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


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