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

    There’s a Difference Between Equity and Equality in Education Recent headlines have extensively covered the pressing issue of inequity in education and the ongoing discourse on potential solutions. Millersville University is set to host a pivotal discussion on this very topic. Renowned University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dr. David Stovall will serve as the keynote speaker at the 56th Annual Carter G. Woodson Lecture. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Student Memorial Center Multipurpose Room. This year’s lecture is a collaborative effort with the Engage for Change Journal, contributing to a broader series addressing equity and justice in Education. The lecture is open to the public and there is no need for registration, though early attendance is advised due to limited seating. Stovall and respondents Keith Miles, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster and Kareena Rios, school board member for the School District of Lancaster, will discuss the question: “Why is inequity in our schools so hard to address?” The Carter G. Woodson lecture is the first part of a three-part series that includes a forum (March 14) on “What is equity and justice in education?” and an Engage for Change Journal writing workshop (March 19) on “How to address equity and justice in education in the publication.” Currently, Stovall is a professor in the departments of Black Studies and criminology, law & justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in history, his master’s degree in educational policy studies and his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stovall’s contributions led him to play a pivotal role as a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice. Expanding his commitment to community engagement, students and educators, his impact is evident in his participation in the Peoples Education Movement. This movement brings together classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to collaborate on community projects and develop relevant curricula. Alongside his role as a professor at UIC, Stovall dedicated his time as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005 to 2018. The Carter G. Woodson Lecture series has been a part of Millersville University since the early 1990s and continues to bring African American activists to the University. It is named after Carter G. Woodson, an acclaimed writer and African American activist. For more information, contact Dr. Caleb Corke […] “There’s a Difference Between Equity and Equality in Education”

  • Reflections on the Department’s first Faculty FocusWednesdays’ Faculty Focus: Research Talk was a casual event with cupcakes and two presentations from Dr. Rea and Dr. Baldys in the D […]

