Dr. Bridges came to Mansfield just a short time ago but in his time here has made a huge impact on everyone around him. He displays great ethical strength, disposition, and most importantly is a great role model to our students. In any conversation Dr. Bridges has, he carries with him both the interests of our students and the institution. We couldn't ask for a better Dean of Students!
Brittany Wright is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity at Mansfield University. In addition, she's also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. Over the last year of working with Brittany I've been impressed with her character. Most specifically I was so touched at Homecoming when she was running for Homecoming Queen and had a young man with Down Syndrome as her escort. Brittany's caring attitude for people with special needs and abilities is beyond amazing. She is passionate and strongly committed to helping out others. In addition she's a strong leader. Last semester she led a team that helped ZTA raise over $1,100 for ZTA's philanthropy. That money goes to help fund breast cancer research. Finally, Brittany actually faced some disappointment this semster and I've seen her move past the disappointment and recommit herself to her goals and values. I'm really proud of her character and look forward to seeing her grow even more.
Carmen has demonstrated her Character repeatedly. Employees in Human Resources are often called upon to deal with some of the toughest situations on campus, involving people and their lives. Carmen has performed her role with integrity and honesty, helping to lead this campus forward through her dedication to all employees.
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.
Ellie has grown and become a leader on campus in the two and a half years that I have known her. She's risen to the position of President in Alpha Sigma Alpha and is currently an RA in Spruce. She's honest when it comes to her own actions and is always willing to say "I messed up" when she makes mistakes. I have never seen her try to back down from something when confronted by someone. If, on the rare chance, that she did or said something that she needs to apologize for, she wastes no time in immediately correcting herself. Ellie is one of the most humble and respectable people that I have ever met. I know that I am not the only one on campus who looks up to her as an inspiration to be a better person. I am honored to say that she is my best friend.
I have been at this University for four years and I have seen Gayle almost every day in Lower Manser with a smile on her face and a warm caring attitude. She is always in good spirits and has a respect for herself and others that I admire. She truly represents the Character aspect of our Creed.
In having worked with Greg Zagozewski in numerous capacities over the years, he shows a great deal of character. Greg can always be counted on to act with integrity - whether it was his past work within Campus Police or within his current work involving employment search processes or work study details. His approach is open, honest, and fair with everyone. He shows a great deal of respect to both students and employees alike. Greg maintains confidentiality in the work that he does. He replies quickly to voice mail and email inquiries in support of students and staff. Greg Zagozewski's work and his display of good character are appreciated.
Helen and her cleaning staff stand just outside the official MU employee team, and yet serve our students and staff with as much commitment as everyone else. Hers is a quiet leadership that supports this campus with little recognition, a true display of character.
Ms. Dewey has an extraordinary character; not only when others are around, but even when she's unaware of her surroundings. Not only does Holly hold the compassion to help others, she also has the strength to make it happen. Last winter, Holly and a friend were skating on a frozen over lake. Not noticing until too late, the ice gave way. Both females ended up stranded in the lake. Holly sacrificed her own safety to aid her friend out of the ice, knowing that she would have to stay in until help arrived, or until she couldn't swim any longer. Holly ended up emerged in the icy water for nearly thirty minutes. When the EMTs and paramedics arrived, they were surprised that she didn't go into hypothermic shock. Although Ms. Dewey doesn't think she has done anything heroic, I believe otherwise.
I selected CHARACTER in reference to the Creed regarding Jena Matter, but the truth is, you could select any individual aspect and still have a story. I have only known Jena for the 2 years that I have been coaching here at Mansfield. In determining my Vision for this program, I defined character as what we do and how hard we work when no one is watching. Jena is a Nursing major who attempted to do what no one has done before in this particular athletic program here at Mansfield....And that is be a nursing major during clinicals and play basketball at the same time. Jena missed practice several days per week and struggled with getting home late after away games and still performing in the classroom. She worked with her parents to commute from Sayre to practice and drive directly to games, sometimes showing up 20 minutes before game time. Through it all, she continued to perform in the classroom and on the basketball court. This season has been a struggle for our program and Jena has been the epitome of leadership, character and positivity through a very difficult time. She has continued setting an example with her work ethic, encouraging the younger players, and staying positive when it would have been easy to throw in the towel. She will have scored her 1000th point in the next few upcoming games and she continues to believe in her teammates, her coaching staff, and her University. I can guarantee that if you ask anyone that has worked with Jena on campus, they will tell you the same things about her, including her teammates. I am confident in saying that she is the definition of Developing Tomorrow's Leaders....The only difference is I believe that she has always been one. It has been an honor and privilege to coach Jena. She will be greatly missed by our entire program. I cannot think of another person more worthy of being recognized for this honor.
John demonstrates integrity in his work daily, but in particular his recent work on the Employee survey demonstrates his commitment to the people of Mansfield University. John's support of the campus is an excellent demonstration of leadership through Character and Service.
Ever since I have known Joseph, he has always shown outstanding leadership skills. I can think of multiple times where he has taken charge and solved situations when others fell short of ideas. Joseph and I are in charge of operation snoweflake together and he also is applying to be a resident assistant, both of these take much leadership. One experience I have witnessed was when Joseph and I were driving on our way back from my aunts house. I was unfamiliar with the area and we were traveling at night. While trying to make it home I must have taken a wrong turn. Soon I realize we were lost. All of a sudden, I noticed my car driving very strangely. Joseph convinced me to pull over where there was light and a safe area off of the road. We pulled over and noticed my tire was completely flat and undriveable especially with the hour drive ahead. I went to call my grandfather when I came to realize we both did not have service and there were no houses with in walking distance. I started to cry, hyperventilate, and have a major panic attack. Joseph quickly then told me to calm down and reensured me that everything was going to be fine. He grabbed my spare tire and the jack and changed my flat. He helped me find the way back to the main road to take us home. I have no idea what I would have done with out him taking charge and leading the situation. I was extremely greatful to have someone with me who is hard working and willing to take charge in difficult situations.
