Millersville University Viewbook 2013-2014
Take a look at Millersville University viewbook to see if it is the right college for you.
What will you make of your unique potential made in Millersville What is made in Millersville? 1 What is made in Millersville is a world-class education—one where our students can seize all of the opportunities that life presents. Whatever you aspire to achieve. You will sense it the first moment you visit campus. It’s the result of the commitment that the community of people who are Millersville—our students, professors, coaches, counselors, advisors and alumni—share. We believe that a good life begins with learning, that hard work leads to great things, and that caring for one another results in a better world. Our students have high expectations for themselves, and they thrive in our challenging academic environment. Our professors and the many people who contribute to the life of the campus are improving ways that students can collaborate and push the boundaries of learning. 2 The welcoming and supportive environment here has encouraged and challenged me to grow. Millersville is so full of possibilities for students. Itâ€™s been a great experience. Dennis B. Downey, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of the University Honors Collegeâ€”Every challenge is an opportunity, and that is true for our students. This is most apparent in the expanding opportunities for faculty-student collaborative research. Across the campus, talented students apply theory and expand their knowledge base through hands-on research with faculty in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and the diverse fields of education. Such experiences are critical to professional development and success in oneâ€™s chosen field. 3 People are connected here. Itâ€™s so easy to network. I know I have grown as a leader. I think if I went to a bigger school, Iâ€™d be swallowed up and would have gotten lost in the background with the other 10,000 students. Millersville provided me with more opportunities than I ever could have imagined. I was able to study abroad and work for the Conservative Party in London, England. That experience was incredible and led me to my current work with the Pennsylvania state government. All these connections were made possible because of Millersville. 4 A beautiful campus. a welcoming community . Millersville’s campus stretches over 250 scenic acres, graced by manicured lawns, towering oaks and pines and our pond. Approximately 50 percent of Millersville’s campus grounds are maintained organically. It’s just one of the reasons why the University has earned a spot in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts. Just beyond campus are the rolling hills of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. You’ll find a safe and warm community where “hellos” are comfortably exchanged and close friendships are easily formed. But when the mood strikes for a larger city experience, you can take your pick. Next door is the historic and vibrant city of Lancaster, a thriving business center and a hub of culture and entertainment with dozens of art venues, cafes, restaurants, shops and boutiques. Or explore some of the country’s top metropolitan centers. Want to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum? Hop on an Amtrak train in Lancaster and travel along Philly’s Main Line. A day in the Big Apple is just as convenient. Or drive for an interesting road trip. 5 Lancaster City has a lot of fun things to do. You can hear all kinds of music for free on Third Fridays. There are fireworks at Clipper Stadium, Central Market food vendors and all the unique shops along Queen Street. Plus, there’s the Fulton Theatre, with student rush tickets, and across the street is a great ice cream shop! Whatever you’re up for, it’s the perfect night out. From Medford, NJ—As an out-of-state student, I like the fact that this location gives me access to some of the Northeast’s greatest cultural centers—Baltimore, Philadelphia, D.C. and N.Y.C. To me that really adds to my learning and educational experience. Millersville University is proud to be in the center of the Downtown Lancaster cultural scene. Located at 42 N. Prince Street, the Ware Center provides students with arts and cultural offerings. Millersville University is conveniently located—1 1⁄2 hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore, 2 1⁄2 hours from Washington, D.C., and 3 hours from New York City. An Amtrak station is also located nearby in downtown Lancaster. Lancaster County is a world-famous destination with endless miles of countryside, winding back roads and trails (perfect for biking and hiking), 29 historic covered bridges and the designation as one of the nation’s best places to “get lost.” 6 Millersville offers an engaging, hands-on and vibrant learning environment both in the classroom and in the field. 7 ACADEMICS: IN-DEPTH AND PERSONAL Millersville students have two big advantages: the resources of a large university and the support of a caring, residential learning community. This means small, interactive classes, with an average class size of 25. A nationally recognized faculty, including acclaimed scientists, artists, writers, economists, educators and mathematicians. Hands-on learning opportunities within each academic program. Modern facilities with the latest equipment and technologies. Support and encouragement are everywhere at Millersville. If you have the drive to succeed, we’re firmly committed to providing the tools and opportunities you need to reach your goals. One of the highest ranked public universities in Pennsylvania, Millersville is listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the North. With our emphasis on the liberal arts, you’ll gain the skills that today’s employers value most and that are never obsolete: the ability to think