Alexis Rathburn is an incredible leader. As captain of the Mansfield University Cheerleaders, she has served her fellow team members for the past year in this capacity. Not only is Alexis extremely knowledgeable concerning the sport, she strives to make the squad be the best they possibly can be. Alexis also keeps abreast as to what is happening on campus and how to involve our squad in the community. We are so absolutely fortunate to have Alexis Rathburn serving our squad and university as cheerleading captain.
In the fall of 2014, the Office of Retention within the division of Student Life was seeking to fill a Graduate Assistant position. After much outreach to secure a qualified candidate, Allison Maslar was able to accept the position. Since day one, Allison has contributed positively to the Culture of the division and the University. She displays boundless energy and genuine support for student success! Her attitude and behaviors promote a Culture of forging ahead intently with various initiatives to improve MU, despite anticipated or unanticipated obstacles, Allison hit the ground running to continue building the IMPACT Mentoring Program in supporting first-time/first-year student success. Allison Maslar's ambition and representation of the Culture aspect of the Creed is admirable.
Alyssa was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at a very young age. She has been able to battle the disease while being dedicated to playing basketball in college, something that is not an easy task to do. She has made many sacrifices to be successful on the court while continuing to inspire her teammates, coaches, and anyone who comes into contact with her. Being able to overcome these obstacles showcases the true character and leadership she possesses.
Amanda continuously goes above and beyond when completing any task, no matter how large or small. She never allows any question to go unanswered. Amanda is very personable and great with patrons. She is a prime example of a leader.
Amber has shown a dedication to providing above par service to the University since her first day on campus. She was faced with the challenge of accepting a new position and temporarily leading a department with very little time for training and preparation. Amber was quick to rise to the challenge and not only met expectations, but exceeded them on multiple occasions. It's very apparent that Amber is completely dedicated to the success of Mansfield University students and strives to provide an individualized approach that is tailored to each student's needs.
Amber started as part time this year and quickly moved into being the only staff position in the Career Center for the fall semester. Under her leadership the Center continued to thrive, and MU students retained access to outstanding career development support.
Amy DeLozier is hard working and would do anything for her employees at Kelchner Fitness Center. She works tirelessly to help her employees in any way she can, from answering questions late at night to doing the half hour walk a-rounds if the people at the front desk are caught up doing something for the fitness center. I think she is an amazing leader and deserves to be recognized for all she does for her employees!
She is the head of the Mountie ambassadors. She makes new students feel welcomed to Mansfield. She is involved with Student Affairs and Transition.
I have known Andee for about a year and I am so grateful for that. She has done so much for me and I cannot thank her enough. She pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am glad she did. She is part of who I am today! Andee always has a listening ear and will do whatever she can for anyone. She has made my experience at Mansfield University wonderful and I hope other people can meet Andee and experience the same.
Angel is a student athlete and President of the Admissions Mounties Ambassadors. With all the time that is consumed by all of her activities, Angel still gives 100% energy and effort to everything she does. She deserves to be recognized for all her hard work.
As MU's Director of Grants Development Anne is responsible for monitoring a wide array of grants and contracts awarded to the university. She does so while coordinating several projects in varying stages of development at the same time. Without these funding sources many of the unique programs, services, and research conducted at MU would not be possible. Anne is always willing to assist faculty and staff at MU by finding appropriated funding sources for a project idea and/or offering feedback about how a project's scope can be enhanced and reviewed more favorably. With limited budgets, it's important that the campus recognize and acknowledge the importance of these external funding sources.
Annette has shown her true character over the last two semesters here at Mansfield University through the TRiO program. She goes above and beyond her secretary duties and helps students in any way that she can. Recently, the program has been going through some tough times and Annette has been there to console students and lift their spirits. Annette has also reached out to the peer mentors and has taught them to never give up and to fight for what they believe in. The TRiO program would truly not still be what it is today without the amazing Character of Annette Mase.
Austin is an RA and works at the Student Package Pick-up and sorts the mail at his residence. During his shift he always provides excellent and friendly customer service at the window. He is always there to help his fellow students and co-workers.
Ben does his best to get himself and others involved and active on campus.
Bia Bernum has dedicated service hours above and beyond the call of duty to Mansfield University. With the rapidly and ever-changing world of social media, she started a Facebook group to help coordinate everyone on campus who is working with social media. She and the other folks in the group generate positive messaging concerning a number of events at Mansfield University, most recently Joe Bell's record breaking basketball score and the water line break at MU. They posted video and highlighted the dedicated staff all evening on 2/3/15. She coaches students who are in charge of social media for the Mountie Den and Student Life. She does all of this behind the scenes, and no one really knows. Mansfield is a better place because of her willingness to go above and beyond her job description.
Bryan represents all of the aspects of the Mansfield Creed, but he demonstrates Scholarship beyond all of the others. As a student he is always striving to learn more and makes time in every day to not only study but to share study habits with other students. He instituted weekly tutoring/study sessions for the Chemistry Club. In his capacity as a Residence Life Intern he has spearheaded living-learning opportunities for first year students by bringing professors into the residence halls. He is committed to learning and sharing education with all students, representing the true meaning of scholarship.
Carly Golden is an incredible person! She is eager to learn and untiring in her service to others. As my student worker she is reliable and always there to assist no matter what the task entails. Her work ethic is impeccable and she is never satisfied until the job is done and done correctly. Her cheery personality is infectious and makes even the worst, most difficult assignments more pleasurable. Her results are consistently of the highest quality and accomplished in a timely manner. Often I have to be creative in thinking of more tasks as she goes through the list so rapidly while being amazingly thorough. She makes my hectic schedule run much more smoothly by taking care of lab prep, errands, and immediate needs for classes.
I have come to know Chelsea through a variety of Student Life events that have been held on campus. Chelsea is part of our campus radio station, WNTE and has been my key contact person whenever a request is made for either DJ or radio services. She is very accommodating, reliable, and a genuinely nice person. Coming to work every day is very rewarding, especially when I get to work with such wonderful students, like Chelsea.
