Residence Hall Winter Break 2021 Bulletin

Winter break housing will start at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021. The residence halls will be closed during the winter break. The residence halls will reopen on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 12:00 PM. Resident students who are continuing in the residence halls to spring 2022 may request break housing for all or portions of the winter break by completing the MyHousing registration for Winter Break Housing through your MAX account no later than Noon on Friday, December 3, 2021This includes requests for both the December and January portions of the winter break.

While we do offer winter break housing for residential students continuing into the spring 2022 semester, we encourage you to take full advantage of the break. You must be formally approved through the application process to remain over the winter break. Various approved reasons, include the following:

  • International student status
  • Formal independent status
  • Credit-bearing academic placements
  • Student athletes scheduled for collegiate athletic competition
  • Other reasons will be considered dependent upon legitimate need

If you are requesting winter break housing and you have scheduled a room change for the spring semester, you must complete the room change before the start of the break. Please see your Residence Area Director (RAD) to make that arrangement. If you are not scheduled to live in the residence halls for the spring 2022 semester you are not eligible to request housing during the winter break. Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2022 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.

COVID-19 PREPARATIONS

Those students who may become COVID positive will be required to isolate for 10-days in campus housing designated for isolation. Please be aware that those students approved to remain for winter break housing will have to make their own food purchase and delivery arrangements in the case they need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

SOUTH VILLAGE WATER LINE REPAIR

Special facilities notice to South Village residents requesting and approved for winter break housing:

  • South Village will undergo a water line repair from Monday, January 3rd through and including Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The South Village A wing will not have any water during this time. South Village B, C, and D wings will only have cold water; hot water will be out for the entire South Village. 
  • Resident approved winter break housing in South Village A will have to make alternate arrangements for water during this time due to this scheduled repair.

WINTER BREAK REQUEST INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Open MAX.
  2. Log into your “My Housing” account.
  3. Click on Applications and click the Winter Break application.
  4. Complete the information required.
  5. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu. If you select other, you must provide a brief explanation it in the next box.
  6. Select “Continue” to submit your application.
  7. You will receive a response in three (3) business days.

GENERAL WINTER BREAK INFORMATION

  • 24-hour quiet hours go into effect at 9:00 PM on Friday, December 3, 2021, and continue through 12:00 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
  • The residence halls will be closed during winter break except for returning residents who have requested and been approved for winter break housing by University Housing & Conference Services.
  • Card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the winter break. Only returning residents who have requested winter break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and visitation are not permitted during the break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 24, 2021, until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022. Residence hall offices will have limited hours of operation during the break. See the front desk of your residence hall for contact information.
  • See Dining Services, Health Services, and SMC websites for hours of operation.
  • For non-urgent police and campus calls during holiday closing times dial (717) 871-4357. For fire, police, and EMS emergencies, always dial 911.
  • Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2022 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staff will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to resident rooms. The University Housing & Conference Services staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied during the winter break. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the winter break.
  • All students assigned to the residence hall for fall 2021 are assigned to continue in the residence halls for spring 2022 unless you have filed an official withdrawal from the University, filed and been approval for an official leave of absence for spring 2022, filed for leave of absence due to call to active military service for spring 2022, filed or been approved for study abroad for spring 2022, or are a current study abroad visa international student not returning for the spring 2022 semester. All these circumstances require that you are not registered for classes at Millersville University for spring 2022.

WINTER BREAK PREPARATION PROCEDURES

The residence hall staff will conduct health and safety inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the winter break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • Defrost your refrigerator.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have an approved animal through Learning Services in your room, you must take the animal with you. You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

Congratulations to our December 2021 graduates!

Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Residence Hall Thanksgiving Break 2021 Bulletin

The Thanksgiving break will begin at the after the last class on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The residence halls will remain open for occupancy during the Thanksgiving break with a modified office hours schedule, but we ask resident students to register an intention to stay on campus during the Thanksgiving break (this includes those residents requesting to leave late and / or returning early) no later than 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

This registration is for Thanksgiving break only. There is no additional cost to stay over the Thanksgiving break. Please register subsequent breaks separately as the portal and instructions become available for each break period. Winter break information will come within the following weeks.

Follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results, please use Google Chrome, or Firefox, do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Log into your My-Housing account.
  3. Select Application from the menu in black and then choose Break Housing Thanksgiving 2021 on the drop-down menu.
  4. Complete the required information.
  5. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu.  If you select other, you must explain it in the next box.
  6. Select “Continue” to submit your application.

