Archive for 2020

Feb. 13

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18


Passport Services

Representatives from the Cumberland County Courthouse will be on campus at the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 to process passport applications.

Applicants need to bring the following documents:

  • Copy both front and back of the driver’s license on the same side of the page
  • Non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID
  • Completed application
  • Fees ($110 check or money order written to the U.S. Department of State and $35 cash or check written to the Prothonotary’s Office)
  • Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check written to Messiah College.   Original birth certificate, PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Applications can be downloaded at

Please contact if you have questions.

 2020 Humanities Symposium keynote address

The speaker for the 2020 Humanities Symposium will be Anthony Ray Hinton. Mr. Hinton, author of the best-selling book, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” has become an advocate for reform in America’s criminal justice system. The location of his address will be in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall, Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Live-streaming will occur in the Recital Hall to offer additional seating. Contact the ticket office at 717-691-6036 for ticket information.

Networking breakfast

Join us for a morning of networking! Married to the City Serving Harrisburg throughout an Era of Change: A fireside chat with Rep. Patty Kim and John Sider moderated by Chad Frey Registration is $15

Location: Messiah College, Martin Commons • One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg

7 – 7:30 a.m. | registration and networking

7:30 – 9 a.m. l event speaker

9 a.m. | event concludes, guests are encouraged to stay and network

If there is one constant you can count on it’s that things change! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Patty and John discuss their commitment to the Greater Capital Region, growing market opportunities in Harrisburg and important regional changes on the horizon.

Reserve your spot at

2020 Alumni Awards Recipients announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Alumni Awards. Details regarding the March 28 Alumni Awards Dinner will be provided in February.

Young Alumna Achievement Award:  Shauna L. Nefos Webb

(Class of 2004, communication and sociology)

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award:  Glenn D. Focht

(Class of 1986, chemistry) 

Alumni Christian Service Award:  Wendell I. Gehman

(Class of 1989, biology)

Alumni Appreciation Award:  George and Barbara Parmer 

Create a mini golf hole

Murray Library’s 4th annual Mini Golf in the Stacks will be held on Feb. 28 and we are looking for some teams to create holes. We would love to see students work together to make a hole that tells us about their major, what they are learning or the future in that field. We would also enjoy having holes from different departments across campus – in past years there have been representatives from Public Safety, Campus Events, the Engle Center, Nursing Department, EYAS, The Loft, Disability Services, Career Development, the Oakes Museum and more! This is a great way to market the services that you provide for our students. For more information, stop by the ILL office at Murray Library or email Kimberly Steiner at

Student/alumni successfully pass CFA Level I exam

Congratulations to Dan McGarvey, senior finance major, who along with alumni Brian Gilroy ’19 and Adam Sylvester ’19 successfully passed Level I of the CFA (chartered financial analyst) exam. Over 73,000 candidates sat for the December CFA exam worldwide and the pass rate was only 42%.

We wish Dan, Brian and Adam continued success as they move on to Level II of the exam!

Off-campus programs campus visits

Representatives from several study abroad programs will be on campus this semester and we’d love to have you connect with them and provide space to share with your students of the opportunities around the world!

LCC International – Feb. 7: Students get to live and learn from other students from Eastern Europe as they study in Lithuania. Being a larger university, the course offerings include business, theology, communication and psychology.

ISA/Veritas: Wednesday, Feb. 12 – We send students to 6 different locations (Chile, England, S. Korea, S. Africa, France, Spain) ranging in areas of interest for STEM majors, modern languages, dance, business, etc.

Chicago Semester: Monday, Feb. 17 – Located in the heart of the Windy City, students can get hands-on practicum experience while taking classes. They have tracks for social work, communication, art/design, marketing, applied health sciences and more.

LLI Ecuador – March 31: Students experience the Latin American culture up-close and personal as they participate in home stays, participate in an internship or service learning, and take courses regarding faith formation, biological studies, intercultural communications and world religions. If you’re interested in having them in a class, a department meeting, or a friendly little chat over coffee please let us know! Contact the Intercultural Office ext. 2131. Thanks!


Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Parmer Hall

This second concert focusing on “War and Peace” commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II by examining the deep cultural shift that happens as a result of war. The Mendelssohn Piano Trio in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) will present the deeply romantic Arensky Piano Trio choreographed by Alan Hineline, followed by the searingly dramatic Shostakovich Piano Quintet, vividly illustrating the changes in human experience brought on by materialism and violence in the 20th century.

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio will be joined by Blanka Bednarz, violin professor at Dickinson College; Michael Stepniak, violist and Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory; and dancers from CPYB.

Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series and the Center for Public Humanities ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

The Human Library needs books

On Wednesday, April 8, Murray Library and the Office of Diversity Affairs will be hosting the Human Library. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. “And what library is complete without books?” If you would like the opportunity to be a book and tell your story, please sign up at this link: For more information contact Liz Kielley at To learn more about the Human Library organization, visit this website:

Homecoming and Family Weekend committee

The office of Alumni and Parent Relations is building a team of volunteers who are interested in being a part of planning Homecoming and Family Weekend 2020. Those interested are asked to commit to: – Monthly meetings to build the schedule and review progress (especially during the months of August – October) – Day-of volunteering (October 17) – Leadership over specific events or jobs – TBD  If in-depth commitment isn’t something you have space for, but you can be a part of volunteering that day, please let us know!  We’ll add you to our list and follow-up later in the year with more information! Please contact if you are interested or need more information!

