Jill Craven

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 day, 17 hours ago

    Prepare for Impact: Hurricane Season is Here Hurricane season has arrived, and communities are already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl. Spanning from June to November, this period brings heightened vigilance and preparedness as meteorologists track potential threats and residents ensure their homes and families are safeguarded. Hurricanes, with their powerful winds and torrential rains, can cause widespread devastation, making it crucial for everyone in vulnerable areas to stay informed and ready. Whether it’s reviewing evacuation plans or stocking up on emergency supplies, preparation is key to weathering the turbulent months ahead. “Hurricane season typically spans from approximately June 1 to November 30,” says Dr. Eleanor Casas, assistant professor of meteorology and expert in interactions between the tropical cyclone boundary layer and TC structure and intensity at Millersville University. “However, hurricanes are particularly active from approximately August 20 through mid-October. We have not yet reached the most active part of a typical Atlantic hurricane season.” Casas says that this season is expected to be a highly active hurricane season, as Hurricane Beryl seems to indicate. This is due to extremely warm ocean temperatures and possible neutral ENSO or even La Nina conditions. These conditions mean that low “vertical wind shear” conditions are more likely in the Atlantic Basin, which allows hurricanes to more easily spin “upright” like a top. However, regardless of predicted hurricane season activity, it only takes one hurricane to be an active season for those impacted, such as those in Texas from Beryl. Coastal residents should always have emergency preparations and plans regardless of seasonal predictions. Hurricanes are rotating weather systems with low pressure in the center but no strong temperature differences around them. To be officially classified as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the sustained maximum wind speed must be at least 74 mph. However, Casas notes that wind damage is not the only hazard associated with hurricanes; a weak tropical storm or depression can still be devastating and life-threatening through various flooding hazards that are not currently factored into the Saffir-Simpson scale. According to Casas, hurricanes typically affect coastal communities along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts and in the Caribbean the most, especially by contributing to widespread flooding through heavy rain and storm surges. However, as we saw with Hurricane Beryl, inland states like in the Great Plains, Midwest, and broader East Coast can receive impacts of varying severity ranging from light drizzle to tornadic storms and hazardous flooding. “States unlikely to be directly impacted by hurricanes are along the Pacific Coast and in the Mountain West,” says Casas. “Surprisingly, although Hawaii does also regularly get impacted by hurricanes, there is typically high “vertical wind shear” around Hawaii, which can help to “protect” the islands from hurricanes to a certain extent by “tilting” or “disrupting” the center of the circulation of approaching hurricanes and weakening them.” So, what makes a hurricane different from a tornado? According to Casas, while both are typically classified as severe or extreme weather and spin rapidly, hurricanes and tornadoes are very different weather phenomena formed by very different processes. Tornadoes are a small but dangerous part of a severe thunderstorm, and you can see typically from one side of the tornado to the other when standing on the ground. In contrast, a hurricane is composed of many storm cells rotating about a center, and hurricanes can span the size of multiple states. Hurricanes can even spawn tornadoes within them when making landfall, more often on the side of the hurricane where the winds are blowing toward the shore or after landfall. For more information about the remainder of hurricane season, you can check out the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook from Millersville University’s Weather Information Center […] “Prepare for Impact: Hurricane Season is Here”

  • What is play?Students in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • What is PlayStudents in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 6 days ago

