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  • Corduroy by Barry Kornhauser opens in Chicago Barry Kornhauser’s award-winning play, “Corduroy,” is now running at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at the Navy Pier. The play began its run there on June 18 and will continue through July 14.   The Theatre for Young Audiences play, written by Millersville’s own Barry Kornhauser, assistant director of Campus and Community Engagement, is based on Don Freeman’s popular children’s book of the same name. The play first debuted in 2017 at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis and went on to win the American Alliance for Theatre & Education’s “Distinguished Play Award.” The story features a stuffed bear who lives in a department store and has a missing button on his corduroy overalls. He goes in search of the missing button so a young girl named Lisa can take him home.    You can watch a teaser of the play here.  While Kornhauser cannot see his adaptation in Chicago, the writer has been in close contact with the director throughout the rehearsal process and since the play’s opening. The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is the 25th theatre to put on Kornhauser’s play and is, like CTC, a Regional Theatre Tony Award winner.    The original play spans 90 minutes with an intermission which is typically considered an unusual length of time for young children to stay attentive. However, “Corduroy” has proved to keep thousands of children’s eyes glued to the stage. With school scheduling, however, Kornhauser has worked with the team at Chicago Shakes to offer a shorter hour-long version.    There are a lot of things people can expect to see in this play adaptation, and Kornhauser has left out no details. He put much of the focus on the deserted department store at night, as that reflected the book author’s favored scenes. He also brought to life scenes between Lisa and her mother the same evening that expanded the story and created a personal journey for Lisa. The attention to detail in the original story is what really helped Kornhauser bring the story to life on the stage.   When asked what inspired him to write a play adaptation of this beloved book, Kornhauser pointed to the deeper meaning behind the story and why he often read it to his own children.  “For Corduroy, it’s the sadly mistaken notion we all may have now and again that we’re somehow not good enough and that we need to find a missing “something” to be worthy of another’s love,” says Kornhauser.    The play has been put on in over 25 different venues. Other sites include:    Olympia Family Theatre, Olympia, Wash.   Denver Center, Denver   TYKES Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.   Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.   Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.   University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.   Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle   NCTC Drama, Gainesville, Texas   Rose Theatre, Omaha, Neb.   Emerson Stage, Boston   Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Md.   DeKalb School for the Arts, Dekalb, Ga.   Woodland Opera House, Woodland, Calif.   Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, N.H.   Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock, Ark.   Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, Maine   Cricut Theatre Company, Lake Zurich, Ill.   Savannah Children’s Theatre, Savannah, Ga.   Emerald City Theatre, Chicago   Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Fans in the Chicago area looking to experience the world of “Corduroy” can visit to purchase t […] “Corduroy by Barry Kornhauser opens in Chicago”

  • Future Educator Academy Continues to Inspire Pennsylvania is facing a teacher shortage. The Future Educator Academy at Millersville University aims to help. The University will hold its fifth program July 21-27.    The program, hosted by Dr. Miriam Witmer, associate professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville and Dr. Aileen Hower, assistant director of the academy, is open to all high school juniors and seniors in Pennsylvania who wish to pursue a career in education. During the week, students have the chance to experience college life while also learning the fundamentals of teaching and preparing for college.   Witmer and Dr. Lara Willox, Dean of the College of Education, travel to schools around the state to talk about the program, hoping to recruit young individuals who have an interest in teaching. Teachers at the schools are asked to recommend students who would be good for the program, boosting their confidence in the application interviews. Students at high schools in the Millersville area can attend the week-long program for free, with their $750 tuition paid by the School District of Lancaster. Zoe Patterson, a senior at McCaskey High School, is coming back for her second year with the program, eager to learn more.   “As college is approaching and I’m learning more and more about education, I’m excited to gain more knowledge, more experience and more awareness about the next stages of life,” says Patterson.   The academy is part of a larger program hosted by Millersville University to aid students into successful careers in education. Other programs include the Color of Teaching Mentoring program and the Side-by-Side program, both active at MU. Middle school students start by joining the Color of Teaching program, then participate in the Side-by-Side seminars as underclassmen in high school, attend the Future Educator Academy as juniors and complete dual enrollment as seniors. The overall program has helped students make connections and land jobs in schools upon graduating college. “These folks are now school leaders. Lena Cordero just got her doctorate and she’s a principal and Jassinya Alvarado-Padilla is back at McCaskey as a central office administrator,” says Witmer, referencing former attendees who found success in their careers and benefited from the program.   The program is exclusive to Millersville’s campus, but students from school districts all over the state travel to participate in this experience. These districts include the Harrisburg Academy, the School District of York City, the School District of Lancaster, the Pottstown School District, the Central Bucks School District and the Lower Dauphin School District.   To simulate the experience of a real college class, Millersville faculty and staff, as well as other teachers and professors in Pennsylvania, participate in setting up lessons during the program’s week and hands-on field trips. The students also assist with a summer reading camp, co-teaching young readers.    Students stay in the South Village residence halls for the week and eat at the Upper Deck, one of MU’s main dining halls. Current Millersville students assisting in the program act as resident assistants and plan small events in the residence halls. They also hold discussions based on the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”   When concluding the week, the students will be instructed to complete a “3-2-1 reflection,” allowing them to recall three things they learned from the experience, two practices they will continue, and one thing they will immediately implement. The students share their reflections at the end of the week, often bringing parents to tears. Along with this reflection, students will also receive awards for their achievements as well as a keepsake “challenge coin” that is inscribed with “Stars of the Future” and a motivational quote for them to take with them on their journey to becoming educato […] “Future Educator Academy Continues to Inspire”

