Guest Information & Services
Welcome to Messiah College!
We are proud of our beautiful and spacious campus, our fine facilities, and our excellent staff. I trust that you will find that the hospitality and service of our community more than meets your needs. It is our desire that you will genuinely enjoy your stay with us.
Messiah College is a Christian liberal arts college offering majors in a wide variety of humanities and science disciplines and professional fields.
Founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ denomination, the College today embraces many Christian traditions while remaining true to the principles and ideals of our founders. Messiah College combines academic excellence with unapologetic Christian commitment. It is our hope that you sense our essence even as you visit us however briefly.
Again, welcome, and enjoy your time at Messiah.
Kim S. Phipps
This web page will inform you of the many services available to you as our guest at Messiah College during the summer.
During the summer the Guest Relations Student Staff is here to assist you from 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. each day. The front desk is located on the lower level of the Eisenhower Campus Center across from Dispatch and their extension is 7065. The Guest Relations staff would be happy to address any questions, problems, or concerns you have. The administrative Conference Services Office is open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, for your assistance as well. It is located on the second floor of the Eisenhower Campus Center in Room 224, and their extension is 6009. You can reach either office from any campus phone, including the one in your room by simply dialing the extension.
If you have any comments or concerns regarding your stay at Messiah College that you would like to share, please stop by my office. I appreciate your input as it helps us evaluate our conference operations.
We look forward to making your stay here an enjoyable and memorable one.
Director of Conference and Event Services
YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
All conference guests must register during their stay on campus. You may do this at your specific registration location. (If you are unsure of your registration location, please contact Conference Services.) During registration you will be given your room assignment and key, your meal card/access card (for dorm and dining room access), and conference information.
Keys to individual rooms are distributed at registration. Room keys can be returned to the Guest Relations desk or to your designated check out location. You will be charged a $75.00 replacement fee for keys not returned.
In addition, you will receive an ID access card. An access card reader can be found at the outside entrance of each dormitory/apartment building. All residence hall doors will remain locked during your stay unless other arrangements have previously been made by your conference contact. We ask that you do not prop open doors that are locked--an alarm will sound.
The ID access card will also be used as your meal pass and will be needed to enter the Dining Room for all meals.
Linens are provided in your room. Your linen set includes two sheets, a pillow case, blanket, pillow, two towels, and a washcloth. If you are missing any of these items, please contact Guest Relations.
To assist us with your check-out, please place your sheets and towels in your pillow case and leave them outside your door. Your folded blanket and pillow with pillow cover can be left on your bed. Do not remove mattress, pillows, or blankets from the room. Thank you for your cooperation.
We ask that you respect the following policies during your stay on our campus.
Quiet Hours: Please observe quiet hours from 10 p.m.-8 a.m.
Curfew: Children under age 16 should not be out on campus between the hours of midnight and 6:30 a.m. unless they are accompanied by an adult over 18 years old.
Pets: Pets are not permitted on campus, and fines will be assessed if this policy is broken.
Smoking: The College does not permit smoking inside any of its buildings or on it's grounds. If you must smoke, we ask that you do so in your car.
Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted on campus.
Camping: Tents are not permitted on campus. Mobile homes and recreational vehicles are not permitted for camping purposes. They may be parked on campusat Starry Field, and they must be registered with the Office of Public Safety. All conference participants must stay in a dorm or apartment on campus.
The Lottie Nelson Dining Room is located on the upper level of the Eisenhower Campus Center. The Food Court offers a variety of food options including hot entrees, an extensive salad bar, and a host of beverages and desserts.
To gain entrance to the Dining Room you must present your ID card or meal ticket only. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by their parents/chaperone. Standard meal hours are as follows, although they may be altered to accommodate several conferences:
We have a "no limit" policy. You may take as much food as you like, as long as you eat what you take. Please do not waste food. Take small portions and come back for seconds as often as you like. When serving yourself from the salad and dessert bars, please do so with moderation in mind. No food may be taken, in any manner, from the dining area.
Extended hours for groups will be posted outside the Dining Room.
The Falcon Express snack shop is located on the lower level of the Eisenhower Campus Center. It features a varied menu including items from the grill, varied coffees, fountain items as well as frozen treats. Regular hours are 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Additional hours are available if they are requested by the conference contact in advance. These hours will be posted outside the Falcon Express.
Drink and candy machines can be found throughout campus in building lounges and lobbies.Problems with the machines should be reported to the Dining Services Office in Eisenhower 210.
SECURITY AND EMERGENCIES
The Department of Safety has uniformed officers on duty 24 hours a day, patrolling the campus buildings, grounds, and parking lots. In addition, Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day by calling extension 6005 or 691-6005, or by visiting them on the main level of the Eisenhower Campus Center. If you need to contact a Safety Officer, please contact the dispatcher at extension 6005, and they will assist you in contacting an officer.
Locate the fire alarms and emergency exits upon arrival. If an alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately through the nearest exit. Do not use elevators. Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Department or the Dept. of Safety Officer instructs you to do so.
