Groundhogs, Quarterbacks & lots of Video

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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.”










01 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

Art, Music, Athletics & Just Plain Fun

Congratulations to Cross Country Coach Mike Rohl on being named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association  Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year for guiding the Mountaineers to new heights during the 2013 season.  In addition to one of the most outstanding seasons in MU cross country, Mike now has the longest title of anyone at MU.

The annual Holiday Choral Concerts will be held Dec. 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Holiday Music From Around the World.”  Music from 16 countries representing five continents will be performed by more than 200 singers and instrumentalists in the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Festival Chorus, Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir. Peggy Dettwiler is producer and director. tickeets are $10 adultrs, $8 senior $5 students & children.  MU students  with ID are free.


Andre Canniere  ’01 has a new album out called Coalescence.  The young trumpeter is making a name for himself with both his music and his social activism. check out his site.



The MU Art Department is holding its third annual Holiday Sale at the end of the month. All proceeds go to art scholarships and the art club.  I’ll fill in the exact dates and times soon.

Ah, so many answers to this simple question, produced by  MU TV:  Burning Question — Why Do You Love Mansfield? 


On the other end of the MU spectrum, here’s a video of this year’s Homecoming.  See who you recognize.

If you’re in or ever were in college, you’ll understand these GIFs.

Okay, I’m just catching up with this  video which has won a bunch of awards and has attracted more than 64 million hits. Dumb Ways to Die is pretty catchy and creative. 


11 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

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

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