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  • 2023-2024 University Housing & Conference Services Resident Assistant Awards On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services celebrated student staff success during the […]

  • What the Mystics Know by Richard RohrI am reading a book by Richard Rohr called “What the Mystics Know” and will be sharing some thoughts about what he says. Part One of the […]

  • May Mental Health Awareness Month As students of Millersville University, May marks not only the beginning of summer but also Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 5 days, 5 hours ago

    AI Conference: Shaping the Future The age of Artificial Intelligence has begun. Picture a world where computers think, learn, and even empathize, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. From deciphering languages to diagnosing diseases, AI is the wizardry behind the curtain, shaping the future about which we once only dreamed. Millersville University is hosting a symposium about the world of AI on May 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ware Center. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. “At Millersville, we want to help guide those conversations,” says Dr. Marc Tomljanovich, dean of the Lombardo College of Business at Millersville University. “We don’t have all of the answers, but we want to be part of the discussion.” The workshop will center on the emerging field of generative AI, which gained prominence in the public eye approximately 18 months ago. Generative AI involves artificial intelligence systems that can produce text, images, videos, or other data using generative models, often in response to specific prompts. Examples include programs like ChatGPT, Gemini and GitHub Copilot. The event will include a keynote speech delivered by Millersville University President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah. Following this, a panel discussion will take place, followed by three breakout sessions. These sessions will explore various themes, including AI in the workplace, focusing on efficiency and collaboration, reskilling and upskilling in the era of AI and ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI adoption. The panel will include experts from Lancaster General Hospital, Eurofins, Thaddeus Stevens College, Clark Associates and Trout CPA, and will be moderated by Lancaster Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Heather Valudes. Dr. Chad Hogg, assistant professor of computer science; Dr. Oliver Dreon, Jr., professor of educational foundations; and Dr. Victor DeSantis, vice president of University Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Millersville University, will assist with the breakout sessions. Josh Hartranft, interim chief technology officer at Millersville University, will help MC the event. “The idea is to bring together a number of voices in the local community who have been working at organizations and probably employing AI,” says Tomljanovich. “We want to bring together leaders from the healthcare, education, manufacturing and financial services sectors so we can all talk to one another and learn.” The conference’s goal is to serve as a hub for connecting people involved with strategic and operational elements of AI at their organizations throughout the Lancaster area. The discussion aims to showcase current applications of AI in regional companies, organizations, governments and educational institutions, offering insights into its utilization and providing an AI roadmap for leaders, employees and educational establishments. Those seeking further details or wishing to register for the event can […] “AI Conference: Shaping the Future”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 5 days, 5 hours ago

