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Residence Hall Housing Deposit Process Open for Fall 2019-Spring 2020

The On-Campus Housing Deposit process for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 is now open for returning students. Submitting your housing deposit is the first step to securing your housing for the upcoming school year. The $200 non-refundable, housing deposit will applied to your account for the Spring 2020 semester.

You can pay your housing deposit through your MAX account. It is on the first page of options when you log into your MAX account and is the second-to-last choice on the page labeled “Housing Deposit.”  Clicking on the link will take you to the page to make the payment.

The housing deposit screen will show “Spring 2020” because the $200 deposit is being applied to your spring semester bill. This deposit will reserve your room for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. Making this payment makes you eligible for the room selection process, which will occur early in the Spring 2019 semester. Please note that paying the deposit does not guarantee your same room, suite, or building.

Further details regarding room selection and corresponding dates will be available soon. Good luck on your finals and projects Marauders!

Avoid the “Winter Blues”

Since it is Winter, there are less hours of sunlight  in the day and most of the time it is gloomy outside. During this time, it is common for many people to  suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the cold and darker months of the year, mainly fall and winter. This disorder makes people feel moody and it takes away their energy levels.

Here at Millersville you do not need to brush off that yearly feeling as simply as a case of the “winter blues”. This feeling is very common, so the Counseling Center offers relief to those experiencing this during the winter months. The Counseling Center , located in Lyle Hall,  have launched Light Box Therapy which has been available since October and will be available until March.

Light Box Therapy involves sitting down in front of light boxes. During this time , students can sit there and relax or they can complete their work while in front of the light. The light that is projected mimics sunlight which can lift your mood. The science behind it is that when you are in the presence of the light there is a chemical change in your brain and more levels of serotonin are produced. Serotonin is a brain chemical that affects your mood. 

Light Box Therapy sessions may be scheduled on Mondays through Fridays  from 8 am to 11:30 am. The Counseling Center has found the best results when students make an appointment in the morning. Completing a session in the morning helps to create better regulation of the body’s sleep cycles. So if you have 20-30 mins in the day , why not try out Light Box Therapy to increase your mood.

Information was provided by Erin Haggard, the Graduate Assistant at the Center for Counseling and Human Developemnt here at Millersville University.

To make an appointment or get more information you can go to the Counseling Center’s website or call them.

Cover photo courtesy of Canva.

Millersville University Residence Hall Thanksgiving Break 2018 Bulletin

The Thanksgiving break will start at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 21, 2018. The residence halls will be available for occupancy during the Thanksgiving break, but resident students must register intention to stay on campus during the Thanksgiving break (this includes leaving late and returning early) between 4:00 p.m. Thursday November 1, 2018, and no later than 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 19, 2018.  This registration is for Thanksgiving break only.  You must register subsequent breaks separately as the portal becomes available for each break period.

Follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results please use Google Chrome, or Firefox. Do not use Internet Explorer.)
  2. Log into your “MyHousing” account
  3. Select Application from the menu in black and then choose “Break Housing 2018” on the drop down menu.
    1. You may get a message that says “Records indicate that you submitted this application on (date) at (time), What would you like to do with this application?”
    2. From the drop down menu select “Revisit/Update This Application” and press submit.
    3. Select “Thanksgiving Break.”
  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

Remember, you must register for break housing even if you are just leaving late at closing, or returning early before opening.

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:

  • The residence halls will be operational during Thanksgiving break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday November 22nd and Friday November 23, 2018.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see you hall front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services websites for hours of operation.
  • SMC Desk will be closed from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st until Noon Friday November 23, 2018
  • Non-urgent police and campus calls dial (717) 871-4357.  Emergencies dial 911.
  • 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.  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.

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 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.

Photo courtesy of:

https://www.freeimages.com/photographer/petit_roux-49036

World Kindness Day

November 13th, is World Kindness day! This is a day celebrated annually on November 13th and promotes making the world a better place by spreading kindness and participating in good deeds. On this great day, people are encouraged to participate in spreading love and kindness . Celebrate with these fun and easy random acts of kindness!

Picture source: https://www.ftd.com/blog/celebrate/kindness-quotes

  1. Compliment your friends or random people.

Tell someone you like their outfit, or they have a great smile or tell them they are smart and ambitious. Being complimented is one of the best feelings in the world and can make someone happy for the whole day.

2. Say good morning to people you see on your walk to class.

This is a friendly and easy way to make a stranger’s day.

3. Pay it forward at Saxby’s or Starbucks.

If you haven’t heard of this concept, it occurs when you pay for the person’s item or coffee behind you. It is a sweet little surprise.

4. Write a handwritten note to your friend or favorite professor.

This shows the person that they are appreciated and doing a good job or being a great person.

5. Say thank you to someone you appreciate.

Saying thank you is a kind and sweet way to show someone that you care for them and recognize how they impact your life.

6. Make someone smile.

Smiling is contagious and can make someone feel happy. This can happen by telling a joke, a story or just by talking to them.

