Find Your Community: LGBTQ+ & Allies Housing at Millersville University

As we enter the month of June, the celebration of Pride Month has begun. During this time, awareness of the queer community is heightened, and an extra strong sense of community is present. Here at Millersville University, this feeling exists all the time due to our LGBTQ+ & Allies affinity housing. Although this is most popular with first-year students, all class years are accepted that are interested in exploring identities, history, and social advocacy.  

Living here means collaborating with faculty and staff in bi-monthly meetings, connecting with like-minded peers, and fostering a community built on mutual respect, understanding, and affirmation. Through guided discussions, we’ll delve into the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ history, social movements, culture, health, and personal experiences. 

Residents will also have opportunities to engage with local LGBTQ+ organizations through trips and community service initiatives. This community offers a brave space where students can authentically express themselves, learn, and grow together. 

Applications for this housing are accepted all year round until there is no space left. If you are interested in completing a form, please click on the link below: 

https://www.millersville.edu/housing/llc-special-interest/lbgtq-allies.php 

If you would like additional information or have questions, please reach out to J. Whitlow by phone (717-871-4300), or email (j.whitlow@millersville.edu). 

Home at Millersville University: Positive Outcomes from the 2023-24 Residential Survey

Every year, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services surveys our residential students to understand the successes and areas for improvement in our program. We assess our department’s services along with those of various campus partners, comparing them to other colleges and universities across the country. We use the industry-standard Benchworks by Elentra service to manage survey administration and data collection. We are proud to have previously received an Assessment and Impact Award for Housing & Residence Life success among the 200+ institutions nationwide that use this assessment.

In addition to the various quantitative items assessed, we asked our residents a few open-ended questions concerning their feelings about their sense of belonging, academic success, and skills & competencies developed as a result of living on campus. These questions allowed us to gather more personal and detailed feedback, providing deeper insights into the student experience. The responses highlighted positive aspects of our residential life program and the impact it has on students’ personal and academic growth. Below, we share some of the key themes and representative quotes from our students’ feedback.

Reflecting on your time living on campus, how do you think it has contributed to your sense of belonging and community at Millersville University? 

  • I think it has helped me get used to being at college and being more independent. I also have a close group of friends I can see easily since they’re also on campus, which has helped me find belonging.
  • It contributes in the sense that I am on campus and can get to classes/extracurriculars easily and go out with friends while being able to just walk home to South Village.
  • It helped me become a more individual and responsible member of Millersville’s campus.
  • It has helped me relate to people around me and learn new information.
  • I was able to make some friends in my hall.
  • I am able to get around well.
  • I like living on campus because it’s easier to spend time with friends and participate in campus activities this way.
  • It has been there for me with a sense of involvement and I came here to be close to home and make new friends
    met a lot of people.
  • It has helped me be more available to on campus things and be closer to my classes.
  • Very well. I love the MU campus!!!
  • It has allowed me to create life-long friendships as well as teaching me many life lessons about living with others.
  • I met friends.
  • It has made it a lot easier to go to class.
  • Basically all of my friends are in the Honors College, so being in the living-learning community definitely contributed to my sense of belonging.
    being near friends and all buildings allows for better access to either.
  • It has connected me to students around me.
  • I definitely feel like a college student.
  • Having more groups and a specific study field allowed me to start finding a community of people that have the same interests as me.
  • Living on campus allows me to easily hang out with my friends that I made during class.
  • Makes it easier to be available to participate in the activities.
