Fall 2019 Disability Film Festival

Every semester Dr. Thomas Neuville organizes the Disability Film Festival. This semester there are three full-length films and five short films being screened. Each screening is held in the Myers Auditorium in McComsey Hall from 5:30–8:30 PM. There will be a post-screening discussion following all screenings. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 with a screening of Raising Faith: Stories about Dyslexia. The film documents the experiences of nine young people and their families. The primary subject, Faith, shares wisdom about the way she learns and how she negotiated her education through middle and high school, and now college.

The second screening on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 consists of five short films: “Ian,” “The Right To Be Rescued,” “The Interviewer,” “The Best and Most Beautiful Things,” and “Awake.” “Ian” documents a boy with a disability who’s determined to play on the playground despite his peers bullying him. “The Right To Be Rescued” tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. “The Interviewer” focuses on Thomas who gets more than he bargained for in his interview at a prestigious law firm. The film was devised with 12 people living with a disability, all of whom actively participated in the development of the film. “The Best and Most Beautiful Things” highlights the relationship between Brandon and Emily, who are, respectively, learning sign language and trying to speak. “Awake” follows Miles, who is traumatized by his father’s death and is cursed by his own subconscious. He is taught a lesson by his subconscious through repetition of dreams.

Pennhurst: They’ve waited a long time to tell their story is being screened on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Pennhurst is a documentary chronicling the stories of people whose lives were irrevocably intertwined with the history of the Pennhurst State School and Hospital. Pennhurst was a massive institutional home for the developmentally disabled and closed in 1987.

The festival concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 with the screening of 2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional. The sequel to 2e: Twice Exceptional follows teachers of a school in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to educating highly gifted students with learning disabilities or differences.

Thank you to Dr. Neuville for organizing this educational opportunity for our faculty, staff, students, and community members! We appreciate the work you do here at the ‘Ville.

Explore Lancaster County This Family Weekend

Is your family visiting this Marauder Family Weekend? Programming on campus starts in the early evening on Friday and concludes in the early evening on Saturday. Here is a schedule of the planned activities. After engaging in the exciting events on campus, pack up the car, and take a small road trip as Lancaster County has many hidden gems to explore!

Animal and duck feeding at Long’s Park or Lititz Springs Park

Long’s Park is located at the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30 and is home to many different activities. The park has a petting zoo, a three-acre lake, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and much more. Lititz Springs Park is located in downtown Lititz. There’s a stream that runs through the center of the park and a fountain towards the main entrance, playgrounds, a volleyball court, picnic pavilions, a train car, and much more. Both parks are home to ducks, swans, and other animals.

Lancastrian history at Rock Ford Plantation or Hans Herr House Museum
Rock Ford Plantation was the home of Edward Hand, the Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. Hand had many different hats — one being a slave owner. Rock Ford Plantation partnered with the African American Historical Society of South-Central Pennsylvania to help explore slavery in 18th Century Pennsylvania and better tell the stories of Hand’s slaves. Hans Herr House Museum is the oldest surviving house in Lancaster County. The Museum contains three Pennsylvania German farmhouses, several barns, a blacksmith shop, smokehouse, outdoor bake oven, and farm equipment that spans three centuries. The Longhouse also teaches about the life and culture of the Native Americans who lived here before the Europeans settled in the area.

Ice cream and cows at Pine View Dairy

Pine View Dairy has been a part of the Lancaster County community since 1971. Pine View prides themselves on their fresh milk and homemade ice cream. They offer flavored milk as well as cream line, whole, low fat, and nonfat milk, and over 25 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sherbet. Numerous sundaes, milkshakes, and “moo mixers” are also available.

Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster Central Market is the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country, founded in 1730. The market is open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. More than 60 vendors call Central Market home, with the three longest-running stands clocking in more than 100 years, 80 years, and 60 years with the market. You’re bound to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s candy and snacks, coffee and tea, farm produce, or ethnic food!

Park City Mall, The Shops @ Rockvale, or Tanger Outlets

Park City Mall has more than 150 stores, a food court, and full and quick service restaurants. The Shops @ Rockvale has over 90 stores, full and quick service restaurants, and a Comfort Inn. Tanger Outlets has over 70 stores and a few places to grab food. You won’t be disappointed, so shop until you drop!

