Stay Warm!

Propane Shortage

The College was informed by our propane supplier that the shortage announced earlier in the week to campus has become even more severe due to the prolonged, record-cold temperatures in the Northeast. As a result, our supplier has reduced delivery levels to our campus and has not been able to completely fill our propane tanks. The College is in ongoing communication with our propane vendor, and they are doing all that they can to meet our needs. Messiah, like other residential and institutional propane customers in our region, is being asked to voluntarily conserve its energy usage. The College’s goal is to keep our campus community safe and operational until temperatures increase and propane delivery can resume its normal levels. To this end, the following conservation changes/restrictions will be in place through 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28:


• Centrally controlled building temperatures: We will continue adjusting all centrally controlled room temperatures at a 68-degree hold during the hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and at 60 degrees between 7 p.m.- 7 a.m. (with the exception of the Larsen Student Union; see below).

    • Larsen Student Union: Effective immediately, the hours of operation for the student union are changed to 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (during which time a temperature hold of 68 degrees will be in effect).

    • Food service in the Union Café will temporarily be limited to salads, soups, deli and grab-and-go menu items only (no hot food service will be available).
      • Sollenberger Sports Center: Effective immediately, there will be no use of the showers in the sports center for students and employees who use those athletic facilities.

      • Note: Exception is granted for student-athletes training on Messiah’s wrestling team and for visiting athletes who will be on campus for the wrestling invitational tournament this weekend.

      • Swimming pool closed: Effective immediately, the swimming pool and diving pool will be closed for all college-related and external activities.•

      Preliminary forecasts predict that the outside temperatures will begin to moderate early next week, and it is our hope that our energy supply and operations can return to normal. In the interim, all staff and students are reminded that portable space heaters are prohibited for use in our campus buildings due to their severe safety/fire threat.The College is grateful for the patience, understanding and partnership of all students and employees as we work through this unprecedented month of extreme temperatures and the energy shortage it has created. Thank you for working together during the next several days to conserve and meet this challenge as a campus community.

       LiveScience Tips for Staying Warm!

      “Staying comfy in the cold, whether you’re hiking urban canyons or hip deep in backcountry snow, requires paying attention to the science of heat transfer. Loren Greenway, CEO of the Wilderness Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, said that staying warm requires understanding two key principles: conduction and convection.

      Conduction is the transfer of heat between two solid surfaces that are in direct contact with each other, such as when you stand on icy pavement. Convection is the transfer of heat between a mass (such as your body) and a moving fluid or gas (such as an icy wind that whips around every square inch of you).

      Understanding both of these chilling mechanisms, as well as the workings of your body’s built-in thermoregulatory system, will help keep you warm and safe when the next polar vortex comes to town.”

      Read more creative ways to keep warm here!


      Barnabas Award!

      Each year, we ask for nominations of students and employees who have demonstrated significant contributions in the areas of ministry, community service, and leadership. The community service that the Barnabas Award seeks to reward is unpaid service that is done off-campus through community partners.

      The following factors will be given priority in selecting the recipient:
      1) The level of spiritual maturity and commitment to ministry and community service;
      2) The ability to integrate her/his ministry and community service with other aspects of her/his life and work including academic work, faith perspectives and sense of vocation;
      3) The impact of the ministry and service on the community in which she/he served and her/his ability to effectively work with and respect persons with whom she/he worked.

      Student and employee finalists will each receive $500 and an additional $500 will be given to the charity of their choice. Also, award winners will receive a hand-crafted basin to symbolize servant leadership as Christ washed the feet of His disciples in humble service and we are called to do likewise.

      To submit a nomination, click here. All nominations are due by March 13, 2015.

      If you have any questions or would like more information, go to the [http://Agape Center]Agape Center webpage or email

      Save the date for Wellness Day!

      Wednesday, April 1 is Wellness Day at Messiah College! It will be a day filled with opportunities to improve your personal wellness, and learn more about a variety of wellness topics. Save the date, and plan now to participate. More details to follow.

      Rec Sports

      Rec. Sports will be starting Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee (with two divisions- rec and competitive), as well as starting Softball leagues (both men’s and women’s leagues) on Monday, March 23rd. Games will be played Monday through Friday starting at 4:15.

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

      All teams and players must be registered by Friday, March 6th.

      To participate in Rec. Sports this season EVERYONE (Captains & Players) MUST create an imleagues account.

      To Create an Account.
      1. Go to
      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: or with any questions.

      Lost Film



      This week’s lost film will be “Dear White People”.  Click here to see a trailer!

      Academic Help

      Having trouble in one of your classes? Make an appointment at the Learning Center in Murray library on MC square!

