Millersville University President's Annual Report 2020-21

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Dear campus community, alumni, parents and friends, Putting together this year’s annual report provides an opportunity to reflect on what we have all gone through the past year. As I begin my fourth year as president of Millersville University, I remain optimistic about our future. This is especially true because of the campus community’s resilience, tenacity and adaptability during the past academic year. Unlike other campuses that had to grapple only with the challenges posed by the pandemic, we faced a cyberattack at the most inauspicious time that nearly crippled major functions of our University. In much the same way that our staff and faculty didn’t miss a beat when we had to pivot from face-to-face instruction at the beginning of the pandemic, they rose to the occasion. With a low campus density and modified approaches to delivering classes, our faculty and staff found ways to provide students the best experiences they could under trying conditions. All these efforts were made while having difficult conversations at the State System level about consolidating six campuses into two universities. Based on the outcomes and results of our collective efforts in this report, one can safely say that the pandemic and other challenges didn’t slow us down. Our students continued to demonstrate perseverance and grit in their academic and co-curricular work. As an institution of higher learning, we surpassed targets, bucked trends and stayed focused on our core mission of educating students. By May 2021, we reached the zenith of the past academic year when we held three days of commencements. Once again, we had to adapt to a challenge beyond our control due to an inclement weather event that cut short the final ceremony. Throughout these trying conditions, our indefatigable faculty members and staff labored on and will continue to do so. This report sheds light on some of our significant accomplishments during this unusual year. It is rooted in our core values of exploration, professionalism, public mission, inclusion, integrity and compassion and organized around the four directions of our strategic plan “Tradition and Transformation.” This past year’s highlights include receiving the largest single gift in the University’s history, launching the new strategic plan and initiating new academic programs. Despite the availability of vaccines, no one can predict how this pandemic will end. For our community to continue meeting its mission, indeed thrive during the post-pandemic period, it is in our best interest to create a long runway for a safe landing. I hope you enjoy reading the highlights of the past year.

With warm regards,

Daniel A. Wubah University President
















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Strategic  Direction  1 ENSURE ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY AND COMPLETION NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS The Lombardo College of Business at Millersville University has two departments: Accounting and Finance, and Management and Marketing. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with six available areas of concentration and one certificate in marketing. Under the College's new undergraduate majors, either newly approved or newly launched, are bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Management. In addition, there is a new online bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (BSEM) online degree-completion program provides an in-depth understanding of the essentials of emergency management. There is also the new the BEd in Special Education. Per Act 82 of 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Education expanded the scope of the special education certificate in special education. Education Foundations and Early Education faculty at Millersville worked together to create the new program which will provide teacher education candidates coursework for the new certification program.

Shaun Lucas Hometown: York, Pennsylvania Junior – Marketing Major

“I have always been interested in event planning and writing, and figured those interests would carry over well in a marketing field. Also, I know a marketing degree would open a variety of employment opportunities in basically any industry.”

CJ Longo, '21

Hometown: Howell, New Jersey “As our global climate changes and extreme weather events become more intense and more frequent, along with the threat of man-made disasters growing, the demand for professional emergency managers grows even higher. The faculty at Millersville’s Center for Disaster Research & Education are experts in several different disciplines including meteorology, natural hazards, terrorism, Geographic Information Systems and more. By choosing Millersville’s BS in Emergency Management program, I knew I would be receiving the highest quality education to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to my future real-world career experiences.”



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THE MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY SECOND YEAR EXPERIENCE Millersville University’s EPPIIC Journey is our Second Year Experience Program designed to empower second-year students by providing opportunities to enhance academic and professional success, the sense of belonging to our campus and learning community, engagement with faculty, overall wellness, and community citizenship and leadership.   During the second year of college, students begin to take on added responsibilities and make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Many second-year students struggle with major declaration, career indecision and social acclima-

tion, while pursuing efforts in study abroad, civic engagement, organizational involvement and class connection.  MUSYE can serve as a roadmap throughout this process, helping students to get connected to key offices and resources to assist them on their journey to degree completion.  Working together with a newly formed Sophomore Class Council, MUSYE will provide unique opportunities for second-year students to engage with Millersville throughout the year. MUSYE and the entire MU Community can assist second-year students through targeted transitional events, activities and programs.

Clockwise from top left: Admissions tours. Tour guides welcome visitors to Lombardo Welcome Center. Our Admissions team hit the streets in vans to run a socially distanced welcome to incoming students.











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Wehrheim was the oldest known living alum of Millersville University when she died in 2019 at the age of 103, leaving the University $3.5 million. The gift added to the previously established Liselotte R. Wehrheim Scholarship in Nursing Endowment bringing it to $4.8 million. Wehrheim was a non-traditional student who graduated with her degree in nursing in 1974 at age 59. Her scholarship is for non-traditional students who have unusual or special circumstances affecting the completion of their education.



Current nursing students at Millersville University won’t have the opportunity to meet Liselotte R. Wehrheim, however, they will remember her name. The Millersville University Council of Trustees approved the naming of the Wehrheim School of Nursing in June of 2021. It is the first named school of nursing within PASSHE.






