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    McNairy Library Introduces New Parent Workstation Millersville is further pursuing inclusivity by introducing a workstation for student parents and their children in the McNairy Library and Learning Forum.  This new workstation provides student parents with a dedicated space on campus to engage in schoolwork while having their children with them. The workspace will be located on the first floor of the library in the Knowledge Commons, which holds student computers and workstations. The project is led by Assistant Professor and Communication Librarian Kim Auger who was awarded a Millersville EPPIIC Micro-Grant of $1,000 to fund the project, in collaboration with applied engineering, safety and technology Assistant Professor Dr. Justin Egresitz. Students in the applied engineering, safety and technology program are voluntarily helping to design and construct the workstation, which is set to be finished and ready to use by the end of the semester.  Student parents were consulted during the planning process of this project to ensure their needs would be met. “We didn’t want to make these decisions without ensuring that parents have some say in the design and functionality,” says Auger. Based on this feedback, the workstation will include features designed for children to use and interact with while their parent is working, like a small stool, tumbling mat, tablet slot and interactive toys. The area will be large enough to accommodate a stroller and the station will have a sunshade. The idea behind these elements is to provide a safe and secure place for children to be with their parent.   Auger was inspired by several public libraries that implemented a similar space for parents, as well as her own observations in the library. “I would see a parent upstairs on the third floor looking to try and find something to entertain their child,” says Auger. “I also thought about the fact that we may not see some student parents because they’re not coming into the library.” The hope is that this dedicated space will encourage student parents to utilize the library and its resources for their benefit. “It’s a nice place for parents to be able to focus on their coursework when away from home,” says Auger.   Although Millersville does not keep track of the number of student parents, on average, nationally more than one in five undergraduate students are parents. “If we extrapolate this and say this is typical, we likely have as many students in this institution as well,” says Auger. This workstation will act as a support resource for these students.   While this space will benefit student parents once finished, the process of constructing it benefits another group of students by providing hands-on experience. “It’s been valuable because I feel that it is something we’re going to end up doing as far as a career,” says Jason Gabel, a junior in the applied engineering, safety and technology program and president of the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association student club. Gabel has acted as a liaison on the project and helped to design, fabricate and implement building plans. He has had help from Andrew Reed, junior, in this process, as well as other students in the program. “I think it’s important to get hands-on experience now, because when we go in out into the industry after college, it’s important to have that so you can demonstrate it to potential employers,” says Reed.  According to Gabel, another guiding motive for this project lies in the desire to help Millersville’s community. “We’re able to give back to the library and be a part of the community here,” says Gabel. “It definitely warms my heart that I’m able to […] “McNairy Library Introduces New Parent Workstation”

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    “Dr. Will in the Ville” is On Air Dr. Mary Beth Williams, vice president of student affairs, is immersing herself in the student experience by hosting her own college radio show.   The show, “Dr. Will in the Ville,” is live on air every Monday from 12-1 p.m. on WIXQ 91.7 FM. Listeners can also tune in online. With a focus on blues, Williams is sharing her passion for music and love for public radio.   The show features both classic and new songs and artists in an attempt to share Williams’ passion with an audience that may not be familiar with blues. This includes traditional blues artists like Son House, Buddy Guy and Lightnin’ Hopkins, alongside current artists like Samantha Fish and Shemekia Copeland. “I don’t know that anyone in South-Central Pennsylvania is paying attention to some of the amazing blues artists today,” says Williams.  Williams says she finds inspiration for her weekly shows through something that has happened to her recently or conversations with others. “It depends on the conversations that I have throughout the week with people who’ve listened to the show,” she says. “Then I build it throughout the week based on a theme.”   Williams was surrounded by music from a young age by having a family full of musicians. Growing up in the south, there was an emphasis on religious gospel music. “I don’t remember a time in my life when there wasn’t some sort of gospel music being played in the house,” says Williams. When she moved to Memphis and began college, Williams discovered her love of blues, drawn to the honesty and rawness that emits from it. “It’s a genre that I’ve always connected with because it’s so real,” she says. “It’s so passionate.”   This isn’t Williams’ first experience hosting a college radio show. While working on her Ph.D, Williams was a radio show host at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she worked. “It was just a really great experience,” says Williams. Although, her experience so far with WIXQ has been different than that of her previous show. “WIXQ really allows their DJs to show their personalities through their shows,” she says. Her previous station was more rigid with their expectations of DJs and shows. “We can have a name if we want, we can have a theme, we can talk,” says Williams regarding WIXQ.   Williams hopes to continue her show throughout the summer but otherwise is prepared to carry it on during the spring and fall semesters moving forward. “So long as WIXQ will let me be a DJ, I will be one,” she says. Williams regards hosting a radio show as an outlet for her personal passions of work and likes that college radio allows students the same. “I really love college radio because I think it allows students, who may not go into any kind of music career, to find a passion like me,” she says.   More information about WIXQ can be found here. More information about “Dr. Will in the Ville” and Williams’ other endeavors at Millersville can be found on her I […] ““Dr. Will in the Ville” is On Air”