Coffee or tea at Prince Street Cafe
Prince Street Cafe was established in 2006 and is just steps from the Fulton Theater. Breakfast is served all day, there’s a variety of vegetarian and vegan meal options, and drinks include smoothies, hot and cold drinks, and loose leaf tea. With the welcoming atmosphere, Prince Street Cafe will become your go-to cafe if you have classes at the Ware Center downtown.

Breakfast at Lyndon City Line Diner or Knight and Day Diner

Personally, I am a huge fan of diner breakfasts. Both Lyndon Diner and Knight and Day have a wide selection of breakfast including breakfast specials, eggs and omelets, pancakes, french toast, and waffles. Both diners have exceptional lunch and dinner menus as well.

Hiking at Chickies Rock Park
Chickies Rock Park is Lancaster County’s second-largest regional park. The park includes Chiques Creek, Donegal Creek, and parts of the Susquehanna River. The hike to Chickies Rock is roughly half a mile and an easy trail, aside from the steep climb at the beginning. Chickies Rock Overlook is located more than 100 feet above the Susquehanna River and railroad tracks, and because it’s located at a bend in the river, it’s possible to see for miles in every direction.

Images courtesy of Rylan Harvey and Flickr.

Meet the Marketing Interns

For Fall 2019, the Department of Housing and Residential Programs (HARP) has the pleasure of introducing two interns to our team. Lani Rooney is a senior communications major with an option in media and broadcasting. Rylan Harvey is a senior English and philosophy major.

Why did you choose to intern with HARP?

Lani:  I am also an RA for Housing and Residential Programs. I work in Shenks Hall. My supervisor RAD Matt thought that it would be a good idea for me to intern for HARP because of my experience as an RA. I feel that HARP could really benefit from the kind of work I can do as far as making promotional videos and other digital media for the department. I also get to do a bit of research this semester as well as brush up on my content strategy for the web and analytics.

Rylan: I hope to work in higher education after I graduate, and it’s important to understand that universities are both businesses and avenues of knowledge. I chose to intern with HARP because the department lies within that intersection. As the intern and an English major, I have the opportunity to learn how to blog for a business and how to use various social media platforms to reach prospective and current students.

Intern Lani

What is your most memorable experience in the residence halls?

Lani: As a resident, my most memorable experience was probably when I would hang out in the lobby of the residence halls and really get to know my RAs. It made me want to interact with my RAs more and come out to more programs. It’s the small things that really sparked my interest in getting more involved in the halls, so much so that my second semester here, I became an RA. My most memorable moments in the halls now would probably have to be, again, the time I spend with my fellow RAs.

Rylan: I am currently a commuter student, but I transferred from Bloomsburg in the fall of 2015. My RAs at Bloomsburg decked out the hall with Frozen decorations around fall midterms, and I had coincidentally ordered an Olaf onesie around the same time. As soon as I saw the giant painting of Elsa in the lobby, I immediately put on my onesie and started quoting Olaf with my RAs and people in my hall. Later that week, a few people gathered around the TV in the second-floor lounge and watched Frozen.

Intern Rylan

What aspect of the internship are you most looking forward to?

Lani: My specialty is digital media. I love to create storyboards and then go out with a camera to capture footage. My favorite part is to edit it all together into the final project. It will be really rewarding to see how many interactions the final project will get and how much of a return will come to HARP as a result.

Rylan: I’m excited to work on creating blog posts. I have written for Odyssey Online in the past, so I have a background in blogging, but I’m excited to learn how to blog for a business and tailor social media posts and print material to generate exposure and engage my target audience.

10 Things to Complete During Syllabus Week

Syllabus week is upon us, which means upperclassmen have returned to campus and freshmen have joined the ranks. While everyone gets back into the groove of the semester, there are several things students — both new and returning — should complete before the end of the first week.

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1. Buy your textbooks and school supplies.
As sad as I am for the summer to end, I always get a rush of excitement whenever I go shopping for school supplies. New pens, notebooks, and washi tape help get me in the organizational groove. I want to stay on top of my schoolwork when I keep myself organized.

