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Housing & Residential Programs Celebrates Student Staff Success

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) celebrated student staff success during the annual HARP banquet. We are very proud to announce the winners of the various accolades our department awards to outstanding service to the department, the University, and our students.

Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Award

Madison J. Feeman

Associate Director Rita Miller and Madison J. Feeman

The Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship was seeded in 1988, by Drs. George and Helen Stine as a tribute to the memory of Dr. George Stine’s parents.  Dr. Clyde Stine was a member of the Millersville University Administrative Faculty for many years.  He provided administrative oversight for the residence hall program as the Dean of Men.

Dr. George Stine, Professor of Sociology, and a founding member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retired in 2003, after a distinguished 37 years at Millersville University.  Dr. Helen Stine retired in 2003, after many years as a Reading Specialist serving the School District of Lancaster.

It is our honor to be one of very few Student Affairs Departments recognized with an endowed scholarship.  Drs. George and Helen Stine chose to recognize a Resident Assistant because Dr. Clyde Stine viewed the residence halls as an important experience in the life of a scholar, and realized that Resident Assistants provide a fundamental role in the transition from student to new professional.

The Stine Award is given annually to a continuing Resident Assistant member of the junior class.  The successful applicant must have a record of demonstrated outstanding service and positive contributions to the Department of Housing and Residential Programs and the general campus community.  Applications are reviewed and the recipient selected by members of the Housing and Residential Programs Department Administration.  The recipient will receive a monetary scholarship applicable to the expenses of their senior year.

Madison has been a member of the Housing and Residential Programs Staff for two semesters.  As an RA, she strives to create an aware, informed, engaged community that feels included and pursues personal goals and achievement. The Residential Area Director describes Madison as a problem solver possessing superb customer service and interpersonal skills, a high degree of positive energy, a willingness to take on extra projects as needed, and a distinct creative ability. Madison engages and interacts to motivate others and is an ideal student leader. She believes in a safe and engaging living-learning community in the residence halls and directs focus and effort to achieve that goal.

Madison has maximized the opportunities offered by the University to become involved through organization membership. She began the journey to campus leadership early in freshman year by joining student run organizations and progressing to the leadership positions of executive board Recording Secretary and Historian for the All Campus Musical Organization, and as a Program Coordinator and now Vice President of Weekend Programming for the University Activities Board.  She was also recognized as an emerging student leader through the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL).

Madison continued to build a legacy of involvement by taking a position as a tour guide for Admissions encouraging prospective students to choose Millersville as their higher education destination and then as a “Mover and Shaker” assisting new resident students to move into the residence halls on fall opening.

Housing and Residential Programs recognized the shining potential and excellent role model capability of our recipient recruiting and hiring her first as a Desk Attendant in the residence hall and now as a Resident Assistant.  Madison continued to demonstrate quality leadership and pragmatic creativity in this new role by planning and producing an educational display board on the topic of sexual assault awareness that was adopted for continued program use by the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Title IX Coordinator and the Center for Health Education Promotion.  She planned and developed a program for Freshmen Early Childhood Education majors focused on preparation for the sophomore year experience.

Madison continues to demonstrate an appreciation for community service encouraging other resident students to become involved in Relay for Life and was instrumental in raising $615.00 for the cause. A future in Elementary and Special Education leads this year’s Stine Award recipient to be a well-rounded leader, an advocate for community engagement, and a role model for campus involvement and service.  She is a distinguished member of the South Village Hall Staff.

Humanitarian Pillar Program Award

Relay for Life Fundraising by Connor Richter

Connor Richter and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger

This program is the awarded to a program that assists residents in developing relationships with others as well as preparing them to become informed global citizens by appreciating difference in others, effectively and respectfully communicating, promoting a sense of community, and integrating knowledge acquired in everyday experiences into their world view.

Connor Richter helped raise over $1,200 for Relay for Life with late night pancakes and grilled cheese fundraisers along with other general donations.  He also participated in the whole 12- hour event for Relay for Life.

