Posts Tagged ‘max brooks’

New President, New Buildings and New Champions.

 President Fran Hendricks greeted more than 200 people from the campus and community during a special reception Wednesday in the North Hall Reading Room. The reception was preceded by a 8 a.m. Mansfield Downtown Development Corporation meeting and was followed by afternoon meetings with the MU Council of Trustees.

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Welcome alumni to this year’s Alumni Weekend.  In case you lost it, here’s a schedule of events, including the ever-popular Lobsterfest.

Congratulations to Brenae Edwards who won the 10,000m run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships to become the first National Champion in Mansfield University history. Jess Scordino finished sixth overall in the 10,000m as the duo earned All-American honors.

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MU men’s basketball will host a variety of summer camps and clinics, a high school shootout and the first annual Mountaineer College Skills Academy throughout the June and July.

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NBC 10 Philadelphia announced that Na’eem Douglas ’05 will join the news team as a reporter June 17.  Na’eem was a communication major.

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Construction of  the new astro turf and lights has begun on Van Norman field and will be ready for MU to host its first night football game in 121 years. 

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 Speaking of construction, Spruce is going up quickly.

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 Oh, and as long as we’re speaking of construction, Grant continues to progress with major renovations.  More details on everything as they arrive.  

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I know a lot of colleagues who would benefit from this, too.  Can doggie day care be far behind?  

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The Conversations interviews with Max Brooks have topped 3,000 views.  The five minute clip in which he talks about his novel World War Z and the Brad Pitt movie of the same title, has garnered close to 19,000 views around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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06 2013

An Ending for Some, A Beginning for Everyone

Freddie Coleman ’87 is the speaker at Spring Commencement Saturday.  Freddie joined ESPN Radio in 2003 and hosts shows that are carried by more than 350 affiliates nationwide.  He’s the host of SportsCenter Tonight on weeknights and The Freddie Coleman Show on weekends.

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Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend June 7 & 8.  This year’s highlight is the chance to meet our new president Francis Hendricks ’79.

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Best of luck to junior Tom Grisanti who will spend the summer taking a 70-day, 4,000 mile bike ride as part of the 4K For Cancer program.  The trip, to raise money for cancer research, extends from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR.  

“I can’t think of a better way to push myself.”

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Fuzzy, then and now

Fuzzy Horton began working in the cafeteria at Mansfield State Teacher in 1948,  three years after the end of World War 2.  She celebrated her 65th year here last week with a special Margaret “Fuzzy” Horton Day coordinated by Director of Dining Services Drew Robinson.  The 86-year-old icon has no plans to retire.

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You can dance off calories and help the March of Dimes Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m.-noon during the Zumba charity Event in the Kelchner Fitness Center.  $10 donation.  All proceeds go to the March of Dimes Heroes for Babies.

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Max is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft

Max Brooks, author of World War Z visited MU in November to talk about how to survive a zombie attack .  His bestselling book, World War Z, will be released next month as a major movie starring Brad Pitt.  Here’s what Max had to say about the movie’s relationship to the novel.

 

 

The Student Composer Society brought the student mall to life with a gig Thursday morning under warm, sunny skies.

And our videographer, Terry Day, recorded one of the numbers.

 

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05 2013

Music, Facebook & Pinterest – Join the Fun

Holiday Music Down Through the Ages is the theme of this year’s Holiday Choral Concert Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre.  Details?  Right here. And here for the video promo

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Have something you want to buy, sell or trade?  Check out  the new Facebook page MansfieldUniversityEndofSemesterUsedStuff .  The goal, Lilace Guignard says, is to reduce the waste from dorms of things that are perfectly good.  It’s also a way for students to save money on things.  They’ve set up a Facebook page you can post things you’d like to trade or sell and things you’d like to buy.

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Max Brooks gave a talk in Straughn Wednesday night on how to survive the zombie apocalypse.  During the day he visited James Lowry’sTelevision Production class to talk about writing and script writing.  Brooks is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z.

I also interviewed him for two half hour Conversations shows which will be posted on YouTube next week.

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This has been the year for big equipment on campus, from demolishing old residence halls to building new ones to major renovations on Grant Science Center.  Students are so used to construction that a huge crane manipulating a several hundred pound piece to the roof of Grant is just part of the campus scenery.

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We’ve been adding some cool things to our  MU Pinterest boards that will be interesting to parents, future students and alumni.  Poke around.  Follow us.  And give us suggestions about what other boards you’d like to see.   Contact Christie Martin at cjmartin@mansfield.edu or me.

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Here’s this week’s Terry’s Take

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When the North Hall Library staff gathers decorate the tree on the first floor, you know the holiday season is official.

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What sorts of things are censored things at colleges around the country?  More than you think.

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Social Media Minute.  YouTube users upload 48 hours of new video every minute.

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11 2012

MU Week Filled with Arts, Music, Zombies & Opera

Novelist and poet Bill Robertson ’79 is this December’s  commencement speaker.  Robertson is coauthor of the Bucktail series which revolve around the famous Pennsylvania Bucktails in the Civil War.  He has also published volumes of poetry and short stories.  He has been a guest several times on Conversations, produced by the MU PR Department and recently donated copies of his books as well as his papers and memorabilia to the MU Archives.