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    'Ville Celebrates Public Weather Awareness Day Millersville meteorology students are working to spread the word about the weather and prepare the community for its adverse effects.   Public Weather Awareness Day is an event hosted by Millersville’s student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. It will be held on April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ville Courts in the Student Memorial Center. The day is free and open to the public.   The purpose of Public Weather Awareness Day is to educate attendees about weather, particularly local weather patterns and their effects. “We’re in Pennsylvania where we get a lot of weather that can impact a lot of people,” says Peyton Simmers, vice president of Millersville’s student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. “We try to educate people like, ‘Okay, if you get into this situation, what do you do?’” Pennsylvania residents can expect to see a variety of weather-related events, such as snow and hail, tornadoes and flooding.   This year’s theme is “Polar Opposites,” which aims to comment on the different possibilities of weather. “We’re going for a split tropical and winter theme,” says Simmers.  The event will feature tables run by students and outside organizations, with informational games and activities that attendees can participate in. “We have our own students in the meteorology department who have tables for things like weather jeopardy and an instrumentation table,” says Simmers. Outside organizations, including the National Weather Service, will also be present.   In the past, the day has closed with a weather balloon launch. “We’ve done it the past two years that I’ve been here, and I’m hoping to do it again this year,” says Simmers. Unlike traditional weather balloons, those launched at this event do not use a radio sound. “We send it up to give people the idea of how we actually do a launch,” says Simmers.   For more information about this year’s Public […] “‘Ville Celebrates Public Weather Awareness Day”

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    10 Years of Made in Millersville 2024 marks 10 years of celebrating student scholarship and creativity at the annual Made in Millersville Conference. The conference, which highlights student research at Millersville University, will be held on Tuesday, April 9 in the Student Memorial Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a record number of 265 presentations by 383 presenters. Alumni and the community can attend the conference as guests or can volunteer as reviewers. This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Institute’s Research and Creative Arts Conference.  Made in Millersville is open to all Millersville students and includes the work of recent graduates who completed their projects after the conclusion of the last conference. The conference accepts presentations that are either a product of a mentored experience outside the classroom or a requirement for a course. Nearly 100 faculty members served as mentors for the 2024 conference presenters. Students were encouraged to showcase their scholarly work by submitting posters, talks, performances, demonstrations and exhibits for consideration.   Students can also present the outcomes of their work in the Made in Millersville Journal. The journal, overseen by Dr. Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol and Dr. Kerry Farkas, will be published online and available for the public to view on April 23.   “When students apply to participate in Made in Millersville, they can choose to present at the conference and author a paper in the journal,” explains Jeffry Porter, Associate Vice President for the Office of Grants, Sponsored Programs and Research. “Students who publish in the journal work with the student editor team, and the writing process becomes an instructive experience. While the conference and journal showcase our students’ excellent and innovative work, their success is an indicator of our faculty’s excellence in the classroom and dedication as mentors outside the classroom.”  Nate C. Wilson, a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior, took part in last year’s conference and said the process gave them a greater insight into their project and helped them prepare for their defense. “My first presentation helped me develop an idea of what presenting your research should look like at a professional level, aided my understanding of my research and taught me how to create a professional poster,” says Wilson.     This year, Wilson is presenting two projects: the first is a continuation of their project from last year titled, “Neuroendocrine Gene Expression and Aggression in the Polymorphic White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).” The second is a poster on Wilson’s summer internship research titled, “3D Analysis of Morphological Diversity in Hawaiian Hawks Across Time and Space, from Pleistocene to the Present.” Wilson, who also serves as an intern for the conference, says that their experience gave them important practice for their future career. “My experience presenting at Made in Millersville allowed me to feel more confident in my presentation skills, allowing me to perform better in future conferences.”     To learn more about the conference visit, and send any questions to madeinmillersville@millersv […] “10 Years of Made in Millersville”

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    Entomology Club: Bringing the Excitement of Bugs to Life The Entomology Club at Millersville University experienced leadership transitions over the past year. Upon assuming the role of president last fall, senior Kennedy Ressler faced the task of reinvigorating the club.  “When I took over the club last fall the beehives were in pretty bad shape,” says Ressler. “We were under the impression that the bees inside were dead. Much to our surprise, when we opened the hives, they were full of live bees!”  Unfortunately, the bee colonies lacked sufficient frames for honey collection, necessitating the addition of more frames. This year, the club prioritized the rehabilitation of the hives. If everything progresses as intended, the hives may become productive enough for the club to host a honey sale in the fall.  “The beehives are solely maintained by our club,” says Ressler. “In addition to that, Millersville University is a monarch butterfly waystation, and we make part of our job to keep a pollinator garden on campus to maintain the University as a haven for the monarch butterfly.”  Additionally, the club curates a significant pinned insect collection, comprising approximately 1000 preserved specimens displayed in cases. They are currently engaged in cataloging these insects to discern the composition of the collection.   The club frequently organizes night hikes in collaboration with the Conestoga Outdoors Club, using flashlights to attract diverse insects. Additionally, they hold bi-weekly meetings where members share research findings, local community beekeepers discuss their experiences and participants engage in entomology and beekeeping activities, including video screenings. Furthermore, they have plans for an upcoming trip to the Smithsonian with the Biology Club later this semester.  “I would like people to know that this club is open to all, not just biology or science majors,” says Ressler. “We are just people who like to talk about bugs and do beekeeping.”  For more information about the Entomology Club, visit MU Clubs.  You can als […] “Entomology Club: Bringing the Excitement of Bugs to Life”

