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Explore Leadership Series

“The Explore Leadership series is for students at all levels of experience and involvement. This series will explore students personal purpose, values, privileges, health and wellness, transferable skills, goals, and community resources. We will explore various aspects of leadership and develop skills and self-awareness that will empower students to lead on campus and in their lives after graduation.”

We highly encourage you to attend the Explore Leadership Series Zoom sessions to get connected to your fellow PASSHE students and gain leadership skills!

Featured Sessions:

  1. Monday, November 2nd at 8pm: Community Connection
  2. Monday, November 9th at 8pm: Know Your Purpose, Know Your Values
  3. Monday, November 16th at 8pm: Community Resources
  4. Monday, November 23rd at 8pm: Diversity, Inclusion, & Privilege 
  5. Monday, November 30th at 8pm: Transferable Skills & Self Care
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Meet Millersville’s Circle K Club

Name of Organization

Circle K

Mission Statement (What Is Your Club / Organization About?)

Our mission is to “Provide service to the community and to campus; to provide the opportunity for leadership training through service.” We do this through off campus service events, as well as many service events during our weekly meetings. We also provide plenty of opportunities for leadership, including conferences and events designed to help your leadership skills.

Who Are the Leaders of The Organization?

President: Bryan Knight

Vice President: Jade Myers

Secretary: Sam Mackey

Treasurer: Brittany Hinderhofer

Why Should Someone Join Your Organization?

Members of Circle K get to make a difference in the world and help others in many ways. We also have a lot of fun together doing social events like group bowling, Jenga, and many others! Many benefits are provided to members including opportunities for scholarships, trips to conferences, and a great experience to add to your resume!

What Do You Do Within Your Organization?

We perform community service both on and off campus. We go out and trick or treat around Halloween and collect spare change to donate to UNICEF. We clean our section of Wabank Rd. through the Adopt a Highway program. In meeting, we make blankets and bookmarks, as well as write cards. That is just the beginning of the many service opportunities our members have!

What Do You Hope Your Members Get Out of Being Part of The Organization?

We hope to instill a love for service in all our members. We also hope that many new friendships are made, and that our members are excited to work together to help the community. After graduation, we want our members excited to find the nearest Kiwanis club to join, to continue to perform service well after their Circle K days.

Meet Millersville American Sign Language Learners’ Club

Name of Organization

American Sign Language Learners’ Club

Mission Statement (What Is Your Club / Organization About?)

In order to spread awareness and inclusion of the deaf community, this group of Millersville students will learn basic conversational ASL, proper etiquette, and everyday phrases. The goal will be to learn and be able to have interactions and conversations in ASL with deaf or hard-of-hearing people. Through collaborative instruction during weekly sessions, the students of the club will learn how to sign.

Who Are the Leaders of The Organization?

Alyssa Matchett, Emily Dunn, Jacob Coopersmith, and Taylor Michael

Why Should Someone Join Your Organization?

Anyone who would like to learn sign language may join! Sign language is a pathway into a much wider community of people. It is an amazing skill and tool for any job. No experience needed at all to start up with us!

What Do You Do Within Your Organization?

Each Thursday evening, we come together in McComsey 132 at 7:30pm. During our meetings, we discuss any news that has been happening in the deaf community and then go onto our curriculum guided by ASL Rochelle, a wonderful YouTuber who has great free resources for anyone who is unable to make it to the club!

What Do You Hope Your Members Get Out of Being Part of The Organization?

We hope that whoever comes to join our club gains knowledge about the deaf community & culture. We also hope that they can use the skills they learn in sign language in their everyday lives!

Any Upcoming Events?

A Quiet Place Part II showing at Manor Regal movie theater in Millersville – Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:30pm.

Meet Millersville’s English Club

Name of Organization

English Club

Mission Statement (What Is Your Club / Organization About?)

English Club’s purpose is to bring together like-minded individuals who appreciate literature and the arts.

Who Are the Leaders of The Organization?

Stephanie Wenger, Kevin Nix, Kayla Gold and Natalie Flory

Why Should Someone Join Your Organization?

We offer a place for creative people to congregate and provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for various aspects of the English discipline.

What Do You Do Within Your Organization?

We take trips to plays on-campus and off campus, we have game nights (including a Dungeons and Dragons night), trips to Renaissance Faire during the fall, the Escape Room, and we read short stories, discuss our views on it, and then we have a creative activity to go with it.

What Do You Hope Your Members Get Out of Being Part of The Organization?

We hope for them to gain a sense of community, enjoy their time in the club, and that they gain insight on matters relating to English as a whole.

Any Upcoming Events?

We have the Escape Room, our Dungeons and Dragons session, and the short story discussion and creative activity.