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Ten officials from various universities, an engineering school and the China Center for International Educational Exchange spent two days at MU to tour the campus and talk with faculty and staff about expansion of the 1+2+1 exchange program.  The delegation was headed by Xing Yongmin, president of Inner Mongolia University of Technology.  Here’s a video of one of the meetings.

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Comedian Judah Friedlander, “The World Champion,” will perform at Straughn Hall on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.  Tickets for the general public are $10.  Free admission for MU students.

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The MU Concert Wind Ensemble, directed by Adam Brennan, will perform in concert Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m in Steadman.  It’s free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods and paper products for area food pantries will be accepted.

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Mark Polonia had way too much fun producing this trailer for Max Brooks, the zombie expert who will be giving a presentation Wed.Nov. at 8 p.m. in Straughn.  Brooks’ critically acclaimed novel World War Z is now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

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Here’s the latest Terry’s Take, featuring dress rehearsal of  Aaron Copland’s  The Tender Land which is being performed this weekend in Straughn.

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Our students produced a video for local singer and author Brooklyn James.  Congratulations on a great spot.  Take a look.

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Michele Schlegel shared a collection of posters students in her typography class produced before the election.  Even after the election, these hold their own as works of art.

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One of the big winners in the election was Nate Silver who accurately predicted the election results in all 50 states.  Score a huge one for math and science!

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11 2012

MU Alumnus Named President

Brigadier General Francis Hendricks will begin duties as Mansfield University president January 1.  He is a 1979 graduate of then Mansfield State College.  As commander and chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange, Hendricks was in charge of the 42nd largest retailer in the U.S.  with $10 billion in annual revenue. He has extensive experience in organizational leadership, strategic planning, resource management and policy development.

“Gen. Hendricks has an extraordinary array of experiences that caused him to stand out among all of the candidates for the Mansfield presidency,” said PASSHE Chancellor Dr. John C. Cavanaugh. “As an alumnus, he has a deep commitment to the university and will, I am certain, be a valuable addition to PASSHE’s outstanding cadre of presidents.”

Here’s the full article.

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The Mansfield Opera Theatre will present Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Straughn Hall. All performances are free and open to the public.

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Max Brooks, author of World War Z, will give a presentation Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Straughn.  Brooks, who was a writer for Saturday Night Live, is one of the country’s leading experts on zombies and how to survive a zombie attack.  He is the son of entertainment icon Mel Brooks and actress

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John Ulrich, English, is featured in the article “Why Zombies Rule” in the Huffington Post.  John, who studies pop culture and teaches a course in Monster Literature, explains the origins, popularity and various types of zombies.

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A reminder that the MU yearbook, Carantowan, 1918-1990, is available digitally in the library, along with a lot of other university documents and local history.

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The Rolling Stone conducted a poll for the Top 10 Rolling Stone songs.  Check it out and see if you’re favorite is on the list.  I’m sticking with “Satisfaction,” though “Paint It Black” runs a close second.

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Finally, was the “mouse who bought the Empire” the biggest sellout of all time or an infinitely savvy business deal?

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11 2012

Art, Computers, Ghosts & Zombies

It’s official.  The gallery in Allen Hall is now the Loomis Gallery, in honor of  retired faculty member Tom Loomis who taught jewelery making  and  for 31 years before retiring in 2001.  Tom inspired hundreds of artists and teachers over the decades.  A reception, dedication and ribbon cutting were held Friday,  Oct. 12.

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State Farm recently gave a $50,000 grant to MU to advance technology and teaching capabilities in the Computer Information Science Department.

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Lou-Willa Dupree was named Homecoming Queen and and Joshua Pollitt was named King last weekend during Homecoming Weekend.  Here’s a recap of events.

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Nobody is quite as celebrated on campus this time of year as Sarah, the ghost of North Hall. In her spirit, the library is sponsoring a Ghosts of North Hall Library Photography” contest. Photographers are asked to submit photos of North Hall Library that capture its supernatural side. Visit the North Hall Library Facebook page for guidelines.

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Denny Murray is quoted in an Associated Press story on the second annual Redneck Games of Arkansas last weekend.  The question is whether competition in lawnmower racing and toilet seat tossing celebrates heritage or reinforces stereotypes.  Denny, who once taught a class in a dog suit, has this to say.

And while we’re on the subject, Denny, what’s your take on Honey Boo Boo?

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Max Brooks, author of the The Zombie Survival Guide and other books about the coming zombie apocalypse, will speak in Straughn Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.  Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, was a writer for Saturday Night Live and has done acting and voice over work during this career.  His book, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, will be made into a film through Brad Pitt’s production company.   his visit is sponsored by the Dept. of English & Modern Languages and MAC.

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The Student PA State Education Association will sponsor a scholastic Book Fair October 25-Nov. 1 in Retan.  It will include books for all ages, posters and erasers.  Stop by for some great gift ideas.,

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10 2012