Dear Alumni & Friends,

The President's Office recently sponsored a contest for MU students, challenging them to create a logo which shows that "MU" is needed to spell community.  There were many creative submissions, with top honors going to Art Education major Emily Crandell for her winning entry pictured here.  Congratulations, Emily!

A new website was recently launched to help us to spread the good news about Mansfield.  The content is created by anyone who has something positive to share about their experience at Mansfield!  Since MU alumni and friends are some of Mansfield University's most loyal and valuable supporters, we'd love to hear from you.

Share your favorite memories of when you were a student, let us know why Mansfield is special to you and how you "stay connected" with your alma mater.  Perhaps you assist with student recruitment efforts or share your professional experience with students by speaking in a class or recruiting students for internships or jobs at your company.  Do you donate your time and expertise by serving on a board?  Submit stories, photos, videos and more at "MU: Mount Up, Move Out, Lead!".  All submissions will be reviewed and the best ones will be published on the website as well as through our social media channels and the website.

Once a Mountie, Always a Mountie!

Denise Berg
Director of Alumni Relations

P.S. Scott Deischer '71 was the winner of the September Trivia Challenge - Scott correctly identified Straughn Auditorium as the building in the photo.  Check below for this month's trivia challenge.


Upcoming Alumni and Friends Events

MU On the Road: Sarasota, FL, March 15, 2014.  Alumni hosts Donna Congdon Mokrzynski '55 and Don Stanton '53 look forward to welcoming you at the University Park Country Club for an alumni luncheon.  More information coming soon!  Click here to view photos of the 2013 gathering.

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2014!  June 13 & 14.  Click here to enjoy a video montage of Alumni Weekend 2013.

Greetings to Mansfield alumni and former members of the Black Awareness Association!  Cindy Cotton '80, Nancy Warrick '79 and April Smith extend an invitation for you to meet them on campus for Alumni Weekend 2014, scheduled for June 13 & 14.  Cindy and Nancy attended Alumni Weekend in 2013 and were amazed by the growth and positive changes to the university.  They enjoyed getting reacquainted with Fran Hendricks '79, former classmate and now President of Mansfield University!  In addition to the annual traditions such as the LobsterFest and the reunion luncheon, they are planning to host some special activities for former BAA members and friends.  To let them know if you are interested in attending and getting reacquainted with your Mansfield friends, email Cindy at

Check out the University Calendar for other events happening on campus.


Recent Gatherings

Alumni, family and friends returned to campus on October 4 & 5 to celebrate the MU Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Homecoming.  The annual athletic golf tournament kicked-off the weekend, followed by a magic show, Hall of Fame dinner, pep rally, fireworks, parade, Alumni Welcome party, a special performance by the marching band and the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen.  Click here to view photos from the weekend, or here to view a video montage!

•  The Mansfield University Concert Wind Ensemble held their 60th reunion November 1-3 in Butler Music Center, culminating with a 2:30 pm concert that featured both the current and alumni groups performing alone and together.  Current conductor of the MU CWE, Dr. Adam F. Brennan, organized the event with graduate assistants and music alumni Julia Federico and Graham Kerick.  Faculty Emeritus Donald Stanley, who led the MU CWE from 1971-1991 was also present and shared the conducting and rehearsal duties with the groups.  Click here to continue reading.


Alumni and Friends News

  Call for Nominations!  Mansfield University is fortunate to have many successful alumni and the MU Alumni Association celebrates their outstanding achievements through the Society of Honors Awards recognition program.  Nominations for the 2014 awards are being accepted through December 31, 2013.  Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination for a deserving alumnus.

Friends and family of former Mountaineer Gerald Mattis '64 have paid tribute to Jerry's legacy and leadership with the establishment of "The Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund" at the Mansfield University Foundation.  To learn more about the establishment of this fund, or how you can contribute, click here.

Andre Canniere '01 recently released his second jazz album "Coalescence" with Whirlwind Recordings.  Click here to read more

• While on a recent trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom, MU employees Lindsey Sikorski and Andee Cummings Dunham '04 had the opportunity to meet up with Andrew Maksymowich '12.  Andrew is an Entertainment Management Intern with Characters and Disney Photo Imaging, a position that he finds to be very rewarding.  Andrew contributes much of his success to his time here at Mansfield.  Click here to read his story.

• To read more MU Alumni and Friends news articles, click here.


Benefit Update for Alumni Association Members and Friends

The Mansfield University Alumni Association and Nationwide Insurance® are pleased to announce a new member benefit opportunity!

