Janet Kacskos

  • MUPD Chief Receives 2024 Catalyst for Change Award Domestic Violence Services, a program of the Community Action Partnership, recently announced Millersville University Police Chief Pete Anders ’02 as the 2024 recipient of the DVS Catalyst for Change Award. Anders is an active and engaged member of the Lancaster County STOP-SART Coordinating Team, which enhances the partnership between county law enforcement, prosecution, and victims’ services. “Throughout his career in law enforcement, and most recently on the MU campus, Chief Anders has consistently advocated for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” DVS Director Christine Gilfillan said. “We are thrilled to honor him with the 2024 Catalyst for Change Award.” Upon learning of his award, Millersville’s VP of Finance & Administration, Dr. Nafez Alyan, shared the following: “Since his arrival as Police Chief for Millersville University in 2010, Pete Anders has served our campus community with professionalism and grace. His eye is always on the safety of our campus – making sure students, faculty, staff and visitors have a welcoming environment. Whether helping the University become StormReady, working on the Emergency Operations Plan or taking part in the Iron Chef competition, Chief Anders always has a positive presence on campus. We’re pleased that Domestic Violence Services has honored him with the 2024 Catalyst for Change Award.” The Catalyst for Change Award, established in 2019, recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the mission of DVS (beyond the requirements of professional work) to be a catalyst to end domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy and/or social change efforts. Previous winners include: • Bob Newell and Chris LaBoy, 2023 • Dana Hamp Gulick, 2022 • Linda Gort, 2021 • Fran Kane, 2020 • Susan Van Zant, 2019 Anders was recognized at the inaugural DVS Spring Luncheon on May 23, at the Cork Factory Hotel. About Domestic Violence Services DVS is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence in Lancaster County through direct service, advocacy, and social change. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional training and community education and prevention sessions for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit caplanc.org/DVS. About Community Action Partnership The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families achieve economic empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life in the areas of education, health, household stability safety and empowerment. For more inf […] “MUPD Chief Receives 2024 Catalyst for Change Award”

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

    Alum Leads Space Weather Prediction Center Mike Bettwy’s career path was never in doubt. The Millersville University alumnus says he remembers being as young as five or six years old and discovering his interest in math, science and especially the weather, clouds and nature. Ever since the first grade, Bettwy knew he wanted to go into meteorology and forecasting the weather. Today, he works as the head of the Forecast Office at the Space Weather Prediction Center. In this position, Bettwy forecasts space weather and coordinates with partners, like NASA, to identify space weather events. He assists the forecasters, talks with the media, interacts with visitors and works with researchers to help develop tools and applications to aid in forecasting operations. Space weather, Bettwy explains, is essentially the “weather of the sun.” “Even though the sun is 93 million miles away from Earth, it is very active and constantly ‘belching’ gas and particles into space, which is known as the solar wind,” he says. “When there are major solar flares or related activity on the sun – when more plasma, gas and other particles get hurled away from the sun – it can damage satellites, cause power outages and increase radiation exposure to astronauts.” He continues, “We’re mostly here to forecast the more dangerous elements, including their potential impacts on satellites, communications/navigation, power grids and increased risk of heightened radiation exposure to astronauts. Airlines will even reroute their flights during significant events.” Bettwy finds the work meaningful because it helps connect the public with his field. “Serving our partners and the public with actionable information is very motivating to me,” he says. We do our best every day to translate complex science into meaningful terms that everyone can understand so they can take appropriate action and be more informed.” In addition to his current role, Bettwy has an accomplished resume. After graduating from MU, he worked as a contractor for NASA, conducting climate research and science writing. Then, he joined the National Weather Service as a forecaster before going into management. “It has been an exciting ride and has afforded me the opportunity to work in numerous locales around the country,” he shares. Bettwy says that his time as a meteorology student at Millersville gave him the abilities needed to really understand the field. “MU’s rigorous program gave me the skills and education needed to think critically about all aspects of science, far beyond what you learn in specific courses and, most importantly, how to apply what you learned in a practical sense,” he says. He adds that his time at the University was a terrific experience. “My classmates, the professors and the University as a whole were very supportive of learning; it was an encouraging environment. Each day was a treat! It was like earning a degree with a group of close friends – we all watched out for each other, and if you encountered a challenge or difficulty, you always knew that you could overcome it.” Dr. Richard Clark, professor emeritus of meteorology, says that Bettwy has always exemplified the goals of the University’s meteorology program. “Mike came to Millersville with a passion for weather and superlative writing skills. In my 35 years of teaching an intensive writing course in meteorological instrumentation, Mike was the only student whose 10-page paper required no revision, and not for the lack of trying to find something.” He continues, “Mike exemplifies the program goal of developing a workforce steeped in quantitative skills used in problem-solving and enriched with social skills that enable communication and collaboration. He is a reminder that so many of our productive alumni have moved up to leadership positions in government, private sectors, and academia.” Clark says that MU meteorology graduates are everywhere doing great things and are the next generation who will impact the weather, water and climate fields. “It is not lost on us that Millersville was the first undergraduate meteorology program in the country to develop an academic concentration in heliophysics and space weather, and now to see one of our graduates have a leadership role at SWPC is extremely rewarding,” he concludes. Bettwy adds, “I very much enjoyed the research studies I completed while at MU; they taught me so much and gave me exposure to some of the brightest minds in the industry. Of course, I will always fondly remember the professors for their passion and willingness to help in any way they could in our path to achieving our goals!” Want to study meteorology? Find […] “Alum Leads Space Weather Prediction Center”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 3 days ago

