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10 Rules For Living Your Best Marauder Life

Are you truly living your best life? If that’s a question you have to think about, or if the answer to it is “No”, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn our 10 rules for living your very best marauder life:

1. Leave the past in the past: It can be hard not to dwell on the past, but it’s so much better for you when you don’t. You can’t change the past; the only thing you can control is the present and your future. Accepting what has happened and being hopeful about what will happen will help you move on and enjoy every moment of your life.

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2. Help others: One of the EPPIIC values that members of the Millersville University community live by is compassion. Being compassionate and helping others is a great way to give back and find happiness. Click here to learn about some volunteer opportunities you can take advantage of right now.

3. Remember what you’re working towards: Keep in mind that everything you’re doing has a purpose. Even if you can’t see the benefits of your actions now, they’ll pay off in time. Continue to work hard and set goals for yourself – the results of your work will be worth it!

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4. Love yourself: Life is hectic and stressful. Show yourself some love and give yourself a pat on the back for how you handle all of life’s craziness. Be proud of who you are. Remember to also take time to yourself and do things that make you happy. Click here to read our blog post that includes self care tips that will help you show your mind and body some love.

5. Live your values: Like I mentioned before, Millersville University’s core values are EPPIIC. EPPIIC stands for exploration, professionalism, public mission, inclusion, integrity, and compassion. Marauders should strive to be EPPIIC whenever and however they can, while also reinforcing their own personal values. Click here to read more about EPPIIC values at Millersville.

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Residence Hall Essentials From Amazon That You’ll Want to Buy

Moving away from home and moving into the residence halls is super exciting, but can seem daunting if you don’t know what to pack. If you’re unsure about what you need to bring with you to college, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is a short list of some residence hall essentials you can buy from Amazon to help you prepare for living on campus once the fall semester begins:

(Here’s a helpful tip: College students can take advantage of Amazon Prime Student, which is a discounted Amazon Prime membership program. Click here to learn more about it!)

1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Mrs. Meyers multi surface everyday cleaner is a great investment because it limits the amount of cleaning supplies you have to buy and store since its multipurpose, and it’s inexpensive. This multi surface cleaning spray is also available in different fresh scents. Click here to purchase a 3-pack from Amazon.

2. First Aid Kit

Something a lot of students wouldn’t think to bring with them to college is a first aid kit, but they’re actually really convenient to have. Amazon has a great first aid kit available that includes 100 pieces but is still compact, and it’s only $8.00! Click here to see details and buy it.

3. Laundry Hamper

Laundry hampers like this one are an essential because you can use them to carry your clothes to and from the laundry room easily. This laundry hamper from Amazon comes with carrying straps and a side pocket for detergent and dryer sheets, as well as comes in different colors. Click here to check it out.

4. Foldable Storage Bag Organizers

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Self Care Tips

It’s so important that we take care of our bodies and our minds in order to stay healthy and happy. Make sure to make time for self care in your daily routine. Even little things like taking a walk or listening to your favorite music can have a positive impact. It can be easy to forget to take good care of ourselves when there’s so much going on around us, so here are some tips to remind you of how and why you should look after yourself:

1. Get Organized


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I’ve noticed that when my room is cluttered, my mind is cluttered too. Having a clean and organized living space makes it easier to focus. When I’m finished cleaning, I always feel accomplished and like I have one less thing to worry about. It can be hard to get the motivation to organize your stuff but once you do, you’ll thank yourself for it! Check here to check out an article that shares 100 organization tips.

2. Meditate

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Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Meditation is a great way to help you relax and reflect. It’s a nice pause from everything going on around you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or just want to spend some time to yourself, meditating is a great way to clear your mind and be calm. There are plenty of YouTube videos, articles, and apps that help you learn how to properly meditate, like this article or this website that also has a free app you can download.

3. Take Time for Yourself

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Even if you have a super busy schedule, it’s so important to take time (even if it’s just a few minutes) to do something that makes you happy. Whether it’s online shopping, drawing, playing a game, calling a friend, or listening to your favorite song, just schedule time in your day to spend doing what you enjoy. You’re never too busy to show yourself some love! Click here to read an article on Oprah.com about how and why you should prioritize spending time with yourself. 

