Archive for 2021

September 23

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34



Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center Dedication Celebration

Please join us! All Messiah students and employees are invited to attend the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center on Friday, Oct. 15. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Dr. Thomas and Linda Pheasant Entrance Plaza (the building entrance facing the campus green) followed by a dessert reception inside the building. The rain location for the ceremony will be inside the building. (Note: the University will be hosting a private outdoor luncheon prior to this ceremony to show appreciation for the trustees and friends whose generosity made this new facility and campus green space possible for our campus community.) Please direct any questions to Yonette Schneider at


Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: The Glass Menagerie

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present The Glass Menagerie for our Fall 2021 Black Box production. Tickets are on sale now and are Buy-One-Get-One Free for opening night! You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information on our cast and the production as we approach the show.

The Glass Menagerie
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Ed Cohn

From her cramped St. Louis apartment, Amanda Wingfield dreams of her days as a Southern debutante while worrying about the future of her aimless son Tom and unmarried daughter Laura. With their father absent and the Great Depression in motion, the siblings find comfort in their foibles — alcohol, movies and writing for Tom and a collection of glass animals for Laura — which only heightens Amanda’s anxiety. When a gentleman caller arrives for dinner, the Wingfields are flooded with hope. But it’s unclear if his presence will change things for the better or shatter their fragile illusions.

Poorman Black Box Theater:
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3;
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.

Estimated runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes, 10 minute intermission
Tickets:$10—Adults $7—MC Students (w/ID), MC Employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18) & Seniors (60+)
*Tickets are Buy-One-Get-One Free for opening night!* Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

*Important information regarding attending indoor events at Messiah University
Effective Tuesday, Aug. 24, Messiah University will be requiring indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. See for event updates. 

Voctave, Oct. 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

A cappella sensation Voctave has over 150 million online views of their videos, and their latest album, The Corner of Broadway and Main Street Vol. 2, debuted at #3 on the iTunes charts. Formed in 2015 by producer and arranger Jamey Ray, the voices that bring their arrangements to life represent a wealth of diverse backgrounds and musical experiences. Hailing from Central Florida, the eleven members of Voctave have performed across the globe and appear on countless recordings. The group has performed with GRAMMY, Dove and American Music Award recipients including Sandi Patty, Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado, Mark Lowry, David Phelps, and Jody McBrayer. With multiple #1 songs and albums on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, Voctave has also ranked in the top 25 on Billboard Magazine’s charts. Voctave’s seven albums are digitally available on all platforms.

“Voctave brings vocal magic” – Orlando Sentinel

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah University students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah University Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

Campus-wide health protocols are published on the Together@Messiah website and are subject to change. Please see the “Events and Gatherings” tab.

Effective Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, Messiah University will be requiring indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status.

Any specific guidelines for arts events will be updated at

Be a part of Messiah’s first-ever card stunt event!

In April 2020, Messiah was planning to produce a unique, professional video to introduce Messiah University to the world on July 1, 2020. The “card stunt”-style video was to serve as the reveal of the new Messiah University logo from our former college logo. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this video was postponed.

We are excited to share that we are planning to perform the rescheduled card stunt—with a whole new script—in just a few short weeks!

We need 150 more volunteers to make this event a success!

  • WHAT: Messiah University’s first-ever card stunt event and video (See a sample)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 5 (rain date: Oct. 6), 9:30-11 a.m. (this time includes refreshments, video briefing and completing the card stunt) NOTE: Volunteers are now needed for just 1.5 hours total (versus the previously announced 2.5 hours.)
  • WHERE: Shoemaker Field
  • WHO: Messiah employees and students (Sign up with a group of your friends and colleagues!)
  • Though the event is outside, the University will provide each participant a KN95 mask at the field to be used when social distancing is not possible.
  • Cider and donuts will be served

Employees may view more information at and register to volunteer by using this link or the link on that website. Confirmation and additional details will be sent to registered volunteers as we near the filming date.

Please contact Sherri Hoffman, marketing coordinator, or Danielle Ran, director of communications, with additional questions.

Reminder: free card-sharing program

Dear Messiah Community,

If you know of someone on our campus who could use a kind word of encouragement or appreciation, the employees of Messiah Press and Postal Services invite each of you to utilize the free card-sharing program on our web site.
Click here and follow the instructions provided, we will take care of the rest.

Marketing and Communications design project initiation timeline update

The Office of Marketing and Communications design team creates all projects being sent off-campus to 200 or more recipients or to prospective students.

For a typical project created in the office of marketing and communications, please plan for a minimum of 6 weeks to produce it. (Previously, the timeline was 5 weeks.) This allows our team 4 weeks to design 3 drafts to perfect your project and 2 weeks for Messiah Press to print it. Please allow more time for mailing, variable data and specialty paper. To initiate your project, please begin by filling out the form at a minimum of 6 weeks before the project is needed. Early planning is always appreciated and key to getting your project completed on-time! Our project coordinator, Karen Garlinger, will then set up a short meeting to discuss your project goals with the design team.

Compliance communications

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance maintains an electronic archive that houses copies of any and all communications related to compliance that are distributed across campus. This includes, but is not limited to: notifications that are sent out annually for compliance purposes, notifications related to campus incidents, and communications sent out when onboarding new students or employees.

As you distribute compliance-related communications, please send an electronic copy to If you are unsure as to whether or not something fits into the compliance communications category, please send it and HR will determine its relevance.

In search of panelists

The Office of Student Success is partnering with Murray Library to present a panel event entitled “Fueled by Failure: Unlikely Paths to Success” on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7-8 p.m. We are seeking panelists who would be willing to share their story of a failure in their life that God used to change their trajectory and lead them to a new place that was like nothing they had imagined. The idea is to inspire students to embrace their failure and not fear it, as growth can be exponential in those experiences. We are planning for the 4 panelists to be asked questions shared with them in advance followed by a Q & A session with the attendees.

If you would be willing to join us to share your story, please contact Kimberly Steiner at and Jocelyn Clippinger at by Oct. 8.

Passport applications

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus at the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to process passport applications. PLEASE NOTE: the current time for processing passports is 12-18 weeks.

Applicants need to bring the following documents:

  • Original birth certificate, PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • 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 University.

Applications can be downloaded at

Please contact if you have questions.


Job opportunities ↓

Calling all high school workers! Dining Services has openings for temporary, 10-25 hour a week positions in the Lottie Nelson Dining Hall. All applicants must be age 14 and older. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The School of Graduate Studies has an opening for a full-time graduate enrollment counselor, working 35 hours a week. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, assistant provost / dean of the school of graduate studies at

Campus Events has an opening for a full-time campus events worker, residence hall. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, assistant manager, campus events central and residence halls, at

Technology Services has an opening for a full-time system administrator/analyst. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Tony Wyland, executive director of administrative technology services at

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time retail restaurant shift supervisor position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Andrew White, restaurant manager, union cafe, at

The Department of Grounds Services has an opening for a full-time groundskeeper/sports turf leader position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager, at

The Office of Development has an opening for a full-time director of development and capital campaigns. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Jon Stuckey, executive director of development at

The Division of Advancement is currently accepting applications for the position of executive coordinator and project manager for advancement and strategic partnerships. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Barry Goodling, vice president for advancement at