    Corduroy by Barry Kornhauser opens in Chicago Barry Kornhauser’s award-winning play, “Corduroy,” is now running at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at the Navy Pier. The play began its run there on June 18 and will continue through July 14.   The Theatre for Young Audiences play, written by Millersville’s own Barry Kornhauser, assistant director of Campus and Community Engagement, is based on Don Freeman’s popular children’s book of the same name. The play first debuted in 2017 at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis and went on to win the American Alliance for Theatre & Education’s “Distinguished Play Award.” The story features a stuffed bear who lives in a department store and has a missing button on his corduroy overalls. He goes in search of the missing button so a young girl named Lisa can take him home.    You can watch a teaser of the play here.  While Kornhauser cannot see his adaptation in Chicago, the writer has been in close contact with the director throughout the rehearsal process and since the play’s opening. The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is the 25th theatre to put on Kornhauser’s play and is, like CTC, a Regional Theatre Tony Award winner.    The original play spans 90 minutes with an intermission which is typically considered an unusual length of time for young children to stay attentive. However, “Corduroy” has proved to keep thousands of children’s eyes glued to the stage. With school scheduling, however, Kornhauser has worked with the team at Chicago Shakes to offer a shorter hour-long version.    There are a lot of things people can expect to see in this play adaptation, and Kornhauser has left out no details. He put much of the focus on the deserted department store at night, as that reflected the book author’s favored scenes. He also brought to life scenes between Lisa and her mother the same evening that expanded the story and created a personal journey for Lisa. The attention to detail in the original story is what really helped Kornhauser bring the story to life on the stage.   When asked what inspired him to write a play adaptation of this beloved book, Kornhauser pointed to the deeper meaning behind the story and why he often read it to his own children.  “For Corduroy, it’s the sadly mistaken notion we all may have now and again that we’re somehow not good enough and that we need to find a missing “something” to be worthy of another’s love,” says Kornhauser.    The play has been put on in over 25 different venues. Other sites include:    Olympia Family Theatre, Olympia, Wash.   Denver Center, Denver   TYKES Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.   Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.   Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.   University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.   Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle   NCTC Drama, Gainesville, Texas   Rose Theatre, Omaha, Neb.   Emerson Stage, Boston   Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Md.   DeKalb School for the Arts, Dekalb, Ga.   Woodland Opera House, Woodland, Calif.   Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, N.H.   Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock, Ark.   Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, Maine   Cricut Theatre Company, Lake Zurich, Ill.   Savannah Children’s Theatre, Savannah, Ga.   Emerald City Theatre, Chicago   Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Fans in the Chicago area looking to experience the world of “Corduroy” can visit https://www.chicagoshakes.com/productions/corduroy/ to purchase t […] “Corduroy by Barry Kornhauser opens in Chicago”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks ago

    Future Educator Academy Continues to Inspire Pennsylvania is facing a teacher shortage. The Future Educator Academy at Millersville University aims to help. The University will hold its fifth program July 21-27.    The program, hosted by Dr. Miriam Witmer, associate professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville and Dr. Aileen Hower, assistant director of the academy, is open to all high school juniors and seniors in Pennsylvania who wish to pursue a career in education. During the week, students have the chance to experience college life while also learning the fundamentals of teaching and preparing for college.   Witmer and Dr. Lara Willox, Dean of the College of Education, travel to schools around the state to talk about the program, hoping to recruit young individuals who have an interest in teaching. Teachers at the schools are asked to recommend students who would be good for the program, boosting their confidence in the application interviews. Students at high schools in the Millersville area can attend the week-long program for free, with their $750 tuition paid by the School District of Lancaster. Zoe Patterson, a senior at McCaskey High School, is coming back for her second year with the program, eager to learn more.   “As college is approaching and I’m learning more and more about education, I’m excited to gain more knowledge, more experience and more awareness about the next stages of life,” says Patterson.   The academy is part of a larger program hosted by Millersville University to aid students into successful careers in education. Other programs include the Color of Teaching Mentoring program and the Side-by-Side program, both active at MU. Middle school students start by joining the Color of Teaching program, then participate in the Side-by-Side seminars as underclassmen in high school, attend the Future Educator Academy as juniors and complete dual enrollment as seniors. The overall program has helped students make connections and land jobs in schools upon graduating college. “These folks are now school leaders. Lena Cordero just got her doctorate and she’s a principal and Jassinya Alvarado-Padilla is back at McCaskey as a central office administrator,” says Witmer, referencing former attendees who found success in their careers and benefited from the program.   The program is exclusive to Millersville’s campus, but students from school districts all over the state travel to participate in this experience. These districts include the Harrisburg Academy, the School District of York City, the School District of Lancaster, the Pottstown School District, the Central Bucks School District and the Lower Dauphin School District.   To simulate the experience of a real college class, Millersville faculty and staff, as well as other teachers and professors in Pennsylvania, participate in setting up lessons during the program’s week and hands-on field trips. The students also assist with a summer reading camp, co-teaching young readers.    Students stay in the South Village residence halls for the week and eat at the Upper Deck, one of MU’s main dining halls. Current Millersville students assisting in the program act as resident assistants and plan small events in the residence halls. They also hold discussions based on the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”   When concluding the week, the students will be instructed to complete a “3-2-1 reflection,” allowing them to recall three things they learned from the experience, two practices they will continue, and one thing they will immediately implement. The students share their reflections at the end of the week, often bringing parents to tears. Along with this reflection, students will also receive awards for their achievements as well as a keepsake “challenge coin” that is inscribed with “Stars of the Future” and a motivational quote for them to take with them on their journey to becoming educato […] “Future Educator Academy Continues to Inspire”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks ago

