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Save Energy and Participate in Ville Unplugged!

Ville Unplugged is an energy conservation campaign that runs each year here at Millersville in the Spring. This year, the campaign will run from March 25th to April 14th. The purpose of this campus-wide campaign is to reduce campus energy levels in order to become a more sustainable campus. If we all try to reduce our individual energy used through simple acts, we can save our campus energy and in turn help the environment.

Faculty, Staff and Students are encouraged to participate in this years Ville Unplugged. If you click on the link here, you can check in on the amount of energy your Residence hall is using or conserving based on other days in the week once the event starts. There is also a graphic of the amount of energy the classroom buildings are using compared to one another. If we all make small changes to our energy consumption we can save our campus a great amount of energy. Here are some ways you can help to reduce your residence hall’s energy consumption!

 

  1. Shut off the lights when you leave a room, office or classroom.

Often times we forget to turn off lights when we leave a room which can waste energy. Whether you are in your residence hall, library, classroom or anywhere else on campus make sure to hit the light switch on your way out!

  1. Open your blinds and use natural light instead of lighting fixtures.

Natural light can increase your mood and save energy. If you are in your room during the day, opt to use natural light instead of turning on your lights or lamp in your room.

  1. Unplug chargers or chords that are not in use.

If you are not using something you have plugged in, make sure to unplug it to save energy. Sometimes we forget to unplug our charger after we remove it from our phone, but this can waste a great amount of energy.

4.  When doing laundry, wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm.

By opting to use cold water, you will save extra energy because the water will not need to be warmed up.

5. Do not leave the water running while you brush your teeth.

Brushing our teeth is a daily task we participate in. By taking the time to turn the faucet off while we brush, we can save our residence hall energy. Also, if you use cold water instead of warm it can also save more energy!

By altering simple tasks we complete each day we can save energy and make a difference in our environment. We hope you will implement some of these tips and watch to see what building will use the least amount of energy. If you have any other energy saving tips tweet them at us! Our user name is @VilleHousing  .

Open Room Selection Begins On March 19th!

Make sure to secure your suite for next school year! Open room selection begins on Tuesday March19th and will be open until March 29th. This selection will be available for the Fall 2019 Spring 2020 school year.

To secure your suite, log onto your MAX account and select Student Services. Once you are in the Student Services tab, click Housing and Dining and then select My Housing. This will take you to the housing portal where you can then select from the open rooms available!

If you need help or want to see an example of what the portal and steps will look like, you can find the room selection guide on our housing webpage by clicking here!

Happy Room Hunting Marauders!

 

Activities To Get You Excited For The Spring Season

This winter has been very dark, cold and has been filled with snow. Spring is right around the corner, but some of us can’t see the end of winter in sight. Winter weather can make us tired and feel gloomy, but it is time to wake up and smell the roses. Spring is a time of happiness and bright colors which can make us happier and in a better mood. As we wait  for warmer weather and the happiness of the season, I have compiled a list of things you can do to prepare for spring and to get out of the winter blues mindset.

 

  1. Buy a bouquet of flowers and put them in a vase in your room.

Adding a fresh bouquet of flowers can increase your mood because of how bright and beautiful the flowers are. It can also be nice to take care of the flowers. If flowers are not your thing, try buying a succulent!

2. Add some new decor to your room that is brightly colored.

Incorporating some news posters or decor that is brightly colored into your room can get you in the spring mood. Seeing the bright colors can remind you of the colors and warm weather of spring.

3. Write a list of fun things you and your friends can do in the spring weather.

Making plans and thinking of fun things to do once the weather gets warm can make you excited for the start of spring. Maybe plan a hiking trip or go to a baseball game!

4. Exercise or take a walk outside once the weather starts to get a little bit nicer.

Taking a walk outside is great exercise and can help to clear your mind if you are stressed out. Once it gets a bit warmer it will also be nice to go outside and get some sun exposure.

5. Schedule yourself time in your busy schedule to take part in some spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning can be very good to get rid of germs and tidy up your room. It can also be very beneficial to take some heavy sweaters out of your wardrobe and add in your lighter spring sweaters and items of clothing.

