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Faculty & Staff Activities

Faculty and Staff News for November

New positions at SSI, faculty present and review.

New Director of Operations for SSI at Millersville University

Lydia Yeager

Student Services Incorporated (SSI),  which manages the operations of Millersville University’s Student Memorial Center (SMC), University Store, and ticket sales, has announced three personnel  changes.

Lydia Yeager, who has worked as the ticket sales manager since 2005, was named SSI’s first ever director of operations. Yeager graduated from MU with a bachelor’s in communications, with an option in public relations, in 2004.  She also has a master’s in organizational development & leadership from Shippensburg. She lives in Lancaster.

Amber Guinther, who has served as the assistant ticket sales manager since 2016, will take over the ticket sales manager role. Before SSI, Guinther worked for the Lancaster Barnstormers and New Era Tickets. She has her bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Reading.

Kayla Gibbons has worked with the box office and event staff teams as a student for the last four years. She will take over as assistant ticket sales manager. She graduated from Millersville in May and is currently working toward her master’s of social work at MU. She lives in Lititz.


Dr. Hagelgans Gives Webinar on Crisis Communication

Dr. Duane Hagelgans, associate professor in Earth Sciences and part of the South Central PA Task Force, presented a webinar on Nov. 13 for Assurance Software. He covered topics ranging from the Three Mile Island accident to how the 24/7 news cycle has changed crisis communications.


Dr. Haines Discusses Emerging Science on Threats to Wildlife

Dr. Aaron Haines, biology, recently gave a talk in Washington, D.C. for the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) at Defenders of Wildlife. Haines was part of a new series on the science of conservation, “Quantifying Threats to Improve Species Recovery.”

More on his talk can be found at:


Dr. Halawa Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

Dr. Abdelhadi Halawa, a professor in Wellness and Sport Sciences is also a member of the International Scientific Program Committee on Sustainability and Education for the 2nd American University in the Emirates International Research Conference. The conference was held in Dubai, UAE, Nov. 13-15. Halawa completed a peer-review for two research papers presented at the conference. The first paper is titled “Sustainable Modes of Mobility in New Urban Neighborhoods in UAE: Assessing Walkability and Bikability.” The second paper is titled “Small and Medium Enterprises in Jordan: Facts and Challenges.” The two papers examined different methodologies for sustainable development and the role of social responsibility in urban settings.


Dr. Nandedkar Presents Paper

Dr. Ankur Nandedkar, Department of Management & Marketing, will be presenting his paper titled “Exploring the Missing Link: Investigating the effects of Transformational Leadership on Employee Engagement and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors” at the 49th annual meeting of the Decision Science Institute conference to be held between Nov 17-19 in Chicago. He will also serve as the chair for the session titled “Leadership and Organizational Outcomes.” The session participants will include national and international scholars. Nandedkar will be leading the discussion focused on Transformational Leadership and its outcomes in organizations.



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