Developing Life & Leadership Skills that Promote the Greater Public Good

Developing Life & Leadership Skills that Promote the Greater Public Good

As a public university Millersville dedicates itself to a continuous search for new and better means to prepare its students to assume the responsibilities of citizenship and civic leadership. We will continue to prepare our students to engage with communities inside and outside of the University by incorporating the latest scholarship in our programs, and by exposing students to a diversity of ideas and people. We will match these efforts by a determination to provide physical and social environments which encourage personal growth. We will continue to emphasize co-curricular and extra-curricular programs that nourish the whole student and are conducive to both academic growth and personal development. Millersville will expand its investment in strategic partnerships with a variety of public and private institutions and businesses in order to enable students to become civically engaged while still at the University through service learning, internship, study abroad and other such opportunities. The University will continue to seek initiatives that will empower its graduates to play ever greater roles in local and global communities – making contributions that improve the social, political, and economic conditions of the community, the nation and the globe.

University Success

Faculty and Staff Success

Program Success

Student Success

University Success

  • The Millersville University Lancaster Community Mural Project, a collaboration between artist-in-residence Michelle Angela Ortiz, artist, arts educator and muralist, and Millersville University art and sociology students, as well as members of the Lancaster City Latino community, culminated in the creation of two murals to encourage cultural outreach and expansion into the community; one was installed in the University's Student Memorial Center and the second at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster.
  • Millersville University held its 17th annual wellness fair. Each year a different theme is chosen for the wellness fair, based on the six wellness dimensions: Physical, social, environmental, spiritual, emotional and intellectual. The 2010 spiritual theme involved many community organizations, Millersville departments and student organizations and showcased interactive displays and activities.
  • Millersville University opened its new Marauder Market and hosted the Millersville Farmers' Market every Wednesday during the spring semester. As part of the Millersville 2020 initiative, which aims to strengthen both local economic development and relations between Millersville Borough, Millersville University and Penn Manor School District, the Millersville Community Farmers Market supports low-income nutrition programs and provides a venue for local family farms to sell their wares.
  • Student organizations provided support to a variety of community service projects in Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania. Student-athletes supported projects that benefited Salvation Army clothing drives, Adopt-a-Family, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Aaron's Acres and Think Pink. Housing staff and students provided 2,706 hours of service and raised $3,620 for local charities.

Faculty and Staff Success

  • Dr. Julie Lombardi, wellness and sport sciences; Drs. Joseph Lynch, Daniel O'Neill and John Baltzer, counseling & human development; and Jayme Trogus, Elsie S. Shenk Wellness & Women's Program, participated in the Social Norms Research Group at Millersville. They presented the Millersville results of the National College Health Assessment to the Council of Trustees. The trustees reviewed survey results and learned details about this year's Social Norms campaign to prevent high-risk and dangerous alcohol use on campus.
  • Emiyaril Andino '06, '10M was hired as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant/Veteran's Coordinator at Millersville. A J.P. McCaskey High School graduate, she became involved with the University through the Lancaster Partnership Program.
  • Shari Bucklin-Webber was named the PSAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year following the University's performance at the PSAC Team Championship and the NCAA Atlantic Regional. She has been the coach of the men's tennis team for four seasons and is the first woman to win the coach of the year award for men's teams.
  • Lancaster General Hospital selected Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El, psychology, to be honored as an Outstanding Breast Cancer Survivor at the 2011 Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Survivors Celebration.
  • Steven DiGuiseppe, alumni services, received an "Award of Recognition of Superior Performance" for his stellar service to the Millersville Borough, University, Business Association, Millersville Community Parade, Millersville 250th Committee and the community.
  • Mary Fleig, head coach of Millersville's women's basketball team, marked her 500th career win.
  • Head Baseball Coach Jon Shehan was named the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
  • Dwight Horsey, director of financial aid, now serves on the Pennsylvania State Grant Advisory Board, which helps to determine state grant policies and amounts.
  • Financial Aid staff provided public presentations to the community on financial aid at McCaskey High School, the School District of Lancaster Parent Academy and "Philly Goes to College."

Program Success

  • Tony Elliot, Victor Capecce and Tina Stout, communication and theatre, led 17 students on a week-long travel course called the London Theatre Tour. During the week, the students saw four outstanding performances including the award-winning production "War Horse" at the New London Theatre. The group also toured the Globe Theatre, the National Theatre and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
  • Millersville University's outreach program, Nonprofit Resource Network, served 116 nonprofit organizations throughout south central Pennsylvania, a 16 percent increase from 2009-10. One of this year's highlights was a free networking event for nonprofit and business leaders in partnership with the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Leadership Lancaster and the Duke Street Business Center.
  • The Corporate University at Millersville University partnered with more than 19 companies throughout south central Pennsylvania to provide training to 210 individuals, a 26 percent increase over last year.
  • Millersville University's Promoting Access through Leadership at Millersville program is helping students at McCaskey High School through the college admissions process. Current undergraduate student volunteers serve as mentors to McCaskey juniors and seniors, providing support and information while bridging the gap for first generation, low-income and underrepresented students of color interested in attending college.
  • The peer health educators of Millersville's Wellness and Women's Program hosted their annual 5K fun run/walk entitled "Smash the Butt." The money raised from this event supports tobacco prevention and cessation efforts for Millersville University students, faculty and staff.
  • The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, hosted by Millersville University's Elsie S. Shenk Wellness and Women's Program and the University police department, raised $2,500 for Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster. There were 85 registered participants, who walked the one-mile course in women's high heel shoes, to support the cause.
  • This spring the Empower Peer Educators, in conjunction with several University student organizations, launched their MU Real Beauty, Real People campaign to kick off Body Image Awareness week. The purpose was to encourage self-esteem and the appreciation of diverse images of beauty. The week's activities included a lecture from Stacy Nadeau of the Dove Real Beauty Campaign. The event was awarded Best Student Program at the Student Leadership Banquet in spring 2011.
  • A new initiative in breast health awareness for students, funded by a private donor, resulted in the establishment of a resource room in Health Services.

Student Success

  • Millersville University's student-run organization the Color of Teaching mentoring program, in partnership with First Book, a national nonprofit organization, conducted a Scholastic Book Fair to raise more than $2,000 in book donations for Price Elementary School in Lancaster.
  • Student-to-student wellness-related messaging was conducted throughout the year. The Empower Peer Educators facilitated 14 educational workshops and reached more than 1,100 students; Peer Health Educators conducted 46 workshops and reached 3,657 students.
  • A logo representing the 250th anniversary celebration of the Borough of Millersville was designed by Millersville University student Zach Reese.
  • Driven by an initiative of the NCAA, members of the University's Student Athletic Advisory Council (students involved in intercollegiate athletics) completed numerous service projects and activities to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • Millersville University's field hockey team collectively posted a 3.2 GPA to earn the Gladiator by Sports Guard International/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Academic Award.
  • Four members of Millersville's men's cross country team were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic.
  • The University's women's swimming team collectively posted a 3.01 GPA to earn College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Award.
  • Amy and David Houck, two musically inclined students at Millersville University, joined other local students to use their talents to raise money for relief efforts to benefit Japan victims of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges selected 85 Millersville students for inclusion, an increase of 74 students over 2009-10.