    'Ville's Mobile Robotics Team Shines Millersville University’s Mobile Robotics Team recently showcased their innovative robotic platform, ALiEN 5.0 (Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator, version 5.0), at the prestigious 31st Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in Rochester, Michigan, from May 31 to June 3, 2024. This annual competition brought together top engineering talent from universities around the world, challenging them to design, build, and program autonomous ground vehicles capable of navigating complex environments. The Millersville team, known for their cutting-edge approach to mobile robotics, had been preparing their entry, ALiEN 5.0, for the past year. With its state-of-the-art LiDAR (laser sensors) for detecting objects, machine vision cameras for “seeing” lanes, and GPS module for following navigation waypoints, the robot was able to perceive its environment with high accuracy. These technologies were crucial for the AutoNav task, which simulated highway driving conditions (at low speeds) and required precise navigation and obstacle avoidance. The team’s efforts were rewarded, as Millersville University took home 1st to Qualify, 2nd in Performance, and 2nd overall from a field of 23 teams in the AutoNav class, showcasing their technical readiness and innovation. “The team has shown an extremely high level of resolve, focus, and technical skill to even qualify for this competition…not to mention they performed at the top of the competition in an international field,” says Dr. John Haughery, team advisor. IGVC is renowned for its rigorous standards and the innovative solutions it inspires, making it a significant event for aspiring roboticists and engineers. Participation in this competition provided team members studying Automation & Robotics Engineering Technology, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology at MU with a unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to practical problems, fostering skills in robotics, artificial intelligence, and systems engineering. Dr. John Wright, founding team advisor, says, “When we started the team in 2001, we never imagined the success and scope of engineering and technological development that we routinely do these days. The AEST Department prepares some of the best robotics and industrial control engineers in the world, as evidenced by our continued success at IGVC. I look forward to working with the students on next year’s design!” With over 50 first- to third-place awards in national and international competitions over the past 25+ years, Haughery says Millersville University’s Mobile Robotics Team has a storied history of excellence. Their consistent success underscores the University’s commitment to advancing technological education and innovation. This year, the team was supported by generous sponsors, including Phoenix Contact, USA, SICK Sensor Intelligence, and Millersville University. The team’s performance at this year’s IGVC not only highlighted their technical prowess but also underscored the University’s commitment to advancing technological education and innovation. For more information on the competition, please contact Dr. John Haughery or Dr. John Wright. For information on degrees in Robotics & Automation, c […] “‘Ville’s Mobile Robotics Team Shines”

  • Playing with Pieces: Some parts of playStudents in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    President Wubah Speaks at UCU in Uganda Millersville’s President, Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, gave the keynote address for the Uganda Christian University Annual Public Lecture on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. The theme of the lecture was “A call to Prominence is a Call to Service.” Wubah was also the guest of honor and delivered the commencement address at Uganda Christian University’s graduation on Ju […] “President Wubah Speaks at UCU in Uganda”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 3 weeks ago

