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Fall 2018 Housing Move-In Dates & Information

The Fall 2018 semester is fast approaching so we want you to be prepared for moving into the residence halls on campus. Below are the dates and times that you may move onto campus based upon your specific residence hall assignment and whether you are a new, returning, or transfer student.

These times are specifically created to mediate the flow of traffic and congestion in and around the residence halls due to sheer volume of everyone coming to campus. So we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this schedule. We look forward to having you here at the ‘Ville!

Please feel free to call our office at (717) 871-4200 if you should have any questions or need further clarification.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – NEW STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 am – 9:00 am                Terrace and First Floors

9:00 am – 10:00 am              2nd Floor

10:00 am – 11:00 am           3rd  Floor

11:00 am – 12:00 pm           Trailers

South Village

11 am – 12 pm                       Terrace and First Floors

12 pm – 1:00 pm                    2nd Floor

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                3rd Floor

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                4th Floor

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                Trailers

Reighard and Shenks Halls

9:00 am – 12:00 noon            2nd and 3rd Floors

12:00 noon – 3:00 pm            1st Floor

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – TRANSFERS AND RETURNERS

East and West Villages: 8 am – 12 noon

South Villages: 12 noon – 4 pm

Reighard and Shenks: 12 noon – 4 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018 – RETURNING STUDENTS

East and West Villages: 8 am – 12 noon

South Villages: 12 noon – 4 pm

Reighard and Shenks: 12 noon – 4 pm

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 calendar dates.***

Route & Parking Maps

The links below will open PDF route and parking maps. Please follow the appropriate route for your residence hall:

Black Route – Reighard, Shenks, and West Village

Blue Route – Lehigh (formerly Gilbert Hall)

Green Route – East and South Village

Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls. Click HERE to find out more.

Early Move-In Requests

Students requesting permission to move in earlier than their regularly scheduled move-in date will be billed accordingly per day prorated for their specific room type for each day that they move in earlier. Students will NOT be permitted to move in earlier than 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 19th due to summer camp and conference occupancy and the need for the custodial team to clean all of the rooms.

Specific arrangements need to be made with your Residential Area Director (RAD) prior to being permitted to move in early:

East Village – Mike Davis

Reighard & Shenks Halls – Matt Rutkoski

South Village – Becka Yerger

West Village – Julia Collett

Fall 2018 Housing Move-In “Movers & Shakers” Volunteers Needed

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls.

Student Movers & Shakers will be required to attend a short instructional meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM in the Great Room of South Village.

Benefits of being a volunteer “Mover & Shaker” includes the following responsibilities and benefits:

  • Volunteers can move in early on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 between 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
  • A free limited edition t-shirt to identify yourself as a “Mover & Shaker”
  • Free continental breakfast served on Thursday and Saturday mornings
  • Free lunch served on Thursday afternoon
  • Students who help on both Thursday and Saturday will receive a special Millersville University promotional item (last year we gave out messenger bags)
  • The opportunity to be a servant leader and welcome new students and their families to Millersville University!

*** Students: Please note that if you sign up, move into the residence halls early as a Mover & Shaker, and do not participate as promised, you will be billed accordingly for the early move-in period as well as the cost of the t-shirt. 

If you would like to help, please visit the following page to sign-up:

https://bit.ly/2K6G3aH

This is an exciting opportunity as it brings our University community together to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We hope you’ll be a part of this great tradition!

 

HARP Staff Proudly Participates in 2018 Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI)

2018 MACUHO / NEACUHO RELI

Dr. Scott M. Helfrich and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger participated in the 2018 Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI) at Penn State Harrisburg as offered by the Mid-Atlantic College & University Housing Officers (MACUHO) and Northeast College & University Housing Officers (NEACUHO) professional organizations. Dr. Helfrich served as a faculty member, and Rebekah was a first-time participant.

The Regional Entry Level Institute is an intensive professional development seminar featuring a range of activities for entry-level professionals who aspire to mid-level positions in residence life and beyond. To ensure the intended learning environment, only 28 RELI participants are accepted each year. Participants will be placed into small groups and assigned a faculty member who will provide individual advice, support and suggestions for future professional growth.