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

    MU's Crisis Communications PlanMillersville University’s Crisis Communications Plan provides procedures for notifying appropriate personnel in the event of a crisis, emergency, or disaster situation and outlines the procedures to determine messages for internal and external audiences. The overarching elements in Millersville’s crisis plan will be communicating within the framework of our EPPIIC values. The number one message is that the safety of the campus community is paramount. The underlying principle in any crisis, including emergencies and disasters, is to responsibly communicate relevant information to key audiences. The message should avoid over-reassuring the recipient about the nature or impact of the situation while at the same time, giving the recipient an accurate description of the hazard and guidance on how to protect themselves. Effective communication strategies, both internal and external, are key to successful crisis management. The University’s primary message is always that our first concern is for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and participants in our programs. Communication During a Crisis At the onset of a crisis, emergency or disaster situation, appropriate initial contacts will be made. Only designated spokespeople for each situation will communicate with the media, under the guidance of University Communications. See Appendix A for identifying a crisis. Telling our story involves framing. A frame can be a statement of values or beliefs, a narrative story or even a metaphor. At Millersville University our EPPIIC value of compassion will guide us in how we demonstrate that we care about our students, faculty, staff and the public. In addition, our values of integrity and inclusion will come through in our messaging during a crisis. Framing using the EPPIIC values will maintain and strengthen our reputation and relationships with alumni, friends, partners and the communities we serve. In the event of a campus emergency or disaster, this plan will be used as part of the overall Incident Command System (ICS) of the MU Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The MU ICS for an emergency or a disaster is: Incident Commander (Emergency Coordinator) – University Police Chief or designee Safety Officer – Director of Environmental Health and Safety or designee Public Information Officer – Director of Communications or designee Liaison Officer – University Police Officer or designee Step 1: Implement Millersville Call Tree See Appendix B:  Millersville Call Tree, for names and numbers. In the event of a student death, please see appendix C for guidelines pertaining to that situation. The Incident Commander should immediately contact their Vice President to provide details of the That Vice President in turn, needs to immediately contact the President. If the President doesn’t answer, a message should be left and if an acting President has been appointed, then the acting President should be called. The President (or his designee) will decide how best to inform the Chancellor and COT. The Incident Commander and/or Vice President aware of the situation should then contact the director of University Communications. In certain situations, other personnel may be contacted (to be determined by the President, Vice President and Incident Commander). Step 2: Determine key messages/talking points, deadlines Media training is available through University Communications & Marketing for all spokespeople. The number one priority in a Crisis is showing compassion and empathy for those impacted. The message must be timely, and the messenger must be empathetic foremost in the delivery. To frame the response, those involved, see Appendix A:  Millersville Call Tree, need to answer these questions: What would reasonable people expect a responsible organization to do in this situation? What was the nature of the event, what happened? Who was involved and affected? When did it happen? Where did it happen? How did it happen? If it is known, why it happened – this may not be able to be answered initially. Which safety/government agencies are involved (if any)? What type of follow-up is necessary? Do people need to evacuate campus? If we evacuate campus, which (if any) employees need to stay? Will there be a reunification area set up? Where? Should campus be closed? Classes cancelled? What is being done to manage the crisis? Is the D.A’s office involved? If so, do we need to provide messaging for Crime Watch? If the D.A.’s office is involved have they okayed us giving the all clear? Messages normally include: A statement to distribute to media or a prepared statement to have on hand in case of a media Statements for key publics (e.g., students, parents, supporters, neighbors, legislators and internal audiences). Messages to be shared on social networks (e.g., Facebook, Twitter). Messages to be sent through MU Alert. Step 3: Implement communications response, always keeping in mind Millersville’s EPPIIC values. Specific roles include lead communicator, spokesperson and POI, although one person may fulfill more than one role. Lead communicator: Coordinates all aspects of communication about the crisis for internal and external audiences, with guidance from the President and Incident Commander. Primary spokesperson: Assists in crafting and implementing external/internal messages; oversees the implementation of the media strategy; maintains an open dialogue with the media; and coordinates communications to additional audiences. Others:  In addition, web content specialists, photographers, videographers and others may need to assist with getting the message out to internal and external audiences. In an emergency or disaster, the Director of Communications will also serve as Public Information Officer (PIO) as defined by the Incident Command System (ICS) in the MU EOP. Communications responses will be updated on a timely basis, as needed. Step 4: Methods of Communication Overseen by Director of Communications, with assistance from Social Media Editor and designated IT representative as needed. All communication coming from the University needs to be consistent. MU Alert Messaging System – Provides rapid notification via text and email messages to alert students, faculty and staff, as well as others signed up, of an emergency situation that requires them to take immediate action to preserve their safety and security. Participants must sign up to receive messages at ‘Ville Bulletin, ‘Ville Notice or ‘Ville Daily – A mass email can be sent to all faculty/staff and students through their Millersville email account. These messages may also be forwarded to impacted alumni, or other specific groups. Web Page Message IT and University Communications can place emergency messages on the home page ( during emergencies. Social Media Millersville University’s social media tools can be useful in disseminating important information to large numbers of individuals, almost instantaneously, and tracking what others are saying about a crisis. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the main tools that can be used. Not all crises will warrant a social media presence. Millersville University’s social media channels are an important tool for shaping the University’s brand and care must be taken to determine whether an announcement is warranted. Any posting during a crisis, disaster or emergency must be approved by the Director of Communications or their designee. Once information about a crisis is distributed, it must be updated in a timely and consistent fashion throughout the remainder of the event, to include additional updates as to what members of the community impacted should be doing. Social media should also be closely monitored for indications that messaging is having the desired impact. Flexibility in messaging is key if feedback is trending negatively. Depending on the incident, University Communications may provide speaking points to the Information Desk at SMC, 717-871-4636 and to the non-emergency line for University police, 717-871-4357. Both may be alerted to transfer calls on a certain topic to communications or another appropriate office. When necessary, an email from the president will be sent. If appropriate, the President, the Chief Diversity Officer, or another VP may hold a listening session on the crisis during the following com […] “MU’s Crisis Communications Plan”

  • Wi-Fi Help for Residence Halls: Meet Our Apogee ResNet Tech Are you a student who lives in the residence halls here at Millersville University and need help with Wi-Fi? If so, there are staff and […]

