Kat Virula

News Editor 

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) announced this year’s Excellence and Innovation Award winners and Millersville University made it on the list! 

Millersville’s president, Dr. Daniel Wubah was handed the received award, on behalf of the University, at the opening session of AASCU’s annual meeting in Phoenix on October 30. 

According to ‘Ville Daily, The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture and historic commitment. 

The awards program, now in its sixth year, honors AASCU member institutions for excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership: teacher education, civic learning and community engagement, international education, leadership development and diversity, regional and economic development, student success and college completion, and sustainability and sustainable development.

As stated by the ASSCU, Millersville fall onto the category, “Sustainability and Sustainable Development”. Millersville has also received the “Innovative Projects Award” for the state-of-the-art zero energy building, the Lombardo Welcome Center in 2018. 

In giving the award, AASCU stated that the Lombardo Welcome Center not only supports the University’s sustainability and carbon-neutral goals but also directly funds community sustainability projects. 

Through a Positive Energy Fund, the building’s energy cost savings are redirected to provide microgrants to faculty, staff and students so they can address the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges confronting the world. 

This year, the fund awarded $10,000.

The winning programs had top-level administrative support, connected with an institution’s mission and strategic agenda, contributed to significant institutional improvements or programming, were grounded in research, and incorporate best practices.