Christian Fermin is involved and uses his knowledge to enlighten fellow students.
Christina Fry, Director of Field Experiences, through continuous interactions with student teachers, school districts, departments, cooperating teachers, professors, accreditors, and state/local officials exemplifies the Character aspect of the Mansfield Creed. Christina carefully and thoroughly navigates even the most sensitive situations with professionalism. Anyone who has worked with Christina is struck by how she lifts even the worst situation into a place of resolution with ease and heart. Earning the respect of area school districts, Christina has worked tirelessly to place every MU student teacher with a suitable cooperating teacher.
Cindy Kerr is an outstanding person and employee. She's a tireless worker who never takes shortcuts. No project is either too big or too small for her. Her attention to detail in a position that demands it is unrivaled. The quality of her work is always excellent; the volume of her work is amazing. Her work ethic is unimpeachable. She sets and exceeds a standard of excellence for herself that few, if any, would be able to surpass. As a coworker, she is a joy to be around.
Cody Platt has proven to be a very reliable and responsible student-employee for the Office of Retention, within the Alumni Hall Student Center Information Booth and Game Room. On 9/17/14, Cody contacted the Office of Retention to report that he had found $30.00. We worked on methods to try and find the rightful owner, as this was important to Cody, who was sincerely concerned about who might have lost the money. After these attempts, along with time passing, the Office of Retention donated the money to the Mansfield University Foundation on behalf of Cody Platt. An extremely admirable display of Character was shown by Cody in this situation. He is an outstanding representative of this aspect of the Creed and I am thankful that he is a person of admirable Character! The money will benefit others with great need here at Mansfield University.
Colleen is a great woman whose character exemplifies the creed here at Mansfield. She treats everyone with respect and doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She would do anything for you without expecting anything in return. When she is out delivering the mail, whether it is in a foot of snow or it is raining cats and dogs, she always has a smile on her face and seems to brighten everyone's day. Colleen is a very honest and non-judgmental person, and she will make time in her busy life to talk to you whenever you are in need. She deserves to be recognized for everything that she has done for students and how she has changed their lives.
Courtney Hull's service to Mansfield and its students could never fit into 5 to 6 sentences, ever. Her open heart never ceases to fail us and here is why. Courtney may be her name, but helping others is her game. She takes students from various backgrounds every year to St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in Philadelphia. There she helps students see the harshness of poverty while also teaching us the responsibility to improve our surroundings through acts of kindness. Our interactions with Courtney on a day-to-day basis remind us of the knowledge she has shared with us to improve our future world. Courtney IS service.
Craig Rose has served admirably as officers in both the Biology and Photography Clubs whom I advise. Craig is knowledgeable about how monetary matters are handled on campus by the Committee on Finance. He is organized, hard-working, reliable, caring, and devoted. If Craig does not have the answer, he will get it in a timely manner. I am continuously pleased and proud to be associated with such a fine individual who strives to give his peers the very best service that he can to maintain the utmost in their experiences as club members.
David regularly demonstrates a character forged as a decorated Army Veteran, Native American, and a Mansfield University alum. He serves in North Hall Library's Technical Services. Much of the work that David does is behind the scenes in the Library, but his hard work and dedication to making the Library and the University better stands tall and is greatly appreciated.
David stepped up and took a position on the Mansfield Activities Council (MAC) executive board a few semesters ago. Since then, he has worked hard and has volunteered a lot of his free time to MAC. Despite road blocks along the way, David has showed perseverance and dedication to this student organization. As the president, he continues to do a great job leading this student organization as well as leading various student activities at the University.
Sophomore student Dean Lee is uber-involved with aspects of Mansfield University that provide Service to others. Besides all of the typical academic commitments, Dean is a commuter student, which adds another challenge to his daily pursuits. Dean provides Service through his work in TechConnect, as the Editor of the Flashlight Newspaper, and as the Game Room Ambassador. The Office of Retention oversees the Alumni Hall Student Center (AHSC) Information Booth and Game Room. As a student-employee of this area, Dean is of tremendous Service as he helps greatly to assure that the all items in the Game Room are functioning properly at all times. This provides great Service to the University, as the Game Room fielded nearly 7,000 users in last year's limited tracking alone! Dean is very forward-thinking in looking for better ways to provide Service to the Mansfield University Campus Community. He is extremely involved in supporting the success of countless others by his Service.
Deb is an extremely hard worker and is always willing to help others out in an instant. Her commitment to Mansfield University is easily seen by the care she gives to the Alumni Hall Student Center every day. Deb is a dedicated employee who is highly motivated, friendly and outgoing.
When coming to the Gateway Program, Devon was there for me. She was always willing to help me with my homework and my life issues. She makes Mansfield University feel like home to me. She has a warm personality and her smile brightens up the campus. I can say that I am thankful that I met her. She is a person who represents service because of her care giving instincts and her warm heart. She is a great role model, and I believe she deserves this award.
I believe that Devon shows a lot of culture. She is a person who is willing to help many. She always has a smile on her face and is an excellent role model. She is always on campus and is willing to help many. Without the help of her, Mansfield wouldn't be the same for me.
Dia exemplifies service in many ways at Mansfield University. She leads the Human Resources Department, is a member of the President's Cabinet, mentors students, makes classroom presentations and is often selected to serve on various PASSHE committees. She also has other responsibilities that many are not aware of including Compliance, Right to Know, Title IX and the Ethics Hotline. She is very creative and willing to share her talents and ideas with others. Dia is a committed Mountie Leader that spends countless hours in service in order to move our institution forward during these challenging times.
Donna has been teaching group fitness at Kelchner for several years. She has gone out of her way to make sure we are able to offer quality programs for students and staff. She motivates her students and always has a smile on her face even when she's getting you to do just one more repetition! Donna's commitment to helping campus wellness deserves to be celebrated!