6. Treat yourself to a new spring outfit from your favorite store.

Since the weather is going to get warmer and nicer, you may need a new t-shirt or dress in your wardrobe. That means it is time to treat yourself for all of the hard work you have been doing!

 

All of these small activities can change your mindset and make you ready for the warm spring air. So, take the time to get rid of those winter blues and engage in cheery activities to welcome the spring season! Let us know if you have any other ideas that help you get into the spring spirit. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more posts, our username is @VilleHousing !

 

Millersville University Residence Hall Spring Break 2019 Bulletin

The spring break will start after classes on Friday, March 8, 2019.  The residence halls will be available for occupancy during the spring break, but resident students must register intention to stay on campus during the spring break no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 6, 2019.  This registration is for spring break only. 

Follow these instructions:

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

The Residence Hall Staff will conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the spring 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.

Spring Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during the break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will be open during the break.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services websites for hours of operation.
  • Students are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staff may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.  The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied.  This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking.  Please leave it in place for the duration of the break.

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

Saxbys Event!

On Wednesday February 20th, Housing and Residential Programs will be hosting an event with Saxbys from 11am to 1pm right outside of Saxbys. Housing will be offering free coffee and hot chocolate while supplies last to the students who would like to find out more about their on-campus housing options for Fall 2019- Spring 2020. This event will give students more information on the residence halls and a chance to meet other students who are interested in living on-campus next year as well.

Housing will provide information on the types of suites available and the dates that selection will be taking place. Make sure to stop by and get some information and your caffeine or sugar fix for the day on us!

Housing Selection Process for On-Campus and Affiliate Housing: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Please follow these steps to ensure that you have your student housing secured for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

To Continue to Live On-Campus for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Steps to follow:

  1. Secure your on-campus housing by paying your $200 non-refundable housing deposit on your MAX account
  2. March 1 – 4, 2019: Match with your roommates. (Make sure it is mutual)
    • If you plan on living in the same room with the same roommates DO NOT match
  3. Select your room (Dates below)

You can select your room through your MAX account. Make sure you select your room according to the following schedule:

  • Shenks Hall Only: Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Please note that Shenks fills up very fast.
  • Same Room Selection: March 6th – March 10, 2019. DO NOT match with roommates if you are already living with them and want the same room.
  • Open Room Selection: March 19 – March 29, 2019

Remember the University’s Housing Residency Requirement:

All full-time undergraduate students with less than 60- credit hours earned are required to live on campus. On campus is defined as residing in one of the following residence halls: East Village, Reighard Hall, Shenks Hall, South Village, or West Village. Students interested in living off-campus must have completed at least 60 credits before they can move off-campus.

Students who have not yet completed 60-credit hours but have completed at least 30-credit hours can live in our affiliate housing. Affiliate housing is defined as any housing managed by Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI), which includes Brookwood, College View, Wellness, and other properties owned by SLI.

To Live in Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI) Affiliate Housing

Steps to follow:

  1. Submit an off-campus request to HARP through MAX. See the instructions below.
  2. If approved, you will receive a waiver from HARP emailed with a specific waiver number. At that point, you may apply with SLI at their office. You must provide your printed waiver to the SLI office staff.
  3. Complete your application and payment with SLI. All students planning to live in an apartment together must have approved waivers before the SLI application will be accepted.

*Note: Affiliate housing waivers are limited and are based on a first come, first served basis provided that space is available.

HARP Off-Campus Request

  1. Log into your MAX account.
  2. Select Student Services. Then select Housing and Dining
  3. You will then choose Off Campus Housing Request for the Fall 2019 term.
  4. Provide all the required information and choose your off-campus option (Off-Campus / Student Lodging or Commuting).
  5.  Select I agree to the terms and your request will be submitted for Fall 2019.
  6. You will be notified regarding your waiver request.

If approved for SLI , you will receive two emails. One as an approval from MAX and one with the actual waiver number listed. You then must take this printed waiver to SLI as part of the application process.

 

Candy Land Event Rescheduled

The Candy Land Event is back on! Due to the inclement weather, we had to cancel the Candy Land Event that was scheduled for January 31st , but we have found a new date to hold the event.