  • kmadas wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 6 days ago

    How MU Raised $826,634 for Students in 24 Hrs The final number is in for the 2024 One Day Give. In its 11th year, this fundraiser raised $826,634 in just 24 hours from 2,276 gifts. With these donations, Millersville will support student scholarships, athletics, student experiences and much more. For the past several years, the University released an exclusive design of a pair of socks as an incentive to mark the occasion. This year’s socks featured the University’s beloved swans, Miller and S’Ville.   All funds will directly impact student experiences both now and in the future. “The ripples of generosity created by those who donated during the 2024 One Day Give online fundraising event will surely be felt by Marauders far into the future,” says Dr. Daniel A Wubah, president of Millersville University. “There are not enough words to express my deepest gratitude to all who gave. We are thankful for the support to the community.”   To learn more about One Day Give and to save the date for next year’s event, visit https://www.millers […] “How MU Raised 6,634 for Students in 24 Hrs”

  • Millersville University 3rd Annual Flute Day April 6, 2024 Announcing the third annual Millersville University Flute Day, to be held on Saturday, April 6th from 9AM – 6PM in the Winter Center […]

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  • mgmille2 wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Millersville Becomes Flavorville Do you have what it takes to become Millersville’s next Iron Chef? After a four-year hiatus, the Iron Chef competition has officially returned.   Starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, teams consisting of three to four students will face off in a cooking competition taking place in the SMC Atrium. The registration form can be picked up at and returned to the Campus Recreation Office. “We chose to bring back the Iron Chef event since it was so popular prior to the pandemic,” says Samantha Wary, assistant director of campus recreation. “Now that our departments have gotten back into full programming and past the pandemic safety requirements, we thought it was the right time.”  As part of their registration process, teams will submit their recipe to dining so they can source the ingredients.  “Technically, no experience is necessary, but we recommend meeting with Chef John (Johnson) if participants are not familiar with the required ingredients to ensure their meal is prepared correctly and safely,” says Wary.  There will be a “People’s Choice Award” for the audience’s top pick after each plate is on display. Each individual audience member will receive one vote, and there will also be giveaways and fun throughout the competition for audience members.   The Iron Chef event was last held on March 9, 2020. The people’s choice winners were women’s soccer and women’s club rugby was awarded the judge’s choice. Millersville Iron Chef is sponsored and hosted by University Dining and Campus Recreation.  “The event is to bring students together during the colder season and allow for social and nutritional wellbeing,” says Wary. “Students who are not competing can come out and watch the event, vote for their favorite dish and check out the offerings of the local vendors in attendance.”  Back in 2018, teams were challenged to create a balanced plate with side dishes that showcased that year’s mandatory ingredient, alligator. This year, the theme is Cajun and Creole, with chicken breast and shrimp as the required ingredients.  “Each year, we have had great support from Dr. Judith Wubah and Chief Pete Anders as judges, as well as Mike Johnstone as our most popular emcee,” says Wary. “This year, we have Dr. Mary Beth Williams, Vice President of Student Affairs, as our third rotating judge.”  For more information regarding the 2024 Iron Chef competition, contact Allison Yarrow at Allison.Yarrow@mill […] “Millersville Becomes Flavorville”