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    Mark Your Calendars: April 8 Will Bring Darkness to the Skies On April 8, prepare for a breathtaking phenomenon as the sky suddenly darkens in broad daylight. This marks the occurrence of one of nature’s most spectacular events: a total solar eclipse. Anticipated to be the longest on land in over a decade, the totality of this eclipse promises an awe-inspiring spectacle. Just don’t forget to wear your eclipse glasses or use a solar viewer. Please note that the sky has to be clear in order to see the eclipse.  Millersville University’s Society of Physics Students and the Physics Department invite the campus to observe the Solar Eclipse with them. They will set up telescopes, with solar filters, to observe the event. Location: In the quad near Gordinier Hall. Time: Eclipse begins at 2:06 pm Maximum coverage at 3:22 pm Eclipse ends at 4:34 pm NOTE: Rain, or thick clouds, that day will cancel the event.” Click here for more information: “Eclipse glasses are not regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the sun,” says Paul Hill, director of environmental health and safety at Millersville University. “Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and must comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.”  As the moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the sun on the day of the eclipse, it will create a remarkable sight: the sunlight will be completely obscured. This celestial event will carve a diagonal path from the southwest to the northeast across North America, casting temporary darkness over the communities along its trajectory. Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse occurs when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth in its orbit, resulting in a smaller visual appearance compared to the sun. As a result, its shadow may not reach Earth during this phase.  “The eclipse will commence its journey into the U.S. from Texas, proceeding through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine,” says Kyle Elliott, director of the Weather Center at Millersville University. In south-central Pennsylvania, residents will see a partial eclipse, with approximately 90% to 95% of the sun obscured. The eclipse will begin around 2:05 p.m., reach its maximum coverage at approximately 3:21 p.m. and conclude around 4:33 p.m.”   Here are some important safety guidelines to follow during a total solar eclipse:  View the sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality. Eclipse glasses are for sale in the University Bookstore.  You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the moon completely obscures the sun’s bright face, during the brief period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)  As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the sun.  “Except during the brief totality period of the eclipse when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing,” says Hill. “Viewing any part of the bright sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.”  The North Museum of Nature and Science will offer a day trip by bus for eclipse enthusiasts to the SUNY Brockport campus in Brockport, N.Y., on Monday, April 8. The trip will offer the opportunity to view the total solar eclipse within the path of totality.  The single-day, round-trip event will depart the Lancaster Shopping Center, 1515 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, at 5 a.m., returning around midnight. A box lunch, a beverage, and eclipse viewing glasses are included in the fee. Along the way, Richard D. Clark, professor emeritus of meteorology at Millersville University, will present short lectures regarding past eclipses.  Advance reservations are required at  With clear skies, Lancaster County residents will see a partial version of the eclipse from about 2:06 to 4:34 p.m., peaking at 3:22 p.m., when the sun will be 91% covered by the moon. The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. occurred in 2017, and the next sig […] “Mark Your Calendars: April 8 Will Bring Darkness to the Skies”

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    MU to host Frederick Douglass Institute for PASSHE Millersville University is hosting two Frederick Douglass Institute events on campus this spring. Students can participate in the Research and Creative Arts Conference on April 9 and in the Douglass Debates on April 10.  The Frederick Douglass Institute creates inclusive university communities by holding programs that support underrepresented minority students at each level of higher education including undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.  The Research and Creative Arts Conference showcases student’s research and creative works including art pieces, dance videos and research on various topics. The conference’s theme this year is “The Power of Community: Uniting to Amplify Voices and Foster Well-Being.” Additionally, the conference is combining with the Made in Millersville Conference this year. The event will be held in the Student Memorial Center on April 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Students whose work is accepted for the conference will present it as an oral paper presentation, poster exhibition, creative art or spoken word presentation.  The Douglass Debate tournament is an annual event, reaching its 10th anniversary this year. The tournament will be held in the Bolger Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with teams competing in four preliminary rounds and a semi-final and final round. The tournament is led by Dr. Robert J. Green from Commonwealth University at Bloomsburg.  Dr. Joseph Croskey, an associate professor at Pennsylvania Western University at Clarion and one of the coordinators of the events, explains the goal of the debate tournament. “The purpose of the Frederick Douglass Debates is to provide students training in argumentation, advocacy and leadership with a focus on contemporary issues of social justice. It continues to provide a rich learning experience for student participants, enabling them to learn and apply critical thinking skills to contemporary issues, to craft compelling arguments and to consider topics in their full complexity.”  Students will debate on the topic of “Resolved: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should implement school choice in K-12 education.” According to Croskey, school choice is the idea that families can choose the type of school their child attends outside of the public school system and receive their tax dollars back from the government to pay for any educational costs.   Croskey also notes that the students participating in the events will gain essential skills for their future career. “Students gain presentation experience which is very useful for graduate school. In addition, sharing their research and responding to questions enhances their ability to think on their feet and respond effectively which can help in interview settings and beyond.”  All students participating in either event will receive a certificate for their work. The Douglass Debate champions will be given a trophy for their university along with a book about Frederick Douglass.   The debate tournament is free and open to all students. Additionally, the public can attend the semi-final and final rounds.  Any student who wants to be involved in the conference can submit their work here.   The Conference is coordinated by Millersville faculty, Dr. Caleb Corkery, English professor Dr. Onek Adyanga, associate history professor, and Dr. Clarence Maxwell, associate history professor and graduate coordinator.   Looking for more information? Contact Joseph Croskey at or Dr. O […] “MU to host Frederick Douglass Institute for PASSHE”