Mansfield University Alumni Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Nationwide Insurance.  Through this partnership, Mansfield University Alumni Association members and friends can get reliable protection for all the things that matter to them, including exclusive discounts for select Nationwide products and services. Like us, Nationwide is made of members and for members. This philosophy drives their industry-leading On Your Side® service, and serves as one of the many reasons we think this partnership is a great fit.

Read below for the official member welcome from President & COO of Nationwide Insurance, Mark Pizzi '78.

As a 1978 graduate of Mansfield University, I am proud that Nationwide Insurance is partnering with the Mansfield University Alumni Association to offer discounts to its members on Nationwide products such as auto, powersports and pet insurance. In addition to the discounts, we also will support the Association’s mission of providing and promoting programs and services to Mansfield University alumni. We are excited about the opportunity to affiliate Nationwide with Mansfield University and to offer our diverse products and On Your Side experience to the University’s alumni members.”

Get a free quote today or call 1-866-633-5747!

Be sure to let us know that you are a member or friend of the Mansfield University Alumni Association to get your exclusive discount on auto insurance. The discount also applies to current customers that are MU Alumni Association members or friends.


Campus News

Mansfield University Salutes America's VeteransClick here to see the message from the president of MU, Francis L. Hendricks '79, Brigadier General (USAF) Retired.

Projections in Dealing with Budget Deficit Adjusted.  As Mansfield University officials continue to work on creating more efficient operations, the number of possible faculty and staff cutbacks is shrinking.  Click here to continue reading...
To read an editorial which summarizes the fiscal crisis universities like MU are facing, click here.

MU students recently traveled to Harrisburg to meet with legislators regarding state funding for education.  Continue reading...

Peggy Dettwiler, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University, achieved second place nationally in the choral division of The American Prize 2013 conducting competition.
  Continue reading...

• Find out what else is happening on campus by clicking here.

Mansfield Athletics

Mountaineer Women Claim PSAC Cross Country Championship.  Continue reading...

Women's Soccer Donates $500 to Area Charities. Continue reading...

Mountie Men Picked 5th in Preseason Poll - Bell All-PSAC Pick. Continue reading...

Velepec's Hat Trick Leads Field Hockey Past Newberry 5-3. Continue reading...

Medura leads Mounties to a Third Place Finish at Chatham.  Continue reading...

• Keep up with all of the latest scores, schedules, stats and more by visiting the MU Athletics website.

Alumni Book Nook

• If you are a published Mansfield University alumni author, or know of an MU alumnus that is, please let the Alumni Relations Office know; we would like to add the work to our collection and may even feature it in the next edition of the Alumni Connections e-newsletter. Send all information to Pamela Kathcart, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at or call 888-305-6505.

Trivia Question

Where was this photo taken?  Email your answer to and you could win an MU Alumni Association magnet featuring a photo of North Hall!  One winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries and announced in the next e-newsletter.  


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Sarasota, FL
March 15, 2014

Alumni Weekend 2014
June 13 & 14
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Thanks to the following alumni who recently referred a potential future Mountie!

Jeffrey Howe '04
Elwood Boone '71

Do you know a graduating high school senior or a possible transfer student who would be a perfect fit as a Mountie? 
Click here to send us your referral!
Would you like to represent Mansfield University at an Admissions Reception in your local area? Maybe you would like to be a guest speaker in a class?  

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for more information on these and other opportunities to volunteer and get involved at MU!


New!! Mountie Career Connection - a free online job and internship posting site for students, alumni and employers. Visit for more information.

Liberty Mutual Insurance - If you currently have a policy purchased through the alumni affinity program with Liberty Mutual, be assured that Liberty Mutual will continue to provide you with quality customer service.  For more information, contact your local Liberty Mutual representative.  In North Central PA, call 800-582-8600.
• Pack your suitcase and travel around the world with alumni and friends from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education! The PASSHE Alumni & Friends travel program presents our Destination Europe 2014!  Tours include "Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches" river cruise, a 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle, "Russian Waterways" 11-night river cruise, "Gems of Umbria & Tuscany" 9-day tour and "The Great Rivers of Europe" 16-day river cruise.  Many tours offer discounts if you book early.  Click here to learn about the other trips for 2013 & 2014.


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Denise Berg 
- Director of Alumni Relations

Pamela Kathcart '01

- Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Andrea Swain '02

- Alumni Relations & Data Coordinator

MU Alumni Relations
G8 Alumni Hall
31 South Academy Street
Mansfield, PA 16933

(570) 662-4390 or
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