“Nursing is one of the few growing areas in the job market,” said Dr. Kelly Kuhns, Nursing Department Chair at Millersville. “Nurses got a lot of press during the pandemic. It is predicted that by 2025 there could be a half-million shortage of nurses. The job market for nursing is significant. Nurses don’t just work in hospitals; they work in prisons and schools, everywhere.” Nurses with the additional knowledge and training that come from a bachelor’s degree are especially in high demand. Kuhns stated that the national goal is to have 80% of bedside nurses hold a bachelor’s degree. Presently, about 59% of all nurses have a bachelor’s degree. About 40% of all nurses start their careers with an associates degree—that’s why programs like Millersville’s RN to BSN degree completion program are so important.

Liselotte R. Wehrheim

Skills Lab conducted for our nursing students.


MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION The Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed Millersville University’s accreditation in March of 2021 without any required actions. This result is the best possible outcome of the self-study and a demonstration of the excellent work done by our faculty and staff. The Middle States Steering Committee was led by Drs. Jim Delle and Laurie Hanich, with working group members from across campus. The next self-study evaluation will be in the 20272028 academic year.

STUDENT SUCCESS NETWORK The Student Success Network is comprised of affiliated offices whose mission and vision champion achievement, foster opportunities for personal, professional, and academic growth, and promote work/life integration for sustained success as a life-long learner.  The network provides individualized services and resources, including mentoring, tutoring, educational planning, advising, coaching, career counseling, internships, research, civic engagement and other high-impact, hands-on learning opportunities, to meet Millersville students where they are.

STARFISH Starfish is Millersville University’s new student success platform.  It promotes communication between students, course instructors, faculty advisors and staff in support of student academic achievement.

Dr. Gail E. Gasparich is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs for Millersville University. She joined the University on July 1, 2021, succeeding Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu. Previously she was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University since spring 2016.  Prior to that, she was a professor of biological sciences and associate dean for the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and acting assistant provost at Towson University. As provost, Dr. Gasparich will oversee all academic programs including the new Student Success Network and Starfish.

ROLES IN STARFISH Faculty Advisors & Support Staff

Faculty Instructors Notify your class that you’re using Starfish

Access students in Starfish

Raise flags when appropriate

Record follow-up actions in Starfish (e.g., notes, appts, flags, close the loop)

Submit progress surveys when available



Students Respond to email Notifications when flagged Contact appropriate Support office(s) and Request Help when needed



All Users

All Users Complete your Starfish profile Explore Starfish system and respond to user feedback surveys as requested Use training materials provided

ACADEMIC RESILIENCE INITIATIVE Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Mbindyo, assistant professor in Academic Advisement and Student Development, our Academic Resilience Initiative is a retention initiative created to help students persist and graduate college. Short videos are developed that share the personal stories of our faculty and staff, and the struggles they overcame as college students. When students know that their professors and staff on campus have dealt with struggles similar to what they are going through, they are more likely to become engaged, seek help outside of class and are more willing to listen to suggestions and ideas. Using stories and narratives is a great strategy that allows students to see a different side of the faculty or staff while encouraging students to be in control and feel empowered as they build their own academic resilience. In addition, the Academic Resilience Speaker Series codirected by Dr. Mbindyo and Dr. Ann Guadino, associate professor in Educational Foundations, was created

Dr. Margaret Mbindyo

to offer a space for students to learn about academic success strategies and advice about self-care during the pandemic. The series is ongoing and benefits students and others in the MU community. These initiatives are much needed by our students who are struggling in one way or another.

MU PARENT PORTAL AND FAMILY NETWORK  In November 2020, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management partnered with CampusESP to engage parents and families as partners in the success of their students.

 Dr. Wubah’s message regarding plans for fall 2021 semester was sent through the portal to the families through CampusESP. It had 1910 unique opens with a total of 4210 opens.

 The parent portal launched on February 3 with approximately 3,500 users receiving invitations.

 Currently there are 3772 users of the parent portal, through which parents and families receive announcements, newsletters and event information.

















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Strategic  Direction  2 TRANSFORM STUDENT EXPERIENCES AND FOSTER INNOVATION LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES Millersville University’s Living Learning Communities are groups of students with similar academic or special interests that live together in a residence hall. These communities offer members cocurricular learning activities that encourage them to engage with their peers. By offering a group of like-minded individuals, LLC’s can strengthen students’ social integration into the University. One of the five LLC’s is the Honors College LLC which enriches the education of exceptionally talented and motivated students. Members take specific honors college courses in addition to their regular classes. They are also encouraged to work with and build off of each other in classrooms and the dorm. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Victoria Peroni is a member and advocate for the Honors College LLC. She enjoys getting to live there and interact with fellow members.. One of her favorite aspects is the many events that take place. For example, the college offers trips to Philadelphia and Baltimore. She encourages students interested in LLC’s to talk to current members to learn more about the benefits of joining.

Honors College LLC

The Social Advocacy LLC is offered to first year students studying psychology, anthropology, social work or sociology. Their community fosters cultural awareness and social diversity. The ROTC LLC can be joined by students enrolled in a Military Science course who are interested in military service. The LGBTQ+ & Allies LLC is geared toward first year members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Members will learn about LGBTQ+ identities, history and advocacy.