  • It allowed me to make some of my closest friends at Millersville.
  • Allowed me to be able to be more present on the campus.
  • I think it has because I have friends that are a short walk away.
  • Put me closer to classes.
  • More time to hang out with friends or work on group projects
  • I was able to attend the involvement fair which allowed me to join various clubs.
  • Being able to go out everyday and see the same people made it a lot easier to transition from high school to college and make friends.
  • It has helped me to meet some new people and make some new friends.
  • I mean I know where everything is now so that’s cool
  • I definitely feel more involved by living on campus. I do feel like I belong.
  • It has helped a good bit.
  • I enjoy being able to walk my community and easily attend events.
  • Being able to spend a lot of time out on the quad and seeing all the other “college kids” made me feel like i was really a part of Millersville University.
  • It provided me easy access to the places and people within this community.
  • I feel more connected to the campus and the people.
  • Closer to events and better ability to impulsively hang out with friends.
  • I think living on campus at Millersville has helped me meet new people and become part of a group or community to help give me a sense of belonging.
  • I think it allowed me to meet more people outside of class. I got to be in more clubs, since I’m not commuting too.
  • Living on campus has allowed me to meet new people.
  • I think living on campus has made my friend group closer and allowed for more outings with everyone.
  • See friends around often
  • Have more opportunities to make a lot of friends and talk to a lot of people.
  • Its easier to make friends while living on campus.
  • Feeling closer to the events, people, classes, and professors has helped me feel much more included in ‘Ville activities.
  • It definitely helped me adjust to life on campus and helped me make more friends here.
  • I have met a lot more people living here and will often recognize people as I am out and about. It’s a good feeling seeing familiar faces every day and makes me feel like less of a stranger.
  • Living on Campus provides time and the ability to connect with students outside of the classroom setting.
  • Living on campus as contributed to my sense of belonging by helping me engage with other people that are in similar situations as I am and helped me make more connections to people within the dorms that I live in.
  • I think that I have found multiple groups of people that I have been able to connect with, and I don’t know if I would have gotten the chance to meet these people if I hadn’t lived on campus.
  • Yes! Living on campus has helped me with connecting with other students.
  • Living on campus means there are more opportunities to interact and engage with peers and staff.
  • The after-class life makes me feel more like I belong.
  • It’s easier to meet with other students.
  • I feel more connected to the atmosphere and lightheartedness of others.
  • It helped me to feel more included from living on campus and being able to hangout with others that also live on campus.
  • By being able to do things with other students
  • It has made it a better experience since I am constantly surrounded by people like me.
  • I’m on campus more.
  • Means I actually meet people instead of just taking my classes and leaving.
  • I think that I truly liked it, and it made me feel like I belong.
  • Has let me talk and bond with others in my major.
  • It was easier to make friends.
  • I’m on campus for almost everything and can go almost anywhere
  • It has made me more involved on campus.
  • I think it was good for me to be living on campus because I was able to do my work and connect with other students who are in my classes.
  • I think having campus as my home, I was able to become closer to other students and join clubs and activities with others.
  • I feel comfortable living on campus and I have met a lot of good friends here.
  • I got to be closer with my friends by being able to access them everyday.
  • By making me more involved in campus organizations.
  • Allowed me to meet more people and hang out with them.
  • Feel very involved. Feel like I am in the middle of campus. Very nice.
  • I am able to be more active on campus (clubs, sports) as I live super close.
  • It made me feel like I belong.
  • It had contributed to it by allowing me to go to places with my roommate on campus. I have been able to go to different clubs that my roommate is a part of and found people there. Doing these different clubs definitely helps.
  • I am close to everything and have made friends with others who live in the residence halls. I am also close enough to get to hang out with my friends often and walk to clubs and campus events.