In its inaugural year, the Red & Black Committee is thankful for the numerous volunteers who offered their time and service to fulfill its mission: increasing community spirit and morale among Mansfield University employees. Donna Miner is an example of a volunteer who embodies the spirit of the committee. Donna is a creative thinker who has led an initiative by a sub-committee of the RBC to spread positive messages of encouragement, hope, praise, and/or empathy to her fellow employees. Additionally, she has offered invaluable assistance in the pre-planning stages and set-up of our employee luncheons. Donna's compassion for others is strengthening the bonds among our Mansfield family.
Dontae is one of the mentors I feel made the biggest impact on my college experience. I met Dontae my freshman year of college and he came to me very openly, not judgmental, and just positive. Dontae has always been a helping hand with anything I ask of him and he is willing to help without hesitation. He helped me become more confident, social, and helped me maintain a positive attitude even in hardship. Dontae also leads the Men of Distinguished Excellency on the campus of Mansfield University which also is known as M.O.D.E. He is a very ambitious, outgoing, positive, strong leader that should be well recognized.
I have the pleasure of working closely with Dr. Kathy Wright this year as we co-chair the MU Student Retention Taskforce. Kathy's work ethic and leadership ability became quickly apparent. She works tirelessly days, nights, and weekends - not only for Retention Taskforce projects, but for numerous other major MU initiatives. Kathy is relentless, combined with having a brilliant and creative mind. Kathy was also essential recently when MU obtained PASSHE approval for a new online Master of Science (MS) degree in Nutrition. Mansfield University is beyond fortunate to have her on our "team!"
In the midst of great change and uncertainty Dr. Michele Whitecraft's passion for people shines. After having faced retrenchment two years in a row, Michele used her personal experience to encourage others. Many in the Education and Special Education Department will remember Michele dropping off pumpkins to each office the day after the devastating news was delivered. Her action served as a message of hope, the same message of hope that drives Michele's belief in social equity . . . the very reason education swells from the core of her being. It is this same passion that prompted Michele to volunteer her time, while still retrenched, to teach local sixth graders at Warren L. Miller Elementary School. While others were enjoying a day off, Dr. Whitecraft was zealously teaching an engaging chemistry lesson to local children. The opportunity to enrich the lives of youngsters far outweighed the uncertainty and genuine fear for the future that personally faced Dr. Whitecraft. Through her selfless commitment, Michele has left a fixed mark on the educational development of many. Her example is powerful and life enriching, the very best in education.
When I think of Character one of the first things that comes to mind is "Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching," as this is one way to define integrity. Since accepting a position here at Mansfield University in August 2013, many of the amazing faculty and staff here on campus have blessed me with a lot of guidance and support. I cannot imagine where I would be if it were not for each of them, however Dr. Sidell stands out to me for one reason. She has been an amazing mentor to me who has been willing to answer phone calls, reply to emails, and even quickly respond to text messages all times of day or night when I had questions, concerns, or was in need of guidance. She had no professional obligation to be there for me or to mentor me but has done so because she, in my opinion, is an amazing example of what it means to have integrity! Mansfield University is blessed to have her as a Leader in our community.
Although the instructions for this nomination are to select one aspect of the creed my nominee best represents, I am unable to do so. It is my belief Dr. Nancy Sidell exemplifies all four aspects of the creed extremely well and is an excellent example of a leader. For the last five years, Dr. Sidell has served as an excellent mentor to me. Despite having different disciplines and working in different academic departments, she was always willing to offer sound and professional advice. She had no professional obligation to assist me, but she did it anyway to enhance my own professional growth, the Criminal Justice Administration Department, and Mansfield University. Not only is she an excellent mentor, she is also a great example of what it means to be a professor. She is an excellent teacher, researcher, and provides valuable service to the university, community and the social work discipline. She does all of this with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. I can't think of anyone who is more deserving of a leadership recognition.
Dusty continually demonstrates leadership in the form of service on a daily basis. She takes on new opportunities without hesitation and strives to do nothing but her very best in everything she takes on. Within Housing, Dining & Residence Life, Dusty has been coming up with ways to make processes easier for both students and staff. She was instrumental in the organization and implementation of the Desk Assistant position in collaboration with Athletics. Dusty also has stepped up to assist with the new veteran and military initiative here on campus and volunteers numerous hours advising the student organization and sitting on the Veterans Support Group. Dusty plays a vital role in our Department and the University.
Since meeting Bonnie Phelps when I first began my career here at Mansfield she has always stood out to me as someone who is there to help others, which is why I would like to nominate her for SERVICE. In my opinion, Bonnie has one of the toughest jobs here on campus in assigning all on-campus students housing and no matter how hard she tries, she just cannot seem to make everyone happy. Bonnie is constantly going out of her way to assist students and to make their experience while living on-campus an enjoyable one! Not only is she always there for the students, I have always found Bonnie to be extremely helpful from the staff perspective.
Elissa is not only a sorority sister, but she is also one of the most kind and caring RAs. She is a senior and entirely busy with organizations, work, and classes, she always manages to put a smile on her face and help her residents no matter what time of day it is. She is always concerned for others around her and puts their needs before her own.
Erin's dedication to the field of psychology is nothing short of amazing. She has consistently gone above and beyond the requirements for the major to gain as much knowledge and experience as she can. During her time here, Erin has completed several independent research projects and was even selected as one of 12 students from a nationwide applicant pool to study as part of the APA's Summer Science Fellowship in Washington, DC. Erin loves to learn and is able to apply that knowledge in various research settings. She is, without a doubt, the most skilled research student I have seen at MU and I'm sure she will go far in the field.
Gloria Troost is a strong leader and role model on campus. She has consistently shown strong leadership and been the backbone of a great team. Gloria has a strong work ethic and unfailingly goes above and beyond. Kelchner Fitness Center has become a better place thanks to Gloria's hard work.