“When I was a freshman, I felt a lot better about starting college—living around my peers allowed me to adjust a lot better to college and living on campus. My favorite part of living here is the friendships and how friendly everyone is!”—Victoria Peroni The other four Living Learning Communities include: The Women in STEM LLC provides an empowering space for female students in STEM fields. Members receive mentorship from both peers and experts currently working in the field.

Women in STEM LLC


Victoria Peroni, CR.

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE The Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion held “Gatherings to Discuss Racism” in June and July and numerous “Health Spaces” during the 2020-21 year. The theme of each session was based on current events, with members of the commission serving as facilitators.

The Office of Diversity and Social Justice advances Millersville University’s commitment to social justice, inclusive excellence and numerical, intellectual and interactional diversity. One of the primary functions of the office is to support Millersville’s community of learners, teachers and leaders by cultivating a climate of collaboration and collective problem-solving related to diversity and social justice issues. The three President’s Commissions—President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the President’s Commission on Gender & Sexual Diversity, collaborated to host an event on Nov. 12, 2020. The event allowed members of the University to come together and connect with prominent members of the community to discuss social justice issues and, more importantly, how we can mobilize and put plans into action. In addition, the Commission on Gender & Sexual Diversity held their first LGBTQ Affirming Faith & Spirituality Event on March 31, their first Annual 5K for Equality—Run, Walk or Roll, in April and are facilitating the LGBTQ and Allies Living Learning Community for our residential students.

On March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day, the Commission on the Status of Women held nine sessions virtually; speakers included Dr. Francine McNairy, Mayor Sorace, and Sunflower Greene. In addition, the commission finished an environmental scan as first stage of data collection for investigation into gender parity in career advancement at MU for faculty and staff. They also completed a childcare needs report. Millersville University received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Millersville has been a recipient of the HEED Award.

The Divine Nine and Cultural Greek Council Unity Plots are a walkway on campus that includes 12 plots representing the traditional Black Greek lettered organizations and other Latinx fraternities and sororities.


Athletics Highlights BASEBALL Senior pitcher Jeff Taylor, the PSAC East Pitcher of the Year and the third player in program history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America, teamed with PSAC East Athlete of the Year Bren Taylor and freshman of the Year Conor Cook to help Millersville win the PSAC East championship for the second season in a row and for the eighth time in Coach Jon Shehan’s 14 seasons. The Marauders also reached the NCAA Atlantic Regional final.

Senior pitcher Jeff Taylor

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD Hannah Woelfling’s 2021 season was unlike any in the history of Millersville’s women’s track and field team. In her first competitive collegiate outdoor season, and her first season throwing the hammer, Woelfling won the event at the PSAC Championships while also finishing as the runner-up in the discus. She went on to place fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships in the hammer and was later named the PSAC Rookie of the Year.

Hannah Woelfling, PSAC Rookie of the Year.

TENNIS Behind the leadership of PSAC East Coach of the Year Matt Helsel, the Millersville women’s team made an improbable run to the PSAC championship match before it was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of health and safety guidelines. The Marauders played the entire season without two of its top singles players and beat Bloomsburg and West Chester in the PSAC Tournament after losing two more players to COVID-19 protocols. Millersville still made its first championship appearance since 2004.


Noelle Htwar, PSAC East Freshman of the Year.
















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Strategic  Direction  3 INVEST STRATEGICALLY IN PEOPLE AND PLACE LOMBARDO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEAN DR. MARC TOMLJANOVICH is the first dean of the Lombardo College of Business. In his new role he is helping to design a financial literacy program for students and assisted with expanding academic offerings. Within the Lombardo College of Business, work is under way to develop new concentrations in HR Management, Cybersecurity, Healthcare Management and Wealth Management. The College is implementing initiatives to

improve student retention and success, including a college tutoring program and first-year seminars for all incoming business students. And, this past year they hosted multiple virtual events including, “Business in a Pandemic” and “Bitcoin, GameStop, and Robinhood, Oh My! The Adventures and Pitfalls of Online Investing.”

Dr. Marc Tomljanovich

Tomljanovich replaces the recently retired Dr. Doug Frazer.

MARAUDERS' NAME NEW BASKETBALL COACH Following a nationwide search, Director of Athletics Miles Gallagher named Colgate assistant SHARAY HALL the Marauders’ new women’s basketball coach. Hall is the 16th head coach for a program that started in 1918 and has posted an outstanding .622 winning percentage over the last 40 years. Hall takes the reins of the program from legendary coach Mary Fleig, who retired after leading the Marauders to nine NCAA Tournaments and winning seven PSAC East titles in 30 seasons. With a foundation in the PSAC and experience coaching at all three NCAA divisions, Hall most recently served in the Patriot League with

former Bloomsburg coach Bill Cleary at Colgate, helping the Raiders to a 19-11 record. During the season, she was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30, which recognizes up-and-coming coaches under the age of 30 who have exemplified their involvement in community service; mentorship and impact on others; professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement. As Hall begins her first season as women’s head basketball coach, she says she is extremely excited about the recruiting class. "All of them understand that we are building a culture where it is bigger than basketball and family is valued,” said Hall.

