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University Housing and Conference Services Staff Spotlight: Gabby Vaxmonsky

Millersville’s Department of University Housing and Conference Services is proud to showcase our staff and all of the incredible work they do to make the residence halls at Millersville safe and a great environment for students to live and learn in. This week’s staff spotlight pick is graduate assistant Gabby Vaxmonsky. Continue reading to learn more about Gabby, what she loves about being a graduate assistant in South Village, and her advice to students.

Q: What made you want to become a Graduate Assistant (GA)?

Gabby: I’m originally from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of PA so coming to grad school, I knew no one and I wanted a way to not only feel more connected to the University but also build stronger connections to fellow students. I felt becoming a GA would provide that opportunity and what better way than working with a team of students and professional staff members like that in Housing!

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of being a GA?

Gabby: By far the most rewarding part has been building connections and friendships with my fellow team members in South Village. Especially this past year, I think we have all been able to lean on and support each other through these challenging times. Building those connections and being able to learn and grow together has been both rewarding and also something I am extremely grateful for.

Q: How have you been handling everything caused by COVID-19?

Gabby: I have been leaning on my friends and family, but also my teammates in Housing. We are working in-person within the safety guidelines of COVID-19 so having others around that know what that is like can be beneficial if you need someone to talk too. I have also been remembering to be kind to myself and give myself/others grace when it comes to certain things. I keep myself accountable but also don’t beat myself up if I don’t get to something in a day. It is important to remember that we are all just doing the best we can with what we have.

Q: Do you have any tips for succeeding academically given the various changes?

Gabby: Most important is your mental health. If you aren’t taking care of that, and your basic needs, you won’t be able to be successful academically. Reach out early if you know you are starting to struggle and communicate that with your professors. They are more likely to be able to help if they know of concerns sooner rather than later. Also, even though the University is predominately virtual, there are still a wealth of academic and mental health resources available. As a plug for our amazing RA’s, they can connect you with any number of those resources.

Q: Why should students consider working as a Resident Assistant (RA) or GA in the residence halls?

Gabby: You will gain a rewarding experience and long-lasting relationships that will follow you into your career. Coming into Housing I wasn’t sure what to expect because it’s a new experience for me. I am constantly surprised with how much I learn with my GA that transfers over to my area of study, School Psychology. Additionally, you will gain and develop valuable skills that carry over into any career path, such as leadership, flexibility, responsibility, and time-management.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Spring 2021 Semester Closing and Check Out Bulletin

The residence halls will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 7, 2021. Residents are expected to move out of the residence halls and return room keys within 24 hours after their last exam.  Resident students who are graduating or are involved in graduation must speak with their Residential Area Director by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 to obtain permission to remain in the halls until Saturday, May 8, 2021.  Those given permission to stay until Saturday must check out by 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Students may move out prior to finals provided that you make arrangements with your Residential Area Director to turn in your keys.

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

QUIET HOURS FOR FINAL EXAMS:

Please keep your fellow students in mind as they prepare for exams.  Quiet hours will be maintained at all times, 24 hours a day, beginning at 9:00 PM Friday, April 30, 2021 and continuing through 6:00 PM Saturday, May 8, 2021.

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 of your residence hall.
  • Clean the room including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture to remove dust and sticky residue.
  • Clean the bathrooms. This would include cleaning the toilet, shower, sink and floor areas.
  • Return furniture to its original position (see schematics posted on the bulletin board of your hallway).
  • Un-bunk beds and make sure that the bed frame is at the proper height (3rd and 4th slots from the bottom).

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

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

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT:

This is the ONLY method of check out being offered this semester to provide a contact-less and quick check out process.

  • Proceed to the main desk/lobby of your residence hall where you will find express check-out envelopes on a table.
  • Complete all information required on the front of the envelope.
  • Sign where indicated.
  • Place your room key inside the envelope (Shenks/Reighard residents should include your parking pass), and seal it with the tape provided.
  • 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 located near the front desk.

BICYCLES:

Remember to take your bicycle with you as you leave campus.  As of Sunday, May 9, 2021, all bicycles left in the residential areas will be donated to charity.

MAIL:

The last day for mail delivery will be Friday, May 7, 2021.  Unclaimed mail and packages will be returned to sender.  The mailroom cannot forward packages to your home address so please plan accordingly.