How has your experience in the residence halls contributed to your academic success and persistence at Millersville University?

  • I don’t have to worry about going to and from home, especially since I live two hours away. I am easily able to study in the residence halls since it’s not too loud.
  • It has helped me to stay focused on my work this semester.
  • The study lounges are really nice and useful when you are able to snag it before anyone else.
  • It is very convenient to study in my room.
  • Staying in the residence halls allows me more time to get ready for class and greater access to my professors so I can stay on top of my classwork.
  • Ease of communication amongst friends in class
  • It’s given me another place to study and allowed me to take a break from my work and recharge when needed.
  • Been easier for me to learn how to live on my own. Also help me to prepare for the future
  • Being able to access my classrooms and labs because of my proximity has been huge. It really benefits my academic success as I can reach any of my professors and/or classrooms in a matter of minutes.
  • It has allowed me the privacy to study as well as visit any professors in person. I also really enjoy being able to be self-sufficient in regards to food and what time I do things.
  • It’s quiet and I can focus.
  • Being on campus has forced me to work on work if I was at home or associated my room as “home” I probably wouldn’t be able to do as much work as I can. Plus having a room mate study while I study makes it so I am more likely to study.
  • I felt more likely to study in my room, or at times going to a different area to study.
  • Closer to classes and can go get food when I want to.
  • I am able to go to the library to study and use computer lab on first floor if needed.
  • The study rooms provided in the dorms are very nice when reviewing for finals or when studying with a group.
  • Made it easy to study and be close to my classes.
  • It gives me easy access to my classes, professors, office hours, etc.
  • It also allows me to return to my room between classes so I have a quiet place to study and work, rather than needing to use public areas like a commuter.
  • I study and do work by myself.
  • I have been able to find people to study with.
  • Allowed me to be accountable for my classes and being there on time/completing the work.
  • Ease of studying
  • More time to focus on studying and keeping up with classwork
    easy access to library/other quiet seating areas
  • Since my current roommate is rarely in the room, I am comfortable with the space I have to study without distractions
    I think it made it easier for me to be motivated to go out to study rooms and the library and study outside of my room here.
  • It has helped me to perform better in a sense because me and my roommate push each other to do better and to get all of our stuff done.
  • I have access to places where I can easily get into study mode.
  • The residence halls has given me a nice and quiet place for me to study and do my school work.
  • I feel like I definitely was able to plan out my day and get things done accordingly.
  • Has helped a decent amount.
  • I enjoy having quick access to the library and faculty.
  • Having my own personal space to study and practice speeches and presentations
  • It allowed me space from familial issues and a reliable safe place for me to stay and study.
  • I feel more equipped with the resources I need to succeed.
  • I feel like the room that was given to me has been a huge contributor to my academic success and helped me get all my assignments done to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.
  • It just makes it easier to walk to class.
  • Since I’m on campus, I go to the library a lot and feel like I have more options to get help.
  • Living on campus has given me quicker and easier access to my professors and other study resources.
  • Convenience. I live an hour away. It would be very hard to have enough money for gas like that, and it would be [difficult] to try and figure out a schedule like that.
  • Make my experience a lot better
  • I have my own space to study.
  • Having a constant place to study and hang out has eased my anxiety.
  • Many of my professors have early office hours, so being on campus allows me to attend all of the necessary office hours.
  • This was my first year living in a single suite and I believe because of this I have found the most academic success this year.
  • Having my privacy and being able to go to bed on my own accord has made major improvements for me compared to previous years.
  • While I know this is a fun place where my friends are right next door, I know that if I get my work done on time I will have more time to be with them.
  • I think it promotes a strong learning environment.
  • I can go anywhere to study.
  • It has allowed me to get to classes in a timely manner.
  • My academic success has been maintained while living in the dorms by providing areas to study in, as well as being so close to people who I study with that it is easier to work together and engage in academic topics with each other.
  • I do not have to worry about losing time on commuting when I could be doing work.
  • It has helped me get back on track because now I have the library and other study spaces open to me 24/7. I have also found it easier to find time to meet with my professors outside of class.
  • Living on campus allows me to have a place that is quiet and comfortable to study and do work in without needing to drive, or go somewhere else to do work.
  • It was calming and helped me focus.
  • Yes because I have easy access to my building and being able to go there anything.
  • It makes me more intact with class.
  • It has helped since I have options for studying.
  • It is easier to focus there than at home.
  • It made me focus more on schoolwork.
  • The halls give me a space where I can collaborate with others on homework or assignments.
  • Close to classes/buildings
  • I have often used the study lounges to complete homework and study.
  • Positively
  • I am able to devote more time to my studies when I live at school.
  • My academic success has been good. I’m able to study in the quiet.
  • More time to study in the dorms.
  • I have multiple places to study in the residence hall.
  • By having a convenient space to study.
  • Highly.
  • I get to class at a decent time, no rushing due to commuting.
  • Using the study room has supported me when studying for finals and tests.

In what ways has living on campus helped you develop skills or competencies that you believe will contribute to your success after graduation?