Most students, staff, and faculty will never be aware of how much work Jack does in supporting them as a Maintenance Repairman on our campus. Jack is always polite, respectful, and converses well each and every time we have needed to contact him for repair work to keep essential items up and running for the campus community. Without fail, Jack gets to the work in a timely manner and the quality of his work is second to none. We are extremely fortunate to have Jack Sackett as a member of our team here at Mansfield University.
I have worked with Jackie Lundgren for a number of years. She shows a great deal of CHARACTER. She is one of the go to people within our Department, Residence Life, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Jackie often times has to deal with some tough situations and unhappy people and she is able to handle those situations with great disposition and poise. Throughout the years, she has been given many extra responsibilities and she does not let it get her down, but instead continually goes above and beyond to get the job done. Jackie is an asset to our Department and one the University would be lost without!
Staff member Jackie Wisniewski has been an outstanding Mansfield University employee for many years. She has supported student success in various roles and capacities over the course of time. Most recently, Jackie has made a seamless transition to a new role within two divisions. Without skipping a beat, Jackie has continued her sincere support of students and their success. Jackie has displayed admirable Character in this transition by her positive outlook, attitude, teamwork, and correspondence. She has helped to retain some students due to her work with absentee-reporting and the revamped withdrawal process. We would all do well to display the same positivity and Character as displayed by Jackie Wisniewski.
James Nixdorf came to me over a year ago expressing a desire to study abroad. It was not his interest in studying abroad that stuck out to me but rather his destination of choice: India. This demur, respectful, clean cut student, who was also serving in the US Coast Guard, wanted to expand the limits of his comfort zone and explore a vastly different culture. We promise our Mansfield University students that they can study anywhere in the world, so we delivered! James arrived in Hyderabad, India on Dec. 31, 2013 ��� he would welcome the New Year 2014 in India. James periodically posted photos on a tumblr blog, which I followed. Photographs of James submerged in Indian culture revealed he had seized ��� and was enjoying - an amazing opportunity. The diverse circle of friends that seemed to gravitate to James is a testament of his love and passion for humankind and the respect and appreciation he has for other cultures. One of my favorite stories that I tell my international relations classes is the friendship that developed between James and a fellow international student ��� who happened to be from Iran. Upon his return, James shared his Indian story to several of my classes, inspiring others to consider a study abroad experience.
SPSEA would like to nominate Dr. Jannis Floyd for the leadership celebration for the component Service. She easily fits every part of the creed but since we can only pick one aspect she fits best in Service. Dr. Floyd stepped up to become the adviser of SPSEA when we didn't have one. She also worked extremely hard during the moratorium and retrenchment that occurred back in October. Dr. Floyd was personally there for any student that needed her and worked with students to find a way to finish their desired program. She is still helping students make it through their college career. She is devoting her time and efforts to, not only her students and staff responsibilities, but also the clubs she is a part of, and helping the next generation of teachers.
Jason serves the MU community daily through his work in the Purchasing Department. He takes great pride in his work and performs his role with integrity and pride. However, what makes Jason standout is the time he gives to serve his country and his community. Jason has served in the Army National Guard for 15 years including two deployments overseas. Jason also serves as the advisor to the MU Boxing Club, volunteers as a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach, is a member of the Team Red, White and Blue running group and organizer of the Tioga County Jr. Running Club. Jason is a fine example of the Service aspect of the Creed.
As a senior nutrition major and captain of the baseball team, Jeremy Mapstone exemplifies the MU Creed through service. Over the past year, Jeremy has served as the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and has played an extremely influential role in organizing community engagement and service events for the organization. Perhaps the best example of his embodiment of service at Mansfield comes from a Kid's Night Out community engagement event and fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation during the spring 2014 semester. At the event, Jeremy literally gave one of the shirts off his back to a boy who wore his only shirt into the pool at Decker Gymnasium on cold February evening. It is this embodiment of service that sets Jeremy apart from the average student on MU's campus. In addition to this, Jeremy has served for SAAC in the execution of Project Mountie, NCAA DII legislation voting, the annual Student-Athlete Auction, and many other events. But Jeremy's service does not end with his role in SAAC. Through the baseball team, he recently organized help for a local farmer, the victim of a recent car accident, with the daily duties of farm chores until the man was healthy enough to return to work. In addition to this, during the summer he has volunteered as an umpire for Southern Tioga Little League, and on campus he represents the student body by serving as a senator on SGA. By all accounts, Jeremy has served as a model representative of the student-athlete population, a leader on our campus, and embodies the essence of service as described in the MU Creed.
Jerry's commitment to his job and to Mansfield University is shown to us on a daily basis. His hard work in maintaining a clean and friendly environment in the Alumni Hall Student Center is both recognized and appreciated. He is always friendly towards staff and students and is willing to go above and beyond to help others when needed.
Jesse is a campus leader. He heads a successful undergrad research project, coordinating efforts of 9 peers. He serves as leader as a student veteran in the local VFW group. He's a great example of character, scholarship & service that his classmates rightfully admire.
Jessica Towey is a freshman Biology/Chemistry major, but has already proven to be a model in service to Mansfield University. In my Zoology class during Fall 2014, I challenged the students to get involved in campus affairs and claim the university as their own. Jess was the only one who asked to volunteer as a student worker. Throughout the semester she faithfully and eagerly performed all tasks requested, including cleaning aquaria and sorting dissection specimens. At the end of each day, Jess always asked what else she could do, and was consistently willing and able to assist with projects needed at odd times. I am pleased to say that Jess Towey continues to serve as my student worker, but now also receives a paycheck!
