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.





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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~ 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




November, the time when no one knows if they should start to play Christmas music. If you are one who does enjoy some gentle, jingling bells at this time (silver or any other festive colour), go right ahead. However, I  will not Hear What Your Hear because it’s not quite a White Christmas for this ninth lady dancing. Thanksgiving is still a ways away, and I’m excited about it! #CatesFavHoliday If you see me in the hallways or walking on campus, please promptly offer me a pecan pie and I will immediately give you twenty dollars.


This week we have something very exciting for commuters!

IceCreamSocialPlease come to see the lost film The Big Sick with fellow commuter students and head back to the lounge afterwards for an ice cream social! It will be a fun time of connecting. Please try and make it!


Friday November 10

Lost Film @ 6:00 PM Parmer Cinema 

Ice Cream Social @ 8:15 PM



There will NOT be Powerhouse tonight, November 9th. The American Prodigal Tour feat. Crowder, Jimi Cravity, and the Young Escape is coming to Brubaker Auditorium on Thursday @7 pm. We will resume Powerhouse the following week, November 16th at 8:30 pm in Hostetter Chapel.

Minds Matter has partnered with SAB to bring you yet another Dodgeball Tournament!!!

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On Saturday Nov 18th, from 7-10 pm in Sawyer Gym. Compete for gift cards and a pizza party! Also a T-shirt making contest. Email the names of your 6-10 team members, preferred shirt colour, and t-shirt sizes to mindsmatter@messiah.edu by Monday Nov. 13th and you will get t shirts you can decorate before the tournament.

Tuesday Chapel, Shane Claiborne on the Resurrecting Church.

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The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will be on campus next week to speak to students. Free pizza will be provided for details.

Who: The Bard Center for Environmental Policy, featuring Eban Goodstein, Director

When: Tuesday November 14th, 4-5 PM

Where: Boyer 130


Are you looking for a job on campus? Visit jobs.messiah.edu to view and apply to current student job openings. Now hiring for Spring semester. Apply today!


New November

We have reached a new month folks! It’s a fresh start, midterms are finished and it is a race to the end of the semester. It will come sooner than you realize. :)


E7889686-92EB-4FA0-B1A8-CD1A9AC6F5C7Commuter of the month: HAVEN SHAFFER

Freshman in Business Administration with Human Resources

Commutes from Mechanicsburg

Favorite thing to do on campus: hanging out with friends at the Union

One thing I love about commuting: Getting the “college experience” while still getting to experience living at home.

Fun Fact: I know sign language.


November 11 @6:00 PM to watch The Big Sick in Parmer Cinema as a commuter gang and then head back to the lounge for an Ice Cream Social @ 8:15.

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Advising Sessions

As is the case every fall, you MUST evaluate your advisor (Advisor Evaluation) before you can register for spring classes. The Advisor Evaluation is now available and can be completed any time. We recommend that you do the evaluation prior to your registration time slot, but NOT before you have met with your advisor.

  1. Login to MC square
  2. Go to the “Academic Life Tab”, Registrar’s channel
  3. Choose “Registration Menu”
  4. Select Advisor Evaluation and fill in the survey
  5. Submit your answers


Hey everyone! Wanna spend a short time in an exotic land filled with the colors and tastes of India? Or are you just craving for the delightful aroma of Indian spices?
We have just the remedy for such! ASA and ISA/MuKappa are proud to host Diwali Night!
Diwali Night is the celebration of Indian culture with the emphasis of the Indian Festival of Lights, which is the celebration of light over darkness in Indian culture. We’ll have booths serving Chai, henna tattoo, spice games, performances, and more.
WHEN? Saturday, November 4th, 2017
WHAT TIME? 7:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE? Larsen Student Union
The food will be served on ticket basis.
The ticket will cost $3, but the booths are open to all.
Tickets will be sold at the ticketing booth in Eisenhower.
Hurry tickets are limited!
Hope that you can make it!
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Are you looking to ski this winter?

The Ski and Ride Club still has 20 spots open to receive a $60 reimbursement for buying a Round top Nightclub card or any other Round top ski pass!


Students Needed for Service Opportunities!

We still need your help!

Interested in service & social justice? Want to make a difference in your community? Hoping to get off campus and make new friends? Check out these incredible opportunities still available this semester through Agape Center Outreach! We are still in need of service-minded students who want to make a difference. Find a team that catches your interest and email outreach@messiah.edu to get involved!

Tabitha’s: Knit and crochet items for the homeless in Harrisburg with elderly residents of Messiah Lifeways. Tuesdays from 4:15-7pm messlifewayscoord@messiah.edu

Catholic Worker House: Impact Allison Hill through works of mercy: urban gardening, food bank, and community breakfast assistance. Saturdays from 9am- 12pm cathwkrcoord@messiah.edu

Boys and Girls Club After-School: Help out an after-school program by playing games with kids or helping out with homework. Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm boysgirlscoord@messiah.edu

Food Recovery Network: A student-led Sustainability effort that donates leftover food from Lottie to Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. Help weight, package, and transport the food to Bethesda Mission. Fridays from 3-4:15pm hf1183@messiah.edu

Parent-Teacher Childcare at Downey Elementary: Provide child care for parents who are attending monthly Parent meetings. 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3 from 6:30-7:30. kneuman@messiah.edu


Trick Or Treat!

Fall at Messiah is very exciting, make sure you come dressed in costume for your classes tomorrow! :)

Lost Films

Baby DriverThis week’s Lost Film is Baby Driver. Come out and see it! It was such a fun, eclectic, quirky film about what makes “good people” and “bad people”. Definitely a winner in this girl’s book!


Mark your calendars for November 11 @ 6:00 to watch The Big Sick in Parmer Cinema as a commuter group and then head back to the lounge for an ice cream social! #sopumped #writeitdown #RIGHTNOW

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Carmel apples, pumpkin carving, photo booth, pie eating contest and much more! Come

join SAB kick off fall with the annual Fall Fest, on Saturday, October 28th! Bring your friends and your flannel to the Union between 2-5 p. for plenty of fall activities. You might be able to: win a fifty dollar gift card to Amazon, participate in a Pie-Eating Contest, play lawn games and vote for Homecoming Court.

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Ushers are needed for performances of “Summer and Smoke” which debuts on Thursday, November 9th in Miller Theater and will run for two weekends. Students who volunteer to usher will also get to see the show for free! Sign-up sheet is available on the for each performance, and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Show dates and times are:

November 9-11 and November 16-18 @ 8:00 pm

November 12 and 19 @3:00 pm

Introducing, the brand new Commuter Council!

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Ellen Diehl

First-year, Musical Theatre, Carlisle

  1. Band you could not live without: “Not a band, but I love me some Billy Joel”
  2. Favorite on-campus activity: Eating. Always eating.
  3. Favorite food: Speaking of which, pasta is my favorite!




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Freshman, nursing, commute from Dillsburg (right up across Starry Field).

  1. Band you couldn’t live without: I could not live without Mutemath, their crazy rhythms and melodies are fantastic.

2. Favorite on-campus activityCoffee House in my favorite on campus activity. It’s such an encouraging environment and so much fun.

3. Favorite food: Spaghetti Pie. It’s like lasagna, but instead of normal noodles, it’s spaghetti and it has sausage. It changed my outlook on food.


Daniel Diethrich Head ShotDaniel Diethrich

Junior, music and math double major, commuting from dillsburg

  1. Band you couldn’t live without: Twenty One Pilots and Mutemath
  2. Favoite on-campus activity: Powerhouse
  3. Favorite Food: Pizza