Developing Life & Leadership Skills that Promote the Greater Public Good

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

The Pa. Senate Education Committee held a public hearing at Millersville University to hear testimony on the state budget and its impact on higher education.

Millersville University was again named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. Millersville is the only Lancaster County and PASSHE institution to receive this designation, which is announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In collaboration with three other PASSHE institutions and the System office, Millersville University received a grant for more than $20,000 to participate as one of 11 institutions in the U.S. in the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) project. AHELO, funded through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, evaluates the feasibility of assessing learning outcomes in cross-culturally relevant ways. More than 200 Millersville seniors and 40 faculty were invited to participate in this first-ever, international assessment initiative.

Millersville's new Entrepreneurial Leadership Center hosted several activities during Entrepreneurship Week, including keynote speaker Daymond Johns, host of ABC's Shark Tank and founder of FUBU clothing, who presented "You too Can Swim with the Sharks," as well as seven workshops attended by more than 60 faculty, students and others.

Ongoing discussions with the Millersville Borough Council helped to enhance town/gown relationships in the area of off-campus property rentals to students. Accomplishments included an agreement with local landlords, partnering with the Borough and the University, to ensure that off-campus living is a positive experience for students, landlords, the Borough and the University; a Housing Fair to improve student knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of off-campus living; and production of a resource guide for students living off campus.

Millersville's athletics program and the ROTC hosted Military Appreciation Day during a home football game. Veterans were offered free admission to the game, where Millersville T-shirts celebrating veterans were also sold to raise funds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Faculty and Staff Success

Governor Tom Corbett appointed Mr. Gerald Eckert, university advancement, to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education, a statewide panel of 31 leaders in the education and business communities. The panel will make recommendations with regard to the establishment and maintenance of a robust and responsive postsecondary education system for the 21st century serving students and citizens of the Commonwealth.

Mr. Roger Bruszewski, finance & administration, was reappointed to a three-year term for the National Association of College and University Business Officers Board of Directors.

Ms. Janet Kacskos, APR, communications and marketing, was elected to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated superior capabilities as public relations practitioners or educators. Ms. Kacskos was also elected president of PRSA's Central Pennsylvania chapter and appointed chair of the 2012 Universal Accreditation Board.

Char Domin, communications and marketing, was elected to the board of directors of CUPRAP, a professional organization supporting communications programs in higher education.

Mr. Louis Logan, executive chef, was elected regional president for the National Association for College and University Food Service, an association that fosters exceptional campus dining programs through a passion for food, service, leadership in education and overall development. The mid-Atlantic region that Chef Logan will oversee consists of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.

Steve Widdowson, men's soccer team head coach, was named NCAA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

Drs. Lisa House and Joseph Lynch presented "An Evaluation of Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention of College Students" at the PASSHE Student Affairs Conference.  In addition, Drs. Kendra Saunders and Lisa House presented "Embracing our Differences:  An Inclusion and Diversity Education Workshop" to the National Conference for Women Student Leaders.

Dr. Daniel O'Neill, counseling and human development, worked on the Prevention System Strategy Team to produce a report on more effectively serving people who are at risk of homelessness in Lancaster. This report was submitted to the Lancaster Coalition to End Homelessness' Systems Priority Group.

Mascot CampProgram Success

Millersville University hosted the 2011 Keystone Mascots summer camp (pictured right), which brought high school, collegiate, corporate, professional sports and individual mascots to campus. For three days, the group discussed the basics of character development, performance, costume care and cooperative skills. Millersville's Skully participated in the camp, which concluded in the mascots performing what they learned during a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game.

More than 50 students participated in meditation classes during the spring semester, conducted by the Elsie S. Shenk Wellness and Women's Center in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Technology, to provide students another means of managing and relieving stress.

MU's Wellness and Women's Center peer health educators hosted their annual "FREE Yourself 5K Run/Walk." The money raised from this event supports fitness and nutrition programs at the University and in the surrounding community.

Ms. Mary Fleig, women's basketball head coach, in conjunction with Student Services, Inc., developed Camp FLEIG, first held this past summer and offering the wellness components of a sports camp while engaging students in other subject areas, such as building teamwork and confidence.

A team of Millersville University faculty including Dr. Tracey Weis, coordinator of the women's studies program and professor of history; Dr. Tim Mahoney, Dr. Linda McDowell, Dr. Cheryl Desmond, educational foundations, and Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El, psychology, were selected to receive a 2011-2012 Campus Action Project Crossing the Line: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Grades 7-12 grant. Millersville was one of seven selected institutions awarded grant funding from the American Association of University Women.

As part of the global movement to help end violence against women and girls, Millersville University's Citamard Players performed Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." All proceeds from the benefit performances were donated to Clare House of Lancaster County, a shelter for homeless women.

The Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) continued to contribute to the community and served as a regional resource by providing open-enrollment workshop training to 197 individuals and increasing the amount of customized services provided to the region. The NRN enrolled 933 individuals from 138 organizations across nine counties in south central Pennsylvania. Among services provided, the NRN ran 16 open-enrollment workshops including its two core programs: Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and Essentials of Fundraising Series, along with a series entitled, Digital Communication Strategy.

Several senior social work majors traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, for 12 weeks to complete their senior field placement.  Living in a house with other students from around the world, they "practiced" social work in another country, implementing the skills they gained during their previous three and a half years in college, and acquiring new skills along the way.

The Civic Leadership Development Program, a cohort of 10 students competitively selected on an annual basis, participated in the Walker Center's four-day civic summer skills training program held in Washington, D.C. This program consists of a combination of workshops, tours and meetings with elected and appointed officials and staff in Congress, the executive branch, and the Supreme Court, as well as nongovernmental organizations.

University science faculty developed the curriculum and led a two-week intensive, hands-on workshop for about 30 area secondary science teachers, funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. One week of a corresponding two-week summer workshop for secondary mathematics teachers was developed and led by mathematics faculty members in summer 2012.  

Student Success

Members of the MU Student in Free Enterprise organization raised $10,000 to travel to Costa Rica to deliver supplies to 450 Costa Rican children and to promote education in areas of the country that contain high levels of alcohol, drug and crime activities (pictured top).

Millersville marketing students, under the supervision of Dr. David DiRusso, business, and in collaboration with Dr. Kathy Schreiber, geography, worked with the Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium (LCCWC), an organization with a mission to improve Lancaster stream water quality and to educate county residents on the value and importance of clean streams. Eight students, in a marketing research class, intensively focused on the project, while a class of 20 created informative pamphlets that benefited the organization. Based on the preliminary research, students found that there was a critical need for education about watersheds and how they affect the community as a whole. Students working on this project suggest that the LCCWC establish social networking sites, a strong LCCWC website and continue to spread the word on college campuses in the area.

Five students spent Spring Break in Philadelphia, where they served food, met people who lived on the street and below poverty levels, and learned about political decisions in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania that impact the ability for poor people to have access to food and homes. The group served more than 250 people.