Posts Tagged ‘peggy dettwiler’

Speaker to Recount United Flight 93 Heroes’ Story

Retired air traffic controller Mal Fuller will present “My 9/11 Journey: Tragedy, Grief and Hope-United Flight 93” on Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. in Straughn Hall. Fuller was an air traffic control watch supervisor at Pittsburgh International Airport and participated in the shutdown of the nation’s airspace after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Fuller evacuated his tower when United Flight 93 was headed directly at the airport.  He  visited the crash site and was so profoundly moved that he has spent all his time since speaking and raising funds for a permanent memorial.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Poet Julia Kasdorf will visit Mansfield University for a poetry reading and book signing at Allen Hall, Room 104 on Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Mansfield University Festival Chorus, under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler, will perform Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in Steadman Theatre.

The mass, which is based upon the 15th-century tune L’Homme Armé, was commissioned in England for the new millennium in the year 2000. It powerfully portrays the horrors of war through the use of graphic text and full orchestra with dynamic brass and percussion effects.

 

 

 

 

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 Nichole Lefelhoc, associate director of Career Development & Internships, is quoted in the Forbes From Campus to Career blog.  The article is entitled,  14 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Terry Day, assistant director of Public Relations, who received the Don Hale Award from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education.   The prestigious award is given annually to a member who has contributed significantly to the multi-state organization composed of higher education communications professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You Tube just hit the 1 billion mark. That’s 1 billion users per month.

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The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs have introduced a new feature for men only.  It’s a pee-controlled urinal gaming system in which you use your stream to shoot penguins. Iron Pigs General Manager Kurt Landes says the game is “truly hands free,” which seems to be a pretty big boast.  To add some semblance of social usefulness, men are reminded at the end to get their prostate checked.

Summary: Iron Pigs pee on penguins.

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03 2013

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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09 2011

Our Sizzling Summer Post

The bus carrying a victorious Mansfield University Choir arrived safely Friday evening from the 2011 International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.  Director Peggy Dettwiler greeted President Loeschke and flashed a well-earned medal for our photographer, Bruce Dart.


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The declining support of libraries will affect us for generations, according to MU Professor and school library expert Deb Kachel.  Deb has tirelessly worked to promote the support of school libraries throughout PA.  She talks about how libraries and the role of librarians have radically changed in the 21st century in this  Conversations interview.

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I may have mentioned this before, but This American Life devoted its whole show two weeks ago to Marcellus Shale fracking.

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The times continue changing.  Underscoring this is a look at 10 College Majors for a New Economy.

Some, such as E-business and New Media Studies  point to our increasingly electronic world.   Others are a little disturbing, such as  Emergency Management and Sustainability Studies, reflecting the recognition of a planet undergoing massive physical changes.

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The Deane Center for Performing Arts in Wellsboro is looking for an executive director responsible for marketing and development.  Experience required, BA or higher preferred.  Must live in or move to Tioga County.  Send resume to the Deane Center for Performing Arts, 102 Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or email resume to pwaterma@ptd.net  The proposed salary is $40-45,000 with benefits.

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How hot is it?  The Devil you say!

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Okay, the heat index has been dangerously high this past week.  Here’s something guaranteed to cool you off for the moment.  And if you wait six months, you’ll have it for real.

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07 2011

MU Choir in Europe

The Mansfield University Concert Choir is now in England.  Monday they performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Tuesday they bring music to Stratford-upon-Avon and Wednesday they head to Llangollen, Wales, where the competition performances begin.   Here’s the link to their itinerary.   You can also see the latest photos and info here. Best of luck Peggy Dettwiler and Choir!

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MU student and Cogan Station volunteer firefighter Richard Springman was killed last year in an accident as he was rushing to the scene of another accident.  Everyone who knew Richard agreed that he was kind, generous and community oriented.  To remember him,  his parents are helping organize a July 17 Poker Ride to  raise money for a scholarship in Richard’s name.

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While Yale might lose $500 million in federal funding for problems with fraternities, Mansfield University is shown in a very positive light concerning our fraternities and sororities under  President Loeschke’s leadership.  The article appears in Britain’s  Times Higher Education article, “Schools for scandal: can fraternities shed their sinister image?”

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Amy DeLozier, director of the Kelchner Fitness Center, has been working a long time to get a climbing wall in KFC.  It looks like going to happen this fall and be ready for indoor adventurers in the spring semester.  Check out this video including a special guest with the silken touch.

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How much have small towns changed in the last century?  Well,  quite and bit and not so much.  Area historian Joyce Tice over the years collected post cards of towns and buildings around Bradford County taken in 1917.  She recently visited every site and took a photo from the same location.  You can see the results and listen to her fascinating commentary on the latest episode of Conversations.