critically, write effectively and speak persuasively. Paired with specific preparation for a wide range of careers, you’ll graduate from Millersville ready to reach your professional goals. Choose from more than 55 programs of study, each of which has distinctive strengths. n Students in our education program have achieved an overall passing rate of 99 percent on the licensure tests needed for teaching certification. n The nationally recognized Meteorology program boasts a state-of-the-art 7,000 sq. ft. facility, including the DeSouza Weather Station. n The Department of Computer Science has one of only seven nationally accredited undergraduate computer science programs in Pennsylvania. n The Broadcasting program operates two television studios, digital video and audio computer editing suites, multi-track audio recording facilities and a 24-station computer lab with multimedia software. Students get plenty of hands-on experience producing programming for the campus cable TV channel and its radio station. n The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ recent investments in classroom technology, geology labs, music and the visual and performing arts are enhancing students’ learning experiences and preparing them for their future careers. 8 our professors dive deeper Millersville’s professors are recognized leaders in their fields. What does that mean to you? An accomplished geneticist will lead your genetics course. A published author will teach your English class. And an experienced therapist will teach you psychology. You’ll be developing relationships with expert professors, not teaching assistants. Millersville faculty members are passionate teachers who will challenge and support you. They will inspire in you a passion for learning and awaken in you a sense that anything is possible. Dr. Dominique Didier, Associate Professor of Biology—Being immersed in the field makes learning successful. It isn’t classroom learning that gives you success in life; it is how you apply it in the real world. Wallops Island gives students that opportunity. 9 Each year, marine biology students engage in hands-on research at the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Virginia, or study underwater life on dives to a pristine coral reef in Honduras. Millersvilleâ€™s Robotics Team recently won the national Robotics Cup. Their champion Robotâ€”SAM (Semi-Autonomous Marauder)â€” was the sole robotic vehicle to successfully move across a beach and autonomously detect and retrieve steel cylinders buried in the sand. After seeing the facilities and talking with several of the professors, I knew this place was right for me. At Millersville, faculty time and resources are geared towards undergraduates. I was able to get involved with faculty members doing research projects and inter-department jobs starting in my freshman year. All this is really going to help prepare me for graduate school and the future. 10 learning by experience Want to work on a TV production, help with fundraising for a nonprofit organization or set out across the Australian outback? At Millersville, you’ll learn theory in the classroom, and you’ll apply it in the “real” world. You’ll gain professional experience through internships— each year our students intern at more than 230 companies and organizations. Millersville students have participated in internships with a wide variety of employers around the Mid-Atlantic, including: n Big Sky Audio/ Philly Sound Studio n Capital BlueCross n Clark Associates n Clear Channel RadioPhiladelphia n DuPont n FEMA n GlaxoSmithKline Millersville students from all majors—from English, to business, to mathematics—participate in internships. And why not? National studies indicate that after completing an internship, students’ grades improve, as do their chances of getting hired. n NASA n National Aquarium n National Weather Service n NBC Olympics n Philadelphia District Attorney’s office n Philadelphia Zoo n United Way n Volunteer Adventure Corps n WGAL-TV n … and many more n Hershey Entertainment & Resorts n March of Dimes n Morgan Stanley 11 Globally Involved You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad—our students travel to every corner of the world, from France, to South Africa, to Japan. With these experiences, you’ll broaden your perspective and grow as an individual. You’ll also acquire the skills, the maturity and the resume that will attract employers and help you to stand out. Our global education program is a recognized leader among public universities in Pennsylvania. Partnering with institutions around the world, we’re able to send students to nearly any country for a summer, a semester or an entire year. 12 Civic engagement is a major part of the Millersville culture. When you come here, the passion to lead and serveâ€”to focus on othersâ€” will become a part of you. Every individual has the capacity for leadership, and we work to develop that potential in our students. We connect them to national civic leaders; as well as hands-on leadership initiatives ranging from urban revitalization, to sustainable agriculture, to health and nutrition imperatives. RICH My work with the Walker Center`s Community Leaders and Professional Development Program has provided me with opportunities to grow and learn in ways that were completely unknown to me before setting foot on campus. I truly believe that Millersville has unique opportunities for its studentsâ€”not just in the classroom, but through extracurricular avenues that simply do not exist to this extent on other campuses. These are the experiences, which help land internships and jobs. 13 …Tutoring children in city schools… Working in a homeless shelter in New York City… Conducting a food drive to fight hunger… During the past year, nearly 2,500 Millersville students participated in service-learning activities; providing more than 170,000 hours of service to the community. This commitment to service supplements classroom learning and leaves a powerful impression on each and every student. The Corporation for National and Community Service recognized Millersville with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities. Millersville placed 10 students in week-long “in-residence” sessions in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Pa., affording students opportunities to interact with representatives of state and federal government. 