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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. 








Awards, Hashtags & Taxes

Congratulations to the ‘Employee of the Year’ nominees, Dr. Peggy Dettwiler, Ms. Tammy Felondis, Ms. Jessica Trump, Dr. Gretchen Sechrist, and Dr. Janeen Sheehe.

April is #LoveMU month on MU Social Media. We ask you all, students, alumni, employees and friends to share why you #LoveMU. You can also tag your Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram photos with #LoveMU, and we will share throughout the month.



The Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year has been announced by the Pennsylvana State Athletic Conference, and MU’s Mike Robinson gets it.

Robinson is a senior from Reynoldsville, PA

Duffy:MU Class of 1974


Commencement is set for May 10th and Dr. Frank Duffy, will speak. Duffy is an author and a Professor of Change Leadership in Education at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. He also held an honorary faculty position in the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  


Take Your Child to Work Day is coming up on April 24th. MU Human Resources has a fun day planned. There is a 5$ fee for each child. Register by April 4th.

“April Showers Bring May Flowers.” And if you get caught without an umbrella, they are back at the library. Check them out at the circulation desk.




Need some help with taxes? Here is information on “Tuition and Fees Deduction,” “The Lifetime Learning Tax Credit,”and “Choosing the Right Tax Form: Tips for College Students and their Parents to Increase Financial Aid Later.”



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



Blogs, Bagels & Valentines

Robin sang with the Mansfield Men’s Chorus for almost 20 years

Robin Pinkney always had a smile on his face. Rob passed away on February 6, 2014. Retiring from MU in 2012, Rob spent 23 years in Campus Technologies and Institutional Research. Our condolences to his wife Janice and their 3 children.

Blog news: Meredith Shewell, PR Department intern, entertains and informs with her new blog. ‘The Scoop’ this week is on Professor Bia Bernum.

Another blog to keep an eye on is by senior Briana Bayer. She blogs 3 times a week and in her latest entry, she serves up the goods on the newest spot to eat on campus. Check out The Mountie Guide. 

Paul Bozzo is a busy man. The retired, elementary art teacher and MU instructor still creates and shows his own art. Now, he has taken on a new art form, photography. Look at this lovely shot of the President’s House.

The Presidents House was built in 1919

Here are 21 songs to help you wake up from those morning snooze marathons.

Mark your calender for Athletics Alumni Day, Saturday, February 22. It will also be Senior Night for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

You’ll have 2 chances to see visual artist Brent Green. His art exhibit is at Allen Hall’s, Loomis Gallery on March 13th 4-6pm. He will also perform with a group of musicians, playing to a silent movie at Steadman Theatre.

Paolo and Francesca

Happy Valentines Day. Here are some things I bet you didnt know about this day of romance. And, if you’re single, take heart. These most famous love stories in history and literature, are immortal and will renew your faith in cupid.



02 2014

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!




01 2014

Santa, Book This Tree!

This year’s Christmas Tree in North Hall is truly one for the books. In fact, it might be the most entitled tree in the world.

The Mansfieldians are featured in the Huffington Post for their a-cappella version of  Bach’s instrumental, “Little Organ Fugue in G Minor.”  It’s an impressive performance.

Kathy Wright is now our internationally recognized health sciences expert. Her article on “3 reasons to eat a home cooked meal” is published on

Roy Justice ’76 is just plain cool.  He tells great stories of American songs, then performs them flawlessly.  Check out this  Conversations Holiday  Special where he fills us in on the history and significance of several Christmas songs.  I mean, who knew a murderous, giant book-eating boar  inspired “The Boar’s Head Song”?

“Days gone By,” a black and white photo by Nathan Miller ‘02 was awarded the grand prize in the 2013 Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine Photography Contest. The 2013 competition received entries from photographers throughout New York State and New Jersey. Miller, a communication major, is a videographer at WHAM-TV in Rochester, NY and a freelance photographer specializing in nature scenes.

Stop by downtown Mansfield businesses during the Home for the Holidays event on Saturday December 14th. I was going to stop by and see Santa, but if he has a list of my 2013 activities, I’d be lucky to get a small chunk of concrete.

Many thanks to Mansfield’s Tractor Supply for donating two snow shovels and two Snow Dozers to help MU’s “Operation Snowflake.”  When we get our first significant snow fall, President Hendricks and a cadre of students plan to help shovel snow for those in need around town.