4. Stay Healthy

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Getting a good night’s sleep each night, eating right, and exercising are all good ways to take care of yourself and your body. Sometimes, it can be hard to get the motivation to workout, eat healthy foods, and not stay up until 3am watching Tik Toks, and that’s okay! You don’t have to be a gym rat or vegetarian to practice self care, but staying healthy in a way that is sustainable and makes you happy is really beneficial. Click here to learn some simple ways to improve your health and happiness. 

5. Don’t Pressure Yourself to be Great

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I’ve seen a lot of posts, articles, and videos about people using the extra free time they have because of quarantine to lose weight, develop a new skill, etc. Don’t feel pressured to use this time to be more productive than usual. It’s okay to take this time to relax without making a major change. As long as you’re doing what makes you happy, there’s nothing else you need to do. 

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Millersville University Named Safest School in PA for the Second Year in a Row!

We are very excited to share that Millersville University was ranked the safest school in PA for the second year in a row by YourLocalSecurity! Millersville’s Housing and Residential Programs is just one of the departments on campus that makes student safety a priority. Our staff works hard to ensure students have a safe environment to live and learn in.

Here are some of the things our staff has to say about safety in the residence halls:

Michael Davis, one of the Residential Area Directors on campus, says, “I want to highlight the staff (both DA’s & RA’s) for helping to keep the buildings safe. The DA’s are the first line of defense and the RA’s going on rounds/tour and knowing their residents all helps to maintain the effort we see.”

The Resident Assistants at Millersville have an emphasis on safety and put a lot of work into making the residence halls safe for students. When asked about their thoughts on safety in the residence halls, here’s what they had to say: CJ Longo says, “The health, safety and security of my residents is my top priority. I am constantly on the lookout for potential safety hazards when I am on duty to prevent an incident before it arises. I also educate my residents during floor meetings about safety procedures in the halls as well as other campus safety resources.” Lauren Taddeo, another Resident Assistant, stated, “Ensuring residents are safe and secure ultimately increases the overall productivity and quality of ResLife.” 

The following shows how students ranked their satisfaction on certain areas of hall safety and security in a survey (Note: Satisfaction rankings were on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest):

  1. Satisfaction of security of possessions in their rooms was ranked 6.13 out of 10 on average by 526 students.
  2. Satisfaction of how safe students felt in their rooms was ranked 6.26 out of 10 on average by 526 students. (This was one of the top 3 highest scored factors in the survey)
  3. Satisfaction of how safe students felt in their hall building was ranked 6.23 out of 10 on average by 526 students. (This was one of the top 3 highest scored factors in the survey)
  4. Satisfaction of how safe students feel walking on campus at night was ranked 5.75 out of 10 on average by 526 students.

Student safety always has been and always will be a top priority to Housing and Residential Programs staff. Gabby Vaxmonsky, a Graduate Assistant, said, “The safety and security of residents is extremely important to me. At the front desk I work with the DA’s and RA’s to check ID’s and sign guests in and out so we can help to keep the halls safe. Also, I encourage residents to stop by during my office hours to talk with me about any questions or concerns that come up.” 

To learn more about how we are keeping the residence halls safe, visit our webpage. To learn more about campus safety at Millersville University, visit the campus safety webpage. 

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New Blog Feature + Giveaway!

Housing and Residential Programs created this blog to inform readers about important housing updates as well as to create content that people could enjoy and learn from. In order to keep students updated on the latest news and make our readers lives easier, we’ve added a new feature to our blog: A blog post subscription.

We are very excited to now offer a blog post subscription option that will send instant email notifications to anyone who subscribes. Subscribing is easy and completely free! In order to sign up, all you have to do is go to the top of our blog web page, the site you’re on right now (i.e., villehousing.org), and put in your name (optional) and email under where it says “SUBSCRIBE.” We won’t send you spam emails – just updates whenever we upload a new blog post so you can have instant access to quality content and important information.

Here are some answers to potential questions about the blog and the blog subscription:

1. Why should I subscribe? The Housing and Residential Programs’ department blog shares a wide variety of relevant, helpful, and engaging content. We post about important housing information, help our readers with educational content, recognize student success, and post about activities on campus. Getting email notifications for our posts provides you with a quick and convenient way to access the blog and hear about announcements as soon as they are released.