14 LOVIN’ THE BLACK AND GOLD Serve as a Student Ambassador. Lead a fraternity. Compete on an intercollegiate athletic team. Write for our awardwinning student newspaper. Participate in a leadership program. Pitch in on a community service project. Attend a concert. Join a club. DJ a radio show. Perform in a campus musical. Enjoy a Saturday Midnight Breakfast. Go crazy in the stands at a Marauders sports event. Play bass in a jazz band. Compete in intramural sports Hang out with Miller and S’Ville—our campus swans. Scale a climbing rock wall. Get cooking in our MU Iron Chef competition. At Millersville, there are so many ways to get involved, explore your interests and have fun. Here at Millersville, we just don’t talk about how great our community is, we experience it and live it throughout campus. With the support of the staff, I organized and managed an orientation program involving more than 2,000 incoming students. I am thankful to have so many opportunities to grow. 15 National speakers and performers come to Millersville, including: n Ludacris, rapper and actor n Randi Zuckerberg, social media expert n Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist n Garrison Keillor, humorist and radio personality n Temple Grandin, autistic activist and educator n Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist n Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico n Ailey II, dance company n Plena Libre, Puerto Rican band n Film Series The level of student involvement outside of the classroom at Millersville is extraordinary, which is why we created the Student Involvement Transcript—an official record of each student’s activities, leadership experiences, accomplishments and contributions. It serves as an impressive supplement to our students’ resumes and academic transcripts when they apply for graduate school or employment. At Millersville, you can choose from more than 130 clubs and organizations—from the Lacrosse and Ice Hockey Clubs, to the National Broadcasting Society and the Black Student Union, to the Psychology Club and Gospel Choir. Greek life at Millersville includes 10 sororities and eight fraternities, all providing a great balance of socializing, community service and opportunities for personal development. 16 A Culture of Creativity , Engagement and Innovation Love music? Make your own at Millersville. Choose from a dozen ensembles including orchestra, concert bands, jazz bands, various choirs and chorus organizations, marching band and even a West African dance and drum ensemble. MUTV is Millersvilleâ€™s on-campus cable station, giving you the handson opportunity to write, direct, produce or star in productions. Each year, students produce three main-stage theatrical shows, as well as several one-act plays and staged readings. We even have a professional costume shop on campus, home to the famous Loeb Costume Collection. 17 Millersville University’s newest campus performance space, the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, brings the arts together and provides a focused approach to the importance of creativity, innovation and engagement for our students and the community. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Winter Center provides the optimal experience in education and entertainment. Among its features are a professional recording studio, a one-of-a-kind piano lab, art galleries, dance studio, plus concert, performance and recital halls with world-class acoustics. Exhibiting student artwork is part of the experience at Millersville. There are numerous galleries throughout campus including one dedicated to showing student work. Whether it is oil painting, sculpture or jewelry making, inspiration is encouraged. In nearby Lancaster, students explore the cultural offerings featured at Millersville University Lancaster’s Ware Center. Or, visit Lancaster’s more than 70 arts venues including Gallery Row, which showcases the work of many successful artist alumni from Millersville. I love theater and have been very involved in campus productions as well as regional theater. Musicals are my favorite and I’m also active with Expressions, Millersville’s student dance club. I’m really excited to take advantage of all the offerings at the Winter Center and the Ware Center in Lancaster. They’re both awesome! 18 YOUR FUTURE HOME AT MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY Open fall 2014 Construction is under way on eight new halls to provide an innovative living/ learning environment for students. The choices range from joint bedrooms, with no more than two residents sharing a bathroom, to fully furnished suites that include a living room and private bedrooms. Also featured in the halls will be large study areas, game rooms, Wi-Fi throughout and a smart laundry facility, where students can monitor the progress of their wash/dry cycles online. Freshmen and sophomores, who are not commuting, live on campus in residence halls, which are coed by wings/floor. Suite-style housing halls are also available as well as healthy choice options. 