Millersville Students Awarded Over $17k in Scholarships from the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

Five Millersville University students were selected to receive scholarships from the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) – the printing industry’s largest scholarship program. The five awards totaled $17,202 and this is the first time that so many students from Millersville have won PGSF scholarships at one time. The selected students represent three different majors on campus that provide educational experiences appropriate to PGSF’s purpose of connecting interested students, donors, educators, and industry professionals.

Three of the SPGF scholarship winners (from L to R): Aleia Baker, Julia Meassick, & Lauren Walsh with hands on an antique printing printing press in Osburn Hall.

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Introducing the (insert your name here) scholarship!

For the past 75 years the MU Alumni Association sponsored a departmental award known as the Philadelphia Alumni Award. This award was issued to a student teacher who had excelled in Industrial Arts or, more recently, in Technology and Engineering Education. The award only came with a $200 cash value to the recipient, but it was among the most prestigious awards offered to technology and engineering education majors by virtue of longevity and reputation. Unfortunately, without any input from the department, the alumni association eliminated the award two years ago.

Did we stop offering The Philadelphia Alumni Award? 

Of course not! I personally funded it for a year and I contacted the MU Development Office to determine what it would take to find a long-term sponsor for the award.  That is when I found out that it takes less to establish a scholarship in your name than one might imagine.  The MU Development office requires a minimum commitment of $500 per year for at least four consecutive years to sponsor such an award or scholarship.  So, for as little as a $2000 commitment you could sponsor an award such as the Philadelphia Alumni Award, or a new departmental award that bears your name, and you even get to set the criteria (within reason)! If you want a scholarship or award sponsored in perpetuity, that will cost a bit more at $25,000.

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring the continuation of the Philadelphia Alumni Award, or in establishing a new award should contact me directly at len.litowitz@millersvillle.edu . I will get you in touch with the development office.

If you are considering donating to MU, please donate to the AEST departmental facilities and equipment fund at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/aesequ/  and not the general fund.

-Submitted by Dr. Len S. Litowitz

Packaging Engineering Tech Student Awarded Industry Scholarship

Kaylena Travitz, scholarship recipient

Millersville University Packaging Engineering Tech student, Kaylena Travitz was recently awarded a $1,000 undergraduate scholarship on behalf of the J. Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship Fund by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters. Each year, the trustees of the scholarship fund grant monetary scholarships to three undergraduate-level college or university students and one graduate-level student of exceptional quality who are majoring in Packaging Engineering or a related packaging field. The J. Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of the founder of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. The official announcement from AICC can be found at this link: https://www.aiccbox.org/page/troll

Kaylena also completed a paid internship with Buckeye Corrugated Inc. in Columbia, PA this past summer – just before her senior year.

Why I Give: Millersville Alumna Establishes New OSEH Scholarship

Millersville University alumna Nancy Adams ’73 had an enriching and successful career in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Recently, she created the N. C. Adams ’73 and W. G. Adams Fellowship for students majoring and minoring in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. In doing so, she helped to forge a partnership between the OSEH program and the Lombardo College of Business to create a one-of-a-kind education program in Pennsylvania.

Adams was one of the first women to work in OSHA after Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. At that time, they were hiring inspection staff with a science background. Thanks to her time at Millersville studying biology and with the encouragement of her brother, Adams began her OSHA career in Albany, New York. “OSHA provided me with an absolutely wonderful career. There was no other job like it,” Adams said. “I traveled and worked throughout the U.S. on special assignments and task forces. I was part of a ‘younger,’ nationwide set of folks who were at the forefront of OSHA’s use of information technology and the internet.”

As one of the first women to work for OSHA, Adams found the field to be both exciting and challenging. “Because OSHA is a law enforcement agency, I had the law behind me when walking into mostly male-dominated workplaces,” Adams said. “I found that even as a young woman, if I engaged people in conversation and asked a lot of questions about what they were doing, they appreciated why I was there and took me seriously. However, in the early 1970s, finding protective gear that actually fit me was a whole different story.”

After 33 years serving in roles from compliance officer to director of management systems and operations, Adams ended her career in Washington, D.C. — though she never stopped investing in up-and-coming OSEH professionals. Adams serves on the University’s OSEH advisory board, which provides guidance and counsel for the OSEH program and its students.

A partnership between OSEH and the Lombardo College of Business allows students majoring in OSEH or in management to pursue a specialization in the other program.

“This opportunity is designed to foster the natural collaboration between the areas of business and occupational safety and health,” explained Dr. Jack Ogutu, the OSEH program coordinator.