7. Send an uplifting text to a friend or family member.

This is a great way to make someone’s day who you cannot see everyday. I like to send my best friend from home a small little text each day to inspire her to keep going and to show her my appreciation of her!

Let’s make kindness here at Millersville the norm. Being kind to those around you will create a fun and friendly environment. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Fall Hall Events

Millersville Housing & Residential Programs love to show their fall spirit. With Halloween right around the corner, we are right in the center of the fall season. With fall comes along pumpkins and Halloween festivities. Within our residence halls, students have been celebrating the season by attending events held by our Resident Assistants , better known as RAs.

RAs try to create programs to help students celebrate the season and also have fun while doing so. One of the events that was held to aid in doing so was the Pumpkin Painting Party that took place in West Village A , but was also open to the whole West Village. During this event , residents were able to come out with their friends to paint a pumpkin which they could display outside of their door for decoration. This residence hall is having a door decoration contest, so many students were eager to create a great pumpkin to add to their door display. A pumpkin painting party was a perfect event for students to talk and meet other students as well as to get into the holiday spirit.

One resident , Allie, said,  “It’s relaxing.”

Pashence said , ” This activity brought out my Halloween spirit! It’s the season to paint pumpkins.”

Other great events have been held in other halls as well. If you live in the residence halls and want to gear up for the spookiest day of the year, see if your RA has any event flyers posted on your floor or you can ask them if any events are going on.

Many of the residence halls are having a door decoration contest, so make sure to decorate your door for a chance to win a prize. Also if you live in East Village B, there will be a Halloween Party on October 28th at 7pm , be sure to check it out because there will be food, music and plenty of fun. In South Village, there will be Halloween crafts on October 30th and a scary movie night and costume party on November 3rd, so make sure to check out these activities as well.

Millersville University Residence Hall Fall Break 2018 Bulletin

The fall break will start after classes on Friday, October 5, 2018.  The residence halls will be available for occupancy during the fall break, but resident students must register intention to stay on campus during the fall break no later than 7:00 p.m. on Thursday October 4, 2018.  This registration is for fall break only.  You must register subsequent breaks separately as the portal becomes available for each break period.

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 “Break Housing Fall 2018” on the drop down menu.
  4. Complete the required information. Choose “Fall Break” for this break period.
  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.

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

Fall Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during fall break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will be open per normal hours during the fall break on Monday and Tuesday.
  • 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 web sites 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.  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.

Fall 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.

Residential Student Mail and Package Information

If you are a student living on campus, it is important that your mail is addressed correctly so you receive your letters and packages in a timely manner. To prevent misdelivery of your mail, you will need to have the correct room number and correct building wing letter. Do not add the letter assigned to your bedroom on your mailing address.  The local USPS office’s computer system cannot account for the extra letter on the address. Shenks Hall and Reighard Hall do not have wing letters. The letter “T” before the room number denotes the terrace level of the Villages, which is the lowest floor. Please note that the first and second floor pods in East and West are denoted with the “C” wing letter. Students living in the pods can pick up their mail in the lobby in which their wing is attached to.

Please have your mail addressed in the following manner:

Your Name
Millersville University (Optional)
Room #, Building Wing Letter (if applicable), Building Name
Millersville, PA 17551

Examples:

Barry Allen                                    
Millersville University             
307 B South Village Suites   
Millersville, PA 17551

Harley Quinn
Millersville University
T103 A East Village Suites
Millersville, PA 17551

Wally West                                   
Millersville University             
240 Shenks Hall                      
Millersville, PA 17551

Selina Kyle
Millersville University
100 C  West Village Suites
Millersville, PA 17551

Please understand that there are ceremonial names placed on the Villages facing the quad, which represent the names of previous residence halls named after historical university faculty and administrators (e.g., Gilbert, Hull, Landes, Hobbs, etc.) However, these names are not yet being used in an official capacity so please do not utilize them as part of your mailing address.

Common mistakes that result in misdelivery or non-delivery of mail include the following:

  • No name listed
  • Parent / guardian name as the recipient and not the student
  • No residence hall listed
  • Use of street numbers or street names that are not accurate
  • Use of addresses not approved the USPS
  • Any other campus address that is not in the format listed above

All mail and packages are initially delivered directly to the university mailroom and then to the residence halls. Please allow time for both the university mailroom and the Housing & Residential staff to sort and process your mail. Even though you may see online tracking illustrating that your package has been delivered via USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL, it may not have been sorted by the mailroom yet. Please understand that the mailroom personnel sort and manage thousands of packages for the University weekly so we appreciate your patience.

If you should ever have any questions about your mail or the process, please meet with your prospective Residential Area Director or Graduate Assistant during their office hours to seek help.

Fall 2018 Housing Move-In Dates & Information

The Fall 2018 semester is fast approaching so we want you to be prepared for moving into the residence halls on campus. Below are the dates and times that you may move onto campus based upon your specific residence hall assignment and whether you are a new, returning, or transfer student.

These times are specifically created to mediate the flow of traffic and congestion in and around the residence halls due to sheer volume of everyone coming to campus. So we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this schedule. We look forward to having you here at the ‘Ville!