2. Fill in your calendar.
After I receive each syllabus from my professors, I add the important dates into my agenda. This gives me a quick glance of when exams are, papers are due, projects need to be finished, etc. I’m able to plan ahead when I see I have a midterm in three weeks. You can find 2019-2020 academic planners on Amazon for relatively cheap.

3. Place a penny on the Marauder statue.
Whether it’s during syllabus week, midterms, or finals, I’ve found that putting a penny on the Marauder statue issues good luck and helps keep me focused on achieving Dean’s List or acing exams. Some people are skeptical whether it helps or not, but pennies haven’t failed me yet.

4. Meet your Resident Assistants.
While living in the residence halls, the resident assistants (RAs) serve as a peer leader and mentor of the floor and building. Developing a relationship with them will make living on-campus and adjusting to college life easier. RAs spend a significant amount of time developing individual relationships with their residents, implementing community-wide programs, and ensuring the residence hall is an inviting environment for all.

5. Contact Learning Services if you’re eligible for accommodations. 
Not everyone will be, and that’s okay! If you know you’re eligible for certain accommodations, whether it’s extended time for an exam or accessibility in the classroom, Learning Services can help. You can learn about the required documentation here.

6. Choose your preferred place to grab food.
There are several eateries on campus, from the Upper Deck dining hall to retail locations like the Anchor and the Galley. Each location offers something different and a wide variety of choices, so pick your poison: pizza or sushi.

7. Find the quickest way to get from class to class.
If you have a class in Stayer and another in Roddy/Caputo, you won’t want to dillydally on your way to class. Those ten minutes between classes fly by when you’re booking it across campus. There will be some trial and error the first few times your classes meet to see which way is fastest. If you’re finding it difficult to arrive on time, talk to the professor and let them know where you’re coming from — some professors dock points for habitual tardiness, but many understand the size of the campus. You can use this map to help navigate the quickest route.

8. Decide how to spend free time between classes.
Do you have a three-hour break between classes on Tuesday/Thursday? There are multiple opportunities across campus for student employment. Whether you get a job on campus or bunker down in the library to get ahead (or catch up) on homework, you won’t have difficulty finding ways to pass the time.

9. Add your Millersville email to your phone.
Professors will use email as their primary method of communication. Adding your Millersville email account to your phone allows you easy access to anything your professors or the University deems important. If you only use a computer to check your email, you might miss updates from ‘Ville Daily or your Department Chair.

10. Download the Corq and Livesafe apps.
The Corq and Livesafe apps are available on both iPhones and Androids. Corq lets you view on-campus events and activities and narrow your search to see events that offer free food or free stuff. You can also see which residence halls are programming. Livesafe connects you with University Police, uses peer-to-peer location tracking to monitor your friends or family, shows where the latest campus incidents have occurred, and has fast access to safety resources.

Fall 2019 Housing Move-In “Movers & Shakers” Volunteers Needed

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 24, 2019 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.

Student Movers & Shakers will be required to attend a short instructional meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM 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 21, 2019 between 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
2. A free limited edition t-shirt to identify yourself as a “Mover & Shaker” (*last year’s 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 (*last year Saturday volunteers received a cell phone pop socket.)
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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPTLBB7

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!

Housing & Residential Programs Celebrates Student Staff Success

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) celebrated student staff success during the annual HARP banquet. 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

Madison J. Feeman

Associate Director Rita Miller and Madison J. Feeman

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 Housing and Residential Programs and the general campus community.  Applications are reviewed and the recipient selected by members of the Housing and Residential Programs Department Administration.  The recipient will receive a monetary scholarship applicable to the expenses of their senior year.

Madison has been a member of the Housing and Residential Programs Staff for two semesters.  As an RA, she strives to create an aware, informed, engaged community that feels included and pursues personal goals and achievement. The Residential Area Director describes Madison as a problem solver possessing superb customer service and interpersonal skills, a high degree of positive energy, a willingness to take on extra projects as needed, and a distinct creative ability. Madison engages and interacts to motivate others and is an ideal student leader. She believes in a safe and engaging living-learning community in the residence halls and directs focus and effort to achieve that goal.

