Dances Coming Up!

New Commuter Email

Commuters, wanted to let you know that you will now be receiving emails just for commuter students from a new commuter-specific email address –  Contact Commuter Student Services through this email address for concerns or questions.  *** And make sure to follow Messiah College Commuters on Twitter @MC_Commuters.



On-campus job opportunities

Campus Events:

Now that you are in the swing of things…..are you ready for a part time job yet? Is your money not lasting as long as you thought it would?

The Campus Events department is the custodial department on campus and we have several jobs open. These jobs take no more than 1.5 hours each day (some only an hour). The jobs are either 5 or 6 days a week.

If you are not already working somewhere on campus and are interested, please follow this link – 

to apply.  You will need to create an account for yourself if this is your first time applying for a job here at Messiah.

Once your application is received, you will be contacted with a list of open jobs and one more short form to complete and then get you started working.

Don’t wait! Apply today!

Shuttle Driving:

Student Involvement & Leadership Programs (SILP) is looking for local students that are interested in being shuttle drivers for the upcoming Fall break, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as spring and Easter break next semester.  You must be a licensed driver and willing to apply to get on the Messiah College approved drivers list (for cars and minivans only).  This is not a big time commitment and works well for local / commuter students who generally don’t travel out of town for holidays (although if you that’s not a problem!).  More information or to apply can be found here: or contact Sheryl Ezbiansky at

Roaring Twenties Swing Dance!

Fall Dance Poster

The Messiah College Swing Club with be hosting a Roaring Twenties themed dance, featuring the lovely Bitters and Rye jazz band, this Friday, October 2nd! The event will be held in Hitchcock Arena with a beginner lesson (no experience or partner needed) at 7pm and a dance from 8-11pm.

Whether you’ve been dancing for years or have never set foot on a dance floor, this is your night to swing dance to some great music! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $3 for students with I.D. and $5 for non-students. See the attached poster for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Interested in Grad School?

On October 7th, Don Martin will be presenting on ” Earning and Financing your Graduate Education”. The presentation will be held in Hostetter Chapel from 12:00 – 1:00. Lunch will be served. Topics that will be covered include:

When is the right time to go to graduate school?
The biggest mistakes prospective graduate students make
How do I get my application noticed?
Financing graduate school

The deadline to register is noon on Wednesday, September 30th

To sign up for this event, click this link:

If you already registered, there is no need to register a second time.

This event is being sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center and the Office of Academic Advising.

Additional information on Don Martin is included below.

About Dr. Don Martin:
Spent 28 years in graduate enrollment and student services
Was Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid and Dean of Students at Columbia University (Teachers College), The University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism), and Wheaton College (IL)
Holds master’s degree from Wheaton College (1983) and Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1995)
Wrote and published Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students in 2008
Wrote and published an International Student supplement for Road Map in 2009
Former weekly columnist, US News & World Report Magazine
Had a weekly post on the GRE Facebook page, entitled “The Dr. Don Martin Series,” and currently provides video clips there
Currently writes educational articles for SPAN magazine in India –
Has made graduate school presentations on over 40 college/university campuses in North America, Europe and Asia

Questions? Contact Dwayne Keiffer –

Come KAYAKING this Sunday!


When: This Sunday, 10/4 from 2:30-5ish

Where: Yellow Breeches, meet by the covered bridge at 2:30

What to bring: Clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and that will keep your warm and DRY as it is currently forecasted to possibly rain! Please wear non-cotton clothing. Also, bring some water.


Email Ellen Brandenburg at to reserve a spot.

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. ~Joseph Campbell


SAB Lost Films Presents: Far From the Madding Crowd




Fall is here!

Hiking this Sunday!

When: This Sunday 9/27 – we will meet at 1:30 PM at Eisenhower Circle

Where: We will be climbing up Peters Mountain (about 45 mins away from campus). It’s a pretty sweet trek and there’s a beautiful view at the top.

What to bring: Bring a large water bottle (or 2 small), good hiking boots or tennis shoes, a fleece outer layer (it may be a little cold), and wear synthetic, non-cotton clothing. Also, bring a small, sturdy backpack to carry everything in.

We will be hiking about 3 miles, and depending on how fast we go, I am estimating it will take 2-3 hours, so expect to be back on campus before 7.

Email Jenna Conner,, to sign up!

The Throwaways Free Film and Discussion

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Pizza With Professionals: GoCorps

Don’t miss the first Pizza with Professionals session of the fall semester!

WHAT: Pizza w/ Professionals with GoCorps
WHEN: Monday, September 28th from noon – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boyer 131
(please RSVP by 9/25)

Support Groups Open

6th Day Support Groups Fall 2015 General Info

SAB Lost Films Presents: Love & Mercy

A biographical drama film about the beach boys! Come out to Parmer Cinema on Friday or Saturday evening!

Love & Mercy


Family Weekend

Family Weekend This Weekend!

This weekend is family weekend here at Messiah, be sure to bring your parents and siblings for a weekend of fun activities at Messiah! See the full weekend schedule here

Inside Out Special FREE Lawn Showing Friday Night

SAB and Minds Matter are partnering to bring you a special FREE outdoor showing of Inside Out this Friday night on the Eisenhower lawn! Minds Matter will be handing out stickers related to the movie and posting discussion questions around campus in the following week. Bring your family and friends for a great night!

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Coffee House Saturday Night

Come out to Coffee House in the Union Saturday night at 9:30 to see some of our student talent here at Messiah!

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Kayaking on the Breeches Sunday!