This year’s competencies were based on the Association of College & University Housing Officers -International (ACUHO-I) Body of Knowledge:

  • Crisis Management
  •  Evaluation & Planning
  • Facilities Management
  • Fiscal Resources & Control
  • Human Resources
  • Occupancy & Operations
  • Resident Education & Student Behavior
  • Additional mini-sessions were presented on Professional Development, Ancillary Partnerships, and Campus Politics

Dr. Helfrich presented on Facilities Management and was able to share lessons learned from his experience with housing facilities operations at four different universities, including his time here at Millersville University. He also shared his knowledge on student housing public-private partnerships (P3) given he is known as a thought-leader in the industry on this topic.  Millersville University’s suite-style housing exists due to a public-private partnership between the University and Student Service, Inc. (SSI).

Rebekah enjoyed her time as a participant as she was able to expand her knowledge about the housing and residence life professional while interacting with colleagues from around the region:

“At RELI, I really learned a lot about different core competencies that housing and residence life professionals use all over the world. The best thing about this conference was the opportunity to network in a small setting. Now I have the confidence to attend larger conferences and not feel as if I don’t know anyone. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of professionals that work at differing institutions like NYU, UConn, Berkelee College of Music, and so many others. After this conference, I plan on focusing my attention on staff team dynamics and how to best set up my RAs for success, both academically and within HARP.”

Housing Residency Requirement (*Updated University Policy*)

Millersville University Housing & Residential Programs

On April 24, 2018, the University Cabinet approved an updated version of the Housing Residency Requirement for Millersville University students. This post serves as an overview of the policy. You should refer to the full policy by clicking HERE.

Students who have not completed 60-credit hours are required to live on campus for the full term of their housing agreement. On-campus housing is defined as residing in one of the following residence halls: East Village, Reighard Hall, Shenks Hall, South Village, and the West Village. Students are obligated to the full term of their housing agreement regardless of the credit hours completed.


Students not fulfilling their obligation to the on-campus residency requirement without an approved waiver, will be billed accordingly for the cost of housing and a meal plan at the current rate for a double suite in the Villages and a 19-meal per week meal plan.

Any student who wishes to request a waiver of the Millersville University Residency Requirement may obtain a waiver request form online through the students’ MAX account. All waiver requests will be considered in accordance with the Millersville University policy’s intent to maximize the educational process.

The various waiver conditions include the following (all waiver requests will require supplemental documentation for verification):

  • Married students
  • Withdrawing from Millersville University
  • Approved leave of absence
  • Study abroad
  • Students providing direct care for a legal dependent
  • Students already in possession of a baccalaureate degree or a non-traditional aged student
  • Students residing with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian at that person’s permanent home address who is commuting fewer than 40 miles one way
  • Students, who have not yet completed 60-credit hours but have completed at least 30-credit hours, can apply for a waiver to live in affiliate housing provided that space is available. Affiliate housing is defined as any housing managed by Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI).


Any specific questions about the Housing Residence Requirement can be directed to the Department of Housing & Residential programs at (717) 871-4200 or Housing@millersville.edu.

Housing & Residential Programs Celebrates RA Success

We want to say congratulations to the amazing Resident Assistant Staff! The RA’s of the East Villages, South Villages, West Villages, Shenks, and Reighard are to be commended. The Department of Housing and Residential Programs hosted its annual RA Banquet on Sunday, April 14th, 2018. The senior staff of Housing & Residential Programs hosts this annual banquet to recognize the RA staff for their accomplishments and hard work. The RA’s have offered so much to the Millersville campus community, from their willingness to solve conflicts as well as the development of amazing programs throughout the residence halls. We find it necessary to place them into a cohesive, uplifting, and engaging environment.

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“It was a fun one last time together as a staff. It was well put on and a great wrap-up to the end of the year.” —Sienna Rankin-Wahlers 20180415_182237

Camille Christiansen and Zach Whelpley acceped the “Outstanding New RA” and “Outstanding Returning RA” Awards. Camille is a Junior Biology major. Zach Welpley is a Junior Computer Science major heading into his senior year.

“I was surprised and excited! I honestly wasn’t expecting it all. I know that I work hard to support and be there for the residents in the building, but there are so many other RA’s who really are amazing and that I look up to. It also felt really nice being recognized because sometimes it seems like we work behind the scenes.” —Camille Christiansen

20180415_181153Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger with Resident Assistant of East Villages, Alexis Nunes, who accepts The Dr. Clyde S & Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship. The Stine Award is given annually to a continuing Resident Assistant member of the junior class. The successful applicant must have a record of demonstrated outstanding service and positive contributions to the Department of Housing & Residential Programs and the general campus community. Alexis is a sophomore Early Childhood / Special Education major with a minor in STEM . Congratulations, Alexis!