Dr. Ulrich has gone above and beyond to support and promote the Showcase of Student Scholarship, reaching across departments and divisions to support student scholarship on campus!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and you become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams. Joseph Jordan and I put on a program called Carry the Weight. He was the one who inspired me, as well as many others, to care, learn, and to work hard towards this important event. Carry the Weight is an event to stand with survivors and show your support against sexual violence. Joseph did much research and put an immense amount of time planning this event. It was extremely successful and many people participated. We received over 130 signatures. He was extremely committed, took charge of the event, and showed people the true importance. Many people, especially the media, are ignorant to the topic of rape and sexual assault because it is a "taboo" subject. However, Joseph was dedicated to bring this important event to the surface. Many people were able to hear the story and participate in the event. He is a tremendous leader and inspires a great deal of people every day, including myself.
Josh Ashmar has shown extraordinary character stepping up as a leader to aid in unexpected situations. As an EMS First-Responder and Firefighter, Josh has a compassion to help others and does so with instinct. During the Fall 2014 Admissions Mountie Ambassador Training, one of his fellow Ambassadors fell ill and collapsed. Without any communication or hesitation, Josh immediately gathered his medical equipment and began assisting. He stayed by his fellow ambassador's side, taking vitals and keeping her calm until she was able to participate again. Although Josh was one of the newest ambassadors at the time, his leadership and character shined through as he brought a calmness to the group and comfort to his fellow teammate.
Joshua Forrest is someone who embodies SERVICE. Josh has served not just at Mansfield University but has served as a leader in his church and as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America in Mansfield. I've seen Josh selflessly give of his time during two weekend service trips to the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia, PA. Even though he wasn't sure what he was getting into, he had no problem jumping in and helping wherever he was needed. Josh is someone who likes to do things and help people. He does not wait until others start. He is a self-starter, motivated and passionate about the things he is interested in. I'm proud to know him and to have worked side by side with him as he has served others.
Joshua Pollitt is a prime example of a great leader. The best way to describe Joshua is what Mansfield University is looking for in "Developing Tomorrow's Leaders." Joshua is involved in many activities on campus, well-spoken, and can talk to any type of individual. Joshua is very confident and proud of who he is. These are qualities of a leader and one of those leaders are Joshua Pollitt.
When I first met Joshua earlier this semester he carried such a bright and positive personality. Whenever I see him on campus, he is always the one to stand out amongst his peers. From time to time I would see him in the library and he would remind me of the importance of having a great character because there is always someone watching you. Joshua's character is one that I would define as a rare diamond that is hard to find, but he shines in all that he does. This is the reason why I nominate Joshua Pollitt.
Joshua Pollitt has overcame many obstacles in his life to succeed and graduate at the undergraduate level. After graduating from Mansfield University in 2012 Joshua decided to join the noble fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi to further his knowledge and resources. Josh being the ambitious person he is, decided to further his education and come back to Mansfield University for graduate school in the fall semester of 2014. He is known as a person that puts his education first, wants to achieve in all aspects of life, and always helps his peers attain a positive attitude while also leading as a great mentor. Joshua is a scholar that I am proud to say made an impact in my life.
Karl is always helping others whether it is on campus or with service activities within the organizations he belongs. Karl goes above and beyond when helping others and it shows. He genuinely enjoys service opportunities and the people he serves are always happy to have him there. Karl is an exceptional example of the Mansfield Creed's definition of Service.
Karl Fray has a strong record of participation in extracurricular activities. He has assumed leadership positions in the social fraternity Alpha Kappa Lambda. He is also active in the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Social Work Club, and the Council for Exceptional Children. He has shown skills as an effective fund raiser and mobilizer of volunteers. Karl Fray is a well-rounded student who is very active in the campus and local community.
Regardless of the time of day, she is always available to help her students. She is easy to get a hold of and always does anything within her power to help. She makes sure her students understand class material before moving on to the next topic. You can tell she genuinely cares about her students as individuals.
In the past year, Katelyn Gavin has been a model of service to the university and the psychology department. After representing Mansfield University at the PASSHE Undergraduate Women's Leadership Institute this past summer, Katelyn returned to campus with a strong passion for making her department and campus a better place. She became President of the Human Resources Management Club, Secretary for the Psychology Research Group, Secretary for Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology), a member of Psychology Club, an advocate for the women's center, and a member of SAFE. Her accomplishments as a part of these groups include hosting a panel of local professionals in the field of human resources for students, fundraising, participating in community service, being captain of her Relay for Life team, and presenting her research at the Eastern Psychological Association conference. In March, as part of a project she developed stemming from the Leadership Institute, Katelyn will hold an event to advocate on the behalf of women on campus and teach others about feminism. I am proud of what Katelyn has accomplished pertaining to service to MU and believe the university is a better place with her in these leadership roles.
Katie Jones is a Mansfield University senior that has been of service to the Catholic Student Association at Mansfield University for the past 3 1/2 years. When the group needed leadership, Katie had no problem stepping up to be the President even though she was a freshman. Katie has remained the President because she does such a wonderful job. Katie is caring and selflessly gives to CSA as well as other organizations on campus while being a student and holding down two jobs. Katie will certainly go far in life and CSA and I will miss her when she graduates in May.
Kelly Raleigh celebrates humanity with words, as a poet who reads her work on campus and at the COPLAC conference in NH. She celebrates humanity with her actions, as president of Zeta Tau Alpha where she leads young women in deepening their understanding of what it means to be a strong woman; a writing tutor where she helps others find words to understand and question humanity; an MU student who went to Harrisburg in 2013 to confront state representatives about the effects of retrenchment on our community; a volunteer instructor of literacy and swimming; an honors student in English exploring humanity through stories; an ambassador for the diversity of human experience; an advocate for LGBT rights; and a celebrator of her generation in all its fierce hope, terrifying challenges, and unfurling tolerance. In the words from one of her poems: If we learn anything from those who turn from us it is that we are to never stop singing
Kelsy is one of the most service driven person I know. Not only does she succeed in her courses as a dual major and a minor, but she also is a supplemental instructor and takes time out of her day to help the other students understand the material. She has been a very active student on campus by giving tours to prospective students since her freshman year and a member of various Honor societies and organizations. In her sorority, she has motivated her sisters to get more involved within the community when she was the philanthropy chairman. During Special Olympics at the local bowling alley, she brought a smile and her cheering voice for the athletes. The athletes loved when they would get a strike as she would start a 'human wave' to celebrate. Kelsy recently received a great opportunity when she won one of the five spots for a Spring Break Grant through Alpha Sigma Alpha. Kelsy will be spending her Spring Break at S. June Smith Center, in Lancaster, PA learning about non-profit management, as that is the area she aspires to work in. She has done over 1,000 hours of community service and has previously won the National Presidential Volunteer Award. She also helped the Community Service Club get started and has chaired various projects such as Revive Mansfield. Her passion for helping others is inspiring and her dedication to community service should be recognized.