Who’s feeling a kayaking trip down the Breeches this Sunday? We’ll be meeting at the covered bridge at 2:30! Wear synthetic (non-cotton) clothing and bring some water.

Email Bob Barrett,, to reserve your spot. Remember, spots fill up fast, so email ASAP.



Are you taking a Theology, Bible, or Religion intro course?
Do you ever have questions about theology, faith, or life?

If you said yes to either of these questions, or if you are interested in drinking delicious fair trade tea and having engaging conversations with students from the Biblical Religious Studies/Christian Ministries department, you should come to ZUGOS!

Zugos is a ministry run by students aimed toward sharing the burden of the questions all students experience at some point during their growth at Messiah College. We do not have all the answers to your questions, but we do offer a safe place to discuss anything that is on your heart.

Join us Monday-Thursday from 7:30-8:30. There are two volunteers and a hot tea kettle in the BRS Resource room (Boyer 301) there each night.

Hope to see you there!

In Christ,
Your Zugos Team

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30

Sign up for Canoe-a-Thon!


Do you love, canoeing, international service, and most of all God?

If you answered Yes to any of those three, you should really consider participating in Messiah’s 40th annual Canoe-a-thon! Held Saturday, October 3, we’ll paddle 20 miles down the Yellow Breeches to the Susquehanna for the purpose of glorifying God, also endeavoring to raise money for Messiah’s international service trips. Bring a friend, pack a lunch, and have tons of fun enjoying God and His creation!

Interested? Stop by the Agape Center or email A.S.A.P. for more information! Act now, as your forms and deposit are due to the Agape Center no later than Monday, September 21.

Follow this link to sign-up:

Parking Permits

If you registered for a parking permit for fall and spring semester and have not picked it up in the Falcon Exchange, you have until noon on Friday, September 18 to do so. Permits left uncollected after that time will be permanently forfeited and the fee previously charged will be credited to your student account.
The Falcon Exchange is open from 8-4 daily on the 2nd floor of ECC. Please let us know if you should have any questions in person or by phone at 717-691-6052.

Welcome Back!


We’re Glad You’re Here!

Messiah wants to extend a very warm welcome to all of the new and returning commuters this year! We look forward to a great fall semester and will be praying for you!

The Commuter Connection is your weekly update on what’s happening on campus.

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

Meet your Commuter Liaison, Justin!


Hey there! My name is Justin Stimpson. I am a third-year commuter student here at Messiah studying Business Entrepreneurship and Christian Ministries. My wife Celeste, and I live with our two dogs just a few miles down the road in the borough of Mechanicsburg. Outside of school I love canoeing, camping, hiking, and pretty much anything that leads me outdoors and into nature. I am passionate about God’s church, leadership development/theories, communication, and advocacy. And especially passionate about how all those things interact with each other.

As your liaison to the S.I.L.P. Office, The Commuter Services Office, and the college administration at large, I hope to communicate and advocate for you as we experience Messiah College together as commuters. I recognize that commuters do have a distinct set of concerns that is often quite different than those of a traditional, residential student. However, commuters also bring a distinct and valuable set of skills, gifts, and life experience to the Messiah College community. I am very excited to do all that I can to both address those concerns and celebrate those gifts and experiences!

I can’t wait to get to know you better over the coming years! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, ideas, …heck for anything.

Email me at or call me at (717) 610-4494


Here are some helpful links regarding your commuter life here on campus:

Commuter Services Main Page

Commuter Handbook

Commuter Chapel Attendance Policies

Academic Calendar

Vehicle Registration

Important Commuter Parking Info:

Commuter Student Services worked with the Department of Safety to approve additional parking available to commuter students during the evenings if you are on campus.  The WW Lot (by Jordan/Kline) is available to be parked in, but you MUST adhere to the following guidelines given by the Department of Safety:

1.      Commuters will only be permitted to park in WW parking lot between 5:00pm and 12:00midnight; Commuters must be out of that lot when Larsen closes at midnight.

2.      Commuters cannot leave their vehicles parked in that lot overnight.

3.      Commuters must have their commuter permits displayed on their vehicles.

4.      Commuters must not park in the spaces designated for Oakes Museum visitors or the 15 minute spots unless they are only going to be in Larson for 15 minutes.

 Sign up for Emergency Text Alerts!

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.

 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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First Dance of the School Year!

SAB is hosting the first dance of fall semester in the Student Union this Friday, the 11th from 8pm-12am! It’s free so bring your best dance moves and invite all of your friends!


 SAB Lost Films Presents: The Wolfpack


Every weekend SAB shows a film in Parmer Cinema (Located on the first floor of Boyer). This week SAB will be featuring The Wolfpack. Tickets are $2 per student and $4 per guest. Showings are at 6 & 9 PM on Friday and 3, 6 ,and 9 PM on Saturday. See you there!

On-campus jobs available!

If you’re looking for a job on campus be sure to check out

 Want to Register to Vote?

Federal law requires that Messiah College make voter registration forms available to every student. If you are not currently registered to vote, you will find voter registration forms available at . More extensive voter registration information is available at or . These sites contain information about state-specific restrictions and registration deadlines, so you should consult it immediately if you want to be registered to vote this fall.

Open Door Day

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” Day on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. A sign-in sheet will be located in Old Main, Room 206. A schedule for these dates and times may be found on the president’s web page.

Please call the President’s Office if you have any questions.

Family Weekend Next Weekend!

Next weekend is family weekend here at Messiah, be sure to mark your calendar for fun and activities on campus all weekend!


 Looking Forward to Another Great Year!