In event of an emergency such as a fire or a serious injury requiring a highly trained response team, call 9-911 from any campus phone.
For other concerns that are not as urgent, please contact Guest Relations or Conference Services. Should they not be available, contact the Department of Safety by calling extension 6005. They will respond to the situation as needed.
The college does not have a doctor or nurse available. If an emergency arises please call the Dispatchers at 6005, Holy Spirit Hospital at 763-2100, or simply dial 9-911 to reach emergency personnel. As a courtesy, please report all injuries or emergency incidents to the Dispatchers (x6005), so that they can fill out an incident report.
Our campus is primarily a walking campus. For this reason, we discourage the use of motor vehicles on campus. Please cooperate with us by respecting all regulations and directional signs and parking only in designated parking areas. This will allow the main campus to accommodate speakers, staff, commuters, and handicapped individuals attending your event. Messiah College does ticket cars that violate traffic regulations.
If you are staying in a dorm, there is parking available near the dorms. Commuters may park near the Campus Center. Be sure to check for the reserved/handicapped areas. Due to township fire regulations, cars may use the area along the main road only as a drop-off area. Four-way flashers are required while parking temporarily.
We ask that those using bicycles and rollerblades be courteous to those walking on the sidewalks. Pedestrians have the right of way. Rollerblades are not permitted on the roadways or inside buildings. Skateboards are not permitted on the college property.
The pool is located in the Sollenberger Sports Center, and is available to conferences by special request. All requests must be made two weeks in advance. A lifeguard must be on duty at all times during pool use, and conference attendees must sign in with the pool monitor in order to use the pool. Please note that there is a maximum of 25 people per 1 lifeguard allowed in the pool at one time. Click here for Pool Policy.
Hitchcock gymnasium is located in the Sollenberger Sports Center. It has four basketball/volleyball courts. Hitchcock is available by special request by your conference. All requests must be made two weeks in advance. Equipment is available from the Guest Relations Desk. An ID access card is required to check out equipment.
There are sand volleyball courts behind Mellinger and Kelly apartments. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Volleyballs may be checked out through the Guest Relations Desk. An ID access card is required.
There are tennis courts available for use across the covered bridge. Guests must provide their own equipment.
There are two outdoor basketball courts located behind Naugle Dorm along the parking area. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The courts may not be used after 10:00 p.m.
Four racquetball courts are available on a first-come first-serve basis. They are located in the Sollenberger Sports Center. Guests must provide their own equipment.
Each room has a telephone. Guests may call on campus and locally (by dialing 9+the number) free of charge. Long distance calls must be charged to a personal credit card. To make calls to an 800 number, dial 80+1+800+xxx-xxxx. If you have problems with your phone, please report it immediately to the Guest Relations Desk.
Do not try to access the Internet through the phone line in your room. The phone lines in the dorm rooms and apartments are digital lines, and can potentially damage a laptop modem. Please contact your conference contact person if you are in need of Internet access.
Phone messages received for guests will be taken to the conference registration area. If you need to give out a phone number for someone to reach you, they may call the Guest Relations Desk at (717) 766-2511 extension 7065 from 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m., and the Dispatchers at (717) 691-6005 after 11:00 p.m. To ensure that your message gets to you as soon as possible, the person calling should know what conference you are with and, if possible, your dorm assignment, so that the call may be transferred to your room.
Stamps may be purchased at the Campus Store, located next to the Falcon Express.
Mail addressed to a conference guest will be delivered to the conference registration area. If the registration area is closed, Conference Services will hold the mail at the Guest Relations Desk for the guest to pick up.
Please do not drop messages into the boxes marked "Campus Mail" near the post office. These are for Messiah College employees and students only. Please leave conference messages at the conference registration area.
Located on the lower level of the Eisenhower Campus Center, the Campus Store features everything from the latest in contemporary Christian music to postcards, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Laundry machines are located in each residence.
ATM Machines are located in the lower level of the Eisenhower Campus Center behind the Falcon Express, in the ECC Commons area and in the Larsen Student Union. A service fee may be charged from the bank for withdraws.
Coin-operated copiers are available in the Library.
Office supplies such as tape, thumbtacks, markers etc. should be purchased from the Campus Store.
Lost and found is located at the Dispatch office in the lower lobby of the Eisenhower Campus Center.
Messiah College has an ongoing recycling program which is part of a broader commitment to the Presidential Climate Commitment for a sustainable campus environment. In order to accomplish this, various recycling containers have been positioned throughout all buildings for the collection of paper and cans/bottles. In keeping with current operating policy we are asking that only recyclables be placed into these containers. All trash should be placed in the appropriate trash receptacles and that you make every effort to not place recyclable materials into the trash.
If you would like to know more about Messiah College and its broad range of course offerings to you or someone you know, please stop by the Admissions Office (Located in Old Main) for more information.
THE GRANTHAM CHURCH (BRETHREN IN CHRIST)
The Grantham Church is located just off campus along Grantham Road. The schedule of services is as follows:
The Murray Library's hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended hours or changes will be posted.