  • I’ve learned how to be more independent and how to take care of myself without my parents around.
  • Living on my own
  • It has helped me understand different perspectives and personalities.
  • I know how to live with other people and respect their space along with learning how I like to keep my own space.
    problem solving
  • Forcing you to go out to get help from others.
  • Helped me with independence and problem solving
  • Communication, independence, and responsibility.
  • Time management
  • It has helped me live on my own.
  • Living on campus has allowed me to develop my skills as an adult like budgeting and I’m now able to get an apartment off campus.
  • Opening up more to people.
  • Communication with RAs and the RAD. It just gives me more experience in problem solving and communication with others.
  • Living with roommates is important.
  • Helped me learn how to become an assistant teacher.
  • Living with other people has helped me to become more considerate.
  • Understanding that people live very differently has allowed me to recognize that everyone is different and I sometimes need to take a step back and see that we don’t know everything going on in each other’s lives.
  • Allowed me to be independent and solve my own problems
  • It has given me the opportunity to live with someone who isn’t family.
  • Having to live with somebody else and work around her schedule was highly inconvenient. However, it helped me with skills in communication and tolerance.
  • New social skills are learned here everyday.
  • I have been able to start my develop my experiencing living on my own.
  • Trying to teach me to be able to manage my time / work.
  • Being able to have a room to myself, with a roommate, allowed me to start growing ideas of living away from my house, and having others alongside me to help with any problems.
  • I have adapted in many ways to living on my own and supporting myself.
  • Living by myself
  • I have learned how to talk to people better.
  • Talking to others.
  • Making connections with people who are different from me, and being able to live together/get along.
  • It has given me some experience living on my own and having to budget my food and drinks. Living on your own means you are responsible for keeping your living space clean, which is good to be familiar with.
  • Learning some responsibilities that you don’t think about before you come to college (cleaning bathrooms, laundry, dishes, etc).
  • Just learning to live on my own and be independent in getting the things I need without help all the time.
  • Communication skills
  • It has given skills I would need to live on my own.
  • It has helped me get over certain fears such as talking and meeting new people.
  • Being able to live by myself
  • Helped me learn to live on my own and not depend on someone like my parents to watch over me.
  • Networking and punctuality
  • It helped me prepare for the real world by cleaning and taking care of my room.
  • Connection to other students.
  • Time management.
  • Communicating with others to resolve problems
  • Organization
  • By living near others who are different from me I have learned myself better, I know what works for me in studying and routine.
    living with another person learning to respect that persons schedule and likes/dislikes.
  • It allowed me to manage my life and needs without disruption or negativity from others.
  • I feel the best skills that I have developed living on campus that will help me in the future are my communication skills and being able to talk to the other students and professors around me.
  • Communication and cleanliness skills
  • I have learned how to communicate better with my roommate
  • I just think conflict resolution and becoming more mature and responsible because I’m off in my own, away from parents.
  • Living on campus has helped me learn how to handle conflicts between roommates and people that I will have to continue seeing after the conflict.
  • Knowing how to coexist with someone who has completely different beliefs than me.
  • Living on campus has helped me to realize that I may need company in the future if I were to live alone.
  • Helped build skills with being independent
  • I learn to deal with my own problems and manage my time, living space, etc.
  • Having the ability to adjust and coexist with people I’ve never met is very helpful.
  • I have learned how to be a respectful roommate and how to successfully live with someone for an extended amount of time.
  • Being able to form connections and have a conversation with those you may not know.
  • It has taught me to be more patient when dealing with people.
  • Living on campus has prepared me for living by myself in the future and maintaining a clean and orderly living space, as well as resolving conflicts and personal relationships that will be useful to me in my education career field.
  • Learning to share spaces with someone new and be self-sufficient.
  • Living on campus allows me to have certain outlets with people that have similar interests and views as I do.
  • Living on campus puts me in an environment that betters my ability to obtain useful information and or knowledge to help contribute to my success for after graduation.
  • I can better navigate disagreements, speak my mind, and tolerate others.
  • I have definitely developed patience.
  • Learn to tolerate others more.
  • It helped me to confront others and how to go about it in a way, as I had a difficult time with my roommate this year.
  • I’ve learned how to live well amongst neighbors.
  • Probably talking to people
  • I’ve become more social
  • It has helped me with my independence skills.
  • It has helped me to learn to organize my time and priorities.
  • If I was bored or looking for something to do there was normally at least one activity I would be interested in. My only issue is I don’t like to go alone and my friends tend to be busy. I believe this has helped me become more independent and willing to go do things on my own and meet new people.
  • I think it has helped me be more independent and outgoing.
  • Problem solving
  • Better time management.
  • Tidiness/overall cleanliness.
  • It has made me more responsible for my space.
  • Being able to work and boundaries with others
  • Living on campus has helped me learn how to live with a bunch of different kinds of people on my floor and communicate with them.
  • I think problem solving skills and living by myself was something I learned today.
  • Living on campus has greatly helped me to learn how to live on my own as an adult.
  • Cleaning and working with roomates
  • Resilience and flexibility.
  • Increasing my social network.
  • I get to be more social
  • I think the biggest one is learning how to work with someone who is different than me. A lot of the time I have to navigate someone who has different beliefs from me. By learning how to interact I can have a meaningful conservation. I have learned how to also live with another person.
  • It has helped me problem solve and be cleanly.

The feedback from our residential students underscores the importance of living on campus for fostering a sense of belonging, academic success, and personal development. These responses reflect the significant impact that our residential life program has on creating a supportive and enriching environment. By providing easy access to academic resources, opportunities for social interaction, and a safe space for personal growth, living on campus contributes significantly to the overall student experience at Millersville University.

We are committed to continuously improving our services and programs based on the valuable insights shared by our students. The positive outcomes highlighted in this survey reinforce our dedication to enhancing the quality of life for our residents and ensuring their success both during their time at Millersville and beyond. We look forward to building on these successes and addressing areas for improvement to create an even more vibrant and supportive campus community in the future.

Millersville University Fall 2024 On-Campus Housing Move-In Information

As the Fall 2024 semester approaches, we want to ensure you’re prepared for moving into the residence halls at Millersville University. Please read the information below to understand how to get ready and what to expect during the move-in process.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENTS

Residence hall building and room assignments will be available within your student account (i.e., MAX > MyHousing) on Friday, July 12, 2024, after 3:00 p.m.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to make adjustments to room assignments through that time.