SUMMER SESSIONS:

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

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

Best wishes for a restful and safe summer season!

Vaccinate the ‘Ville!

Who: Millersville University faculty, staff and students are invited.

What: College Day at Vaccinate Lancaster at the Park City Mall. There will be prizes, raffles and activities to thank our college students and staff for doing their part! The bus ride is free and the vaccination is free!

Where: Park City Mall

When: Friday, April 30

How: Millersville University will supply free transportation to the Vaccinate Lancaster site. Buses will leave the University from in front of the Student Memorial Center at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.

Sign up for the bus here –https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=lDfskvC4k03M3owqKK1G8IUuybbEh5Cu4LuY6uDTVNUMzZCVE9WUVJKSzc3NlIxMEM0UDlKN0FHMi4u

Why: To keep the ‘Ville COVID free!

Don’t forget to wear your Millersville University gear!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Annual Skyfactor Benchworks Residential Student Survey

Starting on Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services will have the annual Skyfactor Benchworks survey administered. All non-staff residential students (i.e., Reighard Hall, Shenks Halls, Villages) will be invited to take the survey through Friday, May 7, 2021. 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.

All students who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win $105 in gift cards for the University Store along with two pairs of exclusive Millersville University socks.

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.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Apply Today to Work as a Summer Conference Assistant!

Apply today to work as a Summer Conference Assistant!

Looking for a summer job and want a free room on-campus? Summer Conference Assistants (SCA’s) provide desk and operational support for University guests residing in the residence halls during the summer conferencing period. Learn more by viewing our application. The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2021. 

Visit https://www.millersville.edu/housing/student-info/student-employment.php to apply, or scan here:

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Fall 2021 Room Selection

It’s time for room selection! See below for important dates and information about the different types of room selection:

March 26th-April 11th: Roommate Selection

This is not an actual room selection. This is how you would request the people you would like to room with. After doing this, you will want to request a room during Open Room Selection.

April 6th-8th: Same Room Selection

Same Room Selection is for those students who currently live on campus and wish to live in the room they are currently in for next Fall. Remember, to participate in this room selection, you cannot request a roommate. A current suitemate group that wishes to again live together must each pick separately.

April 9th: Honors College Room Selection

This is room selection for Honors College students only.

April 12th: Shenks Room Selection

This is room selection for students who wish to live in Shenks Hall.

April 13th-30th: Open Room Selection

Open Room Selection is when you can select any room that is available. There are two types: Open Room Selection with Roommate Matching (for students who have already requested a roommate) and Open Room Selection without Roommate Matching (for students who did not request a roommate).

More information about room selection will be released in the coming days, so please continue to check your Millersville email and the Department blog (the site you’re on right now) for updates. Subscribe to our blog to receive email alerts when updates are shared so you’ll be the first to know about them!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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UPS Delivery Changes

On Monday, March 1st 2021, UPS will be changing their delivery pattern to the University’s central mailroom. Previously, UPS would make their main delivery to the mailroom at 8:30 AM, and the mailroom staff could deliver it to the residence halls by noon. Beginning on Monday, the University will not receive UPS deliveries until 11:00 AM. All UPS deliveries to the residence halls will be delayed until the next delivery day. Please keep in mind that any package tracking notice that you receive from UPS (or any other delivery service, such as USPS or DHL via Amazon or another merchant) may indicate that your package arrived to campus, but that simply means it was received at the University mailroom and not in the residence hall in which you reside. You will receive a notice from our QTrak mail system if and when a package is ready for you to pick up at your building’s front desk.

COVID Testing Notice for Residence Hall Students

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Notice for Residence Hall Students:

Recently Millersville University has seen a dramatic spike in positive COVID cases. Because of this and for our community’s health and safety, the University will be conducting mandatory COVID testing for all students residing in the residence halls. Students should anticipate being tested every two weeks until further notice. Millersville’s testing protocol is consistent with many other campuses across Pennsylvania and the nation.

Moving forward, you will receive an email giving you specific days/times when you can sign up for the testing. Please follow the instructions in the email.

If the days/times conflict with academic classes, an internship or work, please communicate that information to reportcovid@millersville.edu. If you were tested on campus in the past seven (7) days you are exempt until the following week. You are also exempt from testing if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks.

