Lori Austin has been volunteering for years. The director of Student Conduct & Community Standards at Millersville University was recently honored for her efforts. Austin received the Carl Shoemaker award from the District Governor honoring her many hours of community service with the Millersville Lions Club
“The most fulfilling volunteer work is that which I am currently doing. I oversee our medical equipment den also known as M.E.D. We have almost any medical equipment one could need including canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, personal hygiene items, power recliners and until recently, hospital beds. If someone is in need, they may borrow whatever they wish and return it when finished.” Austin says that if community members have gently used medical items they no longer need, the Lions Club accepts donations. “It is very rewarding work to give someone the proper equipment they need for a medical issue or for their safety and comfort,” she shares.
Austin served as president of the Lions Club for four years. Her volunteer work for the club includes everything from ringing the bell at Christmas for the Salvation Army, hosting bingo and more.
Austin has been a part of the Millersville University community for 35 years helping to inform students about the student code of conduct and ensuring they all receive fair and equal treatment. She started work on her master’s degree here in 1985 before becoming a residence hall director, assistant director of housing, and director of judicial affairs throughout the years.
Austin has been a community helper for as long as she can remember. She is also the Judge of Elections for the Borough of Millersville. “It is so rewarding and fun to serve the members of this community, see them, talk to them, and assist them with the election process.” says Austin.
“Being closer to the end of my career than the beginning, it is easy to reflect on the many lessons I have learned along the way. My best advice to our students is to find your passion professionally and personally and give it your all. Time goes by quickly, so you need to make an impact every day!”