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The 2014 Spring Class & Other Classy Stuff

The big day approaches. The 149th Spring Commencement is Saturday. Don’t forget you can watch it live online.

Earlier this week during the Graduation Celebration Brunch, the 2014 Outstanding Senior Nominees were honored. We’ll find out who recieves the Outstanding Senior Award at Commencement.

And congratulations to the 17 MU faculty and staff members who were recognized as Outstanding Senior Mentors.  

Home is where the dog is. Students had a chance to feel that comfort and take a break during finals to chillax with shelter dogs from Animal Care Sanctuary. 158 students and employees came to “Chillin with the Canines.” Donna, Chris, and Frank from Student Life and Community Outreach knew it would be fun for students and the pooches alike. If you missed it, don’t worry because Student Life will sponsor this event 2-3 times a year.

Best of luck to the Mounties Softball Team. The women head out to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region II Tournament this weekend. Catch the pregame show and pitch-by-pitch action with RLM Sports online or on the radio with WELM 1410 AM. We’ll update you, inning-by-inning, on twitter @MUmounties. Listen to the audio broadcast via the internet live.

Who hails from Southern Virginia, has been at MU for 29 years and loves a good treasure hunt? North Hall Librarian Fran Garrison. Learn all about Fran in “Twenty-Nine Years Later,” the latest blog from Public Relations major Meredith Shewell.

He wore a festoon of molecules, a sideways beret, and rapped to his peeps on the last day of class. Chemistry student Thadius Sales caught Dr. D (Professor Scott Davis) on video, word!  


Good things come to those who bait. The MU Bass Fishing Team start the season with a huge win, placing 2nd out of 48 teams at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. The team brings home $1,000 for their club.

Colton Otto & Bryan Rupp

Clap Along If You Know What Happiness Is To You

We have the coolest students ever and Daniel Teodoro is one of them. Each year he returns to small island of Tasajera in El Salvador to help residents learn how to live self-sufficiently after their livelihood of fishing was destroyed. He also has gathered the talents of other students from around the World to volunteer for his project called Emana, which means human energy. See Daniel’s interview on “Conversations.”

The Big Event had big results. More than 300 MU students put in a total of 758 hours of community service picking garbage, raking, scraping, painting and a variety of chores. It all happen last weekend throughout Mansfield and Wellsboro. The event was covered by WETM News.

 The song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has taken the World by storm, as everyone seems to be doing their own Happy video. We invite you to show up on Thursday April 17th, 11am to 1pm. The more the merrier at the South Hall Mall. Learn the lyrics if you want, but it’s not necessary, just bring your happy.

Moshe Kasher will come to Straughn Hall to open for Aziz Ansari. The show is April 27 at 8pm. MU students pay $5 for the show. $15 for MU employees and alumni and $25 for the general public. Get them at the Campus Bookstore or online.

North Hall Library celebrates National Library Week through April 18. Activities planned include a Murder Mystery Tour, The Truth Behind Sarah the Ghost: Paranormal Findings, Bingo Night, and a Game Night.

Congratulations to the Mansfield Women’s Cross Country Team, they just recieved thier 2013 PSAC Championship rings.


A couple of notes from the Political Science Department.

Students Alex Young, Kalen Honeyfield, and Colton Long each gave presentations at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association in Harrisburg.

And 24 year old Nick Troiano is making headlines. He has even appeared On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He is  running for Congress and will be in 307 Alumni Hall, speaking to students, April 16th, this is hosted by the Political Science Club. 


Tammy Felondis has been named Employee of the Year. She’s been at MU for 24 years working in Human Resources and most recently, Finance and Administration. 

Is there a summer internship in your future? Here are 8 Tips for starting your internship off right. Helpful articles like this one can always be found on the MU Career Center Pinterest Board.

Art and history majors alike will love Kseniya Simonova. Check out her spectacular sand art performance. 