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 21, 2024 – LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLCs) and AFFINITY COMMUNITIES

All Halls: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2024 – NEW & TRANSFER STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                 Terrace and First Floors

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

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

South Village

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                      Terrace and First Floors

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                 2nd Floor

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                    3rd Floor

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                    4th Floor

Shenks Hall

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

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                    1st Floor

 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2024 – RETURNING STUDENTS

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon          All Floors

South Village

Noon – 5 p.m.                                    All Floors

Shenks Hall

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

Noon – 3:00 p.m.                            3rd Floor

Bard Hall

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

Noon – 3:00 p.m.                            3rd Floor

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2024 – RETURNING STUDENTS 

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon                            All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 5:00 p.m.                            All Floors

Shenks Hall

Noon – 5 p.m.                                  All Floors

Bard Hall

Noon – 5 p.m.                                 All Floors

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2024

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional 2024-2025 Academic Year dates.***

 Route & Parking Maps

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

Black Route – Shenks Hall and West Village

Green Route – East and South Village

Blue Route – Bard Hall

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.
  • 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 a limited number of student volunteers (“Movers & Shakers”) on hand to help. If you would like assistance, available Movers & Shakers will help you load your belongings into large carts for transport to your room as quickly as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We encourage you to pack lightly and bring any hard carts that you may have to expedite your move-in process.

Residential Student Mail and Package Information

Please read this short blog post regarding the mail delivery process here on campus and how students must have their mail and packages addressed. You can also reference the University Mail Services webpage for additional information.

Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in and traffic flow assistance on Thursday, August 22, 2024, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, August 24, 2024, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms, and assisting MUPD with traffic flow. Student volunteer registration will be forthcoming in mid-July.

Please feel free to email our office at housing@millersville.edu if you should have any questions or need further clarification on any of the move-in information provided above. 

2023-2024 University Housing & Conference Services Resident Assistant Awards

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services celebrated student staff success during the annual department awards ceremony. We are very proud to announce the winners of the various accolades our department awards to outstanding service to the department, the University, and our students.

Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Award

Alexander “Sully” Sullivan 

The Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship was seeded in 1988, by Drs. George and Helen Stine as a tribute to the memory of Dr. George Stine’s parents. Dr. Clyde Stine was a member of the Millersville University Administrative Faculty for many years. He provided administrative oversight for the residence hall program as the Dean of Men.

Dr. George Stine, Professor of Sociology, and a founding member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retired in 2003, after a distinguished 37 years at Millersville University.  Dr. Helen Stine retired in 2003, after many years as a Reading Specialist serving the School District of Lancaster.

It is our honor to be one of very few Student Affairs Departments recognized with an endowed scholarship. Drs. George and Helen Stine chose to recognize a Resident Assistant because Dr. Clyde Stine viewed the residence halls as an important experience in the life of a scholar and realized that Resident Assistants provide a fundamental role in the transition from student to new professional.

The Stine Award is given annually to a continuing Resident Assistant member of the junior class. The successful applicant must have a record of demonstrated outstanding service and positive contributions to the Department of University Housing & Conference Services and the general campus community. Applications are reviewed and the recipient selected by members of the University Housing and Conference Services department administrators. The recipient will receive a monetary scholarship applicable to the expenses of their senior year.


The 2023-24 award recipient is Alexander Sullivan, a meteorology major from Hazlet, New Jersey. Alexander just completed his second year as an RA in South Village. Alexander’s supervisor, Residential Area Director Mr. Kei-shon Graham stated the following on Alexander’s behalf:

As Alexander’s supervisor, I have had the privilege of witnessing his remarkable impact within our community first-hand. Alexander is a very quiet and mild­ mannered leader. If you only listen, you may miss him, but when you take the time to look at his impact, you will see Alexander’s fingerprints all over. He leads by example, consistently embodying the values of professionalism, inclusion and compassion that define our community. Alexander is not only someone I never have to worry about; he is also someone I trust to guide others in the right direction. I consistently hear that he is someone who other RAs, new and returning, trust and rely on when they need advice or just an extra bit of support.

Every semester, I have my RAs write an inspirational quote on a whiteboard in my office. After everyone has added their quote, I have them pick a quote that another RA wrote and tell me what it means to them. This semester, Alexander’s quote was, “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.” This quote is something that Alexander embodies, as I can always count on him to complete whatever task is put before him and to complete it the right way.

Alexander is truly on the track to success. Consistent with his character and impact, Alexander’s quote is one of the more frequently picked quotes that others internalize and speak about. This exercise is a microcosm of the role that Alexander plays within our community.

Alexander does his job without complaint. He works at a high standard and will pitch in to help others at a moment’s notice. He is also someone who I can go to ask for feedback on new processes and changes. He will often tell me how the matter at hand will affect him and his ability to do his job. Without me asking, he will then add in the perspective of others that said process or change may affect.

