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  • Why Choose Millersville University for Your Next Event? Choosing the ideal location is one of many crucial factors that go into event planning. At Millersville University, we create a […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Millersville Prof Helps Solve 80-year Mystery Biting insects have been the bane of many people’s existence throughout the millennia, but they have allowed Dr. John Wallace to make a living through his research over the last three decades. As an expert medical entomologist, he taught students about the study of insects and researched them while he was a biology professor at Millersville University. Now, a collaborative research effort in Victoria, Australia, has been used to indict mosquitos as vectors that spread the bacterium that causes the flesh-eating disease known as Buruli ulcer in Australia. “Buruli ulcer is one of the World Health Organization’s 21 neglected tropical diseases – found in 32 countries around the world,” Wallace stated. In a major breakthrough published in “Nature Microbiology,” researchers led by the University of Melbourne’s Professor Tim Stinear, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, have solved the 80-year Mystery that has baffled scientists and public health experts and has been a central question that has perplexed scientists since the discovery of M. ulcerans in the 1940s,” said Stinear. A collaborative International research team brought together partners from the Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne, Bio21 Institute, Agriculture Victoria, Austin Health, Victorian Department of Health, Millersville University, the Mornington Peninsular Shire and others to focus their efforts on surveying more than 65,000 mosquitoes between 2016-2021, possum feces and human cases in the Mornington Peninsula in the southern state of Victoria, a region with an alarming surge in cases and one of the highest incidences of Buruli ulcer in the world. The findings of this study confirm mosquitoes are the primary vectors transmitting M. ulcerans from the environment to people in Australia. Wallace has been collaborating with the Stinear lab since 2006 on field and mosquito transmission studies and elaborated on the global importance of these findings, “By linking field surveys with pathogen genomics, we have addressed the essential criteria that support a collection of evidence implicating mosquitoes as mechanical vectors of M. ulcerans from local wildlife reservoirs to humans, in other words, we have provided valuable support for a transmission chain among mosquitoes, possums and humans – a watershed moment of sorts in disease ecology. While the mode of transmission may be different in other countries, this breakthrough moment in Buruli ulcer research provides an extensive framework to address more precisely the mode of transmission of M. ulcerans to people in other parts of the world and augment the roadmap to intervene and control Buruli ulcer in these countries,” explains Wallace. To stem the tide of Buruli cases in Australia, Professor Paul Johnson, infectious diseases physician at Austin Health in Victoria, highlighted the role of managing mosquito populations to mitigate the risk of Buruli ulcer. “Taking steps to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites is likely to be an effective way to control the spread of the disease,” said Johnson. “Simple actions, like applying insect repellent and removing stagnant water around the house, are a good start to protect the community and reduce the risk of Buruli ulcer.” For more information on mosquito protection, visit the Victorian Department of Health website at https://www.betterhea […] “Millersville Prof Helps Solve 80-year Mystery”

  • How to Show Up for Yourself in Grad SchoolIn recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of research shared and focused on self-care. Although there are many different […]

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

    MU Offers New Educational Leadership Program Beginning in Summer 2024, Millersville University will offer a new post-master’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. These courses have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility for those who qualify, and all courses will count toward the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University as well. Dr. Ann Gaudino, professor in the Educational Foundations department and program founder, shares, “We are thrilled to continue the long legacy of developing educational professionals at Millersville University. We will be training the school superintendents and education organization leaders of tomorrow.” This graduate certificate is a resource for the department to help the education workforce develop their skills and credentials, learning more about how to best assist today’s learners in the classroom. “Those in the education workforce, particularly K-12 educators, are facing a myriad of new challenges,” says Gaudino, “the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership is a cutting-edge program to help educators become both scholars and practitioners with a doctoral degree.” These skills include advanced-level leadership, resource leadership, governance, instruction and learning, equity and inclusion, and facilities and technology. The program also caters to a wide variety of professionals, including school principals looking to attain their superintendent licensure, teachers, counselors, University faculty and administrators or other education professionals. While the courses will be taught online by Millersville faculty, learners will complete internship hours in person in educational institutions with mentors to gain hands-on experience. This one-year certificate program is offered during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Those who are interested may begin in any semester. For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, please visit https://www.m […] “MU Offers New Educational Leadership Program”

