On The Horizon

 Free Food Friday is this week on the 9th!

Try and cut out some time to hang out with fellow commuter and have some subs and iced tea. It will start at 12:30 and be a great chance for you to ask questions about Commuter Services and talk about what programming you want to see.


Spring Break is March 10 through the 18th. Make sure you are prepared to come to class again on Monday, the 19th!

*ALSO* Follow @messiah.silp on Instagram as the Student Involvement Office, I have a Image result for instagrampersonal project that I will be announcing very soon that you may be interested in hearing about.

Game Night

Come to the Commuter Lounge on March 23rd at 6:00 to hang out and play some games. :) Totally free, bring some snacks. We will have a party.


Into the City Opportunities

Into The City Mini the Webstaurant Store

Date: April 4th, 2018

Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: Free for students!

Join us as we visit the Webstaurant Store’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, PA and chat with staff and Messiah College Alumni who are employed there. We will be leaving from Eisenhower Circle at 12:00 pm and returning at approximately 6:00 pm. Networking lunch provided. Sign up here.

Into the City (NYC)

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Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Into the City trip to New York City! This career immersion program will take place on April 22-24, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels, and networking receptions. For more information and to learn about the application process, click here.



Important Info from the Registrar’s Office




Commuter News Flash

SGA Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidate Voting is Going On NOW!

Debates have happened, campaigning is over, and now it is time for you―the students―to choose! Below is a link for voting for the 2018-2019 SGA President and Vice President. Each student will only get one vote, and voting lasts until 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2. Good luck to all candidates!

Happy voting!

This is the link to vote for the 2018-2019 SGA President and Vice President.

2018-19 SGA President/VP Election Ballot: http://messiah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_867mSJLIO9FcxiR (this link is also posted on the SGA website).


Career and Professional Development Opportunity

Into the City Mini Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe- March 6th, 2:00-7:00

Free networking event with alumni employees!

Click here for more information!


Free Food Fridays

We are making it a point to have a day where commuters can get together for some food and discuss future programmed events. Join us in the lounge on these dates:

March 9 @12:30

April 6 @12:30

May 4 @12:30 *Pizza with the Prez, K Phipps as a special guest in the lounge

Commuter Game night!

Write it on your calendar to head to the Commuter Lounge for some fun, food, and games! It will be free to come but we encourage bringing snacks.

March 23rd @ 6:00pm. Try and make it, more announcements will be made as we have our Free Food Fridays (mentioned above).


Join us for coffeehouse this Sunday at 8:00pm. It will be a blast seeing all of the talented individuals we know and love. Come on out and support the campus talent.


March Commuter of the Month


Name: Andrew Douglass

Year: Junior

I commute from: Dillsburg

Favorite thing to do on campus: work in the library and go to Math Club

One thing I love about commuting: The money I save

Fun face about myself: I am a transfer student. I moved to PA recently and live very close to the school.


Rec Sports will be starting Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee and Softball on March 26th!

If you would like to REGISTER OR JOIN a team, please, follow the instructions listed below.

All teams and players must be registered by Thursday, March 8th. To participate in Rec. Sports this season EVERYONE (Captains & Players) MUST create an imleagues account.

To Create an Account:

1. Go to www.imleagues.com

2. Click “Create Account” in the Top-Right corner.

3. Fill out the Required Information using your Messiah email address. Finish the Account Setup by following the directions in the Confirmation Email.

4. Log-in to your imleagues account.

5. Click “Create or Join a Team.”

6. Select the Sport AND League in which you would like to play.

7. Click the green “Register/ Signup” box.

8. Choose the appropriate option. Team Captains choose: “Create Team”

To join an existing team choose: “Join Team”

To be added to the league if you don’t have a team choose: “Free Agent”

NOTE: Captain’s must create the team FIRST. Once the team is created then all of the players on the roster can join your team.

9. Read and fill out ALL of the required information. This is VERY important.

10. Finish and submit.

For more information on How to Register visit:http://www.messiah.edu/offices/student_affairs/rec_sports/how_to_reg.html



Back in the Saddle

Howdy Folks!

