Providing Responsible Stewardship
Responsible stewardship requires both a commitment to effectively allocate available resources and the creativity to expand resources in advancing all of our strategic directions. We also recognize Millersville University as an important force in our regional economy and as a vital cultural resource for the region. We will continue to actively solicit the advice of community leaders to improve our undergraduate, graduate, and professional training programs in ways that will advance the region's economic future. We will continue to improve the facilities necessary to make the University a regional cultural center and to enhance the programs that we offer to our neighbors. We will continue to provide an integrated, coherent structure that demonstrates how resources are allocated to institutional priorities, and how program outcomes are continually assessed and improved.
Soar to Greatness: The Campaign for Millersville University advanced to $83.8 million towards the $85 million goal. Launched in 2006, the campaign's original goal of $60 million had been increased to $85 million in 2010. University faculty and staff, both current and retired, assisted the campaign with 629 individuals gifting $3.3 million.
StateUniversity.com, a leading website for college statistics, ranked Millersville University the fifth safest college in Pennsylvania, with a score of 93.95 out of 100. The list featured the 450 safest colleges and universities on state and national levels, based on the number of incidents reported by campus safety officials. Millersville University also ranked as 120th in the nation according to the Safe School Index.
A video created for the capital campaign, "Soar to Greatness: The Campaign for Millersville University," earned a bronze award at the 32nd annual Telly Awards in the category of fundraising. The video, produced by Showreel Corporate Video Specialists, was released in September 2010 to promote Millersville's campaign to raise money for campaign priorities.
Millersville University earned a spot in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2011. Of 768 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that were tallied for green rating scores, the 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or higher, demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
The new $640,000 Blue Rock Fire Rescue fire engine bears the spirit mark of the Millersville University Marauder, showing the fire company's gratitude to Millersville University for donating $80,000 toward the purchase. Student Services, Inc., also donated $50,000 (pictured right).
During the 2011 homecoming football game, Millersville University took part in the Environmental Protection Agency's game-day challenge, a recycling competition of participating colleges from across the nation as part of the voluntary WasteWise program. Organizations compete to reduce their costly municipal solid waste and select industrial waste in ways that benefit
s the environment. Solar-powered trash compactors, called "BigBellies," were brought to campus to measure the amount of waste reduced at the game.
In the seventh year of measuring its carbon footprint, the University reported a 17 percent emissions reduction over the course of two years, the lowest emissions have been in six years.
Millersville University held its inaugural "zero waste" commencement ceremony in May 2012. This initiative focuses on eliminating waste produced by commencement-related activities for both graduate and undergraduate studies ceremonies. Partnering with Waste Management, Inc., North America's leading environmental company, the goal was set for at least 90 percent of all the waste generated at the commencement ceremonies to be diverted from a landfill. The total from the two-day commencement activities came to 760 pounds (640 pounds recycling; 120 composting) of materials generated. The zero waste events saw 100 percent of the materials generated eliminated from going to a landfill (pictured right).
Millersville University's Student Memorial Center (SMC) received the 2012 Construction Management Project Achievement Award by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Construction Management Association of America for Higher Education Projects over $20 million. The award was presented to Millersville and Gilbane Building Company for their collaborative construction management of the SMC renovation and expansion.
Financial Aid staff increased its focus on veterans by completing several training workshops on how to process veteran's benefits and how to work with veterans on campus. The office coordinated with the students to establish a student veterans organization and have been meeting with vets daily to determine their needs. Information for veterans is now available both in print and on the MU website.
The Millersville University Police Department (MUPD) successfully completed the transition for University emergency calls to Lancaster County dispatching services, improving communication
s with local law enforcement agencies, ensuring greater coverage for emergency situations, and ultimately enhancing safety and security for the campus. The changeover had the added benefit of an $80,000 cost savings, which will be used to further enhance non-emergency calls.
MUPD completed a Department of Homeland Security campus site assessment focusing on the most critical infrastructure to determine the University's greatest vulnerabilities and mitigating areas of high risk.
Faculty and Staff Success
Francis Schodowski, university advancement, received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential award, granted to those who have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations.
Millersville University President McNairy presented Miguel Silva, dining and conference services (pictured top), with a Living the Promise award for his dedicated work to the University. The award recognizes Millersville University staff and students whose work and life exemplify the University identity, who contribute to making Millersville "second to none," and who live the promise that "Millersville University offers an educational opportunity second to none."
University Communications & Marketing staff won two silver and one bronze award at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades competition. Janet Kacskos received a silver award for Best Practices in Communication for the Percentage of Perception Rate analysis report. A silver award for Fundraising Packages recognized UC&M's work on capital campaign materials. A bronze award in the Community Relations category was presented to graduate assistant Alexandra Wachman for the Students in the Community newsletter that is mailed to residents of the Borough of Millersville.
Project Green Lancaster held a campus mixer, with members of the York & Lancaster Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network, where several students in the communication & theatre department gave short presentations about their sustainable community work.
Millersville University's Council of Trustees approved a $2,000 contribution to the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, a nonprofit organization providing assistance in creating and promoting safe conditions on the streets around the Ware Center.
The Women's Giving Circle of Millersville University hosted its second annual "Power of the Purse" fundraising event that included a silent auction of new purses, donated by local businesses, to benefit student scholarships, fulfilling the organization's mission to inspire, educate and empower women.
In advance of the fall 2012 elections, Millersville University upgraded student, faculty and staff photo IDs to ensure compliance with new voter registration laws.
Millersville's admissions office began using Banner Relationship Management, a customer relationship management software designed for the higher education environment that provides relationship management capabilities for prospective and current students, and alumni, which increases its effectiveness in recruiting students.
In fall 2011, the University offered students more than 50 online course sections, serving more than 1,300 students,
for a four percent increase over the previous academic year. In addition, undergraduate enrollments in winter 2012 were up 12 percent and graduate enrollments were up four percent from 2011. Contributing to this success was a 25 percent increase in the number of online offerings in the winter session, allowing students access to much-needed courses over their break.
The Millersville University Alcohol Steering Committee met with representatives of the community and area police departments to discuss collaboration to reduce high-risk alcohol and other drug use among students. In addition the University hosted the Susquehanna Valley Consortium, which includes area colleges and universities, with the goal of reducing high risk alcohol and other drug use on their campuses.
Health Services transitioned to electronic health records, eliminating paper records, allowing electronic transfer of charges/payments to the Bursar, providing greater continuity of care, increasing the ability to gather statistics, allowing students to use the card swipe Kiosk for check-in, and alerting students, via email, of upcoming appointments, and ensuring compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) legislation.
Adam Jacobs, a physics and meteorology dual major with a minor in mathematics, spent the summer interning at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., where he studied the effects of solar storms on the reliability of global positioning systems in Alaska.
Tyler Morrow, a meteorology major, and Kristofer Gundel, a geography major, created Weather Snap, a forecasting company offering daily weather forecasts throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and in New York City. The two, together with other meteorology majors at Millersville, are helping to inform the community, via free text messages and a website, of the different possibilities and outcomes of a storm (pictured below).
A new scholarship fund, dubbed "Sophomore Slump," was established as the senior class gift by the Class of 2012. Recipients will be qualifying Millersville University sophomores, who will receive extra monetary support toward
s their education.