Posts Tagged ‘conversations’

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. 








Golden Conversation, Black Banners and e-Books

The next couple years on campus are going to be full of demolition, construction, modification and improvement across campus.  And Interim President Allan Golden talks about all of it in the most recent episode of Conversations.


The latest edition of The Mansfieldian is online with a cover story about retired FBI Agent Ali Soufan ’94 and his book The Black Banners, co-written  with Daniel Freedman.


The Rock Wall, which has been discussed and anticipated for years has overcome its obstacles and is being erected in the Kelchner Fitness Center.  Here’s a promo video and a still shot overview of its current status.


The North Hall Library now has downloadable e-books.  If you have an ereader, “check it out.”


Lilace Guignard’s poem “Belief,” which appeared in The Kerf Fall 2011, a publication of the College of the Redwoods, Del Norte Center for Writing. The poem has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, which is among the the most coveted literary honors in the small press world.  Lilace is an instructor in the Outdoor Recreational Leadership program.


The International Film Series sponsored by the MU Library and the English & Modern Languages Department will begin Feb. 20.  Here is  a complete list of films, times and location.  After the initial screening, the films will be added to the library for everyone to access.


Congratulations to Tim Huck, who has been named Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Mansfield University Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Tim is a Wellsboro native.


For the latest news updates via video, spent a minute with Terry’s Take.


02 2012

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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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


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.


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.


10 2011

Ali Soufan Update, News & “Conversations”

Ali Soufan ’94 is everywhere. This week he was a guest on  Fresh Air with Terry Gross, 60 Minutes and Frontline, among other shows.  Here’s a live chat with The New Yorker senior editor Amy Davidson.

Ali, former FBI counter terrorism agent, details his experiences investigating major terrorist attacks and getting terrorists to talk without “enhanced interrogation techniques” in his new book,  The Black Banners: the Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda. Ali has been an outspoken opponent of torture since he first went public in a New York Times op-ed piece, “My Tortured Decision” in 2009.    Here’s the  Facebook site which has a running list of Ali’s media appearances along with links.   The Soufan Group website is also updated on a regular basis.


And from our own archives is an  in-depth story I did on Ali in the Fall 1998 Mansfieldian.


Area artist and graphic designer Marc Rubin has an exhibit entitled D2ALITY in Allen Hall through Oct. 7.  In addition to his art, Rubin is an award winning graphic designer  and owner of Marc Rubin Associates in Elmira , NY.


Check out this week’s Terry’s Take, the under-two-minute video MU news blog.  Terry moves to a new location each week so you not only keep up with news, you also get a year-long tour of the campus!


In this episode of Conversations, Peggy Dettwiler, director of Choral Activities, gives us a behind the scenes look at how the choirs came back from international competition victorious again, despite being evicted from their hotel two hours before their first competition.  You’ll come away feeling pride in our MU students who are talented, resilient and, well, just plain nice.

Topping it off, they’re among the best singers in the world.


09 2011

Conversations with Chris, Joyce and Darth

I had coffee in Jazzman’s with Chris McGann, who earned two degrees at MU before being accepted at American University in Washington, DC where he’s also assistant director of the Campaign Management Institute.  Chris , a former reporter for the Wellsboro Gazette, will get his master’s this spring and plans to shoot straight into the PhD program.  Earlier this year his class was featured on C-span.  Fast forward to 22:50 to see our Mountie Man in Washington.


Joyce Tice was a recent guest on Conversations, talking about the mid-19th century diaries of Rosina Smith, who lived a few miles up the road from Mansfield.   Life back then was very different in many ways and not so different in others.  It’s a candid look at local life in the mid 1800s.


Art prof Paul Bozzo is taking full advantage of social media with his blog, Bozzo Art, displaying works of his and others with photo stills and video.  His latest is Faculty Choice Student Art Show.  Take a tour and see what our students are doing and what our faculty like.


I interviewed retired professor emeritus Dr. Verne Lapps a couple years ago about his college days with actor James Earl Jones at the University of Michigan.    Verne gives some fascinating insights into the times and a young, shy pre-med student who went on to become one of the great actors of our time — and the voice of Darth Vader.  Here’s In College with Darth Part 1 and Part 2.


I rummaged through our archives to find this shot of Jones at a press conference during his visit to MU in 1997.  Adoring media members came with their copies of Star Wars to be autographed.


Speaking of Black History Month, the  NBC cafeteria served a special lunch of fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread.  I’m guessing employees partaking of the special had to sit at the back of the cafeteria.


02 2010