19 In a recent campus survey, more than 90 percent of our students indicated they feel safe on campus. Student safety and security are always a top priority of the Millersville University Police Department. Important campus security features include: electronic card access, peripheral door alarms, fire alarms, smoke detection, sprinkler system, emergency blue phones/push stations, mass notification alert system, siren system, the MU Alert (text message system) and the campus Threat Assessment Team. 20 GO MARAUDERS! Millersville fields 19 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams that compete at the NCAA Division II level as part of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The Marauders have a proud winning tradition, having achieved many conference and national championships. Our students-athletes are also ranked #1 in the PSAC for academic excellence. Balancing athletics and academics can be challenging, but the coaches and the school give us a lot of support to be successful. They offer tutors to help you organize your studies and work in mandatory study halls, if you need them. My coach meets with the team regularly to keep track of our academic progress. 21 Intramural and club sports are a vital part of life at Millersville, as many of our students compete in leagues and one-day tournaments. Intramural Sports n Badminton n Basketball n Coed Inner Tube Water Polo n Dodgeball n Field Hockey n Flag Football n Poker Tournament n Sand Volleyball n Soccer—Indoor & Outdoor n Softball n Tennis n Volleyball n Wii Tournament Club Sports n Bowling—Competitive n Bowling—Social n Fencing n Ice Hockey n Martial Arts n MU Dance Company n Lacrosse (Men’s) n Roller Hockey n Rugby (Men’s & Women’s) n Synchronized Swim Team n Ultimate Frisbee n Volleyball (Men’s) n Water Polo (Men’s) division ii Athletics Men’s n Baseball n Basketball n Football n Golf n Soccer n Tennis n Wrestling Women’s n Basketball n Cross Country n Field Hockey n Golf n Lacrosse n Soccer n Softball n Swimming n Tennis n Track and Field—Indoor & Outdoor n Volleyball Marauders care just as much about the community as they do about winning. They raise money to benefit Make-A-Wish®. They mentor young athletes across the community. And they host “Parents Night Out, Sports Spectacular,” where parents can enjoy a night out while their kids have fun with Millersville athletes. Our student-athletes are winners on the field and in the classroom. For the sixth straight year, more than 100 Millersville athletes— from football, to field hockey, to tennis—were designated as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes. 22 FROM HERE TO ANYWHERE Millersville graduates are well-prepared to lead successful professional lives and be engaged citizens of the world. Our graduates earn their way into the finest graduate schools, and they are highly sought after by employers as well. In fact, in a recent survey of Millersville graduates, 97 percent reported that they were currently employed, and 75 percent reported that they were hired within three months of graduation. GINA Meteorologist—Gina ‘13 set her sights on a career in meteorology and chose Millersville for its nationally recognized meteorology program. “Undergraduates receive incredible experiences and personal attention that is unique to our program,” Gina said. Those “incredible experiences” included field study with NASA’s air quality project and research at REU at University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Although carrying an impressive academic load including a minor in physics, Gina enjoyed other activities and hobbies such as participating in Millersville’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. She plays violin, clarinet, piano and flute. She has begun her postgraduate studies at University of Maryland and plans on a career in the private sector or NASA. 23 BRYAN Educator and Author—Bryan ‘05 has a 4th grade classroom with all of the normal stuff—bulletin boards, the alphabet in cursive letters, desks, a karaoke machine and a disco ball suspended from the ceiling. What? A disco ball? Karaoke machine? Yes, to both and even more fun props dot the classroom. This is school; it’s not supposed to be fun. Or is it? He merges entertainment and education for an innovative approach that works. It’s outlined in a book he wrote called EDUtainment: Entertainment in the K-12 Classroom. His teaching strategies have attracted attention from ClassroomSuperheroes.com—and the parents of his students who are learning and loving it. Our well-prepared graduates go on to attend some of the nation’s most rigorous and prestigious graduate and professional schools. Recent Millersville graduates have attended a range of top graduate schools including: Harvard University, California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), Cornell University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Kentucky, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Arizona, University of Delaware, Virginia Tech, Lehigh University, University of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State University and Drexel University. Many go on to attend professional schools such as: Drexel University College of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Pa. College of Optometry at Salus University, Temple University (both medicine and dentistry), Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania (both dental and veterinary medicine) and University of Maryland Medical School. The Four-Year Career Management Plan gives students clear, specific direction from the first year through graduation. Students meet with their advisors, set goals and explore majors and activities. With assistance from Millersville staff, students attend career fairs while they develop and update their resumes. Along the way, students sharpen their job search and interviewing skills. They plan meticulously for success—and, not surprisingly, they achieve it. When you graduate, you’ll join 60,000 Millersville alumni around the world. Ours is a proud and loyal alumni community—a network of highly successful and caring professionals to whom