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Volunteer for the Multicultural Showcase

Millersville University’s Multicultural Showcase Committee is seeking your help!


The  Multicultural Showcase Committee is looking for interested international students to be information resources for this year’s Multicultural Showcase.

What is the Multicultural Showcase?

This is an event to help educate Millersville students on different cultures from around the world through entertainment, by using student/club presenters and educators, and sharing good food. Student organizations choose a country or culture to represent, setup a table with their country/culture and become part of the overall event. The showcase is on Nov 18th from 6-9pm in the SMC MPR. https://getinvolved.millersville.edu/organization/CSIL/calendar/details/668204 

This year’s theme is concentrating on countries represented by the students at MU. We hope to show the campus just how diverse Millersville’s population is!

How can you help/volunteer?

The committee is looking for interested students to be resources for the student organizations so that they can represent their country/culture as best as possible. If you are interested in assisting the committee to put on the best showcase possible and be part of something great at MU, please contact Adesola Adebakin, aaadebak@millersville.edu. Please let them know what country or culture you would like to help represent or which one you would like to help provide information for.

Thank you!

Fall American Traditions

Fall Fun: Activities and Traditions in the U.S.

Now that Autumn, or Fall as we like to call it, is just around the corner you are probably encountering all kinds of new traditions you have never heard of before!

You will start hearing people talk about Pumpkin Spiced Lattes at Starbucks and how much they love Pumpkin Bread and Halloween. You will have people ask if you go apple or pumpkin picking, and when you say no they will be shocked. Welcome to Fall in Pennsylvania, here are a few of our favorite Fall activities and traditions we like to do when the leaves start to change color and the air cools down.

Fun Fall Activities and Traditions:

    • Halloween – It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. This would occur on the night of October 31st when they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Although this is an old myth about the origins of Halloween, the night is now known for its nighttime trick-or-treating, costumes, spooky movie and attractions.
    • Trick-or-Treat – A tradition since the 1920’s, children and adults of all ages dress up in various costumes on October 31st, for Halloween, and go door to door in search of candy.
      • The customary “Trick-or-Treat” saying when you knock on a door is a threat to the homeowner that you will play a “trick” on them if they do not offer you a “treat”, and thus the saying was born.
    • Costume Parties – As children grow older it is more common for them to attend costume parties instead of Trick-or-Treating. Costume parties are a great way to express yourself. You can see funny costumes, scary costumes, couples or friends dressing up together with a theme, and even celebrity impersonators.
  • Pumpkin Picking – When the pumpkins are ripe and ready for picking in
  • the fall, families and friends get together and go to local farms to have fun picking the very biggest and best pumpkins. Then they use those pumpkins for all kinds of fun fall ideas. Oftentimes people use pumpkins in cooking fall cuisine or decorating their front yard.
  • Pumpkin Carving– You have to do something with all those pumpkins, and the best way to use them is to carve them and make them into lanterns with funny and scary faces!People love to carve pumpkins for Halloween especially, often making scary Jack-O-Lanterns like to picture you see above.
  • Apple Picking – The best apples are ripe for picking in the fall and make the best apples pies. It’s fun to spend the day with friends picking and tasting all the apples, and then taking them home to make a delicious treat.
  • Bobbing For Apples – A creative way to play with all the apples you just picked is to go bobbing for them! A favorite fall game, you fill a large bucket filled with water and apples, and you have to go fishing for them. There is one catch, however, you can’t use your hands; you have to put your hands behind your back and try to get the apple out with your teeth! Can you do it?
  • Watch Halloween and Scary Movies – Every October in anticipation of Halloween and the fall season, many people like to watch traditional Halloween movies and scary movies.
    • Halloween, The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Rocky Horror Picture Show – all of these movies play on TV during the month of October.
    • These movies are NOT scary, they are just considered classics and are Halloween or Fall/Autumn themed, but there are plenty of scary horror movies to watch in the fall, just look for them! New scary movies come out in theaters in the U.S. every year! 

 This is just a taste of what Fall is all about here in the U.S. and we hope this helps you understand some of our strange obsession with pumpkins, costumes, and scary movies. Hopefully you will come to love these traditions just as much as we do!

Share your Mother Tongue with MU Students

Do you want to share stories about your home culture? Would you like to meet current Millersville students studying French, German or Spanish? Are you interested in joining one of our language clubs?

Then consider attending one of the language club meetings!

Millersville University offers three languages; French, German and Spanish, and each department has their own student-run club for interested students. The language clubs are entirely organized by students, so the students decide what they want to talk about and do each week. This means that you can participate and give input as well, or just share stories about your local history and culture!

Club members include students of all language levels, from beginners just learning the language, to students that are near fluent. Clubs meet every week and plan events that allow other Millersville students to participate, such as having movie nights that show foreign films, cooking traditional food and teaching students about the culture and traditions of that country, and much more.

Language students are always interested in meeting the new international students, so why not stop by and say hello, introduce yourself, and make new friends!

French Club Meeting Times:

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12:30-1:00pm

Where: McComsey Hall, room 206

Special Events:  French films (with English subtitles) are shown in McComsey Hall 201 from 5 until 7 p.m.

    • September 17   Black Shack Alley
    • October 8 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    • October 29 The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    • November 19  Jean de Florette

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55807905959/?fref=nf

Spanish Club meeting Times:

When: Wednesday, September 9th at 4 pm. This is the first meeting of the semester.

Where: McComsey Hall, room 253

German Club Meeting Times:

When: Tuesdays from 12:15 – 1:00pm.

Where: McComsey, room 236.

Special Events: Oktoberfest Celebration

    • Saturday, October 19th. More details to come.


Check here for more information: http://www.millersville.edu/forlang/learning_opportunities/clubs.php

Getting Involved on Campus

Are you interested in getting involved on campus? Want to join a sports team or be a part of a club?

Great because we want YOU to attend Organization Outbreak!

What is Organization Outbreak? Only the biggest gathering of campus clubs and organizations of the year! Our campus has a selection of 150+ student organizations to choose from that let you “Get Involved” with and explore what our campus has to offer.

The clubs and organizations range from academic and professional to spirituality focused and multicultural, allowing you to explore your interests and become involved with your fellow students. Joining a campus club or organization is a great way to meet Millersville students that share common interests and make lifelong friends. No matter what your interests are, there is a student organization for YOU.

If you would like to learn more about the clubs Millersville has to offer before the event, check out our Get Involved website where you can browse the list of clubs and learn a little more about what they are all about. Visit https://getinvolved.millersville.edu/ or click the ‘Get Involved’ Link on the right side of this page to learn more.

Do you play soccer? Are you interested in learning how to play American football? Maybe you like to play volleyball or run?

What better way to meet new friends and have fun being active than joining a club sport or participating in Millersville Intramural sports. Come to Organization Outbreak and meet some of the students that run our Millersville Intramural and Club Sports here on campus and learn how you can join a team or create your own team today!

If you missed the event on September 3rd, don’t worry! Head on over to Organization Outbreak at the Student Memorial Center (SMC) on Thursday, September 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm to see how you can join. The event will be held outside the SMC on the Promenade, and inside the SMC in the MPR room if it rains.