Archive for 2021

December 9

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Proverbs 3:27



Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch recently gave a presentation, “Mindful Marketing: Ethical Issues in Marketing,” via Zoom to about 50 students, faculty and friends of Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL), Malaysia. MCKL alumna and current Messiah University student Michelle Lo scheduled and helped plan the presentation as part of her Sales Project work in Hagenbuch’s Personal Selling class (MRKT 357) in which students ‘sell’ Messiah University to prospective student influencers such as high school teachers, guidance counselors and youth pastors.


Holiday gift sale!

Today, Thursday, Dec. 9 is the last day of the Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons. Shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oakes Museum holiday shopping

The Oakes Museum will be open for holiday shopping:

Dec. 13-14, noon – 4 p.m.

Our gift shop has a variety of books, puppets, animal toys AND our new-this-year activity boxes:
– Fossil dig – become a paleontologist and dig your own fossils!
– Flowers – learn how to press your own flowers and design your own candle holder
– Solve-a-mystery box – solve the puzzles and help us find our key!
– Owl Pellet Dissection kit
– Crack open your own geode!

Streaming films for you and your family

Using your Messiah login credentials, you have access to Swank Digital Campus which provides streaming to films like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, In the Heights, and News of the World. Please enjoy these films on your own or at home with your family. Available titles will change periodically based on the curricular needs of teaching and study.

You also have access to many recent documentaries and dramatic performances from PBS, Ken Burns, BBC Learning, and HBO. Please browse Films On DemandDigital Theatre Plus, and Academic Videos Online (AVON). Video viewing through library streaming services is available to all students, educators and staff with active Messiah network accounts, at any and all global locations. Questions? Email (library edition)

As the holiday season approaches, you might be curious about your family’s history and the branches of your family tree.  Did you know that Murray Library has access to (Library Edition)? By using the link provided here, your Messiah University login information gets you on- and off-campus access to census, immigration, marriage and military records, plus user-submitted family trees. Please note that this library edition of Ancestry is slightly different than a personal, paid Ancestry subscription. Also, check out our genealogy research guide for other FREE online resources to help you get started.  Family history can be a great conversation starter at the holidays! Questions? Email librarian Sarah Myers at

Coffee and conversation with admissions

Are you a parent “in the hunt” for the perfect college for your high school student?
Join John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management, and Kristin Thomas, director of admissions hospitality, for coffee and donuts to share all of your ideas about the best and the worst of the college search process!

See the attachment for more details!

Messiah Human Library Project – Where Humans Become Open Books

With featured guest speaker, TM Garret

Save the date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.

Please save the date of March 30 in the afternoon, as well as the evening at 7 p.m. to hear our featured book, Mr. T.M. Garret.

Before he started engaging in civil rights work, TM Garret was a White Supremacist in leading roles in Europe and the USA. Leaving behind an ideology of hate, he now shares his compelling testimony of the journey into and out of the hate movement and the hope for building a more beloved community.

The title of his “human library talk” is “Erasing the Hate: From Neo-Nazi to Peace Activist.”

Questions may be directed to Dr. Todd Allen, vice president for diversity affairs, at or to Liz Kielley, discovery and metadata librarian, at

New library resources

New at Murray Library! Click here to see what items are new to the shelves at the library. Educators are invited to submit orders to their liaison librarian at any time and will be purchased as funds are available.

New holiday puzzles in stock

Newly added Christmas and winter themed puzzles have been restocked in the puzzle library curated by Joanna Hadley-Evans. Come see the robust collection of jigsaw puzzles available on loan with colleagues on campus. Dozens of 300-2000 piece puzzles representing various seasons and themes are available – perfect for family time over the holidays. 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.


For sale

Two Echo Dots, still in the box-never used, ready for Christmas! $15  each.
Contact if interested.

Tooth Fairy bottles. What child would not like a cute little bottle to put their first or second little tooth in so it doesn’t get lost, waiting on the tooth fairy. $3 ea. or 2/$5 Contact:

Friendship angels. Cute and adorable friendship angels made from oyster shells. Great to a give a co-worker or your very best friend. $5 each Contact or ext. 3918.