  • 'Ville's Mobile Robotics Team Shines Millersville University’s Mobile Robotics Team recently showcased their innovative robotic platform, ALiEN 5.0 (Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator, version 5.0), at the prestigious 31st Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in Rochester, Michigan, from May 31 to June 3, 2024. This annual competition brought together top engineering talent from universities around the world, challenging them to design, build, and program autonomous ground vehicles capable of navigating complex environments. The Millersville team, known for their cutting-edge approach to mobile robotics, had been preparing their entry, ALiEN 5.0, for the past year. With its state-of-the-art LiDAR (laser sensors) for detecting objects, machine vision cameras for “seeing” lanes, and GPS module for following navigation waypoints, the robot was able to perceive its environment with high accuracy. These technologies were crucial for the AutoNav task, which simulated highway driving conditions (at low speeds) and required precise navigation and obstacle avoidance. The team’s efforts were rewarded, as Millersville University took home 1st to Qualify, 2nd in Performance, and 2nd overall from a field of 23 teams in the AutoNav class, showcasing their technical readiness and innovation. “The team has shown an extremely high level of resolve, focus, and technical skill to even qualify for this competition…not to mention they performed at the top of the competition in an international field,” says Dr. John Haughery, team advisor. IGVC is renowned for its rigorous standards and the innovative solutions it inspires, making it a significant event for aspiring roboticists and engineers. Participation in this competition provided team members studying Automation & Robotics Engineering Technology, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology at MU with a unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to practical problems, fostering skills in robotics, artificial intelligence, and systems engineering. Dr. John Wright, founding team advisor, says, “When we started the team in 2001, we never imagined the success and scope of engineering and technological development that we routinely do these days. The AEST Department prepares some of the best robotics and industrial control engineers in the world, as evidenced by our continued success at IGVC. I look forward to working with the students on next year’s design!” With over 50 first- to third-place awards in national and international competitions over the past 25+ years, Haughery says Millersville University’s Mobile Robotics Team has a storied history of excellence. Their consistent success underscores the University’s commitment to advancing technological education and innovation. This year, the team was supported by generous sponsors, including Phoenix Contact, USA, SICK Sensor Intelligence, and Millersville University. The team’s performance at this year’s IGVC not only highlighted their technical prowess but also underscored the University’s commitment to advancing technological education and innovation. For more information on the competition, please contact Dr. John Haughery or Dr. John Wright. For information on degrees in Robotics & Automation, c […] “‘Ville’s Mobile Robotics Team Shines”

  • Playing with Pieces: Some parts of playStudents in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 2 days ago

    President Wubah Speaks at UCU in Uganda Millersville’s President, Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, gave the keynote address for the Uganda Christian University Annual Public Lecture on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. The theme of the lecture was “A call to Prominence is a Call to Service.” Wubah was also the guest of honor and delivered the commencement address at Uganda Christian University’s graduation on Ju […] “President Wubah Speaks at UCU in Uganda”