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The Wallendas remain wired.  Nik Wallenda has just received permission from the New York State legislature to do a high wire walk across Niagara Falls.  Back in 1990 the MU PR Department sponsored the Steve and Angel Wallenda “Farewell Performance “ in Decker Gym to raise money for Angel Wallenda’s cancer treatments.  News media from around the world covered the event and more than $10,000 was raised.  Both Angel and Steve Wallenda have since passed on.

Culture, Events, & a Da Da Conversation

As always, April is overflowing with activities.  Gay rights activist Judy Shepard will speak Monday, April 4, Straughn, 8 p.m.  Pop/R&B artist Jay Sean will perform Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in Decker Gym.  The Mansfield University Festival Chorus and Wind Orchestra under the direction of Pegg7 Dettwiler will perform King David in Steadman April 9 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10 at 3 p.m.   A full news release will be posted on our news site later today.

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Andrea McDonough Varner, an MU grad student, will host an art show Tuesday, April 5 in her home in Williamsport.  For information click here.

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An interview with MU President Maravene Loeschke appears in the most recent edition of  Education-Portal.com.  In it, the president talks about her relationship with students, her open door policy at her residence and the “president’s sweet shop.”

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Guest artists have been announced for the 2012 Endless Mountain Music Festival.  Included in the roster is  MU’s own Nancy Boston

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How’s the area water quality?  MU science prof  Paul Wendel decided to find out.  He created the Marcellus Shale Water Study  Group with his students to test water samples for barium and strontium.  the blind study is being conducted by student and faculty volunteers from the science department.

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[Steve] ” Jobs realizes that dictatorial rule, if done well, will be more popular than democracy.”  Can Tim Wu Save The Internet?

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I can’t make up my mind why I’m struck by this video of twin toddlers who have an animated one syllable dialogue complete with commands, jokes and  body language.   Over 1.5 million viewers feel the same way.  Any insights or comments  from folks in communication, psychology, or early childhood development?

Holiday Gifts

Congratulations to Representative Matt Baker who was awarded the Doctor of Public Service degree during commencement ceremonies last Saturday.  Matt, now in his ninth term in the House, also serves on the State System Board of Governors.  He has been an unwavering supporter of the PA State System of Higher Ed and a good friend of Mansfield University.  MU President Maravene Loeschke, before presenting the award, called Matt “the epitome of everything we value in leadership and service. . .” She added that he “lives to serve the needs of others.  He leads with head and heart, body and soul, logic and support.”

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Check out the  videos of selected songs from this year’s Holiday Concert, “Behold A Star.”  The show was a sellout and considered by a lot of concert regulars one of the best ever.   “Behold the Star,” “Star in the East.” and  “Do You Hear What I Hear?” are subtle,  powerful and full of inspiration.

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For a behind-the-scenes look at the planning and production of the “Behold the Star”  concert, listen to this podcast with Director Peggy Dettwiler which also features songs from each of the choral groups.

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Our commencement speaker, D. Keith Palmer, is the embodiment of MU students who come here, get the individualized attention they need, and go on to find success both personally and professionally.

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And congratulations to senior Will Brown who represents MU on the PASSHE website. Will came here from Philadelphia and wasn’t sure he could make the transition to small rural university life.  He persisted, became active in organizations and today serves as president of the Student Government Association.

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Okay.  Take five minutes and chill out with this compilation of the year’s top viral videos.  It will leave you smiling, shaking your head, and probably muttering “Oh, the humanity. . . .”

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12 2010

Bits & Pieces & a New Semester

Early issues of  The Mansfield Advertiser have been digitized and are now available on the Access PA repository site.   Penn State and the State Library converted about 100 copies of the Advertiser between the years 1911 to 1929.  Pick up the juicy facts of daily life here during World War I and the years leading up to The Great Depression.

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Art thrives from the looks of art instructor Paul Bozzo’s blog that he kept last semester of his Intro To Drawing Class. Professor Emeritus prof Dick Feil might have been the oldest student in the class but the retired psych prof  still has the look of a determined young artist.

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10 Ways social Media Will Change in 2010 outlines changes the author sees coming to social media (FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, etc) this year.  Note #9, that “Women will rule social media.”   Women make 75% of all buying decisions for the home and women ages 35-55 comprise  the fastest growing population on Facebook.

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The snow had just fallen.  I stepped outside to take a look.  Before the 2 degree air rushed me back in, I took this photo of our pavilion  and a few of the flags flying on our International Walkway.

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I think Peggy Dettwiler, director of choral activities, is the first MU prof to have her own fan page on Facebook. Some students started it last semester and it quickly grew.  While Peggy wasn’t sure what a FB fan page was at the time, she’s very familiar with it now with 214 fans around the U.S.  Under Peggy’s direction, the choir has performed around the U.S. and  Europe.  In 2008, the choir earned three gold medals at the World Choral Games in Graz, Austria.

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Condolences to the family of Jack  Plunkett ’74, a longtime football coach and teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy who died January 12 of an apparent heart attack.  He is survived by his wife, Sue, and five children.  Mr. Plunkett played football all four years at MU.


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01 2010