    Making College Possible: Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta This summer, Millersville University’s Office of Financial Aid is hosting the FAFSA Fiesta event series. These events are designed to assist students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid while providing access to financial aid experts in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. The events are free and open to everyone, regardless of whether they plan to attend Millersville. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing the financial aid needed to help make college possible. We spoke with Emiyaril Alvarez, Millersville University’s Director of Financial Aid, to learn more about the upcoming events and their benefits to our community. When and where will the events take place? The FAFSA Fiesta events will be held on July 16 and August 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster. People can stop in at any time that is convenient for them, but it is strongly encouraged to register for the date and timeframe you plan to attend. To register and learn more about this initiative, go to millersville.edu/possible. What languages will be spoken? Our diverse and dedicated financial aid team will provide personalized, one-on-one assistance in multiple languages. Language support includes English, Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi, Nigerian Pidgin and Yoruba. People can chat with financial aid experts in their native language and enjoy refreshments. What do you hope to accomplish with the events? The goal of these FAFSA Fiesta events is to help students toward the path of making college possible. The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form has posed numerous challenges. Our team is committed to helping people navigate this process and secure the financial aid they need. In conjunction with Millersville University’s “Make College Possible: Get FAFSA Ready” campaign, we aim to increase FAFSA submission rates in our local community and across the state of Pennsylvania. What should people bring with them? Before determining what to bring with you, first you should determine who needs to contribute their information on your FAFSA. People can find more information on who is considered a contributor and other helpful tips on our website: millersville.edu/fa-apply. Once you know that information, having the following items on hand can help you accurately complete the application and avoid any potential delays. All contributors will need a Federal Student Aid Account to log into the application and submit the FAFSA. This should be completed at least three days prior to the event. If you are struggling with this process, we can assist you at the event and schedule another time to complete the FAFSA. The Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen) of all contributors. 2022 Tax returns (if applicable), W-2 forms, and any other financial information for each contributor. The name, date of birth, Social Security number, and email addresses of each contributor. Additional information potential attendees should know? This event is about more than completing the FAFSA; it’s about community. In the Office of Financial Aid, we consider ourselves a family. During these uncertain times, we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable reaching out for help. We hope to see you, your family, your friends, and your support system. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—we’re here for you. Join us and become part of the amazing Millersvil […] “Making College Possible: Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 3 weeks ago

    'Ville Employees Assist Junior Achievement In keeping with one of the University’s core values of public mission, employees from Millersville have volunteered for the Junior Achievement program once again.  Since 2012, employees from Millersville have volunteered to work in local classrooms and schools with the non-profit organization Junior Achievement of South-Central PA. This year, 11 employees volunteered a total of 16 times with the organization:  Alison Hutchinson, Registrar  Andrew Welaish, Director of Library Operations  Dr. Brooke Martin, Adjunct Professor in Art Education  Gwendolyn Phillips, Criminology, Sociology & Anthropology Department Secretary  Jasmine Campbell, Director of Student Accounts  Dr. Jennifer Burke, Assistant Professor of Early, Middle & Exceptional Education  Jim Lee, Faculty Instructor of Business  Jorge Santiago, Talent Search Academic Caseworker  Dr. Leslie Gates, Professor of Art Education and Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator of Art Education  Dr. Mary Beth Williams, Vice President for Student Affairs  Dr. Sarah Brooks, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools  Millersville University was rewarded with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing the hard work each employee put into inspiring students in “financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship.”  “Volunteering with Junior Achievement, or one of the many other organizations our employees serve, connects personal interests of our team members to the overarching values of our workplace, ultimately benefitting the communities in which we live,” says Wendy Bowersox, employee engagement specialist and interim Title IX coordinator at Millersville University.  Employees recall their experiences and how it benefits the students.  “These students get really excited to talk to adults who might be in the career they are considering,” says Alison Hutchinson, a registrar at Millersville. “They love hearing about college as an option. They absolutely know the value of a skilled trade, and competition for spots in our career and technology programs in Lancaster County is fierce. They know that they can make a good living a variety of ways.”  Most Millersville volunteers start their work in a familiar place: their own child’s classroom, others choose to work at the school closest to their home or at a school they attended.  “I had the opportunity to go back into my own middle school in the Pequea Valley School District to do the career clusters module,” says Hutchinson. “So, when I said to the classroom, ‘When I sat where you are sitting,’ I really meant it!”  “As educators and higher education professionals, we have the best information about careers that require a 4-year degree or more,” says Hutchinson. “We not only know about our discipline area, we know about all of the directions our grads might pursue. It’s pretty easy to start with your own child’s school, or the school closest to your home, and it is a nice short-term volunteer commitment of a few hours. It’s also a great way to show that Millersville cares about our local community.”  As a result of this successful year volunteering, the team in MU’s Career Center will strive to increase the number of volunteers for Junior Achievement in the coming years to ensure each student is prepared for their future.  “It takes a lot of volunteers to make Junior Achievement happen,” says Hutchinson.  Employees interested in volunteering for Junior Achievement should email the Career Center at MU at careers@millersville.edu fo […] “‘Ville Employees Assist Junior Achievement”