Personal Engagement Pillar Program Award

“Letter to your Future Self” by Jess Ringeisen

Jess Ringeisen and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

This program is awarded to those who planned and executed an event for residents to further their individual growth by making responsible and ethical decisions, developing a sense of self, utilizing effective time management, managing one’s health, resolving conflict and developing leadership skills.

This program crossed both semesters and entailed residents coming to write down their goals, hopes, wishes, or an encouraging statement to themselves for later. For the second semester part of the program, the letters were returned and residents could see what progress was made and how close they were to their goals from the fall. This aimed to help the students see the importance of goal setting and wisdom can play in their lives.

Academic Engagement Pillar Program Award

“It’s a Sign” by Sarah Hagen and Iyla Stebbins

Iyla Stebbins and Associate Director Steven Knepp

This program is awarded to those who planned and executed an event for residents to successfully navigate the collegiate experience.  This program must also present residents the greatest chance of being successful by developing critical thinking skills, valuing life-long learning, becoming academically competent, having career preparedness, and fostering graduate school readiness.

This program in particular was a hands-on experience to promote learning and understanding of a different language.  Language and communication is vital to being human, and the goal of this program was to inspire students to try and learn a new language.  In doing this, residents were able to create their own name tags using cut-out pictures of the American Sign Language letters.

Outstanding New RA Award

Kyre Maxwell

Kyre Maxwell and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

The recipient for the outstanding new RA of the year award is awarded to the newest member of the RA staff that has shown exemplary leadership and the ability to show constant flexibility, a positive attitude, and willingness to help.  This individual must also show support for their residents academically and personally and makes an effort to interact with residents on a personal level and create an exceptional community within their floor.

Ky was given this nomination because of his ability to stand out in such a positive way in such a short amount of time. He started the spring semester with no experience but as the semester closes, he has gained more than he probably thought he would. Ky has a very calming, warm, and positive presence about himself. He has blended into the staff with ease, built community and great bonds with his residents, and has impacted other students in East Village to become motivated to apply to the RA position.

Outstanding Returning RA Award

Daniel Sundberg

Daniel Sundberg and Residential Area Director Julia Collett

The Outstanding Returning RA of the Year award is awarded to the RA with at least one year of experience.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Returning RA Award has been described by residents as “The Man.”  He takes the time to get to know his residents and puts a lot of effort into planning programs that people throughout the building want to come to. From origami to stress relief programs, Dan finds unique ways to engage his residents. His peers look to him as a role model for building relationships and often ask him for advice.

Outstanding Desk Attendant of the Year Award

Jaelinn Leftridge

Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger, Jaelinn Leftridge, and Graduate Assistant Janelle Sanchez

The Outstanding Desk Attendant Award goes to someone who shows consistent and excellent customer service and appropriately helps students.

The recipient for the DA of the Year award goes to Jaelinn Leftridge who has exemplary customer service skills and is always willing to help out others.  She is truly an asset to the DA team.  She is available, a problem-solver, and a peace-maker all at the same time.  She is not afraid to confront issues at hand and does so gracefully while also balancing life and academics.  Her interpersonal skills and efforts create a great working environment and encourages others to authentically be themselves.

The Vanguard Award

Dr. Karen Rice

Associate Director Steven Knepp and Dr. Karen Rice

The Vanguard Award is given to a colleague on campus that has helped further the mission and goals of Housing and Residential Programs.

The recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award goes to Dr. Karen Rice who has been in an influential figure in establishing the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community in West Village. Dr. Rice has given countless hours to students and staff to create an educational and social community that has made a lasting impact on students and the campus community. With her guidance, students in the community were able to develop several campus wide programs for Mental Health Awareness.