    AI Conference: Shaping the Future The age of Artificial Intelligence has begun. Picture a world where computers think, learn, and even empathize, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. From deciphering languages to diagnosing diseases, AI is the wizardry behind the curtain, shaping the future about which we once only dreamed. Millersville University is hosting a symposium about the world of AI on May 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ware Center. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. “At Millersville, we want to help guide those conversations,” says Dr. Marc Tomljanovich, dean of the Lombardo College of Business at Millersville University. “We don’t have all of the answers, but we want to be part of the discussion.” The workshop will center on the emerging field of generative AI, which gained prominence in the public eye approximately 18 months ago. Generative AI involves artificial intelligence systems that can produce text, images, videos, or other data using generative models, often in response to specific prompts. Examples include programs like ChatGPT, Gemini and GitHub Copilot. The event will include a keynote speech delivered by Millersville University President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah. Following this, a panel discussion will take place, followed by three breakout sessions. These sessions will explore various themes, including AI in the workplace, focusing on efficiency and collaboration, reskilling and upskilling in the era of AI and ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI adoption. The panel will include experts from Lancaster General Hospital, Eurofins, Thaddeus Stevens College, Clark Associates and Trout CPA, and will be moderated by Lancaster Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Heather Valudes. Dr. Chad Hogg, assistant professor of computer science; Dr. Oliver Dreon, Jr., professor of educational foundations; and Dr. Victor DeSantis, vice president of University Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Millersville University, will assist with the breakout sessions. Josh Hartranft, interim chief technology officer at Millersville University, will help MC the event. “The idea is to bring together a number of voices in the local community who have been working at organizations and probably employing AI,” says Tomljanovich. “We want to bring together leaders from the healthcare, education, manufacturing and financial services sectors so we can all talk to one another and learn.” The conference’s goal is to serve as a hub for connecting people involved with strategic and operational elements of AI at their organizations throughout the Lancaster area. The discussion aims to showcase current applications of AI in regional companies, organizations, governments and educational institutions, offering insights into its utilization and providing an AI roadmap for leaders, employees and educational establishments. Those seeking further details or wishing to register for the event can […] “AI Conference: Shaping the Future”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 3 days ago