Judi Brayer has demonstrated her leadership at Mansfield University for many years. I have personally witnessed her strong integrity, her passion to be a life long learner, and quest to celebrate culture and service on our campus. At this time I would like to recognize Judi for her role as Co-President of the SCUPA Union. Judi has reached out to serve our members on several occasions, has always treated everyone with respect and honesty, and continues to steer us in a positive direction. Thank you Judi for all of your hard work and dedication.
Kate is my mentor for Orientation Mountie Ambassadors and she was so patient and respectful towards me as I was learning how to become a Mountie Ambassador. She made me feel welcomed into the group and took responsibiliy to make sure I was learning throughout the orientation. She is a great role model for me and for others around. She is professional when working around future students and can communicate with these students and with other Ambassadors as we go through orientations. She has shown great character and I am grateful to be able to work with Kate.
As the president of GLO (Gay Lesbian Outreach), Margaret has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in fulfilling the responsibilities of her position. Not only is she a tremendous leader for the organization, but she has acted on several occasions as a mediator and support system for many members in the group. She has always acted with grace and with respect for all involved during these times. On more than one occasion she has stepped up to assume responsibility in situations that took much level-headedness and personal strength to diffuse. Her character makes her an invaluable member of the Mansfield University community.
President Hendricks had made a real difference on our campus. The basics stand out. He is a man of integrity, and always acts in this fashion. He cares about this place and the people here. In practice, this looks like a leader who stops on campus and speaks honestly with students, staff, and faculty.
Sarah is a member of the Mountie Ambassadors Orientation Team. She was recently selected to hold a higher position above other Mountie Ambassadors, a leadership position. She was selected for this position because of the dedication that she puts toward Orientation, as well as the leadership she shows while on the team. Sarah is always doing something productive, rarely will you see her sitting down unless she is required to for a task. She cares deeply about the new students, and about Orientation as a whole. She has shown great leadership by directing other Ambassadors where to go or what to do if we have down time. Another big thing that Sarah does is that she is never willing to ask somebody to do something that she wouldn't do herself. Sarah has already shown great leadership after her first Orientation in the higher position, and I know she will make great gains for the team and for the incoming first-year students.
Serena provided outstanding mentoring and service to first-year students and fellow mentees in the summer. She also did so throughout the academic year. Scholarship promotion was given through the seriousness with which the academic plans and goals of the mentees were met. A demonstration of outstanding character was presented when facing adversity of her own, even when assisting of students and through work with her mentees. Serena is a great role model for embracing diversity of all and promoting the cultural experiences that the Gateway and Campus Community offer MU students. She has consistently exceeded expectations of the positions held which were so critical to the transitioning of first-year students. Demonstration of maturity and wisdom well beyond her years.
On September 14th, the evening of MU's first night football game in 121 years, the bleachers at Van Norman Field were packed. Because of this, students were standing on the steps in-between the sets of bleachers. This made it difficult for the spectators sitting on the bleachers to see the action on the field. Some of the spectators became upset and asked the students to move. This upset some of the students, as there was nowhere for them to move. A few comments were volleyed back and forth between the spectators and the students; one of the spectators become frustrated and went to inform Campus Police of the situation. It quickly became an uncomfortable situation. However, through Serena Chapman's leadership and CHARACTER, the situation was quickly diffused. Serena behaved respectfully, and insisted that her fellow students do the same. Rather than reacting impulsively, she responded calmly. Several factors could have come into play here (i.e. racism, ageism), and probably did to some extent, but Serena chose to stay positive and she ignored the negative stereotypes at play. An ugly situation that could have very easily become even uglier was instead resolved peacefully, with respect and poise. She acted as the mediator between the students and the spectators, and found a solution that worked for all. Ever since that evening, I have been trying to think of a way to honor and recognize Serena's actions. Thank you for the opportunity to do so. I would also like to recognize the other students in the Black Student Union that were on the steps that evening. Prior to the start of the game, I was assisting Mrs. Janice Kennedy up the bleachers to find a seat for the game. Members of BSU were on the steps, forming a line all the way to the top. Every one of those students that Mrs. Kennedy passed put out their hand and offered her their assistance. As she mounted one step, the student helping her would hold her hand until she started up the next step, then another student would take her hand and help her up to the next step, and so on. This is behavior that you would certainly expect from students that know Mrs. Kennedy and know of the impact she has had on students at Mansfield, as she has without a doubt earned their respect. But these students did not know Mrs. Kennedy. It was a very simple, yet very powerful act of kindness. I may sound crazy and overly emotional, but it was beautiful to see and I am thankful to have witnessed it.