Madison has maximized the opportunities offered by the University to become involved through organization membership. She began the journey to campus leadership early in freshman year by joining student run organizations and progressing to the leadership positions of executive board Recording Secretary and Historian for the All Campus Musical Organization, and as a Program Coordinator and now Vice President of Weekend Programming for the University Activities Board.  She was also recognized as an emerging student leader through the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL).

Madison continued to build a legacy of involvement by taking a position as a tour guide for Admissions encouraging prospective students to choose Millersville as their higher education destination and then as a “Mover and Shaker” assisting new resident students to move into the residence halls on fall opening.

Housing and Residential Programs recognized the shining potential and excellent role model capability of our recipient recruiting and hiring her first as a Desk Attendant in the residence hall and now as a Resident Assistant.  Madison continued to demonstrate quality leadership and pragmatic creativity in this new role by planning and producing an educational display board on the topic of sexual assault awareness that was adopted for continued program use by the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Title IX Coordinator and the Center for Health Education Promotion.  She planned and developed a program for Freshmen Early Childhood Education majors focused on preparation for the sophomore year experience.

Madison continues to demonstrate an appreciation for community service encouraging other resident students to become involved in Relay for Life and was instrumental in raising $615.00 for the cause. A future in Elementary and Special Education leads this year’s Stine Award recipient to be a well-rounded leader, an advocate for community engagement, and a role model for campus involvement and service.  She is a distinguished member of the South Village Hall Staff.

Humanitarian Pillar Program Award

Relay for Life Fundraising by Connor Richter

Connor Richter and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger

This program is the awarded to a program that assists residents in developing relationships with others as well as preparing them to become informed global citizens by appreciating difference in others, effectively and respectfully communicating, promoting a sense of community, and integrating knowledge acquired in everyday experiences into their world view.

Connor Richter helped raise over $1,200 for Relay for Life with late night pancakes and grilled cheese fundraisers along with other general donations.  He also participated in the whole 12- hour event for Relay for Life.

Personal Engagement Pillar Program Award

“Letter to your Future Self” by Jess Ringeisen

Jess Ringeisen and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

This program is awarded to those who planned and executed an event for residents to further their individual growth by making responsible and ethical decisions, developing a sense of self, utilizing effective time management, managing one’s health, resolving conflict and developing leadership skills.

This program crossed both semesters and entailed residents coming to write down their goals, hopes, wishes, or an encouraging statement to themselves for later. For the second semester part of the program, the letters were returned and residents could see what progress was made and how close they were to their goals from the fall. This aimed to help the students see the importance of goal setting and wisdom can play in their lives.

Academic Engagement Pillar Program Award

“It’s a Sign” by Sarah Hagen and Iyla Stebbins

Iyla Stebbins and Associate Director Steven Knepp

This program is awarded to those who planned and executed an event for residents to successfully navigate the collegiate experience.  This program must also present residents the greatest chance of being successful by developing critical thinking skills, valuing life-long learning, becoming academically competent, having career preparedness, and fostering graduate school readiness.

This program in particular was a hands-on experience to promote learning and understanding of a different language.  Language and communication is vital to being human, and the goal of this program was to inspire students to try and learn a new language.  In doing this, residents were able to create their own name tags using cut-out pictures of the American Sign Language letters.

Outstanding New RA Award

Kyre Maxwell

Kyre Maxwell and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

The recipient for the outstanding new RA of the year award is awarded to the newest member of the RA staff that has shown exemplary leadership and the ability to show constant flexibility, a positive attitude, and willingness to help.  This individual must also show support for their residents academically and personally and makes an effort to interact with residents on a personal level and create an exceptional community within their floor.

Ky was given this nomination because of his ability to stand out in such a positive way in such a short amount of time. He started the spring semester with no experience but as the semester closes, he has gained more than he probably thought he would. Ky has a very calming, warm, and positive presence about himself. He has blended into the staff with ease, built community and great bonds with his residents, and has impacted other students in East Village to become motivated to apply to the RA position.

Outstanding Returning RA Award

Daniel Sundberg

Daniel Sundberg and Residential Area Director Julia Collett

The Outstanding Returning RA of the Year award is awarded to the RA with at least one year of experience.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Returning RA Award has been described by residents as “The Man.”  He takes the time to get to know his residents and puts a lot of effort into planning programs that people throughout the building want to come to. From origami to stress relief programs, Dan finds unique ways to engage his residents. His peers look to him as a role model for building relationships and often ask him for advice.