2. What kind of emails will I receive as a subscriber? Like I mentioned above, we won’t fill up your inbox with junk mail. You’ll receive emails with a link to read our latest blog posts whenever they are published. This will include important announcements on this site about housing information. Subscribing to the blog makes staying updated easier than ever.

3. How else can I connect with Millersville’s Housing and Residential Programs? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@villehousing) for even more content! Click here to visit our University website for additional information. You can also always reach out to us with any questions or concerns by sending an email to housing@millersville.edu.

Right now, we’re offering subscribers the chance to win a $50.00 gift card to the Millersville University Store! Even though the store isn’t open physically, you can still order products online by clicking here. See below for information on how to enter:

We will announce the winner of the giveaway in a blog post, so you’ll get an email notification once the winner is posted since you’ll be subscribed! We’ll have more giveaways coming up, so stay tuned!

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Who’s Hiring Right Now?

Finding a summer job is tricky enough, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. Fortunately, a lot of companies are hiring right now, and Millersville University is here to help you get hired too. Keep reading to learn more about who’s hiring and how you can get a job this summer: 

LinkedIn is a great tool for people trying to find a job. It helps you connect and network with a ton of employers and shows job listings for companies. An editor at LinkedIn posted a list of companies currently hiring. The list is updated regularly and includes links that redirect you to the employers LinkedIn so you can apply directly from there. Here is a link to the post, which you can view even if you don’t have a LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/heres-whos-hiring-right-now-4525187/. Other sites that post job listings include Glassdoor, neuvoo, Indeed, and Monster.com.

Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) at Millersville University helps students get internships and jobs both during their undergraduate career and after they graduate. They currently have virtual services which include resume and cover letter critiques, LinkedIn profile feedback, interview assistance, and more. They are also offering students a lot of opportunities to connect with employers virtually. The virtual job and internship fair is being held on June 3rd, 2020 from 11am to 4pm. Here is the link to sign up and learn more: https://www.millersville.edu/elcm/fairs-events/job-internship-fair.php. Students can always contact ELCM via email (careers@millersville.edu) or by phone (717-871-7655) for assistance and more information. 

I also recommend that you take a drive around your neighborhood and look for “Now Hiring” or “Help Wanted” signs for stores that are currently operating in-person. Stop inside businesses that interest you with these signs in their windows and ask them how to apply. Bring copies of your resume along and give one to the manager to show that you’re prepared and so they can see your qualifications and skills. It’s also important to remember that even if you don’t get the job, it’s still helpful to you to go through the process of applying and interviewing so you gain experience. That way, you’ll do even better next time and get the job you’re looking for! Also, emailing your resume and some information about yourself to employers you are interested in working for (even if they do not currently have jobs available) is a great way to show them you’re dedicated and highly interested in what they are doing. 

Good luck on your job search! Leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts, we’d love to hear from you! Make sure to follow us on our social media accounts for updates and other helpful information: @villehousing on Twitter and Instagram. 

Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F. Stine Endowed Scholarship Award

The presentation of the Stine Award has been a tradition in the Department of Housing and Residential Programs for three decades. The 2019-2020 academic year marks the 32nd year for the award. 

The Dr. Clyde S. and Pauline F Stine Endowed Scholarship was seeded in 1988, by Dr.’s 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 22 years (1946-1968).  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. 

Dr. George Stine has a unique relationship with the residence hall system at Millersville University, having spent the years of his childhood living in the residence halls during his father’s tenure as Dean of Men.  He holds fond memories of living in the original Bard, Harbold, and Diehm Halls as a child and later holding summer employment as a construction crewmember in the completion of the Dilworth Administration Building. 

Dr.’s 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 Housing and Residential Programs Stine Award Recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Adam T. Bachman Adam has been a Resident Assistant for the past three years assigned to the West Village Residence Hall complex. West Village Residence Area Director, Julia Collett describes Adam as exceeding Department expectations, greatly concerned about the success of his peers and residents and the promotion of Millersville University – a phenomenal Resident Assistant and an outstanding student, mentor and friend. 