    President Wubah's Op-Ed on Inclusive Education Colleges and universities nationwide continue to grapple with demographic shifts, fiscal challenges, and the lasting impacts of the pandemic. Against these larger societal forces, many higher education institutions have focused considerable attention and resources on improving access and affordability for their students. Many institutions are providing new opportunities for adult learners, veterans, international students and other previously underserved populations. While many campuses are increasing the diversity of the student body, not all interested students have benefited equally from the growing access to higher education. Students with intellectual disability attend college at the lowest rate of students from any disability category. Approximately 6.5 million Americans have some intellectual disability, defined as having significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, problem-solving) and adaptive behavior. However, due to minimal college options and a lack of awareness, school-age students with intellectual disability are less likely to prepare for and seek higher education. There are approximately 15 million undergraduate students enrolled in college in the United States, but only about 6000 of these are students with intellectual disability. Further, challenges exist in the workforce, as individuals with intellectual disability are more likely to be underemployed, working part-time and earning less than the minimum wage. Only 28% of working-age adults with intellectual disability have ever held a job. This situation leaves an astounding number of eager workers on the sidelines at a time when our state and regional economies can hardly afford to overlook any segment of the available workforce. These statistics represent an enormous challenge for colleges and universities and an opportunity. Broadening access to education for individuals with intellectual disability not only benefits those students but also benefits the greater student body, teaching and learning environments, campuses, communities, and the workforce. At Millersville University, where I serve as president, we pride ourselves on our work to expand opportunities for students with intellectual disability. As a public university dedicated to the core values of inclusion and compassion, we strive to foster an environment where every student, regardless of their background or abilities, thrives and ultimately meets their educational aspirations. Inclusive postsecondary education is not an abstract concept for us—it is a lived reality. Our Integrated Studies initiative stands as a testament to our dedication to inclusivity. In this unique initiative, students with disabilities are not segregated or separated; instead, they are integrated seamlessly into our academic, social and communal fabric. They attend the same classes, live in the same residence halls, dine in the same halls and join the same clubs as their peers. We do not view them as students with disabilities; they are students, period. As an institution, we recognize that a vital component of students’ reaching their potential is creating a strong sense of belonging for all our students. I have seen the impact of integration reverberate across our campus and witnessed the strong connection and sense of belongingness within our community. Our faculty and staff have stepped up, not just as educators but as compassionate mentors who understand and respond to the diverse learning needs of their students. They willingly step out of their comfort zones, employing innovative teaching methods to create opportunities for every student to succeed. Our campus has adapted, learned, and continues to grow to serve our students with disabilities. Our commitment to inclusion brings with it some challenges; however, these challenges are opportunities for growth and learning. We have embraced the philosophy that providing equal opportunities to all is not about offering special treatment; it’s about leveling the playing field. In the real world, no one receives special treatment based on their abilities or disabilities. Our campus mirrors the world into which our students will graduate; therefore, we must ensure they are well-equipped for the challenges that await them beyond the campus. As a biologist, I often view our approach to inclusive education to the genetics and biodiversity of an ecosystem. Much like a robust ecosystem, a campus flourishes when it is composed of students from different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. Inclusive education is not just a campus endeavor for us; it is also deeply personal for me. As a grandfather to an autistic grandson, I understand the importance of advocating for equal opportunities. My fourteen-year-old grandson is very bright and tries incredibly hard at school, and we give him as much support and love as possible. Watching him develop has given me a heightened awareness and sensitivity to ensure that we provide support for students with disabilities. All he needs is to be given an opportunity to explore, develop and grow because I am convinced that he can excel at anything to which he sets his mind. These experiences have reinforced my belief that inclusive education is a moral, educational, and community imperative. To my fellow higher education leaders, I urge you to champion inclusive education on your campuses. The most important markers of success are ensuring your senior leadership team is committed to the initiative and that your campus is prepared. We need to educate faculty and staff and encourage them to see these challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities to enhance their teaching methods, enrich their own learning experiences and contribute towards a vibrant community. To learn more, campus leaders can visit http://www.thinkhighered.net to find resources to help expand access to inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability. Campuses are leaning into this opportunity and developing best practices worth sharing. Inclusive postsecondary education is more than adapting policies and processes; it delivers transformational experiences for all. It is about embracing the diverse tapestry of humanity and recognizing the potential in every individual. It’s about ensuring that every student can dream, learn and contribute meaningfully to society regardless of their abilities. Together, campus communities can open the doors wider, break down barriers and create an educational landscape where every learner thrives. Editor’s note: This piece was written for Think Colle […] “President Wubah’s Op-Ed on Inclusive Education”

  • Certificates Help with School Administration Shortage Across Pennsylvania, 15.4% of principals left Pennsylvania schools between 2021-22 and 2022-23, according to a new study out of the Penn State Center for Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The 4.2 percentage-point jump marks the state’s highest annual exodus on record. To help address the shortage of school administrators, Millersville University has started a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility and Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. “Our school district superintendent certification program is flexible,” says Dr. Ann Gaudino, professor and founder-coordinator of the program at Millersville University. “It’s 100% online and working professionals can finish in one year. Additionally, all courses count towards the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for students who wish to attain a doctorate.” Millersville’s certificate is unique within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It consists of six courses taught by experts in the field and can be taken in any order. Erica Fabie, an assistant principal in the Central York School District.,  is a student in the program. The mother of two children says she’s a learner. “Ultimately, I would love to be a superintendent,” says Fabie. She learned about the program from co-workers who spoke “very highly of Millersville and the University’s caring faculty.” The program’s students will learn everything from advanced leadership and resource management to governance and leadership of instruction and learning and equity and inclusion. You can le […] “Certificates Help with School Administration Shortage”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week ago

