Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Staff at Title IX Update

Millersville University was well represented at the annual meeting held by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to give updates on Title IX. The meeting, which went over legal changes and new developments within Title IX, took place on Tuesday, July 24 in Harrisburg.

From left to right: Renardo Hall, Associated Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at MU; Lori Austin, Director of Judicial Affairs at MU; Elizabeth Swantek, Title IX Coordinator at MU; Dr. Victoria Sanders, Assistant Vice Chancellor/Chief EEEO Compliance Officer & State System Title IX Coordinator; and Pete Anders, Millersville University Police Chief.

 

Nursing Professor Speaks Out on Air Quality

Millersville University faculty member, Dr. Kelly Kuhns, is known for her work on rural air pollution. A member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Kuhns is an avid spokesperson for quality air control. For this reason, Kuhns was recently quoted in Utah’s “Desert News” and the Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks press release entitled “Country Living, Dirty Air: Oil and Gas Pollution in Rural America.”

In these publications, Kuhns discusses how rural communities are often thought of as a safe environment that has clean and healthy air. However, quite the opposite is the case as oil and gas drilling has made rural air comparable to urban cities. As a registered nurse and chairman of the nursing department at Millersville, Kuhns’ main concern with this type of air pollution is the increased risk of asthma, heart disease, cancer and more.

In the two releases, Kuhns continues on to state that public health should come first when it comes to policy makers decisions. “This is no longer just about the environment, it’s about the health of our nation,” says Kuhns. Ultimately, it is of the utmost importance to limit methane and VOC pollution and raising awareness of these dangers is the first step.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HR SELECTED FOR CUPA-HR LEADERS PROGRAM

Melanie DeSantis

Executive Director of Human Resources Melanie DeSantis was selected as one of six members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) to participate in the Emerging 2018-19 Leaders program.

CUPA-HR serves higher education by providing the resources, advocacy, knowledge and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. This association offers professional and learning development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

DeSantis was nominated and selected by CUPA-HR leadership based on her leadership skills, knowledge, engagement with CUPA-HR and demonstration of willingness to advance higher education HR. She was recognized as a volunteer leader who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher education HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession.

This program will provide DeSantis with peer connection and interaction with CUPA-HR leaders. She will have the opportunity to develop deep networks with peers, engage in problem-solving work groups and gain an inside look at CUPA-HR’s structure and operations.

“I am honored to be selected as a member of this unique program for college and university HR leaders. I hope to learn more about the operations of our national organization and how CUPA-HR leaders can assist members and chapters across the country with their professional development efforts,” says DeSantis.

 

Promotion, Tenure and Sabbatical Leave Awards

The Provost’s Office recently shared the names of those who have been awarded promotion, tenure and sabbatical leaves. Congratulations to the following faculty members:

Promotions:

Promoted to Full Professor:

Prof. Ben Cunningham                       Art and Design

Dr. Shawn Gallagher                           Psychology

Dr. Gary Leinberger                            Accounting and Finance

Dr. Jennifer Shettel                             Early, Middle and Exceptional Education

 

Promoted to Associate Professor:

Dr. Barry Atticks                                 Music

Dr. Michael Elioff                               Chemistry

Dr. Marc Felizzi                                   Social Work

Dr. Justin Garcia                                 Sociology/Anthropology

Dr. Alexandra Hutto                           Management and Marketing

Dr. John Kaiser Ortiz                          Philosophy

Dr. Steven Kennedy                            Chemistry

Dr. Jack Ogutu                                    Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology

Dr. David Owen                                  Government and Political Affairs

Prof. Greg Szczyrbak                          Library

Dr. Tyrone Washington                     Mathematics

 

Promoted to Assistant Professor:

Dr. Jennifer Frank                               Social Work

 

Tenure:

      Spring Hires:

Dr. Jennifer Frank                             Social Work

Dr. Justin Garcia                                Sociology/Anthropology

Dr. Xin Li                                             Physics

 

Fall Hires:

Dr. Barry Atticks                                 Music

Dr. Kelly Banna                                   Psychology

Dr. Marc Felizzi                                   Social Work

Dr. Laura Granruth                            Social Work

Dr. Alexandra Hutto                           Management and Marketing

Dr. Steven Kennedy                            Chemistry

Dr. Jenny Monn                                  Nursing

Dr. Jack Ogutu                                    Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology

Dr. David Owen                                  Government and Political Affairs

 

Sabbatical Leaves:
Dr. Marco Antolin                               Foreign Languages

Dr. Ximena Catepillan                        Mathematics

Dr. Sandra Deemer                             Educational Foundations

Dr. Christine Gaudry                           Foreign Languages

Dr. Amelia Lopez                                Psychology

Dr. Timothy Mahoney                        Educational Foundations

Dr. Jennifer Shettel                             Early, Middle and Exceptional Education

Dr. Timothy Trussell                          Sociology/Anthropology

Dr. Janet White                                   Mathematics

Dr. Ying Wushanley                           Wellness and Sport Sciences

 

 

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