  • The ENWL Student Lounge is now open! The Department of English and World Languages is pleased to announce the opening of our student lounge! This new space transforms […]

  • Fall 2024-Spring 2025 Room Selection/Housing Applications Definitions: On-Campus: On-campus housing is defined as residing in one of the following residence halls: East Village, Shenks Hall, […]

  • kmadas wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks ago

    Irish Town Sends One Lucky Lad to MU Some Marauders journey further than others to get to their home away from home on Millersville’s campus. Take, for example, Jake Speers, who hails from Portstewart, Northern Ireland, a small coastal town with seaside views, a tight-knit community, lots of places to grab a pint and a historic golf club. Speers didn’t start playing golf until his early teens. “I didn’t pick up a club until I was 13 years old and I fell in love with it. From that moment on, all I’ve ever wanted to do was come to the States and play golf.” He went on to make some impressive wins as a young golfer, including winning the Ulster Winter Series, placing second at the Portstewart Scratch Cup and club championship, and he was the youngest golfer to represent both Senior Cup and Junior Cup teams at Portstewart Golf Club. Then, very suddenly in March 2019, Jake’s mother, Evelyn, passed away. “I stopped playing for a year,” he says. “On top of the loss of my mother, it brought a lot of financial difficulty on me wanting to study in the United States. It just wasn’t looking very likely, so I had said to my dad, ‘If it’s going to happen it will, but I’ll not force it. All I can do is hope.’” By chance, Speers met Jim Haus, general manager of Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz, Pennsylvania when he was on a golf trip around Ireland. “I wasn’t even meant to be working that day and when Jim walked into the shop, I said instantly I would caddie for him,” says Speers. “This group was different from so many others I had caddied for. On the second hole, they asked what my dream was, so I explained my dream of playing collegiate golf in the U.S.” Haus took an interest in Speers who told him about Millersville. “Mr. Haus said to me, ‘Look, there’s a university 30 minutes away from where I live. You’re more than welcome to come out and stay with me and come and visit and see if you like it,’” explains Speers. That’s just what he did. During his visit, Speers met with men’s golf coach Scott Vandegrift, who he and the team affectionately call Pro. After watching him, Vandegrift called him a week later to say he wanted Speers on the team. “I’ll never forget that phone call,” says Speers excitedly, a smile on his face. “He said, ‘I would love to offer you a spot on the team for the next four years,’ and it was amazing. It was like a dream come true, right? I couldn’t believe it was real.” Back in Ireland, Speers and his family had to come up with the funds to get here and focus on getting his swing back, after being out of practice for the better part of year. So, he went to the Portstewart Golf Club, his home club where he says everyone, “. . . is like a second family to me. Every member knows every member. Everybody knows everybody there. It’s brilliant and it’s a great atmosphere.” Just like a family, they took care of Speers. “That’s when the whole fundraising things kicked off,” explains Speers. The club hosted several events to help Speers raise money to begin his collegiate athletic career in the United States. But not just the club rallied behind Speers. So did the town, and even his high school. “I can’t thank all the people at home enough. They’ve done so much for me. Because Portstewart’s such a small town, it’s not only the golf club that gets behind you, it’s almost the whole town.” Even with the town rallying behind him, Speers was still short on his financial goal. The Portstewart Golf Club came together to host an 18-hole tournament to raise funds on his behalf. “Maybe 200 people played and they all gave a donation at the start,” he shares. At the end of the tournament, they raised over £‎2000 – close to $3,000 U.S. dollars. “It got us over the line to get my first year paid,” says Jake with a smile. “Neil Morrison, captain of Portstewart Golf Club, has been the big kick in getting me here and the golf club just supported me the whole way.” There were many times when Speers says he wasn’t sure it would work out. “So many times, I thought that we might not get this money. Neil would say, ‘Look, just give it some time. It’ll happen.’ And then the golf club started the fundraisers and said, ‘If this is your dream and you really want to do this, then you know we’re gonna support you.’ It’s been a crazy journey. To even be sitting here and saying to them that I’m here in the United States is amazing.” Now, Speers has completed his first year at Millersville University as a psychology major and, of course, as a member of the men’s golf team that’s fresh off a PSAC Championship win, thanks in part to Speers pushing through a game-day injury. “There are three seniors on the team, and this was their last PSAC, and I didn’t wanna let them down,” he says, though he couldn’t even pick up a club at the time. “Bob, our team captain, said, ‘Look, it’s fine. We’d rather you go back tonight, get the treatment and then come back tomorrow if you can play.’” He did just that. “So, I went back the next day, I played, and I pushed out a good score for the team, and we ended up winning. I wanted to do it for them because they are some of my best friends and are all like bigger brothers to me. I also wanted to do it for Pro. He has always had my back and done so much to get me here, I’m just glad it all worked out because we had worked so hard all semester for it.” According to Speers, he’s loved his experience and made lots of connections while on campus. He rooms with teammate Timothy Peters, whom he says is “Like the brother I never had – he’s my best friend,” and gave props to Millersville’s International Programs and Services Office that made his transition as smooth as possible. “The documentation took a lot of time, but they made it completely smooth, anything I needed to get done,” he says. “The people have been so nice, so helpful, everyone just chats away.” The accent, he says, never gets past them, but it doesn’t bother Speers. “It is funny when you start talking and people are like, ‘You’re not from here!’. But I love telling people about where I’m from.” While Speers has adjusted well to his new home away from home, there are a few differences that took some getting used to. “The education systems here are much different to what it is at home, but it just took a couple of weeks to settle in and get comfortable,” he explains. “And the roads are different. There’s like six lanes and six traffic lights. It’s so different from home because we would have two lanes and we have no traffic lights, and we drive on the left side of the road.” The pace of life, he’s noted, is also different. “At home, it’s very chilled out whereas here it’s hustle and bustle,” says Speers. He says he misses fresh seafood from home and being able to surf in his time off. “It’s literally a real-life movie. You grow up watching Christmas movies and places such as New York, and it’s really like that. It’s a different way of life, but it’s fun. It’s certainly a big change for a little kid like me from a small town.” As Speers reflects on his journey to Millersville, he says he’s overwhelmed with the support he received from his community. “It means everything to me,” he explains. “I’ve said it so many times: it’s such a small town where everybody knows everybody. At church, all the little kids come up and say, ‘Jake, I wanna do what you’re doing and play golf and in America.’ People you see just when you’re out walking the dog, they will stop and chat and say, ‘Best of luck. If there’s anything we can do, let us know.’ There’s been several occasions where people have said, ‘The whole town wants you to do well and just live your dream.’ It’s just little things like that that mean the world.” For so long, Speers wasn’t sure that he’d be able to get to Millersville. Now, he considers himself one lucky lad to be a Marauder. “I’m very, very grateful to be here because it was a dream, and now it’s a dream […] “Irish Town Sends One Lucky Lad to MU”

