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Millersville students bring innovation and inspiration to campus

Amethyst Stancliff

Contributing Writer

The quiet Millersville library was turned into a place of excitement and learning this past Thursday, April 21st. Made in Millersville, held at the Francis G. McNairy Library, is a conference showcasing professor and student research and arts on campus. This is a day-long event that includes presenters, poster showcasing and arts hanging all around the library. Made in Millersville celebrates student scholarship on campus.

One of the students presenting their research was Ashley Duross, a junior majoring in speech communications with an option in public relations. Duross recalls why she decided to apply to present at Made in Millersville.

Ashley Duross presented her findings on tweets about the Paris attacks at Made in Millersville. Photo courtesy of Amethyst Stancliff.
Ashley Duross presented her findings on tweets about the Paris attacks at Made in Millersville. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Blessing. 

“Made in Millersville is a great opportunity for students to receive feedback on their presentation skills from evaluators and also find areas for improvement,” said Duross. Her presentation measured tweets on the Paris attacks that happened on accident, for Dr. Robert Spicer’s communication research class.

Additionally, students presented their research to attendees on different topics including trips they have taken and also research conducted around campus.

Among the attendees was student Halli Moore, a senior at Millersville. Moore originally came to Made in Millersville to see her friends presenting, but quickly noticed all the other work by students.

“Many of the presenters were friends or acquaintances of mine and I had no idea that they were conducting research to present, so it was cool seeing them in a different light,” said Moore.

She also wanted to point out that she thinks everyone should attend Made in Millersville to see all the potential along our campus and within ourselves.

“I believe everyone has what it takes to develop and conduct research that’s presented at Made in Millersville; most of us just need some motivation and inspiration,” said Moore.

This event was made possible by the volunteers and staff who took the time to make this event not only interesting, but also interactive.

This year’s Made in Millersville event was bigger than last year’s event, and only plans to get bigger. Megan Donnelly, a library intern at Millersville shared her hopes of it only growing.

Students Megan Donnelly and Alexandra Blessing (left to right) pose with stress balls shaped like light bulbs. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Blessing.
Students Megan Donnelly and Alexandra Blessing (left to right) pose with stress balls shaped like light bulbs. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Blessing.

“My future hope for Made in Millersville events is that more potential employers and local businesses attend the event to look at students’ work” said Donnelly. She also hopes that more people will be participating next year as well.

Future participants can get in contact with the library to find out how to apply for next year’s event.

Made in Millersville plans to continue inspiring students to turn their research for a class, into something much more. Ashley Duross reminds us that “Students should remember that the Millersville University campus community wants to see them succeed.”