Archive for 2022

Nov. 10

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Isaiah 12:4-5

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. And on that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.



Biological Sciences alumna Molly Bletz was interviewed by and quoted in a recent story published by Katherine J. Wu for The Atlantic. “We’re Giving Up on the (Frog) Pandemic” describes work by scientists around the world to stave off a fungal pathogen that has decimated amphibian species everywhere. Bletz has worked on this disease since her first publication with Erik Lindquist in 2011. She is the David H. Smith Conservation Fellow, University of Massachusetts Boston, specializing as a disease ecologist and conservation biologist. A link to the article is here:


2022 Annual American Democracy Lecture with Michael Dobbs

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Parmer Hall, at 7 p.m. for the 2022 American Democracy Lecture with best-selling author Michael Dobbs. As a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, Dobbs had a front row seat to the collapse of Communism, covering landmark events such as the breakup of the Soviet Union, the rise of Solidarity in Poland, and the Tiananmen protests in China.

Dobbs has written six books on the Cold War and World War II, including the widely acclaimed One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, on the Cuban missile crisis. His latest book, King Richard, Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy, was named New York Times critics’ “Top Book of 2021.”

Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please go to  or contact the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036. A book signing and reception will immediately follow the lecture

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Steel Magnolias

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our fall mainstage production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling opening on Nov. 10! Tickets are on sale now and are buy-one-get-one Free for opening night!

Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling
Directed by Elizabeth Angelozzi

Nov. 10-12, 18-19 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.
*Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. special school performance
Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building

Steel Magnolias is set over the span of 3 years and tells the story of a group of friends, neighbors, and clients of hairstylist, Truvy Jones. The beginning of the play focuses on young Shelby who is preparing for her upcoming wedding. As Shelby’s story progresses, we learn about her struggles with Type 1 diabetes, and her mother’s concern about her leaving the nest and starting a family of her own. Although the ladies argue and tease each other, their friendship and sense of community holds them together. We see this at various points of crisis during the play and, ultimately, at the end when Shelby decision to go against her doctor’s orders and have a child has dire consequences.

Estimated run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes. There will be one 15 minute intermission.

Tickets: $10—Adults $7—MU students (w/ID), MU employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18) and seniors (60+)
**Tickets are buy-one-get-one free for opening mght! ** 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.

Mocktails” will be held Nov. 15

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, in collaboration with the Career and Professional Development Center, announces our annual evening of professional development for students. “Mocktails” as this event is known, features networking education for students, followed by a networking reception with local alumni and employers. This reception gives students a safe space to directly apply and practice their networking skills with alumni, employers, and friends of the university.

Mocktails will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Oakes Museum of Natural History.

Interested alumni and employers can REGISTER HERE by Tuesday, Nov. 8. Educators are also welcome and encouraged to attend and can register via this link.

Student registration can be completed use THIS LINK . All students should arrive at 5:50 p.m. for a brief educational session on professionalism and networking.

Please help us spread the word about this event by advertising it to the students you interact with, and any alumni or employers in your circle of influence.

Susquehanna Chorale Youth Choral Festival, Nov. 20

The critically-acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale and three of its educational choirs will present the Chorale’s annual Youth Choral Festival on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The public is invited to attend.

This inspiring intergenerational event, which inaugurates the Susquehanna Chorale’s 41st season, features the Susquehanna Chorale, the Children’s Chorale, the Susquehanna Youth Chorale, and the Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale. The concert will include selections from the traditional choral repertoire, spirituals, and folk songs from around the world. The “family” of choirs will come together to perform the program finale, Mack Wilberg’s Anthem of Peace, conducted by Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor Linda L. Tedford.

Tickets are available now through the Chorale’s website,, or by calling the Messiah University Box Office at 717-691-6036, option 1. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

‘Moving with the Seasons, Never Fixed in Stone’: Native American Identity in the 21st Century” – lecture by Dr. R. David Edmunds

This lecture by Dr. R. David Edmunds, professor of history at the University of Texas in Dallas, is hosted by the Honors Program and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: Blue Christmas

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and  Dance is pleased to present Blue Christmas on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but required due to limited seating. Join us as Messiah University dance students acknowledge the struggles and challenges of this broken and fallen world with this lament-driven dance experience. Reflect with us through the medium of dance with this intimate evening of words, music, and dance that will tenderly prepare us all for the joyous season of Advent.

Blue Christmas
Directed by: Gregg Hurley

Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga 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.

Sahoko Sato Timpone, mezzo-soprano and Valerie M. Trujillo, piano present “Songs of Japonisme”

High Foundation Recital Hall, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series

“Songs of Japonisme” surveys the musical influence of the Japonisme movement in the art song repertoire of the early 20th century, with works by both Japanese and Western composers in Japanese, English, French, German and Czech. This performance will feature a collection of art songs linked by music and poetry from an era prior to World War II, a time of mutual admiration between Japan and the Western world.

Ticket prices are $10 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.

Central Pennsylvania Forum for Science and Faith Presents Fall Lecture

Please join as we welcome retired professor of the history of science and former director of the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Science and Faith, Dr. Ted Davis, back to the lecture stand.
Davis will speak on the topic: Why History Matters: Exposing the Ideological Roots of the “Conflict” Model of Christianity and Science
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110)


Site team trips allow for students to steward their God-given gifts and knowledge to serve others both locally and internationally. Through this experience, the students develop professionally and socially through teamwork and grow in cultural awareness and the realization of how service to others is a product of their Christian identity.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, students from the Collaboratory will be running in the Harrisburg marathon to bring awareness and financial support to students traveling on Collaboratory Site Team trips in 2023.
✔️100% of the proceeds will be distributed among all students traveling with a Collab project team in 2023.
✔️A MATCHING CHALLENGE has been established that will DOUBLE every dollar given up to $10,000.
✔️Our goal is to raise $1,000 for every mile of the marathon = $26,200

⏰ Giving will be open for 24 hours, on race day, Sunday, Nov.13!

To give visit


Job opportunities

Dining Services has openings for Cooks as well for the following:

Retail Restaurant Shift Supervisor (FT)

Catering Supervisor (FT)

Please see Job openings for more information and to apply.

High school workers – jobs in Lottie Do you know a high schooler, age 14 and up, who wants to earn extra money? Dining is hiring high school students to work in the Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, during the academic year, shifts from 5-7 p.m. during the week and between the hours of 9 a.m. -7 p.m. on the weekends. To apply, visit:

Dining services associate. Do you know someone looking for part-time, flexible work? A retiree looking to re-enter the workforce? The Dining Services department has openings for dining services associates that include flexible scheduling between the hours of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., 7 days per week, up to 25 hours/week. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Questions related to any dining positions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

For sale

BOWED PSALTERY. Folk instrument. Alto bowed psaltery has 2-1/2 octaves going down to middle C (32 strings). Body size is approximately 26″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ with pins; weighs approx. 3 to 3/12 lbs. Curly maple back and sides, with cedar soundboard and walnut bridge. $200 includes psaltery, case, bows, music books, and support stand for attaching to tripod (tripod not included) for double-bowing. Info at Contact Sandy:

Charbroil gas grill. 4-burner Charbroil gas grill. Used one season and has been cleaned. Cover included. No gas bottle. $50 OBO.