  • mgmille2 wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks ago

    Empowering Students: New Space Offers a Refuge for Growth A new space opened at the start of the semester to provide a physical refuge for students seeking to focus on practices that promote their spiritual and mental wellbeing. The Meditation and Mindfulness room is in room 203 of the Student Memorial Center, just above the Galley. “After reviewing room usage data within the SMC, we chose to transform an underutilized conference room into an active space that will provide ongoing support to our student body,” says John Hearn, director of operations of the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University. Previously, students expressed their wish for a dedicated space on campus exclusively reserved for interfaith prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. However, the realization of this dream was hindered by the absence of an ideal location. Fortunately, the Student Memorial Center conducted a comprehensive space study in collaboration with WTW Architects. Thanks to continuous input from students, the SMC master plan has now been updated to incorporate a designated area for meditation and mindfulness. “Although long-term plans are vital for growth, the Division of Student Affairs desired to provide space that will meet and address the needs of our students today,” says Hearn. The space is designed to cater to a diverse range of needs, whether students choose to use it for prayer, meditation, or reflection. Its purpose is to support various faiths, promote positive mental health practices, and provide a welcoming environment for exploring personal interests. The room includes newly painted white walls, three chairs along the parameter, a tower lamp, four salt lamps, additional prayer rugs, meditation and mindfulness cards and resources, sound machines to block excess noise and window tint to provide privacy.  The focal point of the room includes a hand-crafted wooden map of the world on the central wall to remind people who utilize the space of MU’s EPPIIC value of Inclusion. Crafted with inclusivity in mind, this space incorporates thoughtful details to embrace Millersville’s diverse student community. Notably, a wall decal has been included to indicate the Qibla, the direction toward the city of Mecca that holds significance for Muslims during prayer. This intentional design feature aims to create a welcoming environment for all students. “Our hope is that this space will feel open, warm and inclusive of our diverse student body,” says Hearn. The room is open on a walk-in basis during SMC operational hours. For the spring, that’s Monday – Friday 7 – 12 a.m., Saturdays from 8 – 12 a.m. and Sundays from 9 – 12 a.m. If students prefer, they can utilize the room alone for up to 20 minutes by changing a sig […] “Empowering Students: New Space Offers a Refuge for Growth”

  • mgmille2 wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    More Than 20 Talented Artists Nominated for Broadway World Awards The Millersville University Theatre, productions, students, alumni and an assistant professor have been nominated in various categories for the 2023 Broadway World Central Pennsylvania Awards. Some of the students and recent graduates have even been nominated for their work at theatres outside of the University. Local Broadway World website editors set the award categories, and then BWW readers and audience members chose the nominees. Winners will be announced sometime in January. “I repeatedly meet folks in the Central PA theatre community who are surprised that Millersville has a theatre and entertainment tech program and/or they are surprised that we produce live theatre,” says Jonathan Strayer, assistant professor and director of dramatics at Millersville University. With theatres like the Fulton and Ephrata Performing Arts Center included, Strayer doesn’t expect to top any lists, but he does believe that the higher MU Theatre is on each list, the more exposure the program and University will receive. The Broadway World Regional Awards are the largest theatre audience awards, with over 100 cities worldwide participating. The Broadway World Regional Awards let readers have their say on the best local and touring productions around the country and world. Broadway World is the largest theatre site on the internet, covering Broadway, the West End and beyond to 100 US cities, 45 countries and in 12 languages worldwide. The awards honor productions that had their first performance between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023. Voting took place from early November and ran through December 31. Here is the list of nominees from MU: Best Direction Of A Musical Jonathan Strayer – “CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Millersville University Theatre   Best Direction Of A Play Jonathan Strayer – “CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME” – Millersville University Theatre Rachel Luann Strayer – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre Guest Artist/Director   Best Musical “CARRIE” – Millersville University Theatre   Best Play “CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME” – Millersville University Theatre “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre   Best Performer In A Musical Anya Ditzler – “CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Millersville University Theatre Ed Major   Best Performer In A Play Dustin Schneider – “THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME” – Millersville University Theatre Theatre Major Nathaniel Hawley – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre Theatre Major Giancarlo Cooper – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre Theatre Minor Bailey-Rose Collington – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre English Major; Journalism Minor   Best Ensemble “CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Millersville University Theatre “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre   Best Lighting Design Of A Play Or Musical Adam Boyer – “CARRIE THE MUSICAL” – Millersville University Theatre Nic Pappas – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre ENTC Major   Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical Janet Hershey – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre Dec 2022 Grad – ENTC Major   Best Supporting Performer In A Play Calvin Butler – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre Theatre Major Ashley Calderon – “PUFFS” – Millersville University Theatre 2023 Grad – Theatre Major   Favorite Local Theatre Millersville University Theatre   Current Students in Non-MU Theatre Projects: Best Supporting Performer In A Musical Ryan Slusky – “THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME” – The Belmont Theatre Theatre Minor   Best Direction Of A Musical Kat Thorpe – “THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL” – ACMO Theatre Major   MU Theatre Alumni in Non-MU Theatre Projects: Best Supporting Performer In A Play Major – Ian Wettlaufer – “MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR” – People’s Shakespeare Project 2021 Grad – Theatre Major   Best Performer In A Musical Major – Ashley Calderon – “THE PROM” – Ephrata Performing A […] “More Than 20 Talented Artists Nominated for Broadway World Awards”

