Millersville University of Pennsylvania
|Millersville University of Pennsylvania|
|Motto||Seize the Opportunity|
|Type||Public liberal arts
|President||Dr. John M. Anderson|
|Academic staff||299 full-time|
|Admin. staff||540 staff and administration|
|Location||Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 250 acres (1,011,714 m²)|
|Colors||Black and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division II
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
|Mascot||Millersville Marauder and Skully (Marauders)|
Millersville University is a public university located in Millersville, Pennsylvania, United States, offering programs embracing the liberal arts. Founded in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania, Millersville University is one of 14 universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Student Involvement
- 6 Greek Life
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Millersville University was established in 1855 as the Lancaster County Normal School, the first state normal school in Pennsylvania. It subsequently changed its name to the Millersville State Normal School in 1859 and Millersville later became a state teachers college in 1928. It was renamed Millersville State College in 1957 and officially became Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
In November 1852, the Lancaster County Educational Association met in Strassburg resolving to form an institute for teacher training. The first institute, which led to the Lancaster County Normal School and received major support from Thomas H. Burrowes, was held in January 1853. While the Association was working to organize, Lewis M. Hobbs, a popular teacher of the Manor district, lobbied heavily in Manor township for a more permanent training facility for teachers. Jacob Shenk, a local farmer, donated a tract of five acres (present-day site of Ganser Library, Biemesderfer Executive Center, and Dutcher Hall) with Hobbs collecting investments from local residents. On April 17, 1855, Lancaster County Normal School opened with James P. Wickersham as Principal and a peak of 147 teachers in attendance. President of the school was Thomas H. Burrowes and Vice President was Lewis M. Hobbs. November 5, 1855 marked the start of the first full session, with a new expansion off of the original Academy building that made 96 rooms available for nearly 200 students and their teachers.
Completed in 1894, the Biemesderfer Executive Center, also known as the Old Library, is the centerpiece of Millersville University's campus. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees designated $27,500 for the construction of the library in 1891 with the contract awarded to Lancastrian D.H. Rapp, who submitted the lowest bid in a blind auction.
Millersville University has nine residence halls. Four residence halls are designated for freshmen: Bard, Gaige, Hull, and Harbold. Diehm is the designated hall for students in the University Honors College and for international students. Hobbs, Gilbert, Lenhardt, Burrowes, and Diehm are for upperclassmen students. Other housing options include Shenks and Reighard halls, and Brookwood Court and Healthy Living apartments.
The Millersville University Library is housed in Ganser Hall. In September 2011, the University closed Ganser Hall for two years in order to complete renovations. On August 26, 2013, the Ganser Library reopened as the McNairy Library and Learning Forum.
Millersville University is known for its beautiful campus, at the heart of which is Millersville's lake, home of two swans named Miller and S'ville.
- Located in Millersville, Pa., population: 8,168 (2010 Census)
- 250 acres of gently rolling landscape at Millersville campus
- Downtown Lancaster campus - The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince St.
- Millersville is located 3 miles from Lancaster City
- 1 1⁄2 hours from Philadelphia
- 2 1⁄2 hours from Washington, D.C.
- 3 hours from New York City
- 2,232 students live in nine residence halls on campus.
- Coed, by wing or floor
- Theme areas: First Year Experience, Honors College, International Students, Center for Service Learning and Leadership
- 1,228 live in local off-campus housing
- 5,365 (approx.) commute from home
The grand opening of the new Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University occurred on Friday, October 12, 2012.
Millersville University has 8,725 students with a student-faculty ratio of 19.6:1 and an average class size of 27.
Degree programs and certifications
According to the 2011-2012 undergraduate course catalog Millersville University offers:
- 55 bachelor's degree programs
- 2 associate degree programs
According to the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog, Millersville University offers 62 graduate programs:
- 22 master's degree programs
- 40 certificates and certifications
- School of Science & Mathematics
- School of Education
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Graduate and Professional Studies
- Honors College
- Corporate University
19 intercollegiate varsity sports competing in NCAA Division II
(Track and Field)
(Cross Country, Only NCAA National Championship Team)
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Track & Field (Indoor)
- Track & Field (Outdoor)
Millersville Athletics Fast Facts
Millersville University's nickname is the Marauders and competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II.