Ms. Sharay Hall

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Hall became an All-PSAC East selection at Lock Haven University for Millersville alum Jennifer Smith. After graduating with a degree in psychology in 2012, Hall stayed on the Lock Haven staff as a student assistant while earning a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology. 11

Leah Miksa, ’24 Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania Sophomore – Marketing Major


Leah Miksa is a sophomore majoring In light of the magnitude of the challenges facing Millersville University in international business and students and their families as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, marketing with a minor in computerMillersville President Daniel A. Wubah announced an extension of the aided drafting & design, as well as “Imagine the Possible” fundraising campaign to support student success. a student-athlete on the Millersville The “Imagine the Possible” campaign has been extended byFundraiser three years,Results by S University women’Column s swimmingand team. with an increased $90 million. bar charts compare valuesgoal in aofsingle PARTICIPANT She has received academic and category. For example, you can compare the number 2018 more information, visit the campaign website at athletic scholarships, which have sold by eachFor of products salesperson. 2019 provided Miksa and her family with a sense of stability. “The support that 2020 scholarships provide relieves financial 2021 burdens, therefore allowing me to focus my attention on the classroom, “IMAGINE THE POSSIBLE” volunteering, leadership opportunities CAMPAIGN FOR STUDENTS and the pool,” she said. Miksa is a student in Millersville University’s IMAGINE THE POSSIBLE CAMPAIGN Honors College and made the dean’s 80M 80,000,000 80,000,000 list throughout her freshman year. “I chose to pursue International Business and Marketing because I 60,000,000 56M felt that it encompassed many of my 56,000,000 interests all at once, including world perspectives on commerce, art and 40,000,000 culture,” she explained. For her future plans, she is considering a variety of 26M 26,000,000 options, including pursuing an MBA 20,000,000 14M or attending law school. Miksa says 14,000,000 that “within the next 10 years, I hope to use my learning from Millersville 0 2018 2019 2020 2021 University in the workforce and continue to contribute to my local DOLLARS RAISEDININTHE THEMILLIONS MILLIONS FUNDS RAISED community through volunteering.”



“I would not be able to pursue post-secondary education without grants and scholarships. With the help of scholarships that I have received for both my freshman and sophomore years, the funds have allowed me to seize the high-quality education I desire to achieve my goals of music production. It is my desire to connect my interest in technology with my love of music, which will aid me in pursuing a career in music production. Music is a great communicator and equalizer. It cuts across backgrounds, economics, religions, and race and

brings people together. I want to encourage self-love and self-awareness through the music I produce or create—whether it is for an artist or for myself, I want to create music that will be these things and more to all who listen. “After successfully completing my bachelor’s degree from the Tell School of Music, I hope to secure an internship that will showcase and hone my production and/or sound design/engineering skills. I would like to be working in a studio, assisting production of an artist to find their best voice.”

Chloe Wheeler


HOMETOWN | PHILADELPHIA, PA MAJOR | MUSIC PRODUCTION Photo courtesy of Matthew Tennison Photography.

LOIS MORGAN Gives Back Championship opportunities lost for studentathletes was the immediate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Millersville Athletics. But off the field of play, as many businesses and individuals throughout the community struggled to adapt and survive, Millersville Athletics faced a stark financial outlook. Camps and clinics, facility rentals and ticketing–significant sources of fundraising for student-athlete scholarships— suddenly disappeared. Still, Millersville committed to honoring student-athlete scholarships. Help came from LOIS MORGAN ’54. Morgan, who in 2018 established the Morgan Scholarship Fund for Women’s Athletics with


the largest endowed gift in Millersville Athletics history, recently committed an additional $500,000 to fund the Morgan Fund for Athletic Scholarships, which will support all intercollegiate athletic programs. Morgan’s gift is crucial to keeping Millersville Athletics’ scholarships funded during a time when coaches and staff are handicapped in their fundraising efforts. In the prior year, Millersville Athletics raised over $2 million to aid in the funding of scholarships and operations, but without gifts like Morgan’s, matching that total for 2021-22 will be unattainable.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Tennison Photography.

GRANTS AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS Academic Affairs opened a new Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, hiring Jeffry Porter as the new associate vice president to direct grant activities.


• Bachelor's in biology from Edinboro State College • Master’s in Natural Resource Management and Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School.

WHERE WERE YOU WORKING PRIOR TO MILLERSVILLE? 2014–2021, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF WORKING AT MILLERSVILLE SO FAR? The warm welcome by faculty and University leadership. Mr. Jeffry Porter, Associate Vice President, Office of Grants, Sponsored Programs, and Research



Each year, PASSHE’s Professional Faculty Development Council awards grants to professors to encourage them to develop their scholarly expertise. Millersville University faculty topped the chart this year with more proposals submitted than any other State System school. That resulted in Millersville faculty receiving more money for their grants than any other institution. Of the 15 proposals submitted by MU faculty, eight were funded with a total of $59,825.

Millersville’s Information Technology Help Desk received hundreds of calls, emails and chat requests after the February cyberattack. IT brought in extra help to answer questions and assist faculty, staff and students. From self help areas on the web to how-to articles, IT has compiled resources at

Millersville faculty and staff submitted over $24 million in grant proposals last year, the highest total submitted in 10 years. The University received over $11 million in awards.

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF NOTE DR. KAREN RICE Behavioral Health Workforce Training Grant (Opioid Intervention), U.S. DHHS Health Resources administration, SOWK, PI—$1.9 million. DR. THOMAS NEUVILLE Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, U.S. Department of Education, EDFN, PI—$2.4 million. DR. NANETTE MARCUM-DIETRICH Upstream-Downstream Collaboration Watershed Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Oceanic, EDFN, PI—$396,318.