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    Nick Merrigan: Inspired to Serve Serving in the United States military is a path many young adults take even when attending college, and the experiences gained can open up many doors for future opportunities. For Nick Merrigan, a junior construction management major and student veteran, the military has allowed him to give back to his community by working in the Veterans Resource Center at Millersville University.     The Veterans Resource Center, also known as the VRC, is an on-campus center for student veterans to find support, a quiet study place or to feel an overall sense of community. Their mission is to support, engage and retain veteran and military students at MU.  Merrigan, an Army active-duty veteran and currently serving in the Army Reserves, explains why he decided to work for the VRC. “I took on this role to help in any way I can. One main problem I come across are benefits. Veterans are eligible for benefits due to their service, but sometimes getting those benefits can be a pain. As a recipient of the GI Bill, helping others get set up is pertinent to their educational careers.”   Not only is Merrigan a veteran, but so is his father, Dennis Merrigan, who is also an MU alumnus. His father’s service inspired him to also enlist in the Army. “My dad was a huge inspiration for my role as a soldier and as a veteran. He served his time as a tank crewmember; I also enlisted as a tank operator in 2018.”   As a new worker for the VRC, Merrigan is helping to update the center to better support student veterans. “We are currently re-structuring the VRC to best accommodate student vets with any resources they may need, or just a relaxing spot for them to stop by.”  Overall, Merrigan hopes to continue supporting any veteran who walks into the VRC. “I hope to help every veteran with any issue they might come across. Seeing veterans’ tasks fulfilled is easily my favorite part of the job.”    For more info on Dennis Merrigan: https://blogs.millersville.e […] “Nick Merrigan: Inspired to Serve”

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    Vote for SGA Leaders This March Do you want your voice to be heard by faculty and administration? Students can vote for their peers running for office to represent the student body for the 2024-25 school year. Millersville’s Student Government Association is holding elections for their officers this March. Voting opened on Monday, March 25, and will remain open through Sunday, March 31. Students can vote by stopping by the SGA table in the SMC on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the SMC Atrium or the SMC promenade on Tuesday, all from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, students can vote using the QR code/link on SGA social media accounts. Students will need to use their MU credentials to access the Microsoft form.  SGA’s current student president, Camree Patterson, encourages Millersville students to participate in this March’s elections. “Students should know that it is important to vote in the SGA elections, because we are the recognized group that speaks with the administration on their behalf. Also, we oversee the Student Activity Fee, which gets distributed to clubs and organizations on campus.”   Four candidates are running in this election, including Tevon Kerr-Hornbaker, who is running unopposed for SGA president, Deanna Cruz and Jessica Cabibbo for vice president and Brayden Button, who plans to continue his role as the director of finance.   Patterson shares her thoughts on the candidates and their dedication to the organization, “I believe all our candidates running for the president, vice-president and director of finance position will do a wonderful job in their respective roles. I believe that Tevon will be a great president as he has already demonstrated his commitment by assisting students through his role as a representative.”    “It is important that students vote in this election because SGA members are the means that the students’ voice can be heard by administration and staff,” Patterson concludes.   To find out more and vote in the SGA 2024-25 election, visit:  Results will be announced o […] “Vote for SGA Leaders This March”

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    Millersville Continues to be StormReady When Millersville University initially attained StormReady certification in 2020, it joined an exclusive group as only the seventh university in Pennsylvania to achieve this designation. Fast forward four years, and that distinction still holds true today. Recently, MU successfully renewed its designation, solidifying its commitment to storm preparedness. Moreover, the installation of Climavision weather radar on campus last August further enhances the university’s readiness to provide an accurate and timely prediction of severe weather events. “The StormReady recertification affirms MU’s commitment to keeping our students, staff, visitors and the larger Millersville community safe from weather emergencies,” says Pete Anders, chief of police at Millersville University. “We are unique and safer by having the Center for Disaster Research and Education and our Weather Center on campus to assist through trainings and assisting our response and recovery from severe weather events. StormReady formalizes MU’s preparedness, particularly our ability to monitor severe weather and provide timely communications to the community.” StormReady is a program designed by the National Weather Service, and there are currently more than 2,600 communities, counties, Indian nations, higher education institutions, military bases, government sites, commercial enterprises and other groups around the nation with a StormReady designation. This allows these entities to be better prepared and save lives from severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to local hazardous weather conditions by providing emergency managers and the community with appropriate and detailed information on how to improve their operations, according to the NWS guidelines. “Millersville University through the Center for Disaster Research and Education, has received notification from the National Weather Service that our StormReady designation has been renewed for another four years through 2028,” says Dr. Sepi Yalda, professor and director of the CDRE at Millersville University. “This designation is important to show our commitment to our ongoing collaboration with the National Weather Service StormReady program to help keep our university and the surrounding communities well-informed and safe during high-impact weather events. Millersville University is one of only seven universities in PA and 320 nationwide with this designation.” StormReady criteria includes: Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center. Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public. Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally. Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars. Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. Obtaining a StormReady designation means not only understanding severe weather, but how to plan and respond to it. For more information on the Center for Disaster Research & Education, visit CDRE Millersv […] “Millersville Continues to be StormReady”