I hope that your first few weeks of Spring Semester have been going well.

Clean Your Dishes

Just as a reminder, the Frey Commuter Lounge is our home on campus and shared by hundreds that use the space daily. It is important that we take pride in the space we have been given and respect those who come before and after us. Thus, we need to remember to clean used dishes and to wipe off the white boards. Please remember to wash off the white boards. Please remember to wash all dishes that you use and to erase anything you write on the white board walls. We appreciate you taking the time to do this and for keeping our lounge tidy.

Commuter Chapel

Commuter students carrying at leaImage result for hostetter chapelst 12 credits are required to attend seven chapels per semester. Petitions for exemption to the requirement may by made via Self-Service Banner (under the Student Tab) through March 5, 2018. See exemption parameters below. Valid reasons for exemption include:

-academic internship/field placement/practicum that conflicts with the chapel times

-off campus work equaling 25 or more hours per week (on campus jobs do not apply. Supervisors are to arrange your schedules to accommodate the chapel requirement.)

-ongoing medical issues/emergencies *must include a doctor’s prescription/note, and extent of exemption will be assessed on case by case basis

-parental obligations

Homecoming Committee

Save the date for Homecoming 2018, which will take place October 19-20, 2018! If you love Messiah and want the opportunity to plan one of the 65+ events that take place during Homecoming, then consider joining the 2018 Homecoming Committee! If you are interested, please contact homecoming@messiah.edu and apply there by March 3rd.

New Food!


Humanities Symposium Dance Concert

GiVim is proud to present “Uprooted: Inner Experiences of Exile” as part of this year’s Humanities Symposium. Performances are Friday at 4:30pm and Saturday at 8:00pm in Poorman Black Box Theater. Admission is free but you must reserve tickets. GetFileAttachment

Student Handbook – Your responsibility to keep updated!

The Student Handbook provides information on various policies, residence life and housing, student involvement opportunities and critical information on safety and crisis procedures. It is available on line here: https://www.messiah.edu/info/20852/student_handbook. Changes can and do occur throughout the year and students are responsible to adhere to the most recent update of campus policies. Students will be notified when there are any significant changes through a mass email.





Welcome to Spring Semester!

Welcome back to Spring Semester – OR – Welcome to Spring Semester: whichever you fit into. If you are a new Commuter to Messiah College, a special WELCOME to you and we hope you are getting well adjusted to campus and we want you to become a regular to the Commuter Lounge, located in the lower level of the Mountain View (resident) Bldg.  Your ID card is all you need to ‘swipe’ in. Come check it out. It’s a beautiful, warm space to study, relax between classes, have a cup of (free) coffee or (free) hot chocolate, use a microwave, store your lunch or dinner in a refrigerator, reserve a locker for your belongings, have access to a printer/copier for your needs, watch some TV, etc.

Any questions about the Commuter Lounge, want to reserve a locker, having issues with ID card access, contact silp@messiah.edu – OR – your neighborly Commuter Student Liaison, Cate Cutting, at commuterservices@messiah.edu.


Love to Serve?

Join the Agapé Center for Service and Learning tonight in Boyer from  5-6:30 PM to sign up for incredible service opportunities and to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Each of our community partners and local service leaders will be hosting a volunteer orientation in several rooms in Boyer. Check in at the registration table in Howe Atrium in Boyer to learn where your community partner’s orientation will be held. Clearance help will be available from 6-7:30 pm in the computer lab on the 3rd floor of Boyer.

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Chapel for Commuters

Greetings, Commuter Students!

5 second version:

  • Commuter students carrying at least 12 credits are required to attend seven (7) chapels per semester.
  • Petitions for exemption to the requirement may be made via Self-Service Banner (under the Student tab) through March 5, 2018. See exemption parameters below.


As a reminder, Messiah College does have a chapel requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. This requirement is not intended to be onerous, but rather an opportunity to intentionally foster Christ-centered community with our brothers and sisters here at Messiah and deeper discipleship between students and educators and Jesus Christ.

