"Mansfield University is dedicated to a personalized education with all programs grounded in the liberal arts. As a small, public university, we are committed to promoting leadership development through character, scholarship, cultural awareness, and service to others. Through our passion for learning, we positively influence the world. Mansfield University is Pennsylvania's Premier Public Liberal Arts University."
The memorial space is a garden and sitting area behind Retan Center built to honor the life and work of Sanner, who was deeply loved by her students and colleagues who remember her love of nature, her passion for teaching and her dedication to her students.
The memorial was proposed by Mansfield's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, of which Sanner was the advisor until her passing. The chapter raised the funds to pay for the memorial.
Ryan Wood, manager of Campus Services, designed the landscape/sitting area with the guidance of Sanner's colleagues. "This project was a group effort with special meaning and lasting enjoyment," Wood said.
"As a professional performer and music educator, I've found that because of Mansfield University, I can walk onstage or in the classroom not only as a musician and educator, but as a scholar, athlete, digital photographer, public speaker, psychologist, and mathematician. I have the ability to connect with different audiences and students because Mansfield's Liberal Arts education exposed me to various concentrations and subjects, and that ability to genuinely connect with people through a variety of interests makes performing and teaching so much more effective, personal, and rewarding. "
The daughter of public school educators, Sarah Polinski was born and raised in Sayre, Pennsylvania. As a Music Education and Vocal Performance dual major at Mansfield University, she found her home onstage as a performer and in the classroom as an educator. Sarah had the honor of singing solos at Carnegie Hall and the World Choir Games in Latvia with Mansfield University's gold medal-winning Concert Choir. As a music educator, Sarah also had the honor of directing the Wellsboro Hamilton-Gibson's Community Choir and student teaching in Pennsylvania and New York. Under the seasoned guidance of her professors, Sarah earned lead roles in seven productions in the Mansfield community, as well as acceptance into the College Light Opera Company (an elite summer program, performing 54 shows in three months!) As a scholar, Sarah has earned state-wide recognition not only as the winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Academic Excellence Award, but the PASSHE Fitz Dixon Memorial Scholarship Award as well. Within two months of graduation, Sarah was performing in a touring musical for young audiences with Sundog Theatre Company in New York City, and has continued working for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She recently earned Honorable Mention in the National Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the Musical Theatre category, and has been selected as the Mansfield University Music Department's Outstanding Senior. For the 2017 summer season, Sarah will be performing musical theatre and operetta as a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera Company.
Bia Bernum, Assistant Professor of Communication at Mansfield University, earned honorable mention in the 2016 Ace Awards for her work managing the Department of Communication's social media pages.
The Ace Awards, created by Ragan Communications and PR Daily, is a worldwide competition that honors excellence in communications and marketing at the individual, team, and agency-wide level.
Bernum is the only individual associated with higher education to be honored this year.
To learn more about the Department of Communication, including links to its social media pages, visit http://communication.mansfield.edu.
Nationwide, universities are dealing with declining enrollment, lagging public funding, and rising operational costs. Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has launched a Strategic System Review of the 14 universities and the Office of the Chancellor to identify ways to turn those challenges into opportunities in Pennsylvania..
The review is about finding solutions that are right for Pennsylvania, and ensuring each State System university is able to meet the needs of its students, its region, and the Commonwealth for years to come.
NCHEMS has been selected to assist with the review by collecting input from students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders, like you, through frank and candid conversations about the future of the State System.
If you would like to share your thoughts regarding the future of the State System and specifically how Mansfield University plays an integral role within the region and the Commonwealth, please access the link below. This information will be included in the analysis completed by NCHEMS.
President Hendricks describes MU:
"Mansfield University is a difference maker. It changes lives through its array of high quality academic programs, affording its graduates opportunities previously unimagined. MU supports the Commonwealth's workforce with determined individuals ready to make a difference in healthcare, education, business and public service. Its infusion of the liberal arts across all academic disciplines ensures each graduate possess the critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication skills needed for the career that awaits each of them. As a graduate, I know firsthand the power and impact of a Mansfield education."