Pumpkin Carving

Americans love pumpkins. We love pumpkin seeds, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin picking and most of all, carving pumpkins! Global Education is hosting a free pumpkin carving and painting party on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00. Meet on the porch at Cumberland House. Snacks will be provided. Don’t miss out on this great American experience, SIGN UP HERE!

To help prepare you for the ultimate Halloween activity, here are some tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin.


  1. Select the perfect pumpkin!
  2. Pick a design! It can be spooky, funny, traditional, or something completely made up by you. Some people like to find a stencil online, others like to free-hand their designs.
  3. If you are using a stencil, find a design online, the simpler the design, the easier the carving will be.
  4. Cut out the outline of the design you want.
  5. Hold it against the pumpkin and, using a permanent marker, trace along the outside of the design onto the pumpkin.
  6. If you are drawing your own design, use a permanent marker and draw directly onto the pumpkin.
  7. Before you carve into your pumpkin, you will need to cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the top like a lid. Do not cut completely vertical, cut on an angle so that this lid can later be placed back on and will stay in place.
  8. Using a big spoon, scoop out all of the insides and seeds of the pumpkin.
  9. After the inside is clean, now you can turn the pumpkin on its side and start carving out your design.
  10. Be careful while carving because if you mess up, you can’t go back.
  11. When you have finished carving and removed all of the chunks of pumpkin that you cut out, place a small candle into your pumpkin.
  12. Put the top back on, turn off the lights or wait for it to get dark, and watch your masterpiece glow!


Another option people traditionally follow is painting their pumpkins instead of carving them. This way is a lot less messy and the pumpkin will last longer. We will also have painting supplies for anyone wishing to paint their pumpkins instead of carving.


Employment Workshop

There will be an informative and interactive employment workshop held on Friday, October 13 from 12:00-1:00 PM for international students. The focus will be on and off campus employment, as well as options for after graduations, such as Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) options related to your visa. Please read this information in advance to prepare and get the most out of the workshop. Students graduating this semester will not want to miss out on this workshop!

Withdraw From a Course

The last day to withdraw from a class and get a “W” grade is Friday, November 3rd!

If you signed up for a class and then later realized that it is too difficult, or that it has too heavy of a course load, or that it is just plain boring and your grades are suffering as a result, withdrawing may be the best option for you. When you withdraw from a class, it shows up on your transcript as a “W”, which means that you will not get credit for the class and it will not impact your GPA (Grade Point Average) in any way.

If you are only taking 12 credits, you are not eligible to withdraw from a class because your credit hours would fall below the minimum requirement to be a full-time student.

Here is how to withdraw from a course:

  1. You must print out a Course Withdrawal Card, found here: http://www.millersville.edu/registrar/files/studentforms/withdrawal-card.pdf
  2. Fill out the top half of the form with all of the necessary information.
  3. Next, bring the Course Withdrawal Card to the professor who teaches the class you wish to withdraw from and have them sign it.
  4. Exchange students: After your professor signs the card, bring it to Global Education so we can review it and sign it.
  5. Degree students: After your professor signs the card, bring it to your academic advisor so they can sign it.
  6. Lastly, drop off the form at the Registrar’s Office (in Lyle Hall) no later than 4:30pm on November 3rd.

If you have any questions regarding the withdrawal process or your eligibility to withdraw from a course, stop by Global Education or send us an email, we are here to help!

We Are Global

‘We Are Global’ aims to spread awareness of the international student and faculty populations, study abroad opportunities and past participants, and the international initiatives of MU. We hope to show the diversity of the campus and show that you can participate in global initiatives no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, major, class standing, and more! In this campaign, we are interviewing Millersville study abroad students, faculty, and international students and scholars!

You are one of the faces that represents everything international at Millersville University! For this reason, we at Global Education would love for you to participate in ‘We Are Global.’

Just send the following to Christina.Kinney@Millersville.edu 

  •  3-5 pictures of yourself
  • Answers to supplemental questions below


  • What is your home country?
  • Why did you come to study/(or teach for scholars) at Millersville University?
  • What fun trips/excursions/events did you participate in (so far)?
  • What is one new cultural thing you learned?
  • What would you like to share with the campus community about your culture or country?
  • Anything else that you would like to share
  • Would you be willing to be in a quick video for Global Education’s social media? (Yes, or No)

Responses will be archived in our office and posted on our various social media accounts within the next year. This will allow the Millersville community to learn about you and your home culture.



Fall Break will be here soon with no classes being held on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th! During this time campus with still remain open, but will be less active.

Some of you may be taking advantage of this break to plan a trip or take a few days to relax and recharge. No matter what your plans, continue reading for preparations to make for break regarding international travel and remaining on campus during that time.

Traveling Internationally:

  • Any student traveling internationally during break needs to have the travel endorsement signature on their I-20 (page 2) or DS-2019 (page 1).
  • If your I-20/DS-2019 was previously signed and the signature is a year old, you will need to have it signed again. Signatures are only good for one year.
  • Stop by Global Education to have you documents signed.


  • On-campus student wishing to stay in the residence halls during break must complete a request form with Housing. Housing will be emailing you specific instructions on how to do this soon.
  • Students not staying on campus during the break are required to vacate the residence halls by Friday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Dining Services:

  • During break MU dining options are more limited and you cannot use your meal plan after Friday evening.
  • Refer to the Campus Dining Schedule for what dining services will be available during this time. Campus Dining Schedule
  • Meal plans cannot be used during break. Students will have to use FLEX, Marauder Gold, cash, or credit card.
  • Do to the restrictions with dining services you may wish to visit local grocery stores in addition to dining on

Local Grocery Stores:

  • The closest grocery store to campus, John Herr’s, is about a 20 minute walk. It is located near the end of George Street at 25 Manor Avenue. Their business hours are found here.
  • Another nearby grocery store is Weis Markets located at the Manor Shopping Center at 1204 Millersville Pike, Lancaster PA. Students can take the #16 bus

You’ve almost made it to the a well-deserved break. Keep going strong! If you have any questions regarding the information above feel free to reach out to the Global Education office.  

Employment Workshop

If you are looking for information about getting a job on campus or want to understand your immigration rules come to this workshop.

There will be an informative and interactive employment workshop held on Wednesday, September 20 from 3:00-4:00 PM for international students. The focus will be on and off campus employment, as well as options for after graduations, such as Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) options related to your visa. Please read this website in advance to prepare and get the most out of the workshop: http://www.millersville.edu/globaled/International%20Exchange%20Students/working-in-the-us/index.php. Join the group to learn more and share from your experiences!