Posts Tagged ‘chronicle of higher education’

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.

End of Semester Roundup

Congratulations to Tom Thornton who was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the MU Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Wikileaks has provided a windfall for faculty teaching social media, political science, ethics and a range of other topics.  Some professors are taking advantage of Wikileaks’ recent release of thousands of diplomatic cables as you can see in this Chronicle article.

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The Administration & Finance office  will never look the same when Kathy Rumsey, executive secretary,  leaves at the end of the month after 25 years at MU.  Kathy brought her office to life every Halloween and Christmas with her own private — and massive– collection of colorful characters.

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Tis the season to be jolly and for some folks even jollier.  Susan Sweet retires after 25 years as director of  Continuing Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning.  Connie Beckman, director of Campus Technology, retires after 12 1/2 years.  Both have been vital in expanding and leading their divisions into the 21st century.

Yes, we will miss you both.

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Congratulations to Mike Reid, VP for Finance and Administration who has been named VP for Finance at Angelo State University in Texas.  Mike and his family have been an active part of –and made many contributions to — the campus and the Mansfield Community during their six years here.

Tim Madigan, sociology, is quoted in CareerBuilder in the article “”22 Commonly confused Job titles: What do These Workers Actually Do?”

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The Art Department held its first Christmas Bazaar following the Holiday Concert last weekend.  Art Instructor Paul Bozzo produced this video of the event.  Profits from the event go to the MU Art Clubs and art scholarships.

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MU is highlighted in a photo submission in the Where and When Do you DO 6, a contest sponsored by the  Pennsylvania  Route 6 Tourist Association website.

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Digital Textbooks, Expensive Dropouts & Uneasy Riders

Check out the Chronicle article  “As Textbooks Go Digital, Will Professors Build Their Own Books?“  Both the article and responses cover high cost of textbooks, saving students money, staying relevant, a professor’s responsibilities and the changing nature of technology and teaching.

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Students who drop out of college during their freshman year are costing state and federal governments billions of dollars.  In fact, between 2003 and 2008, freshmen dropouts cost $9 billion, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education article.  The American Institutes for Research conducted the study and created a website that lets users compare performances of more than 1,500 higher ed institutions.  And yes, Mansfield is one of the colleges you can check on the site.

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I thought these helmet-clad students riding down the steps by North Hall were a band of suicidal daredevils.   Turns out they were part of  English prof Jimmy Guignard’s noncredit Mountain Biking class testing their skills.  In a couple weeks they head for the mountains for the real ride.

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MU is now a recognized leader in the security world.  One Card Administrator Alex Miller was recently interviewed by Security Magazine which posted a brief article on our one-card system.  A more detailed piece is in the works. Alex and Chuck Colby, associate VP of Residence Life, were interviewed by Blackboard Transact for the video “Mansfield University Implements Integrated Campus Safety.”  Alex and Comptroller Curt Tofts gave a presentation last March at the BbWorldtransact conference on  Door Access Implementation.

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In a NY Times op-ed piece, former FBI agent Ali Soufan argues that the USS Cole case should be wrapped up and involved terrorists should be prosecuted in the name of justice and national security.  Soufan ’94 was one of the investigators in the bombing that killed 17 sailors 10 years ago.  He argues that if FBI investigators had not been so constrained “. . . we could have undermined Al Qaeda and perhaps even averted the 9/11 attack.”

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“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

Mark Twain

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