Thursday, July 25th, 2024
Faculty & Staff Activities

Faculty/Staff/President Activities  

News from Drs. Betty-Jo Bowers, Joe Cernuto, Kaitlin Mondello, Jack Ogutu, Lara Willox and Daniel Wubah; Ethan Hulsey and Hope Schmids. 

Millersville University’s faculty, staff and president had a busy spring. Here are a few of their accomplishments, awards, books, etc.

Photo of Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers
Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers

Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers, associate professor of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology and the MU chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, were named Outstanding Student Section of the Year for 2024. The section exceeded all three requirements: professional development, research and campus and community involvement. The chapter was ranked above fellow PASSHE institutions, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. Bowers and the section will receive $5,000 to fund scholarships and research for the University.

Photo of Dr. Joseph Cernuto
Dr. Joseph Cernuto

Dr. Joe Cernuto, assistant professor of music, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize, which celebrates American excellence in the arts. This company hosts the most complex series of music-related contests in the United States. Cernuto is in the Band Conducting—College/University edition category, representing MU nationwide. He received recognition for this award by sending in videos conducting the MU Wind Ensemble. The winners of the award will be announced in the fall.

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Ethan Hulsey

Ethan Hulsey, director of athletic communications, recently won two first-place writing awards. Both awards are for the 2023-24 CSC Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest. His awards fall in the categories of Season Recap/Preview and Event Coverage in the College Division.  His articles covered the golf and football teams at Millersville.

Photo of Dr. Kaitlin Mondello
Dr. Kaitlin Mondello

Dr. Kaitlin Mondello, assistant professor in English & World Languages, had her review “Darwin meets Dickinson” of the book “Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science,” published in the journal “Science.” Not only did the popular magazine publish Mondello’s work, but it was also featured on the main page of the website in early May. The website reaches an audience of over 1 million people.

Photo of Dr. Jack Ogutu and Hope Schmids, holding programs from appreciation luncheon.
Dr. Jack Ogutu and Hope Schmids

Dr. Jack Ogutu, professor and chairperson of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology and Hope Schmids, director of the Workforce Development Program, represented Millersville University at the IU13’s 26th annual Lancaster County Partnership Appreciation Luncheon. Their invitation resulted from providing slip, trip and fall prevention training to over 50 IU13 job trainers and 250 students through the Susan Harwood grant SH-30182SH2, which was from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of The U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. Lara Willox holding her Patriotic Award certificate.
Dr. Lara Willox

Dr. Lara Willox, dean of the College Education and Human Services, received an award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on June 4. The award is presented to individuals who have shown immense support to a person in association with the National Guard or Reserve. Dr. Alex Redcay nominated Willox for the award in appreciation of the accommodations made to her for her military service.  Dr. Karen Rice and Casandra Miller were on hand at the award presentation to Willox.

Photo of Dr. Wubah
President Wubah

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University, was recently honored by the African American Cultural Alliance. Wubah was acknowledged at the Black Excellence Gala and Award Ceremony on April 25.  This year, the event’s theme was ‘Knowledge is Power,’ honoring those who have shown great achievement in spreading the importance of education to young individuals and the surrounding community.


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