I had an especially difficult task deciding which category of the Mansfield Creed to pick for expressing my leadership story concerning Stephanie Richards. She totally exemplifies all four parts of the Creed. Steph has serious chronic medical issues that affect all aspects of her life. Many times she does not have the strength or stamina to even get out of bed. In spite of these factors pulling at her constantly, Steph finds ways to not only succeed but excel, all along exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities. She is one of the most brilliant, hard-working, trustworthy, dependable, giving, polite, honest, devoted, and caring individuals I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. She maintains the highest of ethical standards. Her constant pain and suffering are put aside to make the lives of others better. Through all the ongoing difficulties, Steph is undoubtedly the most driven student I have witnessed, focused on mastering every concept in her studies, not for the grade, but for the knowledge. My direction for elaboration has settled on character. Steph was my Supplemental Instruction Leader for Zoology, Fall 2013. I have never seen a more dedicated and conscientious servant to others. She carefully planned activities to promote, challenge, and enhance the learning capabilities of her "Zo Minions" whom she adored, and they loved and respected her as a perfect role model. During one of Steph's early sessions, I happened to be setting up lab in the same room. One of the students was having difficulty remembering terminology components. It would have been easy for Steph to say just write down the terms and learn them. This should be no problem. Instead she used an example of missing a particular term when she took the course and never forgetting it since then. I might add that this was the only point she missed in the course of 1000 points. Steph could have picked any of the 999 times she was correct, but humbly related to a downfall and showed that she was a regular student, too. All of her mentees not only better learned the material from Steph's involvement, but benefited from her exceptional qualities exhibited as an outstanding student in every possible manner, but even more so as an incredible person. Everything is given freely by Steph, in spite of illness that would lead most to succumb under the added pressure and stress. She puts the needs, hopes, desires, and dreams of all others ahead of her own. Highlighting Character, Stephanie Richards is indeed a leader at a level of her own, who lives all four parts of the Mansfield Creed daily through example.
Timothy Long has been nominated by the MU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. Tim is our current treasurer. He exemplifies character because he uses his head when making tough desicions. He thinks about the impact actions will have for our group as well as the University as a whole. He finds a middle ground for all involved.
Victoria joined Student Government Association in the fall and indicated that her weakness was public speaking during her interview. Since then she has been one of the only senators to consistently voice her opinion, no matter the popularity of it, and truly attempt to serve the students on campus and look out for their well-being. She is willing to ask questions, difficult and intimidating questions, and prod the morality of decisions being made in SGA. I think she is the definition of a leader, and an epitome of the ideals in our Creed.
Zane Swanger has been nominated for this Leadership Celebration for his Character. Zane has gone out of his way on several occasions to assist me in various ways before we were roommates. If you were to look at our Creed, Zane embodies all four parts of it by achieving high academic results, serving as the Eminent Archon of SAE and the Student Trustee to the University.
Mrs. Hendricks brought the Winter Holidays to campus again! Many students and staff from all over campus helped bring this seasons' lights and decorations together, but Connie led the effort, and brought all of campus together under the holiday decorations in her home, Manser and on South Hall Mall. She has helped re-build the culture of Mansfield University itself, and created a annual winter celebration. And of course, the cookies!
As a member of SGA eboard Jason has demonstrated leadership in many different ways. One of these ways has been Jason's willingness to explore cultures different than is own, to actively dive into situations, events, and conferences in which he is the minority to gain a better understanding of others.
Trevor Clark first posted and tweeted #LoveMU on September 21. This simple gesture has become a expression of love for our school and is now being used as a marketing and promotional tool. Rather than seeking personal recognition, Trevor chose to keep quiet about his post so that it might become a symbol for our campus community. However, several of his fellow students, including myself, know that he was the one who started what has become a social media trend that has created a new social media identity for our school as well as a unifying concept for everyone who loves MU. I believe this demonstrates leadership qualities and an ability to enhance the culture of our school and local community by bringing people together through the power of positive creativity. Using PR knowledge that he acquired here at MU, along with his own personal ingenuity, Trevor came up with a social media post that was designed to convey a simple yet eloquent message in order to demonstrate his love and support for his school. That simple post turned into an idea that offered hope and inspiration in a time of low morale and hardship. That idea has become a symbol that has been widely shared by current MU students, faculty, administrators, and alumni in an expression of unity in our shared love for Mansfield University.
This may be a surprise staff member in this category, but Amy leads student's academic development everyday on this campus. Amy is the only staff member in KFC with over 40 student employees. She leads all of them as they develop in multiple areas of scholarship- for some of them this will be running a gym or business, working with their nutrition degree, or leading a fitness class. Amy has taken the challenge of having no other in-building staff support and created a true laboratory learning experience for many students on campus.
Caitlyn Daly was a student of the Gateway Program during the summer of 2013 and she has definitely proven to be a leader. Not only did she successfully complete the Gateway Program, but she also was Valedictorian. Being Valedictorian is definitely a major accomplishment for Caitlyn. She still demonstrates acts of scholarship and leadership on a daily basis. Not only has she succeeded with grades, but also possesses great leadership within the dance team and Alpha Sigma Alpha.
Dana Black is the president of the Computer Science Club, and over the winter break he led members of the club to participate and win in one of the many categories at MHacks. MHacks is one of the nation's largest and most competitive hackathons and is held at the University of Michigan. Not only should our Computer and Information Sciences department be incredibly proud of him and the team that went, but so should the rest of the University.
