Archive for 2020

December 3

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8


Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center Opening – December 4

Update on the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center – mark your calendar!

I’m excited to announce that on Friday, Dec. 4, we will be opening the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. This exciting project was delayed with shutdowns related to COVID, but we are ready to open.

December 1-3 staff from admissions, financial aid/student financial services, registrar’s office and parent and alumni staff are scheduled to move into the building. In order to safely move everyone during this time you are asked to refrain from coming to the building.

On Dec. 4, at 8 a.m., you are invited to come to a socially distanced event where President Phipps and John Chopka will be on-site to officially open the building. Join us at the circle in the front of the building (yes the fence will be down!) for a few words of thanks, prayer and then the opportunity to see the inside of the building. We will be asking everyone to stay socially distanced while in the building.

The week of Dec. 7 we will begin to move staff from Hoffman to Old Main. The contractor will start working the week of Dec. 14 on the demolition of Hoffman with the goal of the building being down before we return students in mid-January. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the construction fence will be relocated to that part of the site. After Hoffman is demolished the green space will be completed.

I want to thank the campus community for their patience during this project. It is never easy when construction is center of campus and then it is a much longer project than expected. The Admissions and Welcome Center and green space will transform the campus for our community. New parking areas provide needed access to center campus. Thank you for your willingness to be patient and take long walks to get around center campus! – Kathie Shafer 

Young Writers Workshop Journal

This summer the Young Writers Workshop was able to conduct their workshop online. Under the tutelage of Abigail Baia, MFA, School of the Humanities special projects coordinator and published author and Katy Trice 2019 English major alum, 18 students brought their writing skills to the next level! These teen writers spent the last few months writing, editing, and revising the short stories they started during the workshop. Many of these stories let you into the minds of high school students as they deal with the world around them, especially during the pandemic.

Abigail has worked with the students and designed this wonderful journal of the students’ work. When you purchase this journal, all the revenue that Messiah University receives will go to support the scholarship fund for the 2021 Young Writers Workshop.
Please follow this link to purchase this journal through Amazon. This journal will make a great gift for the holidays!

Thank you in advance from the School of the Humanities and all the future students who will benefit from the scholarships!

Murray Library hours

Murray Library will be open for the campus community from Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Please return or renew your library materials before the holidays. The return drop box is open 24/7 for your convenience. Though Murray Library will be physically closed for much of December and January, virtual services are available to meet your needs: research assistance, interlibrary loan, and contactless pickup from the circulation department. Ask us!

Blessings and Godspeed to Skulstad Family

As we approach finals, and the end of a very challenging Fall 2020 semester, the Department of Communication would like to say thank you and pray Godspeed and blessings for Professor Nathan Skulstad, his wife Lydia (who worked in Messiah’s Intercultural Office), and their two sweet daughters. They are moving back to Canada to be closer to extended family in early December. We are very sad to see them go, but we are grateful for Nathan’s significant contributions to the growth of our film and digital media programs, his thoughtful insights and sense of humor during our countless department meetings, and his wonderful teaching and mentorship to so many of our students! Please join us in praying for the Skulstad family’s smooth transition as they take this next step in their journey.

Falcon Exchange Updated December Hours

The Falcon Exchange will have adjusted hours of 9 a.m. to 3p.m. starting Dec. 4 until Dec. 23. For additional convenience, payments and deposits can now be placed into our new secure Deposit Drop Box. The Deposit Drop Box is available during all ECC building hours.

For questions contact Falcon Exchange at or 717-766-2511 ext. 7213.


Job opportunities

The Graduate Program in Physical Therapy has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant, DPT clinical education. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Paula Johnson, director, clinical education for physical therapy at

 For sale

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.

Everlast MMA 70lb Punching/Boxing Bag with hanging chains in great condition. Includes Everlast L/XL gloves and Everlast wraps. Asking $59. If interested, please call and leave message at ‪(717) 620-9670 or email Deana at