The Residence Hall Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the Thanksgiving break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Thanksgiving Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during Thanksgiving break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25, 2021, and Friday, November 26, 2021.
  • Guests and Visitation are not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services websites for hours of operation.
  • The SMC will be closed from 5:00 PM Wednesday, November 25, 2021 until Noon Sunday, November 28, 2021.
  • Non-urgent police and campus calls dial (717) 871-4357. Emergencies dial 911.
  • Students are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms. The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the break.

Thanksgiving Break Preparation Procedures:

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean your room/suite, including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, and showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway, but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break, please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you MUST take the animal with you. You MAY NOT leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

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Millersville University ResNet Wi-Fi Networks Explained

Apogee Wi-Fi includes several security features designed to safeguard user data:

  • All Wi-Fi connections are secured with industry-standard WPA2 encryption and each user is given a unique pre-shared key (PSK). This provides greater security compared to a common PSK shared by all users, which can be used by anyone to easily decrypt other users’ data. In addition, WPA2 PSKs are never transmitted over the air unencrypted, unlike other standards such as 802.1x EAP-PEAP where password credentials are transmitted without encryption and can be intercepted. Furthermore, on Apogee Wi-Fi, users have the ability to change their PSK at any time in the event that it becomes compromised.
  • On Apogee networks, each Wi-Fi user is assigned to a unique virtual local area network (VLAN), which fully isolates each user’s traffic on the network from that of all other users. Less secure Wi-Fi networks typically do not provide VLAN isolation. Without VLAN isolation, nefarious users on the network would have the ability to directly communicate with, and potentially compromise, any other user’s devices.

iOS and Android include a feature that advertises a random, private media access control (MAC) address when devices identify to a new wireless network. This is a privacy feature designed to prevent unknown Wi-Fi networks from tracking users, however it does not provide an enhancement to the security of data that is transmitted over Wi-Fi networks once a connection is made. On Apogee networks, the MAC address is used to associate a Wi-Fi device to a user account so that the device can be authorized to use the network and the encryption can be configured correctly. Disabling the random MAC address option for Apogee networks ensures that no unknown devices are allowed onto the network, and that each device gets assigned to the correct VLAN for the user.

Need Some Help?

If you need any help registering or connecting your devices, please follow the Apogee support structure noted below a representative is available 24/7 to assist: 

New Wi-Fi Installation for the Residence Halls

Millersville University has partnered with Apogee to provide best in class internet service in the residence halls, including the Villages and Shenks and Reighard Halls. Upon completion of the project upgrade, students will receive internet speeds of 100 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload for each device, up to seven (7) devices. Additionally, Apogee will now be responsible for the residence hall customer support that Millersville University has provided in the past.

In the upcoming days (Wednesday, November 3rd – Saturday, November 13th) users may experience intermittent wireless & wired interruptions as we make the necessary infrastructure changes. Throughout the installation both Millersville Wi-Fi and Apogee’s Wi-Fi will be available. As installation concludes in your area, we recommend connecting to Apogee’s network for internet service as soon as it becomes available. You will see Apogee’s SSID listed as one of the network options on your device(s).

Upon completion, residential students in the Villages, Shenks, and Reighard Halls will utilize a device management portal and student app. The portal and app provide device management within as well as one-touch access to Apogee’s student support via call, chat, or email. MU students are encouraged to download the app prior to project installation. Once the installation is complete, you will have access to use the student app and portal.

The Apogee installation crew will be installing new Wi-Fi access point (AP) hardware in your rooms / suites between the times of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM based upon the schedule listed below. We anticipate that each install should only take a few minutes to complete. Please do your best to have the floor space under your Wi-Fi access point clear of obstructions for a safe and quick installation. You do not have to be present when the service crew does this work. Installation will be delayed for any suites that have students that are quarantining.

Listed below is a detailed project timeline. While the installation team has scheduled the following timeline and will do their best to adhere to it, please understand that there could be slight deviations, including being ahead of schedule.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

South Village A & B: Fourth floor

Thursday, November 4, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

South Village A & B: Third floor

South Village C & D: Third & fourth floors

Friday, November 5, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

South Village A, B, C, and D: Second floor

South A & B: First floor

Saturday, November 6, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

South A: Terrace

South C & D: First floor

East Village A & B: Third floor

Monday, November 8, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

East Village A: First and second floor

East Village B: Second floor

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

East Village A: Terrace

East Village B: First floor and terrace

West Village A & B: Third floor

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

West Village A: First and second floors

West Village B: Second floor

Thursday, November 11, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

West Village A: Terrace

West Village B: First floor & terrace

Friday, November 12, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Shenks Hall: All floors

Saturday, November 13, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Reighard Hall: All floors

DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP IN ADVANCE FOR A SMOOTHER TRANSITION

Go to the Apple or Google store to download the app and type Apogee ResNet into the app search or scan the QR code below and go directly to the app store.