Overall, Alexander embodies the spirit of the Stine Scholarship through his exceptional leadership, service, and dedication to our community. His quiet yet profound impact has left an indelible mark, and I have no doubt that he will continue to thrive and excel in all his future endeavors. I am very happy to have Alexander as a member of my staff moving forward.

Congrats, Sully!

EPPIIC Staff Member of the Year

The EPPIIC Staff Member awards recognize one new and one returning RA staff member that best exemplifies what it means to be EPPIIC.

Exploration 

The resident assistant creates programs that engage residents.  The programs promote community and allow residents to expand their interests.   

Professionalism 

The resident assistant is in good academic standing.  They are responsible and trustworthy.  They act as a role model to residents.  

Public Mission 

The resident assistant is a general resource for their residential community and is prepared to respond to issues in the halls.      

Inclusion 

The resident assistant promotes inclusion and equality.  They stand up for what is right and strive to create a welcoming community on their floor. They use their position to voice the concerns of residents to ensure the residents’ needs are met.    

Integrity 

The resident assistant tries their best in the role.  They don’t complete tasks that are expected of them for the recognition.  They do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  

Compassion 

The resident assistant is available for their residents.  They make an effort in getting to know the interests of their residents and tries to implement said interests into programs and interactions with the residents.  When conversing with residents, the RA is empathetic and engaged in conversations.  They get to know their residents as individuals, not as another name on a door. 

New RA EPPIIC Award: Jack Reilly 
Returning RA EPPIIC Award: Bridget Lau 

Program of the Year Awards

East Village Program Winner – Fall Fest

All Fall Semester RAs 

South Village Program Winner –South Village Valentines 
  • Elena Elia
  • Jack Reilly
  • Maeve Haines
  • Alexander Sullivan
  • Sharon Edelman
  • Jacob Engle 

West Village Program Winner –Villages Trick or Treat

All Fall Semester RAs 

Shenks Hall Program Winner –Sobriety & Shamrock Social

Anthony Rodriguez & Daniesha Rivera 

Spring 2024 RA Graduates

South Village

  • Sharon Edelman
  • Madicyn Barnes
  • Elena Elia 

East Village

  • Madison Carr
  • Dominick DeLorenzo
  • Christian Cellasio 

Shenks Hall

  • Anthony Rodriguez 

West Village

  • Emme Darcus
  • Joseph Gaito
  • Chad Hayes
  • Allison Ross
  • Zachary Rinehart 

Congratulations to all of our award winners. Thank you for your sacrifice, compassion, and amazing dedication to our department and Millersville University. We are all very proud of you!

May Mental Health Awareness Month

As students of Millersville University, May marks not only the beginning of summer but also Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a significant time dedicated to recognizing and understanding the challenges faced by individuals dealing with mental illness. Unfortunately, there remains a stigma surrounding mental health globally, a challenge especially prevalent among young adults, including college students like us.

During this month, we have a unique opportunity to unite as individuals, organizations, and a community to promote mental well-being and extend support to those grappling with mental health issues. Throughout May, you can expect various events, campaigns, and initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness about mental health, fostering understanding, and promoting mental wellness. It’s a crucial time for us to engage in conversations about mental health and collectively strive towards creating a more supportive and empathetic society for everyone, including ourselves.

Navigating college life can be overwhelming at times, and having a robust support system is essential. Remember, you are not alone. If you ever find yourself in need of support or someone to talk to, please know that there are resources available right here at Millersville University.

At MU, we have a range of mental health resources tailored to meet our needs as students. From counseling services to support groups, there are avenues for seeking assistance and finding community. Additionally, keep an eye out for pet therapy that occurs in the SMC once a week for two hours.  Light therapy is also offered at the Counseling Center throughout both the fall and spring semesters.

It’s okay to acknowledge that college life comes with its own set of challenges. Academic pressures, social dynamics, and the transition into adulthood can all contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety. However, it’s essential to recognize that help is within reach.

As fellow Millersville University students, let’s come together to prioritize our mental well-being and support one another through the ups and downs of college life. Whether it’s reaching out to a friend, attending a campus event, or seeking professional help, let’s take proactive steps towards nurturing our mental health.

Remember, your well-being matters, and there is strength in seeking support. Together, we can create a campus community that values mental health and fosters a culture of care and compassion.

Stay strong, stay connected, and remember that you are not alone.

COUNSELING CENTER

3rd Floor Lyle hall

Phone: 717-871-7821

Fax: 717-871-7960

Hours of Operation

      • Mon., Tues., Thur., Fri. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Wed. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Any changes to regularly scheduled hours will be posted in the Counseling Center.