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

    Spring ‘24 Environmental Workshops at the ‘Ville The spring semester is bringing more opportunities for environmental education through Millersville’s Watershed Training Institute. Workshops are being offered in January and March. The Project WET Climate, Water, and Resilience Educator Workshop will be held virtually on Zoom on Jan. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This workshop is designed to provide tools for educators to teach middle and high school students about climate change and sustainability. Instruction will be provided for interactive, science-based activities that are student-centered. This event is open to all educators teaching students in grades 6-12. This event is free, and participants are asked to sign up here. Participants will receive a download code for Project WET’s “Climate, Water, and Resilience Educator Guide,” as well as free one-month access to Project WET’s WELL Portal for Educators. This portal provides digital teaching tools like interactive e-books, eLessons and videos. This workshop can be applied to two Act 48 hours. The Project WET Educator Workshop will be held on March 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the WETi on Millersville’s campus. This workshop offers education on water and is fit for Common Core Standards and applicable to grades K-12. Activities in this workshop provide teaching methods, assessment strategies and essential tools necessary to integrate water education into all school subjects. This workshop will not have the climate focus of the preceding virtual event. This event is free and participants are asked to register here. There are 30 spots available. WETi workshops provide unique opportunities for professional development. “These workshops provide teachers with a hands-on experience that is not necessarily found in other workshops and professional development days,” says Liz Rickrode, a graduate assistant for Educational Foundations professor Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich. WETi events often include outdoor experiences with the intent of encouraging teachers to consider the value of outdoor education. “This outdoor experience can then be brought to the classroom and use […] “Spring ‘24 Environmental Workshops at the ‘Ville”

  • Calling All Poets-Academy of American Poets Student Poetry ContestThe Academy of American Poets is hosting a student poetry contest and we invite both undergraduate and graduate students to apply! You […]

  • Calling All Poets!- Academy of American Poets Student Poetry ContestThe Academy of American Poets is hosting a student poetry contest and we invite both undergraduate and graduate students to […]