Dr. Murray is a great nominee for the category of Scholarship. In and out of class he leads by scholarship, intellectual integrity, and critical inquiry. His love for teaching Psychology is endless, and the life lessons he instills will never be forgotten. A personal example of how Dr. Murray has led by scholarship is when I took his Helping Skills class. This class is essential to becoming a successful future counselor. In this class we were assigned peer counselors, and recorded the 15-30 minute counseling sessions we were assigned. To get us to think critically, Dr. Murray would give each of us individual feedback on areas we could work on as a counselor, and we all found this to be very helpful and rewarding. Throughout this class he showed his love for the community of Mansfield and people as a whole, and how every person should be treated equally. This has inspired myself and others who have met and taken classes with Dr. Murray to become the best person we can. I think Dr. Murray is the perfect nominee for leading by scholarship because of the genuine love and care he puts into teaching students.
Kimberly could easily be nominated for all four components of our creed. However, this particular nomination will focus on her stellar academics. Kimberly transferred here with an associate's degree and 3.77 GPA from Lehigh Carbon Community College. Her first semester at Mansfield, Fall 2013, she completed 16 credits with a 4.0 GPA! The first two weeks into her first semester here, she assumed the position of secretary to our newly-formed transfer student organization, TSO. She is dedicated to the university as a committed education major as well as to the acclimation and success of our transfer students. She is all about helping others, which describes her value of service, culture, and character as well. I would love to nominate her for each of the four parts of the creed, and provide additional testament for each. But, I will close by leaving her outstanding scholarship in the education of others speak for itself.
Laquan has provided outstanding mentoring and service to first year students and fellow mentees in the summer. Laquan has also done so throughout the academic year. Scholarship promotion was given through the seriousness with which the academic plans and goals of the mentees were met. A demonstration of outstanding character was presented when facing adversity, even when the need to assist students took precedence. Laquan is a great role model for embracing diversity of all students and promoting the cultural experiences that the Gateway and Campus Community offer MU students. Expectations are exceeded of the positions held which are so critical to the transitioning of first-year students. Demonstration of maturity and wisdom well beyond Laquan's years have taken place.
Melissa Wiles has lived in the Mansfield area for her entire life. She has attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania for 4 full years. She shows and applies her knowledge of her Dietetics and Sports Nutrition degree by teaching and coaching students at Mansfield group fitness classes. She teaches fitness classes at Kelchner Fitness Center most days out of the week, and truly enjoys being able to help those around her be physically fit and lead a healthy lifestyle. Through her study of anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise science she has created her own class. In this class she explains why these fundamental and combination exercises will deliver results. I have never met somebody so passionate about what they do. Not only is she passionate about fitness and health she also shows passion in her schoolwork by maintaining a 3.87 QPA. Her drive to do well in every aspect of her life inspires those around her to be passionate about what they do, and to succeed at their highest level.
I have had the pleasure of becoming familiar with student Whitney White due to my supervision of the Alumni Hall Student Center Information Booth and Game Room. Whitney is a student-employee within that area of Student Life. When I became responsible for those areas, I was fortunate enough to "inherit" Whitney as a returning student-employee that had experience working within the Information Booth. From day one, Whitney has proved to be a very responsible and mature person. She is a dedicated student that excels in the classroom while having numerous commitments both on and off campus. Within her commitments she typically holds high levels of responsibility. She is deeply involved within Criminal Justice Administration, Music, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (President), Kappa Kappa Psi (Historian & Activities Chair), and she works at the local YMCA. For the Information Booth / Game Room, she can be counted on to take on additional responsibilities because of her responsibility, communication, and teamwork with her coworkers. Whitney is always friendly and positive. Whitney has encountered many challenges in her life, all the while continuing to forge ahead and excel while being a role model for people of all ages. Whitney is here at Mansfield University as a dedicated and engaged / involved student. At the same time, Whitney White is teaching countless others how to live a successful personal and professional life. Whitney is an inspiration and a fine example of the Scholarship aspect of the Creed.
When I first changed majors from Communications to Political Science, I enjoyed myself from the very first day I sat down in one of the stiff chairs in the lecture hall in Elliot. Yet, in the years since, I have come to fully grasp what makes the Political Science department what it is and that is the professors who call it home. Drs. Bosworth and Rothermel are not just professors, not just teachers, and not just mentors. They exemplify, every day, every week, year in and year out, a passion not just for the material they teach but also for the students being taught. This commitment, and passion, is self-evident and nowhere more so than in the details of the short-term study abroad trip both of them laboriously endeavored to create for June of 2014. Many students, at many schools, have been viciously bitten by the travel bug, so to speak, and hope to someday study abroad, at least for the short term. But here, at Mansfield University, these two educators took it upon themselves to start up a short-term study abroad program to the nation of Belize for Summer Session I of this coming June. They spent hours upon hours planning, they spent five days in-country, they spent countless more hours hosting information sessions and fielding questions from inquisitive students. Why would they do this? Because they believe in learning, in students who want to learn as much as they possibly can, and they believe that learning, and knowledge, hold value in this world we call home. No one asked Drs. Bosworth and Rothermel to create this opportunity; they conceived of the idea simply because they had traveled abroad on similar trips in their own educational careers and wished for their own students to do the same. As someone who has been abroad previously, I can first-hand attest to the change that comes over a college student once they step foot outside of their homeland for the first time. Trips like this opportunity in Belize are about much more than academia, they are also about participating in experiences quite unlike any you will ever find in your home country. They are about meeting people from vastly different cultures than your own and realizing that, despite the chasm of cultural differences, they really are similar to ourselves. It is an experience akin to none but itself. Students who attend a school and witness such an overt display of dedication to one's chosen field of expertise, along with an intense commitment to academia, cannot help but to continue their search for knowledge. This is the mark of true educators: ones who inspire their own students to seek information, to learn, to understand, to acquire knowledge, to share it, and above all, to apply it. I have met very few educators who exhibit such high levels of dedication both to their profession and to their students. This, in my humble and honest opinion, is exemplar of the Mansfield Creed and specifically Scholarship. Thank you very much.
