Posts Tagged ‘chronicle of higher ed’

Faculty Publish: Keyboards & Zombies

Guido Pichini, chair of the State System Board of Governors, will be on campus October 26 and hold an open session with faculty and staff 10:15-11 a.m. in the Community Room, North Hall, 6th floor.

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Congratulations to Shellie Gregorich, music department chair, and Ben Moritz, on the publication of their book  Keyboard Skills for Music Educators: Score Reading, published by Routledge.   Ben  was a music professor and  Honors Program director at MU before being named director of the Honors Program at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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‘Tis the season of the zombies.  The Walking Dead season 2 premiere episode attracted 7 million viewers, breaking cable industry records.

While most folks are obsessed with destroying zombies, English prof Lynn Pifer is keeping them alive and well (comparatively speaking).  Lynn’s essay,  “Slacker Bites Back: Shaun of the Dead Finds New Life for Deadbeats”   is included in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of Zombie as Post Human.

Lynn also talks about  zombies in the latest episode of “Conversations” and the surprising reaction students had when she  announced  she would be using “Shawn of the Dead” in her Freshman Comp course.

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Colleen Devine from our post office sent me this original poem & photos that remind us to slow down and appreciate our area’s autumn beauty.  Thanks, Colleen.

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Apple sold 4 million iPhones in in three days last weekend.  According to Wired,  this has huge implications in a very competitive industry.

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This video is making the internet rounds.    It’s cute.  It’s also disturbing.  This person is sending a clear signal that a 560-year-old method of communication is dead.  But she does it in a wordless, charming way that only a one-year-old can do.

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It’s called AcademicPub.  It’s a build-your-own textbook service that  enables professors to create their own textbooks for under $20.  Here’s the Chronicle’s take.


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Two 9/11 Ceremonies; Soufan on Frontline

Lt. Rick Sethman, Pa State Police will be the featured speaker at the Sunday, 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance at 2 p.m. in the Veteran’s Park in Mansfield.

Sethman was a first responder to the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County on September 11, 2001 and was assigned  to establish security for the “Inner Perimeter” of the crash site.

The Pride & Spirit of PA March Band will provide the  music at 1:45 p.m., followed by a welcome from Bruce Dart, Vice Commander Post 478, and posting of Colors by the Tioga Co. Honor Guard.  The band will play two other numbers, Campus Ministers Detlef Huckfeldt will give the invocation and Courtney Hull will give the Fireman’s Prayer.   Calvin Cobb, chaplain, Tioga Co. Honor Guard will give the benediction.

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A candlelight vigil will be held  on the lawn in front of Memorial at 9 p.m. Sunday.  President Loeschke, SGA President Thomas Thornton, Kris Dumschat, chair, Committee on Finance & Campus Minister Courtney Hull, will speak at the event which is open to the public.  If it rains, the ceremony will be held in Alumni Hall.

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Ali Soufan ’94, is the subject of a story entitled “The Interrogator” on PBS’ Frontline, Tuesday, Sept. 13. Here’s the trailer. Ali’s book, The Black Banner, goes on sale Sept. 12 with a first printing of 150,000 copies.   For info on the memoir and Soufan, see last week’s blog.

Update:  Just found out that Ali will also be on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

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Kristin Sanner, English, has an op-ed piece, “The Literature  Cure,” published in last week’s Chronicle of Higher Education. In it she makes a case, from personal experience, about the importance of literature and communication in dealing with breast cancer.

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North Hall custodian Joe Chapel said farewell to friends and colleagues Thursday.  Two friends gave him a pretty special farewell gift. Joe and his wife Peg, retired purchasing agent, have Alaska in their travel plans.

Provost Featured in Chronicle

Peter Keller, provost, is featured — along with his photo — in the latest edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article deals with the advantages/disadvantages of colleges sitting smack on top of  Marcellus Shale and the irony of Mansfield University’s unique situation. . . .  Read it quickly though.  For non-members the online version disappears after this week.

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Greek Organizations and MU got a boost with this short article in Student Affairs Today crediting President Loeschke for the increased activity in Greek life on campus.

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Challenges, improvements and reasons to celebrate was the theme of MU President Maravene Loeschke’s address to the Class of 1960 during this year’s Alumni Weekend.  Here’s the podcast.

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Two members of the Department of Environmental Protection gave a presentation last week on the campus’s water quality.  Here’s the video.

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A crew is working on west roof of North Hall, replacing nine rows of slate tiles and installing ice guards.  Here’s what the construction looks like from the ground.  And here’s what it looks like from my office window.

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Sherri Beam walked off the stage in 1971 holding her degree in Spanish, little dreaming that she would one day be working as a marketing and outreach specialist for NASA. She’s also earned some of the industry’s highest awards. Oh, and she teaches conversational Spanish in her spare time.

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The 12th annual Joel Stevens Tournament will kick off this Friday.  All money raised benefits the Joel Stevens Foundation.