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” —Dr. Suess (East RA Staff 2017-2018)

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RA’s Sam Reams, Gabby Reed, Rick Penn, Simone Terrell, and Abby Musser (not pictured) are accepting the Global Perspective Pillar Program for their “Interracial Dating” program. These RA’s opened a forum to discuss interracial dating hoping to inspire different perspectives about dating. This event  featured guests from the Black Student Union. This award is given to those who planned and executed an event for residents to develop relationships with others. This program must also prepare residents to become informed global citizens by appreciating differences, communicate in a personal setting, promote community, and integrate knowledge in everyday experiences. Congratulations, South Village!

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RA Natalie Hertzog accepting the Personal Perspective Pillar Program Award for her “Not Fooling Me” program. This award is given to those who planned and executed an event for residents to further their individual growth by making responsible and ethical decisions, developing a sense of self, utilizing effective time management, managing one health’s resolving conflict, and developing leadership skills. This program discussed body positivity and how social media can affect it. Residents were given rocks to color to as a reminder of self-love. Congratulations, Natalie! 20180415_181830

RA Zach Whelpley accepted the Academic Perspective Pillar Program Award for his program “Stargazing.”  This award is given to those who planned and executed an event for residents to successfully navigate the collegiate experience. The program also must provide residents with critical thinking skills, a value life-long learning, and academic competency. This program allowed residents to learn how to set up a telescope, discover a method for star navigation, differentiating between stars, planets, and clusters, and even discussed the human impact on the environment. Congratulations, Zach!

The senior staff of Housing & Residential Programs are very proud of each RA and hope to see continued success and growth for each of you. You all will always have a place in Housing & Residential Programs. The hope is that you continue to inspire, impact, and engage individuals who are ready and willing to learn!

Secure Your Campus Housing for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Follow these simple steps to pick your room for Fall 2018.

  1. SECURE YOUR HOUSING FOR FALL 2018 – SPRING 2019: Pay the $200.00 non-refundable housing deposit through your MAX account through March 19, 2018.
  2. APPLY ONLINE AND SIGN YOUR HOUSING AGREEMENT: The housing agreement is for the duration of Fall 2018 – Spring 2019. You must fill out the application prior to being able to select a room. You can do this by going to: MAX Account >> Student Services >> Housing & Dining >> MyHousing >> Apply Online.
  3. MATCHING ROOMMATES: Students must have paid their housing deposit to match. If you plan on selecting the same room as you currently have, DO NOT match roommates. Simply select your own room. Your roommate(s) will do the same if they plan on staying in that same room with you. You can do this between March 1st and March 19th.
  4. SELECT YOUR ROOM: You can select your room through your MAX account based upon the following schedule:
    • Shenks Hall Only: March 21st (Note: Shenks fills up very fast)
    • Same Room: March 22nd – March 26th
    • Open Room: March 29th – April 13th

Millersville 2018 Room Selection

Remember the University’s occupancy requirement:

All full-time undergraduate students with less than 60-credit hours attempted are required to live on campus.  On campus is defined as residing in one of the following residence halls: East Village, Reighard Hall, Shenks Hall, South Village, or West Village.  Students interested in living off-campus must have completed at least 60 credits before they can move off campus.

Students, who have not yet completed 60-credit hours but have completed at least 30-credit hours, can live in our affiliate housing.  Affiliate housing is defined as any housing managed by Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI)  http://www.studentlodginginc.com/

Questions? Please see your Residential Area Director or call the Housing and Residential Programs office at (717) 871-4200.

2017 Annual On-Campus Resident Satisfaction Survey – Emailed Invitation to Participate

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The Department of Housing & Residential Programs will be conducting its annual Skyfactor / EBI MAP-Works survey through Thursday, December 14, 2017 to obtain feedback regarding resident students’ satisfaction with the on-campus living experience. We would greatly appreciate if you would take the time to fill out this survey. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, but if you are unable to complete the survey in one sitting, you will be able to return to the survey using the link given to you in the email invitation.

Your responses will be kept anonymous and will assist us in evaluating and planning for future programs and services. Your responses are important! Students are the best source of information to help shape the educational and co-curricular experience at Millersville University.

Students who fully complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100.00 gift certificate for the university store.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey.

Sincerely,
Dr. Scott M. Helfrich, D.Ed. – Director
Housing & Residential Programs