Outstanding Desk Attendant of the Year Award

Jaelinn Leftridge

Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger, Jaelinn Leftridge, and Graduate Assistant Janelle Sanchez

The Outstanding Desk Attendant Award goes to someone who shows consistent and excellent customer service and appropriately helps students.

The recipient for the DA of the Year award goes to Jaelinn Leftridge who has exemplary customer service skills and is always willing to help out others.  She is truly an asset to the DA team.  She is available, a problem-solver, and a peace-maker all at the same time.  She is not afraid to confront issues at hand and does so gracefully while also balancing life and academics.  Her interpersonal skills and efforts create a great working environment and encourages others to authentically be themselves.

The Vanguard Award

Dr. Karen Rice

Associate Director Steven Knepp and Dr. Karen Rice

The Vanguard Award is given to a colleague on campus that has helped further the mission and goals of Housing and Residential Programs.

The recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award goes to Dr. Karen Rice who has been in an influential figure in establishing the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community in West Village. Dr. Rice has given countless hours to students and staff to create an educational and social community that has made a lasting impact on students and the campus community. With her guidance, students in the community were able to develop several campus wide programs for Mental Health Awareness.

Graduate Assistant Recognition – East Village

Chatiela Clark

Chatiela Clark and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

Graduate Assistant Recognition – South Village

Janelle Sanchez

Janelle Sanchez and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger

Graduate Assistant Recognition – West Village

Bethany Roche

Bethany Roche and Residential Area Director Julia Collett

Graduating Resident Assistant Recognition

Left to right: Andrew Sellers, Nicole Carrera, Daniel Sundberg, Natalie Sawada, Taniyah Williams, Lincoln Edwards, Deborah Stanback, Camille Christiansen, and Rebekah Teller

Meet the Marketing Intern

My name is Gabi Slucki and for the Fall 2018 Spring 2019 school year I have had the pleasure of being the Marketing Intern for Housing and Residential Programs. Throughout this time, I have learned a lot about marketing and more importantly the importance of using a blog to implement content marketing. Through these past two semesters this internship has challenged me to learn more about myself and shows me how far I have grown over this past school year. As time gets closer and closer to graduation, I am very happy I had the opportunity this year to participate in this rewarding internship that helped me develop skills for future jobs.

What did you learn about marketing and blogging?

Through this experience I was able to have hands on experience using concepts and techniques I have learned in my marketing classes. Having this hands-on experience helps me to understand marketing concepts better and marketing as a whole because I am not just learning it in the classroom, but I was actually able to apply them to real life situations. For example, by understanding my target audience better and knowing what they want to see, I was able to tailor and direct my social media and print materials to them in a more direct way to generate exposure and engagement.

As for blogging, I learned a great amount of information about this type of marketing as well. Before I was the intern, I actually wrote for the Odyssey Online community so the idea of blogging wasn’t new to me. The idea of writing a blog for business was newer to me because that meant I had to understand my audience better and make sure to use a consistent tone from post to post. This also meant I had to create topics within my market, this was a struggle for me at first, but once I fully understood the department and what they stood for I was able to implement more ideas to show their values, but also implement fun post ideas.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this process I was able to learn more about myself. From the beginning of my internship to now, I have noticed a big change in my confidence as well as the content of my writing. Also, through the process I have learned more information on what makes a print ad like a flyer successful and how to design one to gain attention. During this internship, I was able to use my design skills I have developed through my business courses at Millersville and the experience showed me that I am capable of creating content that others will like. This internship also showed me that I know more about marketing as I thought and I should be more confident in my skills. The blog was a huge part of my experience as the intern and it actually showed me that I do love to write and I highly enjoy it, so I have actually been looking into jobs that involve blogging and writing after graduation.

What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?