When you first meet Allison Fehlinger she is shy and reserved. Once you get to know her she is full of energy and enthusiasm. I met Allison in Fall 2012 and after joining a group I advise, The Kappa Phi Club, Allison had no time to sit and watch others serve. She jumped right in and did things herself/lead other to serve. Allison is now the President of The Kappa Phi Club and with the help of the other 5 members, she led this group of women to do a week long Hunger Awareness Week in November 2013. The group raised $118 for the Mansfield Area Food Pantry and collected canned goods as well. Allison really spearheaded this whole week of activities because she really grasped the need for the group to help those who are in need, those who are hungry. She also went on Campus Ministry's service trip to the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Fall 2013 and I believe that weekend was eye-opening for her and really made her hunger to do more service. Allison is an outstanding student leader and Service is in her blood.
Allison continually demonstrates leadership in the form of service for PCMEA on a daily basis. She attends every meeting, attends all Executive Board meetings, chairs a committee, and is a mentor to new members. She puts in a lot of extra time managing our Facebook page, creating posters, and teaching free music lessons to community members. To sum it all up, Allison is a helpful and friendly face in times of stress. Without her my job would be much more difficult. Such is the reason I put her name forth for nomination.
With Student Life making ongoing improvements to the Alumni Hall Student Center, and the Game Room in particular, Andy Worthington has been exceptionally helpful. He has fielded many requests for design concepts from our area. Andy then works diligently to work with our staff in designing a wonderful end-product. Andy is in high-demand on our campus with his graphic design expertise. His work is greatly appreciated and enhances our area and areas all across campus for faculty, staff, and visitors. Most importantly, Andy's work provides a wonderful service to the Mansfield University students. His time and talents serve all of us greatly!
Benjamin has countlessly given up his free time to help out the community and the school within the Community Service Club. He is the chairperson for Revive Mansfield, which helps the Mansfield Community. For instance, he led the Community Service Club planting trees all across town.
Breyanna has worked at the Kelchner Fitness Center for several years. Over the years she has developed into a formidable leader. Breyanna is not afraid to stand up for the rules and regulations of the fitness center and has willingly given of her time to help out at events that she's not scheduled for. In particular Breyanna has gone out of her way on her off times to help out fellow coworkers. She makes herself available by email, text, phone and in person to help new staff members become comfortable with Kelchner, but also with Mansfield University. She is a great example of service. She does get paid for her job here at Kelchner, but often goes out of her way to help in ways that are not a typical part of a job.
Brianna Burkhart 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 Bri extremely knowledgeable concerning the sport, but is able to convey ideas in a manner that is both respectful and encouraging to cultivate the maximum effort and quality out of each individual. Bri is kind and patient and fair to everyone, fully understanding that each of the cheerleaders develops at a different pace. She has earned the admiration and respect of team members, coaches, and the public. We are so absolutely fortunate to have Bri Burkhart serving our squad and University as cheerleading captain.
She volunteered to be a chair for one of the committees in the Community Service Club, she also is the person that introduced me to the Community Service Club. She is an all-around active leader in service and she participated in the Leadership Symposium for TRiO.
Charlie always goes above and beyond when help is needed. He always listens to what your needs are and is always coming up with ideas/suggestions if needed to help put out the best product possible. He is the true meaning of "Service" and should be acknowledged for that.
Mrs. Fry has been a phenomenal mentor, leader and advocate for the entire Education department. Her efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Her hard work and dedication to bettering us future teachers and accommodating for our needs, has allowed us to foresee a future in becoming an educator. I want to thank her as well as Beth McClure and the ENTIRE Education department for their time and efforts of ensuring we are as knowledgeable and acquainted as we can be in the educational field.
Christine Masucci is amazing. Among many hats that she wears, Christine is president of the Mansfield University Photography Club and serves her peers and associates at an incredible level. A year and a half ago, she was elected to the pinnacle of leadership in an organization floundering for purpose and direction. She accepted the challenge with enthusiasm, insight, and direction. Christine serves without thought of time consumption and amount of effort required. She is constantly cheerful, has clear requests that involve all club members, and gets the most out of everyone while carefully considering individual goals and desires. Christine's personality is such that she employs a unique sense of humor to put others at ease. Christine Masucci is a one-of-a-kind, talented, and forceful leader who gets wonderful results in service to all.
I would like to nominate Mr. Dean Lee to be recognized for his service to the University. Dean is an extremely hard working young man who always thinks about others. His service for others not only is shown with his care and dedication in both of his service jobs on campus (Game Room Student Ambassador & Tech-Connect), but his everyday interactions with others. Today as I was moving items in my office, Dean walked by, saw what I was doing, and asked if he could help me. Dean moved the heavy items in my office and than asked if there was anything else he could help with. I had never met Dean before this time, but have heard his name come up in several conversations. Thank you Dean for your service to Mansfield.
Denise Davey is an excellent example for all of us in serving students. Denise goes above and beyond to help students understand the process of obtaining a student worker position. Not only is she always there for the student, I have always found Denise extremely helpful from the employer end. Since I work with the International Student population, sometimes things can become a bit confusing, and Denise has always helped solve the issues in a timely fashion. Thank you Denise for all that you do for our students!