  • What is Play: Falling into Abstract Rabbit HolesStudents in Dr. Nicole Pfannenstiel’s summer Games and Writing class crafted blog posts exploring play theory. Over the next several […]

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    'Ville's FAFSA Fiesta Helps All This summer, Millersville University is participating in FAFSA Fiesta to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing the financial aid necessary to make educational dreams a reality, and through the “FAFSA Fiesta,” the University is committed to making that process as smooth and accessible as possible. The FAFSA Fiesta events will be held on July 16 and August 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ware Center. These events feature personalized assistance from Millersville’s Financial Aid team, language support in eight different languages, and the opportunity to engage with financial aid experts while enjoying light refreshments. For more information and to register, visit the FAFSA Fiesta Registration page. Millersville’s FAFSA Fiesta is a response to a national decline in FAFSA submissions. Millersville University is collaborating with other universities within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to boost FAFSA completions. The PASSHE Foundation has been granted $357,602, administered by the Educational Credit Management Corporation with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, to support this summer’s FAFSA outreach. Millersville, along with Commonwealth, Shippensburg, and Slippery Rock universities, is spearheading a regional initiative to assist students across the Commonwealth in submitting the FAFSA. Help is available to students attending both PASSHE and non-PASSHE institutions. For those unable to attend the FAFSA events, Millersville’s financial aid team is available to assist Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-hour appointments are offered in person, by phone, or virtually via Zoom. Schedule your appointment here. Millersville’s Office of Financial Aid provides helpful tips and resources for those who feel more comfortable starting the FAFSA process on their own. Learn more here. Millersville University offers a wide range of financial aid options designed to make education affordable. From federal and state aid to scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities, the University is committed to helping students explore every avenue. Discover more about our financial aid options here. For more detailed information, please visit Millersville Universit […] “‘Ville’s FAFSA Fiesta Helps All”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks ago

    National Rankings for the 'Ville Millersville University has been recognized by various national organizations for the academic caliber and monetary value of its degree programs. Study Abroad Aide Out of 8,060 universities across 69 countries, the site Study Abroad Aide ranked Millersville in the top 21% of universities with the best value for international students. According to the site, rankings are determined based on the “academic quality, comprising 75% of the weight, and cost of education for the remaining 25%.” This ranking highlights the many benefits of Millersville’s numerous degree programs, including cost-effectiveness. Forbes Advisor Millersville University’s Emergency Management program has been recognized as one of the Best Online Emergency Management Degrees Of 2024, which was published this spring on Forbes Advisor Education. Forbes Advisor’s education editors are committed to producing unbiased rankings and informative articles covering online colleges, tech boot camps and career paths. Their ranking methodologies use data from the National Center for Education Statistics, education providers, and reputable educational and professional organizations. Online Master’s Degrees The site Online Master’s Degrees has ranked Millersville in the top 9% of U.S. universities with the best online and hybrid graduate-level degree programs. Online Master’s Degrees determine their rankings by evaluating “which universities offer the best value regarding education quality, availability, cost, and flexibility.” Three different Master’s degree programs were specifically recognized for their merit. 13th place in “Best Online Master’s Degrees in Emergency Management” 20th place in “Best Nurse Educator Certificate Online Programs” 31st place in “Best Online Clinical Social Work Programs” CounselingPsychology.org CounselingPsychology.org ranked Millersville’s Master of Social Work degree program as the third-best MSW program in Pennsylvania. Counseling Psychology ranks programs “through a multifaceted assessment process encompassing several key criteria,” where they evaluate “the overall quality, impact, and effectiveness of programs, ensuring a fair and accurate representation of each program […] “National Rankings for the ‘Ville”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks ago

