Archive for 2022

March 2

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

Psalm 101:7


Spring Break campus store hours

The Campus Store will have special business hours during Spring Break week, March 5-13. You can always view the current week’s store hours and shop 24/7 at our website, Thank you!

Saturday, 3/5: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/6: CLOSED
Monday, 3/7: CLOSED for Inventory
Tuesday, 3/8: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/9: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, 3/10: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, 3/11: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, 3/12: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/13: CLOSED

Employee award nominations

Do you work with someone who has gone above and beyond expectations this year? Nominate them for recognition at this spring’s Employee Recognition Picnic! You can find more information on the attached flyer. Nominations will be accepted through March 7 and can be made using the QR codes attached or by selecting the “Employee Forms” card on Falcon Link. If you would like to read more about our recognition program and awards, please visit

Connecting Communities Convening

In conjunction with the Kline Foundation, Messiah is hosting the Connecting Communities Convening. This hybrid in-person and virtual event will continue last year’s goal of impacting local, affordable housing and being a good neighbor. Last year, this event virtually brought together over 100 community leaders to lay the foundation for a policy white paper that encourages and ensures 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 Tuesday, April 26 and visit the website for additional details and information about upcoming registration:

Voice student makes professional debut!

Julie Knott ’24, soprano, B.M. performance major and student of Damian Savarino (associate professor of music), recently made her professional opera debut with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra. Knott performed Treemonisha’s scene, “A Real Slow Drag”, from Scott Joplin’s opera TREEMONISHA as part of a “Night of Opera” concert on Sunday, Feb. 20. The concert was a joint venture between WSSO and Capital Area Music Association. Congratulations to Julie for her first successful foray into professional opera!

2021-2022 Library Student Research Grant

The 2021-2022 Library Student Research Grant application deadline is Friday, April 8. This competitive grant provides Messiah seniors doing their senior honors projects or senior capstone projects an opportunity to experience a taste of graduate school-level research using both Murray Library’s print and digital collections as well as other relevant research materials for their chosen topic located at other institutions or organizations. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Linda Poston, library director. The grantee will be awarded $750 in the spring for the fall 2022 academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a presentation of the overview and process of their research project at the Friends Annual Dinner Meeting or alternative venue as appropriate. Award recipients will be announced Monday, April 25. Click here for application details.

Homecoming Weekend 2022

Please save the date for Homecoming Weekend 2022, held on the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1! As a reminder, all events occurring during Homecoming weekend must be approved by and planned through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. If you have plans for an event this fall and have not been in contact with our office yet, please reach out to Ashley Sider (, via e-mail by April 1. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration with you and our alumni community!

OneLife Institute: Christian gap-year program

Messiah University has an established partnership with OneLife Institute. OneLife is a nine-month Christian gap-year program for students who want to grow in their faith, experience genuine community, serve others and travel while earning college credit. In addition to recruiting OneLife students to Messiah upon completion of this program, we are pleased to announce that University faculty and staff dependents are eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship to participate in OneLife. If your student is considering a gap year program, check out!

Murray Library’s March 2022 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.

Oakes Museum summer camps

The Oakes Museum is offering the following summer camps:

3rd-5th grades
June 27 – July 1: Explore It! Curators Club Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
Each day we will investigate a different topic, ranging from fossils to the sun to following a raindrop on its path across campus. Join us as we explore It!

July 18 – 22: Animals! Curators Club Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
Using the museum and the surrounding natural world, each day campers will learn about a different animal group (invertebrates, fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals).

6th-8th grades
July 5-9: Ecology CC2 Day Camp
9 a.m. to noon at the Oakes Museum, $125*
The world is complex! Learn about the interactions between different life forms and their environments with hands on observations and experiments in the museum and the living laboratory of campus.

*Before camp care will be available for the above three camps from 8-9 a.m. Games, puzzles, crafts will be provided with staff oversight. The cost for before camp care is an additional $25/week.

9th-12th grades
Our high school day camps offer students entering 9th-12th grades a unique opportunity to learn in the field and lab. Qualified museum staff will lead each session, and college professors and professionals will offer their expertise as guest speakers. Lunch is included – we will eat in the university cafeteria or provide bag lunches to eat in the field.
June 13 – 14: Herpetology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Camp includes a frog dissection.

June 16 – 17: Aquatic Biology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Learn about collecting terrestrial insects in the field, preparing insects for permanent preservation and display, sampling techniques used by aquatic biologists and how ecologists assess water quality.

June 20 – 21: Forest Ecology High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150
Learn about forest ecology in the field, learning how to view the forest sampling techniques used by aquatic biologists and how ecologists assess water quality.

June 23 – 24: Vertebrate Anatomy High School Day Camp
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $175
Learn dissecting skills and use them to gain an overview of vertebrate anatomy by comparing the organ systems and specializations of a variety of representative vertebrates. Students will dissect a variety of vertebrates including: frog, shark and fetal pig. Labs will involve microscopy and tissue examination, along with a variety of other hands-on activities.

Space is limited, so register early at
Camper safety is our highest priority. In accordance with current CDC and Messiah University guidelines, masking and physical distancing will be required. Messiah University reserves the right to cancel camp if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

PSYCamp 2022

We are excited to invite high school students to attend Psychology Camp this year, June 19-24 (extended 5-day camp)! Psychology Camp provides a fun opportunity for students to explore psychology and the question, “Why do humans do what they do?” This year, we are offering both an overnight residential option and a day-camp commuter option. This enriching summer camp environment will help students gain knowledge and explore various branches of psychology including clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and biopsychology.
If you know someone who would be interested in attending, we invite you to learn more and register at: before May 23.
Also, there is a special offer for dependents of Messiah University employees!
Contact for more information.

Student wins competition!

Brielle Finkbeiner ’24 was the 2022 winner of the Keith Lance Kuhlman Performance Award competition, hosted by the Department of Music, and received a $600 prize. Brielle is a soprano voice major in the music education program and is a student of Tara Savarino. Congratulations to Brielle!

Human Library – Save the Date and sign up to be a book

Messiah Human Library Project – Where Humans Become Open Books

With featured guest speaker, TM Garret

Save the date: Wednesday, March 30

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.”

Sign up to be a book:
We currently 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 11)

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

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

Young Writers’ and Young Filmmakers’ Summer academic camps

The Young Writers’ Workshop and Young Filmmakers’ Workshop will be back this summer offering resident and commuter options.
The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is held June 19 – 24. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, poetry readings and other activities. The workshop will be held on June 19 – 24. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at

Both workshops offer scholarships. If you are interested in a scholarship, the application is on the website along with registration. Please keep in mind that you will need to have your scholarship application in by May 15 to be considered.
This year we are also offering a 15% discount to employees, which will be an option when you register your child


For sale

Lenovo Yoga Laptop. Model: Yoga 9 14ITL5. The item has a 14 inch touch screen with stylus and box included. It was purchased brand new in 2021 and very gently used for only a few months. The item is reset to factory conditions. The operating system is Windows 11. Technical Specifications: 11th Gen Intel Core i7; 16GB RAM; 500GB SSD Storage. The requested sale price is $950 but offers will be considered. Contact: Josh –