    President Wubah's Op-Ed on Inclusive Education Colleges and universities nationwide continue to grapple with demographic shifts, fiscal challenges, and the lasting impacts of the pandemic. Against these larger societal forces, many higher education institutions have focused considerable attention and resources on improving access and affordability for their students. Many institutions are providing new opportunities for adult learners, veterans, international students and other previously underserved populations. While many campuses are increasing the diversity of the student body, not all interested students have benefited equally from the growing access to higher education. Students with intellectual disability attend college at the lowest rate of students from any disability category. Approximately 6.5 million Americans have some intellectual disability, defined as having significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, problem-solving) and adaptive behavior. However, due to minimal college options and a lack of awareness, school-age students with intellectual disability are less likely to prepare for and seek higher education. There are approximately 15 million undergraduate students enrolled in college in the United States, but only about 6000 of these are students with intellectual disability. Further, challenges exist in the workforce, as individuals with intellectual disability are more likely to be underemployed, working part-time and earning less than the minimum wage. Only 28% of working-age adults with intellectual disability have ever held a job. This situation leaves an astounding number of eager workers on the sidelines at a time when our state and regional economies can hardly afford to overlook any segment of the available workforce. These statistics represent an enormous challenge for colleges and universities and an opportunity. Broadening access to education for individuals with intellectual disability not only benefits those students but also benefits the greater student body, teaching and learning environments, campuses, communities, and the workforce. At Millersville University, where I serve as president, we pride ourselves on our work to expand opportunities for students with intellectual disability. As a public university dedicated to the core values of inclusion and compassion, we strive to foster an environment where every student, regardless of their background or abilities, thrives and ultimately meets their educational aspirations. Inclusive postsecondary education is not an abstract concept for us—it is a lived reality. Our Integrated Studies initiative stands as a testament to our dedication to inclusivity. In this unique initiative, students with disabilities are not segregated or separated; instead, they are integrated seamlessly into our academic, social and communal fabric. They attend the same classes, live in the same residence halls, dine in the same halls and join the same clubs as their peers. We do not view them as students with disabilities; they are students, period. As an institution, we recognize that a vital component of students’ reaching their potential is creating a strong sense of belonging for all our students. I have seen the impact of integration reverberate across our campus and witnessed the strong connection and sense of belongingness within our community. Our faculty and staff have stepped up, not just as educators but as compassionate mentors who understand and respond to the diverse learning needs of their students. They willingly step out of their comfort zones, employing innovative teaching methods to create opportunities for every student to succeed. Our campus has adapted, learned, and continues to grow to serve our students with disabilities. Our commitment to inclusion brings with it some challenges; however, these challenges are opportunities for growth and learning. We have embraced the philosophy that providing equal opportunities to all is not about offering special treatment; it’s about leveling the playing field. In the real world, no one receives special treatment based on their abilities or disabilities. Our campus mirrors the world into which our students will graduate; therefore, we must ensure they are well-equipped for the challenges that await them beyond the campus. As a biologist, I often view our approach to inclusive education to the genetics and biodiversity of an ecosystem. Much like a robust ecosystem, a campus flourishes when it is composed of students from different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. Inclusive education is not just a campus endeavor for us; it is also deeply personal for me. As a grandfather to an autistic grandson, I understand the importance of advocating for equal opportunities. My fourteen-year-old grandson is very bright and tries incredibly hard at school, and we give him as much support and love as possible. Watching him develop has given me a heightened awareness and sensitivity to ensure that we provide support for students with disabilities. All he needs is to be given an opportunity to explore, develop and grow because I am convinced that he can excel at anything to which he sets his mind. These experiences have reinforced my belief that inclusive education is a moral, educational, and community imperative. To my fellow higher education leaders, I urge you to champion inclusive education on your campuses. The most important markers of success are ensuring your senior leadership team is committed to the initiative and that your campus is prepared. We need to educate faculty and staff and encourage them to see these challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities to enhance their teaching methods, enrich their own learning experiences and contribute towards a vibrant community. To learn more, campus leaders can visit http://www.thinkhighered.net to find resources to help expand access to inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability. Campuses are leaning into this opportunity and developing best practices worth sharing. Inclusive postsecondary education is more than adapting policies and processes; it delivers transformational experiences for all. It is about embracing the diverse tapestry of humanity and recognizing the potential in every individual. It’s about ensuring that every student can dream, learn and contribute meaningfully to society regardless of their abilities. Together, campus communities can open the doors wider, break down barriers and create an educational landscape where every learner thrives. Editor’s note: This piece was written for Think Colle […] “President Wubah’s Op-Ed on Inclusive Education”

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 3 days ago

    Certificates Help with School Administration Shortage Across Pennsylvania, 15.4% of principals left Pennsylvania schools between 2021-22 and 2022-23, according to a new study out of the Penn State Center for Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The 4.2 percentage-point jump marks the state’s highest annual exodus on record. To help address the shortage of school administrators, Millersville University has started a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility and Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. “Our school district superintendent certification program is flexible,” says Dr. Ann Gaudino, professor and founder-coordinator of the program at Millersville University. “It’s 100% online and working professionals can finish in one year. Additionally, all courses count towards the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for students who wish to attain a doctorate.” Millersville’s certificate is unique within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It consists of six courses taught by experts in the field and can be taken in any order. Erica Fabie, an assistant principal in the Central York School District.,  is a student in the program. The mother of two children says she’s a learner. “Ultimately, I would love to be a superintendent,” says Fabie. She learned about the program from co-workers who spoke “very highly of Millersville and the University’s caring faculty.” The program’s students will learn everything from advanced leadership and resource management to governance and leadership of instruction and learning and equity and inclusion. You can le […] “Certificates Help with School Administration Shortage”