You’ll find ‘Hats for History’ at the History Center on Main St. The display includes more than 100 hats and mittens that Joyce Tice knitted.  All proceeds go to help support the History Center.  Great Christmas gifts!  The History Center is on Main St. beside the library.  You can also find her on Facebook.

Over the years, more and more bald eagles are being seen  in Tioga County.  This is the first one that’s been spotted at MU campus.  It was doing some inspection flights over the Russell practice field. With  Brigadier General Fran Hendricks as president and a bald eagle circling the campus, we’re as American as a university gets.  All we need is an apple pie, and I think Connie Hendricks is baking that right now.

Last Terry’s Take blog of the semester.  Check out the North Hall Christmas tree that’s making news around the U.S.



12 2013

Survival and Success

Brad Lint said, “By all accounts, Mansfield was a powerful presence in Harrisburg.”

It’s not the best of times or the worst of times at MU right now, but it is a time of intellectual highlights and challenges to the emotion as we go through budget adjustments and faculty/staff reductions.

Legislators were amazed by the MU Choir


It’s gut-wrenching. People’s lives are profoundly affected. Through it all, nearly everyone has acted in an orderly, respectful way, including our students who organized a bus trip to Harrisburg to talk with legislators and the MU choir under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler, who sang on the capitol rotunda steps to show the importance of music and the arts. Retrenchment and furloughs are happening at eight other PASSHE institutions but our students had the biggest showing in Harrisburg. The fact that they are lobbying speaks highly of both the students and the faculty members who obviously have taught them well the ways of advocating for change in a positive, respectful way.

On campus, many of our students are, well, models. The Chemistry Club members used their Fall Break Day to do a Forensics workshop for a 6th grade class in Corning.

The Mountaineers placed three runners in the top 10 to claim the PSAC Women’s Cross Country Championship at Kutztown University last weekend.  And for the first time in school history, the team moved to the top of the NCAA Div. II Atlantic Region rankings.

Our Concert Wind Ensemble just made the Grammy Eligible List for two recordings in seven categories.  Even if they go no further, this is a huge achievement for both director Adam Brennan and the Ensemble.  The Ensemble will also hold its Reunion this weekend with a concert Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Steadman.  It’s free and open to the public.



Our students hosted “A day in Camelot” for area children, taking them back to the days of knights and princesses.


The President vs The Zombies




On campus, students walk warily, Nerf guns ready.  We’re in the midst of the annual Zombies Vs. Humans battle. And if you had been in the right place at the right time you would have seen a group of students chasing MU President Fran Hendricks who successfully escaped being shot and turned into a zombie.

Senior Meredith Shewell and I were talking about the uniqueness of MU recently. “Zombies Vs. Humans is played on campuses across the country,” she said. “But on what other campus do the president, the dean of student affairs, residence life staffers, and faculty also take time to participate?”

A few years ago I headed the town-gown Sesquicentennial Committee to celebrate the university’s and borough’s shared 1857 birth date. While researching our 150 year history I was humbled by the realization that MU has always had students, faculty and staff who care deeply for this place. They’ve been here through good and bad times. They’ve worked for its survival and to ensure that students were prepared to have careers and contribute to society.

This semester is not an easy one.  It’s a time when both mind and heart are involved in a challenge much bigger than all of us, but one that will take all of us to meet it.

I have great respect for all the students, faculty and staff who have remained, under the hardest circumstances, civil, compassionate and respectful.

In the end, MU will survive — a little scarred, maybe — but stronger, I’m sure.



11 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

MU In the News this Week

Due to the perfect storm of a slow economy, fewer high school graduates and reduced state appropriations, MU is once again making plans for reductions.

Jeff Bosworth’s Convocation address, “Hunting for Hope in Modern America,” was published in the October 2013 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day, along with the addresses of other noted speakers such as Barack Obama.  You can also watch Jeff’s address.

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program had a good showing at the StepOutdoors Tryathlon at Hills Creek State Park Saturday, Sept. 21,. For the first time, MU  had a student team: Kate Smith ran 3miles, Bobby Bridges paddled 1.7 miles, and Glenn Wolfe peddled 8 miles.  Jimmy (bike) and Lilace Guignard (kayak), both ORL instructors, along with Chris Cummings (runner) took first place in the Co-Ed team 18 years and older. Many ORL students volunteered  to make sure the event went smoothly.  