    Women in STEM Conference “An Inspiration” Organizations like the National Science Foundation are working hard to support women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM. They have programs to “address the differences in engagement, retention, advancement, success and inclusion in STEM experiences and workplaces of people who identify as women.” To encourage and inspire high school junior and senior girls to consider education and careers in STEM, Millersville University hosted the annual Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics, Science & Technology Conference during the spring semester. Students had the opportunity to meet with a variety of professional women in the field. The conference included sessions with STEM experts. Christine Ferreira, a chief meteorologist at WGAL and a Millersville alumna, spoke about her adventures as a broadcast meteorologist, and Dr. Gail Gasparich, Millersville University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, gave a talk titled “From Mice to Microbes: One Woman Scientist’s Tale.” Dr. Erin R. Moss, a professor of mathematics at MU, spoke on “What do you do when you’re interested in everything?” Holly Walter Kerby, faculty emeritus from Madison College and founder of Storyform Science, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Nazli Hardy, an associate professor of computer science, has chaired the committee and overseen the event for over a decade. Hardy talked about the importance of the event, saying, “I don’t remember too many examples of women in STEM careers when I was growing up. In the face of inevitable obstacles, I would doubt whether this was the right path for me, and I had to look back within myself to inspire myself. But this conference gives young girls the opportunity to meet experienced role models who share stories of such trials, tribulations, and triumphs on their road to success. So, the girls have an encouraging perspective, going into the field.” Hardy continues by speaking about her own experience working in STEM, “Working with and then taking leadership roles in women in STEM has been one of the most fulfilling and meaningful roles in my career, but the mindset of creating and taking on leadership roles as opposed to waiting for them to be offered to me has be […] “Women in STEM Conference “An Inspiration””

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week ago

    MU hosts Pickleball Palooza   Pickleball enthusiasts should step out on Saturday, June 22, for a day filled with fun and, of course, Pickleball. Pickleball Palooza will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University. The event is organized by Power Packs Project, a non-profit organization located in Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, dedicated to ending hunger in local schools over the weekend when free school breakfasts and lunches aren’t available. All players must be 18+ to register. The registration fee is $30 and is limited to four registrations per order. There are two levels of play you can register for, advanced beginner and intermediate. The games will take place in doubles in a round-robin format. A round-robin is a competition format in which each contestant meets every other participant, usually in turn. All players will be randomly matched based on skill level. The advanced beginner level will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the intermediate level will begin following the conclusion of the advanced beginner round. All those participating will receive a medal and a T-shirt. After a long day of pickleball, snacks and drinks will be available for players during and following the tournament, courtesy of Walmart and Wawa. Registration for Advanced Beginner: First Annual Power Packs Pickleball Palooza – ADVANCED BEGINNER Tickets | Millersville, PA | Student Memorial Center, Ville Courts (etix.com). Registration for Intermediate: First Annual Power Packs Pickleball Palooza – INTERMEDIATE Tickets | Millersville, PA | Student Memorial Center, Ville Courts (etix.com). Not able to play but still want to support the Power Packs Project? Click here -Hungry Kids Can’t Learn ( […] “MU hosts Pickleball Palooza  “

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 1 day ago

    Transforming Trash into Treasures Paige Guinther, a sophomore from Souderton, Pa., is pursuing dual majors in manufacturing engineering technology and automation and robotics engineering technology. During the spring semester, she had the opportunity to present about the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Club during a visit to campus by Secretary of Education Khalid Mumin and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Dan Greenstein. The presentation focused on the club’s initiatives, particularly its efforts in recycling plastics on campus. The club has strategically placed collection bins across campus, situated in high-traffic areas where students can conveniently deposit their used plastic bottles. These collected bottles are then transported to Osburn, where they undergo a thorough cleaning process in an industrial washing machine. After cleaning and drying, the bottles are meticulously sorted based on their color and plastic type. Following sorting, the plastics are shredded and, if necessary, injected with color dye to achieve the desired hue. They are then made into new, usable things, such as key chains. Q: Are you involved in any clubs on campus? A few friends and I (John Saveriano, Camdyn Brunner and Josh Gingrich) are starting a Forging and Blacksmithing club at MU, so I am one of the founders and vice president of that club and the current SME Club Outreach officer. I’m also a member of the Technology Engineering Education Collegiate Association, the Honors College and a Resident Assistant in East Village. Q: Are you involved with any projects? John, Camdyn and I promoted our engineering department’s plastic recycling program at Made in Millersville. We showcased our department’s work in recycling multiple types of plastics and presented our discoveries in the field of polymer engineering. We are also exploring the capabilities of our department’s automated injection molding machine. Our aim is to collaborate with University City, a college in Ghana, during a weeklong visit this summer. Together, we plan to initiate a recycling program within their engineering department similar to our own here at Millersville University. Q: What do you like to do in your free time? With the scarce amount of free time I have, I’m usually either working as a lab tech for the engineering department to clean and organize our various production labs (such as woods lab, metallics lab, 3D printing lab or polymers and ceramics lab) or working to expand upon my current class projects and take a deeper dive by learning more about the areas that interest me most. Or sleeping. Q: What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite classes are always my engineering classes, just because they fascinate me. If I had to choose, I’d say it’s between my metallic materials class from freshman year and the polymers and ceramic materials class I took spring semester, just because I love the topics so much! Q:  What do you plan to do after you graduate? After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree. My end goal is to become a professor, but I’d like to work in the industry between my master’s and doctorate to get firsthand experience. You can follow Paige and the SME club’s other projects on their Instagram […] “Transforming Trash into Treasures”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks ago

