Archive for 2022

February 17

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17


The office of operations is pleased to announce the hiring of Regina Gail Malloy as the project coordinator and executive assistant for the Vice President of Operations. She has relocated from Baltimore where she worked as an executive assistant to the President at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Regina Gail will be the contact for questions regarding institutional insurance and can provide assistance in getting required Certificate of Insurance. Please help welcome her to campus.

Dr. Damian Savarino, associate professor of Music, visited The Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing, NJ on January 19. At the invitation of Catherine Chambers, the voice/choral director and current MM student at Messiah, Dr. Savarino taught a voice and repertory master class with 18 of her voice students ranging from sophomores to seniors. All students in the program are specializing in vocal music as part of their high school studies.

The School of Science, Engineering and Health is pleased to announce that Jeremy Freimark will begin his role as director of the Collaboratory for applied research and strategic partnerships on Feb. 21. Jeremy has been program director for Rainbow’s End Youth Services in Mount Joy, PA since 2016. He has a B.S. in product design and development from the School of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s in Christian Ministry and Discipleship from Liberty University. Jeremy is proficient in the Spanish language and spent a year in missions in Costa Rica in 2014. He looks forward to using his engineering interest and skills in service to the Collaboratory and to the Lord.

Dr. Dottie Weigel, associate professor and program director for the Graduate Program in Higher Education, and Taylor Forbes, graduate assistant for Off-Campus Programs presented a conference session on supporting international students during their college transition at the National Conference on The First-Year Experience in Orlando, FL. Dottie also presented a preconference workshop on using reflective practice to enhance teaching.


Passport services on campus

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, Feb. 22 to process passport applications. PLEASE NOTE: the current time for processing passports is 8-11 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 ($130 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.

Micro-Farm in Lottie

Messiah brings eco-friendly Babylon Farm to Lottie Nelson

Dining Services recently installed an eco-friendly “Babylon Micro-Farm” to Lottie to foster a more sustainable dining experience.

Feb. 1
Walking into the dining hall this semester, Messiah students will soon find our staff using a large glass machine flourishing with herbs. These transparent garden structures represent another step toward a more sustainable campus.

This machine, known as “Babylon Micro-Farms,” uses controlled glass environments with hydroponics — a process that involves growing herbs and leafy greens in an aqueous solvent without soil — to produce greens for Messiah’s chefs to add into their recipes.

Dining Services installed the farm on Feb. 1 and chefs will now actively utilize the farm in Lottie. The farm will be growing basil, wasabi arugula, pea shoots, marigold, romaine and dozens of other greens within the farm.

The Babylon technology includes inter-machine cameras that allow us to see the performance of the farm. Additionally, we receive updates through a mobile app which helps to ensure that the farm is stable and all of the plants are being maintained.

Alexander Olesen, Babylon’s CEO and co-founder said Babylon began at the University of Virginia. He said Babylon’s goal was to achieve maximum sustainability through the design of the farms, reducing the environmental impact of farming on the environment.

Dining Services is hoping to bring more awareness to our students in terms of what they’re eating, both on and off campus, and how it impacts sustainability.

Spotted lantern fly – trap building

On Feb. 23, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Office of Sustainability is hosting a Spotted Lanternfly trap-making event in the Eisenhower Campus Center Board Room, to help aid in the extermination of this invasive pest. By creating these traps we are hoping to protect the most targeted trees around campus by putting them up high enough to catch the nymphs as they crawl up the tree. Come help us build traps for the campus, and bring a plastic bottle to make a trap for your own home!

Five-Second Version
Who: You and the Office of Sustainability
What: Making Spotted Lanternfly traps
When: February 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: ECC Board Room

If you wanted to look ahead on how to make the traps, or can’t make it to the event, check out this link:

Capital View Wealth Management – Q&A opportunity

Andy Grace and Dennis Browne from Capital View Wealth Management will be on campus on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 9:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Feel free to stop by Kline rooms 108 and 113 if you would like to ask questions or to receive general financial planning information.

Bias in the Stacks: Seeking Justice on the Shelves

February 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Murray Library

To make materials findable, libraries have relied on subject headings and classification numbers to organize their resources.  Have you ever wondered how these subjects or classification numbers were developed?  Have you questioned why Christianity has more than 50,000 possible call numbers, while Islam only receives 610?

