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Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville University is a public university located in Millersville, Pennsylvania, United States, offering programs embracing the liberal arts



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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. Student Lodging, Inc. is in the process of building six new residence halls at Millersville University. Once the new halls are complete, the University will only own and operate three residence halls, Bard, Gilbert and Gaige Halls. Other housing options include Shenks and Reighard halls, 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 at Ganser Hall.

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Millersville University recognizes excellence in teaching and learning as its reason for being and is committed to offering students a high quality, comprehensive university experience of exceptional value. Dedicated to providing nationally recognized programs that embrace the liberal arts, the University provides academic opportunities which are supported by outstanding faculty who are also accomplished scholars, artists and practitioners and are supported by a talented and dedicated professional staff. The University provides an extensive range of academic and professional programs to meet the interests and needs of both undergraduate and graduate students. To better prepare students for a diverse society and workforce, the University embraces diversity of people, cultures, ideas and viewpoints. By balancing traditional and innovative learning environments both inside and outside of the classroom, this inclusive campus community enhances learning outcomes and better equips students for their chosen professions.



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 Councilman Tom Baker, Allegheny County Council, elected 2013 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



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