Archive for October, 2013

Chemistry, Music & Zombies

Congratulations to Adam Brennan and the MU Concert Wind Ensemble whose recordings,  “Malachi: A Celebration of A Special Life”  and “Critical Speed: The Music of Greg Danner, Vol II” have made the Grammy Nomination Eligible List.  This is the second step in the four tiered Grammy process.  The next step is for Grammy members to vote for the CDs for a Grammy nomination.  Making it this far is a huge accomplishment and certainly brings recognition to MU.  We’ll follow their progress.

The annual Fall Choral Collage will be held Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Steadman.  Free, open to the public, it features the Festival Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Mansfieldians and the Concert Choir.  It’s best to get there early.

MU Chemistry Club members used their one day Fall Break to visit a sixth grade class in Corning’s Northside Middle School and conduct a demonstration on forensic science that they designed.  The workshop was titled “Whodunit — Chemistry in Forensics.”  Our students gave the sixth graders a mystery note challenging them to identify the author of the message using chromatography.  Club members included Allyson Cornwell, Bryan McCullough, Brendan McDermott and Joe Mandeville, led by and Assistant Professor Michele Tague.

If you need a refresher on monsters leading up to Halloween, English Prof John Ulrich gives an overview of history’s most popular outcasts, from Grendel to Dracula.  Or, in this shorter clip, John fleshes out the role of zombies in film version of World War Z and The Walking Dead.

Speaking of the living dead, Zombies Vs. Humans is underway here.  President Hendricks was chased across campus by zombies the other night.  Dean of Students Chris Bridges was caught yesterday and will spend the remainder of the war as a zombie.

 MU Library has introduced a Book Exchange on the first floor.  Bring a book, take a book.  they need some more books to fill out the racks so if you have some books to donate, send them to the  North Hall Library Book Exchange.


10 2013

The Spirit of Halloween & Higher Ed Advocacy

A group of our students, sponsored by the SGA, spent Wednesday in Harrisburg to talk with legislators about increasing support for the State System universities.The MU Concert Choir sang at the capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday to advocate to promote the importance of higher education in Pennsylvania.

The choir performed 5 songs, including “How Can I Keep From Singing”

Treat your kids royally at “A Day in Camelot” Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-6 p.m. on the South Hall Mall and North Manser. Activities will include Jousting, Shield Making, Alchemy, Human Chess, Face Painting, Prince and Princess Etiquette, and more.  Sponsored by SGA and Mansfield Community Service.

Check out our new site for newsmakers and testimonials.  Everyone is welcome to contribute items to the “MU: Mount Up, Move Out, Lead!” site.  Send in testimonials, photos, video, all things good about MU.

1st Place Winner

Congratulations to the winners of the “Community” logo contest sponsored by the President’s Office.  They are”: #1, Emily Crandell; #2, Alana Krieger; # 3 & 4, Dylan Loucks;  and tied for #5, Caitlynn McConnell and Ashley Ranck.

Leading up to Halloween, here’s the Ghost Detectives episode in which the Coal Region Paranormal Team spends the night looking for evidence of our resident ghost, Sarah.  (Another team from Rochester is coming in this weekend. Sarah has been getting a lot of professional visitors this past year.)

English Professor John Ulrich talks about the history of zombies in this four-minute clip taken from his Conversations interview about his Monster Literature course.

In case you somehow missed them this year, here’s the Spirit and Pride of PA Mountie Marching Band at the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown a few weeks ago.  Nothing like a little Beethoven to get your blood flowing.

In her first official race in the red and black, No. 25  Lauren Norton took 4th overall at the Hamilton College Invitational to earn PA State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. 

Former MU softball standout Melissa Baer has been named interim head softball coach at Lycoming College.

Click for the Mountie Express Schedule

There are a lot of new things at MU this year, but nothing quite as colorful and distinctive as the new Mountie Express.

And, almost last but not least, this week’s edition of Terry’s Take.

Now people will be talking to their wrists?



10 2013

The Good, the Bad & the General

The past few weeks have  been full of firsts and celebrations. The Light Up the Night football game, the first night game since 1892, was an overwhelming success.

The 22nd annual Fabulous 1890s Weekend had a very rare two days of beautiful weather with a crowd-pleasing parade and superb entertainment.

Homecoming had good weather, great floats in the parade and a large crowd for the game.  The MU marching band, as always, showed the crowd why it’s called The Spirit & Pride of Pennsylvania. (Yes, that’s three major events in four weeks).


President Fran Hendricks was in fine form during his debut as a conductor.  I mean, how can you not love the national anthem being led by a 6’2″retired brigadier general in full uniform?


The wildly popular The Band Perry filled Decker on Sept. 29, and gave MU a lot of free publicity as attendees Tweeted, Facebooked  and Instagramed photos during the concert.

Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry


The past couple weeks have  also been painful with retrenchment and layoffs.  This recent editorial in the Lancaster New Era, “Squeezing Pa’s public universities,”  does an excellent job summarizing the fiscal crisis universities like MU are facing.  Yes, there are many problems, including the decreasing number of high school students and a slow economy.  But much of the problem is the continual decline in state funding.  Please read the article, share it on your Facebook wall and Twitter.


And I’m sure you all know where Terry Day is standing during this week’s taping of Terry’s Take.



10 2013

From Homecoming to Notes From Alaska

Homecoming begins tonight and runs through the weekend with the Mounties playing Post at 1 p.m., the crowning of this year’s king/queen, and of course a performance by the Spirit and Pride of PA Mountie Marching Band.    Peggy Dettwiler, professor of music & choral activities, took second place in the choral division of The American Prize 2013 conducting competition.

 Students moved into Sycamore, our newest residence hall, last weekend.  It’s the third of four new halls built by the Mansfield Auxiliary Corporation.  Spruce Hall is scheduled for completion in November.

Corning’s Market Street has been named One of America’s 10 Great Streets for 2013 by the American Planning Association.

The Mill Cove Environmental Education Center will sponsor a workshop about Alaska’s unique plant species, wildlife and geography, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Dr. David Flesch, retired MU biology professor will talk and share photos from his recent trip to the Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park and the Alaska coastline. Join him at the Corps of Engineers Visitors Center, Ives Run Recreation area, Rt. 287  Free & open to the public.

Chester Bailey was at the 1890s Museum Tent this year to admire the Circus is Coming to town Display that Bill Berresford created in honor of Chester who turned 101 a few months ago.

The latest Conversations interview is with author Scott Russell Sanders about living with the Earth as a caretaker culture and how Wall Street has imprisoned the middle class.

Author Scott Russell Sanders

And can you pinpoint the location of the latest Terry’s Take?  It might not be as easy as you think at first glance.

How could an underwear ad be so beautiful, terrifying, awe-inspiring and exhausting?  (Hint:  it’s about grace,  not underwear).


10 2013