Khalil Moore is an intelligent, caring, and selfless person. He loves to reflect the same support he had coming up from his role model onto the children at the local YMCA here in Mansfield. Khalil strives to be the best role model for all of the children he works with. Every week he does community service along with other members of his organization on campus; M.O.D.E (Men of Distinguished Excellency). He goes to the YMCA and plays with the children, does different activities with them, and answers any questions they have and basically acts as a big brother. When I think of Khalil Moore I think of a leader that has the ability to change someone's life just by being the supportive role model he is today.
Khalil Moore is a young distinguished student at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Due to his values of service, he has shown much dedication and service as the current Parliamentarian of the club, Men of Distinguished Excellency. Every Friday afternoon Khalil and the members of M.O.D.E. partake in community service at the local Y.M.C.A. in downtown Mansfield. The service that Khalil carries out each week is something that he lives for, since putting others first is what is important and dear to his heart. Since his freshman year, I have seen a great dramatic change in his character and his attitude towards academia. This is why I nominate Khalil Moore because he has influenced me as well in lending my service towards others.
Kim could easily be selected for either Character or Service. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Although Kim is a quiet person, her actions speak very loudly. She is always helpful with CommonSpot as we build webpages that reflect positively upon Mansfield University. Kim regularly drops everything she is working on to provide Service to others. Kim has great knowledge, and is never looking for glory or credit - her Character is outstanding. We are fortunate to have her on our team here at Mansfield University!
Lascelles has provided entertainment on this campus as a DJ. He goes by DJ Voice and in addition to the leadership he shows on campus in his various positions he has now provided entertainment to Mansfield Students performing at multiple organization's events such as Homecoming Weekend for Mac, Big Man on Campus for ZTA, Pool Party for BSU, Pajama Party for M.O.D.E, etc. He is a rising star at Mansfield University.
I am proudly nominating my friend as well as roommate Lascelles Boothe. Lascelles has helped me in so many ways whether it be academics, relationships, assignments, really any and everything. He as always helped me without any hesitation and always given me 100% while being a helping hand. Lascelles is a part of the executive board of the Black Student Union, also known as BSU, and that gave me the motivation to also become a part of an executive board. He strives for greatness at everything he does and succeeds at that. A leader is not always your typical enforcer but is the one that can make the smallest or biggest impact on another individual or others. Lascelles made that impact on my life. Lascelles is a strong, determined, passionate, intelligent individual that should be recognized by Mansfield University for his outstanding leadership.
After a student athlete was burned severely in an off campus incident, Laurie met with the mother and student to personally take over his burn care. She met this student athlete every day, per instructions from the Lehigh burn unit, to change his dressings. This sometimes meant meeting him outside of her normal workday, and even on Sundays. She also helped this student to get academic help during this difficult time and got him in touch with professionals to help him with any emotional problems he may have had following the incident. By doing this for the student, it allowed him to stay in school and continue his education instead of having to be hospitalized for continued care. While I am sure that she will claim that this is not a big deal, it is this type of service to our students that makes Mansfield University a special place. I am certain that both the student athlete and his family are extremely grateful for Laurie's willingness to go above and beyond to help our students.
Lindsey has been Mansfield University's bridge to the business community for a number of years in multiple capacities. Her work directly effects the students and our campus body by communicating mutually beneficial resources to all parties. This relationship has a huge impact and an effect that most of us are unaware of. She creates relationships that are built to create internships, camps, conferences, and new programs, etc. It's unimaginable the work that must take place to make these things happen and it is important to recognize Lindsey as a piece of that puzzle.
In its inaugural year, the Red & Black Committee is thankful for the numerous volunteers who offered their time and service to fulfill its mission: increasing community spirit and morale among Mansfield University employees. Lori Ranck is an example of a volunteer who embodies the spirit of the committee. Lori is the consummate organizer. She has helped to plan and set up several employee luncheons. Although most of the work she does tends to be ���behind the scenes' (reserving a room, contacting volunteers, setting up the Employee Lounge, etc.), her contributions have been essential to the success of the committee. Lori's enthusiasm for the committee and its mission is strengthening the bonds among our Mansfield family.
As a junior psychology major and field hockey player, Mallory Christman exemplifies the MU Creed through the demonstration of character. Over the past two years, Mallory has served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and through this role, she has eagerly taken the lead in organizing and participating in SAAC events such as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (SAAC) conferences, NCAA Division II legislative voting and initiatives, community engagement, and service-learning events. Most recently, Mallory has provided leadership for the charge of executing Project Mountie ��� a series of events aimed at engaging the campus community through home athletics events. As an underclassmen, Mallory demonstrated character by volunteering to take over the annual Student-Athlete Auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has organized the event for two consecutive years. In the classroom, she evidences exceptional performance, earning a 3.38 GPA and aspires to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of psychology. And finally, as a team leader, Mallory exemplifies character on the field through her pervasively positive attitude, passion for the game, and commitment to team success ��� all as perceived by her coaches and teammates. Without a doubt, Mallory Christman is a model student-athlete and her character is the essence of that which is described in the Mansfield University Creed.
On 10/1/14, Professor Campbell called the Mansfield University Office of Retention. She made this call in supporting several students through a variety of programs via the Office of Retention. Her call included outreach regarding MAP-Works, the IMPACT Mentoring Program, and Absentee-Reporting. Professor Campbell showed sincere care and concern for these students and their individual success here at Mansfield University. Her efforts are noteworthy, and well-represent the Service aspect of the Creed.
