Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
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McIlwaine receives Presidential Medallion

Dr. William B. McIlwaine, emeritus professor, received the Presidential Medallion at the University’s Convocation on Aug. 28. It is one of the highest honors Millersville University bestows to recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the universal values of higher education.

McIlwaine, a member of Millersville’s faculty from 1958-91, is a distinguished educator and respected leader in the Millersville community and beyond. He is also a decorated veteran of World War II and was selected to serve as the grand marshal for the 2015 Millersville Community Parade.

“Dr. McIlwaine, whose perseverance in the face of adversity, and whose far-reaching and trailblazing work in higher education has impacted thousands of students in Pennsylvania and across the country, is a treasure to Millersville University,” said Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University.

A member of what is referred to as “the greatest generation,” McIlwaine served in the 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division, 317th Infantry Regiment. As a soldier, he fought across Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded by artillery fi re. In May 1945, his unit liberated inmates from the Nazi concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. For his bravery and contributions, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and four Theatre of Operation Stars.

At Millersville, he was the fi rst director for grants and awards; chairman for the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education; and emeritus professor of science education. McIlwaine also served as chairman of the earth sciences department, where he taught geology. He also developed a program in student teaching for the Navajo Indian reservation.

Although McIlwaine has been retired for more than two decades, he remains an active member of Millersville University. He serves on the University’s Council of Trustees and Millersville University’s Foundation Board.

News Bites

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  • Millersville’s Department of Nursing earned approval to begin offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), starting in summer 2016. The program is designed for busy nurses who already have their MSN degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice builds on the existing advanced practice MSN education and is in line with the goals and objectives of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • Students with intellectual disabilities are already experiencing an inclusive educational program at Millersville University. The University received a $2.36 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an innovative program that colleges and universities across the Commonwealth will be able to replicate. The program will help to change lives and create learning opportunities.


Staying safe

Live-safeMillersville University has adopted a new tool to keep students even safer.

Known as LiveSafe, it turns smartphones into powerful personal safety tools, increasing communication between students and University police officers, and bringing more awareness of safety issues. Users have the ability to keep their friends safe by virtually walking them to their destinations, request a safety escort from University police, or be tracked via GPS in the event of an emergency.

LiveSafe is a free application and is supported on Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

Providence Project

Millersville University and LancansterHistory.org are partnering to create the Providence Project, a research project that tells the importance of the Lancaster region in the founding of the nation. The project, led by Dr. Marlene Arnold, professor of anthropology, aims to create a compelling tale highlighting the story of Native Americans and the cultural degradation they faced. The project will have an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating various MU departments, and the end goal is to present a research book as well as a television series focusing on southeastern Pennsylvania history leading up to the American Revolution.

Riding for Scholarships riding for scholarships

Thanks to all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers for making the Second Annual American Dream Scholarship Ride on September 19 a success.

Over $17,000 was raised to provide scholarships for Millersville University students to achieve their educational goals and to live the “American Dream.” The event also educates the public on the health benefits of bicycling and its environmental impacts.


Welcoming new freshmen
President John Anderson and Millersville’s mascots—Skully and the Marauder— welcomed the new freshman class on move-in day.

 Move-In Day

On August 20, more than 1,300 freshman students descended upon campus to begin their college experience. And with them was their “stuff .” Refrigerators, microwaves, clothes, sheets and comforters, towels, computers, packed storage bins and more.

Fortunately, the freshmen brought along parents and family members to help. They got some extra help from Frank Brogan, who is chancellor of the 14-university State System of Higher Education, and a few members of his staff. Brogan plans to participate in move-in days for all of the PASSHE universities.

Chancellor Frank Brogan
Chancellor Frank Brogan

After unpacking, the freshmen began their four-day orientation to Millersville and college life.

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