 

Meet Millersville’s Dance Team

Name of Organization
Millersville University Dance Team

Mission Statement (What Is Your Club / Organization About?)
The Dance Team’s purpose is to further interest and development in dance by performing throughout the school year. Students will have an opportunity to learn and perfect various skills involved in jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop dance. We strive to include technical,
creative and social aspects of dance while encouraging individual participation.

Who Are the Leaders of The Organization?
The President of the MU Dance Team is Olivia D’Aprile. The Vice President is Julia Kepple. The Treasurer is Renee Crossan and the Secretary is Janelle Sentiwany. The fundraising chair is
Bethany Miller, the philanthropy/community service chair is Alyssa Gantz, and the public relations chair is Christa Benshoff. All members of the MU Dance Team are heavily involved in
all fundraisers and philanthropy events.

Why Should Someone Join Your Organization?
We are consistently supporting and pushing each other to grow to become the best dancers we can be. We are more than just dancers, we are a family! At the end of the day it’s more than just dance for us. MU Dance Team members are friends inside and outside of the dance studio. We all share a common passion for dance, which bonds even stronger friendships within the team.

What Do You Do Within Your Organization?
The Dance Team participates in the annual Millersville Homecoming Parade, various fundraisers and charity events within the community, and Relay for Life. Dance Team also performs at all home basketball and football games and competes nationally every year in the Dance Team Union College Classic Competition!

What Do You Hope Your Members Get Out of Being Part of The Organization?
We hope that members find a positive environment where they can share their passion and love for dance. We hope members form friendships with people who have a similar love for dance on the team. MU Dance Team hopes members positively grow in their technique and skills while learning new choreography each week.

Any Upcoming Events?
MU Dance Team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser outside of the university store February 26th and 27th from 11:00am-1:00pm. The team will also be performing at the men’s and women’s basketball games on February 29th, Panera fundraiser March 8th and MOD Pizza March 11th. MU Dance Team will be competing in DTU’s College Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada April 3rd. Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to constantly stay updated on our events! Keep an eye out for our end of the year showcase and 2020-2021 tryout dates!

Room Selection Info Session

Come one, come all! It’s time to start thinking about where you want to live during the 2020-2021 school year. If you are unsure of how to prepare for room selection then join us for the Room Selection Info Session! Here you can get tutorials and help from the Department of Housing and Residential Programs as well as the RAs in the room selection process.  If you need a few pointers for how to prepare then stop on by.

Even if you don’t think you need help you can still join us! We will be having games, treats and a photo booth for all those who come. Who knows maybe you will think of questions while spending time hearing about the room selection process or other people’s questions.

There will be some big prizes such as, entering to win a $200 waiver on your housing deposit or Early Room Selection!

The Room Selection Info Session will be from 6 pm – 8 pm on February 5th. It will be held in South Village’s Great Room.

We hope to see you all there!

To Join An Organization, Or Not To?

When you think about your classes and work schedule, it can be intimidating. You may not want to do anything else, but it is important to find people who have similar interests as you. By joining an organization you open yourself up to so many great opportunities. Here is why you should join an organization:

To Make Friends

This is one of the most commonly known reasons for joining an organization while in college. It is hard to make friends and form solid relationships while in class. By joining an organization you can meet people with similar interests as you.

To Build Your Resume

By being apart of an organization you can show future employers your skills and interest. It is even better if you can work your way up to being a leader in an organization.

To Develop Soft Skills

This one goes with building your resume. By being involved in an organization you can develop people skills. You will be working with others which looks good to employers. If you become a leader in an organization it can also showcase your leadership skills.

To Learn More About Yourself

By joining an organization you can learn more about your goals as well as your strengths and weaknesses. This could help you work on improving your weaknesses.

To Gain Networking Opportunities

It may not occur to you now, but the friend you make in an organization could help you find a job in the future. When looking for leads on jobs you typically ask around. Having people you know from an organization can be helpful because you know they have similar interests meaning at least some of the leads will be useful.

To Get A Break

College can be stressful! You need to find a way to get away from the school stuff and just have fun. By joining an organization you will be giving your brain a break from the academics and focusing on your interests.

If you are unsure of what clubs are out there, then come to Org Outbreak on January 23rd! It runs from 11:30-1:30 in the Student Memorial Center.

Org Outbreak Spring 2020 – Poster 8.5×11

Important Dates!

With the start of the semester right around the corner, it is important to start planing out your semester. You don’t want to fall behind and forget anything important. So, here are some of the important dates to keep in mind when it comes to the Spring Semester:

January 2020

  • 19th – Residence Halls Open
  • 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day! (No Classes)
  • 21st – Classes Begin
  • 23rd – Org Outbreak

February 2020

  • 5th – Room Selection Event
  • 14th – Valentines Day

March 2020

  • 3rd – 5th – Same Room Selection
  • 6th – 9th – Matching Roommate
  • 9th – Shenks Room Selection
  • 10th – 31st – Open Room Selection
  • 16th – 22nd – Spring Break

April 2020

  • 9th – 17th – Early Undergraduate Registration for Undergraduate Registration for Fall 2020

May 2020

  • 4th – Last day of classes!

