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Housing Zoom Open Forums – November 2020 Schedule


Housing and Residential Programs staff understands that students and parents have questions regarding housing. We highly encourage students and parents to join us for our open forums we will be holding via Zoom. Before attending a forum, please check that your question has not already been answered in our Spring 2021 FAQ post or in the 2020-21 Closing Bulletin.

Zoom Open Forum Schedule:

  • Tuesday November 10, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Tuesday November 17, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday November 19, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Please visit the following link at the scheduled time and date of the open forum you’d like to attend: https://millersville.zoom.us/j/97266445779. Or, type the following Meeting ID into Zoom to join: 972 6644 5779

We look forward to hearing your questions and helping provide you with more information about housing!


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Millersville University Residence Hall Semester Break 2020-21 Closing Bulletin

The residence halls will close for the semester break with residents expected to move out of the residence halls. Residents who do not have extenuating circumstances and are not approved for break housing are expected to remove all belongings, return the residence hall key and properly checkout of the residence hall no later than Noon on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Residents requesting housing during the semester break must apply for and be approved for Semester Break housing as directed below. Resident Students requesting Academic Semester Break Housing for the period of November 21, 2020 through December 13, 2020 — or — Continuous Semester Break Housing for the period of November 21, 2020 through January 24, 2020 must have an approved reason for and apply no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 by 4:00 PM. Break approvals will be limited to those who have a credit-bearing requirement through December 13, 2020, those who have international student status, or are of independent status as recognized by the Office of Financial Aid. Notification of approval or denial will be made by e-mail on or before Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Academic Semester Break Housing starts Saturday, November 21, 2020 through the end of the academic fall semester at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Approved students must fully move out and check out of the residence hall by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday December 13, 2020.

Continuous Semester Break Housing starts Saturday, November 21, 2020 through the opening of the residence halls for Spring 2021, on Sunday January 24, 2021. Approved students must be registered for on-campus housing for Spring 2021 prior to requesting unbroken semester break housing. Those few that are approved for Continuous Semester Break Housing will be required to relocate to South Village for the duration of the break and through the Spring 2021 semester. This is due to the maintenance and housekeeping responsibilities performed over semester break and limited amount of staff that will be available.

To request Semester Break Housing please follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results please use Google 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 2020 on the drop-down menu.
  4. Select Academic Semester Break Housing: This is housing that ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
  5. Or select Continuous Semester Break Housing: This is housing continuing through Sunday, January 24, 2021.
  6. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu.
  7. If you chose “Other” please specify your reason.  Maximum of 160 characters with spaces.
  8. Select “Continue” to submit your application.

Semester Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be closed during Semester break except for students approved for Academic or Continuous Break housing.
  • Building card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the Semester break. Only students with extenuating circumstances who are approved for Semester Break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and Visitation will not be permitted during Semester Break housing.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break. The information will be posted at the South Village front desks for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services web sites for hours of operation.
  • Non-urgent police calls dial (717) 871-4357.
  • Fire, Police and EMS Emergencies dial 911 at all times.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to occupied resident rooms. The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on occupied suite doors indicating that the suite is occupied during the semester break. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the semester break.

Semester Break Checkout Procedures

Prior to the start of the Semester 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 all belongings from your suite, properly checkout and return your room key to residence hall staff as directed.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • Close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • Lower the blinds halfway but leave them open (Villages).
  • Lock your bedroom door and your suite door.

Housing & Residential Programs Offers New Virtual Tours

Millersville University’s Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) is proud to offer a new virtual tour option of all of our campus residence halls.  HARP partnered with Vivid Media in order to develop an immersive, virtual tour experience for current and prospective students to view what the residence hall room options look like on our campus.

Through this new platform, Millersville students and their families can explore the residence hall rooms in more detail to see the various amenities and conveniences that are offered to them prior to arriving on campus. Chris Jachimowicz, Director of New Student Programs notes, “Unfortunately the current health crisis means that we are unable to share MU’s fantastic residence halls with visitors in person. The new virtual tours, combined with our “walk through” display in the Lombardo Welcome Center, will ensure that prospective students and their families will get a good feel for what living in our halls will be like.”