The Library held a series of events for Banned Book Week, one of which was a Mock Protest which drew hundreds of students and faculty.  Many students expressed shock to look at the list of banned books and realize that many of them had been banned at one time.   The best quote of the day was from President Fran Hendricks who said, “I spent 33 years in the uniform of the United States Air Force defending the freedoms this nation was built on, namely the Constitution, so I’m opposed to censorship.” 





Scott Dimarco and I are interviewed on the podcast Brain Burps About Books about last year’s banning of  One Woman’s Vengeance, by the MU Library, along with  the reaction and the lessons.

A Party in Pink Zumbathon will be held at Kelchner Fitness Center on October 12th .  It begins at 8a.m. with a pre Zumbathon party with vendors and a t-shirt cutting demo.  The dancing will 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  All money raised goes to the Susan G. Koman foundation for breast cancer.  Entry is a suggested donation of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and kids. 

Over Easy

Over Easy is performing at the Deane Center on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic trio does familiar songs done in a unique way — everything from show tunes and classical to the Beatles and classic rock.  It’s sponsored in part by the Wren’s Nest Restaurant. Tickes are $15. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information call (570) 439-3588 or email .

And Terry Day heads off campus for this week’s “Terry’s Take.


09 2013

Lights, Books, Music & Deserts — Life at MU

The 1892 Mansfield Team

We played the World’s first night football game in Smythe Park on Sept. 28, 1892.  On Sept. 14, 2013, we will play our first night home game since that historic first game 121 years ago.  That’s right, after more than a century of letting others work out the bugs of electricity, we’ve made the jump and bought some lights.  It’s going to be a huge event, beginning in the early afternoon and running into the night.  Alumnus Chester Bailey, 101 years-old, will flip the switch.  Our team will play Princeton.  Our marching band will put on a spectacular show and night game mastermind Steve McCloskey will provide fireworks.  There’s more, much more.  Don’t miss it.

Here’s the schedule.  And here’s a 360 degree panorama view of the New Van Norman Stadium. This is history in the making.


David Stinebeck,interim associate provost has an article “Chickamauga and George Thomas” published in the July issue of The Blue & Gray Messenger the newsletter of The National Civil War Museum.  He was also a featured speaker  at The National Civil War Museum in August.  Stinebeck and his wife, Scannell Gill, are authors of  A Civil General, a novel about George Henry Thomas, the most successful general in the Civil War.  Stinebeck, whose great-grandfather fought under Thomas, talks about the book and Thomas’ career in this episode of Conversations.


Scott DiMarco, director of libraries, is quoted in “Noah Webster’s Dictionary Helped Define America” in Investor’


See them eat scorpions! Clean dishes with dried yucca!  Bicycle through summer infernos!  MU students  Anthony Mancuso, Scot Greevy, and Rolf Dengler teamed up to bike through the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran Deserts this summer.  And this is the video they made of their journey.  Congratulations on the trip and making it back safe, guys.


    Nick Ippoliti ’97 and ’01, has released his new album, “Pillow: American Made,” his best album so far.  Here’s my recent review of it.  Check it out and find him on Facebook.


Professor Emeritus Jay Gertzman’s latest book, Samuel Roth: Infamous  Modernist, is the definitive biography of the publisher, pornographer, pirate who brought Ulysses and Lady Chatterley’s Lover to America.  It’s a very readable, scholarly work on a brilliant, troubled man who spent years in prison and ultimately changed censorship laws in the U.S.  Here’s a Huffington Post interview with Gertzman about the book.


  For those who haven’t heard, English professor Kristin Sanner passed away in August. She was much beloved by the many students she taught and helped outside of class.  She will be missed.



Everyone should watch this news report on how the photo you take with your mobile device can enable strangers to track you to your exact location and learn a lot of other things about you.  And learn how to stop it.


  If you’re a college student, this report on the top rated Ramen brands will open the doors to variety in cheap, quick eating.  If you’re like me who occasionally partakes of the guilty pleasure, it’s pretty interesting.


09 2013