      The Learning Center strives to provide students with assistance in achieving and maintaining an elevated level of academic proficiency to be successful within Messiah College’s competitive and rigorous intellectual environment.  It is beneficial to students at all levels of competence.

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      The Learning Center offers tutoring appointments in a number of subjects, including but not limited to: Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Spanish, French, and German.  Individual and group tutoring is offered to all Messiah students free of charge.

      Tutors work closely with students and professors to focus upon meeting the needs of each individual student. Tutors are upper division students who have already taken and successfully completed the courses in which they are providing assistance.  Tutors are also trained in various study skills such as time management, test-taking strategies, textbook reading, note-taking and memory skills, in order to provide assistance in these areas.

      See the website here for more info


Lunar New Year!

SAB Lost films Presents: Interstellar


This weekend’s feature film will be Interstellar!

In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.

SAB and ASA Dance and Lunar New year Celebration!


SAB and the Asian Student Association will be hosting a FREE Dance in the Larsen Student Union from 8-12pm on Friday night to Celebrate the Chinese New year!

On Sunday in the South Side Cafe at 6pm there will be a Lunar New Year celebration. $3 will be charged for a fun night of Food, Karaoke, and Games!




Coffeehouse is a monthly show that showcases student talent.  Come get some free coffee and cookies while enjoying a great show!  SAB Coffeehouses serves our campus in several ways.  They provide an opportunity for students to bring their talent to the next level. 
Coffeehouse was created to raise awareness of the talent that exists right here on our campus.  Encouragement from fellow peers is a fine jewel offered to those who are brave enough to get on stage in front of the big audience.  And finally, Coffeehouse is meant to inspire.  Cheer for your friends and peers on stage and let the show inspire new ideas and passions.

The Oakes Museum

Did you know that all Messiah students and their families get FREE admission to the Oakes Museum? Messiah’s very own natural history museum is located in Kline and has two floors full of interesting artifacts.

The Oakes Museum of Natural History offers a collection of Smithsonian-quality African and North American mammals, birds, eggs, fish, seashells, minerals, insects, fossils and so much more! Our newest edition is the Isabel Masland Shell Collection, featuring 9 of the most sought-after shells in the world.

Want to get involved? Need volunteer hours? If you are interested in volunteering at the Oakes Museum you can email Jess Truscott at

Apply to be a part of SAB!

Are you interested in joining The Student Activties Board?!
Then, you should apply to be a part of SAB!

We have multiple positions open for the 2015-2016 year and we would love for you to be a part of our team!

The available positions are:
– Concert Executive
– Excursions Executive
– B-sides Executive
– Lost Films Executive
– Publicity Executive
– Treasurer

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please send an email to Alexa Kern (President) at and we will provide you with the application. All applications are due before February 22nd at midnight.

If you have any questions about the application process or the position, feel free to send an email to the address listed above.


Community Professional Development Grants!

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The Career and Professional Development Center and the Student Government Association (SGA) are pleased to once again announce the Student Professional Development Grant. This grant opportunity, funded by SGA, is for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. Grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Limited funding is available per semester, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications and additional information are available on the Career and Professional Development Center’s website. Other components of the grant include a mandatory online training session and an educational “give back” activity in the form of a blog posting. For questions, please contact Sarah Bartz at x2334 or

Calling All Artists!

The Minnemingo Review, champion of Messiah art, is excited to announce the title for the spring issue:
If you would like to see your work published in this issue, please submit your prose, poetry, and pictures that relate closely, moderately, or distantly to this theme! We’re thinking GHOSTS; we’re thinking MEMORIES; we’re thinking the SUPERNATURAL breaking into ordinary lives. Think you’ve seen Mary show up on your toast? Write about it! Or turn it around, take the noun form, and write about the Wal Mart you visit ritually.
Here’s what you need to know:
• The deadline to submit by March 25 (Wednesday after spring break)
• Limit it to your 3 best poems, 2 best prose pieces (limit these to three single spaced pages each), and 3 best photos (photos should not have any filters and should look good in black and white).
• Send in a short bio with your pieces, and include the titles of the pieces in the body of the email.
• Attend the review sessions and release party! Dates TBD.
Send your submissions to

Celebrate Black Diversity

Come to Black Student Union’s annual event, Celebrating Black Diversity! This event will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 8pm-10pm in the Larsen Student Union.Celebrating Black Diversity is an opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and and to learn more about a huge part of our nation’s history. This event will feature a full meal, the United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, some fun facts about Black History Month, and a talent showcase.