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

    Grant Addresses Food Insecurity on Campus Millersville University is the recipient of a $40,000 Hunger-Free Campus Grant, as one of 30 institutions to receive support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These grants, originating under the Wolf Administration and continued by the Shapiro Administration, are awarded to help schools address food insecurity on campus and create initiatives to expand awareness of the issue. With the 2022-23 grant, the University was able to renovate space at the HUB, which allowed it to expand its kitchen, the Campus Cupboard, and the facilities’ restrooms for ADA compliance. The HUB provides four hot meals each week for free, along with free grab-and-go breakfast items and snacks daily. The Campus Cupboard allows students to “shop” for grocery items once a week at no charge, including fresh food and even personal hygiene items. To build off the progress made by last year’s grant, part of the funds this year will be used to create a “Sub-HUB Station” in the Student Memorial Center. Currently, unopened food items are collected in boxes by the Food Recovery Network near the Galley and the Anchor and then delivered to the HUB. The Sub-HUB Station would provide a more prominent space with refrigeration and shelving, so more students are aware of the resource. Additionally, the funding will be used to further expand the HUB’s outreach. Dr. Mary Beth Williams, vice president for student affairs, explains that more students are utilizing the HUB now. “The HUB currently serves around 350 students per week, and the student use of the Campus Cupboard continues to rise,” she says. “With this grant, MU will provide funding to The HUB for expanded meal programming and funding for increased advertisement about HUB services throughout campus.” She continues, “Having a wonderful community partner like The HUB is essential to serving our food insecure students, and finding ways to communicate with students about the resources is vital to that success.” A third goal is to use the grant to provide students with hot meals and distribution of food items during the holiday break. “Many students, primarily our international students, LGBTQ+ students and students who were raised in the foster care system, do not have another place to go during the break when the campus dining facilities are not regularly open,” says Williams. “These weekly meals and food distribution points would allow students who stay on campus to be fed, take food with them, and connect with faculty, staff and students on the Hunger Free Campus Task Force who want to support and help them during the long break,” she continues. “During the meal, there will be fun programming for these students that will help them build trust with the faculty, staff and students on the Hunger Free Task Force. At the end of the meal, fresh and non-perishable food will be distributed to each student.” Ultimately, these initiatives are another way to showcase the University’s commitment to its EPPIIC Values. “At its heart, this grant proposal is about sharing,” says Williams. “Students want to share food they have with other students in need, and Millersville faculty, staff and the HUB all want to support students in any way they can. Together, with this funding, our community can come together and help feed students in need.” All grant recipients are members of the Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, a coalition of Pennsylvania institutions of higher education focused on addressing hunger and other basic needs for their students, creating opportunities for connection among student hunger advocates, providing resources and strategies for campuses, and supporting opportunities to apply for grants related to addressing food insecurity. You can see all of the 2023-2024 PA Hu​​nger-Free Campus Grant Awa […] “Grant Addresses Food Insecurity on Campus”

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

    Why I Give: Dr. Dennis Denenberg There are two topics that almost always surface when speaking with Dr. Dennis Denenberg: his passion for breast health and his gardens. Both topics stem from his love of heroes. Denenberg, who had a long career in education, including as a professor at Millersville, spent almost 20 years as a nationally known speaker, talking about real-life heroes and their importance to kids and adults. Two of his real-life heroes include his sister, Diana Denenberg Durand, who graciously fought a battle with breast cancer for 18 years, and former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Diana was the impetus for Dennis to start the Breast Cancer Awareness Program at Millersville University through an endowment. The program includes “Breast-A-Ville,” an annual event to educate students of the importance of breast health and breast cancer awareness and prevention. It also includes the Diana Denenberg Durand Spirit Garden and Statue, located at the University’s Stayer Hall, which was dedicated in 2007 in honor of Diana. And “Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer” is an endowment set up through the Millersville University Foundation to raise awareness among young women and men about breast cancer and breast health. In 2016, Denenberg received the “Honorary Alumni Award” from the University’s Alumni Association. In honoring him, they said, “Dr. Denenberg has earned the title of a hero in influencing hundreds or maybe thousands of Millersville education students over his 15-year tenure (1987-2002) as a professor in the School of Education. Many of these students have benefited from the groundbreaking ‘Hooray for Heroes’ program he initiated while at Millersville.” “Everyone needs a hero, someone to look up to. There are heroes all around us, in our communities and throughout history,” says Denenberg. One of his Millersville students, Lynette Leaman Brenneman ’97, went on to become a teacher and recently spoke about Denenberg’s impact on her. “Dr. Denenberg taught us how he wanted us to teach our own students,” says Brenneman. “I still remember one day he came to class wearing a historical hat. More than almost any other professor, Dr. Denenberg influenced me in how I taught day to day during the 12 years I taught in my third-grade classroom. I focused on the heroes of Lancaster when I taught my Lancaster County unit in third grade.” The Hilda and David Denenberg Student Lounge in Millersville University’s Stayer Education Building was established by Denenberg to honor his mom and dad, “who kept their vow never to say an unkind word to one another in front of their children.” The lounge features memorabilia from the Denenberg family history. Dennis Denenberg is now at the stage in his life where he is deciding who he wants his belongings to go to. One of the reasons Thomas Jefferson was a hero to him is because he loved to garden. Denenberg has an acre of gardens that he lovingly devotes to flowers and special features. Denenberg has put in his will that the acre of gardens and his house will be given to the Millersville University Foundation. The Foundation is a separate entity from the University, and its mission is to manage and invest endowed gifts for the University. Many visitors consider the all-pink garden dedicated to breast cancer survivors to be their favorite spot. The sign, designed by Matt Patek, displays a quote from the song entitled “Fighter” by Millersville alumna Liz Fulmer. “You won’t ever see her giving up ’cause she is a fighter” was written to honor Diana. Of course, the Gardens of Oz showcase the owner’s love of “The Wizard of Oz.” There’s the yellow brick road leading to Emerald City and Toto’s dressing room – you can peer in through the roof to see what the movie star has in his personal canine collection. There are many other features: two ponds, the Mardi Gras tree, “Mama” Jade (65 years old) and her family, the shade sails over the hosta bed, the succulent tree and huge beds devoted to particular types of flowers. In addition to his house and gardens, Denenberg’s extensive collection of childhood toys will go to The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. His massive collection of things from “The Wizard of Oz” will go to the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, which helped him with a speech impediment decades ago. Sitting in the midst of his hundreds of flowers, Denenberg, who is now fully recovered from a stroke two years ago, says, “I was blessed with two incredible parents, an amazing sister and a wonderful life. I want to continue to honor Diana and my family through perpetuity, and donating my treasures is one way I can do that. Life […] “Why I Give: Dr. Dennis Denenberg”

