Archive for 2021

November 11, Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Raeann Hamon (distinguished professor of family science and gerontology), Anna Weikel (HDFS ’23), and Victoria Anders (HDFS minor ’22) presented a resource exchange entitled “The Gift of Being Heard: Offering Hope and Happiness through Telling One’s Story” at the virtual 2021 National Council on Family Relations Conference. Hamon also co-presented an interactive poster with Adrienne Edwards (Winthrop College) and Dee Hill-Zuganelli (Berea College) entitled “Preparing Family Science Graduate Students for Faculty Positions at Teaching Institutions.” Raeann assumed the role of Chair of the International Section at the conclusion of the 2021 meeting.

Dr. Brenda Elliott and co-authors Drs. Katie Chargualaf and Barbara Patterson received the Sigma Capstone International Nursing Book Award for their recent book, Veteran-centered Care in Education and Practice: An Essential Guide for Nursing Faculty at Sigma’s 46th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.



The Intercom will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume the following week. A reminder that the submission deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Much Ado About Nothing

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present Much Ado About Nothing for our Fall 2021 Mainstage 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.

Much Ado About Nothing
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Daniel Inouye

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s wittiest romantic comedies. The story contrasts two pairs of lovers in a clever and suspenseful “battle of the sexes” in an imaginative comedy about the chaos created in the pursuit of love. The bantering lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, are dead-locked in a lively war of words while their friends try to trick the bickering pair into admitting they’re in love. Their young sidekicks, Hero and Claudio, start a romance of their own that is threatened by a dastardly plot to separate them. Near-fatal complications ensue, but with the help of the hilarious Constable Dogberry and his bumbling police force, the lovers are ultimately united.

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Center:
November 11-13, 19-20 at 8 p.m.
November 14 and 21 at 3 p.m.
November 18 at 10 a.m., school performance

Estimated Runtime 2 hours 15 minutes, 15 minute intermission
Tickets:$10—adults $7—MC students (w/ID), MC employees (w/ID), youth (under 18) and 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.
Messiah University will be requiring indoor masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. See for event updates.

Employee Town Hall

All employees are encouraged to attend one of two Town Hall Forums on Monday, Nov. 15 in Hostetter Chapel. Choose either the 9 a.m. session or the 3 p.m. session and hear from President PhippsProvost Randy Basinger and VP for Finance and Planning David Walker regarding Messiah’s financial profile and our strengths and challenges. A recording of the session content will be posted to the website in the days immediately following the town hall. Questions? Please contact Karin Bisbee at ext. 5220.

Escape(ish) Room at the Oakes Museum!

The Oakes Museum is offering an Escape(ish) Room!
This is a great team-building (and fun!) experience for student clubs, teams or staff departments. It is ideal for groups of 8-25, and you should plan on an hour and a half.

Contact Helena at with questions, or to book a time for your group/department to test your problem-solving skills!

School of Graduate Studies – Holiday Giving Project

During the month of November, the School of Graduate Studies is collecting pantry items to fill 160 tote bags to distribute to all of our on-campus graduate students. The tote bags will be filled during the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 1 in Winding Hill. Please visit the following link at to sign up for donation items, stocking the bags, and writing inspirational messages. These bags will be distributed to Messiah’s Graduate Assistants and students enrolled in the Dietetic Internship, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Contact Julie Gomboc-Hellam at with any questions or special arrangements for drop-off.

Visiting alumni update

Please join us in welcoming the following alumni back to campus:

Tuesday, Nov. 9, Gabrielle Acker, ’14, Forensic Interviewer with the York County Children’s Advocacy Center, will talk about her job. Enjoy Pizza with Professionals and learn more about this exciting career. Eisenhower Board Room noon – 1 p.m. students eat free.

Thursday, Nov. 11, Benjamin Wise ’16 will talk with students in the Elite Athletic Performance class. Sponsoring faculty: Jeremy Kauffman.

Our Visiting Alumni Program includes a small gift, parking pass, possible coupons for lunch or coffee, and notification to the Messiah University campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bringing back alumni and welcoming them to campus. Please utilize the online form on FalconLink – Visiting Alumni Registration.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Blue Christmas

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre & Dance is thrilled to present Blue Christmas on November 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but required due to limited seating. You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information as we approach the show.

Blue Christmas
Directed by: Gregg Hurley

Feeling challenged by the upcoming holidays?
Reflect, process, and prepare for this season of Advent with us through the media of text, music, and dance.

November 18 at 7 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Building

Free ticketed event: Tickets are required due to limited seating. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets can be reserved online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available.