Once you have downloaded the app, select Millersville University, and sign-in using your existing MU login credentials.

PC or MAC

Go to millersville.apogee.us to reach the portal on your laptop or desktop computer. Save the link for faster access. Enter your existing Millersville University login credentials.

  • For iOS14+ and Android 10+ devices – Turn off your private address or MAC randomization feature BEFORE connecting to the new network. Go to myresnet.com/support for instructions.
  • Students – Connect to the Student-5G network for faster, uninterrupted wireless connectivity – Only devices that cannot see the Student-5G network should connect to Student-2G network. To ensure a constant connection to Student-5G, you need to eliminate the option for your device to connect to the 2G network, simply forget, or disable automatic connection to the 2G network.

*Gaming consoles typically do not have the appropriate hardware for 5G connectivity so use 2G.

Need Some Help?

If you need any help registering or connecting your devices after the installation process, please follow the support structure noted below a representative is available 24/7 to assist: 

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Millersville University Residence Hall Fall Break 2021 Bulletin

The fall break will start after classes on Friday, October 8, 2021. The residence halls will remain open for occupancy during the fall break.

The Residence Hall Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite during the fall break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

 Fall Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during the fall break.
  • University Administrative Offices will be open during fall break during regular business hours.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services web sites for hours of operation.
  • Students are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break provided that you are not withdrawing from the University at that time.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management teams may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.

 Fall Break Preparation Procedures:

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpsters in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 74 degrees
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages)
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door
  • If you are leaving for the break please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you must take the animal with you.  You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

Please consult your residence hall staff should you have any specific questions.

Fall 2021 Housing Move-In Information

The Fall 2021 semester is fast approaching so we want you to be prepared for moving into the residence halls on campus. Please read the following important information.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENTS

Residence hall building and room assignments will be available within your student account (i.e., MAX > MyHousing) on Thursday, July 15, 2021. 

AVOID MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING: SUBMIT VACCINE RECORD TO HEALTH SERVICES

Mandatory COVID-19 testing will be required for all residential students who do not submit proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated students should submit a copy of their vaccination card to Health Services. Vaccines that have been approved for EUL/EUA (Emergency Use Listing/Emergency Use Authorization) by the CDC or WHO (World Health Organization), currently include Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) are accepted.

If a student is not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test will also be accepted by Health Services if performed and results provided within 72 hours of arriving on campus for checking into your residence hall. Photos of the vaccine card and test result documentation should be sent to Health Services.

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test as described above will not be permitted to move into the residence hall and will not receive residential keys.

  • Student residents who test positive for COVID, will be required to isolate for 10 days. These students should make arrangements to return home if possible during that time. Students who cannot return home will need to isolate in rooms designated for this purpose.
  • Students who have been exposed to a COVID positive individual and are NOT vaccinated will be required to quarantine in their suite for 10 days.
  • Students awaiting pending test results of a COVID test will need to quarantine in their suite.

Any questions regarding this can be directed to the Health Services staff at 717-871-5250 or via hservices@millersville.edu

MOVING IN

Below are the dates and times you may move onto campus based upon your specific residence hall assignment and whether you are a new, returning, or transfer student.  This schedule is designed to mediate the flow of traffic and avoid congestion in and around the residence halls created by the large number of students and families. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this schedule. We look forward to having you here at the ‘Ville!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 – NEW STUDENTS IN LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLCs)

All Halls: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

There is still space available for LLC participation so we encourage more students to apply via the links listed above.