Adam has a very distinguished history of service to Housing and Residential Programs and the campus community. A Government and Political Affairs major minoring in German, Psychology and Economics, Adam discovered his passion to help others early in his Millersville University journey, joining the Alliance for Social Change (formerly Social Work Organization) and participating in community food drives, sexual assault awareness training and advocacy events for marginalized groups.   

As Organization President and a Resident Assistant Adam implemented participation in PrideFest, Multicultural Showcase, New Admit Student Day, and hosted a campus Narcan training through the Lancaster Division of Project Lazarus.  

Incorporating advocacy principles into his Resident Assistant position he created a Tie-Dye-Versity program to promote awareness of marginalized groups.  He joined the R.A. Council to advocate for resident student concerns and was elected Student Trustee for the Millersville University Council of Trustees where he currently serves on the All University Council and the Strategic Advisory Council. Adam was selected for an internship in the Office of Homeland Security for the Governor of Pennsylvania where he learned about national and state security initiatives. This experience led to his successful application for a Federal Pathways Program with the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Security Agency.  He will transition into employment with the Agency upon graduation.   

The Department of Housing and Residential Programs is proud to recognize and endorse Adam T. Bachman as our Stine Award Recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

2019-2020 Housing and Residential Programs Resident Assistant Awards

Each year, the Department of Housing & Residential Programs (HARP) celebrates our dedicated student staff with awards for the hard work they put into making sure our residence halls are safe and engaging living-learning communities.  We are very proud to announce the winners of these various accolades our department awards to outstanding service to the department, the University, and our students:

Overall Awards:
Best Returning RA Award

The recipient for the Outstanding Returning RA Award is awarded to the RA with at least one year of experience.  The Recipient must show the utmost leadership not only among their residents, but among their staff as well.  

Recipient: Rachel Crispin, East Village

Rachel takes it upon herself to do what needs to be done to create and build community, provide intentional support to assist her residents, and be consistently good at both. She met the challenge of having a floor to herself and did an exceptional job there. She planned and coordinated large scale programs such as East Village’s Halloween Party, is willing to help with open desk shifts and other department needs. Through many different circumstances in her life which has proved challenging, Rachel has displayed amazing resiliency, which is what I’ve been impressed by the most. It brings me a great deal of excitement and pride to nominate Rachel Crispin for Best Returner.

Best New RA Award

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, positivity 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. 

Recipient: Larry Jeter, West Village

Larry has taken a lot of initiative this year. He invests a lot of time into getting to know his residents and sees every opportunity as a way to grow. Larry is a great team player and has very high emotional intelligence.

DA of the Year Award

To the Desk Attendant who best exemplify the HARP mission, teamwork and awesome customer service skills.


Recipients: Leah Bahl (pictured on left), South Village and Megan Nolan (pictured on right), West Village

Leah is a hard worker and a great team player.  Her positive attitude has allowed her to excel at her job.  She is helpful and welcoming with residents and is always willing to work when needed. In the short time she’s been with us, she has built friendly relationships with the other DAs as well as the RAs of South Village.

Megan is always at the desk on time. She knows the names of the residents and she makes people feel welcome in West. She knows how to do her job well and she has great customer service skills. She has been a great addition to the DA staff in West.

Programming Awards:

Through the Residential Curriculum, HARP created goals for RAs to meet with their residents through four pillars: Participation, Understanding, Well-Being, Transformation.

Participation Programming Award

To the RA that has best exemplified getting their residents involved in club/org involvement, campus & RA events, study groups.

Recipient: Jade Ryan, Reighard Hall

As someone who is actively involved around campus, Jade did a great job showing others the importance of being a part of the MU community.  Whether in the hall or on campus, Jade encouraged her residents to not just come to programs, but to become a leader and take an active role in shaping the programs being offered here at Millersville.

Understanding Programming Award

To the RA that best exemplifies helping residents identify peers for study groups, utilize academic resources, confidence in analysis skills.

Recipient: Jaelinn Leftridge, West Village

Jaelinn’s ability to develop relationships with others is what allowed her to create and educational community. She brought others together to study in the front lobby and used the study lounges to do homework with residents and peers.

Well-Being Programming Award

To the RA that best exemplifies helping residents identify campus resources for holistic wellness, healthy dining options, good sleeping habits, revisit roommate agreements.