Dillon Mulroy is in his third semester as President of Alpha Kappa Lambda, Fraternity. Through his Presidency, he has cut the chapter debt significantly, and by the end of this semester or next, the chapter will be completely out of debt. Under Dillon, the chapter has also grown as a whole with the size, as well as with the integrity. A big accomplishment that the chapter achieved as a whole was over 900 community service hours last Spring. Dillon Mulroy has made a great President for Alpha Kappa Lambda, and he still has the rest of this semester and most of next. I can only see great things for the Fraternity under Dillon Mulroy.
Serving others is intuitive for Dr. Mardi Whitehouse. When the opportunity presented itself to positively impact village children in bush Alaska, Mardi embraced it. In spite of the tremendous commitment of time required, Mardi crossed curriculum, united education students from art and math, and led the group as they planned collaborative lessons designed to teach math through the vehicle of art. The project culminated in a two-week adventure to Lake and Peninsula School District in Alaska. Dr. Whitehouse led the group of six (3 art education students and 3 math education students). While on the Alaskan peninsula, the group participated in a variety of service and learning activities. First, they taught students how to make and use pinhole cameras. The students took pictures with the cameras they made, and then learned how to develop their film using the dark room Mardi and her students built. In addition, Mardi and her students prepared and taught a Linear Kandinsky lesson for middle school, an Optical Illusions lesson for high school, and a Shapes and Colors lesson for elementary students. Mardi's service to this small, rural community did not end here. The servant leaders also participated in the many preparations required for a district-wide Basketball Jamboree. They made hats, painted faces, made marbleized paper, and decorated for the big event. Would you believe that they also jumped in to help with refereeing basketball games, acting as the dance DJ, preparing food, and cleaning up? Dr. Mardi Whitehouse is a servant leader. Through her selfless commitment to students (MU's and bush Alaska's), Mardi has made an indelible mark on the educational development of many. The opportunities to teach, to learn, and to serve extended by Dr. Mardi Whitehouse model the best in education. Her example is powerful and life enriching . . . one to which we should all aspire.
Elizabeth has gone above and beyond for the nursing class of 2014. She is an involved class officer, the president of HSSGA, a wonderful example of a nurse, and generally a good person to be around.
Emily Cromley is a student with a heart for service. From the moment she arrived as a new student in fall 2011, she sought out Campus Ministry to get involved. She has been on 3 service trips to an inner-city soup kitchen in Philadelphia and has always stepped up to do service in all of the organizations of which she is a member. Emily truly embodies many aspects of the Mansfield Creed but Service stands above the rest.
Jason has spent countless hours within our student body being a representative of COF and SGA and has demonstrated his leadership skills in a number of ways. In my time at Mansfield University I have not met another student, in his position, willing to put in the time and effort to make the process or environment "better for the next student" as he has. I commend his efforts and determination.
Jackie has provided outstanding mentoring and service to first year students and fellow mentees in the summer, and throughout the academic year. Scholarship promotion exists through the seriousness with which the academic plans and goals of the mentees are met. A demonstration of outstanding character when facing adversity of her own in compilation with the assistance provided through her work with her mentees. Jackie is a great role model for embracing diversity of all, and promoting the cultural experiences that the Gateway and Campus Community offer MU students. Consistently exceeds expectations of the positions held which were so critical to the transitioning of first-year students. A clear demonstration of maturity and wisdom well beyond her years. She will excel in any chosen life profession.
Being a leader doesn't always have to mean standing out among the crowd. There is also a quiet leadership. A leadership shown through actions. A leadership that constantly works for the greater good and doesn't expect anything in return. I feel that Daniel Teodoro, a senior Geography: Environmental Science major, is one such leader. Over the last few semesters I have gotten to know Daniel and during each encounter I learn something else about him that leaves me thinking, "This young man is destined to make a difference in our world, yet he remains so humble about his accomplishments." Daniel is the founder of Human Energy, an organization whose purpose is to create sustainable development through education in organic agriculture in his home country of El Salvador. Although the project is still fairly new, great strides have been made toward its continued success. He has continued to grow the organization, even when thousands of miles away and going to school full-time. Daniel has plans to go on to graduate school, potentially in Europe, to further explore his passion for environmental sustainability and to continue in his pursuit to bring sustainable agriculture practices to El Salvador. I believe that Daniel deserves to be recognized for his determination, persistence, and passions.
Kelli Sebastian is the first president of the newly created Community Service Club at Mansfield University. In the first semester of this new organization, Kelli has brought a certain charisma and energetic attitude that acts as a catalyst for the fellow club members. She makes a positive impact and is a wonderful role model, causing the other club members rally around her and work for our common goal of helping those in need. Without Kelli, the Community Service Club would not be the huge success it is today and I know that under her student leadership, this club will only grow to be a beacon for Mansfield University and other schools to follow.
Kelsy is one of the most service driven people that I have ever met. Last semester alone she did 84 hours of community service. She was one of the founding members of the Community Service Club on campus (where she still is extremely active despite having a full course load and participating in other extracurricular activities). She has also taken on the role of Philanthropy Chairman of Alpha Sigma Alpha and helps to plan service events. Kelsy is one of the first people to volunteer to do a job and is extremely reliable. She helps give campus tours on visit days and is always extremely happy to participate. Kelsy is very hardworking and deserves the recognition for the jobs well done.