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

    Women in STEM Conference “An Inspiration” Organizations like the National Science Foundation are working hard to support women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM. They have programs to “address the differences in engagement, retention, advancement, success and inclusion in STEM experiences and workplaces of people who identify as women.” To encourage and inspire high school junior and senior girls to consider education and careers in STEM, Millersville University hosted the annual Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics, Science & Technology Conference during the spring semester. Students had the opportunity to meet with a variety of professional women in the field. The conference included sessions with STEM experts. Christine Ferreira, a chief meteorologist at WGAL and a Millersville alumna, spoke about her adventures as a broadcast meteorologist, and Dr. Gail Gasparich, Millersville University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, gave a talk titled “From Mice to Microbes: One Woman Scientist’s Tale.” Dr. Erin R. Moss, a professor of mathematics at MU, spoke on “What do you do when you’re interested in everything?” Holly Walter Kerby, faculty emeritus from Madison College and founder of Storyform Science, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Nazli Hardy, an associate professor of computer science, has chaired the committee and overseen the event for over a decade. Hardy talked about the importance of the event, saying, “I don’t remember too many examples of women in STEM careers when I was growing up. In the face of inevitable obstacles, I would doubt whether this was the right path for me, and I had to look back within myself to inspire myself. But this conference gives young girls the opportunity to meet experienced role models who share stories of such trials, tribulations, and triumphs on their road to success. So, the girls have an encouraging perspective, going into the field.” Hardy continues by speaking about her own experience working in STEM, “Working with and then taking leadership roles in women in STEM has been one of the most fulfilling and meaningful roles in my career, but the mindset of creating and taking on leadership roles as opposed to waiting for them to be offered to me has be […] “Women in STEM Conference “An Inspiration””

  • Janet Kacskos wrote a new post on the site Millersville News 1 week, 5 days ago

    MU hosts Pickleball Palooza   Pickleball enthusiasts should step out on Saturday, June 22, for a day filled with fun and, of course, Pickleball. Pickleball Palooza will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University. The event is organized by Power Packs Project, a non-profit organization located in Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, dedicated to ending hunger in local schools over the weekend when free school breakfasts and lunches aren’t available. All players must be 18+ to register. The registration fee is $30 and is limited to four registrations per order. There are two levels of play you can register for, advanced beginner and intermediate. The games will take place in doubles in a round-robin format. A round-robin is a competition format in which each contestant meets every other participant, usually in turn. All players will be randomly matched based on skill level. The advanced beginner level will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the intermediate level will begin following the conclusion of the advanced beginner round. All those participating will receive a medal and a T-shirt. After a long day of pickleball, snacks and drinks will be available for players during and following the tournament, courtesy of Walmart and Wawa. Registration for Advanced Beginner: First Annual Power Packs Pickleball Palooza – ADVANCED BEGINNER Tickets | Millersville, PA | Student Memorial Center, Ville Courts (etix.com). Registration for Intermediate: First Annual Power Packs Pickleball Palooza – INTERMEDIATE Tickets | Millersville, PA | Student Memorial Center, Ville Courts (etix.com). Not able to play but still want to support the Power Packs Project? Click here -Hungry Kids Can’t Learn ( […] “MU hosts Pickleball Palooza  “

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

    Transforming Trash into Treasures Paige Guinther, a sophomore from Souderton, Pa., is pursuing dual majors in manufacturing engineering technology and automation and robotics engineering technology. During the spring semester, she had the opportunity to present about the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Club during a visit to campus by Secretary of Education Khalid Mumin and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Dan Greenstein. The presentation focused on the club’s initiatives, particularly its efforts in recycling plastics on campus. The club has strategically placed collection bins across campus, situated in high-traffic areas where students can conveniently deposit their used plastic bottles. These collected bottles are then transported to Osburn, where they undergo a thorough cleaning process in an industrial washing machine. After cleaning and drying, the bottles are meticulously sorted based on their color and plastic type. Following sorting, the plastics are shredded and, if necessary, injected with color dye to achieve the desired hue. They are then made into new, usable things, such as key chains. Q: Are you involved in any clubs on campus? A few friends and I (John Saveriano, Camdyn Brunner and Josh Gingrich) are starting a Forging and Blacksmithing club at MU, so I am one of the founders and vice president of that club and the current SME Club Outreach officer. I’m also a member of the Technology Engineering Education Collegiate Association, the Honors College and a Resident Assistant in East Village. Q: Are you involved with any projects? John, Camdyn and I promoted our engineering department’s plastic recycling program at Made in Millersville. We showcased our department’s work in recycling multiple types of plastics and presented our discoveries in the field of polymer engineering. We are also exploring the capabilities of our department’s automated injection molding machine. Our aim is to collaborate with University City, a college in Ghana, during a weeklong visit this summer. Together, we plan to initiate a recycling program within their engineering department similar to our own here at Millersville University. Q: What do you like to do in your free time? With the scarce amount of free time I have, I’m usually either working as a lab tech for the engineering department to clean and organize our various production labs (such as woods lab, metallics lab, 3D printing lab or polymers and ceramics lab) or working to expand upon my current class projects and take a deeper dive by learning more about the areas that interest me most. Or sleeping. Q: What has been your favorite class so far? My favorite classes are always my engineering classes, just because they fascinate me. If I had to choose, I’d say it’s between my metallic materials class from freshman year and the polymers and ceramic materials class I took spring semester, just because I love the topics so much! Q:  What do you plan to do after you graduate? After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree. My end goal is to become a professor, but I’d like to work in the industry between my master’s and doctorate to get firsthand experience. You can follow Paige and the SME club’s other projects on their Instagram […] “Transforming Trash into Treasures”

