This past fall Mansfield University received the sad news of the passing of Professor Katherine E. Keller, an illustrious faculty member of the university. As a cherished member of the Home Economics Department, Miss Keller'sdepartmental leadership and service were critical to the success of MansfieldUniversity's Home Economics program. Miss Keller was an educator, mentor, and friend who dedicated thirty years of her life instructing and inspiring students and colleagues.
The rich and productive lives of Mansfield graduates are Miss Keller's legacy. She closely followed the postgraduate success of her students and took great pride in their accomplishments. She continued to share her wisdom, vision, and encouragement with former students long after their graduation day. She was demanding, yet fair and continued to motivate and inspire her students by example to study hard, think critically, and seek new challenges academically, professionally, and personally. Miss Keller's former students have paid tribute to her lasting legacy with the establishment of "The Katherine E. Keller Endowed Scholarship Fund." This fund will assist future generations of Mansfield University students in their quest for knowledge, understanding, and productive skills by providing scholarship assistance for students pursuing a degree in Nutrition.
The Katherine E. Keller Endowment Committee
Carol Himmelreich Brann 1960
June Dreibelbis Rudy 1960
Kathy Andrews Wright 1982
Mindy Miller Rottmund 1981
Mary Lee Trowbridge 1959
Janice Madigan Kennedy 1946
Barbara Gamble Shenk 1966
Tracy Winter Stritch 1982
In June 2014, the class of 1964 will be celebrating 50 years since their graduation from Mansfield University. Reunion years are a good time to reflect on the experiences one had at college, reminisce about the lasting friendships made, celebrate with those who are still with us and honor those whose memory we still hold close. One such friend and MU alumnus is 1964 classmate Jerry Mattis. Jerry played football at Mansfield and became his team's Captain his senior year. He was known by many as a leader by example both on and off the field.
Last year, as Jerry's friend and former roommate, Terry Manning, looked forward to his 50th reunion he began to consider ways in which he could show support for the exceptional opportunities Mansfield afforded him and how he could help afford future students the same opportunities. As a result, Terry established the Terry and Michele Manning Athletic Scholarship Endowment. As a student he was the recipient of a scholarship his senior year which was instrumental in his obtaining his degree at Mansfield. Terry knew that this was the same leadership and support of future Mounties that Jerry would have also displayed at his 50th reunion next year.
That is why Terry and Jerry's friends and family, widow Rebecca (Mattis) Osborne, Christina Mattis, and Jeffrey Mattis have paid tribute to Jerry's lasting legacy and the leadership he exemplified through his life with the establishment of "The Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund" at Mansfield University Foundation. This fund will assist future generations of Mansfield University student-athletes in their quest for knowledge, understanding and productive skills. This is an opportunity for those of us who gained so much from Jerry's friendship, leadership and mentoring to establish this fund as a permanent reminder of the pursuit of excellence, which he instilled in those who were influenced by him.
If you would like to learn more about this scholarship fund, please contact Mindy Engel at Mansfield University Foundation at 570-662-4296 or visit our secure online giving page to make a gift to "The Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund."
As the oldest of 11 children, Terry Manning's family was unable to afford to assist him with the cost of tuition. To help put himself through school, Terry worked in the kitchen washing dishes and mopping the floors in the dining hall. Every cent he earned went towards the cost of paying his tuition. As a senior at Mansfield University, Terry was surprised to learn he had received a scholarship from former MU President, Dr. Rathgeber. This scholarship was instrumental in allowing him to graduate in January 1963. It was also the first time that as a student he was able to keep one of his paychecks every once in a while and have some money in his pocket. Throughout Terry's life he remembered the impact being awarded that scholarship had on helping him achieve a great education; enabling him to build a career as an educator and coach. In addition to everything else he learned at Mansfield University, receiving a scholarship taught him an important lesson about giving back. Terry and Michele Manning are happy to be able to give back to support future MU students with the establishment of the Terry and Michele Manning Athletic Scholarship , which will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding senior student-athletes. Terry and Michele also hope this encourages the recipients of this scholarship to do the same once they graduate by giving back to this scholarship fund or one of their choice in order to help future MU students achieve the tradition of an MU education.