Please feel free to call our office at (717) 871-4200 if you should have any questions or need further clarification.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – NEW STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 am – 9:00 am                Terrace and First Floors

9:00 am – 10:00 am              2nd Floor

10:00 am – 11:00 am           3rd  Floor

11:00 am – 12:00 pm           Trailers

South Village

11 am – 12 pm                       Terrace and First Floors

12 pm – 1:00 pm                    2nd Floor

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                3rd Floor

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                4th Floor

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                Trailers

Reighard and Shenks Halls

9:00 am – 12:00 noon            2nd and 3rd Floors

12:00 noon – 3:00 pm            1st Floor

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – TRANSFERS AND RETURNERS

East and West Villages: 8 am – 12 noon

South Villages: 12 noon – 4 pm

Reighard and Shenks: 12 noon – 4 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018 – RETURNING STUDENTS

East and West Villages: 8 am – 12 noon

South Villages: 12 noon – 4 pm

Reighard and Shenks: 12 noon – 4 pm

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 calendar dates.***

Route & Parking Maps

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

Black Route – Reighard, Shenks, and West Village

Blue Route – Lehigh (formerly Gilbert Hall)

Green Route – East and South Village

Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls. Click HERE to find out more.

Early Move-In Requests

Students requesting permission to move in earlier than their regularly scheduled move-in date will be billed accordingly per day prorated for their specific room type for each day that they move in earlier. Students will NOT be permitted to move in earlier than 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 19th due to summer camp and conference occupancy and the need for the custodial team to clean all of the rooms.

Specific arrangements need to be made with your Residential Area Director (RAD) prior to being permitted to move in early:

East Village – Mike Davis

Reighard & Shenks Halls – Matt Rutkoski

South Village – Becka Yerger

West Village – Julia Collett

Fall 2018 Housing Move-In “Movers & Shakers” Volunteers Needed

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is looking for returning students, staff, faculty, and alumni to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to also help with our transfer student move-in on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls.

Student Movers & Shakers will be required to attend a short instructional meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM in the Great Room of South Village.

Benefits of being a volunteer “Mover & Shaker” includes the following responsibilities and benefits:

  • Volunteers can move in early on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 between 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
  • A free limited edition t-shirt to identify yourself as a “Mover & Shaker”
  • Free continental breakfast served on Thursday and Saturday mornings
  • Free lunch served on Thursday afternoon
  • Students who help on both Thursday and Saturday will receive a special Millersville University promotional item (last year we gave out messenger bags)
  • The opportunity to be a servant leader and welcome new students and their families to Millersville University!

*** Students: Please note that if you sign up, move into the residence halls early as a Mover & Shaker, and do not participate as promised, you will be billed accordingly for the early move-in period as well as the cost of the t-shirt. 

If you would like to help, please visit the following page to sign-up:

https://bit.ly/2K6G3aH

This is an exciting opportunity as it brings our University community together to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We hope you’ll be a part of this great tradition!

 

HARP Staff Proudly Participates in 2018 Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI)

2018 MACUHO / NEACUHO RELI

Dr. Scott M. Helfrich and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger participated in the 2018 Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI) at Penn State Harrisburg as offered by the Mid-Atlantic College & University Housing Officers (MACUHO) and Northeast College & University Housing Officers (NEACUHO) professional organizations. Dr. Helfrich served as a faculty member, and Rebekah was a first-time participant.

The Regional Entry Level Institute is an intensive professional development seminar featuring a range of activities for entry-level professionals who aspire to mid-level positions in residence life and beyond. To ensure the intended learning environment, only 28 RELI participants are accepted each year. Participants will be placed into small groups and assigned a faculty member who will provide individual advice, support and suggestions for future professional growth.

This year’s competencies were based on the Association of College & University Housing Officers -International (ACUHO-I) Body of Knowledge:

  • Crisis Management
  •  Evaluation & Planning
  • Facilities Management
  • Fiscal Resources & Control
  • Human Resources
  • Occupancy & Operations
  • Resident Education & Student Behavior
  • Additional mini-sessions were presented on Professional Development, Ancillary Partnerships, and Campus Politics

Dr. Helfrich presented on Facilities Management and was able to share lessons learned from his experience with housing facilities operations at four different universities, including his time here at Millersville University. He also shared his knowledge on student housing public-private partnerships (P3) given he is known as a thought-leader in the industry on this topic.  Millersville University’s suite-style housing exists due to a public-private partnership between the University and Student Service, Inc. (SSI).

Rebekah enjoyed her time as a participant as she was able to expand her knowledge about the housing and residence life professional while interacting with colleagues from around the region:

“At RELI, I really learned a lot about different core competencies that housing and residence life professionals use all over the world. The best thing about this conference was the opportunity to network in a small setting. Now I have the confidence to attend larger conferences and not feel as if I don’t know anyone. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of professionals that work at differing institutions like NYU, UConn, Berkelee College of Music, and so many others. After this conference, I plan on focusing my attention on staff team dynamics and how to best set up my RAs for success, both academically and within HARP.”