Kelsy Woodman is not only a great classmate, but also a fantastic leader. She is a part of a sorority on campus, she is on the Community Service Executive Board, and she is currently becoming involved with the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Kelsy has a very hard work and service ethic, and she is always helping to motivate and encourage her fellow classmates. She has an eye for and is always looking to help people in need. Just this past semester she designed Revive Mansfield. The program got Community Service Club members and other students involved to help restore the depleted number of trees in the Mansfield community. There are many more ways that Kelsy has given back to and served not only the campus community, but also the town community. I believe she has the makings to become a very great leader and she should be commended for her hard work thus far.
Kenneth has shown integrity to help his fellow students through leadership and service. He has been a major contributor to the Sayre campus and its students through the roles of RA and HSSGA Vice President. He was prompt to help organize the movement to create a Student Government for the health students.
Laura is a leader in an on-campus club called Navigators. I visited one of their meetings, and I didn't really know anybody. She went out of her way to make me feel welcome and a part of the group.
Lauren is a senior women's soccer captain who has served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president for the past two years (I am the advisor for this group). During this time, Lauren has organized many efforts on behalf of SAAC including preparing for and running biweekly meetings, a campus dodgeball tournament as a fundraiser, homecoming parade participation for our organization, soccer team participation in National Student-Athlete Day, voting on NCAA DII legislation, and many others. Lauren also represented Mansfield University at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) SAAC spring 2013 conference sessions, as well as two PSAC SAAC conference session calls. In addition, Lauren continues to lead SAAC in planning several major events this semester even as she currently works to complete the demands of her student-teaching. Lauren embodies the values of leadership through her continued commitment to SAAC and passion for service. She has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and has been named an MU Presidential Scholar-Athlete and PSAC Scholar-Athlete multiple times. Through her role as our president, she has made a major difference in the lives of others, and SAAC would not be what it is without her leadership for our organization.
Outstanding mentoring and service provided to first year students and fellow mentees in the summer and throughout the academic year. Scholarship promotion through the seriousness with which the academic plans and goals of the mentees were carried out. A demonstration of outstanding character both in facing self-adversity, and assistance of students in need. A great role model for embracing diversity of all and promoting the cultural experiences that the Gateway and Campus Community offer MU students. Consistently exceeded expectations that were required of the positions held which were so critical to the transitioning of first-year students. Demonstration of maturity and wisdom well beyond Marquise's years that will allow for excellence in any life profession chosen.
Melissa Wiles is working toward a double major in Dietetics and Sports Nutrition with a minor in Psychology. She is an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and leads fitness classes at Kelchner Fitness Center. It is in these classes at KFC that I have witnessed her truly giving back to her MU community (students and staff alike) as well as setting an example of leadership through service. She utilizes her MU education to encourage others to build healthier and stronger lives and is able to do so with an excitement that keeps the MU (and local) community coming back for more. Melissa is a supportive and engaged instructor who strives to utilize her knowledge to empower those around her.
In the past two years within my new position on campus as the Associate Director for Student Life and Student Retention, I have needed to access many resources across campus. Often times I have reached out to Michelle Novitske, an Enrollment Service Rep. II. Each and every time that I reach out to her she is exceptionally helpful and friendly. Despite the fact that she is surely busy, she immediately provides the help that is needed. Michelle's prompt help via phone or email is a huge asset to my office and to Student Life in general. Most importantly, Michelle's work supports and improves the lives of countless students on our campus. Her service to others is greatly appreciated!
I have never met another employee who meets with as many constituents as Nichole, both on campus and in the community. Nichole is always positive, happy, and looking for ways to improve. She provide a wonderful service to the institution and takes GREAT passion in what she does and it is apparent to everyone around her. She makes it happen!
We would also like to extend our nomination to Norma Stiner. These two amazing women keep Butler Music Center clean, tidy, and well kept. We as musicians and music majors are immensely appreciative for their hard work! After all, most of us spend more time in that building than we do in our own rooms!
Along with nominating Norma Stiner, we would also like to extend our nominaton to Monica Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org. These two amazing women keep Butler Music Center clean, tidy, and well kept. We as musicians and music majors are immensely appreciative for their hard work! After all, most of us spend more time in that building than we do in our own rooms!
Being part of a fraternity on campus provided Patrick with the groundwork needed to not only become a leader within the Mansfield student community, but also outside of just Mansfield University. I believe Patrick's commitment to service is what distinguishes his leadership contributions to Mansfield University. Last semester Patrick was consistently attending early Saturday morning (about 8:30 AM) Special Olympic activities at the local bowling alley. It wasn't just that he was there, it was that he pushed me and other brothers to show up no matter what we were doing the night before. One time in particular I remember spending the night with Patrick and other brothers staying up late - until 4 or 5 AM - playing games and celebrating another successful week of classes. Normally we would be up until 12 AM or so, but for some reason we ended up almost seeing the sunrise. I was almost certain I wouldn't make it to the bowling alley, but Patrick made sure that me and others were woken up by those who went to bed early. He was one of the first to arrive to greet all of the athletes at the bowling alley and start the day with a smile on his face. Feeling absolutely tired as I took score, I noticed that Patrick was all smiles and seemed like he had well over the 3 hours or so of sleep he had actually gotten. I think that was a moment where I realized that Patrick's own leadership was something that I wanted to emulate in my own everyday life. To be that committed to something that others might overlook as just another obligation made me respect Patrick as a person and as a leader - since he was our President at the time. I don't think anything is a stronger quality in a leader than absolute commitment to any and all obligations, especially when you are seen and known as the face of your organization.