For help with a mental health crisis or emergency after Counseling Center hours, please call:

        • MU Police at 911
        • Crisis Intervention (Lancaster): 717-394-2631
        • National Suicide Hotline: 988
        • Crisis TEXT Hotline: text “HELLO” to 741741

Meet the Spring 2024 University Housing Marketing Intern- Abbey Rosenblatt

I am grateful for every opportunity that Millersville University has given me. This internship set the path for me and my Marketing career! I was unsure what I wanted to do post graduation, and finally I have come to the conclusion that I want to continue marketing and hopefully soon find my dream job. I remember starting this internship a couple months ago, and seeing past interns’ graduation posts. I always felt like that would be months away and I had lots of time. Granted I was wrong. The time flew by within the internship and I learned a lot. I was glad I had Dr. Helfrich, my internship supervisor, to help me with these learning goals.

What did you learn about marketing, blogging, and using social media channels? Through blogging and posting on social media channels, I was able to learn how to engage more with students here at Millersville University. My goal was to attract students’ attentions through posting. I enjoyed having a little leeway to post whatever topic I wanted on certain weeks. The creating and developing of those things, then finally getting to post for the students to see was exciting. I learned a lot more about marketing and analytics especially. I can see how much I have grown within this internship and can now move onto the “real world”. 

What did you learn about yourself? Through networking at a recent American Marketing Association (AMA) event and communicating with other mentors in the marketing world, I was able to learn that I have the skills and knowledge. I just have to be more confident with myself and my actions. I learned that being confident with my responses and ideas and not second guessing got me farther than it did in the past. 

What is your favorite blog post that you wrote? My favorite blog post that I wrote was on the topic of Sustainability within the Residence Halls. I am very passionate about the environment and being sustainable, so being able to incorporate that into a blog post for this internship was amazing. I like how there was flexibility within the blog and social media posts!

What is your most memorable project? I really enjoyed getting to interview employees on campus and then creating posts for those specific departments. I feel like there should be more light shed on those departments that do a lot of behind the scenes work. I enjoyed being able to meet only a few of the hard workers on campus that help with major issues.  

What are your plans for the future? This question is a love, hate topic for me. Because my initial plan for the future is to find my dream job in marketing some time next fall. I want to take the summer off to apply to jobs and maybe work as another intern somewhere. However, I know that I cannot control plans for my future and I need to take it one step at a time and see where life takes me. That would be my biggest piece of advice for soon to be college graduates. Not putting so much pressure on yourself to achieve huge goals in one day. Small goals are still thrilling and you should be happy with yourself, because those small goals lead you up to a bigger goal. 

 

Millersville University Residence Halls Spring 2024 Semester Closing and Check Out

The residence halls will close at 10:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2024.  Residents are expected to move out of the residence halls and turn in their keys within 24 hours after their last exam and no later than 10:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2024.  Resident students who are graduating, are involved in graduation, have a Friday afternoon final, or has an extenuating circumstance must email their Residential Area Director by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, to obtain permission to remain in the halls until Saturday, May 4, 2024. 

For students graduating on Saturday, May 4, 2024, it is recommended that you check-out of the residence halls prior to your graduating ceremony.   All graduating students will need to be checked-out of the residence halls by 8:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Students may move out prior to finals, just make sure to follow the procedures listed below.

Students who have applied for summer housing should read the summer housing section below.

Review the following information carefully to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct and additional charges for improperly checking out of your residence hall room.

QUIET HOURS FOR FINAL EXAMS

Please keep your fellow students in mind as they prepare for exams.  Quiet hours will be maintained, 24 hours a day, beginning at 9:00 PM on Friday, April 26, 2024, and continuing through the end of the semester.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES

Prior to leaving for the summer break, all resident students MUST properly check out of their room.  All residents must do the following prior to the actual check-out:

  • Remove all belongings from your area of the room (open desk/dresser drawers).
  • Dispose of trash by removing it to the dumpster area outside of your residence hall.
  • Clean the room by sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture to remove dust and sticky residue.
  • Clean the bathroom/s. This would include cleaning the toilet, shower, sink, and floor area. This should not be left for the last resident to clean.
  • Return furniture to its original position. See schematics posted on the bulletin board of your hallway.
  • Un-bunk beds and make sure that the bed frame is at the proper height.

The LAST resident to check-out of a room should also do the following:

  • Turn off the lights.
  • Set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • Close and lock the window.
  • Lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • Lock your bedroom and suite door.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT

 To use the Express Check-out Procedure:

  • Proceed to the main desk of each residence hall and you will find express check-out envelopes next to a locked drop box.
  • Complete all the information required on the front of the envelope.
  • Sign your name as indicated.
  • Place your room key inside the envelope and seal it. Shenks Hall residents should include your parking pass.
  • If you have lost your key, complete the envelope, and write on the front: “No key enclosed, lost key.”
  • Drop the envelope into the lock box.