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

    Chef’s Table Continues at the ‘Ville Millersville Dining is giving students the opportunity to learn from and be heard by the staff through an event called Chef’s Table. The event allows Millersville students to have an intimate dining and learning experience with executive chef John Johnson. Students are served a three-course meal prepared by Johnson while participating in a discussion about Millersville dining, nutrition and food. The event is held at the Upper Deck on the last Wednesday of every month during the spring and fall semesters. Before the event, students who eat at the Upper Deck can fill out a ticket to be entered into a raffle to secure a spot. Students must have a meal plan to enter. Winners are invited to bring a guest of their choosing. The deadline to enter January’s drawing is Jan. 19, with the dinner on Jan. 31. Another drawing will be held in February. The event is intended to be a learning experience for attendees. Johnson focuses on food pairings to introduce students to new ways of enjoying the Upper Deck. “I’ll take what’s on the menu that night and cook it and pair it the way I would do it and let [students] see how it looks,” says Johnson. “I try to look at nutrition and fun and how I can mix and match.” The goal is to enlighten students about what the dining staff do, how and why they do it and how the different foods offered can be utilized. Chef’s Table is also designed to serve as a way for dining staff and students to connect, and Johnson often invites a member of his staff or the executive offices to join in. The event allows students to voice their concerns about dining directly to staff members rather than sending an email or talking to an administrative assistant. “I want students to know that they’re being constructively heard and listened to,” says Johnson. “They actually get to sit down with me and learn who I am, learn about me, have good conversations about dining and know that I’m listening.” The Chef’s Table dinners for the spring semester will be held Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 27 and April 24. All dinners will begin at 5 p.m. Click here for more information about Millersville dining. […] “Chef’s Table Continues at the ‘Ville”

  • jjester wrote a new post on the site Tell School of Music News 1 month ago

    The Tell School of Music is proud to again offer the popular "Career-Ready in Music Education” on March 14, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM The Tell School of Music is proud to again offer the popular “Career-Ready in Music Education” on March 14, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4 […]

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