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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

Questions:

  • 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

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.

Housing:

  • 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!

 

 

Important Information for the Beginning of Fall 2017

HOUSING:

  • Returning students can move in on Sat. 4/26 and Sun. 4/27
  • Refer to MU’s Housing Website for details on the move-in times for each residence hall
  • If you would like to move-in prior to this please email housing@Millersville.edu to arrange this as soon as possible!

MEALS:

  • Meal plans can start being used during Brunch on Saturday, August 26 from 9am-1:30pm  in the Upper Deck
  • More information on dining hall hours before the start of the semester can be found here.

OTHER ITEMS:

  • Check out Global Education’s new website! It’s recently been updated with more resources for international students.
  • ALL returning students are required to check-in with Global Education during the first two weeks of classes to complete an updated Information Sheet. An updated address  and phone number is required for your SEVIS registration.
  • ALL students who have moved or changed majors are required to complete a request for Update Request Form for immigration documents.  An updated address  and phone number is required for your SEVIS registration.
  • Update your health insurance! If you purchased health insurance last year for academic year 2016-2017, then you may need to purchase health insurance for this academic year 2017-2018. Stop by Global Education if you need assistance. 

 

Welcome Message – Fall 2017

Greetings from Global Education at Millersville University!

We are pleased that you will be joining us this August and look forward to meeting you in person during Orientation. We are excited to work with you as you adjust to life in Millersville and the United States.

Over the course of your time at MU you will be receiving a weekly newsletter which will give you important information regarding immigration, housing, move-in/move-out dates, exam schedules, course registration, events across the campus and much more! It is important to regularly check your MU email for this newsletter.

We hope that you enjoy your time at Millersville and can’t wait to meet all of you!

-Global Education Staff

End of Semester Information!

For students graduating and for those returning to your home institutes we wish you all the best in the future. Stay connected with us on our Facebook page and join us in LinkedIn Page as well! Don’t have LinkedIn? Now is the perfect time to join!

BOOK BUY-BACK

You will be able to sell your textbooks during finals week. Just locate one the of CASH for BOOKS vans, or check the school store. Both locations may give you a different price, so shop around!

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IMMIGRATION

Be sure to get your immigration document signed at Global Education if you’re traveling out of the county during the summer. Our office will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30pm.

HOUSING

Residential Halls close at 7pm on Friday, May 12th. Any student not taking summer classes must move out by then. Students taking summer classes and living on campus should apply for summer housing on the Housing Website and talk with your GA about your plans.

DINING

Refer to MU’s Dining Website for more information about dining services over the summer.

Note: there are NO meal plan options during Summer 1 session, but you can purchase meal plans for sessions 2 and 3.

TRANSPORTATION

Need a ride to the train station on Thursday or Friday? Hop on the Finals Bus!bus

DONATE

Drop off donations for new international students if you have items you don’t need (see flier below for more details)

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Tips and Resources for Finals Week

As we are heading into finals week, we wanted to give you guys a couple of tips and reminders about whats available to you on campus to help aid in your finals success.

Tutors on campus:

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Try to take advantage of the tutoring center we have on campus.  If your stuck in a class that is super hard do not hesitate to ask for help. The tutors that are here on campus are really nice and are here to help you.

You can contact the tutoring center in Lyle Hall room 355 , Call 717-871-7222 or visit their website for tutoring times

We have tutors for all of the following academic departments:

  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • English (English 010 and 110 tutoring will be provided by the English Department and WIN: Writers’ Improvement Network)
  • Foreign Languages (tutoring arrangements will be made by the Foreign Language Department)
  • Government
  • History
  • Latino/a Studies
  • Music (tutoring arrangements will be made by the Philosophy Department)
  • Philosophy (tutoring arrangements will be made by the Philosophy Department)
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Mathematics (LD/PD; MSP)*
  • Physics

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The Library is open later during finals week so If you are a late owl and can not study at home, you can grab a nice late night  frappuccino Image result for png Starbucks at Starbucks and study there.

Other Tips for Finals Week:

  • Whatever you do, DON’T stress. Stress can cause you to do poorly on your exams. Try some simple breathing exercises to keep your stress level down.
  • Create a dependable study group with classmates because sometimes its better to study in a group than alone.Image result for png tutoring
  • Try rewriting your notes over again in another notebook. This is a good way to re-teach yourself the material.
  • Get sleep! I know we all want to cram in all the information in one night but the best way to prepare for finals is getting all the rest you can have and learn the material with a clear head after a goodnight’s rest.

