Hagelgans and Beuerle Honored at IAEM Conference

Dr. Duane Hagelgans, assistant professor of earth sciences at Millersville University (MU), was awarded Student Ally of the Year at the 63rd annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference on Nov 18, held in Nevada.

Hagelgans, who was nominated by one of his students, received the award in recognition of being a trusted and dedicated student adviser, educator and community member since joining the University in 2007.

“To be honored by my field at the highest level for my work with and for the students is one of the greatest honors I think I could receive,” said Hagelgans. “I am very lucky that I am in a great department, within a great university that puts the students first.”

Hagelgans also serves as a local fire chief and emergency management coordinator for Millersville Borough, serves on the South Central Pennsylvania Task Force and is an active member of IAEM. He also played a key role in the planning and execution of the 2014 Millersville University Preparedness Day with the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE).

“These awards not only mean a lot about our programs and the CDRE, but also say a lot about our faculty and the leadership of the center and the program,” said Hagelgans. “We have a multidisciplinary faculty that work together for the best possible student outcomes.  We are very involved in the students and their successes.  As a relatively new profession, winning these awards demonstrates that the CDRE and Millersville are on the leading edge of education for these new professionals. We take a lot of pride in what we do, our students and the careers our students are entering in this important profession.”

Jon Beuerle, a senior at MU, was also named 2015 IAEM-USA Student of the Year at the ceremony. Student of the Year is awarded to a student who has made significant contributions to the field of emergency and disaster management through volunteer work, promotion of the field and contributions in their community. Beuerle has been a member of Millersville’s chapter of the IAEM for two years, helping the chapter grow and ultimately be named Student Chapter of the Year in 2014. Beuerle also assists the CDRE on a weekly basis and helps represent and promote the Emergency Management program at MU.


Faculty/Staff Activities

Ximena Catepillán, mathematics, is the newly elected vice-president of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, EPaDel Section, of the Mathematical Association of America, MAA. Ximena has served EPaDel as a Member at Large, Student Chapter Coordinator, the creator of the biannual Silent Auction, and chair/member of several Nominating Committees. At the national level she has served on the MAA Travel Study Committee and is currently a member of the MAA Committee on Sections.

Dr. Richard D. Clark, earth sciences, is a co-author on a paper to be given at the Fall 2015 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The paper, “Ongoing analysis of DISCOVER-AQ observations and their implications for remote sensing of air quality,” is a report on the status of research conducted during the NASA DISCOVER-AQ project. More information can be found at…https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/a/papers/viewonly.cgi?password=333098&username=81973.

Dr. M. P. A. Sheaffer, English
, sang as an alto ringer in the fall concert of the Canterbury Choral Society in New York on 22 November. The program featured Arthur Honegger’s “Christmas Cantata” and Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicholas.”

Dr. John Wright, applied engineering, safety & technologyrecently delivered a peer-reviewed presentation at the 2015 ATMAE Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in November. The presentation was titled “Practical loop tuning – How to tune a PID loop!”  Wright also spoke to members of the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Technology (EECT) Division. His invited EECT presentation, “EECT Certification Brief,” discussed the current status of the new Certified Controls Engineer (CCE) Exam which Wright is developing for the ATMAE Board of Certification.



Richard Sasin, 92, of Lancaster, died November 6. He moved to Lancaster in 1968 to become Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Millersville University.

Dr. Rodrigo Solera, 87, of Lancaster, died November 16. Solera taught Language, Literature, and Civilization & Culture at Millersville University from 1970 until his retirement in 2002 as professor emeritus.

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