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

    Shark Tank Competition Challenges Students The entrepreneurship minor provides students the opportunity to showcase their creativity and aptitude for business with a Shark Tank competition. The final part of Millersville’s 2024 Shark Tank competition was held on Wednesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center. Here, team leader Justin Staggers earned first place along with his team consisting of Jeremiah Hicks, Ronald Bantang, Cayla Bailey-Wolfe and Samuel Ross. Thirty students prepared and executed a 60-second pitch in hopes of becoming finalists. The competition is tied to The Art of Entrepreneurship course, a core class of the entrepreneurship minor. The initial pitches were given in February when five students were named as finalists: Justin Staggers with Eco Tennis Ball Brittany Slabaugh with Bonnet Elijiah Corn with Bus Tracking App Emily Shank with Heated Music Stand Alison Koch with Chatter Box The event is designed to give students the opportunity to come up with an original product or business idea, and then build on it by creating a business plan, financials and marketing strategy. Students who did not place as finalists are put into groups to support each of the winning pitch ideas to do so. Participating in the event allows students to experience the competitive nature of entrepreneurship. “These types of competitions support students learning about how to create an idea and flesh it out to become a full-fledged business,” says Dr. Jennifer Jester, professor and coordinator of the entrepreneurship minor. Students who wish to participate in the Shark Tank event in the future are encouraged to take the ENTR 201 Art of Entrepreneurship course. For more information about the entrepreneurship minor, contact Jester at jennifer.jester@millersville.edu or visit https […] “Shark Tank Competition Challenges Students”

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

    Students Working Behind the Scenes of Local Music Events Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at music events? Millersville music students are finding out firsthand through the upcoming LAUNCH Music Festival and Festi-Ville. Involvement in local music events, Festi-Ville and LAUNCH Music Conference, is allowing Millersville music students hands-on experience within their industry. Festi-Ville will be held on April 28 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Phantom Power. Tickets are available here. The LAUNCH Music Conference will be held at the Lancaster Convention Center on April 25-28, with the first performance at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday and the last at 11 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available here. In previous years, Festi-Ville has been hosted and run by the student group Marauder Music, but this year, Phantom Power is taking the reigns for the event. Students in music business technology associate professor Dr. Dain Estes’ Artist Management course have had a hand in the planning by consulting. “We’ve consulted about choosing artists that are going to get students out for this event,” says Estes. This has allowed students the opportunity to experience the ups and downs of booking talent for shows. “Phantom Power was excited about our initial list, but some bands couldn’t do the show,” says Estes. “We came up with a secondary list.” Lists were created with the intention of building a bill full of artists that complement one another. Students are also completing a contract drafting assignment based on the event. “The contract is going to be the biggest benefit for students,” says Estes. It gives them a chance to see, ‘Could I be a concert promoter?’” This experience with behind-the-scenes work allows students to make an informed decision about whether or not a career path in that area is the right fit for them. Student involvement with the LAUNCH Music Conference leans more toward the technical side of the event. “Students are helping to run sound, stage management, loading bands in and out and general needs that may arise during the conference,” says Dr. Jennifer Jester, assistant professor of music business technology. Students are also working on the event in areas like social media and video documentation. “LAUNCH has been a huge vehicle for students to ‘launch’ their careers in the music industry,” says Jester. Millersville University is serving as a sponsor of the event and will have a branded stage. This allows students the ability to have badges for the event and access to work the stage. “This provides an opportunity to have a ‘home’ at the event where we work together and can be proud of,” says Jester. Millersville students have a long history of involvement in various areas with the LAUNCH Music Conference, whether it be performing at or working at the event. Millersville grad Maria Arroyo is performing at LAUNCH this year after having the opportunity to work at the conference during her senior year. “They were looking for people to help with registration and organization,” says Arroyo. “I did registration for each day, which left my day open to go enjoy the conference.” This year is Arroyo’s third time performing at the event. “LAUNCH has a special place in my heart because it was the first place that I ever performed my original music as an official set,” says Arroyo. “LAUNCH really gives everybody a good starting point to get their music out there and do so in a very friendly and inviting environment, which is really important.” Arroyo attributes her success and confidence as a singer/songwriter musician to her time at Millersville. “Millersville gave me a lot of opportunities that I don’t think I would have had otherwise,” says Arroyo. “I went in there with essentially a dream, just hoping that someone would help me along the way.” Arroyo’s performance will be at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. To keep up with her musical endeavors, visit https://mariaarroyomusic.com/home For more information about LAUNCH Music Conference, visit https://www.launchmusicconference.com/ For more information about Festi-Ville, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festi-ville-feat-magic-bean […] “Students Working Behind the Scenes of Local Music Events”