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    Catching Up With the Migrant Education Program Millersville University is dedicated to assisting the families of migrant workers, and one of the strongest resources is found in the Migrant Education Program. The program is committed to assisting migrant students and their families in overcoming difficulties they may face after moving to a new community and school district. Looking to help as many families as possible, the Migrant Education Program has outreach well beyond the Millersville area, providing education and support services to eligible Pre-K through 12th-grade students in Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and the surrounding areas. These services include year-round after-school programs, Saturday and summer programs, customized tutoring, in-home instruction, leadership and development opportunities and a range of partner agencies and service providers in the region. Director of Migrant Education David Baird notes that along with these support services for children, the program helps make a systemic change in the community as a whole. “There is a robust state, regional and local parent involvement system and leadership structure that orients and prepares parents and families to enhance academic success, increase high school graduation rates and improve preparedness for higher education and career development of participating students,” he says. Since becoming director in 2021, Baird has worked to ensure that the Migrant Education Program remains community-based and focused. For the Lancaster area, this can include cultural enhancement events organized by the program’s Lancaster County Field Office, sometimes sponsored by the Ware Center and the Winter Center at Millersville University. Team Leader of the Lancaster County Field Office Amanda Guzman explains that there are many opportunities for their students to attend these cultural and educational events. “We take students on college and educational field trips to museums, parks, zoos, etc. This year Lancaster and Lebanon took students to Lake Tobias and Zoo America, which aligned with our summer theme where we talked about animals from around the world” says Guzman. “We have college field trips during the school year and our big field trips during the summertime.” Guzman says the impact of the program can be seen as students’ and parents’ awareness of the vast array of resources available to them in Lancaster grows. “We have programs in libraries, schools and different locations in Lancaster County which allow them to have a sense of familiarity with their surroundings and resources. When they attend our library programs, they can learn about how to access library cards, or when they attend our STEAM nights (science technology engineering, arts and mathematics), they can become familiar with the schools their children attend and want to participate more in their children’s education,” Guzman says. “All it takes is us providing these programs and their knowledge expands, and they then start to become self-sufficient,” she continues. “That is the ultimate goal! We want our families to succeed in their communities. We show them the ropes and then let them do it on their own.” For Baird and Guzman, the work they do with the Migrant Education Program is meaningful. “Our regional team is comprised largely of talented and experienced immigrants from all over the world, with personal experience that connects directly to our work together,” says Baird. “They understand the unique needs of the students, parents and families we serve, and how best to help them adjust to the educational systems in the US and PA. It’s more a vocation with a genuine sense of mission than employment for all of us, and it shows how we work together to help kids. It’s unique.” Guzman says the most meaningful work is the impact the program has on its students and families. “The little things matter to them and are helpful. It makes a difference to how they succeed,” she explains. “The most rewarding aspect of our work is being able to say, ‘We made a difference.’ Everyone who works for migrants is in it because of the passion they have for helping our families.” In addition to the resources the Migrant Education Program offers students and families, there are also plenty of volunteer opportunities available for Millersville students, both during the school year and over the summer. If interested, students can reach out to Amanda Guzman directly over email at Amanda.Gu […] “Catching Up With the Migrant Education Program”

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    Chinook Helicopter Landing on Campus Updated It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the military’s Chinook helicopter! Later this spring, Millersville University will host the first Chinook helicopter landing on campus since 2018. Originally scheduled for March 26, the landing has been postponed until at least mid-April. A Chinook helicopter is a U.S. military helicopter used for various operations including troop transportation, search and rescue, special operations and more. For this event, the helicopter will transport MU’s, Franklin and Marshall’s and Penn State Harrisburg’s ROTC cadets to the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap for training.  While at Fort Indiantown Gap, the cadets will take part in a leadership evaluation.  Pete Anders, chief of the Millersville University Police Department, explains the importance of the landings on campus for the senior cadets who are participating. “In a few months, our senior MU ROTC cadets will graduate and be commissioned as officers in our military and protect us and citizens in other nations. The landings serve as a realistic training opportunity and exemplify the future public mission our ROTC cadets will commit to serve.”    Faith Willenbrock, a MU ROTC alum, flies Blackhawk helicopters for the U.S. Army. She is currently deployed and stationed in Fort Bragg, NC, and emphasizes Anders’s support. “The ROTC students work exceptionally hard and are not always provided the opportunity to experience some of the broader experiences the Army has to offer. Giving the ROTC cadets a chance to get this experience is an exciting and great training opportunity.”   Willenbrock also notes the impact the landings will have on the senior cadets. “The senior cadets will get a chance to see what the big Army has to offer outside of the ROTC atmosphere; this flight could change the course of some of their careers if they are inspired to try branch aviation and start their careers as Combat Army Aviators.”   When the landing does occur, the MU community can safely watch from outside the Brooks Field landing zone or on the Ganser loop by the library. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, ROTC, facilities and MUPD will oversee the event. Additionally, the PA National Guard has approved the landing zone, and the flight team at Fort Indiantown Gap will monitor th […] “Chinook Helicopter Landing on Campus”