    Chick-fil-A Coming to the ‘Ville in 2025 Millersville University and Student Services, Inc., are partnering to join more than 300 universities nationwide that have a Chick-fil-A on their campus. The restaurant will open during the spring semester of 2025. “This is the next step to diversify student dining options on campus,” says Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, President of Millersville University. “Our students have long been interested in having a Chick-fil-A on campus, and we’re hoping this will be the first of additional adventures for the University.” The University will handle all the operations of Chick-fil-A, which will be housed in part of the space currently occupied by the Galley in the Student Memorial Center. Like other dining facilities on campus, AFSCME employees and University students will fill the positions at Chick-fil-A. There will continue to be additional dining options in the Galley. Plans are now underway to renovate the Galley for this new opportunity. This fall, the Galley will be closed, and dining staff will be reallocated to the Cove, Anchor, Upper Deck and Marauder Express. The move will allow for extended hours and services in those locations to accommodate the extra need while the Galley is offline. “We’re pleased to help bring a new restaurant to Millersville University’s campus and the community,” says Geoff Beers, CEO of SSI and Student Lodging Inc. “This project has been in the works for over two years, and we’re excited to make the announcement.” Students, faculty and staff can use Marauder Gold and Flex dollars at Chick-fil-A. The campus community and the public can use credit cards or […] “Chick-fil-A Coming to the ‘Ville in 2025”

    • jredd replied 3 weeks ago

      Wow that sucks. Their anti-LGBTQ views really align with our EPIIC values.
      I’ll continue to boycott their gross food.

      Editor’s note: We understand there are concerns about Chick-fil-A’s past contributions and positions, though we also recognize the changes Chick-fil-A has made over time to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. The decision to have them on our campus is all about offering diverse dining options to our community.

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    The Convenience Trade-off of Forever Chemicals Forever chemicals have been in the news a lot lately. Nonstick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging and waterproof clothing offer significant convenience, but this comes at a cost. These products contain PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), also known as “forever chemicals,” a class of manmade chemicals that provide water, stain and grease resistance. Unfortunately, PFAS are also highly toxic, even at extremely low levels. “These characteristics make them popular for use in thousands of commercial products, such as non-stick pans, outdoor gear, cosmetics, food wrappers and more,” says Paul Hill, director of Environmental Health and Safety at Millersville University. “However, PFAS are long-lasting chemicals that break down over tens of thousands of years.” PFAS are used extensively, resulting in widespread presence in humans, animals, soil, air and water. Their occurrence in water originates from various sources, including runoff from PFAS-containing soil, biological pathways, wastewater treatment, industrial processes and leaching from landfills into water reservoirs. “PFAS can be removed from drinking water through a number of different complex processes,” says Hill. “Common treatments include reverse osmosis, microbial degradation, carbon filtration, oxidation processes and others.” According to Hill, a study conducted by Johns Hopkins suggests that buying bottled water is not a better alternative because it found that 39 out of more than 100 bottled waters tested contained PFAS, including those labeled as “purified.” However, purified bottled water is often treated through reverse osmosis and generally contains lower levels of PFAS than bottled water labeled “spring water.” Drinking water contaminated with PFAS at dangerous levels poses several health risks, including high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Avoiding exposure to forever chemicals can be daunting due to their widespread presence in the environment, including water and food sources. According to Hill, individuals can take steps to reduce their exposure by minimizing the use of non-stick pans, stain and water-resistant fabrics and waterproofing treatments. Additionally, opting for water filters rated for PFAS removal and choosing products labeled as PFAS-free can help mitigate the risk of exposure. Hill suggests staying informed about PFAS sources and regulations in your area and advocating for stricter regulations and safer alternatives. Also, dispose of PFAS-containing products responsibly according to local guidelines to prevent contamin […] “The Convenience Trade-off of Forever Chemicals”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Millersville Students Impress at PennVet Presentation Millersville University students sophomore Kate Vossen and senior Evelyn Orlowski wowed attendees with their all-star presentation on their findings during owl pellet dissection at the Barn Owl Event at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinarian School this spring. The PennVet professionals were impressed by their “depth of knowledge, engaging delivery, and the seamless flow of their presentation.” Their academic excellence and professional poise showcased the exceptional talent and dedication nurtured at MU. Kate Vossen is a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior. She’s from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Why was this project important to you? I have always loved animals, which translated into an interest in conservation. As a kid, I loved the television show Wild Kratts; that’s where I got my start in learning about conservation. As I have gotten older, I have been lucky enough to have some truly amazing opportunities in conservation. Last summer, I participated in a conservation education internship at Elmwood Park Zoo and wanted to continue working in this field. I was lucky enough to have an amazing academic advisor, Dr. Brent Horton, who connected me to Dr. Aaron Haines and Evelyn Orlowski and the work that they were doing and quickly started helping and later presenting with Evelyn. I think it is so important to connect some serious topics, like the conservation of disappearing and endangered animals, with fun and educational activities like dissecting owl pellets. That kind of activity can be utilized in an educational setting for people of all ages and can really help with education on conservation. I certainly didn’t expect this project to turn into such an amazing experience in conservation education, but I am so glad it did. What’s next for you? Going back to work at my local doggy daycare, my yearly service project working on repairing homes in Appalachia and summer class at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Virginia, for the summer until I come back to Millersville to start my junior year. Once I am back at college, I will continue to work at our campus rock climbing course, manage the mixed martial arts club as club president, and hopefully continue and expand our work in Dr. Haines’ conservation lab. Evelyn Orlowski is a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior. She’s from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Why was this project important to you? I have always enjoyed dissections as a kid. Dr. Aaron Haines informed me of the opportunity to participate in research on this project. Working with professionals in conservation has been such an amazing opportunity that I have benefited so much from. I have gained interest and motivation from industry professionals to continue diving further into the project. This project has been meaningful to me because of the opportunities to work on a real-life problem affecting barn owls and small mammal conservation in the state.  What’s next for you? Over the summer, I will work at a local veterinarian practice and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, fostering kittens and continuing this research project by identifyi […] “Millersville Students Impress at PennVet Presentation”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 month, 1 week ago