The virtual tours feature each building with the option to explore each room type as well as the common areas, including study lounges, recreation rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In each specific building tour, visitors can click into a menu in the upper left-hand corner of the viewer to choose what type of area they would like to explore. Each room type and area is specifically listed. Additionally, there are four different viewing options to use, including the following: Explore 3D Space, Dollhouse View, Floorplan View, and Measurements. These options can be toggled by clicking on the corresponding icons on the bottom left-hand corner of the viewer. Hovering over each icon with the mouse arrow will indicate what each icon represents. The menu options will change dependent upon the current view that is showing.

Explore 3D Space | Dollhouse View | Measurements

Dollhouse View | Floorplan View | Measurements

Explore 3D Space

In this view, you can literally explore the area by clicking and progressing throughout the room as if you are actually there. Also, if you left-click and hold on the mouse, you can spin the view in all directions. The faint circles on the floor indicate the vantage point from that particular spot.

Dollhouse View

The Dollhouse View permits you to view the areas as if it were an dollhouse model. Again, if you left-click and hold on the mouse, you can spin the view in all directions. This is beneficial because it gives you a sense of the spaciousness of the room.

Floorplan View

The floorplan view gives you a simplistic overhead shot of the room that is being explored. This view can be used in conjunction with the Measurements option to manually click on any two areas to take a measurement. While we have various important measurements already listed for each residence hall, this is another option that can be used. Those measurements are listed under each residence hall‘s corresponding “Room, Bed, and Window Dimensions” section.

We hope that you will explore all of the residence hall buildings and see the features that each offer. You can see each particular building by clicking on the “Virtual Tour” links under the general information listed for each area listed here:

East Village

Reighard Hall

Shenks Hall

South Village

West Village

A special thank you goes out to Ms. Rita Miller, one of the Associate Director of Housing & Residential Programs, and the Vivid Media crew for putting together a wonderful offering for our Millersville University community! Another thanks goes out to Matt Rutkoski for assisting Rita in the set up process. Additionally, thank you to Chris Jachimowicz, Director of New Student Programs, and his team for coordinating the room display for our visiting guests.

Spring 2021 Housing FAQ

We have compiled a list of questions and answers regarding important information about housing for the Spring 2021 semester. This information only applies to campus housing, which includes East, South and West Villages along with Reighard and Shenks Halls.

This page will be updated with new information once it is released. Please check this site, the Millersville University website, and your Millersville University email regularly for important updates regarding the Spring 2021 semester.

Q: When does the spring housing application open?

  • A: The application opens October 1, 2020. To find the application, login to your MAX account > Student Services > Housing and Dining > myHousing > Applications.

Q: Who has to fill out the spring housing application?

  • A: Any student looking for housing for the Spring 2021 semester. This includes current residents and students who did not live on campus in the fall but would like to live on campus in the spring.

Q: When does the application close?

  • A: The spring housing application will close on January 15th, 2021 though this date may be subject to change.

Q: Can I fill out the application and opt-out of housing later if I change my mind?

  • A: Yes, we will be accepting cancellations.

Q: Will I be able to request a specific room through the application?

  • A: Filling out the application guarantees you a spot in the residence halls but not a particular room/suite type or building.

Q: Can I pick a suitemate?

  • A: Yes, we will try to accommodate as many requests as we can.

Q: Will I be in my current assignment for the spring semester? (applies to current residents only)

  • A: We cannot guarantee that at this time due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, but we will try our best to accommodate specific room requests.

Q: Will I be sharing a room?

  • A: Students will share a suite, but each student will be placed in their own bedroom at the listed rate for that particular type of unit.

Q: When is the bill due?

  • A: Housing assignments and bills will be released on November 13, 2020.

Q: What will move-in look like?

  • A: Information regarding move-in will be released soon. Please check your Millersville University email regularly for this information.

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Spring 2021 Housing Application Information

The Spring 2021 Housing application will open on October 1, 2020.
You can access the application by logging into your MAX account and following this path: Student Services > Housing and Dining > myHousing > Applications.
Students will be placed 1 student per bedroom.
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How to Set and Achieve Your Goals

Setting and achieving goals is important, but can be challenging for a number of reasons. Maybe you’re not sure how to get started, or you’re having trouble staying motivated to reach your goal. Keep reading to find out how to set achievable goals and how you can accomplish them.