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

    MU Joins Forces with Lancaster Organization for Sustainability Conference This year’s Climate Summit will have a local Lancaster focus. Millersville University is collaborating with RegenAll, a community-focused organization in Lancaster, to co-host the summit. Departing from its previous focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, the summit will address community-based climate action. Scheduled for April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ware Center, the event will be followed by a post-event networking session and celebration. The summit event is free and open to the public. However, there is a charge is people would like to add lunch to their registration. “We are excited to partner with RegenAll and expand our focus to highlight aspects of the SDGs while focusing on local impacts and ways to engage and take action for a better Lancaster County,” says Kaitlynn Hamaty, sustainability manager at Millersville University. This one-day conference will feature the following speakers from Millersville University: Dr. Len Litowitz: will speak about residential solar. Dr. Sepideh Yalda: on climate change science and mitigation. Dr. Nadine Garner: will talk about climate anxiety and eco-grief. Dr. Justin Mando: will present on connecting water to the classroom and the community. Dr. Kirsten Madden and student Pattita (Bua) Rojanasoonthon: will speak about the economics insights on climate change. Additionally, experts will address various local and county programs, including active transportation initiatives in Lancaster, sustainability efforts in the City of Lancaster, the Climate Action Neighborhoods program and collaborations with other businesses and partners in Lancaster County. The summit serves as a community-driven platform for engaged citizens and businesses to come together, educate themselves and drive forward climate awareness in Lancaster County. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts, access valuable resources and leave empowered to take tangible steps towards reducing their carbon footprint for a more sustainable future. The theme for this year’s summit is “Today’s Solutions for a Brighter, More Resilient Future.” “Millersville University takes pride in communicating our story to show what the University has to offer,” says Hamaty. “There are great sustainability initiatives occurring on and off campus and in the local community. We are thrilled to add this new partnership with RegenAll to our story and look forward to showcasing the knowledge and expertise Millersville faculty, staff and students provide to the community.” Several Millersville student projects will also be highlighted at a networking and lunch event at the summit. If any students, faculty or staff would like to participate in this event, please reach out to K […] “MU Joins Forces with Lancaster Organization for Sustainability Conference”

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

    Celebrating APIDA Month at Millersville University Although May is officially Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month, the University observes it in April to allow time to acknowledge this important month on campus. The Asian Student Inclusivity Association, also known as ASIA, is one of the clubs that helps to celebrate the cultures highlighted during APIDA month. The ASIA club is a safe space for students who identify as Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander or are allies of the community. Jacob Garcia, the president of ASIA, explains the club’s importance on campus. “It provides students with a great opportunity to learn about and experience aspects of Asian culture regardless of race. It’s also a safe space for students to relax, make friends and often fill their stomachs with delicious Asian cuisine.” Garcia also emphasizes the importance of celebrating APIDA month. “I believe it is important to recognize APIDA month in general and at MU because it highlights various Asian cultures, even those that are often underrepresented. It also helps bring awareness to many of the issues the APIDA community faces and educates people about the APIDA community to combat stereotypes and ignorance.” Throughout April, a few events are happening in the MU community: The President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Spring Gathering will be held on April 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the SMC Atrium to celebrate students, faculty and staff of color. APIDA Heritage Month Student Meetup is on Wednesday, April 24, from 5 – 7 p.m. in SMC Room 118. On April 4, the Intercultural Center held the APIDA Heritage Month Exhibit, where attendees could learn about APIDA figures and histories related to activism. And on April 20 the South Korea Brush Theatre performed […] “Celebrating APIDA Month at Millersville University”