New since the cyberattack is required multifactor authentication, which uses multiple proofs of identity to ensure you are authorized to access a service or resource. Types of proof can be summarized as: something you have (bank card or cell phone), something you are (fingerprint or retina scan), and something you know (password). Multifactor authentication provides the university community with a muchneeded extra layer of security that severely curtails unauthorized access to critical student and university data.




Thanks to the largest single gift in Millersville University’s history, Brooks Hall will be transformed into the Samuel N. and Dena M. Lombardo Hall—home of the Lombardo College of Business. Dr. Samuel Lombardo and his wife Dena have been supporters of Millersville University for many years. Their gift of $5 million brings their total giving to the University to almost $10 million. “This transformative gift will establish Lombardo Hall as a collaborative and inclusive campus space that brings together business, entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University. “As we implement our strategic plan— “Tradition and Transformation”—there is perhaps no better project that fits this theme than the complete renovation of Brooks Hall to be the future home for the Lombardo College of Business, the University’s first named college. It will nurture student success for generations to come.”

• New lighting fixtures and a sound system were installed at the Carpenter-Trout Strength Center. • With renovations completed at Dilworth, Payroll

moved to the west side of the building and opened up space for training purposes.   A water distribution upgrade added two additional test wells to provide redundancy for the current well.  The Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum received sound-dampening HVAC modifications.  Buildings across campus were upgraded to comply with new IT security protocols.

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• Renovations in Osburn Hall allowed for the installation of a new ESKO plotter-cutter system, a machine that can be used to cut through various materials and fabricate simulated packaging, for students in the Packaging Engineering Technology program. Breidenstine Hall now has a new fabrication lab.  Dutcher Hall now has a new Entertainment Technology Studio on the second floor.

Our offices of Capital Construction, Contracting and Design have been busy this past year working on facilities, educational buildings and with other renovations on campus.

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The Student Memorial Center received a new card access system for some entrances that automated the locking and unlocking of the SMC.


• The Unity Plots are receiving landscaping. • McComsey Hall got new benches and chairs for students to gather.
















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Strategic  Direction  4 COMMUNICATE OUR VALUE One of the outcomes of the pandemic was the need to develop new ways to interact with each other. Our alumni hosted several virtual events, including, a book club and behind-the-scenes campus tours. Additionally, we created a new volunteer platform, Volunteer at the ‘Ville, to connect our alumni to our students. Here’s a look at a few of the Virtual Alumni Events of 2020-2021: AMS ANNUAL MEETING VIRTUAL ALUMNI RECEPTION 110 attendees Representing 5 decades of classes from 24 different states

BLACK ALUMNI NETWORK ONE DAY GIVE ZOOM PARTY 20 attendees Representing 3 decades of classes from 5 different states MILLER & S’VILLE ZOOM PAINT & SIP 38 attendees Representing 7 decades of classes from 8 different states VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHTS 79 attendees Representing 7 decades of classes from 4 different states

Commencement Ceremonies Millersville University held four face-to-face commencement ceremonies on May 6, 7 and 8, 2021, to celebrate the 2020 graduates, as well as the 2021 graduates.


WARE CENTER CELEBRATES  10TH ANNIVERSARY One of the many features that makes Millersville special is our proximity to, and connection with, the city of Lancaster. The Ware Center serves as our gateway to downtown Lancaster. During a typical year, The Ware Center holds more than 250 events. Since its opening, The Ware Center has welcomed nearly 500,000 attendees. Last year was the 10th anniversary of Millersville University’s Ware Center, a showcase of culture and talent from near and far.

The Ware Center has positively impacted our students and campus community, as well as the region. The arts are so important to a holistic education based on creativity, communication and collaboration. As the largest university in Lancaster County, we have a responsibility to our citizens, two of our EPPIIC Values align with that responsibility, public mission and professionalism. The space provides a gateway to Millersville University, and we are pleased to share it with the local community. While The Ware Center was closed during most of 2020 and the first half of 2021, it is once again lighting up downtown Lancaster with jazz, poetry readings, film series, and productions for children of all ages!

SUSTAINABILITY Millersville University's commitment to sustainability is well established. This past academic year, we convened our first regional business conference focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). About 140 attendees and six partnering organizations participated in this conference. In recognition of our accomplishments, such as having the Lombardo Welcome Center as the first building in Pennsylvania to be certified as a zero energy building, we were among the first 45 higher education institutions in the U.S., and the only PASSHE institution, to be ranked in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings—a global ranking system that measures performance toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 18 | COMMUNICATE OUR VALUE

HOBBS-WICKERSHAM DONORS* The Hobbs-Wickersham Society recognizes individuals who ensure the long-term stability and growth of Millersville University through their estate plans. W. Gary & Nancy C. (Brown) '73 Adams