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    Millersville Set to Host 17th Annual Science Olympiad On Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., approximately 500 middle and high school students will gather at Millersville University’s Science Complex and Pucillo Gymnasium to compete in the 17th Annual Science Olympiad. The winners of this prestigious competition will have the opportunity to advance to the state tournament. Science Olympiad competitions resemble academic track meets, featuring 23 team events in each division (Division B for middle school, Division C for high school). Every year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the dynamic fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Science Olympiad fosters broad participation by combining events from various disciplines, emphasizing active, hands-on group involvement. This collaborative approach brings together students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders, uniting them in pursuit of a common goal. “Some of the events involve the construction of devices, like an electrochemical device to determine the concentration of salt in water or an autonomous robot that must navigate an obstacle course,” explains Dr. Daniel Albert, associate professor and chairperson of chemistry at the University. The event at Millersville is a regional competition for Division B and Division C. There are 14 teams competing in Division B and 25 teams competing in Division C. The top 7 teams from Division B and the top 6 teams from Division C advance to the state tournament at Penn State Altoona on April 27. “The event is only made possible through many volunteers,” says Albert. “Dr. Laura Ramos-Sepulveda, assistant professor in the biology department is the other main person at Millersville who makes this event possible. She coordinates more than 100 volunteers that consist of Millersville students, faculty and staff and community members including parents and coaches.” People wanting to experience what Science Olympiad is all about can stop by Pucillo gym between […] “Millersville Set to Host 17th Annual Science Olympiad”

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    STEM Students Find Success with Help from the NSF In November 2021, Millersville University was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM program. Two years later, the grant has gone on to provide a myriad of resources for STEM students, providing them with financial resources and real-world experiences.   The NSF S-STEM program provides financial and support services of up to $10,000 each year to a group of STEM students, renewable for up to four years. The program’s primary goals are to increase recruitment, retention and graduation of STEM students and their persistence in the field beyond the grant. The program also hopes to establish a sustainable and replicable model for this type of work for the University and other similar institutions. Principal Investigator and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Janet White says the program is currently on track to meet these goals.  “Additional broader impacts are to produce a strong, globally competitive STEM workforce, complete with students equipped with scientific literacy and confidence in their field of study and to disseminate the successes of those programs at various professional conferences,” White explains.   The program currently supports 19 students in a variety of STEM disciplines including: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, mathematics, physics and robotics. The program will welcome 10 additional first-year students in the fall of 2024.   Over the summer after their first year, each S-STEM scholar participates in The Workforce Development Program, which is a paid immersive and research-based experience. Each participant prepares for an independent research project by developing skills in scientific literacy and experimental design. They travel to the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Wallops Island, Virginia to gain hands-on experience and apply their knowledge by processing samples, analyzing data and preparing a scientific poster presentation. The second cohort of students will participate in the Workforce Development Program in May 2024.  “The Workforce Development Program ended with the first annual Millersville University National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM S3: Supporting Student Success Research Symposium 2023,” adds White. “In groups of three, scholars presented their research project to approximately 60 attendees, including MU administrators, faculty, students, S-STEM grant personnel, family and friends.”  S-STEM scholars also attend monthly Community Building and Retention Activities, including two social events, two community service events, a workshop from on-campus support services and a colloquium event including MU alumni. Last year included workshops about professional presence and self-awareness, community service and time-management skill development facilitated by MU support staff from the Career Center, Academic Advisement and Success Coaching.  Lastly, the scholars are paired with peer and faculty mentors. Meeting with faculty mentors at least once a month and with peer mentors weekly, gives the scholars access to additional academic support.   White shares that the success of the program would not be possible without the project management team, which includes White, Dr. Carolyn Weaver (Biology, Project Manager, Co-PI), Co-PIs Dr. Judith Cebra-Thomas (Biology), Dr. Nanette Dietrich (Educational Foundations) and Dr. Nazli Hardy, and Senior Personnel: Dr. Marc Harris (Dean, College of Science and Technology), Dr. John Haughery (Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology), Dr. Ajoy Kumar (Earth Sciences), Dr. Kristen Lawson (Academic Advising), Dr. Xin Li (Physics), Dr. Melissa Mullen-Davis (Chemistry) and Dr. Miriam Witmer (Educational Foundations).   The program currently has an opening for a rising third-year student to begin in Fall 2024. Students must demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Interested students should contact White for more information on how to apply and interview at   The program is also recruiting peer mentors for the 2024-25 academic year, which is a paid position. Interested students should contact Weaver at for more information.     This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2130176.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nationa […] “STEM Students Find Success with Help from the NSF”