  • kmadas wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 4 days ago

    Meet Our Alumni in Politics Amid the election season, when turning on the TV or radio or watching streaming content guarantees that you’ll see political ads, we’re checking in with some of our alums who’ve pursued political careers. Here, they tell us what sparked their passions, how their education at Millersville prepared them for their jobs, and why staying involved is essential. TOM BAKER ’02 Former two-term county councilman and a current trustee of Millersville University, Tom Baker is a familiar face to many. This 2002 graduate studied elementary education and has stayed closely connected to the University. He even met his wife and fellow alum, Erin, here. Outside of his work on campus, he’s the chief executive officer of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh. Baker was elected as a county councilman on November 5, 2013, and reelected on November 7, 2017, to represent District 1 in Allegheny County and represented nearly 100,000 residents during his terms. Baker’s journey into politics began many years before his official governmental election. He served as MU’s student body president from 1999–2001. “Millersville is truly what got me going on my journey in politics and government,” explains Baker. “I had four highly competitive races to win freshman elections, vice president and my two terms. Some of the competitive nature of campaigns was instilled in me through those races.” Baker credits his longtime friend and fellow trustee Brandon Danz ‘03 for getting him involved and showing up for him when he later ran for elected office. “He and some of our fellow Marauders even drove five hours in my most recent races to support our campaign,” he shares enthusiastically. “Those are the relationships you make at our beloved alma mater!” While it can be challenging, Baker explains why involvement in politics is important. “Government can work and, at its core, is inspiring and exciting to be a part of. I ran half-marathons, and the poster that always almost made me stop was, ‘You’re running better than our government.’ I always wanted to stop to tell them the good stories and remind them that at the local level in many of the 14 communities I represented for those eight years, it runs remarkably well in a kind, thoughtful, bipartisan manner.” PATRICK BLANCH ’02 As a member of the Acacia Fraternity during his time at Millersville, Patrick Blanch ‘02 learned firsthand about the importance of community service and civic responsibility. Now, Blanch is a judge of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia, and he has emphasized those values while combining his strong beliefs in the importance of the law. While majoring in history, Blanch remembers Millersville as a place with a sense of community. “By the time I was an upperclassman, I knew someone in almost every room I entered,” he says. “I had some wonderful and long-lasting friendships and great mentorship from teachers like Dr. Richard Glenn.” Blanch knew from a young age that he wanted to be a lawyer. “My grandmother told me when I was very young that I had an obligation to stand up for other people, and especially for people who didn’t look like me when they were facing hostility or unfairness,” he says. “That stuck with me.” While first working as a public defender and then later as a pro bono and court-appointed attorney, Blanch felt that someone with the work and life experience he had would contribute a unique and helpful perspective to the court. As a judge, Blanch helps serve the largest county in Virginia, with over 1 million residents. His court hears various cases, including jury trials, divorces, felony criminal cases and civil lawsuits. For Blanch, it’s clear his work is meaningful. “It is about serving others and making others feel that, even when they are going through something difficult, they are still worthy of dignity and respect,” he says. He continues, “I think public service has an element of hope – the idea that things can improve if good people give their best effort on behalf of all of us.” Blanch acknowledges that the work is hard and not glamorous, but he encourages students interested in public service to keep pursuing their goals. “I would tell young people that if your intentions are good, and you care about your community, then give public service a try.” MINDY FEE ’87 State Representative Mindy Fee graduated from Millersville with a degree in economics in 1987 and spent her early years watching her mother become the first woman to serve on the borough council in Manheim, Pennsylvania. But her first taste of political work came some years later. “I first dipped my toe in the political world when I married Tommy Fee, who served as Manheim’s mayor and then a district judge,” she explains. “I became a Republican committeewoman and started learning about local politics to help Tommy and what he was involved in.” Sadly, in 2011, Tommy passed away suddenly. “It left me reeling and in shock for quite some time.” Fee felt ready to take on a new challenge as time passed, even in her grief. “I knew I needed to focus on being an example for our kids by being willing to pick myself up and move on – no matter what life brings you.” Several people approached her about possibly running for the open state representative seat on the 2012 ballot. After much consideration, Fee decided she would do just that. “That was a goal I wanted to shoot for in creating a new normal for my kids and me,” she says. Fee said her education at Millersville was paramount to her career success. “I’m grateful for my Millersville experience because my college time did a lot to shape me for future endeavors.” Her degree in economics, she says, proved beneficial in both her career as a sales executive and as a state representative. “Much of the legislature’s time is devoted to state spending. My Millersville education helps me make better decisions regarding wisely spending the taxpayers’ money,” explains Fee. “During my whole time at MU, I worked as a waitress to earn the money to pay for a portion of my tuition. I was blessed to have my parents’ help, but I knew the onus was on me. I learned how to schedule my time, ensure I kept up with responsibilities, work hard, and take care of things independently without depending on lots of outside help. Those life lessons have helped me tremendously.” JUSTIN C. FLEMING ‘02 State Representative Justin C. Fleming graduated from Millersville in 2002 with a communication major and a government minor. He says the combination has served him well. “I was always interested in government, but I thought I’d be a broadcast journalist,” says Fleming. “I was the sports editor for the Snapper, anchor for MUTV and provided the color commentary for basketball and football games on WLPA.” Fleming credits former professors like G. Terry Madonna and Berwood Yost (now at F&M) for providing a great political background. “I took a class with Bob Bookmiller about Middle East Affairs that has proved so helpful in understanding the current climate there.” After 18 years in state government, through his roles as a lobbyist for social workers and as a mental health and child advocate, Fleming’s first elected position was with the Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners. He served there from 2014-2022, when he ran for his current position as a state representative serving Dauphin County. Fleming emphasizes the importance of registering students to vote: “For students who want to seek office, first get involved by registering to vote. Running is great, but live a life first; don’t rush it. Get into the workforce; it will help inform your policy-making.” Justin Fleming is married to Lisa M. Fleming, also a Millersville alum from 2002 and a government major. “We got married a year before we graduated, and we both loved our time at Millersville,” says Fleming. “We were taught by full professors who had practical experience, not by teaching assistants.” Justin Fleming says the worst thing about being elected is the demand for his time. His wife is the Deputy Executive Director at the Senate of PA Appropriations Committee, so coordinating time together can be difficult. Fleming says the most important thing he wants to convey is “Be involved in your community. Local government is as important as being in the state house. The local level is where taxes are set. School boards are all about tax policy. It frustrates me that more people vote in presidential elections, but other elections can have a greater impact on your life.” “The best part about politics is the opportunity to help people,” says Fleming, “It supersedes politics. It doesn’t matter what party someone is registered with; if they need help, we will help them.” JOYCE KING ’83 As a self-described “lifelong learner,” Joyce King believes in education. She graduated from MU in 1983 with a degree in biology, went on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry and worked in various roles at a pharmaceutical company for 35 years of her professional career. “I feel my education gave me a lifelong love of learning and the skills to learn about new topics,” she shares. King has also worked closely with the University over the years. She’s the immediate past president of the Millersville Alumni Association, where she helped establish the operating structure and long-range planning for alumni engagement, including things like homecoming. Continuing her dedication to education, King ran and was elected as a Quakertown Community School District Board of Directors member in 2011. “The general public thinks that school board directors are paid and don’t realize it is a volunteer position in all but a few Pennsylvania city districts,” says King. So, why did she run for this school board? “I wanted to run, as I saw many changes being made to the curriculum, scheduling, electives and more, with no firm plan for implementation.” She notes that at that time, the administration made changes to their math program while simultaneously switching from block scheduling to a seven-period day, which may have disrupted some students’ plans to enter senior-level math courses. “I knew they needed a better eye on planning. Using my process planning knowledge from my work life allowed me to help guide some of the implementation of change.” Much of the work of local politics, says King, goes unnoticed, but that doesn’t make it unimportant. “I learned that a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work and negotiation goes on, and the general public lacks awareness. But learning about the PA State Department of Education, the relevant laws, and the PA School Board Association was quite eye-opening.” JORDAN HARRIS ’06 Jordan Harris’s foray into politics began in high school when he became the president of his Student Government Association. The school administration of his college preparatory school wanted to close an annex building. Jordan and his peers disagreed and rallied support from a local politician who sided with their cause. “That’s when I met Senator Anthony H. Williams. He gave me an internship after that experience.” This chance encounter inspired Harris: “I gained tremendous interest in politics because of that internship, and I made it my major.” At Millersville, Harris joined the Student Government Association, saying, “My education gave me a textbook understanding of politics. I didn’t interact with Republicans until I got to Millersville, where I met people with different political ideologies.” Harris calls on all people, especially students, to participate in politics. “Politics are going to be involved in every facet of your life, whether you like it or not. If you’re a student at a State System school, how much you pay depends on the money we send from the state legislature. The tuition is set by the Board of Governors, who are all appointed by the governor,” he explains. Professor of psychology Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El, who passed away in 2018, influenced Harris. “I always talk about Rita and how much she meant to me,” he shares. “She was instrumental in helping me develop my critical thinking skills and embrace what it means to be young, gifted, and Black and to be proud of my heritage.” Harris also cites Dr. Richard Glenn, the department chairperson and government policy and law professor, as another important mentor. “He failed me twice in his constitutional law class,” he says with a smile. “It was one of the best experiences of my career. It taught me that I must put some studying and hard work behind those natural talents and gifts.” Harris says he’s grateful for his time as a student and the people he met. “My experience at MU shaped who I am; I am a better person because of my time at the University.” SCOTT MARTIN ’02 Many ’90s alumni might remember Scott Martin from his time on the field as a football player from 1990 to 1993 or on the wrestling team. This two-time All-American became a free agent camp signee of the New York Giants. He had three stints in the Arena Football League before returning to complete his degree at Millersville in 2002 in sociology/criminal justice with a minor in athletic coaching. If you don’t know him from his remarkable football days, you might recognize him as a former University trustee from his role on the Board of Governors. Perhaps you may know him from his time as a Pennsylvania state senator, representing the citizens of Lancaster County in the 13th District, which might include you. Martin says his days at Millersville were formative to his life and career. “The late, great college football Hall of Fame coach Dr. Gene Carpenter taught me, my teammates and the coaching staff what Marauder pride was all about,” he explains. “It was a brotherhood of respect, integrity and character in a disciplined system that was about more than football; it was a way of life that I cherish and carry with me to this day in every aspect of life.” He also cites his advisor, former department chair Dr. Mary Glazier, former MU vice president and current trustee Dr. Rich Frerichs as impactful presences in his life, both then and now. Being a football team member also taught him a thing or two about work and collaboration that would come in handy in his later career. “A strong work ethic; the discipline to strategize, prepare and execute; and your ability to collaborate and work as a team are as essential in the workplace and your personal life as they are on the football field,” explains Martin. Martin’s interest in politics began in his late 20s when he was frustrated by things he saw happening on the state and local levels. “I shared my feelings with a friend, who challenged me by saying, ‘What are YOU going to do about it?’” So, Martin ran for office at age 30 and said, “I’m a firm believer in treating all people with respect and approaching issues with a sense of purpose. I knew there had to be a better way that led to more prosperity for the people we serve.” He also encourages people of all ages to engage in politics. “We have been given an incredible system of governance, but it only works when good people who want to make a difference make a real effort to be involved.” Representing Millersville in his career has been a highlight for Martin. “It is one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to represent my alma mater through my job in the Senate,” he says. “It not only allows me to apply the lessons I learned during my time there but also puts me in a position to ensure Millersville University can continue its outstanding mission to educate future generations of leaders.” EMILY SNYDER ’10, ’16M As an academic advisor at the University of Pittsburgh, Emily Snyder ’10, ’16M loves working with students to help them navigate their collegiate careers. Education has always been a large part of her life, and between her work as an advisor and her background in government and social work, Snyder also volunteers as a school board member of Keystone Oaks School District. “School boards are distinctly different from many other elected offices because we function as a group of nine, or 10, including our superintendent,” Snyder says. “No one member has any individual legal authority, and school boards work on everything together, usually starting in committees.” During her time at Millersville, Snyder earned her bachelor’s in government and political affairs, then earned her master’s in social work. She completed an internship with a congressional campaign during her senior year, which she mentions as her introduction to real work at the ground level. “It was eye-opening to see that there are many, many people from all different backgrounds and career paths involved in local politics,” she adds. She was also heavily involved in Greek life as a proud sister of Alpha Xi Delta. “I have many wonderful memories of fundraising for Homecoming, participating in the annual Millersville parade, and reuniting with alumni to celebrate the day,” Snyder says. “I also met my future husband at a Greek life event!” Her advice to students includes remembering that local political decisions often significantly impact an individual’s life more than what’s happening in Washington. “These are your community members, neighbors and friends who will benefit from your efforts,” she sa […] “Meet Our Alumni in Politics”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 5 days ago

