Millersville University Presents Noise Machine
A Collaboration Between Barbara Madsen, Ely Rosa Zamora, A.P. Vague

Madsen's Noise Machine exhibit

Millersville University’s Sykes Gallery presents Barbara Madsen’s new installation, Noise Machine, a city of objects that alludes to a world gone awry with voracious desire and paranoia. The re-combination ready-mades are of 20th-and 21st-century detritus from the analog and digital eras. They are poised on a maze of plinths, elevating the pedestal to the same hierarchy as the object.

Three of the sculptures in the exhibition (one on which the title of the exhibition is based) are auditory collaborations with the Venezuelan poet Ely Rosa Zamora and sound artist A.P. Vague.

The exhibition runs from October 31 to December 9. Madsen will also present a Gallery talk on Monday, November 14, at noon.

Sykes Gallery is located in Breidenstine Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.; and by appointment. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Free tours of the exhibition may be scheduled by calling Ty Clever, gallery director, at 717-871-2186 or


Local Dance Companies Join Forces with
Professional Philadelphia-Based Dance Troupe
To Open The Ware Center Dance Series

A new initiative called “The Dance Arts Collaborative” was recently created to promote the art of dance locally. The group responsible for this collaboration will hold dance performances in four broad categories: Ballet, cultural/ethnic, ballroom and contemporary/modern. The Grand Opening performance is scheduled for Sunday, October 23, at 7 p.m. at The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster, in downtown Lancaster.

Opening night is a two-part dance presentation. The first act consists of professional-level dancers from local dance studios including Cobalt Dance Company, Dance Mosaic, the F&M Dance Program, Lancaster School of Ballet and Vicktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy.

The second act is a performance by Fuego Dance Company, under the direction of Hector Serrano, CEO, and founder. The oldest and largest Salsa dance studio in the city of Philadelphia is celebrating its 15th year. Twelve professional dancers and singers ranging in age from 25 to 8 years old will present a variety of Latino and Salsa-inspired dance and vocal works. The program is family-friendly and designed to include audience participation. A highlight of the program is a song by Lisa Diaz, who provides the Spanish voices in Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” TV series recordings.

The public is invited, and the evening is suitable for people of all ages. Student tickets are free, tickets for adults and parents cost $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Ticket Office at 717-872-3811, online, at, or at the Millersville University or The Ware Center Box Offices.


Transformational Fair

Millersville University has begun a “transformational process.”  President Francine G. McNairy first discussed transformation at her Convocation speech on September 9, followed by more details in “The Case for Change,” shared with the campus community, the Council of Trustees, and the boards of the Millersville University Foundation and the alumni association, and the capital campaign cabinet.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Transformation Action Fair on November 1 at Marauder Court, SMC. Between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., everyone is invited to drop in to learn more about ideas shared at the Convocation. “Attendees will be able to explore the transformational action ideas that are being developed at Millersville University and ‘sign on’ to be a part of our transformation,” said Melanie DeSantis, director of professional development and training. Action ideas fall into the following categories: Student success, increased advocacy and efficient and effective student services.

For more information, contact DeSantis at 717-871-3272 or


 Millersville University Hosts Mixer for Sustainability

 Project Green Lancaster is having a mixer on campus with members of the York & Lancaster Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network (SSBN) on October 27 from 6-8 p.m., in the Ford Atrium, McComsey Hall. Several students in the communication & theatre department will be giving short presentations about their sustainable community work.

Students presenting include Christopher Gailey, representing a four-student collaboration on Lancaster Green Infrastructure Initiative, working with James R. Cowhey, executive director, and Mary Frey, principal planner, of Lancaster County Planning Commission; Shanna Muscavage, speaking about Lemon Street Market, a new, organic and locally focused grocery store; and Sarah Darling and Joanna Hershey, talking about a sustainable walking tour map of Lancaster city, collaborating with a geography GIS graduate student.

“Some of the richest learning occurs when students go out into the community to research a topic by meeting and talking to people about their expertise in that area, and that is what students in the Digital Media Writing class have been doing to populate the Project Green Lancaster website with content,” said Dr. Stacey Irwin, professor of communication & theatre. “It is so easy to Google information, and much more time consuming and challenging to make appointments, visit someone at their business location, ask questions and document information with photos and well chosen words. We are glad to partner with SSBN in this effort to promote a resource-based website about sustainability efforts in Lancaster and welcome them to campus to hear about some of our student work and to network with our students.”

The University campus community is invited to meet and connect with SSBN members and businesses sharing related ideas. Attendees will hear about featured areas Project Green Lancaster is working on and learn about a Millersville University grant program, focused on helping small regional businesses.

For more information, contact Irwin at or 717-872-3138.


Senate Education Committee Hearing at Millersville 

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing at Millersville University on Thursday, November 3, from 1-4 p.m. in Reighard Multipurpose Room, located in the Student Memorial Center, to hear testimony on a package of bipartisan bills intended to modernize and update the statute governing the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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