Out of all of the different blog posts I have written over the course of two semesters, 43 to be exact, I think the post I wrote titled, “What Makes You Prideful?” was my favorite. This post was about the Pride Fest that Millersville had in October. I thought this was a great event and showed the amazing community we have here on campus as well as the cool events we have to offer students. Housing and Residential Programs had a table at this event where we asked people to write down what made them most prideful. Throughout the event, we received many different responses that I was able to analyze to create infographics for my blog post. I really liked the fact I was able to gather measurable data and add it to my written content to make for a great post. You can find the post here if you would like to read it!

A close second would have to be the post I wrote called “Barista Picks My Drink for a School Week” because it was fun to take part in and because I personally love coffee. If you want to check this one out as well you can click here !

What was your most memorable project?

The most memorable project I worked on during my time at Housing and Residential Programs was the long project I completed regarding the room selection process. In order to get the word out about the room selection process for next school year, I was tasked with creating a theme and connecting activities and events to help students learn more information. This was the most memorable project I had because a lot of my time went into it, but it was also a very fun project I worked on. For this project I was able to plan out events with Saxbys, the Upper Deck and also create an event for students to attend to learn more information on the process in the South Great Room. One of the coolest things I did for this project was help my coworker create a design for a candy bar that we can give to students to remind them to pick their rooms. This was an interesting idea we came up with to market the room selection process in a way that students would enjoy.

Overall, this was a great learning experience and one I will remember when I think about my time spent as Millersville for years to come!

Helpful Tips To Help You Prep For Finals Week

It is that time of the year again, the dreadful finals week. All of the 15 weeks of non-stop hard work leads up to this defining moment. Finals week can be intimidating, but very manageable if you plan ahead. Taking the time to fully process finals week and everything that comes with it is very important and can make a huge difference to how things play out. Here are some tips to help you prep for finals week.

 

 

  1. Write down each of your final times in your planner

The finals week schedule comes out early each semester so you can plan ahead and know when your test time is for each class. If you write down the date and time, you can plan out how many days in advance you want to start studying and what time you should get up each day during finals. This is also helpful so you do not forget the time you are supposed to be at a certain exam.

2. Start studying ahead of time

Studying ahead of time can help you learn the topics better and alleviate some stress during finals week. Each student most likely has an exam in each class which can total out to about 5 exams, so making time to study for each one can be tricky. If we utilize the week before finals week to study, we can take extra time to make sure our studying is not rushed and that we have adequate time to study for each exam we have.

3. Plan out time to relax

Finals week is very stressful, so it is also a great idea to take time for yourself and give your brain a rest. If you need a break from studying try taking a walk outside, watching a movie or going to the gym to get your mind off of your exams or projects!

4. Pack up some of your items in your room a week before you move out

Finals week also signifies the end of the semester which means it is time to move out. Moving out can also be an added stress during this already stressful time. To avoid getting even more stressed, try to pack a majority of items in your room that you are not using ahead of time so you do not have to do it last minute. If you live in the residence hall you can find a schedule of the move out times and other information here.

5.  Study with friends

Studying in a group can sometimes be more effective than studying alone. This can be very beneficial because if someone knows some information better than you, they can help you piece together what you are not understanding. Also, you can use the other person for moral support to get to the library and put the appropriate time of studying in.

6. Attend office hours if you have questions or do not understand a topic

If  you are not understanding a topic or have a question, your professor is a great source. This is also a great way to show your professor you are serious about this class and you want to succeed and get a great grade on the final.

7. Stay well rested

Finals week can be very tiring, especially if you are staying up late to prepare for exams night after night. Each night you want to make sure you are getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. This is the recommended amount of sleep a person should get each night and it also gives you the right amount of energy you need  to get through the day.

8. Enjoy your last few days on campus

Whether you are graduating or returning next year, enjoy your last few days on campus! Over the summer you will not see this beautiful campus or a majority of your friends, so make sure you have some fun and make memories before you leave.

 

We hope everyone has a great finals week and may the odds be ever in your favor! Tweet us @VilleHousing if you have any finals tips to pass along.

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Residence Halls Spring 2019 Semester Closing and Check Out Bulletin

The residence halls will close at 7 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Residents are expected to move out of the residence halls and return room keys within 24 hours after their last exam.  Resident students who are graduating, are involved in graduation, or have a Saturday exam must speak with their Residential Area Director by 5 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 to obtain permission to remain in the halls until Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Everyone permitted to stay until Saturday must check out by 6 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Carefully review the following information 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 at all times, 24 hours a day, beginning at 9:00 PM Friday, May 3, 2019 and continuing through 6 PM Saturday, May 11, 2019.

