Did you know Millersville employees have contributed more than $3.2 million towards Millersville University’s Soar to Greatness capital campaign, which is nearing its goal of $85 million? The Soar to Greatness campaign reflects Millersville’s ambition to support the goals of higher education, ensuring that opportunities are continued and improved.
“I will never forget the time my daughter broke down in tears at her college book store when they revealed the total cost of her first semester’s books,” said Johanne Shutter, senior accountant at Millersville. “If I can prevent that experience for one student I will have done my part.” Shutter funds the Richard S. Levandusky ’58 Technology Education Scholarship, which honors her father. This $1,000 scholarship, one of 50 annual awards, is given to a first-year student majoring in technical education. Shutter believes in karma, the bigger picture, a larger chain of events. “I give what I can, when I am able, in hopes of making a positive impact in our future,” she says.
High Voltage Electrician Larry Eshelman takes a payroll deduction to contribute to the Millersville Employees Dedicated to the Advancement of Learning fund (MEDAL). This year, $12,000 from the MEDAL fund was awarded to 13 members of the incoming freshman class. “If I can give a little bit to help someone else, I will,” said Eshelman, who has been employed by Millersville University for 32 years and has two children who are Millersville alumni.
“These are difficult times for many people and we are committed to helping students in our department and the field of meteorology,” said Dr. Sepi Yalda, professor of meteorology, director of the Center for Disaster Research and Education and coordinator of the master’s program in emergency management. Yalda and Dr. Richard Clark, meteorology professor and department chairman, fund the Clark-Yalda Scholarship in Atmospheric Science. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in meteorology with first preference going to a student from outside of Pennsylvania. “Millersville meteorology is well-known regionally and nationally, and we wanted to use this scholarship to be more competitive for out-of-state students. MU is already a very good value for Pennsylvania residents. We see this scholarship as a way of giving back to the Millersville community,” said Clark and Yalda.
The Soar to Greatness campaign aims to reach its goal by December 2012 with a focus on support for scholarships and fellowships, global opportunities, civic engagement, student-faculty research, student health and wellness, instructional equipment and construction and renovation of the library and the visual and performing arts center.
To find out more about giving, visit Millersville’s Giving Website.