    Shark Tank Competition Challenges Students The entrepreneurship minor provides students the opportunity to showcase their creativity and aptitude for business with a Shark Tank competition. The final part of Millersville’s 2024 Shark Tank competition was held on Wednesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center. Here, team leader Justin Staggers earned first place along with his team consisting of Jeremiah Hicks, Ronald Bantang, Cayla Bailey-Wolfe and Samuel Ross. Thirty students prepared and executed a 60-second pitch in hopes of becoming finalists. The competition is tied to The Art of Entrepreneurship course, a core class of the entrepreneurship minor. The initial pitches were given in February when five students were named as finalists: Justin Staggers with Eco Tennis Ball Brittany Slabaugh with Bonnet Elijiah Corn with Bus Tracking App Emily Shank with Heated Music Stand Alison Koch with Chatter Box The event is designed to give students the opportunity to come up with an original product or business idea, and then build on it by creating a business plan, financials and marketing strategy. Students who did not place as finalists are put into groups to support each of the winning pitch ideas to do so. Participating in the event allows students to experience the competitive nature of entrepreneurship. “These types of competitions support students learning about how to create an idea and flesh it out to become a full-fledged business,” says Dr. Jennifer Jester, professor and coordinator of the entrepreneurship minor. Students who wish to participate in the Shark Tank event in the future are encouraged to take the ENTR 201 Art of Entrepreneurship course. For more information about the entrepreneurship minor, contact Jester at jennifer.jester@millersville.edu or visit https […] “Shark Tank Competition Challenges Students”

  • mphuber wrote a new post on the site The Snapper 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Millersville University hosts Congressional debate on campus Pennsylvania State House Democrat Party candidates Izzy Smith-Wade-El and Janet Diaz debated on campus. PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLERSVILLE […]

  • Get to Know Andrew DeLanzo Millersville University's Conference Services Intern As I reflect on my time at Millersville University, I find myself filled with gratitude for the many opportunities this […]

  • Crafting Memorable Events: 8 Steps of Mastering Dining and Catering Services   As event coordinators, we know that the success of any event depends not only on careful planning but also on the quality […]