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

    Black Heritage Month Remains Essential Written for LNP Published Feb. 11, 2024 As we celebrate Black Heritage Month in 2024, there are groups of people who are trying to sugarcoat and erase African American history to promote patriotic education. Black Heritage Month — also known as Black History Month — is an opportunity for us not only to remember and reflect but also to educate our youth. If we allow groups to ban or erase our history, this will twist the truths of America. I struggle with that. When you promote your values over truth, it diminishes the struggles of Black America and all of America. Those struggles are what this country was built upon. America needs to be held accountable for what happened in the past and understand how a generational gap was created on the sweat and toil of stolen labor to build a nation. New technology magnifies the reality that racism still exists. Attempts to limit the teachings of African Americans show how insecure Americans are about exposing the truths of the present and past. Every day, I think about the privileges I have that people before me didn’t. I think of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American who was born as Sarah Breedlove to her formerly enslaved parents. In 1908, she opened a factory and hair school in Pittsburgh. Through the vast growth and success of her beauty empire, she became America’s first recognized self-made female millionaire. She did all of that without a chemistry degree or formal education. I think of Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor who only attended school through sixth grade. As Scientific American magazine wrote, Morgan saved “countless lives” by inventing the gas mask (which he called a “safety hood”) in the 1910s and the three-way traffic signal in 1923. Just imagine what Walker and Morgan could have done with a formal education. Black Heritage Month helps us to remember and reflect on the important events in our history and our impact on this country. It celebrates our heritage, our fight, our adversities. It’s essential that the truths are told about our history, regardless of the insecurities of others. If we don’t expose the truths of African American history, we’re doing a disservice to Latin history and to the history of the LGBTQ+ community, too. This is about our lived experiences, the role we had in building this country and the hopes and dreams that our ancestors had. Black Heritage Month is how we lift each other up. It’s important that our youth understand how we got here through centuries of free labor. If you strip a group of people of their identity, their culture, their languages, it makes it easier to forget. It’s important to know where you came from. The political dynamics unfolding around education in Florida shine a light on how groups of people are trying to stop our youth from learning about our history. That’s the reason it’s so important to celebrate Black Heritage Month. We can’t worry about other people’s insecurities. I can’t help that people feel badly about what their ancestors did. We need to know what happened so we can build a better future. Pennsylvania can do better. A couple of years ago, while driving, I pulled up next to a police officer who was turning left, and I was going straight. Instead of turning, he moved his vehicle behind mine and pulled me over. He wanted to see who was driving the nice rental car. He seemed to be upset that I was driving a pricey rental, even though I had all the paperwork. There are areas that African Americans know aren’t safe places to stop (like some areas of York County where racist incidents have occurred). It’s a shame we still have to think about these things. State Sen. Art Haywood, a Philadelphia Democrat, recently released a report on the experiences of Black and Hispanic students in Pennsylvania state system universities. The report underlined just how pervasive racist hate speech and harassment continue to be in 2024. I’ve talked to Black and Hispanic students who don’t feel safe on a college campus because of the color of their skin. If something goes missing, or the smell of marijuana is detected in the air, suspicion immediately falls on Black and Hispanic students. This impacts these students mentally. They’re fighting to get a college education and get ahead, and they have to fight even more just because of the color of their skin. While movies and TV shows have done a better job of depicting successful African American families, the key is getting a good education. We need to invest in our schools at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary level. No one is pushing African American kids to go to a four-year college. We need to work with youth at the middle school level to help them see college and education as a possibility. When I was growing up, the only people I saw outside my home who looked like me were cafeteria workers or the employee working the counter at the neighborhood store. We must offer our youth other aspirations: in medicine, the military, business, technology and so on. We need to give them the opportunity to dream and to achieve those dreams. We can do that through education. Black Heritage Month should be about educating our youth about the past to help build the future. We need to show our Black and Hispanic youth that they are crucial pieces of the puzzle of America. At Millersville University, I’m doing that by bringing middle school and high school students to campus for events that will expose them to possibilities for their future. One of our students, Jordan Branch, held a fair on campus to introduce Black and Hispanic kids to engineering. If we expose kids at a younger age to careers that they might see themselves in, it will help grow our community. When you expose them to all the areas that are possible, you give them the opportunity for a brighter future — a future that will help […] “Black Heritage Month Remains Essential”

  • Upcoming Events for Grad StudentsIn the upcoming weeks, the department of English and World Languages has lots of exciting events that are offered to both our graduate […]