In addition, Adams created the N. C. Adams ’73 and W. G. Adams Endowed Professorship. Ogutu will serve a three-year term as the inaugural Adams Endowed Professor beginning July 1. He will oversee enhancing scholarship activities, fostering faculty-student research, organizing on-campus and off-campus co-curricular events, and establishing internship opportunities for students in the program.

That collaboration between business and occupational safety is exactly why Adams created the fellowship and professorship.

“To create this type of partnership is unique to Millersville,” Adams said. “I have a very long-held belief that until safety and health professionals and corporate management gain a real understanding of both sides, workplace safety and health will continue to be looked at as a non-value-added contribution to a company’s bottom line.”

“The goal of this fellowship is to provide an educational opportunity to advance effective means for both OSEH professionals and company managers to better communicate what each can bring to the table to achieve a safer work environment and quality goods and services,” she explained.

Her advice to current MU students is this: “Never turn down an opportunity to learn something new. Even if at the time you think it is beneath or beyond your abilities … or even if you see no connection to how the experience might benefit you in the future, eventually it will.”

– Originally published in the Millersville Review, June 16, 2022.

Ville Robotics Team Has Standout Showing at International Robotics Competition

The Ville Robotics team went, saw, and conquered (almost) this year’s 29th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University in Michigan.

Ville Robotics left everything on the course. With on-site sensor tuning to last-minute code tweaks to late-night tech retrofits, they pushed every step of the way. And it showed: the team brought back four awards, including 1st to Qualify, 2nd in Design, 6th in Performance, and 4th Overall. These results culminate hundreds of hours of engineering design, development, testing, and refining by the AEST department’s student team members and faculty advisors over the past four months.

The IGVC AutoNav competition requires undergraduate and graduate teams to design, build, and program a fully autonomous robot to navigate a course, stay within a lane, not hit obstacles, and head to GPS waypoints. These constraints and criteria push teams to develop on the cutting-edge of autonomous vehicle design.

Ville Robotics entered two robots into the AutoNav competition: A.Li.E.N. 2.0 and A.Li.E.N. 3.0 (A.Li.E.N. stands for Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator). A.Li.E.N. 2.0’s control was distributed with smart sensors (LiDAR, Machine Vision, and GPS/Compass) connected to a 32-bit microcontroller. A.Li.E.N. 3.0 was controlled via a pc-based Robot Operating System (ROS) that mapped the course and path-planned its movements using a LiDAR, camera, GPS, and wheel encoders. While 3.0 did not qualify this year, it made 4/5 qualifying checkpoints and was a great testbed for next year’s competition in 2023.

Ville Robotics again showcased their engineering skill alongside large state, national, and international engineering universities, many of whom are household names inside and outside technical circles. A few of Millersville University’s 21 competitors included Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma University, Cedarville University, Penn State University, The Indian Institute of Technology, Hosei University – Japan, Rutgers University, Lawrence Technological University, University of Toronto, The University of Newfoundland.

It is noteworthy that this year was only Ville Robotics’ second time competing at IGVC. The first was in 2019, in which they failed to qualify. This year the team outperformed their last showing and was in contention to place on the podium for the overall award, a feat that illustrates the depth of their technical skill and team resolve. Congratulations to the universities who made the podium: Cedarville University – 1st, University of Oklahoma – 2nd, Hosei University (Japan) – 3rd.

Also, a special thanks to our team sponsors: Millersville University of Pennsylvania (AEST, SGA, OGSPR) and Phoenix Contact for travel support. And Todd Echterling for donating the wheelchair base!

Below is Ville Robotics’ longest run on the course (164′). Even though A.Li.E.N. 2.0 got turned around, it traversed the sixth farthest on the course of any of the 22 robots in the competition!

A.Li.E.N. Competes in Michigan

Ville Robotics Team Has Standout Showing at International Robotics Competition. The Ville Robotics Team Competed in the 29th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition at Oakland University in Michigan.https://blogs.millersville.edu/aest/

–  Contributed by Dr. John Haughery

ASSP Student Chapter Receives 2021–2022 ASSP Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award

UPDATE: Read about MU’s ASSP Student Section Recognition Here!

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Student Chapter at Millersville University received the 2021 –2022 ASSP Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award. The ASSP Club will be recognized and awarded $5000 in June at the Safety 2022 Conference in Chicago.

Top to Bottom: Simon Maier, Kerri DeWitt, Adam Kreisman (Treasurer), Nate Meyers, Nigel Marquez, Kyle Smith, Jordan Branch, Skylar Tsosie, Brianna Reitnauer (Vice President), Emily McComsey (President), Phil Gomba (Secretary), Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers (ASSP Advisor), Halee Schick (Newsletter Editor/Historian), Vaughn Weldon.