you’ll be connected for life. MATT Software Engineer—Matt ‘11 spent a lot of time in the University’s Intelligent Machines Laboratory working on innovative projects. Using video gaming software as a model, he was one of the student researchers working sideby-side faculty and a noted ophthalmologist on developing a microsurgery simulator. Through the Honors College, he was matched with an alumnus mentor who is a top executive at Dell Computers. Matt first landed a summer internship at Dell headquarters in Texas, and then a full-time job. 24 THE VALUE OF A MILLERSVILLE EDUCATION Millersville is one of the most highly regarded public universities in the United States, and it’s also one of the most affordable. That unusual combination of quality and affordability has earned Millersville impressive distinctions. Financial aid: About 79 percent of students receive $148 million in aid How we compare: Average cost of tuition/fees $ 8,866 – Millersville University $ 16,992 – Penn State, University Park $ 37,222 – Four-year private college 25 Based on 2013/14 tuition rates. CONNECT WITH THE MILLERSVILLE admissions TEAM Millersville University Admissions @VilleAdmissions Virtual Tour: mville.us/tourmu mville.us/admissions Visit our website and campus. You’ll meet the people of Millersville and get the information you need to see if we are a good fit for you. Contact us—we are here to help. Office of Admissions: Millersville University P.O. Box 1002 Millersville, PA 17551-0302 Phone: 1-800-MU-ADMIT firstname.lastname@example.org NEW YORK CITY • 3 Hours MILLERSVILLE • PHILADELPHIA 1 ½ Hours WASHINGTON D.C. • • BALTIMORE 1 ½ Hours 2 ½ Hours 26 www.millersville.edu programs of study With more than 100 programs of study, Millersville has academic offerings to meet every interest. Accounting Actuarial Science African-American Studies Allied Health Technology Animal Behavior (option) Anthropology Applied Engineering and Technology Management Applied Mathematics Archeology Art Art Education Art History Athletic Coaching Athletic Training and Biology** Biochemistry Biology Biology Education Biotechnology Botany Broadcasting Business Administration Chemistry* Chemistry Education Computer Drafting/Design Communication & Theatre Communication Studies Comparative Literature Computer Science Construction Technology Criminology Earth Sciences Earth & Space Science Education Economics Electronics/Control Systems Early Childhood Education*** Early Childhood Education— Special Education Engineering (in cooperation with other schools) English English Education Environmental Biology Environmental Chemistry Environmental Geology Environmental Hazards and Emergency Environmental Science Environmental Policy Management Exploratory (Undecided) Film Studies Finance Financial Economics (option) Fine Arts Foreign Languages French French Education Geography Geography — Environmental Studies Geospatial Applications Geology German German Education Gerontology Global Studies Government & Political Affairs Graphic Communications Graphic Design Greek History Honors College Industrial Environmental Health Industrial Technology (See Applied Engineering and Technology Management) International Business International Studies Land Use Language Arts, Middle Level Ed (grades 4 to 8) Latin Latino Studies Linguistics Management Manufacturing Technology Marketing Marine Biology Mathematics Mathematics Education Mathematics, Middle Level Ed (grades 4 to 8) Mechanical Technology Medical Technology Meteorology Middle Level Education Military Science (ROTC) Molecular Biology Multidisciplinary Studies (New) Music Music Education Music—Business and Technology Nanotechnology Nuclear Medicine Technology Nursing (for R.N.s) Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies Paul H. Slaugh Jr. Entrepreneurship Minor (New) Philosophy Physics Physics Education Political Economy (option) Polymer Chemistry Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Med Pre-Optometry Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary Print Journalism Psychology Public Relations Quantitative Economics (option) Quantitative Methods Respiratory Therapy Science, Middle Level Ed (grades 4 to 8) Social Studies Education Social Studies, Middle Level Ed (grades 4 to 8) Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Speech Communication Statistics Studio Art Teaching English as a Second Language Technology Education Theatre Water Resources Women’s Studies Writing Studies Majors are listed in bold. Minors, concentration areas, certificate programs and options are included. ** Dual degree offered in collaboration with West Chester University. *** Elementary Education majors may select certification tracks for either Pre-K to Grade 4 (Early Childhood) or Grade 4 to 8 (Middle Level). Students wishing to teach Special Education will choose dual certification in Elementary Education, Pre-K to Grade 4. New Programs of Study Multidisciplinary Studies Major Millersville’s newest Bachelor of Arts major is designed to permit a greater degree of flexibility within a structure that combines two or more academic areas. It provides a unique opportunity for an individual to align academic interests with career goals. Student-faculty collaboration is an essential part of this program in order to develop the desired combination of courses from multiple fields. Paul H. Slaugh Jr. Entrepreneurship Minor Millersville’s new crossdisciplinary entrepreneurship minor is for students in any major. Bringing an entrepreneurial perspective to the major field of study, the curriculum includes courses in which students will explore creativity and innovation; learn practical tools, such as how to write a business or career plan; and apply what they have learned to creating or supporting a business strategy and entrepreneurial venture. Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 5174-0513