We are looking for student talent for this event. This could be anything from singing, playing an instrument, doing spoken word or poetry, or even dancing. If you have a talent you would like to share and you are interested in participating in this event send an email to Naomi Henry at


Happy Valentines Day!

Lottie Nelson Valentine Dinner

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day Lottie will be featuring a special meal on the Friday, the 13th. The menu features special dishes such as Chili‐Lime Shrimp Skewers, Cilantro New York Strip Steak with onion demi sauce, Whipped Potatoes, Assorted Breads, Salads and Desserts, A chocolate fountain, and more! Lottie will be open from 4:30- 7:30 pm.

Love Run!

The Love Run is a 2 mile run on Messiah College’s Campus. You can race individually or team up with someone and race as a couple! The couples contest will award the fastest male/female couple, and will have categorized costume prizes for couples of any sort. The benefits will go towards Messiah College Cross Country and Track and Field team trips.Visit the website here for more info and to sign up!

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Student Government Positions

If you are interested in running for Student Body President, Vice President, or applying to be on her/his Cabinet, now is your chance!

The Cabinet consists of the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, VP of Diversity, VP of Finance, VP of Organizations, Chair of Peer Review Board and Executive Secretary, all of which are great positions. Check out the link below to see the applications, which explain the roles for each and requirements for applying and running for election.

Our election process has recently changed, so please read the “Application Procedures” section carefully!

Tax Help!

Messiah College is partnering with the United Way of the Capital Region and offering employees, students and the community two free tax services, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program:
IRS certified Messiah students provide free tax preparation services to individual and families with total income of less than $53,000. Students, with supervision, will prepare your Federal, state and local income tax returns. The Messiah site is open every Tuesday evenings, except March 17th, from 5:30 pm– 7:30 pm until April 14th. No appointment is necessary. Our site is located in Frey 156. You must have your social security card and a photo id.
A free tax website for preparing and efiling your Federal and state income tax returns online, safely and free!! Anyone with income less than $60,000 is eligible to use the tax service. A toll-free certified Helpline volunteer is available to answer questions while you are filing your returns.

Both of these tax services are available to the Messiah and non Messiah community. Please contact Kathleen Johnston at x7300 if you have any questions.

Orientation Leaders Needed!


If you’re interested in in becoming an orientation leader visit the website here for more info!

Application and recommendation forms both due Wednesday March 11, 2015.


SAB Lost Films Presents: St. Vincent

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Bill Murray stars in St. Vincent as a crusty old man who ends up caring for the son of his new neighbor. Although he’s a cynic who gambles, drinks, and frequents strip clubs, Vincent turns out to be exactly the mentor the 12-year-old kid needs as the young one adjusts to his parents’ divorce, and life at a new school. – Fandango

Click here to see a trailer!

Spring Break Service Trips!

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If you missed out on going on a service trip over J-term break, now is the time to get in on the action. The Agape Center provides an unbelievable opportunity for us to connect with community partners across the nation. While learning about and serving the community, you can request to be placed with friends or choose to meet new students. Spring is a great time to serve because you  have the option of partial and full trips!
An informational meeting will be held on February 19th at 9:30pm in Frey 150. It will be a brief meeting to learn more about the 6 community partners the Agape Center will be working with for Spring. A description of each trip and the types of service that will take place in each location will be presented. Messiah-approved drivers for all trips are also needed and the trip fee will be waived for students willing and approved to drive. Email if interested in driving!Partial Trips (Sat, March 14- Tues March 17)
-Philadelphia, PA
-Brooklyn, NY
-Carmel, NYFull Trips: (Sat, March 14-Sat March 21)
-Allentown, PA
-Bronx, NY
-Charlotte, NC -(AROMA trip)Price:
$30-Partial Trips
$50-Full Trips*Limited Scholarships available upon request
Check out the Agape Center at or on Facebook at Messiah College Service Trips. If you have any questions email us at

Free Concert!

Keith Phares, baritone, will present a Guest Artist Recital on Sunday, February 15th at 8 pm in the High Foundation Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.Mr. Phares, in collaboration with Dr. Patrice Ewoldt, will perform works by Brahms, Gounod, Hoiby, Korngold, Mahler, Mozart, Poulenc, and Ravel.Mr. Phares is an international opera singer and a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard Opera Center. He was also a national winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. More information can be found at
Come and hear wonderful night of song!
Phares Recital Poster

CPEC Job & Internship Fair

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The CPEC Job & Internship Fair is co-sponsored by the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.  We host the event at the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday, February 17th from 10:00am-3:00pm for students seeking full-time employment or internships. This event is free for Messiah students. To see a complete list of employers who are registered to attend, go to Here’s a sample of employers who have expressed an interest in recruiting candidates from your major: 

  • Brentwood Industries
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL)
  • Clark Associates
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Fastenal Company
  • Innotec
  • Knouse Foods, Inc.
  • Manitowoc
  • Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.
  • Midland Asphalt Materials Inc.
  • PA Department of Labor & Industry
  • U.S. Department of State
  • World Relief

In order to attend, all you need to do is show up at: Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA. If you need transportation, please see the contact information below. Bring your resume.  Before the fair, have your resume critiqued at one of the Rezumania events which will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 10 & 12 in the Eisenhower Commons outside of the snack shop.