James E. Harf '61

Kate Y. Parker '76

Barbara Jo Apichella '69

Nadene K. Hausmann '78

Walter Leo Petroski '75

Edward & Jacqueline '69 Balderston

Michael E. & Margaret A. '53 Helmintoller

Frank E. & Verla Phillips

Richard F. '70 & Jeanne K. Barbacane

Robin D. '71 & Wendy L. Herr

Marc T. & Carol Y. Phillips

Dorothy P. Beam

Kathryn J. Hess '84, '92M

Steven R. '89 & Lynn A. '91 Pomponi

Margaret E. Bellis '52

Douglas W. '97 & Janet (Pitkin) '97 Hitz

Ronald D. Porter '67

Diane L. '82 & Jim Black

Leroy T. Hopkins '66

Robert Lamar Redcay '76

John L. Bockelmann '66

Micheal B. Houlahan

Jacqueline Lee Reighard

Seymour & Anita Brandon

James C. '73 & Judith (Miller) '74 Hower

Kevin J. Reilly '79

Lyman R. Brenner '71

Charles W. & Nancy E. '80 Hungerford

Thomas M. '92 & Jennifer L. '92 Renkevens

Hannah Gettz Bryson '50

Peter L. & Barbara B. '65 Hunsberger

Melinda Rae Richards '84

Clintin E. Probst & Karen E. '95 Buehler-Probst

Eleanor D. Isaacson

Brian Andrew Rider '87

Joseph A. '03H & Linda R. '03H Caputo

Anne C. '78 Jackson & Stephen Murry

Charles W. '10H & Patricia Kay '66, '10H

David B. & Elizabeth A. '70 Chamberlin

Jerri Anne Johnson '76, '87M

Roy B. '67, '13H & Rochelle E. Clair

Janet E. Kacskos

Essie M. '63 & Franklin J. Rothermel

Bennett J. '67 & Joanne E. (Wargo) '67 Cooper

Suzanne L. Keffer '78

Bernice R. Rydell

Robert R. '60 & Dorothy A. '74 Cooper

Thomas G. Klingensmith '72

Randy C. & Luan M. Ryder

Barbara Radgowski Czestochowa '69

Fay F. Kramer '62

Joseph Ronald '70 & Karen L. '70 Sadowski

Ingrid (Benjamin) DeBellas '71

Richard H. Kuhn '57

Charles K. Scharnberger

Dennis Denenberg

Timothy I. & Eilena R. Ladd

David E. '82 & Leslie M. '86 Schlosser

Victor S. & Melanie A. DeSantis

William H. & Barbara R. '70 Lashley

Kathryn G. Seaber '76

Steven A. DiGuiseppe '82

Walter J. & Frances E. Legenstein

Edward C. & Carol T. Shane

Dominick '53 & Helen DiNunzio

Marie Bryson Libhart '63

C. Ray & Francine R. Shaw

Kathleen (Davison) '74 & John J. Dobbins

Eric G. '71 & Rochelle M. '70 Liddell

Sylvia '71 & Robert C. Shellenberger

Ruth R. Dutcher

Samuel N. '07H & Dena M. Lombardo

Robert L. Shoener & Alan K. Wyand

Gerald C. & Susan C. Eckert

William B. McIlwaine

Robert L. '78 & Jane Slabinski

Evelyn M. Ernst

Michael K. McInerney '76

Paul H. & Catherine L. Slaugh

Glenna M. Eshleman '50

A. Lucille Meissner '68

Jeffrey A. '91 & Amy E. Sollars

Owen B. & Ermaleen B. '68 Etter

Thomas L. Mellinger '67

Susan A. '77 Stanton & Jeffrey S. Crompton

Robert J. '74 & Mary Mcevoy Fink

Salvatore C. Micciche

Glenn R. '75 & Karen M. Stickles

Stacey M. Fink '72 & Karen Ketner-Fink

J. Eric '76 & Julie A. '78 Miller

Jack M. & Anne J. '54 Stumpf

Nancy L. & Robert M. Frankhouser

James R. '70 & Naomi Miller

Gerald R. '65 & Kathleen E. '65 Swope

Ronald D. '57 & Mary Frey

Paul Lorah Minnich

Patrick J. Tell

Eugene E. & Mary N. '73 Fritz

Stephen J. & Patricia A. '75 Moran

Thomas C. Tirado

Jack F. '64 & Joyce '64 Fuls

David R. Morris '01

Jeffrey W. Vermuth '71

Carrie N. '90 Gardner

Karl E. & Carolyn S. Moyer

Robert S. '64 & Barbara K. Walker

Conor G. Gilbert '15

Karen Ashkar Murley '63

Michael G. Warfel '84

Richard A. & Lorena S. '98 Glenn

Flo E. Neff '71

James K. & Rebecca K. '79 Weaver

Warren Lynn Godshall '72

Margaret J. Neff

Gerald S. & Rebecca Weiss

Chester L. & Kay L. '60 Gontner

Conrad W. Nelson '93

Robert O. Winder

Louis F. & Susan Grammes

Robert P. '70 & Rose L. Newcomer

R. Michael & Nancy D. '87 Wunderly

Jan L. '80 & Alisa McCambridge '80 Graybill

John & Kristina M. '71 O’Doherty

George J. & Zaferula (Valudes) '62 Yelagotes

Susan E. Grim '82

John F. & Candace H. '76 O’Donnell

Charlotte J. Zeigler-Snyder '55 & Lee Snyder

Stephen R. '72 & Mary Ann '74 Gring

Renee Genbauffe O’Leary '50

J. Terry Zeller '64

Roland T. '69 & Judith F. '71 Hahn

Harvey W. Owen

*Bolded names indicate new members.