    Faculty/Staff/President Activities   Millersville University’s faculty, staff and president had a busy spring. Here are a few of their accomplishments, awards, books, etc. Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers, associate professor of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology and the MU chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, were named Outstanding Student Section of the Year for 2024. The section exceeded all three requirements: professional development, research and campus and community involvement. The chapter was ranked above fellow PASSHE institutions, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. Bowers and the section will receive $5,000 to fund scholarships and research for the University. Dr. Joe Cernuto, assistant professor of music, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize, which celebrates American excellence in the arts. This company hosts the most complex series of music-related contests in the United States. Cernuto is in the Band Conducting—College/University edition category, representing MU nationwide. He received recognition for this award by sending in videos conducting the MU Wind Ensemble. The winners of the award will be announced in the fall. Ethan Hulsey, director of athletic communications, recently won two first-place writing awards. Both awards are for the 2023-24 CSC Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest. His awards fall in the categories of Season Recap/Preview and Event Coverage in the College Division.  His articles covered the golf and football teams at Millersville. Dr. Kaitlin Mondello, assistant professor in English & World Languages, had her review “Darwin meets Dickinson” of the book “Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science,” published in the journal “Science.” Not only did the popular magazine publish Mondello’s work, but it was also featured on the main page of the website in early May. The website reaches an audience of over 1 million people. Dr. Jack Ogutu, professor and chairperson of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology and Hope Schmids, director of the Workforce Development Program, represented Millersville University at the IU13’s 26th annual Lancaster County Partnership Appreciation Luncheon. Their invitation resulted from providing slip, trip and fall prevention training to over 50 IU13 job trainers and 250 students through the Susan Harwood grant SH-30182SH2, which was from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of The U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Lara Willox, dean of the College Education and Human Services, received an award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on June 4. The award is presented to individuals who have shown immense support to a person in association with the National Guard or Reserve. Dr. Alex Redcay nominated Willox for the award in appreciation of the accommodations made to her for her military service.  Dr. Karen Rice and Casandra Miller were on hand at the award presentation to Willox. Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University, was recently honored by the African American Cultural Alliance. Wubah was acknowledged at the Black Excellence Gala and Award Ceremony on April 25.  This year, the event’s theme was ‘Knowledge is Power,’ honoring those who have shown great achievement in spreading the importance of education to young individuals and the surrou […] “Faculty/Staff/President Activities  “