RESIDENCE HALL OFFICE HOURS FOR CHECK-OUT:

All residents must properly check-out of the residence halls to avoid a $35 improper checkout charge.  Instructions for checking out of your room appear below.  Residence hall staff will be available at the main desk in the halls during the following hours to check-out residents and provide information:

Tuesday, May, 7th: 1 PM – 7 PM

Wednesday, May 8th: 9 AM – 7 PM

Thursday, May 9th: 9 AM – 7 PM

Friday,  May 10th: 9 AM – 7 PM (for all residents without permission to stay until Saturday)

Saturday, May 11th: 9 AM – 6 PM (all residents must be out by this time)

If you plan to leave before or after the extended office hours for check-out you must choose either the express checkout or arrange with your RA to perform your room check at a mutually agreed upon time.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES:

Prior to leaving for the summer break, all resident students MUST properly check out of their room.  Whether a student chooses to use the Express Check-out procedure or chooses to have a staff member accompany them to their room to check for additional damages, 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 of your residence hall
  • Clean the room including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture to remove dust and sticky residue
  • Clean the bathrooms. This would include cleaning the toilet, shower, sink and floor areas.
  • 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 (3rd and 4th slots from the bottom)

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 door

After completing the above checklist, students may finish check-out in one of two ways, Express Check-out or Check-out with a staff member.

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT:

Express check-out may be used at any time in lieu of checking out with a staff member.  It’s easy, it’s quick but there is a catch—by choosing the express check-out process students waive the right to dispute any charges for damages or failing to follow proper check-out procedures  outlined above.

To use the Express Check-out Procedure:

  • Proceed to the main desk of your residence hall where you will find express check-out envelopes next to a locked drop box.
  • Complete all information required on the front of the envelope
  • Sign where indicated
  • Place your room key inside the envelope (Shenks/Reighard include your parking pass) and seal it.
  • 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.

CHECK-OUT WITH A STAFF MEMBER:

To check out with a staff member, you must do so during the posted hours.  Proceed to the main desk of your residence hall to have a staff member accompany you to your room to complete the check-out process as follows:

  • You must accompany the staff member to your room where the staff member will inspect your room for any damages that occurred during your stay. The staff member will advise you if they make any documentation on your Room Condition Report.
  • Following the room inspection you will accompany the RA back to the main desk to sign and date your key return and RCR. The RA will accept your room key and verify that you have returned the proper room key.  The RA will sign your Room Condition Report.

SUMMER SCHOOL:

Registered Summer Session residents will be assigned to live in South Village “A” wing.  You must move out of your spring room assignment by the deadlines published above even if residing in South “A”.  There is no storage available. Please remove all belongings at spring closing and checkout.

For information regarding summer housing, please contact the Department of Housing & Residential Programs in Lombardo at (717) 871-4200 or see “Summer Housing” on the Housing webpage.  Housing is available during Summer Sessions 1, 2, & 3 only for residents registered for summer session classes.

BICYCLES

Remember to take your bicycle with you as you leave campus.  As of Sunday, May 12, 2019, all bicycles left in the residential areas will be donated to charity.

MAIL

The last day for mail delivery will be Friday, May 10, 2019.  Unclaimed mail may be returned to sender.  The mailroom cannot forward packages.

Donation Cart

Each residence hall will have a cart (or box) for items you may want to donate.  Donations will be used for local families and organizations in the area.    Donations should be gently used items.  Please do not place items damaged or soiled beyond use in the donation box/cart.

Have a Safe and Restful Summer Break!

Things To Do Before You Graduate From MU

For many of us on campus, graduation is coming up very quickly, 12 days and counting to be exact. It feels just like yesterday the school year was starting. I know I am starting to get nervous for graduation and everything that comes after it, meaning  ‘adulting’. Before we leave campus and start our way into the workforce, I think there are things each student who goes to Millersville should do in order to make their time on campus complete. As we came to MU for our first year, we thought we had a lot of time, but with classes and everything in between, time went by quicker than we expected. So, I created a list of things you might want to cross off your checklist if you are graduating in May.

