Remarks from Union Presidents

AFSCME-MU

Greetings Millersville University Community,

As we head into the 2021-22 academic year, we as members of AFSCME local 2421 welcome back faculty, staff, and students.  The past year and a half have been trying for everyone. The uncertainty surrounding the campus due to COVID was like a dark cloud.  Many of our members have been on campus for the duration of the pandemic. 

We are happy to see the safe and slow return of our campus family.  Seeing the daily increase of returning staff and students and summer camps is very encouraging.

While we continue to staff the university, members of local 2421 are committed to keeping MU safe, clean, and running smoothly. 

We are excited about the fall semester and see brighter days ahead.  Welcome back!

Dave Schober, Jr. | President, Local 2421

APSCUF-MU

Dear colleagues, students, and friends,

As I sit down to write these comments, I can’t help but recall my high school senior class motto, which was borrowed from the lyrics of a Grateful Dead song: what a long, strange trip it’s been. While the trip ain’t over yet, the end feels much closer than it did at this time last year, thanks largely to the incredibly fast development and deployment of several highly effective COVID-19 vaccines—science, FTW!

Before turning to the upcoming school year, I’d like to take a moment to recognize and thank a few members of the MU community who saw us through the last 18 months: President Daniel Wubah, for making a series of very difficult decisions that prioritized the health and wellbeing of MU students, staff, and faculty while continuing to provide top-notch educational experiences for our students; Dr. Vilas Prabhu, retired Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who supported and worked with faculty and APSCUF to transition to mostly remote instruction; Mr. Steve diFilipo, Chief Technology Officer, and all members of the IT staff, for getting us up and running after the network outage; members of the Incident Management Team, led by Drs. Victor DeSantis and Duane Hagelgans, for overseeing the MU COVID response in a competent way that minimized the impact of the virus on our community; our resilient students, who logged into Zoom and D2L and continued to show up for all of the work college entails at a time when they had very little access to the fun and rich social experiences it affords—you were often the brightest parts of our day in an incredibly dark time, and finally, to my fellow faculty members who pivoted on a dime to move their classes online and/or redesign their face-to-face classes to meet COVID safety standards, all while juggling the added responsibility of caring for family members, homeschooling your own children, or coping with the isolation imposed on you by the pandemic.

Now, as many of us return to campus for the first time in over a year, I’d like to welcome everyone back on behalf of the Millersville faculty. I’d also like to extend an especially warm welcome to those students and employees who are joining us in person for the first time. I’m very much looking forward to seeing and working with all of you in 3D again. 

Yours in friendship and solidarity,

Kelly M. Banna, Ph.D. | President, APSCUF-MU

SCUPA-MU

Greetings to the University Community,

The State College and University Professional Association (SCUPA) at Millersville University welcomes new and returning students, staff, and faculty.  We congratulate and celebrate all segments of our campus community on the tenacity, innovation and collaboration it took to endure and overcome the challenges posed by the past year and a half of pandemic crisis. You have once again reaffirmed our belief that Education as an institution will continue to lead the way to a brighter future as we embark upon our new best normal.

We look forward to 2021-22 as an opportunity to continue to renew, empower and re-energize our campus, learning from the challenges of the past and applying an inclusive enhanced wisdom dedication, integrity and compassion to our mission.

SCUPA-MU is proud to continue to support, nurture, and encourage the academic and personal growth and development of our students. We believe a collaborative effort of persistence and determination to succeed by students, dedication and commitment to University EPPIIC values, vision, mission and strategic directions by staff, faculty and administration, and a balanced blend of respect and cooperation from all will be the key elements for achieving and sustaining student success and prosperity for the future of our campus community.  We remain dedicated to that noble effort. 

SCUPA- MU wishes the Campus Community a happy, safe and reenergized academic year. 

Rita M. Miller | President, SCUPA-MU

OPEIU-MU

Greetings to the MU Campus Community,

The members of the Office of Professional Employees and International Union (OPEIU) would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students, faculty and staff for the 2021-22 academic year.

It is our mission to provide quality health care to Millersville University students, to support and maintain their physical and emotional health as they embrace the educational and social opportunities provided by the university to achieve their academic goals.

We look forward to working together with the campus community to promote health and wellness through healthy lifestyle choices to create a positive learning environment for all.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and successful academic year.

Seth Goldstein | President, OP-Local 153