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

    Rooting for the Future: Arbor Day at MU On April 15, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt shared the following message with U.S. Schoolchildren regarding Arbor Day: “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless; forests which are so used that they cannot renew themselves will soon vanish, and with them all their benefits.” Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton, an editor for a Nebraska newspaper and a resident of Nebraska City, Nebraska, who was passionate about trees. He advocated for individuals and civic groups to engage in tree-planting activities. Upon assuming the role of secretary of the Nebraska Territory, Morton expanded his advocacy for trees. On Jan. 4, 1872, during a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture, he initially proposed the idea of establishing a holiday dedicated to tree planting. “Generally speaking, it was created to encourage the planting of trees and maintenance of forests because of their importance in nurturing the physical and emotional well-being of people and the environment,” says Dr. Christopher Hardy, professor of biology at Millersville University. While Arbor Day and Earth Day both occur in the same month, they serve distinct purposes. Arbor Day focuses on planting trees within communities, aiming to bolster greenery and environmental sustainability, specifically through tree planting and forest conservation. Earth Day centers on raising awareness about the state of the environment and advocating for actions to address environmental issues. Additionally, Arbor Day predates Earth Day, having been established with a specific emphasis on tree planting initiatives. According to Hardy, trees provide us with the services of cleaning our air, filling the atmosphere with oxygen, maintaining healthy wildlife and game animal populations and providing habitat for edible, medicinal and otherwise useful plants. Moreover, recent research has shown us that the destruction and fragmentation of forests and woodlands have led to imbalances in predator/prey populations that have contributed to health crises which include major epidemics such as Lyme disease. In urban areas, trees have also been shown to cool the streets in summer and reduce crime rates, presumably because of the positive psychological effect of trees (and plants) on the communities that live there. Arbor Day falls on the last Friday of April each year, making this year’s celebra […] “Rooting for the Future: Arbor Day at MU”

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

    Congratulations Graduates! As the end of the semester looms ahead, senior students are preparing for their most important walk on campus: graduation. Millersville’s spring graduation will be held on May 4 in the Pucillo Gymnasium. There will be three ceremonies: 9 a.m. – College of Education and Human Services 1 p.m. – College of Science and Technology 5 p.m. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with the Lombardo College of Business   Three speakers, Dr. Tamara Willis, Dr. Jon Kauffman and Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, will be featured at commencement. Dr. Tamara Willis will speak at 9 a.m. She has over 25 years of education expertise and currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Susquehanna Township School District in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jon Kauffman will speak at 1 p.m. He is currently the Vice President of Biologics of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. where he leads nearly 500 scientists of the biologics team for the world’s largest CGMP testing facility. Dr. Daniel A. Wubah will preside over all three ceremonies and will deliver the commencement address for the 5 p.m. ceremony. With more than two decades of higher education experience, he became the 15th president of Millersville University on July 1, 2018. Prior to that, he served as Provost and later the Senior Advisor to the President at Washington and Lee University. Each ceremony will include both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Students are allowed four guest tickets to watch the ceremony in person. Tickets will be available at the MU Ticket Office from April 22 until May 4. Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an alternative viewing location for additional guests. The ceremonies will be live-streamed in the Winter Center for Visual and Performing Arts and will not require a ticket. For more information, visit http […] “Congratulations Graduates!”

