"Mansfield University is dedicated to a personalized education with all programs grounded in the liberal arts. As a small, public university, we are committed to promoting leadership development through character, scholarship, cultural awareness, and service to others. Through our passion for learning, we positively influence the world. Mansfield University is Pennsylvania's Premier Public Liberal Arts University."
The memorial space is a garden and sitting area behind Retan Center built to honor the life and work of Sanner, who was deeply loved by her students and colleagues who remember her love of nature, her passion for teaching and her dedication to her students.
The memorial was proposed by Mansfield's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, of which Sanner was the advisor until her passing. The chapter raised the funds to pay for the memorial.
Ryan Wood, manager of Campus Services, designed the landscape/sitting area with the guidance of Sanner's colleagues. "This project was a group effort with special meaning and lasting enjoyment," Wood said.
Professor Bia Bernum
Bia Bernum, Assistant Professor of Communication at Mansfield University, earned honorable mention in the 2016 Ace Awards for her work managing the Department of Communication's social media pages.
The Ace Awards, created by Ragan Communications and PR Daily, is a worldwide competition that honors excellence in communications and marketing at the individual, team, and agency-wide level.
Bernum is the only individual associated with higher education to be honored this year.