Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
Faculty & Staff Activities

Faculty/Staff Activities  

Featuring Emiyaril Alvarez, Dr. Dennis Downey, Dr. Duane Hagelgans, Ethan Hulsey, Drs Margaret Mbindyo, William Himmele, Deborah Tamakloe, Persida Himmele and Caleb Himmele, ’23, and Dr. Ying WuShanley.

Pictured from left: Alyssa Dobson, Ryan Jensema, Kenyan Cattell and Emiyaril Alvarez.

Emiyaril Alvarez, Director of Financial Aid, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., in her role on the Government Relations Committee for The Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The group spoke to members of Congress to make their positions known on the issues that impact students, families and the institutions they serve.

In addition to Alvarez, Alyssa Dobson of Slippery Rock University, Kenyan Cattell of Penn State World Campus, and Ryan Jensema of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary represented PASFAA. The Government Relations Committee narrowed its focus to three items: Student Loan Tax Elimination Act, FAFSA Simplification, and Return to Payment.


Dr. Dennis Downey

Dr. Dennis Downey, professor of history emeritus recently won the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ 2023 Hervey B. Wilbur Historic Preservation Award. The award recognizes Downey’s guest editorship of the Summer 2022 Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic StudiesThe edition was devoted to “Exploring Disability History in Pennsylvania.”



Dr. Duane Hagelgans

Dr. Duane Hagelgans, professor in Millersville’s Center for Disaster Research & Education, has been selected to speak at the GOSH Conference – Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference from Oct. 22-24 in Hershey. Hagelgans will speak on “Disaster Preparedness for Safety Professionals.” He’ll discuss the various ways that Safety Professions can prepare their organization for potential disasters while also entertaining the concept of “Whole Community” into practice for organizational Health and Safety practices.


Ethan Hulsey

Ethan Hulsey, Director of Athletic Communications, recently placed first in the District 2 2022-23 CSC Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest for College Sports Communicators for his feature story on alum, Chas McCormick, “From Millersville to the World Series, Chas McCormick makes a winning impact.”  In addition to the first-place finish, he was also runner-up in the event category for “Resilient Marauders crowned PSAC Champs” and runner-up in the season recap/preview category for “Season Outlook: Marauders hope renewed focus and veteran bats lead the team back to Cary.”

In addition, Hulsey pulled in a second-place finish for the number of visits to the athletics website during the month of June.


Dr. Margaret Mbindyo

Dr. Margaret Mbindyo, associate professor and advisement coordinator in the Center for Advisement & Student Support; Dr. William Himmele, professor in Early, Middle and Exceptional Education; Dr. Deborah Tamakloe, associate professor in Special Education, Dr. Persida Himmele, professor in Early, Middle and Exceptional Education, along with Caleb Himmele, ’23, took part in a training at Kabarak University during June. The training, “Intentional Teaching & Total Participation Techniques,” was well received and the group consistently had over 300 university faculty in attendance for all three days of this optional training. Faculty from all colleges attended, including the schools of Business, Medicine, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Languages etc.

Here is a link to Kabarak University’s website highlighting the 3-day training: https://www.kabarak.ac.ke/news/updates/kabu-three-day-indispensable-staff-development-training

Dr. Ying Wushanley

Dr. Ying WuShanley, professor emeritus, Department of Wellness & Sport Sciences, recently competed at the World Aquatics Masters Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. He placed 8th, 8th, & 9th in 50M, 200M, & 100M (all breaststroke), respectively. This is the first time that he broke into the top 10 internationally.


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