*LLC students will receive more information individually regarding the Wednesday evening “LLC Welcome BBQ” in the weeks prior to move-in.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021 – NEW STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Terrace and First Floors

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             2nd Floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           3rd Floor

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Trailers

South Village

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                       Terrace and First Floors

12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                   2nd Floor

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               3rd Floor

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               4th Floor

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Trailers

Reighard and Shenks Halls

Noon – 2:00 p.m.          2nd and 3rd Floors

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   1st Floor

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021 – TRANSFERS AND RETURNING STUDENTS (INCLUDING THOSE WHO WERE ONLINE LAST YEAR)

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon          All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 4 p.m.               All Floors

Reighard and Shenks Halls

9:00 a.m. – Noon          1st and 2nd Floors 

Noon – 3:00 p.m.          3rd Floor

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021 –TRANSFERS AND RETURNING STUDENTS (INCLUDING THOSE WHO WERE ONLINE LAST YEAR)

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon              All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 4:00 p.m.             All Floors

Reighard and Shenks Halls

Noon – 4 p.m.                   All Floors

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional 2021-2022 Academic Year dates.***

Route & Parking Maps

The links below will open PDF route and parking maps. Please follow the appropriate route for your residence hall:

Black Route – Reighard, Shenks, and West Village

Green Route – East and South Village

Move-In Day Expectations

Once you arrive to campus during your designated day and time, here is what you can expect:

  • Family and / or friends may accompany you for the move-in process for help, but we encourage you to limit the number of individuals needed for support due to traffic congestion and parking availability concerns.
  • We strongly encourage helpers to be fully vaccinated and / or wear a mask when arriving on campus given the number of individuals who will be on campus during the move-in process.
  • The entire move-in process can take between 1-2 hours long during peak periods.
  • Upon your arrival to campus, you will see signs pointing you where to go.
  • Please note that if you have more than one vehicle, only one at a time will be permitted to park next to the building for unloading.
  • When you arrive at your hall, you will be able to unload your belongings. The driver will immediately move the car to the designated parking area while you go to the check-in area to receive your keys.
  • We will have faculty, staff, and student volunteers (“Movers & Shakers”) on hand to help.
  • After you unload the vehicle, you will need to move it to an open parking area, which may be on another part of campus. You will be directed to these areas.
  • Due to the high number of new students moving in, at times you might find it easier to move yourself in without help from a volunteer “Mover & Shaker.” If you would like assistance, the Movers & Shakers will help you load your belongings into large carts for transport to your room as quickly as possible.
  • We encourage you to pack lightly and bring any hard carts that you may have to expedite your move-in process.
  • Before you unpack everything, use a computer to check your e-mail and complete your room condition report. This is how you note any existing damage or worn items in your room so that you are not charged for them at the end of the year. Do not have a computer handy? Do not worry. We will have hard copies available for you to use. Just ask your RA.

NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENT ORIENTATION

On-campus orientation for first-time-in-college (i.e., new) students commences on Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the residential Quad. Select orientation programming will be available to Transfer Students on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. Details will be provided in your University email.

Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls. Click HERE to find out more.

Please feel free to email our office at housing@millersville.edu if you should have any questions or need further clarification.

Fall 2021 Housing “Movers & Shakers” Volunteers Needed

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls.

Student Movers & Shakers will be required to attend a short instructional meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room of South Village.

Benefits of being a volunteer “Mover & Shaker” includes the following responsibilities and benefits:

1. Volunteers who live in the residence halls can move in early on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2. A free limited edition t-shirt to identify yourself as a “Mover & Shaker” (*the t-shirt logo is illustrated above)
3. Free continental breakfast served on Thursday and Saturday
4. Free lunch served on Thursday afternoon
5. Students who help on both Thursday and Saturday will receive a special Millersville University promotional item.
6. The opportunity to be a servant leader
7. To actively demonstrate our EPPIIC Values as we welcome new students and their families to Millersville University

*** Students: Please note that if you sign up, move into the residence halls early as a Mover & Shaker, and do not participate as promised, you will be billed accordingly for the early move-in period as well as the cost of the shirt. 
If you would like to help, please visit the following page to sign-up:

This is an exciting opportunity as it brings our University community together to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We hope you’ll be a part of this great tradition!

Join a Campus Living-Learning Community

A living-learning community (LLC) is a group of students who live together in the same residence hall building and share similar academic or special interests. Intentionally designed cocurricular learning activities are provided for the students to foster student engagement with their peers.