Cookies for Santa plate. Cookie plate for Santa, $6, custom personalization plate: $7, plate and mug set: $10. Contact or ext. 3918

Love seat. Green and tan plaid. 59″ L x 34.5 W. The love seat has been professionally cleaned and is in very good condition. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact

Very nice 8′ artificial Christmas tree, with pre-wired lights and real mini pine cones. Comes with stand. Great for a large space in a home or church. $30 obo. Text Robin Collins/Rebecca Adams at (717) 975-7699 or call (717) 691-7965 and leave a message.

For rent

Rooms for rent. Two Rooms available for rent in a 4 Bedroom house. Looking to rent out two bedrooms in a 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, house in Camp Hill. Convenient location: walking distance from Holy Spirit Hospital, on bus line, close to Harrisburg, local markets, parks, & libraries. Fully furnished with sunroom and finished basement, TV Room, study, washer/dryer. $350 per month per room, utilities extra (usually around $100). One room available immediately and the second room from 15th February, 2022. Available till August 1, 2022. Contact: Mary Michael at or 717-982-5864.


Console piano. Free to a good home! Contact for more info.


Daycare needed. Looking for local full or part-time daycare starting now for 2 year old. Contact Tom:


Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Candlelight Christmas Concert
Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, 8 p.m.
Calvin and Janet High Center, Parmer Hall

The nationally acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Messiah’s Professor Emeritus, Linda Tedford, will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 17, as they commemorate their 40th Anniversary concert season.

The sacred mystery of the season is honored with Gustav Holst’s Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Egil Hovland’s The Glory of the Father, and Matthew Culloton’s In Dulci Jubilo. We proudly feature Dan Forrest’s new work commissioned for the Chorale’s 40th Anniversary, Let the Stable Still Astonish, along with his See Amid the Winter’s Snow, The First Noel, and Good Christian Men Rejoice. Holiday cheer abounds with Mack Wilberg’s Christmas is Coming and Gordon Langford’s Jingle Bells.

This year’s Candlelight Christmas brings back the traditions of glorious music and audience sing-alongs of familiar carols which were absent from our lives last year. You will hear favorites from past concerts – The Work of Christmas, This Christmastide, and the spirituals Rise Up Shepherd and Follow and Go Where I Send Thee – all of which have been included on our new 40th Anniversary double CD, Legacy. The evening concludes with the Chorale’s traditional finale, Silent Night, sung in the round by candlelight. A pre-concert prelude by Dan Dorty, organ, will be presented 15 minutes before the performance.

The performance will additionally be available via livestream. For details, visit us on-line at

The Chorale wishes to thank our Season Sponsors, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, and The United Service Foundation, as well as our Candlelight Christmas Concert Series Sponsor, The Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation.

“The Susquehanna Chorale’s Candlelight Christmas concerts are eagerly anticipated by audience members,” Conductor Tedford said. Join us and make the Candlelight Christmas concert, a treasured celebration in Central Pennsylvania, a part of your holiday traditions!”

For ticket options call the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036 or visit

“Portraits of White” presented by Frances Drost

The region’s premier holiday concert experience is once again live, as singer-songwriter Frances Drost presents the eighth annual performance of her popular signature performance at Messiah University. Drost, accompanied by professional instrumentalists and vocalists in an eight-piece ensemble, will offer two shows at Parmer Hall on the Grantham, Pa., campus, Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m.

The much-anticipated annual concert grew out of Drost’s Portraits of White CD of original compositions expressing the range of emotions associated with her experience of Christmas—from her love of snow to her struggles with loss. “It is a personal Christmas/winter journey,” Drost says, “from the time I was a little girl right up through my recent years of songwriting. Just like the CD, it is predominantly my music, along with some well-loved and recognizable Christmas selections.”

Tickets are available at 717-691-6036, or at