Marty is a Chemistry major who has spent the last year volunteering to tutor several other students. More than once I have seen him walk through a residence hall and be stopped by other students with questions and he not only stops to answer the question, but to make sure that the students understand the concepts behind them. He shares tips and suggestions for understanding the text and studying for Chemistry classes. He shares his love of science with others and demonstrates true Scholarship.
Matthew exemplifies all of the Creed's characteristics, as he is an outstanding student, leader and citizen. Matt was elected president of his nursing class, as well as the HSSGA, Sayre campus Student Government chapter. Matthew leads with maturity and professionalism, and gives unselfishly of his time to many organizations and volunteer efforts in his community as well as those associated with the university. I am honored and proud to recognize Matt for representing the MU Creed's Service, as well as Character, Scholarship and Culture.
Max Schaar may love Mansfield University more than anyone else on campus. He demonstrates an incredible capacity to care about campus and about every student. As an RA he spends a monumental amount of time decorating his floor to make it feel as much like "home" as possible. Most importantly his door is always open -- we've all seen him sleeping at his desk -- and he listens patiently to the concerns and complaints of everyone, making them laugh with his impressions and introducing them to his fish. His commitment to making students feel connected and part of a community is incredible.
Megan delights in broadening her horizons to learn different cultures and customs. She is always accepting of all people, regardless of their background, and enjoys sharing experiences to increase cultural knowledge. After studying abroad for a year, it is abundantly clear that she thrives in situations in which she is able to celebrate humanity as a whole. Megan is a pleasure to interact with, as her top priority is serving as a leader and making sure her peers feel comfortable and included. She is the epitome of an inclusive environment advocate.
I am certain that most students and many faculty/staff members are not aware of Michelle Novitske's incredible contributions to Mansfield University. On an almost daily basis, I send her difficult student scheduling issues, and she performs her magic in resolving the problems. Michelle is always happy to assist and maintains a good sense of humor to brighten the day. She is, likewise, incredible in solving classroom and section scheduling conflicts. I am fortunate and proud to be able to work with such a talented and giving individual. Michelle Novitske certainly deserves this recognition for long-term and ongoing service to Mansfield University. Even though she typically works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly, it is time for everyone to be aware of her numerous and amazing acts of service to our students, faculty, staff, and overall community.
Mikayla could fit any of the categories of the creed, but I feel she is best recognized for character. She has integrity, is a great team player and really goes above and beyond. Whenever Mikayla says she will do something you can trust that it will get done. She is only a sophomore so I can't wait to see what Mikayla accomplishes in her next 2 1/2 years here at Mansfield University.
Mike facilitates the majority of our printing for Orientation and New Student Welcome, along with the rest of campus, for our students and has continuously worked hard to get a fast and excellent product out for us. He's always pleasant to work with and often has requests done within 24 hours. It is people like this that often go unrecognized that truly do affect our day to day work with students.
Donna is one of the most upbeat and positive people that I have had the opportunity to work with. She is consistently in good spirits and has a way of radiating that to others. This is beneficial in her work with all constituencies (students, staff, faculty, community) because she is easily able to develop rapport and trust.
Pablo helped a confidant conquer his addiction and helped him turn his semester around for the good in order for him to stay on track and graduate from Mansfield University.
Rachel Hohenwarter exemplifies the Mansfield Creed in Service. She works well with others and inspires those around her to work hard through her own work ethic. Rachel leads by example and is willing to tackle any obstacle that is thrown at her. Rachel was instrumental in the success of the Mansfield's annual reenactment of the World's First Night Football game performed annually as part of the community's annual 1890s Weekend Celebration. Rachel not only participated on the reenactment team, she rose up to a leadership role and later took it on herself to sew replacement uniforms to replace damaged and lost uniforms for this historical event. Rachel is a member of the Track & Field team.
Rich takes great pride in keeping the MU vehicles well maintained and assisting students, faculty, and staff with car reservations. When visiting off campus sites, the MU vehicle is a walking billboard for our university and their appearance is a direct result of Rich's dedication to his area of responsibility. Rich goes the extra mile to be sure that gas tanks are full, cars are clean, and will often make sure that cars are warmed up and windows are scraped on extremely cold days.
For those of us who travel using the state vehicles, Rich Priset is responsible for making sure the car is in good running order, clean, safe and filled with gas. One cold snowy morning, after cleaning the snow on my car, I drove to Brooks while dreading the thought of cleaning the snow off a huge 15 passenger van. I was also thinking about how long it would take to heat the big open mass. Much to my surprise, when I arrived at Brooks, there sat my van, all the snow had been removed and it was as warm and toasty as can be. This was truly an example of Rich exemplifying our creed, Service. I'm not sure if Rich ever realized what an impact he made that day, not only on myself, but all 13 students who got in the van that cold frosty morning! Thank you Rich for serving as a true Mountie.
Ruth has displayed tremendous support to me in facilitating my transition to a new position on campus. She has created a welcoming culture of positivity and has offered professional guidance and support. Because of Ruth's leadership, the adjustment to a new position and campus has been a positive experience. Thank you, Ruth, for creating a CULTURE of positivity and support, and for your professional sensitivity and leadership!
When it comes to volunteer service, Sam is your gal! As the only non-transfer member of TSO (Transfer Student Organization,) she stepped up to the plate when the position of secretary became vacant. She volunteered with a smile, passion, and steadfast dedication to this position. When consulting members who could not attend physical meetings due to personal/work schedules, Sam engaged her social media/tech skills and hosted Group Facebook Chat-Meetings to unify the organization. Not only does Sam volunteer her time organizing minutes and members of TSO, but she also volunteers her time as the secretary of SPSEA, filling a need that supports Education majors, as she herself is an English Ed major. And all her service is done with a brilliant smile, asking for nothing in return.