Emily McComsey, President, and her board members (listed above) were dedicated to making the ASSP student chapter successful this year. The ASSP Club promoted student engagement and participation in meetings, research, activities, community service, and safety training. Board members received scholarships for their accomplishments from ASSP and other organizations. Some of the activities that the club performed were as follows:

  • Partnered with Millersville’s Marauder Graphics Club to design and print t-shirts given as an incentive to boost membership
  • Organized and held several technical meetings and a resume workshop
  • Attended the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference in Hershey, PA in October 2021
  • Participated in Millersville University’s Involvement Fair in February 2022
  • Partnered with the ASSP Central PA parent chapter to host two technical meetings
  • Presented research on pedestrian and driver safety at Millersville University crosswalks during an ASSP Central PA parent chapter meeting and Lancaster Safety Council (LSC) in April 2022
    • Eleven students completed CITI training to perform research
  • Helped the Millersville Lions Club perform a Medical Den cleanup project and a safety inspection at the Millersville Community Pool
  • Attended LSC monthly meetings on Zoom and an in-person
  • Attended CPR/AED training in March 2022
  • Hosted and participated in 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training by Purdue Farms in April 2022
  • Hosted Companies Day in April 2022
  • Performed fire extinguisher simulator demonstrations at the Women in Math, Science, and Technology Conference in April 2022
  • Attended and provided updates to the OSEH Program External Advisory Board meetings

Congratulations to MU ASSP Student Section on receiving this remarkable achievement!

– Contributed by Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers

Dr. Haughery Publishes Research Findings

Assistant Professor John R. Haughery, Ph.D., CSCE recently published collaborative research on the impacts of manure drying practices on electrical energy consumption in Iowa poultry houses (hen houses). Results of this study indicate that, “on a per thousand bird basis, overall energy usage was reported at 10.1 kWh per day, 308 kWh per month, and 3.7 MWh per year. Energy costs per thousand birds were US$0.81 per day, US$25 per month, and US$296 per year. Respondents from 16 facilities reported their facility did not have smart meters (i.e., monitoring voltage, current, power factor, and energy consumption), while 10 reported smart meter usage and 5 reported they were unsure. Managers were no more likely to be aware of facility peak demand or track peak demand regardless of whether the facility had a smart meter (aware: P=0.09; track: P=0.26).” (Haughery, et al. 2022).

With Iowa leading the US in egg production, the results of this research will inform future energy management practices at commercial poultry facilities. Furthermore, this research was conducted as part of a larger multi-year project title, Smart Peak Power Avoidance for Reducing Grid Demand in Poultry Facilities and supported by the Iowa Energy Centers’ grant program [grant number 310314]. This work is a product of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, Ames, Iowa. Project Number IOW05590 was sponsored by the Hatch Act and State of Iowa funds.

Click read more to view the article summary is below with the full article accessible at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japr.2022.100269

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Construction Management Students Install Backstop

Student Athletes in Construction Management have installed a padded backstop at Cooper Park.

Anthony Del Grande and Zach Garlinger are both construction management majors and have utilized some of their learned skills from the program to install the padded backstop. These individual sections provide both protection from baseballs hitting the wall, and a great place to share our Marauder pride. GO VILLE!

– Contributed by Dr. Dominick O. Manusos

Millersville’s Chapter of NSBE Reactivated

Millersville University’s chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) has been reactivated. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of under-represented students to succeed academically, positively impact the community, and excel professionally.” Millersville’s chapter goals for this fall are to create a platform highlighting the engineering programs offered by the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department, and to inspire pre-college and under represented students. NSBE will be hosting community engagement activities, workshops, and networking events that will uplift the minority student community.

Please reach out to Jordan Branch if you have any questions or want to be involved with the group. Jordan’s email is jbranch@millersville.edu

Gamma Epsilon Tau 2022

Four new members were inducted into the Omicron chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national student organization for graphic communication that was founded in 1953. The Millersville chapter was founded in 2016. To be invited to join, students must be in good academic standing and show an interest in, and commitment to, the field of graphic communication.

The induction ceremony was led by current Gamma Epsilon Tau officers— President Kaitlyn Conrad, Vice-president Julia Meassick, Secretary Olivia Keenan, Treasurer Ashly Dodd, and Historian Rowland Miller. Inductees participated in an initiation ceremony which included creating a uniquely inked pin.

We are proud to announce the newest members of Gamma Epsilon Tau – Omicron Chapter.

  • Micaela Cole, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Kaylena Travitz, Packaging Engineering Technology
  • Rita Wienand AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Lauren Walsh, AETM, Graphic Communication

– Contributed by Mark Snyder