Making Millersville a Family Tradition
Donor Profile: Marianne Herzog Nolt '70 & Joseph P. Nolt
Type of Gift
Joseph & Marianne Nolt Family Scholarship Endowment
I received my BSEd and my MEd from Millersville University. Most of my work was done there as a married student, so I was not active on campus for extra-curricular activities. Raising two children and attending classes took most of my time, during those years. I earned degrees, which led me to teaching in Elementary Education in the Lancaster area. During that time I mentored many student teachers from Millersville in my fourth grade classroom. With a goal in mind of becoming an administrator after 15 years of teaching, I earned my Principal’s Certification and took many courses in Administration at the University of Maryland after which I returned to Lancaster as a school principle in the School District of Lancaster. At that time I encouraged my teachers to invite student teachers from Millersville University to work in their classrooms. After retiring from the School District of Lancaster as an administrator, I was asked by Millersville to become a supervisor for student teachers in many districts including Lancaster, Lebanon, Elizabethtown, Hempfield, Manheim Township, Lampeter-Strasburg, and Philadelphia, to name a few. Now as a student and faculty alumnae, class of ‘70 and ’74, I am proud to serve on the Inauguration Committee for Dr. Anderson’s Inauguration and to be a member of the President’s Scholarship Committee for the spring of 2014.
During the past years my husband and I have attended many convocations and fundraising events at the university and have decided to support research grants of an applied nature with the intended outcome of original, practical contribution to the field of education. These funds will be awarded as tuition for thesis credit courses.
One of our grandsons is an education major at Millersville at this time, so we are very proud to have a grandparent connection, too. We have four generations of Millersville connections, including Grandmother Nolt (now deceased), Marianne Herzog Nolt (I), Joseph Nolt III (son) and Joseph Nolt IV (a senior in Early Childhood Ed.)
As a student, I recall the fine faculty, who helped to guide my education at Millersville. Some who come to mind were especially knowledgeable in their disciplines, but also had the creative teaching ability to make the classroom alive and stimulating. These included Dr. Daisy Spangler, Dr. Jane Bachman, Dr. Mickey Nissley, Dr. William McAlwaine, Dr. Willis Ratzlaff, Dr. George Anderson, Dr. David Bird, Dr. Guy Steucek, Dr. Margaret Woodbridge, and Dr. Karl Moyer. One of my favorite courses was Field Biology because we went to the woods and the waterways near the university and discovered the natural environments and adaptations of many members of the plant and animal species in our area. Part of our final exam included the identification of plants, bird calls, microscopic organisms, habitats, to name a few. As a French minor I enjoyed the teachings of Dr. Ted Rupp. He was given the distinction of having one of the finest French pronunciations of any French speaking American. Many of the students who graduated with me became teachers in our area. I have friendships with some of them, which have lasted 40-50 years.
I have always been proud to say that I am a graduate and an active alumnae of Millersville. I look forward to a new chapter with Dr. Anderson as our President and wish him the successful tenure that Dr. Francine McNairy enjoyed for so many years.
Marianne Slaugh Herzog Nolt