1855 SOCIETY DONORS The 1855 Society recognizes individuals whose contributions, while living, total or exceed $25,000. David A. '85 & Sheila Abrams

David R. '80 & Jennifer H. '80 Dickinson

Charlyne L. Holder '68

W. Gary & Nancy C. '73 Adams

Abram W. '73 & Karen Louise Diffenbach

Linda Holman-Marcks

William W. '90H & Susan C. Adams

Steven A. DiGuiseppe '82

Benjamin L. Holmes & Carol J. Scheifele-

Elizabeth M. Allen

Maureen (McGarvey) Dinges

John M. & Vivien G. Anderson

Dominick '53 & Helen M. DiNunzio

Leroy T. Hopkins '66

Ralph G. & Judith '76 Anttonen

Lee & Amy H. Dmitzak

Micheal B. Houlahan

Andrew H. Appel

Patrick M. Donan '85

James C. '73 & Judith (Miller) '74 Hower

Gibson E. '09H & Martha Armstrong

John W. Dooley & Sandra L. Turchi-Dooley

Peter L. & Barbara B. '65 Hunsberger

Edward & Jacqueline O. '69 Balderston

Tom R. & Shelly (Kreiger) Duff

Eleanor D. Isaacson

Ann B. Barshinger

David M. '81 & Donna M. Dumeyer

Anne C. Jackson '78 & Stephen Murry

Dorothy P. Beam

Ruth R. Dutcher

Michael & Wendy Jackson

Michele M. Behrens

Gerald & Susan Eckert

Scott T. '88 & Deborah C. Jacobs

Paul S. '71, '07H & Caroline E. Beideman

Thomas G. '75 & Lori A. '77 Ecker

Jerri Anne Johnson '76, '87M

Daniel R. '71 & Gretchen (Dieck) Biemesderfer

William E. Evans

Robert L. '61 & Nancy H. '60 Jones

Frederick & Heike '94 Bloom

Wilson Farrell & Joyce Munro

Ruthi A. Joseph

Richard E. '67 & Elaine N. '67 Blouse

Robert J. '74 & Mary (Mcevoy) Fink

Stephen '70, '12H & Veronica (Jordan) Kepchar

John L. Bockelmann '66

Saul W. '85 & Tracy L. Fink

Joyce Denelsbeck King '83

Chip & Kathleen L. '70 Brabson

Stacey M. Fink '72 & Karen L. Ketner-Fink

Regis P. & Irene R. Kirchner

Gerald M. Brenner '64

Richard L. Frerichs '64

Andrea C. Kissh '76

Lyman R. Brenner

Brent D. '83 & Jolinda K. Frey

Fay Kramer '62

Rebecca A. Brown '72

Leigh Ann & Joseph M. Fulford

Robert M. & Hale A. Krasne

Michael K. '81 & Neysa M. (Fratantoni) '81

Joseph W. '90 & Elizabeth J. '91 Garner

Howard L. '57 & Martha Kriebel

Holmes '65

John H. & Susan J. Garofola

Darryl L. '85 & Suhaila Landis

David T. & Marilyn A. '58 Camp

Doris L. Geier-Monroe & O. Napolean Monroe

John M. & Mimi Lembo

Joseph A. '03H & Linda R. '03H Caputo

J. Philip '67, '80 & MaryAnn '67, '70M Gerber

Eric G. '71 & Rochelle M. '70 Liddell

Judith C. Carter '60

Conor G. Gilbert '15

Bruce R. & Lynda Limpert

Samuel E. & Lorraine Casselberry

Brian T. '87 & Judith M. Gladden

Lynn W. Lisella

Michael T. & Jennifer A. '81 Chambers

Catherine C. Glass '53

Leonard S. & Evanna S. '90 Litowitz

Joseph Y. '96 & Eileen E. Choi

Susan (Fulton) Glass '84

Harry Albert '65 & Carolyn Lohss

Dana Andrea Chryst '81

M. Constance B. Greeley

Samuel N. '07H & Dena M. Lombardo

Bernard P. '73 & Yvonne J. Citerone

Andrew A. '73 & Margaret H. '73 Greenawalt

P. Alan & Linda K. Loss

Linda L. Clark

Stephen R. '72 & Mary Ann '74 Gring

Susan P. Luek

Richard D. Clark & Sepideh Yalda

C. Gregory '85 & Kimberly C. Habecker

Elizabeth A. Luke '81

Elizabeth L. Cleaver

Kent C. & Elisabeth H. Habecker

Kimberly A. Mahaffy

Greta L. Cohen

James D. Hagelgans & Gale Zorian-Hagelgans

Pamela J. Kane '82 & Kevin B. '81 Mahoney

Frank G. '53 & Inez Coons

John M. & Audrey Hallgren

Douglas L. & Frances M. Maine

Bennett J. '67 & Joanne E. (Wargo) '67 Cooper

John & Lori Happ

John Charles '73 & Ann Sheridan '74 Martin

Richard G. Cornogg & Martha P. MacAdam '83

James E. Harf '61

Michael A. McCarty

Brandon W. '03 & Megan C. Danz

Nadene K. Hausmann '78

C. Clair & Margaret D. McCormick

John Lloyd Davenport

John K. Herr & M. Diane Koken '72, '08H

William B. McIlwaine

Susan Ashbey Davis

Stuart W. & Cynthia Herr

Michael K. McInerney '76

William L. Davis

J. Wilson '72 & Donna Jean '72 Hershey

Francine G. McNairy-Nelson '13H

Benjamin J. '77 & Anna DeBlois DelTito

Kathryn J. Hess '84

Dale Harvey '60 & Doris Messerschmidt

Dennis Denenberg