Here are some of our goals with LLC’s:

  • Increase students’ peer interactions related to academics outside the classroom
  • Deepen students’ social integration into the university
  • Connect students to cocurricular opportunities that will enhance their academic experiences

Research on LLC’s illustrates the following:

  • Students in LLCs perceive a stronger intellectual dimension to their living environment and perform better academically even after controlling for pre-college achievement.
  • Students living in LLCs vs. traditional halls show a statistically higher level of academic self-confidence and scored higher in confidence in college success (i.e., math, English, writing courses, and test-taking skills).
  • LLCs can have a lasting effect on student persistence and gains in disciplinary and general knowledge.
  • Levels of academic engagement reported by LLC participants is greater than their non-participating peers

Works cited:

Inkelas, K. K., & Soldner, M. (2011). Undergraduate Living-Learning Programs and Student Outcomes. In J.C. Smart & M.B. Paulsen (Eds.), Higher education: Handbook of theory (pp. 1-55). Netherlands: Springer.

Schroeder, C.C. & Mable, P. (Eds.). (1994). Realizing the educational potential of residence halls. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Millersville’s Living Learning Communities:
Honors College

This program is designed to provide a challenging and enriching education for talented and motivated students. Throughout your journey at Millersville, the Honors College will provide academic guidance and opportunities, which will prepare you to prosper in graduate/professional schools or in the professional world.

“The Honors College LLC in South Village helps Honors students build friendships and connections with their peers. Living among other students who you attend class, clubs, community service, and other events with creates a strong sense of community. Many students utilize the various common areas in South to study together, work on group projects, or to just hang out. I’ve met so many great people by simply hanging out in the lounge while doing my homework!” says Michael Skros, an Honors College Peer Mentor.

Click HERE to apply!

Women in STEM

The Women in STEM LLC empowers young women in STEM fields to learn and grow in a supportive, collaborative, engaging environment that is designed to promote life-long confidence and camaraderie while also exploring and excelling in their courses. You will receive regular peer and faculty mentorship. Amanda McKee, a student in the Women in STEM LLC says the following about her experience living there: “The Women in STEM LLC has really helped me with my confidence within my STEM major. Being able to connect with other women who are going through a similar experience was a great way to start my college experience. This LLC is a great way to broaden your knowledge of careers after you graduate.”

You will gain skills such as leadership, confidence, networking, awareness of the interdisciplinary connections within STEM fields. Additionally, you will gain exposure to those already working in the field and develop camaraderie with other young women pursuing a career in STEM fields. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the community is filled.

Click HERE to apply!

Social Advocacy

This program empowers students to be aware of cultural and social diversity within our society. You will be surrounded by fellow students who are enthusiastic about advocacy, equality, social justice, and social inclusion. You will gain skills such as increased self-awareness, knowledge of rights, effective communication, leadership, networking, and the ability to work in diverse environments. Today’s graduates need to effectively serve the communities in which they live and work, while being good global citizens. Sarah Perales, a student living in the community, says, “Being a part of the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community has given me a unique and memorable college experience with lots of opportunities to get engaged on campus and in the local community. I have been able to make strong connections with students to make lasting friendships and make strong connections with faculty to gain support throughout my academic career.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the community is filled.

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ROTC

The ROTC LLC provides students the opportunity to live in a community with other students who are interested in military service from the first day they arrive on campus. While living in the ROTC LLC, students will be exposed to resources, skill-building and current members of the Millersville ROTC program. The LLC will facilitate contact with ROTC student leaders, ROTC faculty and staff, and military professionals. Formal and informal professional development opportunities will help students learn about military service opportunities. The LLC will provide a basis for a supportive student network that will benefit students while at Millersville and after graduation.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Military Science course to live in this community and will be accepted on a space availability until it is filled.

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LGBTQ+ & Allies

Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally? Then our LGBTQ+ & Allies affinity housing might just be for you. This immersive community is developed for first-year students interested in learning about LGBTQ+ identities, history and social advocacy. When you live here, you’ll work alongside faculty and staff in bi-monthly meetings to engage with other like-minded students who are interested in LGBTQ+ related issues or shared identities to build a community based on mutual respect, understanding, and affirmation.

We will also intentionally learn about the history of LGBTQ+ identities, social movements, culture, health and others lived experiences through guided discussions. Student living in this community will be able to participate in trips and community service opportunities with local LGBTQ+ organizations. This community will provide a brave-space for students to show up authentically, learn and grow from one another!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  Graduating in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Residential Area Director Matt Rutkoski Leads $6,000 Food Drive for the Campus Cupboard

Residential Area Director Matthew Rutkoski lead a very successful food and supply drive for the Campus Cupboard during spring 2021 finals week.  “After noticing that students had a lot of dining money left, I made it a point to reach out to students and encouraged them to use their remaining funds to purchase and donate food to the Campus Cupboard. I provided students with a list of items they could donate and let them know that they could leave the items in the lobby of each hall or they could contact me directly.” Items requested included non-perishable foods, water, other drinks, and cleaning & bathroom supplies.