Connect with us on Social Media!
Facebook: @MUTheatreandDance
Twitter: @MUTheatre_Dance
Instagram: messiah_theatre_and_dance

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

Travel reminders

As travel restrictions continue to lift, Procurement Services would like to remind you of the following:

  •  Please refer to section 6 of Messiah University’s Expenditure Policy prior to making travel arrangements for University business. Details include:
  • General travel principles
  • Air travel
  • Travel by car/van
  • Travel related business expenses
  • Travel related business meal expense guidelines
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle supplier for Messiah University and should be used for regional and national university travel. Details here.
  • As stated in the Purchasing Card Manual, cardholders should notify the Purchasing Card Administrator with dates and location of travel at least 2 weeks prior to departure.  Plans will be communicated to M&T Bank to ensure out of area purchases are not flagged as fraud and declined.

Questions can be directed to Procurement Services at ext, 6010.

Messiah University Symphony Orchestra with guest artist, Toni Palmertree, soprano, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

Timothy Dixon, conductor

Pennsylvania native Toni Marie Palmertree is a soprano praised for her tender, expressive voice (San Francisco Examiner). She has been engaged to sing major roles with leading opera companies in the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera. In this concert, Toni Marie Palmertree will perform favorites for soprano and orchestra with the Messiah University Symphony Orchestra.

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 Box Office at 717-691-6036 option #1 or online at

Visit for more information.

Supervisor Series

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance is excited to announce that we’ve added new times to our upcoming Supervisor Series presentations. All supervisors, whether you supervisor other employees or students, are welcome to attend. Please sign up at:

Situations and Complaints:
-Thursday, 11/18, 4 p.m. – Frey 110
-Friday, 11/19, noon – Hostetter Chapel

Navigating the Complicated Student – Mental Health Concerns, Accommodations and Other Challenges:
-Thursday, 12/2, noon – Parmer Cinema (Boyer Hall)
-Thursday, 12/2, 4 p.m. – Parmer Cinema (Boyer Hall)


For sale

Full sized complete bed for sale. 1 Complete Full Sized Bed; asking for $150 or best offer
Includes wooden bed frame with back board, box spring, and pillow top mattress. No damage to mattress and box spring. Some loose pieces on bed frame that can be tightened once fully installed into a space. Can send photos and measurements if desired. Contact
Pick up on campus from Hess Residence Hall.

Great handmade Christmas ornaments – These are made with my grandchildren’s names on them, but I can personalize them. These are not completely finished (rushed for time), they also come with a cute ribbon and a nice hanger. The colors I have are shown here. $6 each or 2/$10. Contact me if you have any questions at extension 3918.

More Christmas Ideas…What Papa would not like to show off his children with this t-shirt? Any name can be used Papa Bear, Grandpa Bear, Poppy Bear, etc. Then add the number of bears. You choose size and color, color for name may vary for the name, but I will try the best that I can to accommodate your choice. $20. Call extension 3918 with any questions.

Christmas idea for those Crypto/Bitcoin enthusiast. You select the size and color. I will do my best to accommodate your choice. Then pick the design you would like. $20 ea. Call extension 3918 with any questions.

Fortnite shirt/sweatshirt – Kids will love one for Christmas. Select the color and size. I will do the best I can for the color (sometimes certain colors are hard to find) $25 ea. Call extension 3918 for questions.

For rent

A lovely “raised ranch” style house with three bedrooms, one and a half baths, living room, kitchen, and a separate dining room is available to rent.  Conveniently located in a friendly neighborhood less than a mile from Messiah University, this house features a screened-in carport and an outdoor deck with a beautiful view.  It is in an excellent school district (Mechanicsburg).  Tenants will occupy the main level of the house and have partial access to the lower level which includes laundry facilities and additional storage space.  Available January 24 (or if needed, as early as January 1, 2022).  For more information, contact, or call 717-697-2010.

In need of

Nativity Displays wanted. Murray Library is bringing back our Nativity display this December and are now in search of interesting, unique and fun nativity sets that you might own and would be willing to share for a few weeks. Maybe you have a crèche that you picked up from travels to a far off place, or you have one that has been passed down in your family for generations. We would love to see it! Please email Kimberly Steiner at by Nov. 19 if you would like to be part of the display.

Housing needed. I’m (Bob Feil) posting this on behalf of a woman who recently moved to the area to attend school for the ministry, is attending McBIC, and is looking for a temporary room to rent:

I am a quiet, friendly, and tidy mature student (grandma) from Canada looking for a room to rent in the Mechanicsburg area for six months starting immediately until May 8. Shared living would be nice. Please contact Teresa at or text 905 399 0889.


Murray Library is looking to get rid of a few items. If you or your department might be interested in any, please contact Tracy Sheaffer at Click here to view items.