BICYCLES

Remember to take your bicycle with you before you leave campus.  As of Sunday, May 5, 2024, all bicycles left in the residential areas will be treated as abandoned property.

MAIL

The last day for mail delivery will be Friday, May 3, 2024. Unclaimed mail may be returned to sender.  The mailroom cannot forward packages.

DONATIONS

Help local families and students by donating items you may no longer need before leaving for break. There will be a designated area in each hall lobby for you to leave donation items.  Items to donate would include clean clothes (we cannot accept dirty clothing), hygiene products, cleaning supplies, bedding (we cannot accept mattress pads), non-perishable foods (cannot be opened), educational supplies, and other usable items. We cannot accept rugs from your suite.

SUMMER CLASSES

Registered summer session residents will be assigned to live in South Village D wing.  Students staying for the entire summer term or for the first part of the term may request to stay in their room until Sunday, May 5, 2024, at which time you will need to move to their summer room and be checked out of their spring assignment before 9:00 PM that day. All personal items must be moved over to your summer assignment. There is not storage available, and you will need to remove all your belongings at spring closing and checkout using the instructions above.

For information regarding summer housing,  please review our webpage: https://www.millersville.edu/housing/summer-housing.php

MOVE-IN FOR FALL 2024 REMINDER

Returning Students can check into the halls starting on Saturday, August 24, 2024. Fall 2024 move-in details will be posted in August.

If you have specific questions, please speak with your residence hall staff.  Have a nice summer!

2024 Annual Benchworks by Elentra Residential Student Survey

Starting on Monday April 15, 2024, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services will have the annual Benchworks by Elentra survey administered. All non-staff residential students (i.e., Shenks Halls & the Villages) will be invited to take the survey through Wednesday May 1, 2024. Students will receive an email invitation with detailed information on how to take the survey. Two follow-up reminder emails will be sent to those who have not completed the survey.

This assessment is crucial for the Department of University Housing & Conference Services as it helps us to understand the successes and areas of improvement of our program, and the services of various campus partners in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country. The survey assesses 21 different factors, which include the following:

Satisfaction

  • Hall Student Staff
  • Hall Programming
  • Hall Environment
  • Facilities*
  • Services Provided
  • Room Assignment
  • Room Change
  • Safety & Security
  • Roommates
  • Dining Services*
  • Community Environment

Learning

  • Personal Interactions
  • Sense of Community
  • Diverse Interactions
  • Self-Management
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Sustainability
  • Living-Learning Community (LLC) Connections & Support

Overall

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Overall Learning
  • Overall Program Effectiveness

*University Housing & Conference Services does not supervise these areas but works as a partner with the departments responsible for these services.

How to Maintain a Comfortable Temperature in Millersville University’s Residence Halls

Living in the residence halls at Millersville University offers a unique community experience, but it also comes with the responsibility of ensuring a comfortable living environment for everyone. Yvonne, one of our dedicated Residential Area Directors (RADs), has taken the initiative to address some common concerns that affect life in the Village suites, starting with the crucial aspect of temperature regulation.

Understanding Your Thermostat Settings

The thermostats in our residence halls are set to maintain a comfortable range between 68 and 74 degrees. This is to ensure that regardless of the season, you can enjoy a pleasant indoor environment. However, if you find the temperature in your room dropping below 66 degrees or rising above 76 degrees, it’s important to take action. Such extremes shouldn’t occur with properly functioning HVAC systems, so please report these issues by submitting a work order. Instructions for doing so can be found HERE.

The Impact of Open Windows

An often-overlooked aspect of temperature control is the impact of open windows. Opening your windows during very hot or cold periods may seem like a quick fix, but it can inadvertently affect the temperature regulation in neighboring rooms. This is because open windows can trigger the thermostats outside your room, leading to discomfort for your neighbors. And remember, the reverse can also happen, affecting your own room’s comfort.

To minimize this, if you feel the need to open your windows, please do so briefly—just a few minutes should be sufficient—and ensure they’re closed before you leave the room. This simple act of consideration can significantly improve the living experience for everyone in your building.

Special Note on Lounge and Common Spaces

The lounges and common spaces in our residence halls are shared amenities that everyone should be able to enjoy comfortably. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep the windows in these areas closed. We understand that sometimes, especially in kitchens, you might need to air out odors from cooking. In such cases, open the windows only as long as necessary to clear the air and close them promptly afterwards.

By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll be playing a vital part in creating a more comfortable and harmonious living environment for all residents. It’s about respecting each other’s space and comfort, and together, we can make our residence halls a better place to live, study, and relax.

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