It’s important to understand why you should set goals for yourself in the first place. When you set goals for yourself, you set yourself on a path for success. Without goals, you won’t be able to grow and reach your full potential. Vivak Patel, Interim Director of Enrollment Management, says the following about the benefits of setting goals:  “Goal setting not only helps us achieve new heights and grow as an individual, it creates the blueprint for transforming our visions into reality. Progressing towards goals will create a path full of satisfaction and setting goals are your first steps.” Once you recognize that, you can start the goal setting process.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Take responsibility: Acknowledge that you are in control of your life and if there’s something you want, you’re the one who has to take action to get it. Knowing yourself and realizing it’s up to you to follow through with it will help motivate you to take those first steps. As much as I wish I could just snap my fingers and magically do well on all my assignments in order to reach my goal of getting better grades, I know it’s up to me to study harder and put more time into my schoolwork if I want to do better. Plus, reaching a goal through your own efforts rather than the efforts of someone or something else makes reaching your goal feel like an even greater accomplishment.

2. Recognize what you want to achieve: Once you have a goal in mind, understand the reasons you want to achieve that goal. For example, my goal is to get better grades. I want to get better grades because I want to prove to myself that I’m smarter than I think and so I can set myself up for success after college. Knowing why I want to reach a certain goal is especially helpful for when I find myself struggling on the path to reaching it. My reasons for setting the goal in the first place remind me not to give up when things get difficult. On the path to success, you’ll likely face setbacks that may make you question whether or not your goal is really worth it. If something means a lot to you, you need to work to overcome the challenges and keep striving for it. Click here to read an article that shares 8 strategies for how to not give up.

3. Make a plan: When goal setting, it’s important to understand everything that you’ll have to do in order to reach that goal. Make sure your plan is realistic and attainable. Try to make a schedule that you’ll feel encouraged to stick with. For example, if you want to become a vegetarian, it’s much easier to start incorporating vegetarian alternatives into your meals gradually than to completely switch to an all-vegetarian diet. You could pick one day of the week where you only eat vegetarian foods, then slowly add another day, then do three days, and so on. Remember that some things will take time and there may be setbacks, but don’t let that discourage you. Make a plan and try your best to follow it closely, but make adjustments when you feel it’s necessary.

4. Don’t take on too much by yourself: Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Dean of Student Success and Associate Provost, says this about not overwhelming yourself and feeling like you’re alone when trying to accomplish your goals: “When striving to set and achieve goals, two pieces of advice immediately come to mind – (1) think small and (2) ask for and accept support. The first suggestion doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t reach for your greatest dreams, but recognizes instead that any large goal is a sum of smaller parts. Prioritize and focus upon how you can achieve each part along the way. This helps to lessen anxiety about the overall task and gives you victories to celebrate as you progress in your journey. Teamwork and collaboration also promote achievement and so don’t be afraid to ask for support or accept it when it is offered. Every faculty and staff member in the MU learning community are stakeholders in your success. Leverage our expertise and guidance to help you achieve your goals.”

5. Visualize your goals and visualize yourself achieving them: Once you have an idea of what it will look like when you reach your goals, you’ll feel more inspired to achieve them. If your goal is to participate in more community service events, picture what that will look like and how it will feel to help others. Visualizing your goals will also help you recognize if a goal is unrealistic or not. If you’re a student taking several classes and you also have a job where you work long shifts, you may realize that participating in community service events regularly would be a challenge and you can adjust your goal accordingly. Vivak Patel recommends creating a vision board to help with visualization. He says, “Create, print, and cut out images that associate with your goals and hang them up on a board or even your wall. Place it in your room or somewhere that is visible for you. Look at your vision board each morning. Visualization will help you reach the goals that you set and this technique is used by the most successful people in the world.”

6. Reward yourself along the way: As you get closer to reaching your goal, reward yourself as an incentive to keep working. Whenever I study really hard for a test and do well on that test, I like to reward myself by buying my favorite candy. Telling myself that I’ll get M&M’s if I work hard gives me the motivation to get things done. It also makes me feel good after my hard work pays off and makes me want to study harder for my next test.  You should also reward yourself because you deserve to! Working towards a goal takes determination and work. Reaching milestones when trying to accomplish a certain goal, no matter how big or small, deserves recognition and celebration.

If there’s something you want to achieve, follow the steps above to help you achieve it. Remember that the faculty and staff at MU want to help you succeed however they can. Reach out to them for guidance and support when setting and achieving goals. Comment some goals you have that you’d like to start working towards. Remember, if you really want something and believe that it’s attainable, don’t give up on it!