Mervin W. '70 & Nora L. Hess

Salvatore C. Micciche

Gloria Denlinger

Albert C. Hoffman

Lois Todd Morgan '54



Phyllis S. Mowery

Rick & Jessica L. Rodgers

Edward A. & Gail E. Thomson

Karen Ashkar Murley '63

Bernice R. Rydell

Richard B. & Marjorie A. Trout

Dennis W. & Jean Ellen Murphy

Richard Stuart & Janet M. Sasin

Betty W. Waetjen

James Lawrence '69 & Linda G Natale

James W. & Sally C. '78 Saxton

Jon G. Walker

Margaret J. Neff

Charles K. Scharnberger

Robert S. '64 & Barbara K. Walker

Conrad W. Nelson '93

Edward L. '64 & Kathy H. '69 Schoenberger

Andrew G. Wallover

Joseph P. & Marianne S. '70, '74M Nolt

Kathryn G. Seaber '76

Michael & Suzanne J. '94 Walstrum

Renee Genbauffe O’Leary '50

M.P.A. Sheaffer

Paul W. & Judy Ware

Kate Yvonne Parker '76

Robert C. & Sylvia '71 Shellenberger

Michael G. Warfel '84

Byron L. & Dolores E. B. '56 Parry

Mary Ann Shirk

Daniel J. & Charmaine A. Warmenhoven

Emory E. '63 & Cynthia L. Phillips

Robert L. Shoener & Alan K. Wyand

Marjorie M. Warmkessel

Steven R. '89 & Lynn A. '91 Pomponi

Janet A. '65 & Georg U. Simon

Gerald S. & Rebecca Weiss

William K. '83 & Diane K. Poole

Robert L. '78 & Jane Slabinski

Richard Welkowitz

Vilas A. & Sneha V. Prabhu

William E. & Joyce (Scout) Smedley

Richard S. '52 & Barbara Ann '54 Will

Willis Ratzlaff & Genevieve M. Tvrdik

Joseph P. & Carol M. '64 Snyder

Stephen H. '73 & Linda Louise '73 Williamson

Jacqueline Lee Reighard

Susan A. Stanton '77 & Jeffrey S. Crompton

Ronald Allen '79 & Lisa Wilson

Larry N. Reinking

Samuel N. & Margaret Lee Stayer

Robert O. Winder

H. James '69 & Dorothy G. Reisinger

Richard W. & Heidi Stewart

Brian E. Worrell '76

Hans E. Richter '10

George F. & Helen A. '64 Stine

Howard W. '72 & Lois B. Wright

Charles W. '10H & Patricia Kay '66, '10H

Gerald R. '65 & Kathleen E. '65 Swope

Daniel A. & Judith Wubah

Patrick J. Tell

Alan E. Yefko & Trudy Tyler-Yefko '77


David S. & Marie N. Zubatsky

The 1855 Society recognizes businesses and other organizations whose contributions total or exceed $100,000. Access Manufacturing Systems, Inc.

Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.

Menchey Music Service, Inc.

Arconic Foundation

Ferree Foundation

Millersville University Alumni Association

Armstrong Foundation

Cy Fritz Foundation

Music for Everyone

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

Fulton Bank

PA State Employees Credit Union

Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.

Goethe House



William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Rixan Associates, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. William F. Brossman Charitable

The S. Dale High Family Foundation

Willis & Elsie Shenk Foundation

Hughes Foundation, Inc.

Solar Innovations, Inc.

International Organization for Chemical

The Steinman Foundation

Foundation Campbell Soup Foundation

Science in Development

Carpenter Technology Corporation

Student Lodging, Inc.

Clark Associates Charitable Foundation

Jay Group, Inc.

Student Services, Inc.

The Columbus Foundation-Chloe Foundation

Lancaster County Community Foundation

TE Connectivity

Fund ConnectCare3

Lancaster General HealthCare Foundation

Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.

Max Kade Foundation

UPMC Pinnacle Health - Lancaster

RR Donnelley & Sons Company

FIAT LUX SOCIETY DONORS The Fiat Lux Society recognizes individuals whose contributions total or exceed $1,000,000. Lyman R. Brenner '71

Susan P. Luek

Robert L. Shoener & Alan K. Wyand

Ferree Foundation

Lois Todd Morgan '54

Patrick J. Tell

Eric G. '71 & Rochelle M. '70 Liddell

Dr. Patricia ’66, '10H & Charles '10H Robertson

Paul W. & Judy Ware

Samuel N. '07H & Dena M. Lombardo

Clarence Schock Foundation

Michael G. Warfel `84 • 717-871-7520 or 877-872-3820 (toll-free) Millersville University • P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551


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