People, Events & a Geet

Vince Alexander is one of the most successful college basketball coaches anywhere with a 33-4 record this season and a trip to the Final Four. We are very proud of him. Vince is a Mountie at heart. He rebuilt MU’s basketball team in the late 90′s through 2005 and he has always been a man whose focus is community outreach and mentoring the young around him. 

Three members of the MU School Library and Information Technoligies Program are honored by various state and national organizations. Kudos to Deb Kachel, Sara Johns and Cynthia Keller.

The latest “Conversations” is a discussion between MU’s Dennis Miller and Chris Johannessen. Chris nearly flunked out of Mansfield his first year, but went on to graduate (1990) and became a digital analytics pioneer who consults with international companies and holds two patents.   

The next few weeks are exciting around here. The Big Event and Spring Fling are both lined up for this weekend, April 12. New Politics will rock Decker Gym on April 24. Color Me Spring is set for April 26. Aziz Ansari comes to Straughn Hall on April 27. The Multi Cultural Masquerade Ball is May 2. And mark your calenders for Spring Commencement, May 10.

The Social Work students are collecting for the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Elmira until April 25. Collection boxes are in Pinecrest, Manser, Alumni and South Hall.

Check out the Facebook page of a new club on campus. Domination is the first modeling and fashion organization at MU. See the 2014 Domination Fashion Show  on Saturday, April 19 starting at 7pm at Alumni Hall.

Watch this video as one student pulled the ultimate April Fool’s Day prank on her economics professor.

Strange things happen all the time. In Ireland, a goat for into a sheep’s pen. Farmer Patrick Murphy assumed they couldn’t mate. Meet the baby Geep.

It’s a journey to meet and hear from the World’s oldest people. Watch the trailer for “Walter: The Movie”, available digitally right now, and in select theatres soon. 








Back to the Grind

Spring break ends and we are back to the grind. Spring Break weather in Mansfield was far below expectations. The upcoming forecast is below expectations as well. Keep in mind, a wise man once said “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

This week’s forecast has put a snag in the MU Softball schedule for the week, and Tuesday’s (March 25) baseball game has also been postponed.  

The goal is to have at least 200 MU students helping out at “The Big Event,” a day long service project on April 12th. Students will hang out together, giving their time to the community. There are projects to help with at the YMCA, the town parks, Animal Care Sanctuary, and Haven, among others. Please get involved, get ahold of Frank Crofchick at

“I define character as ‘what we do and how hard we work when no one is watching.” That is just a portion of what the nomination for senior Jena Matter’s read. The nursing major was recently given a Leadership Award for her outstanding character.

Jena Matter pictured with Coach Tagliaferri

If you weren’t annoyed enough by selfie culture already, now selfies are literally destroying classic artworks. A student visiting Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts of Brera tried to climb atop the sculpture “Drunken Satyr” to snap the perfect selfie, and ended up snapping off the poor satyr’s leg.   

Music notes. You have probably heard the hit song “Wake Me Up,” sung by Aloe Blacc. Check out this version. Mind-blowing Mikey Bustos, is all acapella and all mouth in this video.   

And you must see a One-Woman Band Cover an Uncoverable Nirvana Song



Roadtrips and Pitstops


The new FLW College fishing season starts in May.

The MU Bass Club team of Matt Novitski and Colton Otto finished 34th in the FLW College Fishing National Championship at Lake Keowee, SC. Stay up to date with the Bass Club on Facebook.

A few helpful Spring Break notes. If you’re headed out of town, you might want the official list of SpringBreak 2014 Road Tunes.

You may find this app useful. Download and no matter where you are you’ll find the closest pit stop.

Did you know that if you shop or eat at any of these 36 locations, you recieve a discount with your student ID?

If you’re staying near campus and want to work out, here are the hours at Kelchner Fitness. And if you want to hang at North Hall Library, that will also be open.

The Women’s Softball Team will travel to Virginia and North Carolina for 11 Games over Spring Break. Check in here to get all games and their live stats.