On Monday February 11th starting at 6 pm in the South Great Room, Housing and Residential Programs will be hosting an event to highlight the housing selection process and the different room types available. The theme for the housing selection process this year is candy and sweets. Our big event this year will follow the theme and will be a life-size game of “Candy Land” for students to learn more information on the housing selection process and have fun with their friends at the same time.

By following the game path along the way, students will be able to learn more about the different housing room types we offer as well as buildings. There will also be information about when students can select their room for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. Students who come to the event and participate will also be able to enter to win different prizes including an early selection time. So if you want information or want to have some fun, come on down and play Candy Land!

How To Start Off the Semester Strong and Follow-Through

The spring semester is here Marauders! That means it’s time to get serious and focus. Many of us always say things in the beginning of the semester like, “I’m going to really do well this semester” or “ This is the semester I get a good GPA” , but many of us end up getting burnt-out and quit. It is the honest truth, but I think it is time we stop lying to ourselves and start really trying our best. To help us get that GPA we want or the encouragement to keep going, I made a list of tips on how to start the semester off on a good note and follow through with our goals. I hope everyone has a good semester and excels in their classes!

 

  1. Write down test dates and project deadlines as soon as you get your syllabus

Using a planner to write down important test dates and projects can help you to stay on track in your classes. Writing down important dates can also help to remind you of all the different deadlines you have for each of your classes so you never miss an assignment.

2. Sit near the front of the room in your classes

This may sound weird to you, but sitting in the front of class can help you stay focused and let the teacher know you are serious about the class. This may also give you less temptation to go on your phone or browse on your laptop while the professor is teaching. This is also a way for professor to get to know your name easier.

3. Meet people in your classes so you can all study together or discuss the material and deadlines

Having someone you know in your classes can make them better and make you feel more comfortable. I like to know at least one person in each of my classes that way if I am confused about a deadline or an assignment I can ask them for their help or advice.

4. Study or read your textbook a little each day

Reading your textbook a little each day will give you an insight into what you will be learning this semester and can give you a chance to ask your professor intelligent questions about material. Also, when test time comes around it will make recalling the information easier.

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5. Ask your professor any questions you have or attend office hours

Attending office hours gives you a chance to personally introduce yourself to your professor and gives you a chance to ask them questions you may have forgotten to ask in class. During this time, you can also get help with the material that was taught in class.

6. Find your go- to study space

Each semester I like to find a new space to study for my classes. Having a space where you feel comfortable and focused can help you study better and help you do better in your classes. Some of the best places to study are the study rooms in the library, the quiet floors of the library or the area behind Starbucks.

7. Schedule “me time” every week as a treat to yourself

Give yourself a nice break after a long week of hard work. Treating yourself by doing something you love can make you feel better and make you appreciate all of the time and work your are putting into your life and studies.

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If you have any more useful tips make sure to tweet them and tag us! Our username is @VilleHousing !

 

Candy Land Event

On Thursday January 31st in the South Great Room , Housing and Residential Programs will be hosting an event to highlight the housing selection process and the different room types available. The theme for the housing selection process this year is candy and sweets. Our big event this year will follow the theme and will be a life-size game of “Candy Land” for students to learn more information on the housing selection process and have fun with their friends at the same time.

By following the game path and playing mini games along the way, students will be able to learn more about the different housing room types we offer as well as buildings. There will also be information about when students can select their room for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. Students who come to the event and participate will also be able to enter to win different prizes including an early selection time. So if you want information or want to have some fun, come on down and play Candy Land!

Residence Halls Open Early on Saturday @ 12:00 PM Due to Weather

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs in discussion with Dining, Facilities, and MUPD has decided to permit students to return on Saturday, January 19, 2019 starting at 12:00 PM due to the impending weather. Students may also return on Sunday or Monday, but due to those families traveling from afar, we are extending this courtesy to Saturday. Meal plans will not be active until brunch on Sunday, but students may use Flex, cash, Marauder Gold, and credit cards to pay to eat in the Upper Deck on Saturday. Please plan accordingly if you do come back early.

We kindly ask that students who return on Saturday to park in the student parking deck (West Cottage Avenue and N. Prince Street) after unloading your belongings in order to make ice and snow removal easier for our grounds crew.

We want all of our Marauders to be safe so please use caution if you intend to travel on Saturday. We encourage you to wait until Sunday or Monday if at all possible.