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 month, 1 week ago

    From RN to BSN in as Little as 12 Months According to the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, the state is predicted to face a shortage of over 20,000 nurses by 2026, the worst in the nation. However, a new agreement between Millersville University and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers a promising solution for Central Pennsylvania. The Millersville/HACC Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Concurrent Enrollment Program was announced on June 12 on Millersville University’s campus. “This innovative partnership between Millersville University and HACC is a win-win for everyone,” says Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University. “It allows us to create a seamless pathway for students to pursue their nursing careers, meets our EPPIIC value of serving the public, while addressing the critical need for more qualified nurses in our region.” Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, HACC’s president and CEO, said, “HACC is thrilled to partner with Millersville University on this initiative, which will give HACC nursing students a head start on their BSN program while completing their studies at HACC.” Students can take one Millersville course per term while working on their registered nursing degree at HACC. This concurrent enrollment means that once they complete their HACC degree, they can finish their BSN at Millersville University more quickly. Concurrent education students are expected to complete their BSN within 12-15 months after graduating from HACC. Some students can finish in as little as 6-12 months. Students will be assigned advisors at MU and HACC, who will collaborate to help them achieve their academic goals. After earning their ASN from HACC, the MU advisor will continue to guide their academic progress through the BSN program. All MU courses will be fully online and span seven weeks. Depending on the student’s credit needs, enrollees can take telehealth certification and other 300-level nursing courses, such as professionalism and environmental health. Concurrent education students will also have access to the Millersville University library and other MU resources and be eligible for undergraduate scholarship opportunities. Any HACC student accepted into the HACC Nursing Program can apply for the Millersville RN to BSN Concurrent Enrollment Program. Students must be accepted into HACC’s ASN program before applying to MU. Participation in the Concurrent Enrollment Program is optional; HACC students may choose to complete their ASN before beginning their BSN. Interested students are encouraged to apply in their first or second semester at HACC. Joining the Concurrent Enrollment Program helps accelerate a student’s path to earning a BSN or even an MSN degree. Additionally, depending on their HACC credit load, joining the Concurrent Enrollment Program can help students maintain their part-time or full-time status, making them eligible for federal financial aid. For additional information, click here: millersville.edu/nursing/ […] “From RN to BSN in as Little as 12 Months”

  • MU Continues Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Earlier this year, State Senator Art Haywood and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission released a report on racial harassment at state schools. Haywood embarked on his “ENOUGH Listening Tour” from April 2022 to November 2023 to visit PASSHE Schools across the state, listening to students’ experiences and taking note of each school’s efforts to address racism and build up students of color. In Haywood’s report, Millersville University was noted for providing opportunities for students and staff to learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The report also explains how Millersville University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is conducting research to create a comprehensive, long-term strategy for best supporting its marginalized students. The University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Carlos Wiley, explains that the specific goals of this research are to first find out why students of color might leave Millersville or why they are successful at the University. “We’re also conducting an equity scorecard to see what inequities exist that may be blocking students of color from being successful,” he adds. “Or, if students are successful, we’re hoping to discover how to upscale those things that are helping them.” Wiley also notes that to meet student needs, the Intercultural Center is looking to expand its staff to further facilitate all departments on campus to work on their own plans for inclusive excellence. “This way, we can better serve and meet the needs of our students of color, along with all of our marginalized student populations.” In addition to this research, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion ensures there are many opportunities to provide information to the community, including in-person and online workshops. Through the Intercultural Center, these workshops focus on four different components: the art of listening, cultivating connection and belonging, dismantling our prejudices and building empathy and self-awareness. In the fall, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer non-credited certificates related to these workshops. The report also highlights the importance of having these conversations about diversity and inclusion in the classroom. “Students from different backgrounds can engage with students who may have differing beliefs and cultural practices that they can engage with. This will make our students better equipped to enter a diverse workforce,” Wiley adds. “Through the research we’re doing, we will also get more in-depth information from students around their experiences with racial harassment or bigotry,” Wiley concludes. “We can then begin to build in some programs for events like orientations and EPPIIC Welcome Weekend, which will allow us to talk to students about where they can report these things and what steps have already been taken for us to address them.” Additionally, the Behavioral Intervention Team provides a form for students to report harassment and discrimination, which Wiley notes helps the University respond to situations in real-time. The Behavioral Intervention Team is designed to help assist in situations where students, faculty or staff are displaying disruptive or threatening behaviors that potentially impede their own or others’ ability to function successfully or safely. For more information […] “MU Continues Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion”

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