 

  1. Place a penny on the Marauder Statue.

We have all heard the stories of placing a penny on the statue for good luck. Many of my friends do not believe it helps or does anything, but I actually place a penny on the statue before every finals week to give me the extra luck I need to ace my finals.

  1. Watch Miller and S’ville swim around in the pond on a beautiful day.

Miller and S’ville are our campus swans who inhabit the pond located by Dilworth and Wickersham. They are very interesting and many students like to watch them make their way around the pond. Just be sure to not ruffle their feathers!

  1. Get something to eat from the Marauder Express.

Many students are passionate about the food truck and it is starting back up again just in time to grab something if you have not yet. They have the campus favorite, ‘the Ville-a-nator’, which many students love and enjoy, so make sure to give it a try!

  1. Go to a sporting event with your friends.

Cheering on our Marauders is a great way to show school spirit and display your Marauder pride in your last couple days on campus.

  1. Spend some time exploring the city of Lancaster with your friends.

Lancaster is a very interesting city and was recently named ‘one of the coolest U.S. cities to visit in 2019’ by Forbes. So make sure you visit some of the trendy cafés and local businesses before you leave the area!

  1. Buy a coffee or other drink from Saxbys.

Saxbys is our campus café that attracts many students each day with their delicious bagels and coffee drinks. Make sure to visit to grab a cold brew or to just sit in their beautifully decorated café to listen to some great playlists!

  1. Play a game of frisbee or catch on the Quad.

The quad is the area located between the residence halls and Gordinier. It is the perfect area to hang out with friends on a sunny day or start up a game of catch.  You will often see students relaxing and playing music to get away from the stress of schoolwork. It is a must if you have some free time to spare!

  1. Take a walk through campus.

As a result of  many busy schedules and having classes in only certain academic buildings, chances are you have not been inside a lot of buildings or places on campus. Taking a walk through can show you some of the hidden study places you have been missing out on.

  1. Go to the dining hall and eat like you are trying to gain the freshman 15 just one more time.

Some of us have moved off campus and do not have a dining plan anymore, so we do not eat at the Upper Deck as often as we used to. It can be nice to go there one more time to eat a bunch of the foods you used to eat all the time as a freshman. You can also try to meet up with some of your old friends you would eat dinner with every night.

10 . Hangout with your friends from freshman year.

Sometimes because of schedules and living situations, we do not see our friends we made from freshman year as often as we would like. So in your last couple weeks on campus, try to contact them to see if they would like to meet up and reminisce about your first couple days or months on campus and the best memories you shared.

11. Pull an all-nighter with your roommate(s).

Sometimes schedules are crazy and you do not get to spend enough time with your friends or roommates. So in your last couple nights, try to stay up all night with them to spend that extra time with them because in a little bit you will not be seeing them everyday.

12. Buy a t-shirt or sweatshirt with your graduation class on it  or alumni items from the University Bookstore.

Buying a t-shirt with your graduation year on it is a great keepsake to have to look back on your time at college. Also, alumni items are great to wear around to show your Marauder Pride after you graduate! You can find Class of 2019 items and alumni merchandise here.

13. Take pictures in front of famous MU landmarks.

If you are graduating, chances are you are going to want to take  pictures to remember your time on campus. So, grab your friends and take pictures in front of the most recognizable places on campus or the places you spent the most time at. For example, I know I want to take pictures near the big Millersville University sign at the front of campus, the Biemesderfer Center and of course the pond. Here are some other great places to get pictures taken!

14. Look back at the all the hard work and courses you have taken during your time here.

Sometimes it is good to look back at all the assignments and projects you had to complete to get you to where you are. These assignments can show you how much you learned and the type of things you are capable of completing.

15. Thank the people who were with you for the last four/five/six years of your life.

However long it has taken you to get to this point, you are graduating and I am sure there were people in your life who have helped you get to this point. It is important to thank your friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and anyone else you may  have gotten advice or support from. This is a big moment and it is important to look back on how you got to this point and who supported you! You should be proud of yourself.

 

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