Graduate Assistant Recognition – East Village

Chatiela Clark

Chatiela Clark and Residential Area Director Michael Davis

Graduate Assistant Recognition – South Village

Janelle Sanchez

Janelle Sanchez and Residential Area Director Rebekah Yerger

Graduate Assistant Recognition – West Village

Bethany Roche

Bethany Roche and Residential Area Director Julia Collett

Graduating Resident Assistant Recognition

Left to right: Andrew Sellers, Nicole Carrera, Daniel Sundberg, Natalie Sawada, Taniyah Williams, Lincoln Edwards, Deborah Stanback, Camille Christiansen, and Rebekah Teller

Glowing Through The Darkness Event

The Center for Health Education and Promotion will be partnering with the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community and Lambda Chi Alpha to host Glowing Through the Darkness. This event supports mental health awareness and participants will be able to walk, roll or run around the quad in the Mental Health Awareness Mile. The event will also have information and activity tables. By participating in the event, you will be supporting those who are affected by suicide and mental health. Engaging in the event will also take the first steps towards breaking the stigma around mental health. Mental Health is very important and affects many people here at Millersville, so it is crucial that we acknowledge it and support those who are affected.

 Glowing Through the Darkness will take place on April 25th from 7-8pm. Check-in will start at 6:30pm on the quad. After the Mental Health Awareness Mile, there will be a glow party for students which will celebrate life in the SMC MPR starting at 8pm. To sign up for the event, there is a link below or you can register at the MU ticket booth.

Make sure to come out and support those affected by mental health and suicide.

Register through this link ! For more information on the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community click here. We hope to see you there!

 

 

“Turn Up Tuesday” Event

On Tuesday, March 19th, East Village held an event they called “Turn Up Tuesday.” During this event, students were given the chance to participate in a lip sync battle and put their lip syncing skills to the test. All of the East Village A RAs collaborated on the event to make it run smoothly. The RAs involved included RA Alexandra, Evelyn, Lucas, Michael, Alexis, Kyre and David. The event had many students in attendance and provided an experience where students can have fun and take a break  from their stressful class and work schedules.

The lip sync battle did not have a winner, however there were over 10 different performances. Even the RAs joined in on the fun and provided a group performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” The event also had free snacks and drinks for those who performed or came out to watch the performances. Overall, many students enjoyed this event and had a great time. Many students even stayed  a longer time to socialize and meet other students who lived in the building.

RA events can be a great way for students to meet new friends and have a great time. Make sure to look for similar or other events that are going on in your residence hall!

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  .

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!

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!

Halloween Door Decorating Contest

With Halloween season coming to a close, West Village A picked a winner for their hall Halloween Door Decoration Contest. This year, the residence hall held a contest to see who can make the best door decoration and theme that was in the Halloween spirit. RA Cross and Rhys were the judges of this contest and they set out to find the best door. Many of the residents took the contest in many different directions. There were spooky, funny and very creative submissions. This contest was a great way for students to get into the Halloween spirit while creating some fun floor rivalry. Also, this was a great activity for roommates and suitemates to bond in order to make the coolest door. This activity was liked by many of the residents and allowed them to be creative and get their minds off of their load of schoolwork.

Although there were many awesome submissions, the judges picked the top door. The winners were Rebecca and Erin. Their door was very cool and the creators put a lot of attention on detail.

Here are some other great submissions for this contest.

This door was decorated by Christina, Elizabeth , Mya and Leticia.

This door was decorated by Hannah, Maggie, and  Bethany.

This door was decorated by Mark, Eric, Andrew and Leif.

If you decorated your door and want to show it off, share it with us on Instagram or Twitter. Our username is @villehousing . Be sure to see if your RA is having a winter themed door decorating contest!

‘Donut’ Stress Event

On October 24th, West Village A hosted an event called Donut Stress. During this event, students were able to express their sources of stress and learn more ways to deal and cope with it. Along with learning about stress, students were offered free donuts and coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Throughout the semester, it is very common for students to feel stressed and overwhelmed. This event showed students that many other students are feeling the same way and that they are not alone. At this event, students were asked to write down what was stressing them on a sticky note and then post it on a paper that had a tip for reducing stress for the students to try.