This testing is NOT for students with symptoms or if you are in quarantine or are isolating. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or had significant contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please contact MU Health Services at (717) 871-5250.

Please continue to view the University’s Coronavirus page for updates and check your student email account.

We appreciate your help and compliance with this process as we work to keep everyone in the residence halls healthy and safe.

Residence Hall Snow Removal: Parking and More

All Campus Residence Hall Villages Students and Staff with Vehicles Parked On Campus:

Millersville University is in the impact zone for the predicted snow storm from late tonight through Friday morning. 

Plans have been made for the orderly clearing/treating of parking lots and sidewalks/walkways on campus, including the residence hall lots. Please read the following and take advantage of the offer:

  1. Residence Hall Students with Residential parking permits (blue lined spaces) are invited to move vehicles from the residence hall parking lots to the parking garage at Cottage Avenue and Prince Street here on campus. This is up the Cottage Avenue hill from the Winter Center and next to the baseball field and Jefferson Building. Please do not confuse this with any parking structure in the city of Lancaster. This is right here on campus. Moving to this location provides a convenient covered space for your vehicle that will keep it free of snow and ice while the grounds crew works on clearing the residence hall lots and walkways.
  2. There is limited space in this garage structure so availability will be on a first-come-first-served basis. You must have a residential parking permit for campus. Please note that the bottom floor of the parking garage is reserved for MU vehicles. Additionally, there is no parking on the upper deck of the parking garage given there will be no snow removal from the top floor. Restrictions for the MU Prince Street parking garage will be lifted until 8:00 AM on Monday, February 22, 2021. You must move your car back to the residence hall parking lot by that day and time.
  3. This offer does not include the parking garage near the football stadium. That parking garage is not open for residence hall vehicle relocation at this time so please do not park there.
  4. Vehicles parked parallel to sidewalks/walkways or with front or back end of vehicle over the line of a sidewalk/walkway must move so that the vehicle does not protrude over or rest directly on or too close to the sidewalk/walkway. Vehicles parked in a manner that impinges the sidewalk/walkway obstruct snow removal equipment operation and the ability to adequately clear the sidewalks.  To avoid possible vehicle damage and assure your vehicle does not impede snow removal please be certain it is not parked in a manner that impinges the sidewalks/walkways.

This will assist the Facilities and Grounds crews to clear the lots and you won’t need to shovel your vehicle out since the Prince Street parking deck is covered.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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COVID Testing and Housing Move-In Directions & Parking

Scheduled COVID testing and corresponding residence hall check-in will occur on Monday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 7:30 – 11a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. There will be a strict adherence to this schedule in order to manage the flow of students arriving on campus, so late arrivals cannot be accommodated. If you have not already, please review the procedures for the Spring 2021 Move-In: Testing & Process. You must schedule a time for Monday or Tuesday.

Health Services Testing Location & Parking

  • Make your way to Millersville University coming on North George Street and turn left onto East Frederick street at the stop light.
  • Travel 260 feet, and then turn left onto Highschool Avenue.
  • Susan P. Luek Hall and its parking lot are located on the right.
  • Enter for testing from the rear entrance.
  • Handicapped accessible entrance is located on the opposite side of the building by the front parking lot.
  • Family should wait in the vehicle while the student enters for testing or to show verification of a previous result.

Result Wait Lot

  • After being tested, the student should return to the vehicle and travel to the Result Wait Lot, which is the Creek Drive parking lot.
  • From Luek Hall, take a right onto Pucillo Drive and continue through campus past the academic buildings and down a large hill to Creek Drive.
  • Turn right onto Creek Drive and another right at the next stop sign (Creek Drive).
  • The Creek Drive parking lot is on the right where you should park and wait until you receive your result on the NAVICA app.

Residence Hall Move-In

  • Those with a negative result can make their way to their prospective residence hall to check in. You will need to show your negative result in order to be able to receive your keys.
  • Family should remain with the vehicle until the student returns with their keys to move in.
  • Those who may have a positive result will be called by Health Services and be given further instructions at that time.

Late Arrivals

To reiterate, there will be a strict adherence to this schedule in order to manage the flow of students arriving on campus, so late arrivals cannot be accommodated.