    Making College Possible: Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta This summer, Millersville University’s Office of Financial Aid is hosting the FAFSA Fiesta event series. These events are designed to assist students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid while providing access to financial aid experts in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. The events are free and open to everyone, regardless of whether they plan to attend Millersville. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing the financial aid needed to help make college possible. We spoke with Emiyaril Alvarez, Millersville University’s Director of Financial Aid, to learn more about the upcoming events and their benefits to our community. When and where will the events take place? The FAFSA Fiesta events will be held on July 16 and August 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster. People can stop in at any time that is convenient for them, but it is strongly encouraged to register for the date and timeframe you plan to attend. To register and learn more about this initiative, go to What languages will be spoken? Our diverse and dedicated financial aid team will provide personalized, one-on-one assistance in multiple languages. Language support includes English, Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi, Nigerian Pidgin and Yoruba. People can chat with financial aid experts in their native language and enjoy refreshments. What do you hope to accomplish with the events? The goal of these FAFSA Fiesta events is to help students toward the path of making college possible. The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form has posed numerous challenges. Our team is committed to helping people navigate this process and secure the financial aid they need. In conjunction with Millersville University’s “Make College Possible: Get FAFSA Ready” campaign, we aim to increase FAFSA submission rates in our local community and across the state of Pennsylvania. What should people bring with them? Before determining what to bring with you, first you should determine who needs to contribute their information on your FAFSA. People can find more information on who is considered a contributor and other helpful tips on our website: Once you know that information, having the following items on hand can help you accurately complete the application and avoid any potential delays. All contributors will need a Federal Student Aid Account to log into the application and submit the FAFSA. This should be completed at least three days prior to the event. If you are struggling with this process, we can assist you at the event and schedule another time to complete the FAFSA. The Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen) of all contributors. 2022 Tax returns (if applicable), W-2 forms, and any other financial information for each contributor. The name, date of birth, Social Security number, and email addresses of each contributor. Additional information potential attendees should know? This event is about more than completing the FAFSA; it’s about community. In the Office of Financial Aid, we consider ourselves a family. During these uncertain times, we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable reaching out for help. We hope to see you, your family, your friends, and your support system. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—we’re here for you. Join us and become part of the amazing Millersvil […] “Making College Possible: Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 5 days ago