Burmese pythons, American alligators, and tarantulas, oh my. A long list of native and exotic reptiles will be at the Ives Run Recreation area in Tioga (yes, handled by an expert) on March 26th at 6:30pm. It’s free and open to the public.

Mansfield’s Spring Fling 5k Run/2k Walk is coming up on Saturday April 12th.

The MU Swim program offers swimming lesson and clinics to ages 0 through 18. The first session starts on March 25, the 2nd session is set for April 15.  

Old Business and New Business

Dr. Michele Moore advises the MUCEC

MU’s Council for Exceptional Children is a student organization that fundraises and advocates for individuals with special needs. The group traveled to Elkland and donated $600 worth of items to the Clark Wood Elementary School.

The Mansfield University Production of Les Miserables is this week in Straughn Hall. See it March 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30pm or Sunday, March 9 at 2:30pm.


North Hall has digitized all issues of The Flashlight from 1926 to 2010. But some issues are missing. If you have a missing issue please share it. Meanwhile, always follow current issues of the student newspaper at The Flashlight on Twitter or Facebook.

To raise money for the Concert Choir European Tour this summer, a ‘Dinner Concert’ is set for March 30th. Between courses at the Hamilton Club, the Chamber Singers will perform madrigals, folk songs, and other light music on the theme, “Spring into Summer with Love.”

TRiO makes MU proud, and here’s why.

Some town business to talk about. Annette’s Mansfield Agway will open by the end of March, across from AutoZone.

Former MU staff member Cyndi Compton has opened Sew & So on Wellsboro Street next to the Night and Day Cafe.

And congratulations to the Wellsboro Diner for making it into the 10 best classic diners in America.



More Snow, Tasty Jerky and Egg McMuffins

The Mansfield University Production of Les Miserables is set for March 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30PM and March 9 at 2:30PM. This will be the last performance in Straughn Hall before renovations begin in June.

Local high school district basketball continues. Earlier this week Neumann defeated Mansfield 74-62 in the District 4 A semifinals. Neumann will play Sullivan County for the district crown. Mansfield plays Galeton in the third place game.

Rt 6, West of Town

Popular local restaurant The Wrens Nest is closing on March 1st. Stop by and enjoy some fabulous food inside a spectacular historic home. Here’s a history lesson on the place built in 1854 by Dr. Joseph  Morris. The good doctor was also the man who donated the land where the University now stands.

Dr. Joseph and Sarah Morris in the parlor 1875

Look what MU Alum Alan Probst is into now. His own jerky and beef sticks. You’ll soon see a full line of Wild Pennsylvania at a store near you. We in the PR Department were lucky enough to get a sample and have to say, it will make MU proud.

Don’t put away your shovel just yet. Winter will give us another one, two punch this weekend.

We’ve all said it. “Hurry up! McDonald’s stops serving breakfast in 15 minutes.” Sometimes 10:30 comes pretty early especially on weekends. The good news is McDonald’s is in the early stages of looking at whether it can make breakfast available later in the day.


I’ll wrap it up this week with an uplifting quote. You can get more words to live by on MU’s Pinterest page.  


124 States and a Slew of Snowballs

What Would The U.S. Be Like If We Had 124 States? That’s the question posed by Forbes Magazine. The map used in the article was created by MU Geography professor Andrew Shears.
After 10 years, the Wren’s Nest will close it’s doors on March 1st. Best of luck to Jamie and Christina Fry as they begin a new chapter.

MU Fun:1972


Poet John Ruskin wrote, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” Over the years students have enjoyed the piles of ‘good weather’  that we’ve received.

MU Fun:2014




Getting Worldwide attention is the newest Yahoo article on the 3-time Emmy award winning show ‘House of Cards’, which includes comments from Political Science professor Jeff Bosworth.


The Boy Scouts of America needed some help and MU Graphic Design students were up to the task. Soon the organization will show the World the rebranding of 2 of their Five Rivers Council, Camp Brule and Camp Gorton.