Recipients:Amanda DiPaula (pictured on top) and Jack Kopp (pictured on bottom), South Village

Floor partners Jack and Amanda have worked tirelessly during the school year to ensure the holistic health and wellness of their residents.  They created an intramural team and participated in several intramural sports with their residents.  Jack and Amanda teamed up to work with their residents regarding conflict resolution skills to create better relationships with roommates.

Transformation Programming Award

To the RA that best exemplifies helping residents identify social identities, share learning moments with RA, accomplish goals.

Recipient: Phil Romansky, West Village

At the beginning of the school year, Phil had all of his residents write down semester goals. During his 1-1’s, he checked in with his residents on where they stood in accomplishing their goals. At the beginning of the spring semester, Phil helped his residents revisit their goals. Phil wants his residents to accomplish their dreams.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!! Thank you for all you do and keep up the amazing work!

Meet the Marketing Intern

My name is Stephanie Wenger and for the Spring 2020 semester I have been the Marketing Intern for the Department of Housing and Residential Programs. Throughout my internship I have learned a lot of valuable information about content marketing, writing professionally, and using social media for a business. Before taking this internship I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated, but now I have learned that I want continue writing professionally and get more into content marketing.

What did you learn about marketing and blogging?

As an English BA major I have written a lot of papers over the years. I have always enjoyed writing and this internship allowed me to have a job where I got to do what I love. The type of writing a person does professionally is different than writing papers for a class. I had to learn how to write for a business’s blog in a way that drew more people in. Another writing skill I learned was how to write more efficiently. For papers I always had to write more and give more information. This internship has taught me how to get my point across with fewer words.

Since I am not a marketing major I had to learn how to use social media as a marketing tool. I have my own personal social media accounts, but I had to learn how to run a business’s account. It was difficult, but I have learned so much about the marketing world and how social media fits into it.

What did you learn about yourself?

Like I stated above I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduate. I knew I wanted to do something that I loved, but I wasn’t sure what that was yet. Working as a Marketing Intern and writing for the Housing and Residential Programs’s blog has helped me realize that I love to write. I really enjoyed writing for the blog and creating the banners for them. I would love to do a job like this after graduating.

What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?

It is hard to narrow down my favorites because I enjoyed writing all of them. I would have to say that my favorites were the series I did on some of the different clubs on campus, How to Prepare for an Interview, and Need Motivation?

I loved learning about some of the different clubs on campus because it is sometimes hard to find them. The clubs that I was able to reach were the Dance Team, English Club, ASL Learner’s Club, and the Circle K.  Each club was fascinating to learn about and they were eager for others to know about them.

I liked the post I did about preparing for an interview because I felt it was good information to know. It is hard and stressful when you are getting ready for an interview, especially if it is your first real interview. It is important for people to understand what to say and how to dress before going into an interview.

It is hard at times to stay motivated during the semester. I enjoyed writing the motivation post because I felt it was that time of the semester when everyone needs a little encouragement to keep going. I also loved finding the different quotes because it helped to keep me motivated.

What was your most memorable project?

The most memorable project that I worked on was the Room Selection Info Session. I had helped organize, promote, and run this session. I learned how to prepare for an event and organize one. This was also the first event that I promoted. It gave me the experience of a marketer and helped me become better at problem solving.

What are your plans for the future?

I am graduating this semester so I am starting my job hunt. I want to continue in a field where I write professionally as well as start freelance writing. There are no set plans for my future, but I am sure I will find the job best suited for me. I have learned so much and I hope to bring what I learned into my future careers.

Congratulations!

Congratulations 2020 graduates you have made it to the end! Through all the craziness and uncertainty it has finally ended. It may not have happened the way we had wanted it to, but we can proudly say that we are college graduates. Sadly, graduation can not be May 9th as was originally planned, but it has been postponed. If you have not seen ‘Ville Daily then you should definitely check out this. The Department of Housing and Residential Programs wishes you luck in your future endeavors.

We also want to congratulate the students, faculty and staff for finishing the Spring 2020 semester strong. It has been difficult, but everyone did an excellent job with the change in everyday life. We know life will not go back to exactly as it was for a while, but we hope to be back for the Fall 2020 semester.

Please stay healthy and keep up with your EPPIIC Values. Good luck to everyone moving forward!