  • mgmille2 wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 3 weeks ago

    Congratulations May Graduates! On Saturday, May 4, 1,070 students will graduate from Millersville University. Of those, 860 are undergraduates, and there are 210 graduate students. Here, we highlight some outstanding Marauders who are looking forward to graduating and taking the next steps in their career. Aleia Baker  Aleia Baker, from Boiling Springs, PA, graduates with a degree in technology and engineering education.   Plans after graduation? After graduation, I will begin my teaching career at Big Spring High School in Newville, PA as a Technology Education Teacher. I will be teaching a variety of classes that could include Innovation and Design, Electronics, Robotics, Woods, Drones or Computer Aided Design Drafting. I also plan to be a Technology Student Association Advisor and a volleyball coach for the school or a neighboring district.  Favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory at Millersville University has to be winning the co-ed intramural volleyball tournament in the Spring of 2024 with some of my best friends at school. We had been trying to win for a few semesters, and this was our last chance for the seniors on the team. We simply wanted the shirt, which was extra sweet to win since it was purple (that’s my favorite color). A close second would be my student-teaching experience at Conestoga Valley High School in their Graphic Design lab. Through this experience, I have been able to see my dream since my sophomore year of high school of becoming a tech ed teacher come true.  Involved in any student organizations? Throughout my four years at Millersville, I have been heavily involved in a variety of organizations. I have been a member of the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association for all four years of college and have held the offices of President, Vice President and Reporter. I have been a student representative on the Technology and Engineering Education Advisory Board and a student liaison for the Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania since my sophomore year. During my junior year, I was inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honorary for Collegiate Students and Professionals in the Field of Technology. In my senior year, I served as the President of this prestigious organization. I was also one of the first members of the Millersville Women’s Club Volleyball team for my sophomore and junior years. In my junior year, I also served as the Treasurer of the organization. Lastly, I served as the Treasurer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was a founding member of the Forging Club during my senior year at Millersville.  Anything you’d like to add? Thank you to all of my professors, especially in Osburn Hall, for helping me get to the point I am at today. Dr. Sharon Brusic specifically has helped me expand my opportunities and selflessly helps anyone she crosses paths with. At the end of the semester, she will begin her extremely well-deserved retirement, but her presence will be greatly missed in Osburn Hall and in the Technology and Engineering Education department. Somer Barrett Somer Barrett, from Orwigsburg, PA is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in environmental earth and ocean science, with a concentration in ocean science. What are your plans after graduation? My plan after graduation is to get my PADI International Dive Master certification and Dive Instructor certification. This is so I can professionally scuba dive and certify others to scuba dive as well. I also plan to be a Coral Restoration Technician in the Florida Keys. I want to be able to raise awareness, protect our precious coral reefs, and do lots of conservation work. I also hope to make some policies and laws to make sure our reefs are not wiped out in the future. It is so crucial to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and I want to be the hope and change. What is your favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory at MU is meeting all the people who have had such a profound impact on my life. They have made my college experience indescribable. The support and memories on a professional and social level have shaped me into the amazing woman I am coming to be. Thank you to all my professors, advisors, and friends. How did working at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station add to your educational experience? The skills that I learned from being a university and research intern there were immense. Some of my duties included maintaining lab equipment, identifying both aquatic and non-aquatic species and recording vital data, maintaining aquariums and handling dangerous organisms. What was your favorite part about presenting at the International Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans? The research was “Are Marine Policies Reversing the Marine Organism Decline in the Chincoteague Bay and Surrounding Salt Marshes?” I was able to network and meet so many connections and apply for jobs. It was so amazing to be able to put myself out there and present relevant crucial research that my partner and I worked so hard on. Being with like-minded people made it very easy to share and talk about each other’s work and the hopes we have for the future. Also, I was able to see revolutionary new research and gain more cultural competence. It was an honor to support my department, my major, and the people that got me there. I have been working so hard for years to be an activist, an amazing student, a hard worker, a daughter, a friend, a volunteer, and community-oriented. This really made it feel worth it. Are you involved in any organizations? Yes, I am the President of the Ocean Science Club. Before that, I was the vice president in 2023 and was the treasurer from 2022-2023. I am also a part of the MU Climb Club. Finally, I am involved with the Conestoga Club University Trash Cleanup. I am on the planning Committee and am doing advertising, marketing, and social media. My club is also organizing this alongside the geography club. I am also a student worker at the SMC as a fitness facility attendant and a yoga instructor. Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? Yes, I did miss my high school graduation due to COVID in 2020. This graduation is so important to me because it is something I have never experienced and have been waiting for since I was a child. The closure was never received, and I feel like there is a part of me that must be healed from it. However, even though I felt like I missed a lot and times were trying, I wouldn’t be the strong woman I am today without COVID. Makenzie Battavio Makenzie Battavio, from West Chester, PA, graduates with bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education PreK – 4th grade and special education PreK – 8th grade. What are your plans after graduation? I have been interviewing with a few school districts, and I hope to start working next school year! What is your favorite memory at MU? I think my favorite memory at Millersville was making lifelong connections. I also started at Millersville in 2020, so seeing the campus bloom as each year went on was really neat. Are you involved in any organizations? I was involved in Paws on Deck. I was on the executive board for a couple of years and rotated between the Social Media Chair, Vice President and President. Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? I graduated high school in 2020, which, unfortunately, made me miss my high school graduation. I remember the setup that my family made in our backyard, playing the live-streamed graduation. But all in all, it really makes this graduation more special since it marks the beginning of a new phase in my life. I missed that celebration from high school, so it didn’t feel like I had graduated high school. Shanece Bowman Shanece Bowman, from Lancaster PA, graduates with a master’s degree in social work. What are your plans after graduation? I plan to become an LSW, complete the clinical supervision needed for my LCSW, and ultimately own my own private mental health practice. What is your favorite memory at MU? Meeting my BSW Online Cohort classmates in person, on campus. Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? I missed my undergraduate graduation in December of 2020 due to COVID, and it was a bummer after all the challenges I’ve overcome with continuing my education.  I do plan to attend my graduate commencement in May, and I am extremely excited to meet the MSW online cohort students in person because most of us have been on this journey for four years together Dominick DeLorenzo Dominick DeLorenzo, from Carlisle, PA, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in occupational safety and environmental health. DeLorenzo is the first Adams Fellow to graduate from MU. What are your plans after graduation? I will be working as an assistant project manager at Whiting-Turner, a general contractor based out of Baltimore Maryland. I will also be operating my own excavation and concrete business, DNL Excavation. What is your favorite memory at MU? One of my favorite memories at MU was being inducted into the Cygnus Society by President Wubah. Are you involved in any organizations? Yes, I am very much involved in organizations on campus. I am the president of the Conestoga Outdoors Club, the treasurer of the Student Business Association, the Student Government Association Campus Safety Rep, member of the MU Cygnus Society, a Senior Analyst in the MU Marauder Fund, Student member of the MU Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, Student Member on the MU Academics Outcomes and Assessment Committee, first-year and transfer/second-year mentor with the MU mentor collective, a resident assistant for MU Housing and a student worker for MU facilities. Joseph Favoroso Joseph Favoroso, from Milton, Delaware, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in automation and intelligent robotics engineering technologies. What are your plans after graduation? I plan to go into the workforce. What is your favorite memory at MU? The collective experience of my time with WIXQ. Are you involved in any organizations? I am involved in the Cygnus Society, Honors College, WIXQ and the Millersville Robotics R&D Team. Sean Harris  Sean Harris, from Lancaster, graduates with a degree in occupational safety and environmental health.  Plans after graduation? My plan after graduation is to work as a safety professional in the construction industry or the insurance industry. In the future, I also plan to continue my education by earning a master’s degree.     Favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory at Millersville University was attending the PA Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health conference in Hershey, PA. The conference allowed me to form connections with professionals in the safety industry, learn new information about important topics concerning health and safety, and spend time with fellow classmates.     Involved in any student organizations? I am the treasurer for the American Society of Safety Professionals Millersville University Student Chapter.     What was your experience like as a student veteran? The transition from being in the service to becoming a college student can be difficult, but in my experience, Millersville made the transition easy. Professors and fellow students are all incredibly welcoming and helpful. Brandyn Whitmyer, from the office of financial aid has also been extremely helpful by providing answers to any questions I may have about GI bill benefits.      Is there anything you’d like to add? I transferred to Millersville at the beginning of my junior year from another university, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. My experience has been significantly more enjoyable here at MU. This school provides its students with a sense of community and belonging. Students are supportive of one another, and professors are passionate about the content they teach.    Emma Howell  Emma Howell, from Erie, PA, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and a minor in mathematics.  What are your plans after graduation? I have accepted a position at Clark Associates as a vendor analyst; I start a few weeks after graduation!  What is your favorite memory at MU? One of my favorite memories was when I went to London with the business department. I made some lifelong friends and had so many wonderful experiences.  Are you involved in any organizations?  I was involved in the Evergreen Café for a few years, eventually becoming the student manager, and I also was a tutor for the business department!  Did you miss your high school graduation due to Covid? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? My high school had a ceremony, but it was essentially to just go pick up our diplomas and everything that was in our lockers at the time of the lockdown. I think that the opportunity to finally get back to normalcy and be recognized for our achievements does make this more special. Leah Miska Leah Miska, from Doylestown, PA, graduates with bachelor’s degrees in international business and marketing, and a minor in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. What are your plans after graduation? I am attending Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in Fall 2024 to pursue a JD/LLM degree. What is your favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory is taking first-day-of-school pictures with my roommates every semester and watching us all grow up through them these past four years. Are you involved in any organizations? I have been part of MU Women’s Swimming for 4 years, CEO of the Marauder Fund and have been a part of the fund for 3 years, the Metals Guild for the past year, a student worker at the International Programs and Services and a member of the Iota Delta Chapter of the International Business Honor Society at Millersville University, Delta Mu Delta. Did you miss your high school graduation due to Covid? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? At the time I remember feeling rather upset after learning that my grade would not be able to have a high school graduation in 2020. That being said, it has made the prospect of college graduation twice as exciting since many of us will be walking across a stage to receive our diplomas for the first time. Annie Morris  Annie Morris, from Lancaster, PA, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.   What are your plans after graduation? I plan to work for a year in a microbiology lab and then get a PhD in microbiology.  What is your favorite memory at MU? Attending the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists conference this year with my friend, Jenna, and my two professors, Dr. Ramos and Dr. Klosinska.  Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? I did miss my high school graduation, but I went to the beach instead, so it wasn’t too sad! I’m very excited about my MU graduation because I get to celebrate a degree that changed my life for the better and all of the wonderful people who helped me along the way.  Brandon Pritchard Brandon Pritchard, from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, with a concentration in sports business and a minor in athletic coaching. What are your plans after graduation? My plan after graduation is to get into athletics, whether that be football coaching or administration. I have a lot of love for athletics and plan to pursue that career field. I hope to coach college football this upcoming season. What is your favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory at Millersville was meeting so many special people and creating connections.  The friends I have made here I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I have met so many faculty and staff whose time and attention created strong relationships and have opened so many doors. I can honestly say Millersville is like a second home to me. All the connections and relationships have changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful. Are you involved in any organizations? I was the founder and president of Club Basketball. I would say it is one of my biggest achievements to have started a club team on campus, which will stay active for many years to come. I worked all across campus during my time. My three main jobs were working for Campus Recreation as a recreation manager, working camps and conferences as well as in the Ticket Office as a student manager and my current job as the student manager for University Events. I also want to give a shout-out to the MU football team, as I helped with them for 4 years. They helped me find my passion in coaching. Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? Fortunately, I did not miss my high school graduation due to COVID. This graduation is special to me because I didn’t think I was going to get to this point two years ago. Being only the second person in my family to graduate from college means a lot to me. Only my older brother was able to do it, and now I can say I have too. Additional Thoughts? I just want to thank all the faculty and staff that I have had the privilege to work with or meet. Without any of you, my experience here at Millersville would not have been the same. I cherish every moment I was able to work with every single one of you and it was an absolute honor to be able to at the same time. I want to give a special shout-out to Lydia Yeager, director of University Events. There are not enough words to thank you for how much you have impacted my life. All I can say is thank you! I only hope that future students who come through this campus realize how important and special it is to be part of Millersville University and how much college can change your life. I know it has changed my life, and I’m thankful for the opportunity and experience that I had here. Allison Ross Allison Ross will graduate from Millersville University with her bachelor’s in early childhood education on May 4. Hailing from Havertown, PA, Ross will graduate in three years with not only her bachelor’s degree but also a Google Certificate. Are you currently involved with any clubs or projects at MU? I have been a part of many organizations: CHAARG, MUTV president for the 2022 – 2023 school year, director of special events on the University Activities Board and The Snapper. I also currently work as an RA in the West Village Residence Hall; I am part of the Millersville Honors College, I serve as Millersville’s Student Trustee on the Council of Trustees, and I am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Millersville Cygnus Society and Kappa Delta Pi. I also serve as a peer mentor within the Millersville First Year, Second Year and Transfer Student Mentor Collective. Tell us about the Google certificate you earned. I completed the Google certificate through Coursera in Project Management. The course took me four and a half months to complete while I worked and learned about each stage of facilitating a project. The course began with the foundations of project management learning about the roles and expectations of a project manager. Then, participants were taken through the stages of a project: budgeting, planning, managing team dynamics and completing the project. What was your favorite class? My favorite class has been ERCH455: Teaching Mathematics to Young Children with Dr. Kimberly Heilshorn. She taught the course in a very practical way, where we were able to explore the materials that we were discussing, and I was able to see how they could be applied to our future classrooms. I have also been privileged to work with Dr. Jennifer Burke, Dr. Stacey Irwin, and Ms. Stephanie Thompson on my senior honors thesis, researching