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Fall 2020 Move-In: What to Bring

What should you bring with you when you move into the residence halls? We’ve compiled a list of essentials that you should bring with you on move-in day to help you answer that question. Feel free to print out this list and check off items as you get them to keep track of what you have/don’t have.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 situation, we ask that you do not pack everything you own, and that you stick to bringing the absolute essentials. Examples are listed below. This will also expedite the move-out process in the case that we need to fully close the residence halls due to the changing COVID-19 environment. Additionally, on-campus housing will be closed for the remainder of the semester on November 21, 2020 at 5:00pm. We stress that you pack lightly in order to simplify the move-out process.

Please note that we will NOT provide hand carts/trucks/dollies, so students should prepare accordingly to bring their own. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your continued cooperation as we navigate this challenging situation.

Essentials for your room:

  • Bedding (sheets, comforter, pillowcases)
  • Pillows
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Clothing (weather appropriate – short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, shorts, pants, shoes, socks and underwear)
  • Laundry basket (Tip: bring one that folds up for easy packing and moving)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hangers
  • Small trash can
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Computer/laptop
  • Cell phone
  • Medication(s)
  • Desk supplies (pens, pencils, scissors, stapler, etc)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Masks
  • A personal thermometer for daily self-screening
  • Mini-refrigerator (The University contracts a third party for leasing refrigerator and microwave units which are leased on a yearly basis and will be delivered to your room. For more information, visit the MicroFridge website.)

Essentials for your bathroom:

  • Towels
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, etc.
  • Razor
  • Trash bags and small trash can
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper (You must provide your own toilet paper)
  • Cleaning supplies, including toilet bowl cleaner, disinfectant cleaning spray, paper towels

Click here to learn more about what to bring and what not to bring with you. Keep packing hassle-free and eliminate the stress of move-in day by following our guide of what you should bring with you when you move into your residence hall. Remember: Students living on-campus for the Fall 2020 semester are strongly encouraged to pack lightly and focus on bringing essential items. Let us know if you have any questions about what you should/should not bring with you to move-in day in the comments!

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Housing Zoom Open Forums

HARP Open Forums Flyer Updated

Housing and Residential Programs staff understands that students and parents have questions regarding Fall 2020 housing. We highly encourage students and parents to join us for our open forums we will be holding via Zoom to address their concerns. Before attending a forum, please check that your question has not already been answered in our FAQ post.

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Housing & Residential Programs Staff Spotlight: Hannah Stoner

Millersville’s Housing and Residential Programs 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 Hannah Stoner. Continue reading to learn more about Hannah, her tips for managing schoolwork, and what led her to become a graduate assistant!

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

Hannah: I wanted to become a GA because I love working with students and want to do anything I can to allow them to feel at home here at Millersville!

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

Hannah: The most rewarding part of being a GA has been building a close-knit family with my Desk Attendant and Resident Assistant staff.

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

Hannah: This is a chaotic and difficult time in the world, but I am hanging in there and doing what I can to stay safe during COVID-19. I have been spending my time cooking, playing Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch, and hiking during quarantine!

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

Hannah: I know that it can be hard to focus on schoolwork when there is so much uncertainty in our country right now. I would recommend putting aside time to study and do homework away from distractions. Make sure that you are taking breaks and spending time outside or being active!

Do you have any advice for residents regarding how to keep themselves and others safe from COVID-19 this fall?

Hannah: Remember to wear your mask and continue to social distance in order to keep yourself and others safe!

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10 Quotes to Help You Get Out of Bed

Some days, it can be tough to get the motivation to get out of bed and start the day. Those days, the blankets feel way too soft and your head is just glued to the pillow. We’ve all had them, and at some point, we’ve all had to get out of bed – whether we really wanted to or not. Here are 10 quotes to hopefully make those days a little easier for you, and to inspire you to get up and get moving!

  1. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.” – Anonymous
  2. “Don’t overthink it. Just begin.” – Rich Roll
  3. “Some want it to happen, some would like it to happen, and others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  4. “If you cannot fly then run, if you cannot run then walk, if you cannot walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  6. “Getting out of bed is a good way to leave your troubles behind.” – Nancy E. Turner
  7. “Life is short. Don’t be lazy.” – Sophia Amoruso
  8. “The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that’s good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.” – Julia Roberts
  9. “Wake up early everyday so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.” – Hal Elrod
  10. “You will never have this day again, so make it count.” – Unknown

These quotes won’t make your bed any less comfy, but they definitely motivate me not to waste time laying down and help me start getting things done! What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Let us know in the comments!

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