Archive for 2021

March 4

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.

Isaiah 26:20



Dr. Jan Dormer has recently published the book, “Language Learning in Ministry: Preparing for Cross-Cultural Language Acquisition” (William Carey Publishers). This book will help to equip missionaries and others with an understanding of the language learning process. It will help both those preparing for language learning and those who provide oversight and mentorship during the language learning period. It will also help families prepare for their children’s language needs as they head into a new culture.


Recently, Dr. Cathy Coleman, Engle Center counselor, was interviewed twice by CBS21 News. The first interview was a Valentine’s Day-themed conversation about dating during the pandemic. Dr. Coleman’s second interview focused on the existing mental health challenges in communities of color. Congratulations, Dr. Coleman, and thank you for sharing your expertise with our greater community.


The Human Library 2021

Once again the Office of Diversity Affairs and Murray Library are partnering to host the Human Library on Wednesday, March 24. Because of COVID, this will be a virtual event offered through Zoom and using break out rooms. The book sessions will be at 10-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m., and 7-8 p.m. with our featured book, Gloria Igihozo (Messiah alum and previous book), at noon. More details to follow but currently we are soliciting for Human Library “books.” If you have a story you would like to share, or know of a student or colleague that does, please sign up or share this link (Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 5)

If you are new to the concept of the Human Library, you can read more at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz Kielley

Connecting Communities Convening

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This virtual event with the goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor, will culminate in a white paper that encourages and ensures that those seeking public funding for housing initiatives demonstrate their commitment to becoming a good neighbor in the community they intend to serve. We invite you to save the date for April 22 and visit the website for additional details and information about registration:

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals” Opens Thursday March 4

Get ready to laugh! Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals,” opening Thursday, March 4 and running through Wednesday, March 10.

Performances are free and will be presented via livestream; however, virtual tickets are required to access each day’s performance. Just visit us at to select the day(s) you wish to watch, grab your tickets, and enjoy the shenanigans of this hilarious, family-friendly show!

Please be advised that tickets are not to be shared, and a separate ticket will be required for each performance night. If you know someone who would enjoy this show, please help spread the word and be sure they also get their tickets! For questions, please call the Ticket Office at 717-691-6036.

Don’t miss the fun–get your tickets today! And don’t forget to follow us on social media this week to get more behind the scenes information on our cast and crew.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Performed by TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals”
Written by Ernie Nolan
Directed by Daniel Inouye

Professor TJ Barker and his troupe of traveling theatricals have just arrived at the theatre to begin a performance of their spectacular production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when they realize something is amiss. Not only has the orchestra not arrived, but also five of the hilarious O’Hanlon brothers have been stricken with food poisoning. Now only two actors are left to play the dwarfs! Can Professor Barker rally his troupe and prove that the show can go on? Follow their madcap theatrical adventure as they take turns acting, puppeteering, and becoming the orchestra while performing one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Through ingenuity and will power, they prove in the end that anything can happen once upon a time.

March 4-6 and 8-10: 7 p.m.
March 7: 3 p.m.

Free, online ticketed event
Presented via livestream*
*Tickets and livestream access available at

Estimated runtime: 1 hour, no intermission

*Please note that this performance will contain quick bursts of flashing light, similar to a strobe effect.*

Compositions by Richard Roberson

Parmer Hall, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty and Students from the Messiah University Department of Music will present a program of compositions by Richard Roberson, Dean of the School of the Arts. Most of the pieces on the program will receive their first performance. The program will include pieces written over a broad period of time, from the 1970s until now.

Fanfare for an Uncommon President (2004)
The President’s Brass conducted by Timothy Dixon
Written for the inauguration of Kim Phipps as President of Messiah University

Jeremiah Songs (1974)
Damian Savarino, Bass-Baritone, Patrice Ewoldt, Piano
Blake Songs (1977/1980)
Tara Savarino, Soprano, Patrice Ewoldt, Piano

Concertante, for Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble (1983)
Todd Goranson, Bassoon, Timothy Dixon, Conductor

Victimae paschali laudes (1994)
Messiah University Chamber Singers, directed by Joy Meade

Piano Trio (2021) – Movement I
Peter Sirotin, Violin, Ai-lin Hsieh, Cello, Ya-Ting Chang, Piano

Open to on campus faculty, staff and students only. Must show Messiah ID for entrance. Must wear face mask and social distance at all times. This event will be live-streamed.

*All performance details are subject to change, pending changes to our on-campus circumstances. Please see for updates.

Room request spring deadline

Friday, April 9 is the deadline to submit your spring 2021 EMS event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs, or require ticket office support. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted. E-mail Room Reservations ( with any questions.

Important Dates:
• Thursday, March 11 thru Sunday, March 14 – Staycation Events
• Friday, April 2 thru Sunday, April 4 – Good Friday and Easter Weekend
• Monday, May 3 – Thursday, May 6 – Finals Week
• Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 – Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Commencement. No events will be accepted for this time period
• Saturday, May 15 – Graduate Commencement. No events will be accepted for this day

Advising for Growth: Encouraging Student Curiosity and Exploration with Goal Setting

The Offices of Academic Advising and Faculty Development invite you to attend the March workshop, “Advising for Growth: Encouraging Student Curiosity and Exploration with Goal Setting.” This workshop will be led by Dr. Robin Lauermann, Professor of Politics at Messiah University.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Zoom info

It is important for students to consider longer-term academic goals and decisions. However, students can become easily sidetracked when other responsibilities, with assigned times and deadlines, arise. In this workshop, faculty member, Robin Lauermann, will share the process and resources that she uses in advising students to set vocational and academic goals. In addition, advisees will share their perspectives from the experience.

We hope to see you there.

Murray Library’s March 2021 newsletter

Check out the latest edition of Murray Library’s newsletter! Inside you’ll find information about the Library Student Research Grant, events and exhibits, Human Library, and more! View newsletter here.

Library hours

Murray Library will have adjusted hours for the Spring Long Weekend. Please check the website for hours. Librarian assistance will be available through the green Chat button found on the library’s website. CrafTea kits to make a magazine pinwheel will be available, while supplies last, starting on Friday, March 12.


Job opportunities

The Grounds Services department has several openings for part-time seasonal groundskeepers. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions can be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager at

The Office of Student Affairs has an opening for a temporary, part-time administrative assistant to student involvement and leadership programs. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Julie Cline, director of student involvement and leadership programs at

For sale

PowerXL 1700W 10-qt Vortex Air Fryer Pro Oven with presets and accessories. Includes 4 airflow racks, rotisserie stand, forks and fetch plus recipe books. Asking $100. Email:

Antique Royal typewriter and antique table. $100. Please call Dick Ocker at 717-243-9596.