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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. 

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.

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!

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.

Residence Hall Winter Break 2023-2024 Bulletin

1. Winter break housing will start at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The residence halls will be closed during winter break. Resident students who are continuing in the residence halls to spring 2024 may request break housing for all or portions of the winter break by completing the “Break_Winter_2023-23 Application”. There is no additional cost to stay over the break, but you must apply to be approved. All students that apply to stay are approved and you will receive and email confirmation once you have completed the application. The application will close at 4pm on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The residence halls will reopen for the spring semester at 12 noon on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

2. Students that are graduating or working graduation on Saturday, December 9 are permitted to stay, but must be checked out of the residence hall before 6pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023.  You must email your Residential Area Director (RAD) to receive permission to stay till 6pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The University Housing and Conference Services Office will confirm with the Registrar’s Office students who have requested to stay due to graduating. Once confirmed, you will receive additional check-out instructions from your RAD. You do not need to complete the Break Housing Application.

3. If you are requesting winter break housing and you have scheduled a room change for the spring semester, you must complete the room change before the start of the break. If the room change cannot be completed prior to leaving for the break, you may be asked to take all personal belongings home. This is to help the housekeeping staff clean and prepare for the spring semester. Please see your Residential Area Director (RAD) to make that arrangement. Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2024 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.

4. Students not returning or are thinking of not returning to Millersville University for the spring semester must contact their Residential Area Director (RAD) to receive instructions for checking-out of the residence halls. You will need to follow the instructions given to you by your hall director. Failure to properly check out will result in your being billed.

East Village –Yvonne DeBlois – yvonne.deblois@millersville.edu

Shenks Hall – Matthew Rutkoski – matthew.rutkoski@millersville.edu

South Village – Kei-shon Graham – kei-shon.graham@millersville.edu

West Village – Philip Watson – philip.watson@millersville.edu

TO COMPLETE THE WINTER BREAK APPLICATION:

  1. Log into your MAX Account
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Housing and Dining
  4. Select MyHousing
  5. In your MyHousing Account, go to the Applications tab on the left side and complete the “Break_Winter_2023-24Application”.
  6. Once you complete the application, you will receive an email stating that your application was completed.

GENERAL WINTER BREAK INFORMATION

  • 24-hour quiet hours go into effect at 9:00 PM on Friday, December 1, 2023, and continue through the end of the semester.
  • The residence halls will be closed during winter break except for returning residents who have requested and been approved for winter break housing by University Housing & Conference Services.
  • Card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the winter break. Only returning residents who have requested winter break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and visitation are not permitted during the break.
  • See Dining ServicesHealth ServicesSMC, and The Hub websites for hours of operation.
  • For non-urgent police and campus calls during holiday closing times dial (717) 871-4357. For fire, police, and EMS emergencies, always dial 911.
  • Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2024 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staff will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to resident rooms. The University Housing & Conference Services staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied during the winter break. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the winter break.
  • All students assigned to the residence hall for fall 2023 are automatically assigned to continue in the residence halls for spring 2024 unless you have filed an official withdrawal from the University, filed and been approval for an official leave of absence for spring 2024, filed for leave of absence due to call to active military service for spring 2024, filed or been approved for study abroad for spring 2024, or are a current study abroad visa international student not returning for the spring 2024 semester. All these circumstances require that you are not registered for classes at Millersville University for spring 2024.

WINTER BREAK PREPARATION PROCEDURES

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

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students returning for the spring and not registered for the winter break period MUST:

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

Congratulations to our December 2023 graduates!

Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Navigating Thanksgiving Break: Safety and Wellness Tips for College Students

As the semester winds down, college students eagerly anticipate the much-needed Thanksgiving break—a time to relax, recharge, and reconnect with family and friends. However, amidst the excitement of heading home, it’s crucial for students to prioritize their safety and wellbeing. In this blog post, we’ll explore essential safety and wellness tips tailored for those students living on campus.

  1. Travel Smart

Whether you’re flying, driving, or taking public transportation, planning your journey is key to a safe and stress-free trip. Check the weather forecast, ensure your vehicle is in good condition, and inform someone about your travel plans. If you’re flying, arrive at the airport early to avoid unnecessary stress. Utilize transportation services provided by a ride sharing service, local transit, or travel with friends when possible.

  1. Secure Your Living Space

If you’re leaving for the break period, take a few moments to secure your bedroom and suite. Ensure all doors and windows are locked. Please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding. Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.

Learn more about all closing procedures by reading the Residence Hall Thanksgiving Break Bulletin.

  1. Maintain Healthy Habits

Regardless of where you spend Thanksgiving break, prioritizing your well-being is crucial. The Thanksgiving break can be a time of indulgence, but it’s essential to maintain healthy habits. Get enough sleep, eat balanced meals, and stay hydrated. Consider packing healthy snacks for your journey home to avoid relying on convenience foods. Maintaining a balance between festive treats and nutritious choices will help you return to campus feeling refreshed. If you’re staying on campus, use this time for self-care. Take walks, try out new recipes, or engage in activities that bring you joy.

  1. Communicate Effectively

Keep your family, friends, and roommates informed about your plans. Provide them with your travel itinerary, including departure and arrival times. In case of any unexpected changes, make sure you have a reliable means of communication, such as a fully charged phone or a portable charger. Regular check-ins with loved ones can also provide peace of mind for everyone involved.