Sarah Dibble Rava has a strong record of participation in extracurricular activities. She has assumed leadership positions in the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu, a Social Science society. As president, she initiated and coordinated a mentoring program through Phi Alpha. She has also served the Mansfield University TRiO Center as a social science tutor. Sarah is an active member of the Social Work Club and volunteers frequently in community service activities.
I have never seen someone step up in the way Sarah has. She makes everyone feel welcome, and she's always able to come up with a topic of discussion that allows anyone to be able to get in. She finds someone that isn't having such an easy time being social, and she helps them become a part of the group. She also does well with getting a group organized and really getting people to listen.
Shawn Ulmer takes his time out of the day and volunteers for numerous community service events, and also joined the Community Service Club on campus.
All instructors dream of that ideal, perfect, once-in-a-lifetime student in their classes. I am fortunate to say that Stephanie Richards is that student. At the end of numerous lectures and labs, while other students scurried out the door mumbling finally it's over, Steph remained in her seat, with a disappointed look on her face while saying Do I have to leave? There is still more to learn. Someday Steph Richards will be a Microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and cure the world of diseases! Yes, she lives the Mansfield creed on a daily basis, and is my absolute best example of scholarship on this campus and beyond.
Taylor is an outstanding leader, devoting her time and energy to supporting the members of the Quidditch team and helping them grow as people and athletes. What really makes her a representative of Character, however, is her determination to make everyone's MU experience as good as it can be without worrying about what she gets out of it. As a Resident Assistant Taylor spends extra time decorating the building, putting on additional programs and being available for residents to talk to. She selflessly spends her time making sure that everyone enjoys college as much as she does.
I had a difficult time narrowing down which one of MU's creeds best captures Thadius Sales. I settled on service, though he exemplifies the other three very well. I first met Thadius in my physics course during the fall 2014 semester, where he always participated and encouraged other students give their best efforts. Thadius has a history of service, though, including working as a Chaplain Assistant in the PA National Guard and certification as a Suicide Prevention Officer for the HHC 728th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion. He is active in Mansfield's ROTC program as well. I am nominating Thadius because, in addition to these services, he assists with my science of music course even though there is currently no paid SI or tutor positions for it. On his own, he works through all of the material (including the labs!) ahead of time, so that he can help his peers understand the material. Teaching definitely comes naturally to Thadius, he quite good at explaining concepts to others. I am greatly appreciative of his dedication and service.
I've known Tristin for almost two years and in those two years I've come to know her character; herself. She has always had a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is helpful and encouraging to her friends. She is always there to lend an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and arms to give a hug. She is someone I look up to because of her positive attitude and strong sense of self. I am thankful every day to know this strong, independent, beautiful woman.
Tyler Beckley is an exemplary student here at Mansfield University which is especially evident in his character. Tyler understands what it truly means to live with integrity both as a student and as a member of the Mansfield community. He is honest, caring, and loyal to both his responsibilities in school and out of school. As a student and as an employee in town, Tyler has found a way to balance his school work with his 25 to 30 hour work weeks at Lowes and at Kelchner Fitness Center. Not only does he balance school and work but he is also a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Lambda, a fraternity on campus that focuses on both community service and philanthropy (domestic violence and cystic fibrosis). Overall, Tyler is a perfect example of what I believe to be everything that Mansfield's creed stands for.
Wanda LaBar is always willing to go above and beyond to offer help and assistance when needed, her service to the university is exceptional. I want to highlight her impeccable character, however. Wanda has a way of developing strong rapport with whomever she meets. She shows incredible respect towards others, honesty in all areas of performance, and teasing to lighten the mood. She takes great pains to ensure that people are operating as a team and feel a part of a team, receiving the same message, and communicating effectively. In doing so, Wanda expresses herself clearly and succinctly. Her focus on others is inspiring and encouraging to be around in the Psychology Department.
When the Geoscience Department received a quadcopter for educational use, he took time out of his schedule to help teach students and faculty in the department how to go about piloting the copter. Without his knowledge and enthusiasm in the subject, we as a department would not be where we are today.
This year, and throughout her entire time as a student here at Mansfield University, Whitney White has provided an immense amount of Service to Mansfield University. She is highly involved on campus in her academic areas of Criminal Justice Administration & Music. Simultaneously, she is involved with Kappa Kappa Psi and Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Whitney also provides tremendous Service to countless students, staff, and faculty from the work that she does as a student-employee within the Office of Retention. This work involves handling all of the postings that go on the eSign on the front of the Alumni Hall Student Center. Additionally, this work involves Whitney Serving others from her tremendous assistance with student-employee scheduling and Whitney's work within the Information Booth. Whitney's characteristics of Positivity, Ideation, Adaptability, Futuristic, and Includer are definitely apparent in her Service here at Mansfield University.
I have only worked with Zachary Holcomb for a little over one semester, but he has definitely made an impression on me. In my opinion, Zachary epitomizes Mansfield's creed of character. He is involved in many aspects of the university. He is president of the Honors Association, participates in the Kayak club, and performs scientific research in biology. I am nominating him, though, for his help with the physics course I teach. Even though he has not taken the course before, he offered to be a tutor for it after seeing his peers struggle and ask questions in class. He was such an excellent student that he was given the SI position for the course. For context, it has been very difficult to find SI's and tutors for PHY 1191/1992, as many who take it and do well in it are graduating seniors. His peers have given nothing but positive feedback, and I have definitely noticed an improvement in the students' understanding of the material since he was hired. In my opinion, it takes a great deal of character and dedication to master a subject well enough to teach to one's peers at the same time as one's self, and that is why I am nominating Zachary Holcomb for MU's Leadership Celebration.
Zack never lets his personal life affect his work ethic and leadership style. He works extremely well as the lead Mountie Ambassador for the Orientation. Zack also retained a lot of public speaking and organizational styles that helped him grow as a person.