Many of the causes of stress for Millersville students include classes, exams, sleep schedules , registration for next semester, relationships, tuition, and class readings. Many of these subjects are very stressful for every student who goes here , but there are ways to cope with these concerns. For example, the RA who designed this event displayed coping mechanisms on the sheet where students wrote what was stressing them. These techniques included communicating, going for a walk, utilizing counseling services, taking a long shower, spending time with friends or family and taking deep breaths. Other examples can also be watching  a movie, listening to music, doing something that makes you happy, exercising and talking to professors.

This was a great event to help students destress and enjoy a treat they deserve. RA events can be a great way for students to meet new friends and have a great and fun time. Make sure you look for similar or other events that are going on in your residence hall!

Social Advocacy Living-Learning Community

Located in West Village Suites on Millersville’s campus is the Social Advocacy Living- Learning Community, which engages 20 undergraduate students. A living-learning community, also known as an LLC, is a group of students who live together in the same residence hall and share similar academic or other interests. These communities are designed to encourage student engagement through designed co-curricular learning activities.

Each community is themed and groups students with similar majors or interests together to create an environment that helps students gain skill sets such as effective communication skills, and networking skills among many others. These communities offer these students a unique residential experience that can provide them with skills inside and outside of the classroom. Within these living-learning communities, students may take advantage of tutoring, guest speakers, cultural programs, career workshops, community service, and research projects.

The Social Advocacy  Living-Learning Community that we have here on campus was created for Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology majors. According to Dr. Karen Rice, Department Chairperson for the School of  Social Work and adviser for the Social Advocacy Living-Learning Community, this LLC is centered around social advocacy and empowers students to be aware of  cultural and social diversity within our society. Students who participate are passionate about advocacy, equity, social justice, and inclusion.

Dr. Karen Rice has provided some information about the program and activities her students have been participating in . She said, “Since our inception this fall, our students have engaged in team building exercises learning ways to communicate and enhance trust. They have explored their own identities and that of others and identified ways to foster change and build capacity. ”

She also touched on the specific activities her students are participating in. “Some of our students participated in the United Way Day of Caring.  Additionally, our students had the opportunity to learn, first-hand, from a Syrian refugee the challenges faced in obtaining employment and ways others are assisting in overcoming those hurdles. Our students participated in a cooking class led by one of the Syrian refugee women. This experience not only fostered compassion but allowed our students to explore their own assumptions by trying something new and hearing personal stories .”

Overall, this program is very important and is a great way for students to be able to build a positive community, and positive social change. To find more information about living-learning communities, check out our website .

What Makes You Prideful?

On Friday October 12th, Millersville University hosted its annual LGBTQIA Pride Fest. Pride Fest is an event that promotes awareness for and instills pride in the LGBTQIA community and the campus community we have here at Millersville. During this event, many students show their pride and support by taking part in the festivities and many school organizations will have tables in support of the community.

This year, Housing and Residential Programs had a table to show our support of the LGBTQIA community. We take pride in our actions to support the community and the students who go to this university. In attempts to support the community, we do offer students gender inclusive housing. If you are unfamiliar with gender inclusive housing , it means that we allow suitemates/roommates of any gender combination to live within the same residential suite. Meaning, housing allows students to share a suite or room, with whomever they want regardless of a student’s sex or gender. We offer this to create an environment that is supportive and encourages diversity, along with making sure students feel comfortable in their own room. In addition to offering gender inclusive housing, we have also been using preferred names since 2014.

This year at Pride Fest , for our table activity  we asked students , “What makes you prideful?” This question did trip some students up  ,but overall many students knew exactly what they were prideful for. If you ask housing, we are very prideful of our gender inclusive housing options as well as the whole Millersville Community. Some of the things that make Millersville students prideful include their family, education, friends, partners, the Millersville community along with many others. Below we have inserted a chart to show you a calculation of what students said they were most prideful of. 54 students said their friends makes them prideful, while 42 said their family made them most prideful. These were the top two responses we received.

Millersville is a great community to be a part of and we were very happy to partake in such a wonderful event.