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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. 

Meet the Spring 2024 University Housing Marketing Intern- Abbey Rosenblatt

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Millersville University Residence Halls Spring 2024 Semester Closing and Check Out

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

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

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

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

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

QUIET HOURS FOR FINAL EXAMS

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

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES

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

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

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

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

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT

 To use the Express Check-out Procedure:

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

BICYCLES

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

MAIL

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

DONATIONS

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

SUMMER CLASSES

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

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

MOVE-IN FOR FALL 2024 REMINDER

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

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

2024 Annual Benchworks by Elentra Residential Student Survey

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

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

Satisfaction

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

Learning

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

Overall

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Overall Learning
  • Overall Program Effectiveness

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

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

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

Understanding Your Thermostat Settings

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

The Impact of Open Windows

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

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

Special Note on Lounge and Common Spaces

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

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

Questions for Housing Selection Process 2024-2025

Have questions about the Housing Selection Process for 2024-2025?

Stop into the University Housing and Conference Services Office in the Lombardo Welcome Center during any of these times to speak with Mr. Matthew Rutkoski.

  • Monday February 19th: 3- 4 pm
  • Tuesday February 20th: 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Wednesday February 21st: 2 – 3 pm
  • Friday February 23rd: 10 – 11 am
  • Monday February 26th: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Can’t make it during these times? Please email Mr. Rutkoski to schedule a different time.

Residence Hall Spring Break Bulletin 2024

Please review all the information below regarding Spring Break:

Spring Break for the residence halls will begin at 10pm on Friday, March 1, 2024, after night classes. All students planning to stay for Spring Break must register by completing the “Spring Break 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 5pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Students not staying for Spring Break can return to the halls starting at 12 noon on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

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 “Spring Break 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 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
· Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break. Guest visitation will start back up at 12noon on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
· All University Administrative Offices will be open during the break
· Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
· See Dining Services , Health Services, The Hub 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 Staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.

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

Have a wonderful and safe Spring Break!

Continue reading Residence Hall Spring Break Bulletin 2024

Wi-Fi Help for Residence Halls: Meet Our Apogee ResNet Tech

Are you a student who lives in the residence halls here at Millersville University and need help with Wi-Fi? If so, there are staff and resources here to help you. 

Will Williams is a CompTIA Network+ Certified Network Technician who works for Apogee, the company that provides the Wi-Fi service to the residence halls. He is responsible for maintaining the ResNet Wi-Fi service at Millersville University. We interviewed him about topics that students should know about the network in the residence hall and also to provide a little personal information about himself. 



Tell me a little about yourself?
I am a complete nerd. I love technology, finance, and video games. I am studying to become a Network Engineer.

How can students in the residence halls obtain help for internet-related issues they may be experiencing?
Support is available 24/7 for students. Call 833-548-7747 for support or go to millersville.apogee.us for more support options.

What advice do you have for students in the residence halls to stay successful with their tech in the halls?
If you have an iPhone or iPad, turn the “Private Wi-Fi Address” setting off. Instructions can be found online for how to turn off this setting or call us and we can help. This setting can cause connection issues if it’s not turned off.

What do you like most about Millersville University?
The students and staff here have all been very friendly and welcoming. I get the privilege to work alongside a university staff that takes a ton of ownership and wants what’s best for the university.


We’re glad to have Will here as a part of our Millersville University community and thank him for his dedication! Please make sure to give him a warm Marauder “Hello!” if he ever helps you with a service request. 

Sustainability in the Residence Halls

Sustainability within the confines of university residence halls can seem like a daunting challenge, especially for those just beginning their journey towards a more eco-conscious lifestyle. As a senior with years of campus living under my belt, I’ve navigated these waters and compiled a list of strategies that have not only made a positive impact on the environment but also enriched my college experience. This guide is designed to assist both incoming students and those already residing with us in embracing sustainability in their daily lives.

1. Embrace the Culture of Donation: Clothing clutter tends to accumulate in residence halls, leading to unnecessary waste. Before resorting to the trash bin, consider donating gently used items. Local charities such as Community Aid, Good Will, and the Water Street Mission are always in need of donations. By doing so, you not only declutter your space but also contribute to a circular economy, supporting those in need within your community.

2. Innovative Water Conservation: We’ve all let the shower run to warm up, watching precious water go down the drain. A simple yet effective solution is to catch this water in a bucket for later use. This water can hydrate your indoor plants, which leads to the next point: invest in greenery. Plants not only beautify your space and improve air quality but also serve as a daily reminder of our connection to the environment. Plus, tending to them can be a great stress reliever during exam periods.

3. Active Environmental Stewardship: Participate in or organize campus cleanup events. A leisurely stroll with the added purpose of picking up litter can significantly enhance the beauty and health of your campus environment. This small act of responsibility fosters a culture of respect for nature among the student body. Campus clean-ups include: Conestoga Outdoors Club.

4. Reduce Single-Use Plastic: The convenience of plastic water bottles is undeniable, but their environmental impact is severe. Opting for a reusable water bottle, complemented by a water filtration system like a Brita filter, not only reduces plastic waste but also saves money in the long run. This simple change in habit can lead to a significant reduction in the environmental footprint of our residence halls.

5. Energy Conservation: Mindful energy usage is crucial for sustainability. Making a habit of turning off lights and unplugging electronic devices when not in use can lead to substantial energy savings. This practice not only benefits the planet but also encourages a mindful lifestyle, reminding us of the impact our daily choices have on the world.

6. Expanding Your Sustainability Knowledge: Beyond these practical tips, educating oneself about environmental issues is fundamental. Engage with campus organizations focused on sustainability or environmental stewardship. These groups provide valuable opportunities for learning, activism, and connecting with like-minded individuals. They often host events, workshops, and campaigns that can broaden your understanding of global environmental challenges and how you can contribute to solutions. Examples include: Sustainability Club 

7. Reusing Items in Innovative Ways: Taking old t-shirts and cutting them to make rags for cleaning, so you can reduce the amount of paper towels you use in your residence halls. Or using glass containers that previously had food in them and making those pots for plants to grow. You can also use these as a container to hold makeup, brushes, and other household items. When we reuse items, it helps keep those items out of the landfills. It is also helps you save money, so you do not have to buy additional items!

In conclusion, embracing sustainability in the residence halls is not only about reducing our environmental impact; it’s also about cultivating a sense of community, responsibility, and personal growth. By integrating these practices into our daily lives, we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable future, both on campus and beyond. Let’s lead by example, inspiring others to join us in this vital cause.