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Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving Break will be here soon! Below is some important information for you.

Classes:

There will be no classes being held starting on Wednesday, November 22nd, with classes resuming on Monday, November 27th. 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:

  • Click HERE for information from the Housing Office.
  • 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 and it will also be in Ville Daily.
  • Students not staying on campus during the break are required to vacate the residence halls by Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Dining Services:

  • During break MU dining options are more limited and you cannot use your meal plan after Tuesday evening. Refer to the Campus Dining Schedule for what dining services will be available during this time.
  • Meal plans cannot be used during break. Students will have to use FLEX, Marauder Gold, cash, or credit card.
  • There will be no dining services available on campus from Thursday, November 23-Saturday, November 25.
  • Due to the restrictions with dining services you may wish to visit local grocery stores in addition to dining on campus.

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 and they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 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 there, but this bus will not be running on Thanksgiving Day, so students should plan to purchase food beforehand.
  • Due to limited store hours and transportation, it is highly recommended to plan your grocery shopping ahead of time.

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.  

 

CLASS REGISTRATION

It is already to think about registering for your Winter and Spring 2017 classes! For those of you graduating this semester be sure to register for graduation.

Class registration for the Spring semester opens November 2nd. Before then you will want to meet with your academic advisor regarding your schedule for the coming semester. If you haven’t already watched MU’s short instructional videos on register, you can do so here. This page contains the dates for Spring Registration, which opens up at different times for students depending on the number of credits you have. Be sure to refer to it to see when registration will be open for you.

We’ve also created specific instructions for international students to help with registering. Refer here for them. Don’t delay in registering, so you’ll able to get the classes you want.

If you need further academic assistance feel free to reach out to Dr. Kasia Jakubiak, the Global Education Faculty Coordinator, for assistance. Good luck registering!

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.

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  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!

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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.

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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

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