If you have any questions, please contact Dwayne Keiffer, Assistant Director of the Career and Professional Development Center, at or 717-691-6016.

Spring Semester!


Spring Semester as begun which means that in addition to looking forward to new classes, warmer weather, and a fresh start, there are also a bunch of new activities and opportunities coming up! The Commuter Connection is your weekly update on what’s happening on campus this spring semester

Comments, questions and suggestions can be directed to Wendell Witter at or

Add/Drop dates

February 27 is the last day to DROP a course ($15 fee)

April 2 is the last day to WITHDRAW from a Spring course ($15 fee)

Note: The course and “W” appear on your academic transcript

Commuter Lounge and Lockers

The commuter lounge is a great place to relax, study, or even catch a few winks! It is located in the basement of Hoffman Hall and is reserved strictly for commuters. The lounge is open daily from 6 a.m. – Midnight. Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, microwave, water cooler, and refrigerator are available. There is a permanent PC and printer available for use as well as general office supplies. Wireless internet is also available. If you need extra supplies, please contact Sheryl Ezbiansky at to let her know. A limited number of lockers are available for use in the commuter lounge.  Lockers are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  To use one for the duration of the academic year, contact Sheryl at, ext 5240, or stop by her office in the Larsen Student Union in the Student Involvement & Leadership Programs suite.


New space in Frey Hall!



The Frey Hall addition is a two-story add on to the existing building.  The lower level (basement) will be space utilized by the new Civil Engineering department and will house lab space to be used by that group.  The first floor will be dedicated for use by the Art department and will have both lecture and studio space available to them.

Into the City: Washington, DC

Applications are now being accepted for the spring Into the City trip to Washington, DC! This career immersion program will take place on March 25-27, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels, and a networking reception.

ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED INCLUDE:  Microsoft, US Capitol, Rwandan Embassy, International Justice Mission, Smithsonian Institution, Social Radar, World Learning Inc., Rep. Scott Perry, Genesis Engineering, Goddard Space Center, and more!

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5:00 PM ON March 6th. Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply. ITC is collaboratively sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, and the Development Office.

For more info click here


Emergencies, Alerts, and Winter Weather!

Emergencies & Escort Services

For an ambulance, dial 9911. For urgent on-campus assistance, dial 6565. For the Department of Safety, dial 6005.  Among other things, the Department of Safety will escort you as needed from dusk to dawn. Emergency phones are available at various spots across campus.

Text Message Alert

Messiah College is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment for students and employees and recognizes the importance of communicating quickly and effectively during an emergency situation.  While the College would utilize multiple communication outlets in an emergency situation, the widespread prevalence of cellular phones offer a means of communicating quickly and broadly to the campus population.

Students are asked to provide their cell phone numbers through a sign up in MC Square.  If you have additional questions concerning the Text Message Alert System, please go here.

Weather Related Closings

To find out if classes have been canceled due to inclement weather, call the Messiah College Emergency Hotline at 717.691.6084.

Messiah on Social Media

A great way to stay updated on the happenings at Messiah is to follow our social media accounts! These post updates on campus events, delays and closures, and opportunities to get involved on campus.

Follow @MessiahCollege for  Messiah’s twitter, facebook, and instagram accounts or click the links below!

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Chapel & Spiritual Opportunities


Messiah offers a variety of different chapel experiences.

Common Chapels, for the entire student body, are held in Brubaker Auditorium on Tuesday and a few Thursday mornings beginning at 9:45am.

Elective Chapels, which offer students a choice between liturgical worship, Bible teaching, praise and worship, mission awareness, and more, are held on the remaining Thursday mornings at the regular chapel hour.

Alternate Chapels are services held at other times and planned by various student organizations and special interest groups throughout the year.

The schedule for spring semester can be found on the Messiah chapel website or here.

February Open House!

Know someone who is looking for a college? Invite them to the Messiah winter open house on February 16th!

Highlights include campus tours and information sessions on admissions policies, financial aid, academic programs and campus life.

See the webpage for more info