In looking ahead to your return to spring classes and activities and the routine of the school year, we in College Ministries want to remind you of the chapel requirement for all full-time commuting students of seven (7) per semester. That is half of what is required of full-time residential students. We hope this will be helpful in relieving some of the scheduling conflicts that commuters face. All students may submit a Chapel Attendance Petition (accepted through March 5, 2018) if their situations fall within the bounds of valid reasons for exemption, which include the following:

  1. Academic internship/field placement/practicum that conflicts with chapel times
  2. Off-campus work equaling 25 or more hours per week (On-campus jobs do not apply. Supervisors are to arrange your schedules to accommodate the chapel requirement.)
  3. Ongoing (2 weeks or more) medical issues/emergencies  *Must include a doctor’s prescription/note, and extent of exemption will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
  4. Parental obligations

We look forward to having you back on campus and for new opportunities to grow and learn together!

College Ministries


Lost Films for the next few weeks…

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Lecrae is coming Friday February 16! Get your tickets NOW!



APPLY TODAY! Open Student Government Positions!

Calling all students wanting to lead our campus by creating opportunities for growth and service and to represent the voices of our student body! Messiah’s Student Government Association has three different ways for you to get involved. 1) APPLY TO RUN for Student Body President or Student Body Vice President

2) APPLY FOR POSITIONS on the Student Body President’s cabinet SGA will have openings for VP of Diversity Affairs, VP of Finance, VP of Organizations, and Student Review Board Chair. Click the link below to view the specific job description and/or to APPLY NOW.

Visit www.messiah.edu/sga for all applications


From the Registrar’s Office:   Spring Term Drop/Add/Withdraw Dates

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One Week To Go

Hey everyone! Only one more week before J Term, please keep an eye out for upcoming events for the spring as they are geared specifically toward commuter students.

Bitez at the Break, last Friday to grab FREE PIZZA in the Commuter Lounge!



Chapel Schedule

Sign-Ups for Five-Week Chapel Series

S18 First Wave Fivers

Finger Print and Background Check Info

In November 2017, the State of Pennsylvania changed from Cogent Fingerprinting to IndentoGo. For a number of weeks whilst this was in flux, many employees and students were not able to obtain their FBI clearance. Access to fingerprinting has now been restored under new procedures. The two local fingerprint locations that we recommend are below, but please note that you must first register for an appointment online with the code in the memorandum and take that receipt with you to the location and pay at the facility (you received an email in Outlook about the memorandum).

6483 Carlisle Pike

Suite 104 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


4815 Jonestown Road

Suite 201 Harrisburg, PA 17109


Come on out to see the Theatre and Dance Department’s production of The Boy Friend!

February 8-10 and 15-17 8:00 PM

February 11 and 18 3:00 PM



Grad Assistant Positions in the Multi Cultural Office

Were you challenged and transformed by your time off-campus through Messiah College? Are you passionate about exploring other cultures and helping others do the same? Are you interested in a career in higher education and/or international education and wondering what might be the next right step for you in that process? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions (or know someone who would!), we have an opportunity for you!

Intercultural Office’s Off Campus Programs

Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) for Off Campus Programs


Looking for something to do this Saturday night????

Falcon Feud


(Woooa) We’re Halfway There

We can do it guys! Even when it feels like we are 1%.

Just remember what Bon Jovi said. #HalfwayThere

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Come on out to the Lounge for Bitez at the Break for some FREE PIZZA and to meet other commuter students!


We had a blast this past Friday and would love to see more of you there. :) Make some time Fridays 19th and 26th during your J term lunch break 12-1 PM.










If you are looking for some extra bucks this spring semester, please give the Shuttle Driver positions a good look! Many HELP WANTED!students on campus need help getting to the Harrisburg International Airport and Amtrak.












If you need a new locker or decided you no longer need one, please notify us at commuterservices@messiah.edu.

Last Call for Service Trips!

This is a great chance to go on a new adventure and help folks who could really use some love, especially in this cold season. I have been on the Carmel, NY trip twice and loved my experiences there. I plan to come again this J Term. Please check them out!

