Week at a Glance: January 19-25

Several chapels and special events highlight the second full week of J-Term at Messiah College. The week opens with no classes in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is also a Community Engagement Day at Messiah.

Alternate Chapels

After the Community Engagement Day activities centered around the MLK Day of Service, a Ticking the Box Film and Discussion will be held Monday evening in Parmer Cinema from 6-7:30 p.m. The documentary centers around community engagement’s relationship to education and social change. Included in the film is Messiah College’s “Together for Tomorrow” White House initiative regarding the opportunities and shortcomings of service-learning in the Harrisburg School District. The discussion following the film will relate to both the film and the experiences of the MLK Day of Service.

A special MLK Alternate Chapel will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Author Quay Hanna will be speaking on the experiences of his book Bus America: Revelation of a Redneck and how a nine-week journey around the United States by bus changed his perception of the “redneck” label, race, and prejudice.

A second documentary film called The Line will be shown this week for alternate chapel credit on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. After the film, the Agape Center will hold a time of panel and small group discussion on the film’s themes of poverty, combating poverty stereotypes, connecting the issues in the film to local community issues, and finding Christian responses to poverty.

Common Chapel

In addition to speaking in an alternate chapel, author Quay Hanna will be the speaker at the MLK Common Chapel on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. His common chapel message will “challenge people to take responsibility for their words, actions, and beliefs and to ultimately practice the golden rule of doing unto others as they would have others do unto them”, according to the event’s description. Messiah’s UVP Gospel Choir will lead worship for the chapel.


A new art gallery will be opened at the Aughinbaugh Gallery in the lower level of the Climenhega Fine Arts Building on Friday. The gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a reception will be included.

Special Events

Eyas will be hosting their annual Bombardment (dodgeball) Tournament on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Hitchcock Arena. Students will compete in their respective graduating classes for a chance to be the campus’ best class in dodgeball and win a champions’ t-shirt. There is no limit to how many students may participate in each class.

A special Family Fun Night will be held in Brubaker Auditorium on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The event will include family-centered events, auctions, and fundraisers.


Messiah women’s and men’s basketball will host a Commonwealth Conference doubleheader against Hood College on Wednesday in Brubaker Auditorium. The women’s game will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow around 8 p.m. The women are 8-8 (4-3 Commonwealth) this season, while the men are 9-6 (2-5 Commonwealth).

Men’s and women’s swimming host Lebanon Valley College in a MAC swimming meet in Fredericksen Natatorium on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Messiah men are 8-5 (8-1 MAC) while the women are 11-2 (9-0 MAC) overall. Both teams have won four straight meets.

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