Millersville's first athletics team was baseball, which started in 1889.
Millersville has won 43 PSAC Championships in 14 sports and 43 PSAC Eastern Division titles baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's soccer and volleyball.
Men's basketball player John Parker was the school's first All-American in 1956-57 and since then, 198 Marauders have earned All-America recognition.
At the conclusion of the 2011 season, women's basketball coach Mary Fleig ranked 43rd among all active coaches regardless of division in career victories with 515. She ranked 27th among active Division II coaches in winning percentage (.669) and ninth in total victories. By victories, she ranked 15th in Division II history.
Former women's lacrosse coach Barb Waltman, who retired following the 2011 season, retired as the winningest coach in Division II lacrosse history with 218 victories.
Former football coach Dr. Gene A. Carpenter was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame on July 21, 2012. Carpenter posted a 212-89-6 record and won 10 PSAC East titles from 1970-2000.
The men's cross country team won a NCAA Division II Championship in 1981. The women's lacrosse team won the AIAW Division III Championship in 1982.
The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership helps students bring the "out of classroom learning" into their lives. A balance between academics and extra-curricular activities is important in college success.
Millersville University has more than 90 organizations including service and leadership clubs, fraternities and sororities, campus musical groups, honor societies, religious organizations, special interest clubs, sports clubs and student media.
- Malik B of The Roots from Philadelphia (currently the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
- Joseph Franklin Biddle, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Nicole Brewer, 2005 Miss Pennsylvania, digital journalist for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, PA
- Marriott Henry Brosius, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- James Carney, Professional runner for New Balance.
- Bob Van Dillen, morning meteorologist, for CNN Headline News
- Elizabeth H. Field, MD, Physician, Immunologist, Professor, College of Medicine, University of Iowa
- R. William Field, PhD, Public Health Researcher and Educator, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
- Brian Gladden, Chief Financial Officer, Dell
- William Walton Griest, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Jessica Henry, Finalist on The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search 3 on Country Music Television (CMT)
- Hugh Herr, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of Biomechatronics Research Group at Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Will Lewis, professional football player, Seattle Seahawks
- Eliphalet Oram Lyte, was a teacher for Millersville and wrote modern "Row Row Row Your Boat"
- Chris King, Pennsylvania politician
- Josh Martin, Bass/Vox for The Wonder Years (band)
- John Miller, former executive producer for Jackass, The Tom Green Show and Jackass: The Movie for MTV
- Nipsey, Regional morning radio show host on 105.7 the X.
- Lawrence Nowlan (B.A. 1987), sculptor, designer of the ESPN Espy Award
- Robb Riddick, former NFL player
- Sean Scott, Arena Football League wide receiver/linebacker for the Philadelphia Soul
- Glenn H. Stephens III Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, J.D. University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), Former Senior Counsel to NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman, Professor Political Science - CSUN, Pomona College, UCLA, Scripps College, APUS; Professor, Penn State University, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, activist Coalition to Rescue Our Sports
- Black Thought, lead MC of The Roots from Philadelphia (currently the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
- Mike Tyler, syndicated radio co-host of the The Todd-n-Tyler Radio Empire on KEZO-FM based out of Omaha, NE, and heard on the radio
- Robert Smith Walker, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Geoff Camlin, TV producer/Insurance Mogul
- Graver, Lee. (1955). A History of the First Pennsylvania State Normal School.
- Slotter, Carole L. The Centerpiece of the Campus (Science Press, 1982) Library of Congress # 82-62395
- "Why Will it Take 2 Years". Millersville Library Renovation Information (blog). 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- "Brian T. Gladden".
- Morrison, John F. (2013-08-08). "Lawrence J. Nowlan Jr., 48, sculptor who was working on Frazier statue". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- "Sculptor commissioned to complete Joe Frazier statue has died". Barre Montpelier Times Argus. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-08-27.