Catholic Charities (Baltimore, MD)

Children’s Bible Fellowship (Carmel, NY)

World Impact (Newark, NJ)

To find more information, click here.

Text Alert

Please make sure you are receiving the text alerts about Messiah’s weather notifications. If we have a delay or a cancellation, you will be notified via text message.  You have received emails through outlook about how to sign in to www.ravealert.com. You will receive a confirmation code, please complete the steps to receive the final confirmation.

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Happy 2018 and Welcome to J-Term!




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Pizza lunches for COMMUTERS at the Commuter Lounge every Friday during J-term from 12-1.

FREE!!!  Just show up!  Put it on your calendar and eat before (or after) your J-term class!


Time for Wellness: Unlimited Group Exercise Classes Now Available!

Group exercise classes for the spring semester start next week! This semester we will be offering an unlimited membership. This membership gives you the ability to book into each of our 15 classes for the entire 15 weeks that classes are held. Visit our website at www.messiah.edu/falconfitnesscenter or download the Glofox app for more details. We hope to see you there!


Weather Delays and Closings

Wondering if the snow or ice is causing a campus delay for classes? Will the campus event be open? You can sign up for Messiah text alerts and receive a text when decisions are made or call the emergency line at 717-691-6084. Sign up for text alerts here.


MLK Commemoration Week starts this Sunday!

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Intercultural Office – Multicultural Programs is proud to present the 2018 MLK Commemoration series beginning this Sunday, Jan. 14-20. It’s the college’s goal to reflect on the vision and Christian ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God’s agents of justice, peace and reconciliation. For all the details on the MLK events, visit www.messiah.edu/mlk or see the poster.


  Special note from the Registrar’s Office:



Where do you get your textbooks????

FOR J TERM and SPRING TERM ONLINE TEXTBOOK ORDER PICK UP WILL BE FROM THE REAR DOOR TO THE CAMPUS STORE. It’s simple- FOLLOW THE SIGNS and walk past the post office and mailboxes, turn right and go to the first door on the right side of the hall. Please DO NOT enter the front of The Campus Store nor should you go to the Textbook Express for pick ups. DO go to the Textbook Express for ALL book returns and new purchases.  You’ve got this guys, no problem! Thanks!


On-Campus Jobs Available!

The Campus Events Department is hiring for the spring semester beginning with J-term. We are the custodial department and we have a wide variety of jobs and times available.  Most jobs are five days a week with some less; 6 to 10 hours per week (depending on the job). Interested? For job descriptions and to apply follow the link below – http://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/10825 Questions? Contact Denise at dblackley@messiah.edu.


We Made It! Happy Jingle Christmas Balls!

This is it! The final countdown! Classes are almost done. Finals will be a fleeting memory soon… PROMISE!  A week from now most of you will be sitting at home on the couch under a blanket, eating mom’s cookies, watching Christmas Vacation (again! :-) and wondering what grades you got!  Until then, drink that extra cup of joe, read 1 more chapter and say 1 more prayer.  YOU GOT THIS!



This Friday night… Our Commuter Christmas Party at 6:30pm

Friday Lunche

After that, commuters are welcome to join the rest of campus for Messiah’s Christmas Showcase. Our very own Diethrich brothers will be performing, we wouldn’t want to miss that!


SAB Christmas Showcase

Larsen Student Union, Friday Night, 8-10pm



Not ready to study yet? How about the last LOST FILM of the semester???



Speaking of Grades (from the beginning)…. a message from the Registrar’s Office:

FINAL SEMESTER GRADES and GPA information will be officially available by the end of the day Tuesday, December 19.

You may access your grades in MCSquare, Academic Life tab, Registrar Channel. Click your Degree Audit or Student Records Menu and then Academic Transcript.

Always be sure to click the “Process New” button before viewing a degree audit to capture the most recent updates to your record.

Remember, grade processing is a work-in-progress for a couple of days, therefore, you may find temporary differences in GPAs between your degree audit and academic transcript until all grading processes are complete by December 19.