Saturday, Februray 22 is the last time, this season, to catch the Mountaineers on the basketball court at Decker Gym. Women tip off at 1, and the men at 3.

Groundhogs, Quarterbacks & lots of Video

Punxsutawney Phil, 7:20am
Superbowl, 6:30pm

Sunday is the big day for thousands of rodent and football fans. This year, Groundhog Day coincides with Super Bowl Sunday. New Jersey’s Meadowlands will host the  game, marking the first time a Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a cold weather state. Stormy weather is in the forecast and according to groundhog day legend, a Super Bowl storm should mean an early spring. Here’s hoping.

MU student Da’Quan Jones hit a half-court shot during halftime of the men’s basketball game last Saturday to win a record $400 in the PSECU Half Court Shootout. The next Half Court Shootout will be during the women’s and men’s half times against Cheyney on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Check out these recent videos. The WBRE’s PA Live Show stopped by and got a lesson on the history of North Hall. In a seperate taping, Cole Black, PR Director of Student Government Association talks about the SGA’s important role on campus.

The third episode of The Singing Historian  Roy Justice series is also live.  In this episode, Justice performs several of his  favorite American songs and tells the fascinating stories behind them.

MU President Hendricks is the subject of an article published in the Huffington Post. Matthew Lynch wrote “Diverse Conversations: You Can Go Back Home.”

The Sculpture Exhibit runs February 3rd-21st

Artist Ben Van Dyke’s work will be featured in the Loomis Gallery in Allen Hall. The opening is Monday Feb 3, from 4-6pm.




Motley’s lecture is free and open to the public

Byron Motley will speak at North Manser on Feb 5th as part of Black History Month and in celebration of diversity. Motely, a lecturer, filmmaker author and entertainer will talk about “Negro Baseball Leagues-An American Legacy.”










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Welcome Back Mansfield

It’s said that everywhere in the World, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music. It was last Saturday, the house was packed and the Mansfield University Concert Choir’s sound was enhanced by those four beautiful walls. Peggy Dettwiler said “The performance ranks among the greatest thrills in my life as I watched the faces of those students experience a dream come true.” Watch the finale here.

Trio La Milpa will bring two oboes and an English horn to Steadman Theatre on February 1st.  The double reed trio originally played with the Richmond Symphony in Virginia.

Scott DiMarco’s written account of banning the novel One Woman’s Vengeance made the list of the top 10 most read stories on Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) blog. The CBLDF is a Washington DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and censorship issues nationwide. The Huffington Post used the article as its top story in the “Books” section.  Bloggers around the world also picked it up and reposted it.

Senior music major Tom Grisanti bicycled across the U.S. to raise money for cancer research.  The trip had its moments of danger, inspiration and discovery.  Tom talks about his journey in this Conversations interview.

David Stinebeck has been named Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He takes over for Peter Keller who after 39 years of service, retired.

Shawn and Judith in Finland

Retirement has not slowed down English professor Judith Sornberger.  She recently posted photos on her Facebook timeline of her trip to Finland with colleague Shawn Holderby.  Last week she hosted a reception in Mansfield on American Girl dolls, reflecting the history of the Jane Austen era.

A couple of notes looking back at December. The Santa’s Gift Bag Program, with the help of the Mansfield community, gave gifts to 125 local children.

And it’s hard to calculate numbers when it hits so many places, but the North Hall “book Christmas tree” story was seen by more than a million people through various social media, and traditional media such as the Chronicle of Higher Education.Looking ahead, MU basketball picks up this Wednesday, Jan 29 as the East Stroudsburg Warriors come to town. Game time for the women is at 5:30, the men tip off at 7:30PM. MU students recieve a free t-shirt, just make sure to have your ID. 

If the cold weather is getting on your neves, have no fear. The first sign of Spring is here. The MU 2014 Baseball and Softball schedules. Go Mounties!




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