  • mgmille2 wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    15 Years of Empowerment: Disability Film Festival Marks Milestone Anniversary Approximately 22 percent of adults in the United States experience some form of disability, encompassing a spectrum from self-care to mobility challenges. The Disability Film Festival at Millersville University seeks to shift societal perceptions and redefine the narrative surrounding disability.   “A disability film festival plays a crucial role in promoting inclusivity and raising awareness about the diverse experiences of individuals with disabilities,” says Dr. Thomas Neuville, professor and principal investigator for the PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium at Millersville University. “By showcasing films that highlight the disability community perspectives, challenges and achievements, these festivals contribute to breaking down societal stereotypes and fostering empathy.”  This year’s festival will feature three films:  “The Grown Ups” on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in McComsey Myers Auditorium: In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults. Free and open to the public.  “Fire Through Dry Grass” on March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in McComsey Myers Auditorium: uncovers in real-time the devastation experienced by residents of a New York City nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic. Co-Directors Alexis Neophytides and Andres “Jay” Molina take viewers inside Coler, on Roosevelt Island, where Jay lives with his fellow Reality Poets, a group of mostly gun violence survivors. Free and open to the public.  “The Ride Ahead” on April 25 at 6:15 p.m. at The Ware Center: Samuel Habib, 21, wants to date, leave home, go to college. But he drives a 350-pound wheelchair, uses a communication device, and can have a seizure at any moment. Determined to find his path forward, he seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists. Will they empower him to launch the bold adult life he craves? There will be a panel and post-screening discussion led by the filmmaker and member of the National Council on Disability, Theo Braddy and local leadership. Register by visiting Panel Discussion.   “By screening films in a disability film festival, non-disabled individuals can gain valuable insights into the daily lives, struggles and triumphs of people with disabilities,” says Neuville. “Viewers are made aware of the power of the disability rights movement. These films often convey messages of resilience, perseverance and the diverse abilities that exist within the disability community.”  For more information, contact Neuville at   For mo […] “15 Years of Empowerment: Disability Film Festival Marks Milestone Anniversary”

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

    Secretary Mumin Visits Millersville On Feb. 9, 2024, Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Dr. Khalid N. Mumin and Deputy Secretary Dr. Kate Shaw joined Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein and Millersville University President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah at Millersville University. The visit highlighted Governor Shapiro’s proposed investments in higher education and how Pennsylvania’s public postsecondary system is preparing students to be workforce-ready upon graduation. Governor Shapiro’s blueprint for higher education says it will help Pennsylvania’s public universities build on areas of strength and address the challenges caused by a 30-year disinvestment in higher education by the Commonwealth, such as competition between universities that results in higher costs and lower enrollment. Governor Shapiro says his blueprint will ensure better coordination across PASSHE universities and community colleges to expand access to affordable, workforce-ready credentials and degrees across Pennsylvania – including in areas that currently lack access. “Our Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education, like Millersville University, do an incredible job preparing students for the future and connecting them with future opportunities,” said Secretary Khalid N. Mumin. “Governor Josh Shapiro’s new blueprint for higher education will end the era of disinvestment in our higher education sector, make postsecondary education more accessible and affordable to more Pennsylvanians, and allow these schools to continue to do what they do best—educate learners.” During a tour of the Weather Information Center , recycling plastics area, and robotics lab, state officials learned how Millersville students are leaving the university with an array of job opportunities in high-paying, high-demand careers. Millersville Meteorology is a nationally recognized flagship program of the university, with an innovative curriculum in space weather, air quality, water resources, data analytics, and emergency response and disaster preparedness. In 2020, Millersville became the seventh university in Pennsylvania to be designated as a StormReady University. “We are grateful for Secretary Mumin’s visit to Millersville University and the opportunity to showcase our premier programs in meteorology, life science, and applied engineering that focus on building career-ready skills,” said Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University. “We have industry partnerships in our region’s growth sectors where students receive hands-on learning experiences and internships and have direct avenues to careers.” “Gov. Shapiro’s proposed funding increase for a new public higher education system that includes PASSHE universities and Pennsylvania’s community colleges as co-equals, presents a great opportunity for the state,” said Chancellor Dan Greenstein. “Millersville works closely with HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, as all PASSHE universities do with community colleges in their region, to expand access to a valuable education. The governor’s proposal is an opportunity to build on the strengths of our PASSHE universities and the state’s community college, and to do more together.” For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, please visit the website or f […] “Secretary Mumin Visits Millersville”

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  • Bill Horst wrote a new post on the site AEST News Blog 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Student Teacher Fosters Entrepreneurism… For a Good Cause Mr. Todd Garber and his student teacher, Millersville University senior Mr. Thomas Eby, were looking for a challenge to engage their design […]

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