    'Ville Employees Assist Junior Achievement In keeping with one of the University’s core values of public mission, employees from Millersville have volunteered for the Junior Achievement program once again.  Since 2012, employees from Millersville have volunteered to work in local classrooms and schools with the non-profit organization Junior Achievement of South-Central PA. This year, 11 employees volunteered a total of 16 times with the organization:  Alison Hutchinson, Registrar  Andrew Welaish, Director of Library Operations  Dr. Brooke Martin, Adjunct Professor in Art Education  Gwendolyn Phillips, Criminology, Sociology & Anthropology Department Secretary  Jasmine Campbell, Director of Student Accounts  Dr. Jennifer Burke, Assistant Professor of Early, Middle & Exceptional Education  Jim Lee, Faculty Instructor of Business  Jorge Santiago, Talent Search Academic Caseworker  Dr. Leslie Gates, Professor of Art Education and Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator of Art Education  Dr. Mary Beth Williams, Vice President for Student Affairs  Dr. Sarah Brooks, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools  Millersville University was rewarded with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing the hard work each employee put into inspiring students in “financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship.”  “Volunteering with Junior Achievement, or one of the many other organizations our employees serve, connects personal interests of our team members to the overarching values of our workplace, ultimately benefitting the communities in which we live,” says Wendy Bowersox, employee engagement specialist and interim Title IX coordinator at Millersville University.  Employees recall their experiences and how it benefits the students.  “These students get really excited to talk to adults who might be in the career they are considering,” says Alison Hutchinson, a registrar at Millersville. “They love hearing about college as an option. They absolutely know the value of a skilled trade, and competition for spots in our career and technology programs in Lancaster County is fierce. They know that they can make a good living a variety of ways.”  Most Millersville volunteers start their work in a familiar place: their own child’s classroom, others choose to work at the school closest to their home or at a school they attended.  “I had the opportunity to go back into my own middle school in the Pequea Valley School District to do the career clusters module,” says Hutchinson. “So, when I said to the classroom, ‘When I sat where you are sitting,’ I really meant it!”  “As educators and higher education professionals, we have the best information about careers that require a 4-year degree or more,” says Hutchinson. “We not only know about our discipline area, we know about all of the directions our grads might pursue. It’s pretty easy to start with your own child’s school, or the school closest to your home, and it is a nice short-term volunteer commitment of a few hours. It’s also a great way to show that Millersville cares about our local community.”  As a result of this successful year volunteering, the team in MU’s Career Center will strive to increase the number of volunteers for Junior Achievement in the coming years to ensure each student is prepared for their future.  “It takes a lot of volunteers to make Junior Achievement happen,” says Hutchinson.  Employees interested in volunteering for Junior Achievement should email the Career Center at MU at fo […] “‘Ville Employees Assist Junior Achievement”