Good luck on finals everyone!

Healthy Eating and Academic Success

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Finals week is quickly approaching and everyone knows what that means….late nights and a diet consisting of coffee and convenient junk food!  But it’s very important that you eat healthy food during Finals Week so that your brain has enough energy to get you through that late night study sessions!

Also, remember that summer is coming right after finals, so if we all want to look good in our beachImage result for png beach bucket wear, we should snack healthier while studying for finals.

Here are some tips for healthy snacking:

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  • Eat Fruit! you can substitute fruit for sweets and candies and the natural sugar keeps you alert and awake.
  • Granola bars are good for an on-the-go snack.
  • Peanuts or any type of nuts are good brain food
  • Vegetables are great- carrots with ranch dip is a personal favorite.
  • If your feeling the need for chips, rice chips or rice cakes are a good healthy substitute and come in many flavors.
  • Eat a full dinner, even if it is something quick and easy like pasta.
  • The galley provides many healthy, quick lunch options to grab on your way to the library, like wraps and salads.
  • Popcorn is good for you in moderation.

Good luck on finals and remember to gets a lot of sleep, eat healthy, and study hard!

Summer Hot Spot: Ocean City Maryland

If you’ll be staying in the area for the summer, you’re in luck because Pennsylvania is close to some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Just a short drive away, the beaches of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland are awesome vacation spots if you have just a day, a long weekend, or even a week to spare!

Ocean City Maryland is one of our favorite beach hot spots. With a 2.25 mile long boardwalk abundant with shops, restaurants, hotels and more, Ocean City has something for everyone!

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Aside from the hundreds of activities on the boardwalk, Ocean City is a 36 mile long town that has activities all summer long to preoccupy anyone. Some of the popular activities include their international kite expo, restaurant week, 100 nights of lights, surf expos, movie nights, and concerts. There is never a dull moment in Ocean City.

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If you’re not looking to spend all day wrapped up in the activities, and you would rather relax on the beach all day, soaking up the sun (while properly applying SPF throughout the day of course), then look no further. Ocean City Maryland is one of the few free beaches in the area that does not require a beach tag. This means that you can ‘beach it’ as often and for as long as you’d like – for free! This makes it perfect for a spontaneous beach day trip. All you have to pay for is the gas down and any food you buy on the boardwalk!

Located only about 3 hours from Millersville, Ocean City is a popular beach hot spot for college aged adults. Plan a trip this summer to see what you love best about OCMD!

Stress Relief for Finals Week

As hard as it may be to believe, but finals week is finally here. It’s that time of the year to test yourself on how much you actually learned these past 15 weeks. While 15 weeks of school work boiled down to 1 test may be stressful, Global Ed has some sure-fire ways to help ease some of this test anxiety you may feel!

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  • Do NOT procrastinate – if you have not started studying yet, take this weekend to begin. Even if your test is not cumulative, it is still overwhelming for your brain to absorb information for multiple classes at once. Prioritize your studying based on which tests are first, and develop a study plan to help ease some stress.
  • Eat regularly/healthy – fueling your body with healthy food also fuels your brain, which helps you retain information while you study. It is easy to forge to eat when you get weighed down with tasks/studying, and often it is easier to engorge in 3 pizzas a day or have coffee for dinner. While cooking may take some time, it is important to make sure that you are getting your normal vitamins through your food. This will not not only help with studying, but healthy eating will prevent you from getting sick – which you run a higher risk of when you are stressed out.
  • Take a break – After about 60-90 minutes of studying, your brain stops retaining information. It is important to give yourself a break. During your break, doing light exercise helps with studying too! Take a short walk and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, take a break and make a meal, or just relax for about 10 minutes in silence. Whatever you need to do to give your brain the well needed rest it deserves is just as important as studying.
  • Sleep – sleep is very important and correlates directly with academic performance. Your body needs rest, and getting a healthy 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night is vital to college students well-being. Feeling rested when you wake up will help you perform better on your tests and assignments.
  • Breathe – Sure, you breathe all the time. But when is the last time you stopped what you were doing, took a deep breath in, and then just let it go? It is amazing how satisfying and relieving this can be. If you find yourself overwhelmed, remember to just breathe. School work and finals are very important, but they are not the end-all, be-all of your life. Everyone is human and we are not expected to get perfect scores on all of our tests. We are expected to try our best and learn what we can. At the end of the day, if you try your best and give it your all, that is succeeding. Finals will be over before you know it and then we get to enjoy 3 months of a well deserved summer vacation!