If you require an unofficial printed copy of your grades, complete the Request Grades by Mail form in the Student Records Menu by Thursday, December 14 .

~ Get ready for the final stretch ~

Howdy Commuter family!

This week and the next are the hardest weeks of the semester, the end is near. Don’t give up! Get up for that 8 am class, do all of the homework, and remember to be eating and stay hydrated. So many have the flu or a cold, break out your hand sanitizer and inhale vitamin C. Finish strong.

The Commuter Council had a decorating party last night with the help of commuter and residential friends. Take a look at the lounge if you have not already!

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Minds Matters Mugs and Masterpieces In Boyer 335 on Dec. 4, from 7-9 pm, we’ll have a professional painter give us a step-by-step walk through of a painting. For $10, you will receive a 16″ by 20″ canvas, painting materials and professional guidance. 


Friday LuncheAfter that, commuters are welcome to join the rest of campus for Messiah’s Christmas Showcase. Our very own Diethrich brothers will be performing, we wouldn’t want to miss that!



Christmas Dance on December 1st

Come on out to SAB’s winter semi-formal. No need to get decked out, however the halls are so make sure you clean up a little. 😉


Lost Film of the week!



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It’s All About That Baste

Howdy folks! We have a week until Thanksgiving and I’m so excited for our break to finally arrive. But here are some things to remember as we leave campus:


*Please note that Tuesday the 21st will follow a normal Thursday schedule*

Our break is Tuesday, November 21st until Wednesday 29th.


SAB and The Office of Sustainability are collaborating for an excursion to Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Recovery Center and Ten Thousand Villages outlet store on November 18th.

We will be leaving at 9:00 am from Eisenhower Circle and returning around 2:00 pm.

Mennonite Central Committee Resource Center is an organization that coordinates relief kits for disaster victims, school kits, quilts, and other items. Mennonite Recourse Center also take used items and give them new life through recycling, reusing, and repurposing. Lastly Messiah works with Mennonite Resource Center for move out in the spring.

Ten Thousand Villages is a Fair Trade store. If you don’t know what fair trade is sign up for this excursion to learn more. This is also a great location to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.

You will be provided with a $10 voucher for lunch at the Ten Thousand Villages Café. Only 30 spots are available so be sure to sign up now at the Union Desk. Contact sustainability@messiah.edu or sabexcursions@messiah.edu with any questions.

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Who: you!

What: Trip to Mennonite Resource Center and Ten Thousand Villages Outlet store

$10 Lunch voucher included When: Saturday the 18th from 9:00am-2:00pm

Why: to learn more about these programs, what they do and how you can get involved.

https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/volunteer/material-resources-center-mcc-east-coast http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ephrata#fndtn-home

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Come out to see the Department of Theatre and Dance production of Blue Christmas! Although I am a dance minor and am slightly biased, you should DEFINITELY take this opportunity to see the show. It’s a unique take on the holidays and can soothe heavy hearts at a time that may not seem as joyous to them.

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Stand in awe at the summit of a mountain, challenge your peers in a backcountry cook-off, become one with the water and boat as you paddle down the Chattooga River….

All of the following are to Georgia, costing $279, includes all adventure activities, gear rental, most meals, and transportation. Sign up before December break to get a $30 discount!

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1. Seeking Sabbath-pursuing rest, relationship, and recreation in the midst of a demanding world (hike and canoe) email:     hr1211@messiah.edu
2. Enter the Flow- experiencing that “in the zone” state within outdoor activities (hike, rock climb, canoe). email:     paul@paulcsmithjr.com
3. Adulting 101-Wilderness Edition, navigating the responsibilities of life after college (hike and canoe) email:     jc1503@messiah.edu


Concert Choir Poinsettia Sale! Just in time for Christmas decorations!

Pre-order you poinsettias now! They will be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 3rd outside Parmer Hall after Concert Choir’s Christmas Concert at 7 pm. Each poinsettia is $8 and all proceeds will benefit the choir’s international tour. To place your order please email Erin Hoffacker at eh1314@messiah.edu