  • What is Play: Falling into Abstract Rabbit HolesStudents in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    'Ville's FAFSA Fiesta Helps All This summer, Millersville University is participating in FAFSA Fiesta to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing the financial aid necessary to make educational dreams a reality, and through the “FAFSA Fiesta,” the University is committed to making that process as smooth and accessible as possible. The FAFSA Fiesta events will be held on July 16 and August 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ware Center. These events feature personalized assistance from Millersville’s Financial Aid team, language support in eight different languages, and the opportunity to engage with financial aid experts while enjoying light refreshments. For more information and to register, visit the FAFSA Fiesta Registration page. Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta is a response to a national decline in FAFSA submissions. Millersville University is collaborating with other universities within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to boost FAFSA completions. The PASSHE Foundation has been granted $357,602, administered by the Educational Credit Management Corporation with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, to support this summer’s FAFSA outreach. Millersville, along with Commonwealth, Shippensburg, and Slippery Rock universities, is spearheading a regional initiative to assist students across the Commonwealth in submitting the FAFSA. Help is available to students attending both PASSHE and non-PASSHE institutions. For those unable to attend the FAFSA events, Millersville’s financial aid team is available to assist Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-hour appointments are offered in person, by phone, or virtually via Zoom. Schedule your appointment here. Millersville’s Office of Financial Aid provides helpful tips and resources for those who feel more comfortable starting the FAFSA process on their own. Learn more here. Millersville University offers a wide range of financial aid options designed to make education affordable. From federal and state aid to scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities, the University is committed to helping students explore every avenue. Discover more about our financial aid options here. For more detailed information, please visit Millersville Universit […] “‘Ville’s FAFSA Fiesta Helps All”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    National Rankings for the 'Ville Millersville University has been recognized by various national organizations for the academic caliber and monetary value of its degree programs. Study Abroad Aide Out of 8,060 universities across 69 countries, the site Study Abroad Aide ranked Millersville in the top 21% of universities with the best value for international students. According to the site, rankings are determined based on the “academic quality, comprising 75% of the weight, and cost of education for the remaining 25%.” This ranking highlights the many benefits of Millersville’s numerous degree programs, including cost-effectiveness. Forbes Advisor Millersville University’s Emergency Management program has been recognized as one of the Best Online Emergency Management Degrees Of 2024, which was published this spring on Forbes Advisor Education. Forbes Advisor’s education editors are committed to producing unbiased rankings and informative articles covering online colleges, tech boot camps and career paths. Their ranking methodologies use data from the National Center for Education Statistics, education providers, and reputable educational and professional organizations. Online Master’s Degrees The site Online Master’s Degrees has ranked Millersville in the top 9% of U.S. universities with the best online and hybrid graduate-level degree programs. Online Master’s Degrees determine their rankings by evaluating “which universities offer the best value regarding education quality, availability, cost, and flexibility.” Three different Master’s degree programs were specifically recognized for their merit. 13th place in “Best Online Master’s Degrees in Emergency Management” 20th place in “Best Nurse Educator Certificate Online Programs” 31st place in “Best Online Clinical Social Work Programs” ranked Millersville’s Master of Social Work degree program as the third-best MSW program in Pennsylvania. Counseling Psychology ranks programs “through a multifaceted assessment process encompassing several key criteria,” where they evaluate “the overall quality, impact, and effectiveness of programs, ensuring a fair and accurate representation of each program […] “National Rankings for the ‘Ville”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Chick-fil-A Coming to the ‘Ville in 2025 Millersville University and Student Services, Inc., are partnering to join more than 300 universities nationwide that have a Chick-fil-A on their campus. The restaurant will open during the spring semester of 2025. “This is the next step to diversify student dining options on campus,” says Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, President of Millersville University. “Our students have long been interested in having a Chick-fil-A on campus, and we’re hoping this will be the first of additional adventures for the University.” The University will handle all the operations of Chick-fil-A, which will be housed in part of the space currently occupied by the Galley in the Student Memorial Center. Like other dining facilities on campus, AFSCME employees and University students will fill the positions at Chick-fil-A. There will continue to be additional dining options in the Galley. Plans are now underway to renovate the Galley for this new opportunity. This fall, the Galley will be closed, and dining staff will be reallocated to the Cove, Anchor, Upper Deck and Marauder Express. The move will allow for extended hours and services in those locations to accommodate the extra need while the Galley is offline. “We’re pleased to help bring a new restaurant to Millersville University’s campus and the community,” says Geoff Beers, CEO of SSI and Student Lodging Inc. “This project has been in the works for over two years, and we’re excited to make the announcement.” Students, faculty and staff can use Marauder Gold and Flex dollars at Chick-fil-A. The campus community and the public can use credit cards or […] “Chick-fil-A Coming to the ‘Ville in 2025”

    • Wow that sucks. Their anti-LGBTQ views really align with our EPIIC values.
      I’ll continue to boycott their gross food.

      Editor’s note: We understand there are concerns about Chick-fil-A’s past contributions and positions, though we also recognize the changes Chick-fil-A has made over time to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. The decision to have them on our campus is all about offering diverse dining options to our community.

