FREE printer cartridges below are available:

HP LASERJET 42A Black Print Cartridge (1)

HP LASERJET 49A Black Print Cartridge (2)

Please email the financial aid office @ to arrange pick up. These toner cartridges are free for anyone to pick up directly at the financial aid office located in the basement of old main.