how educational media for young learners can be better developed and enriched to support those who cannot attend preschool and to travel to The University of South Carolina to present my work at the BEA On-Location Conference. What made MU memorable for you? On campus, my favorite experience was working with some of my best friends in the residence halls to create programs for residents to grow the community within our building. Throughout this past year, my student teaching experience has been unmatched, and I have been blessed with a fabulous co-op teacher and supervisor, Mrs. Carin Leisure and Mrs. Deborah Holt. I’ve learned so much about myself as a person and as a teacher, and I’m very excited to utilize what I’ve learned here at Millersville in my own classroom next year. Who at Millerville had the most impact on you, and why? Matthew Rutkoski (assistant director of University Housing & Conference Services) has been one of my most impactful mentors, especially over the last two years. He has helped me develop not only as a residential assistant and a young professional but also as a person. He is always available to provide support and guidance or to tell one of the best, craziest and hard-to-believe stories you will ever hear. What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I plan to serve as a building substitute in Springfield School District for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. Then, I will start in the Penn Manor School District at Hambright Elementary, teaching first grade for the 2024-2025 school year. In the future, I plan to return to school to complete my master’s degree in educational psychology and school counseling. One piece of advice you would give to future students? Take every opportunity as a chance to learn and grow. You never know what that one Saturday morning 8 a.m. volunteer opportunity will turn into three years down the road. Abigail Schwartz  Abigail Schwartz, from Quakertown, PA, graduates with a degree in chemistry, with a concentration in secondary education.   Favorite Memory at MU? Almost all my great memories at Millersville were with my friends. We really just tried to make the absolute most out of our college experience, and I got really lucky to meet such great people throughout my college experience.   Involved in any student organizations? I was involved in club softball for two years as the Vice President, Head of Fundraising and as a player. I volunteered for the chemistry department for a lot of open houses and events, and I tutored for the department as well. I worked for campus recreation for three years at the facilities, and I was on Millersville’s Homecoming Court my junior year. I also was on the collegiate softball team as well, part of my freshman year.  Plans after graduation? I will be teaching chemistry to 11th graders next year. I am the most excited to have my very own classroom!  Anything you’d like to add? I would like to thank my mom, my dad, and my brothers for supporting me throughout my college experience. I would not have been able to have done this without them. Kayla Tanguay  Kayla Tanguay, from Philadelphia, PA, graduates with a degree in applied engineering and technology management, with a minor in strategic public relations and a concentration in graphic communication technology.   Favorite memory at MU? My favorite memory at Millersville was attending the National Society of Black Engineers’ 50th Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, this March. While it took a lot of grant writing and networking for us to get there, 20 of our members were able to get so many new connections and beneficial opportunities on a nearly fully sponsored trip.  Involved in any student organizations? I am an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers.   Plans after graduation? I’m looking forward to all my hard work paying off as I enter the professional world. There are so many opportunities and new learning environments where I can apply the various skills I’ve gained through classes and clubs.    Was your high school graduation interrupted by COVID, and if so, does that make this one particularly special? Unfortunately, my high school graduation was canceled due to COVID. Being isolated in the dorms and enduring countless online classes through my first two years demanded a lot of determination, so graduating Magnum Cum Laude is extra special.  Michael Zettlemoyer Michael Zettlemoyer, from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in earth science education. What are your plans after graduation? I will begin teaching at Columbia Borough School District this fall as their 11th grade General Science Teacher. What is your favorite memory at MU? I loved working with the Conestoga Outdoors Club as their president my junior year. I was able to get a whole bunch of students exposed to recreation in the outdoors and share my passions of hiking, camping, rock climbing and backpacking with them. I brought students on numerous caving, hiking, camping and backpacking trips. We even got to bring students out to Shenandoah National Park over spring break. Are you involved in any organizations?  I am involved in the Conestoga Outdoors Club and the MU Climbing Club. You completed internships at the NOAA Daniel Inouye Center for Education and Outreach in Hawaii! What was your favorite part about this experience? Being Native Hawaiian, it was wonderful being able to return to Hawai’i and see my family I so rarely get to see. It was great to be able to work and live so close to my grandfather, as well as reconnect with the A’ina, or land. Reconnecting with my roots was definitely a major plus, and who doesn’t love being paid to live and work in Hawai’i? You are also a Hollings Scholar! Can you explain how this helped your educational experience? The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship program is a program for undergraduate students to get experience working for NOAA as well as receive funding for their undergraduate degree. For my 10-week summer internship with them, I was able to create educational resources in Hawai’i for various different students. Did you miss your high school graduation due to COVID? If so, how does that make this graduation more special? My high school graduation was obviously very different from most, and we tried to make the most of it at the moment. I am incredibly excited to finally have a formal graduation and be able to celebrate with my friends and family, making this graduation much m […] “Congratulations May Graduates!”

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