For those staying on campus, staying connected is essential. Reach out to friends, classmates, or neighbors who may also be in the area. Consider exploring nearby events or activities that foster a sense of community and connection. You can also attend the Fun Fest on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 2-6 p.m. in the Quad and South Village Great Room to foster connections and build a supportive community. Effective communication can be a bridge to forming meaningful relationships during the break.

  1. Be Mindful of Mental Health

Thanksgiving break can bring a mix of emotions, from excitement to stress or even homesickness. It’s important to be mindful of your mental health during this time. Take moments for self-reflection and relaxation. If you’re struggling, reach out to friends, family, or campus resources for support.

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

The break can be challenging for those facing difficult home situations or spending the break alone on campus. Be gentle with yourself and recognize the importance of your mental health. Seek out virtual support groups or online communities where you can share experiences and find understanding. Surround yourself with positive influences, even if they are virtual, to create a supportive environment during this time.

6. Manage Your Time Wisely

While Thanksgiving break is a time for relaxation, it’s also an opportunity to manage your time wisely. Set aside dedicated study periods to review class materials or work on upcoming assignments. Creating a study schedule can help you balance academic responsibilities with holiday festivities, ensuring a smoother transition back to campus life. Use this time to get ahead on coursework, reducing stress as the semester comes to a close.

Conclusion

Thanksgiving break is a well-deserved opportunity for college students to unwind. By following these safety and wellness tips, you can make the most of your break, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in creating a Thanksgiving break filled with joy, relaxation, and peace of mind.

Residence Hall Thanksgiving Break 2023 Bulletin

Thanksgiving Break will begin at 10pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, after night classes. All students planning to stay for Thanksgiving Break must register by completing the “Break_Thanksgiving_2023 Application” that is in your MyHousing Account. There is no additional cost to stay over the break, but you must apply to be approved. All students that apply to stay are approved and you will receive an email confirmation once you have completed the application. The application will close at 3pm on Monday, November 20, 2023. Students not staying for Thanksgiving Break can return to the halls starting at 12 noon on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

To complete the application, follow these instructions:

1.      Log into your MAX Account

2.      Select Student Services

3.      Select Housing & Dining

4.      Select MyHousing

5.      In your MyHousing Account, go to the Applications tab on the left side and complete the “Break_Thanksgiving_2023 Application.”

6.      Once you complete the application, you will receive an email stating that your application was completed.

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

Thanksgiving Break Housing Information:

  • All University Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023, and Friday, November 24, 2023.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break. Guest visitation will start back up at 12noon on Sunday, November 26, 2023.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services , Health ServicesThe Hub websites for hours of operation
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.

Thanksgiving Break Preparation Procedures:

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

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean your room/suite, including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, and showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 72 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway, but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break, please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you MUST take the animal with you. You MAY NOT leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

 Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!

Student Marketing Manager Paid Internship Opportunity

Exciting Undergraduate Student Internship Opportunity at Millersville University!

Are you a dynamic and creative Millersville University undergraduate student looking to gain valuable marketing experience? Do you want to work with a team that values professionalism, creativity, and innovation? Millersville University is thrilled to announce an incredible internship opportunity for a Student Marketing Manager within the University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) department. We are seeking student candidates in their senior year with majors in Business Administration, Business Analytics, English / Writing Studies, Interactive and Graphic Design, Management, and Marketing.

Position Overview: As a Student Marketing Manager intern, you will play a pivotal role in representing the UHCS department and engaging with students, families, visitors, and the wider MU community. You’ll be at the forefront of promoting departmental initiatives and events through various marketing channels, including the department’s blog, social media, and traditional media.

The UHCS blog serves as a vital educational resource for residents and their parents, addressing current topics related to housing, applications, and department-sponsored activities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and promote engaging content for the UHCS blog, social media platforms, and print materials.
  • Collaborate with various university stakeholders to boost the reach of departmental content.
  • Manage and monitor social media accounts, including Instagram.
  • Record and analyze metrics related to marketing strategies and departmental goals.
  • Conduct research on industry-related topics to identify student needs and trending subjects.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold ethical standards.
  • Develop audiovisual presentations and written materials for the department.
  • Attend training workshops and professional development opportunities, supported by the department.

Qualifications:

To be eligible for this internship, you must:

  • Be a full-time student at Millersville University.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.30.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Possess experience in social media, particularly Instagram.
  • Showcase strong writing, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Exhibit excellent research, organizational, and time management abilities.
  • Be flexible to work during university breaks.
  • Show a commitment to diversity.
  • Successfully complete background checks (Act 34, Act 114, and Act 151).

Preferred Skills:

While not mandatory, experience or familiarity with the following will be advantageous:

  • Blogging, particularly using the WordPress platform.
  • Understanding of SEO best practices.
  • Experience with digital publishing and generating traffic.

Benefits:

In return for your dedication and hard work, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Competitive hourly wage of $11.00.
  • Personalized mentorship from the Director of University Housing & Conference Services.
  • Opportunities to learn from and network with marketing professionals through professional development and training opportunities.
  • Paid professional membership to the American Marketing Association for one year.
  • The chance to build a portfolio of work for future employment.
  • Potential for continued paid student employment in this role if you remain enrolled as a Millersville University student, including full-time during the summer months.

This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring marketers to gain hands-on experience, work with an experienced team, and leave their mark on the Millersville University community.

If you’re ready to kickstart your marketing career and make a difference at Millersville University, apply today. Don’t miss the chance to enhance your skills, develop your professional network, and contribute to our vibrant campus community.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2023, by 4:30 p.m. 

You can apply through the Millersville University Handshake portal using your MU credentials. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott M. Helfrich.