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The Convenience Trade-off of Forever Chemicals Forever chemicals have been in the news a lot lately. Nonstick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging and waterproof clothing offer significant convenience, but this comes at a cost. These products contain PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), also known as “forever chemicals,” a class of manmade chemicals that provide water, stain and grease resistance. Unfortunately, PFAS are also highly toxic, even at extremely low levels. “These characteristics make them popular for use in thousands of commercial products, such as non-stick pans, outdoor gear, cosmetics, food wrappers and more,” says Paul Hill, director of Environmental Health and Safety at Millersville University. “However, PFAS are long-lasting chemicals that break down over tens of thousands of years.” PFAS are used extensively, resulting in widespread presence in humans, animals, soil, air and water. Their occurrence in water originates from various sources, including runoff from PFAS-containing soil, biological pathways, wastewater treatment, industrial processes and leaching from landfills into water reservoirs. “PFAS can be removed from drinking water through a number of different complex processes,” says Hill. “Common treatments include reverse osmosis, microbial degradation, carbon filtration, oxidation processes and others.” According to Hill, a study conducted by Johns Hopkins suggests that buying bottled water is not a better alternative because it found that 39 out of more than 100 bottled waters tested contained PFAS, including those labeled as “purified.” However, purified bottled water is often treated through reverse osmosis and generally contains lower levels of PFAS than bottled water labeled “spring water.” Drinking water contaminated with PFAS at dangerous levels poses several health risks, including high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Avoiding exposure to forever chemicals can be daunting due to their widespread presence in the environment, including water and food sources. According to Hill, individuals can take steps to reduce their exposure by minimizing the use of non-stick pans, stain and water-resistant fabrics and waterproofing treatments. Additionally, opting for water filters rated for PFAS removal and choosing products labeled as PFAS-free can help mitigate the risk of exposure. Hill suggests staying informed about PFAS sources and regulations in your area and advocating for stricter regulations and safer alternatives. Also, dispose of PFAS-containing products responsibly according to local guidelines to prevent contamin […] “The Convenience Trade-off of Forever Chemicals”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Millersville Students Impress at PennVet Presentation Millersville University students sophomore Kate Vossen and senior Evelyn Orlowski wowed attendees with their all-star presentation on their findings during owl pellet dissection at the Barn Owl Event at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinarian School this spring. The PennVet professionals were impressed by their “depth of knowledge, engaging delivery, and the seamless flow of their presentation.” Their academic excellence and professional poise showcased the exceptional talent and dedication nurtured at MU. Kate Vossen is a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior. She’s from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Why was this project important to you? I have always loved animals, which translated into an interest in conservation. As a kid, I loved the television show Wild Kratts; that’s where I got my start in learning about conservation. As I have gotten older, I have been lucky enough to have some truly amazing opportunities in conservation. Last summer, I participated in a conservation education internship at Elmwood Park Zoo and wanted to continue working in this field. I was lucky enough to have an amazing academic advisor, Dr. Brent Horton, who connected me to Dr. Aaron Haines and Evelyn Orlowski and the work that they were doing and quickly started helping and later presenting with Evelyn. I think it is so important to connect some serious topics, like the conservation of disappearing and endangered animals, with fun and educational activities like dissecting owl pellets. That kind of activity can be utilized in an educational setting for people of all ages and can really help with education on conservation. I certainly didn’t expect this project to turn into such an amazing experience in conservation education, but I am so glad it did. What’s next for you? Going back to work at my local doggy daycare, my yearly service project working on repairing homes in Appalachia and summer class at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Virginia, for the summer until I come back to Millersville to start my junior year. Once I am back at college, I will continue to work at our campus rock climbing course, manage the mixed martial arts club as club president, and hopefully continue and expand our work in Dr. Haines’ conservation lab. Evelyn Orlowski is a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior. She’s from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Why was this project important to you? I have always enjoyed dissections as a kid. Dr. Aaron Haines informed me of the opportunity to participate in research on this project. Working with professionals in conservation has been such an amazing opportunity that I have benefited so much from. I have gained interest and motivation from industry professionals to continue diving further into the project. This project has been meaningful to me because of the opportunities to work on a real-life problem affecting barn owls and small mammal conservation in the state.  What’s next for you? Over the summer, I will work at a local veterinarian practice and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, fostering kittens and continuing this research project by identifyi […] “Millersville Students Impress at PennVet Presentation”

  • kmauty wrote a new post on the site The Snapper 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Lancaster native Jonathan Groff wins his first Tony Award Jonathan Groff poses on the red carpet at Disney’s D23 Expo in 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY TELEVISION / FLICKR Katelyn […]

  • Like a Mustard SeedLike a Mustard Seed Richard Rohr – What the Mystics Know The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.  It starts small, but it keeps […]

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

    Faculty/Staff/President Activities   Millersville University’s faculty, staff and president had a busy spring. Here are a few of their accomplishments, awards, books, etc. Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers, associate professor of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology and the MU chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, were named Outstanding Student Section of the Year for 2024. The section exceeded all three requirements: professional development, research and campus and community involvement. The chapter was ranked above fellow PASSHE institutions, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. Bowers and the section will receive $5,000 to fund scholarships and research for the University. Dr. Joe Cernuto, assistant professor of music, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize, which celebrates American excellence in the arts. This company hosts the most complex series of music-related contests in the United States. Cernuto is in the Band Conducting—College/University edition category, representing MU nationwide. He received recognition for this award by sending in videos conducting the MU Wind Ensemble. The winners of the award will be announced in the fall. Ethan Hulsey, director of athletic communications, recently won two first-place writing awards. Both awards are for the 2023-24 CSC Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest. His awards fall in the categories of Season Recap/Preview and Event Coverage in the College Division.  His articles covered the golf and football teams at Millersville. Dr. Kaitlin Mondello, assistant professor in English & World Languages, had her review “Darwin meets Dickinson” of the book “Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science,” published in the journal “Science.” Not only did the popular magazine publish Mondello’s work, but it was also featured on the main page of the website in early May. The website reaches an audience of over 1 million people. Dr. Jack Ogutu, professor and chairperson of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology and Hope Schmids, director of the Workforce Development Program, represented Millersville University at the IU13’s 26th annual Lancaster County Partnership Appreciation Luncheon. Their invitation resulted from providing slip, trip and fall prevention training to over 50 IU13 job trainers and 250 students through the Susan Harwood grant SH-30182SH2, which was from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of The U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Lara Willox, dean of the College Education and Human Services, received an award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on June 4. The award is presented to individuals who have shown immense support to a person in association with the National Guard or Reserve. Dr. Alex Redcay nominated Willox for the award in appreciation of the accommodations made to her for her military service.  Dr. Karen Rice and Casandra Miller were on hand at the award presentation to Willox. Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University, was recently honored by the African American Cultural Alliance. Wubah was acknowledged at the Black Excellence Gala and Award Ceremony on April 25.  This year, the event’s theme was ‘Knowledge is Power,’ honoring those who have shown great achievement in spreading the importance of education to young individuals and the surrou […] “Faculty/Staff/President Activities  “

