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3/17/2011 Activities

Here are the faculty and staff activities for March 17, 2011.

Here are the faculty and staff activities for March 17, 2011.

Millersville Receives Bronze Award from United Way of Lancaster

(L-R) Denise Weidman, Dr. John McLarnon, Dr. Aminta Breaux, Deb Pizzola and Jennifer R. Melendrez.

Millersville University earned a bronze award from the United Way for the University’s participation in the 2010 SECA campaign.

Jennifer R. Melendrez, resource development associate from the United Way of Lancaster County, recently presented SECA committee members Denise Weidman, development, Dr. John McLarnon, history, Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president for student affairs and Deb Pizzola, human resources, with Millersville’s bronze plaque.

Millersville Staff Got Into Character

Weidman portraying Mother Goose.
Caracci portraying Snow White.

On March 3, students and staff from Millersville University dressed up as characters from their favorite fairytales and movies to read from their own fairytales and fictional stories for H.C. Burgard Elementary School students and their families as part of Family Reading Night.

University staff member Denise Weidman, development, portrayed Mother Goose, while Claudia Caracci, University communications and marketing, portrayed Snow White.

Cinderella, Tinker Bell, Robin Hood, Darth Vader and the Millersville Marauder, were characters portrayed by five Millersville University students.

Faculty & Staff Activities

Dr. Sandra Deemer, educational foundations, and Melissa Ostrowski, Penn Manor High School, recently presented a paper session, titled “A Postsecondary plan for every student: Results of a study on the impact of a required career oriented graduation project,” at the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators conference.

Dr. Ginny Palmer, nursing, presented “Women and Heart Disease:  What Cardiovascular Nurses Need to Know,” at the South Central Pa. Chapter of the American College of Cardiovascular Nurses meeting at York Hospital, in York, Pa., March 1.

Dr. Beverly Schneller, English, had her biographical profiles of “Emilio Bacardi” and “Edward Cecil Guinness” published in Great Lives from History: The Incredibly Wealthy.  An essay she completed for the late Betty Rizzo, “The Other Elizabeth Griffith,” is published in Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Schneller is also serving as a Teagle Foundation Assessment Scholar at Washington College, in Chestertown, Md., reviewing their capstone projects across the curriculum.


Thomas Tirado, retired art, recently had his painting, “My Pantheon” accepted for admission into the “Regional Exhibition” at the San Diego Art Institute’s Gallery of the Living Artists. And “Maguey #1” was accepted into the Southwestern Art Association’s Show titled “Top 100 Artists.”

"My Pentheon"
"Maguey #1"


Dr. Dominick J. Fanani, 94, died February 27. He was professor of art at Millersville from 1961 to 1982. He taught pottery and established the jewelry program at Millersville. He served as president of the Millersville Faculty Association, as a faculty senator and as a member of several campus-wide faculty committees.

Ione LeVan Dorwart, 87, died March 8. She was a member of the physical education department at Millersville University. Along with her teaching duties, Ione coached the field hockey and girl’s basketball teams. In addition, for many years, she served as the advisor to Millersville’s Dolphin Club where she directed the annual synchronized swimming water shows.

Charles W. Hash, Sr., 91, died March 11. He attended Millersville Teachers College and later served the University for 29 years in state appointed roles including Chairman of the Council of Trustees. The University gave Hash an honorary doctorate and named a building in his honor.

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