Now this list isn’t all the important dates when it comes to the semester, but for those of you who are planning on staying in the residence halls for the 2020-2021 school year this is the perfect list of dates. To find more dates of important times you can use this link:

Spring 2020 Academic Calendar

JAN 21 Classes begin Late registration online Drop/add period begins online JAN 29 W grade period begins. If course starts or ends outside of the regular Spring 2020 term (1/21-5/9), the withdrawal deadline will differ. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Don’t forget to put these and any other important dates into your planers! It will really help you plan ahead.

Housing Teams Up With the Board Game Club on Friday Nights

Bored on a Friday night? Housing and Residential Programs is teaming up with the Board Game Club! Every Friday from 6-9 in South Village’s Great Room, the Board Game Club meets to play games, hang out with friends, and have fun. HARP has purchased more games and supplies free food every week.

The Board Game Club has a variety of games, including Catan Explorers and Pirates, Scopa, Traitor Mechanic, My Hero Academia: The Card Game, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Battle Cry, Exploding Kittens, Risk, and Pictionary.

Dungeons and Dragons is also played frequently on campus. In addition to DnD, the club also runs other RPG campaigns. This semester, they are running a Dungeon World campaign and a Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG campaign. They have also done one-shots for Mage the Awakening, Fiasco, and the Pokemon RPG game.

In addition to meeting on Fridays in the Great Room, the Board Game Club also meets every Wednesday from 6-9 in Luek 100. Although HARP doesn’t supply free food on Wednesdays, there’s still plenty of fun to be had!

Join the Board Game Club’s Discord here.

Ville Takes On OUTober

October is LGBT+ History Month, which coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11th. LGBT+ History Month began in 1994 when Rodney Wilson, a history teacher in suburban St. Louis, came out to his students during a lesson about the Holocaust. He explained that if he had lived in Germany during World War II, he would have likely been imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis for being gay. This evolved into a much broader mission to teach young people about LGBT+ history.

The Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El Intercultural Center is hosting a slew of events between October 7th-11th to celebrate Coming Out Week.

Monday, October 7th

  • 12pm-2pm | SMC 202 — Faculty and Staff Lunch and Learn
  • 6pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — “Lead with Pride” Kickoff Keynote with Guest Speaker Dr. Jon Paul Higgins
  • 9pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — LGBT Lingo Bingo

Tuesday, October 8th

  • 3pm-4:30pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — Coming Out Week Film: Mala Mala
  • 6pm | SMC Promenade, Sponsored by CHEP — GSA Table at Purple Carnival
  • 6pm-8pm | South Village Great Room — Courageous Conversations: Power and Privilege

Wednesday, October 9th

  • 11am-1pm | SMC Robert L. Slabinski Atrium — OUT-a-Palooza
  • 3pm-5pm | SMC 118 — LGBTQIA+ Affinity Meet Up
  • 6pm | Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall — PCGSD Presents: Poetry Reading with Meg Day
  • 8pm | SMC Reighard Multipurpose Room — Quick Drag 101

Thursday, October 10th

  • 5pm-8pm | Student Memorial Center — Pridefest 2019
  • 8pm (Doors open @ 7:30pm) | SMC Marauder Courts — 6th Annual Pridefest Drag Show featuring Nina West and Peppermint

Friday, October 11th

  • 10am-2pm | SMC Robert L. Slabinski Atrium — National Coming Out Day – Paint with Pride!

October is also home to International Pronouns Day, which is celebrated on October 16th this year. International Pronouns seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns normal. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns affects transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Using peoples’ correct pronouns validates their identity, which is imperative for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Spirit Day is celebrated on October 20th this year. Observers wear purple as a visible sign of support for LGBT+ youth and to honor LGBT+ victims of suicide. LGBT+ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment, and wearing purple is a way to stand with them in solidarity. The murder of Matthew Shepard is also remembered this month. Matthew was a student at the University of Wyoming who identified as gay. On October 6, 1998, he was brutally attacked and left to die but was thankfully discovered by a cyclist. He was transported to an advanced trauma ward in Colorado, but unfortunately, he passed away six days later.

While we celebrate and have fun this Coming Out Week, it’s important to remember that LGBT+ history is complex and intersectional. It’s a time to celebrate all that LGBT+ folks have accomplished and contributed, but it’s also a time to reflect on the continual fight the LGBT+ community faces for human rights.