  • mafarmer wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 month ago

    MU’s Robotic WorX Internship Program Wins STEM Award A workforce development program at Millersville University, in partnership with Precision Cobotics, is the recipient of a Business Education Partnership award. The award, presented on May 20, is from the Lancaster County STEM Alliance      The LCSA award was presented to MU and Precision Cobotics for the successful launch of a new program called Robotic WorX. This program allows high school and college students to gain experience working with robotics and develops their problem-solving abilities.    Precision Cobotics is an automation company based in Lititz that houses many services for customers to understand automation as well as provide training on specific products the company uses. The company aims to provide more engagement to STEM to younger individuals, which is what started the partnership and Robotic WorX program with Millersville University.   Of only one of four awards presented at the 2024 STEM Awards Banquet and the only award presented to a partnership, representatives from Millersville University and Precision Cobotics expressed the honor that comes with receiving this award in just the first year of the program.   “Our passion and motivation is to provide that same spark to others to allow them to see the amazing opportunities in this field,” says John Bridgen, president of Precision Cobotics and co-founder for Robotic WorX. “By winning this award we make the program visible to more people, giving us an opportunity to engage with more youth and make an even bigger impact.”   According to Dr. John Haughery, assistant professor in MU’s Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department, Automation & Robotics Engineering Technology program coordinator and co-founder for Robotic WorX, the award aligns with the University’s core values of exploration, public mission, professionalism, inclusion and integrity.   “It’s a way we hit on the exploration and creativity within our community going out beyond our campus limits,” he says “The professionalism piece is exemplified in the way we allow our students to practice modeling professional interactions with companies through the internship.”   In just its first year, Robotic WorX guided 600 interns on tours, mini-job shadows and internships related to automation and robotics for real-world STEM problems beyond the classroom. 39% of the interns were underrepresented minorities, creating a diverse environment for students to engage in. College students are paired with high school students, acting as mentors and preparing them for what to expect at a college level.    The main focus of the program is to provide students with a STEM experience they will not find in school and provides a larger talent pool of career-ready candidates for companies to recruit.   As for the future of the program, Haughery and Bridgen plan to expand the internship and mini-job shadows with the hopes of increasing the number of students as more funds come in.   “In terms of the future with Precision Cobotics, we plan to submit funding requests to continue the process into the coming years,” says Haughery. “We have funding secured through January thanks to Millersville University Workforce Initiative and LCSA support.”   The program is proudly sponsored by Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Lancaster STEM Alliance, Career Ready Lancaster and Advanced Atomization Technologies.   For more information on tours of the lab, applications for job shadows or applications for the internship, please visit precisio […] “MU’s Robotic WorX Internship Program Wins STEM Award”

  • mafarmer wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 month ago

    MU Honors Juneteenth with Celebration Celebrate Juneteenth this summer by attending the Juneteenth Jubilee hosted by the Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company. This non-profit organization promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of African culture. The celebration will be on Saturday, June 22 at the Ware Center in Downtown Lancaster in collaboration with Millersville University. There will be an assortment of cultural foods, auctions, vendors and traditional performances.    Additional community partners include The Lancaster Community Foundation, YWCA Lancaster and The Giant Community. The Dr. Rita Smith Wade El Intercultural Center and The Department of Campus Life are working closely with the Ware Center to bring this event to the Lancaster/Central PA community. Whitlow, director of campus life, explains that Millersville’s collaboration with Imani has been taking place since 2021, “Lancaster and Central PA community members come out to support this annual event, Imani’s biggest cultural event each year.” Juneteenth is recognized as the second Independence Day, celebrating the freedom of African Americans and recognizing the continuing fight for social justice and racial equity. Many Juneteenth celebrations today are held through art, performance and providing an educational platform.    Whitlow expresses the significance of Millersville partnering to hold this celebration, “Aligning with our EPPIIC Values, specifically public mission, and inclusion, this cultural celebration is important for many reasons. While Juneteenth has been celebrated in the African American community, prior to it becoming a federal holiday and being celebrated more broadly across various communities, Juneteenth is a reminder of freedom, freedom that we fight for every day. It serves as an opportunity for reflection and celebration, which is exactly what folks will get when attending the Juneteenth Jubilee celebration on June 22, 2024.”   “Partnering with a community organization and being visible in the community aligns greatly with our public mission. We also know that we have daily examples of communities of color fighting to be seen and heard. This event is a chance to celebrate the beauty of our community, think about how we acknowledge the history of slavery in this country and actively work to center the experiences of the most vulnerable,” Whitlow concludes.    Celebrate traditional West African culture with Millersville at this unique event, which will feature drum and dance performances, art and an educational museum.    5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Educational Museum, Cultural Vendors & Silent Auction in Lobby    6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Performance in Steinman Hall    *8 – 9 p.m. VIP Meet the Artist’s Dessert Reception*, sponsored by Giant.   There are 30 complimentary tickets for MU community members. Sign up here:   General Ticket Link: […] “MU Honors Juneteenth with Celebration”

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