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    Poetry Reading and Conversation at Millersville Millersville’s Department of English and World Languages is hosting internationally acclaimed poet and scholar of ecopoetics, Julia Fiedorczuk. Ecopoetics arose from the late 20th-century awareness of ecology and concerns over environmental disaster and emphasizes drawing connections between human activity—specifically the making of poems—and the environment that produces it.  Fiedorczuk is a writer, poet, translator and researcher. As an academic, she is an associate professor at the Institute of English Studies and a co-founder of the Environmental Studies Center at the University of Warsaw.  The event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in Ford Atrium. Fiedorczuk agreed to make Millersville a stop on her United States reading tour, which also includes Harvard.  The website that Fiedorczuk co-curates defines ecopoetics in this way: “We understand ‘poetics’ as a making. ‘Ecopoetics’ is the making of a home involving not only humans but all forms of existence who share this universe. Poetry has a special place in this making because of its historical association with ancient ritualistic and magical practices (such as shamanism), its attunement to the natural rhythms of the Earth and the body (through prosody and the voice) and because of its inherently subversive character (as a linguistic practice counteracting the fossilization of language into cliches).”   Ecopoetics is a multidisciplinary approach that includes thinking and writing on poetics, science and theory. “As a poetic practice, ecopoetics is a form of narrating reality that considers human interdependence with its environment as the most important factor of the storytelling,” says Dr. Katarzyna Jakubiak, associate professor of English. “Poets, like Fiedorczuk, who embrace this practice treat poetry as a form of environmental activism. For example, poems in Fiedorczuk’s most recent collection ‘Psalms,’ which she will read from, reflect on the human role in the contemporary world suffering from climate change, loss of biodiversity, humanitarian crises and ravages of war.”  Another major characteristic of ecopoetics is the search for new forms of expression, or new language that would do away with calcified ways of thinking and foster new ideas; hence this form of writing is known for poetic experimentation.  While speaking at Millersville, Fiedorczuk plans to read fragments of her novel “The House of Orion,” which partially engages with the migrant crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, and the complicated relationship between this crisis and its setting in Bialowieza forest, one of the few remaining primeval forests in Europe.  Fiedorczuk witnessed the crisis unfold as she happened to be in Bialowieza in 2021, working on her novel.  The reading will be followed by a conversation and Q&A, moderated by Jakubiak.  Fiedorczuk’s academic publications include: “The Cyborg in The Garden: An Introduction to Ecocriticism” and, in collaboration with Gerardo Beltrán, “Ecopoetics: An Ecological Defence of Poetry.” As a poet and writer, she has published short stories, essays and novels as well as six poetry books.   Her latest volume, “Psalms,” was awarded the prestigious Wisława Szymborska Award in Poland in 2018. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Her books in English include “Oxygen” (2017) and “Psalms” (2023), both translated by Bill Johnston.  Read selected po […] “Poetry Reading and Conversation at Millersville”

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    Millersville University to host 49th Annual Math Contest Two hundred and twenty-eight high school students will travel to Millersville University at the end of the month to participate in the University’s 49th Annual High School Mathematics Contest. Thirty-six schools will bring teams of students, grades 9-12, to compete on Wednesday, Feb. 28.   An annual event, the mathematics contest has grown since last spring, expanding its reach to schools within 100 miles of the University and increasing its number of registered teams. Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 a.m., with the competition to begin at 9:30 a.m.  The Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Dr. Marc Harris, will give opening remarks. Then, the competition proceeds in two parts, with test problems prepared by members of the Department of Mathematics. The first part is a short answer contest with 36 problems to be completed within a 75-minute time limit. This portion is completed by students individually, and the top five scorers receive recognition. The second part of the competition is team-based, where groups of 2-4 students from the same school will have 60 minutes to complete five problems. The top five scoring teams will receive recognition.   The students will tackle problems from a wide range of mathematical subjects at the precalculus level, including algebra, trigonometry, number theory, probability and statistics, geometry, graph theory and more.   While this contest is an opportunity for the high school students to showcase their mathematical abilities, it is also an opportunity for Millersville University to showcase the Department of Mathematics and the College of Science and Technology. After the contest ends at noon, students and their chaperones can stay for an optional STEM tabling session, where they will be provided with information about the University and can meet with faculty […] “Millersville University to host 49th Annual Math Contest”

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    Millersville Becomes Flavorville Do you have what it takes to become Millersville’s next Iron Chef? After a four-year hiatus, the Iron Chef competition has officially returned.   Starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, teams consisting of three to four students will face off in a cooking competition taking place in the SMC Atrium. The registration form can be picked up at and returned to the Campus Recreation Office. “We chose to bring back the Iron Chef event since it was so popular prior to the pandemic,” says Samantha Wary, assistant director of campus recreation. “Now that our departments have gotten back into full programming and past the pandemic safety requirements, we thought it was the right time.”  As part of their registration process, teams will submit their recipe to dining so they can source the ingredients.  “Technically, no experience is necessary, but we recommend meeting with Chef John (Johnson) if participants are not familiar with the required ingredients to ensure their meal is prepared correctly and safely,” says Wary.  There will be a “People’s Choice Award” for the audience’s top pick after each plate is on display. Each individual audience member will receive one vote, and there will also be giveaways and fun throughout the competition for audience members.   The Iron Chef event was last held on March 9, 2020. The people’s choice winners were women’s soccer and women’s club rugby was awarded the judge’s choice. Millersville Iron Chef is sponsored and hosted by University Dining and Campus Recreation.  “The event is to bring students together during the colder season and allow for social and nutritional wellbeing,” says Wary. “Students who are not competing can come out and watch the event, vote for their favorite dish and check out the offerings of the local vendors in attendance.”  Back in 2018, teams were challenged to create a balanced plate with side dishes that showcased that year’s mandatory ingredient, alligator. This year, the theme is Cajun and Creole, with chicken breast and shrimp as the required ingredients.  “Each year, we have had great support from Dr. Judith Wubah and Chief Pete Anders as judges, as well as Mike Johnstone as our most popular emcee,” says Wary. “This year, we have Dr. Mary Beth Williams, Vice President of Student Affairs, as our third rotating judge.”  For more information regarding the 2024 Iron Chef competition, contact Allison Yarrow at Allison.Yarrow@mill […] “Millersville Becomes Flavorville”