Since that time, Matt picked up, sorted, collected, and transported all items to the Campus Cupboard.  The biggest donation came from the Millersville University College Dems Initiative, which was headed by Andrew Geer who also serves as a Resident Assistant. The group donated approximately $3,200 of food.  Additional supplies, such as water and cleaning supplies we also donated.  Overall, according to the calculations, approximately $6,000 worth of items were donated to the Campus Cupboard.

Ed Weber, Director of The HUB / Campus Cupboard, shared his gratitude. “This spring marks eight years of partnership between the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry at The HUB and Millersville University. We couldn’t serve students without the generous support of MU Faculty, Staff, and Administration. Typically, the end of a school year finds us with empty shelves and low supplies, but thanks to the end of semester food drive in the residence halls, we are stocked full and ready to continue to provide food assistance throughout the summer.  Special thanks to Matt Rutkoski for coordinating this effort.  During the past week, Matt delivered over eight carts filled with the food donations of students.  We appreciate our partnership with Housing and look forward to continuing to serve MU students together.”

Thank you to both Matt Rutkoski and Andrew Geer for putting our EPPIIC Values into action through your servant leadership efforts. We are proud to have you on the University Housing & Conference Services Team!

Meet the 2020-2021 University Housing Marketing Intern – Lydia Shaloka

My name is Lydia Shaloka, and I was the marketing intern for University Housing & Conference Services from May 2020 to May 2021. Being the marketing intern helped me learn more about the department and all of the work that goes into making the residence halls as incredible as they are. I gained valuable experience creating marketing content, analyzing marketing data, and working with others from my department, outside of my department, and even outside of MU. I am so grateful for this experience and believe it has helped me grow both professionally and personally.

What did you learn about marketing and blogging?

This internship provided me with the opportunity to apply what I was learning in my marketing courses in real-world scenarios and gain a lot of new knowledge about marketing as well. I learned much more about how to use social media sites like Instagram and Twitter for marketing purposes. Additionally, I gained valuable experience using Google Analytics to analyze marketing data and understand how it can be used to improve the effectiveness of our marketing efforts. I also learned how important effective marketing is, particularly in the higher education field.

The changes and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic meant the University Housing department needed to be able to quickly communicate important information to both current and incoming students and their parents. I learned how to communicate this information by creating quality content that delivered a consistent message across all platforms. Housing’s marketing efforts have helped keep the Millersville University community safe throughout this pandemic, and I was honored to be a part of those efforts.

Prior to this internship, I had very little blogging experience. I learned so much about how to create quality blog posts and how to maintain a WordPress blog site. I also learned that blogs can be a very beneficial marketing tool.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I really enjoy graphic design! I created graphics for our social media sites and the blog using Canva, a graphic design software. I also designed flyers that were hung in the residence halls and small cards that were distributed to students. I really enjoyed getting the chance to be creative and coming up with concepts for different marketing materials.

What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?

I liked writing blog posts that were creative and entertaining to read but that were also informative. One of my favorites is The ABC’s of Millersville University.  I went through the alphabet and wrote something about Millersville that started with each letter. Finding something for X and Z were tricky but I made it work! I also really liked writing the post, True or False: How Much Do You Know About Millersville’s History? I liked writing this post because I learned some fun facts about Millersville in the process.

I also liked one of my more informative posts, Should You Declare a Minor? I felt like this post contained useful information and doing research for it also helped me when I was deciding whether or not I should declare a minor. Another informative post I really enjoyed writing was What I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year. This post gave me the chance to reflect on my freshman year at Millersville and hopefully help other incoming freshman know what to expect.

What was your most memorable project?

My most memorable project was coming up with various events to hold in anticipation of room selection. We hosted Among Us games, Bingo, Jeopardy, and more. We gave away various prizes to students who participated in the events. I enjoyed this project because I got to collaborate with some amazing members of the Housing team for it and saw firsthand how we were able to host engaging and fun events virtually. Plus, who doesn’t love giveaways?

What are your plans for the future?

I am going to be working as a Marketing Specialist for Freedom Mortgage. I hope to continuing blogging on my personal blog site and mainly write about the things I’m passionate about, such as marketing and food.