Website training available for February

Jadu training sessions and open door hours have been added for February. Please visit to register.

Fire extinguishing training

According to recent data released by the US Fire Administration for 2008-2017, the US had an annual average of 1,344,100 fires, resulting in 3,190 civilian deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries, and $14.7 billion in direct property loss each year. Don’t become part of these statistics.

Fire extinguisher training will be offered on campus Tuesday, Feb. 25 through Thursday, Feb. 27. Multiple sessions will be offered during these days. All training sessions will be held in Hostetter Chapel, Room 113 and will include hands-on use of the Bullex© Simulation System. This allows you to experience the “feel” of a real extinguisher without any adverse impact on the environment. Class size is limited so you must register. To do so, go to FalconLink, then All Training Classes. Click on “Fire Extinguisher Training” under Click Here to See Available Courses. Click on the pencil icon in front of the session you wish to attend and follow the instructions to register.

Highmark provides virtual medicine services

The flu and other illnesses are rampant at this time of year. If you are sick, the last thing you want to do is leave your warm home to go the doctor where there are other sick people. Highmark Blue Shield provides their members’ access to the Virtual Medicine Benefit. This is also known as telemedicine. You can see a doctor 24/7 using your computer, tablet or smartphone for non-emergency care for things such as sinus infections, bronchitis, flu, conjunctivitis, etc. For those on the high deductible plan, telemedicine is covered at 100% after deductible. For those on the PPO Plan who haven’t met their deductible yet, their cost will be approx. $59. For those on the PPO who have met their deductible, telemedicine is covered at 100% after a $10 copay. For more details, please see the attached flyer.

Murray Library’s February 2020 newsletter

What’s New at Murray Library? Read about our recent, current, and upcoming displays and events, meet one of our work study students, hear from our director, and more! View newsletter here.

Academic summer camp leaders

If you are running or helping to run an Academic Summer Camp, please follow the instructions on the Academic Summer Camp website, As with prior years, all directors, counselors, helpers, guest speakers, etc. must be approved by the Payroll Office before they are officially hired and before they may begin work. Complete details are on the website. Following the instructions and procedures found there will assist us in following all legal requirements. Please contact the Payroll Office if you have any questions. Contact the Athletics Office if you have any questions about athletic summer camps.

“Love Your Neighbors: Immigrant Stories” – Feb. 18, 7:15-8:30 p.m. on the library’s main level

Immigration is an important and sensitive topic in our country’s current narrative and too often there is an incorrect and harmful perception of immigrants. To counter this, the library, in partnership with the peace and conflict studies program, is planning a presentation featuring and honoring immigrants’ stories as part of the Humanities Symposium on vulnerability and security. In an effort to add depth, nuance and understanding to the so-called “immigrant story” (which is actually many, many different stories), we have invited four individuals at Messiah who have immigrated to the U.S. more recently to tell their stories.

From different regions of the world, of different ages and backgrounds, the diversity of our speakers’ experiences represents just how different the paths of those who come to the United States are.

Our colleagues: Joanna Matlak who lived behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and Prof. Gladys Robalino from Ecuador

Students: Erik Joloka who had to leave his home in Liberia due to war and Ambreen Imran, a hijabi Muslim from Pakistan, will tell about their experiences, their path to the U.S., when they may have felt vulnerable, as well as when they’ve felt secure (the topic of the Humanities Symposium), and perhaps something they wish people knew about their experience.

We encourage you to attend this important event and invite others to join you!

Advisor needed for Spring Break 2020 service trip

The Agapé Center for Service and Learning is in search of a professional staff advisor for our Spring Break service trip to Priority One Ministries (Bronx, NY). Priority One Ministries is a long-time partner of Messiah College. Volunteers will actively engage with impoverished communities in the greater NYC area, assisting with a Breakfast and Lunch Ministry program for the homeless; an after-school program for tutoring inner-city children; the World Vision storehouse and more! The Spring Break service trip will take place from March 14-20. All costs are covered for trip advisors. Because we seek to make our service trips an opportunity for student leaders to grow and develop skills in leading, reflection and facilitation, the trip advisor simply serves as a resource and encouragement for student leaders and assists in any problem-solving that may arise. If you are interested in serving as an advisor or have additional questions, please contact Sharde Hardy at by Feb. 28.


Job opportunity

The Oakes Museum of Natural History has an opening for an on-call museum teaching docent. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Helena Cicero, museum director, at

Join our team! The Campus Store and Textbook Express is hiring a part time key holder to work 3 days a week including Friday and Saturday plus every day during Rush and Buyback. Earn money, have fun and get great discounts! Contact Candy at 717-691-6024 or for more information and how to apply.