Ryan is an extremely hard worker! He takes great pride in everything he does. He wants this campus to look the best that it can ALL THE TIME! Ryan is one of many that works with literally each and every office on campus and it is important that we recognize the hard work and dedication he brings to this institution. It is always pleasant working with Ryan!
Along with the rest of the Social Work Club officers and the advisor, I believe that Sarah goes above and beyond in her roles on campus. She has great leadership abilities, a charming personality, and is always there to help whomever needs it. She is currently the Secretary for the Social Work Club, the President of Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Fraternity, and an active member of Bible Study. She is well organized with the minutes of the Social Work Club, as well as a very active member. She has exceptional leadership qualities within Phi Alpha, with her latest project being a Mentor/Mentee project for underclass Social Work students. I believe that she would be very qualified to represent Mansfield University within the Service part of our Creed.
In 2012 Kelchner Fitness Center added the climbing wall to its services. Even before the climbing wall was built Sheila Kasparek, who is an MU librarian, was part of the process. She was involved in the committee to select the bid package and she really had great ideas about how to incorporate climbing into MU's culture. Over the last 2 years Sheila has been an amazing supporter and volunteer of the Kelchner climbing wall. She gives of her time freely to train and support the staff at the climbing wall. She is also always available to me when I need to run policies, procedures, or techniques by her. Just recently she took time out of her own busy schedule to teach the climbing wall staff a lesson on knots and self-belay. She prepared lesson plans and assessments for the workshop that I will easily be able to put into the staff files. The most amazing part of this is that Sheila does this all as a volunteer. Her love of climbing and passion to teach others has been the best possible resource for us at the climbing wall. She is making service and scholarship an integral part of her life and MU culture.
Shelby always stays very busy. She tutors kindergarten and 1st graders every week for the America Reads program. She stays involved on campus by joining various clubs and organizations. She is very friendly and outgoing and loves being around other people. Shelby is always willing to help anyone who needs it.
Steve was the driving force behind the highly successful Sept. 14 Light Up Mansfield - Again events this past fall starting from the from the inception right up to serving as the chair of the organizing committee. The celebration encompassed all departments throughout the University and was a major source of pride for current students, alumni, and the surrounding community. Steve was selfless in his role as organizing committee chair and worked countless hours to ensure that anyone who wanted to be a part of the celebration was able to do so. Steve oversaw the massive marketing campaign for months leading up to the event that included billboards throughout the state, television commercials, radio spots, mass emails, a promo video that went viral among the MU community, and dozens of national media features including Sports Illustrated, NPR, Newsday, and NCAA Champion Magazine. The inaugural game on the new turf at Karl Van Norman Field set an NCAA Division II field hockey attendance record with 2,011 fans and was the third most watched field hockey game in NCAA history Division I, II, or III. To get an idea how difficult that feat is, Millersville attempted to set an NCAA field hockey attendance record this past November during its first ever home NCAA playoff game by offering free t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans and only drew a crowd of 605. Later that night at Karl Van Norman Field, Mansfield lit it up again with a well choreographed lighting ceremony before a record crowd of 6,223 fans, including over 100 football alumni spanning several decades. The game was broadcast regionally on several networks and nationally on DirecTV and ESPN3. It was something that participants and fans alike will never forget. The event was truly a coming-together of the entire University and community and countless individuals contributed to its success. None of this could have been possible without Steve's vision, leadership and extreme sacrifice. He truly exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer and embodies all four sections of the Mansfield creed.
Steve transformed campus this last fall leading on the "Light It Up Again" event. It was a campus-wide effort and celebration that would not have happened without Steve's dedication and service to this campus and the community that is MU. Steve often serves all of MU by putting Mansfield University first, this is just another great example.
I am nominating Suzanne Murphy for the Service aspect of the Mansfield University Creed. Within the Campus Technologies Division, Suzanne is the University Webmaster & Applications Development Coordinator / SAP Campus Security Administrator. I became more familiar with Suzanne as I have worked with her in recent years on programming that supports student success. Suzanne had already been involved in this work previous to my involvement. Suzanne works extremely hard and mostly "behind the scenes" in supporting students, faculty, and staff all across our campus. She helps others greatly - much of our work could not be done without Suzanne's time and talent within her position. She definitely works with others to improve the Mansfield University community. Suzanne's work is greatly appreciated and she is an asset for countless people across campus.
Both as a member of MISO, and as an International student at Mansfield University; Yukta exhibits all the traits of a strong leader. As a member of MISO, Yukta is "the" go to person. Whether it is an educational, social, or recreation event, Yukta is always up front getting her hands dirty. One event where she went above and beyond was coordinating the Winter Ball. She was involved with making sure the food was ordered, purchased, and followed-up on. She coordinated the choice of the decorations, the set-up, and the tear-down for the function. Yukta is a very hard worker and motivates others to get involved by being a good role model and leader. As the International Center is evolving, Yukta has been involved with the purchasing of furniture and incidentals. Her creativity and encouragement has inspired others to step out of the box and try new activities as well. Once again, she motivates by being a role model. When putting together programs sponsored by the International Center, Yukta volunteered her time and talents to creating advertising. Even though Yukta doesn't work for the Center, her help is extraordinary. I selected Leadership as the catagory to write about Yukta Sagar, but I could easily talk about her character, scholarship, and appreciation of culture. Yukta is a well-rounded woman who we have been blessed to have at Mansfield.