  • Five Interesting Things in Archives From Carl Van Vechten’s portraits to a bust of Edward Brooks and red glass globes from Old Main, Millersville University Archives and Special Collections department in McNairy Library has a lot to offer. The 8th floor of the McNairy Library is home to the Archives and Special Collections department, which collects and preserves historical items such as photos, books, memorabilia and records. These collections can be used for in-class instruction, personal research, and projects. Archival pieces allow visitors a deeper understanding of past time periods and our school’s history. Millersville students, staff and community members are able to request to see materials by appointment by submitting this form. Donations can be made by contacting the archives and special collections department at special.collections@millersville.edu. More information about the department and its endeavors can be found on their Facebook and Instagram. Collection of Carl Van Vechten Portraits Millersville is home to an extensive and unique collection of original portraits taken by photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten. After his death, Van Vechten’s estate was left to Millersville faculty member Bruce Kellner, who donated a sizeable number of materials over the course of 30 years. “It’s sort of a legacy of his dedication to the institution and his belief in using these materials that we have such a fantastic collection here for our students,” says university archivist and special collections librarian Dr. Frank Vitale. Van Vechten’s portraits capture the Harlem Renaissance, a point in time defined by the blossoming of African American culture in terms of creative arts in Harlem, New York. A photograph within this collection will be on loan to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery from April 26 to Feb 23, 2025, in Washington, DC, for the exhibition “Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900-1939.” After this, it will travel to other museums for the remainder of 2025. The exhibition will showcase African American female artists who traveled to Paris seeking more rights and artistic freedoms there than they had in the United States at that time. The particular image of Nora Holt, a prominent African American musician of the time period, could not be found in other collections held by institutions such as the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and Yale University. “It gives us the opportunity as a university to share some of the fantastic things in our collections,” says Vitale regarding the benefits of Millersville loaning materials. Bust of Edward Brooks Edward Brooks was one of the first faculty members of what is now Millersville University, previously the Lancaster County Normal School. He began his time at Millersville as a mathematics professor in 1855 before serving as president of the college from 1866 to 1883. After his resignation, he dedicated his time to the public school movement in Pennsylvania. This sculpture was cast in 1910 by Clyde Bathurst, shortly before Brooks’ death in 1912. Vitale says it most likely would have been on display in the library, now the Biemesderfer Executive Center, or Old Main, a previously demolished building. In 1938, Brooks Hall was built in commemoration of Millersville’s past president. It was in use until 2017 and will be undergoing renovations to become Lombardo Hall, home of the Lombardo College of Business. “It’s kind of an interesting connection between the University’s roots and its role in public education, tied into what the University is doing here in the 21st century to continue to further that public education,” says Vitale. Red Glass Globes from Old Main Old Main was the first building built on the plot of land that is now Millersville University. It stood where the McNairy Library stands today. It was ultimately demolished due to its state of disrepair and safety concerns. Built by a group of private citizens in the 1850s, the building was later taken over by the state, per the builders’ request, to become the first Normal School in Pennsylvania. “Normal Schools” refers to colleges that practice standardized ways of teaching public school teachers. These red glass globes were positioned around exits of the building, acting as exit signs do today. Some are basic red glass, while some have lettering. “One of the examples that we have has the word ‘stairs’ etched in it because it would have been placed on the 2nd floor so that you knew you could climb down to get out of the building from there,” says Vitale. Old Main was expanded several times and served many purposes throughout its existence. Classrooms, dormitories and small offices all had homes in the building. “It served initially as a dorm space and faculty space,” says Vitale. Faculty members and administrators would even live in the building with students.” “Martyr’s Mirror” Book “Martyr’s Mirror” is a religious text from the Mennonite and Anabaptist Christian communities about nonviolent martyrs. “The particular volume that we have is the first English translation that was published,” says Vitale. The book was published in Lancaster County and was donated by a Millersville student by the name of A. CP. Frick in June 1857. This is monumental because that is only two years after the institution was founded and is the earliest documented donation. At the time of the donation, the institution was home to two main student groups: the Normal Literary Society and the Page Literary Society. “Before the institution had a single university library that everybody could use, these two societies maintained their own libraries,” says Vitale. Among the first pages of the book is a handwritten note that indicates the donation was to the Normal Literary Society library. Psychological Testing Materials These psychological testing materials depict the ever-changing standards of healthcare. “These are not something you might use today, but they tell you a little bit about what psychology and psychological testing was like in the late 20th century,” says Vitale. These kits contain tests, activities and paperwork used to diagnose and determine psychological health. These testing kits were donated by Moya Kinnealey, a retired psychologist and community member who previously had no connection with Millersville. “This is a great example of somebody who’s not even associated with Millersville, who thought that it would be really valuable and helpful for our instruction and research,” says Vitale. Although unrelated to the University’s history, having items like these in the archives is beneficial. “They tell us about that period of time,” sa […] “Five Interesting Things in Archives”

  • MU joins Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Millersville University recently joined the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – a distinction representing only 17% of all higher education institutions nationwide. “This association will contribute to the overall success and sense of belonging for our Hispanic students,” explains Dr. Gail Gasparich, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Millersville University. To become an associate member, you must show that you have at least 10% Hispanic students. Using Fall 2023 data, Millersville’s undergraduate Hispanic enrollment was 10.71%. Gasparich says joining the association will help promote a sense of community for Millersville University students. “We will be in a community of members focused on Hispanic student success, which benefits all.” Part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ mission is to help improve Hispanic students’ access to post-secondary educational opportunities and share resources, information and expertise. “As the demographics shift in the region, the Hispanic population in the Lancaster region is growing (especially K-12), and these students will be Millersville University students in the near future,” says Gasparich. “We want to belong to an institution that provides support and allows us to better learn about best practices to support the success of these students.” Gasparich also notes that the association is the only organization that, in their words, “champions Hispanic student success in higher education.” “They provide professional and institution development, conferences, government relations (lobbying on behalf of HACU institutions), student internships through their National Internship Program and student scholarships,” she explains. One of these student resources includes STEM Summits, which regionally brings STEM majors and employers together to help students prepare for their future careers and connect them to internships. The association also organizes several career readiness programs. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities also provides professional opportunities for faculty and staff in higher education, including La Academia de Liderazgo (Leadership Academy), a program designed to help culturally diverse educators prepare for executive and senior-level positions. Being a member opens up some external funding opportunities that Millersville University plans to pursue to enhance best practices on campus. For more info […] “MU joins Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities”

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