Significant People

When asked about the significant people that have impacted their experience at Millersville, narrators mentioned both faculty and staff members who served as either professors or advisors to them. This included individuals such as: the late Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El, Dwight Horsey, Diana Garber, Dr. Justin García, Dr. Aaron Porter, and Deborah Sigel.

 

Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El - Professor of Psychology

The Late Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El

Professor of Psychology

"Rita Smith Wade El. . . . Because that lady is very passionate about everything and you know if you ain't doing it the right way, she is going to tell you are doing it the wrong way. And she will call you at six o’clock in the morning and curse you out and tell you that you are making the wrong life decisions and that you need to get on the roll so."(1) - Nicole Smith

Dwight Horsey - Millersville University Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services

Dwight Horsey

Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services

Diana Garber - Developmental Mathematics

Diana Garber

Developmental Mathematics

"Regarding professors, I love Mrs. Garber. She teaches my math. I’m in below math right now and she’s so patient with me. Just every time she teaches she’s really patient, she's really helping. Like, I don't know. She’s really understanding. I love her so much."(2) - Elizabeth Wright

Dr. Justin García  - Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Justin García

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Aaron Porter - Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Aaron Porter

Assistant Professor of Anthropology 

"Okay, Dr. Porter. I had him for the first time this semester, but I feel like he as an individual has impacted my collegiate experience beyond words. He has given me time management skills, he's given me a better work ethic, he's expanded my mind and knowledge on sociology. And I feel like that Dr. Porter himself has given me a better understanding of how this country works, how communities work, how to think differently, how to think outside the box opposed to always thinking in your comfort zone."(3) - Michea Wolfley

Deborah Sigel - Professor in Ceramics and Art & Design Department Chair

Deborah Sigel

Professor in Ceramics and Art & Design Department Chair

For the narrators, these individuals helped to either influence their academic career, provide guidance about majors and courses, or helped the students think about future research and academic goals. Narrators described them as straightfoward, supportive, patient, understanding, and insightful.

Nicha Smith

"I would say the professors, which I would think, I don’t know, maybe that’s what college is meant to do, but they sorta helped link a bridge between reality, and the real world, and coming to school, and what we’re here for, and what we can do out there. And I like that."(4) - Nicha Smith

1. Nicole Smith, interview by Sebra Garner, March 30th, 2018, transcript, Millersville University Archives and Special Collections, Millersville, PA

2. Elizabeth Wright, interview by Michael Lynch and Eliana Pablon, December 7th, 2017, transcript, Millersville University Archives and Special Collections, Millersville, PA

3. Michea Wolfley, interview by Nate Stevens, November 10th, 2018, transcript, Millersville University Archives and Special Collections, Millersville, PA

4. Nicha Smith, interview by Meranda Pfamatter, April 30th, 2018, transcript, Millersville University Archives and Special Collections, Millersville, PA