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    15 Years of Empowerment: Disability Film Festival Marks Milestone Anniversary Approximately 22 percent of adults in the United States experience some form of disability, encompassing a spectrum from self-care to mobility challenges. The Disability Film Festival at Millersville University seeks to shift societal perceptions and redefine the narrative surrounding disability.   “A disability film festival plays a crucial role in promoting inclusivity and raising awareness about the diverse experiences of individuals with disabilities,” says Dr. Thomas Neuville, professor and principal investigator for the PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium at Millersville University. “By showcasing films that highlight the disability community perspectives, challenges and achievements, these festivals contribute to breaking down societal stereotypes and fostering empathy.”  This year’s festival will feature three films:  “The Grown Ups” on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in McComsey Myers Auditorium: In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults. Free and open to the public.  “Fire Through Dry Grass” on March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in McComsey Myers Auditorium: uncovers in real-time the devastation experienced by residents of a New York City nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic. Co-Directors Alexis Neophytides and Andres “Jay” Molina take viewers inside Coler, on Roosevelt Island, where Jay lives with his fellow Reality Poets, a group of mostly gun violence survivors. Free and open to the public.  “The Ride Ahead” on April 25 at 6:15 p.m. at The Ware Center: Samuel Habib, 21, wants to date, leave home, go to college. But he drives a 350-pound wheelchair, uses a communication device, and can have a seizure at any moment. Determined to find his path forward, he seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists. Will they empower him to launch the bold adult life he craves? There will be a panel and post-screening discussion led by the filmmaker and member of the National Council on Disability, Theo Braddy and local leadership. Register by visiting Panel Discussion.   “By screening films in a disability film festival, non-disabled individuals can gain valuable insights into the daily lives, struggles and triumphs of people with disabilities,” says Neuville. “Viewers are made aware of the power of the disability rights movement. These films often convey messages of resilience, perseverance and the diverse abilities that exist within the disability community.”  For more information, contact Neuville at   For mo […] “15 Years of Empowerment: Disability Film Festival Marks Milestone Anniversary”

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    From Millersville to the Movie Screen A Millersville grad is making a name for herself with her documentary “Paper Birds.” Allison Connelly ’23, from Avondale, PA, has her own story to tell, and a passion to do so. Her documentary, “Paper Birds,” aims to bring attention to recovered and somatic memories through sharing her experiences. In the fall of 2020, Connelly developed PTSD as a result of repressed trauma, referred to as delayed recall. Initially, this caused feelings of shame and self-blame, but after finding solace in the stories of others online, she saw an unfulfilled need for media representation. “I just really wanted to create a piece of media that other people, whose story sounded like mine, could resonate with and see their story on screen because I didn’t have that,” says Connelly. The film began production in November 2021 with the help of Millersville communications professor Dr. Changfu Chang and fellow students. As it is being developed intermittently, it is still in the works with hopes of completion in 2024. Connelly has already had the opportunity to screen her work-in-progress on two occasions: at the National Council of Undergraduate Research in April 2023 and at Tulsa Community College Research Retreat in October 2023. In late 2022, Connelly applied to participate in the National Council of Undergraduate Research being held in April 2023. After being accepted, it was there that she first presented her project outside of a classroom setting. “I don’t think I could have asked for a better crowd because it was a very intimate, vulnerable moment, and I was just kind of accepted into open arms,” says Connelly. Following her screening and artist talk, she was approached by Mona Easterling, assistant professor at Tulsa Community College, who invited her to speak at the TCC Research Retreat later in the year. Connelly attributes her success to her time at Millersville, where she majored in media arts production and minored in graphic communication technology. She especially expresses gratitude for her experiences with carrying out undergraduate research. As a transfer student during the COVID-19 pandemic, connections with professors and students were hard to establish virtually. “I feel like it allowed me to make connections where I didn’t get to the first two years,” says Connelly regarding her research. It was there where she felt immensely supported by her peers. “They wanted to help me advocate for this issue that didn’t personally afflict them, but because they saw the way it affected me and they became passionate about it,” says Connelly. She describes her time performing undergraduate research as, “free job training,” and says her experience at Millersville equipped her with the skills she utilizes now. Connelly regards Dr. Chang as especially helpful in her education, particularly relevant to her film. Connelly initially had the idea to share her story on paper through photojournalism, but it was Chang who encouraged her to learn about documentary filmmaking and share her story on the screen. After she took the two-part documentary courses, Chang oversaw Connelly’s undergraduate research and acted as a mentor, teaching her further. As a documentary filmmaker himself, Chang had tips and tricks that can only be learned from doing. “I feel like those skills that are not really something you can read in a textbook is what I most got out of Millersville,” s […] “From Millersville to the Movie Screen”

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