Or why the book, The Hemingses of Monticello, is classed under Jefferson – Homes and Haunts, and not under Family, Family Life? Both the Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Classification were developed with a Western-centric, white, Christian, male perspective. How does the language we use in our subject headings reinforce marginalization? In what ways can libraries reconcile the inequalities found in these standardized policies to be inclusive of diverse and multicultural perspectives?  What is Messiah’s Murray Library and other institutions doing to create balance?

Tuesday, February 22, 7:30 PM
Murray Library, Café area

Words Matter. How has language reinforced bias in the ways we find information? How does the language we use in searching reinforce marginalization? In what ways can libraries reconcile the inequalities to be inclusive of diverse and multicultural perspectives? Representing libraries and archives, hear from guest speakers including Liz Kielley, Sarah K. Myers, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, Bernadette Lear (PSU-Hbg), and Rob Lesher ’93 (PA Library Assoc.)! Join us for a fascinating and thought-provoking presentation and panel discussion.

2022 Humanities Symposium Keynote Address

Feb 24, 7:30 PM., Parmer Hall. Event is free, but a ticket is required. Journalist, national humanities medalist, and bestselling author Krista Tippett founded and leads the On Being Project – a groundbreaking media and public life initiative pursuing “deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.” As the creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning On Being radio show, Tippett takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, how we do want to live, and who will we be to each other?

Study abroad recruitment fair

The Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement is excited to welcome many of our semester-long study abroad partners to share about off-campus program opportunities with students. On Wednesday, Feb. 23 we will have LCC International, Baltimore Urban Studies (BUS), Quetzal Education and Research Center (QERC), the O’Neill National Theatre Institute, and International Studies Abroad (ISA, often called Veritas or TEAN as well).

The King’s College, located in New York City, is a visiting student program located in downtown Manhattan. Students will be immersed in a rigorous and engaging academic experience, learning from award-winning professors who epitomize committed Christian faith along with mastery in their fields. In addition to visits from industry professionals and the vibrant faculty lectures, students will take advantage of unparalleled networking opportunities, cultural experiences, and more.

On Tuesday, March 1 we will be welcoming Arcadia Abroad with their London Internship Program, the Contemporary Music Center (CMC), the Uganda Studies Program (USP) and CCCU Global Ed.

Please encourage students to come down to the Eisenhower Campus Center (across from the Falcon and campus store) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Feb. 23 and March 1, if they are interested in studying abroad.

If you are interested in having any of the recruiters share about their program in your classroom, please email Taylor Forbes at Any questions about these recruitment days can also be directed towards Taylor Forbes.

Mini Golf in the Stacks hole creation

Is your department, club or organization looking for a fun way to promote itself as well as give students the opportunity to participate in a safe and fun activity? Murray Library has the event for you.
Create a mini golf hole for this year’s Mini Golf in the Stacks on March 25. We are looking for some creative holes that show off what you are doing in your corner of campus – students can design holes that promote their major, clubs can show off what they have to offer or departments can let students know what opportunities there are for them. It’s truly up to you!
Contact Kimberly Steiner at to get your questions answered or to sign up to create a hole. We have limited hole space available, so get signed up early.

Messiah University Department of Theatre and Dance presents: A Year with Frog and Toad

Messiah University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present the musical A Year with Frog and Toad opening Feb. 24! This fun, family-friendly show runs Feb. 24-26 and March 1-2 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are buy-one-get-one free for Opening Night!

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family

A Year with Frog and Toad
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Book and Lyrics by: Willie Reale
Music by: Robert Reale
Directed by: Ed Cohn
Music Direction by: Eric Dundore
Choreography by: Gregg Hurley

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Fine Arts Building
February 24 – 26 and March 1 – 2 at 7 p.m.
February 27 at 3 p.m.

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 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.

Connect with us on social media to get behind the scenes information!
Facebook: @MUTheatreandDance
Twitter: @MUTheatre_Dance
Instagram: messiah_theatre_and_dance

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.


Job opportunities

The Office of Human Resources has an opening for a temporary, live-in summer residential coordinator position, working 20 hours per week, approx. May 9 – August 20. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Tovah Wilson, human resources coordinator, at

Dining Services has an opening for a part-time cook (PM) position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

For rent

Two rooms available for rent. 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, and libraries. Fully furnished with sunroom and finished basement, TV Room, study, washer/dryer. $350 per month per room, utilities extra (usually around $100). Available immediately till August 1, 2022. Contact: Mary Michael at or 717-982-5864.