The MSU Cycling Team raced to a silver medal at the 2016 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships in the Division 1 varsity competition – its seventh year to reach the podium. This year’s second place behind Marian University follows up on a sil ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
Cycling Team raced to a silver medal at the 2016 USA Cycling Collegiate
National Championships in the Division 1 varsity competition – its seventh year
to reach the podium. This year’s second place behind Marian University follows
up on a silver in 2012 and bronze in 2013-2015, and on the heels of a third
place team finish in the road national championships, their highest ever. In
each of those competitions, Marian claimed gold.
of nine riders participated in six sessions of racing over three days, with
medal opportunities for both men and women in the following events: sprint, time
trial, individual pursuit, scratch race, points race, team sprint, and team pursuit.
The team placed at least one rider in the top five in all but the women’s time
trial and women’s sprint. Additional awards were given for the top individual omnium
rider – a rider who finished consistently high in both individual endurance and
team kicked off Thursday’s competition with a silver medal ride in the team
pursuit, riding with just three of the four allowed riders, Hannah Ross, Maxyna
Cottam, and newcomer Amy Floyd. Marian won with a time of 5:15, while MSU was 8
seconds back at 5:23 (27.7mph). Third place Colorado Mesa completed the 4km
ride in 5:30.
team of Josh Buchel, Bill Ash, Garrison Horton, and Kyle Anderson also placed
second in their team pursuit, riding a 4:39 to edge out host school Belmont
Abbey’s 4:45, a time set at the start of the competition that would withhold
challenge after challenge until MSU. After last year’s second place team Fort
Lewis College could only manage a 4:52 for fifth, Marian University once again
was able to top MSU by 3 seconds – the same amount of time they bested MSU by
in the 30km team time trial at the 2016 road national championships – with a time
of 4:36, matching what they’d done at altitude the year before when they won by
a 14-second margin.
In the six-lap
team sprint where MSU’s squad of Ross, Cottam, Jake Lanoux, Garrison Horton,
Anderson, and Buchel looked to improve on its 2015 silver medal, a poor start
had them in fifth place after one lap, but they clawed back with the best final
four-lap time to finish within 3/100 of a second behind early leader Piedmont
College. In the end, riding last as defending champions, Marian won with a time
of 1:41.92 to Piedmont’s 1:44.82 and MSU’s 144.85. Fort Lewis was fourth, 2
seconds in arrears.
individual events, Buchel, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, was MSU’s
most consistent performer, medaling in nearly all his events. In the time
trial, unlucky winds in his final heat slowed him and defending Marion champion
Connor Klupar could be blamed for their failure to best the fastest times put
up by the Marian duo of Jordan Marhanka & Zachary Carlson just a heat
prior. Buchel had the measure of Klupar this year, but it was only enough to
ride into third, the only non-Marian rider in the top five. Carlson would take
gold, followed by Marhanka in second, Klupar in fourth, and Daniel in Nesbitt.
sessions of match sprinting, Buchel would show a wicked turn of speed. After
falling in a close battle to the eventual champion, Belmont Abbey’s Nick
Ostereich, Buchel was set for a one-on-one battle between time trial national
champion Zach Carlson in a match for bronze. Buchel was simply too much,
demolishing Carlson in two straight rides, cruising across the finish line with
time aplenty to celebrate.
races proved to be a showcase for MSU talent, as MSU’s defending points race
champion Hannah Ross paired with sophomore standout Cottam in a 16-woman final
that in the end felt more like a 2-on-2 battle with MSU business graduate and
now MBA student at Piedmont Jessica Prinner and her teammate, former multi-time
track national champion from Penn State Erica Allar. In the end, Prinner and
Allar were able to capture the most sprints to go 1-2, while Ross and Cottam
went 4-5. Marian’s Riley Missel snuck into fourth with some cagey riding as the
other four ladies butted heads.
scratch race was more of the same, as Prinner and Allar attacked the field one
after the other with only the MSU duo doing anything to chase. Ultimately,
Allar would take the sprint for first and the German professional rider Arianne
Horbach was able to outsprint Cottam for second. Ross was hot on Cottam’s heals
for fourth, and MSU graduate and current graduate student for Lindenwood Ashley
Weaver placed an impressive fifth.
women’s individual pursuit, it was once again Prinner, Allar, Cottam, and Ross
among the fastest. Prinner, who won the event with MSU in 2013 and repeated
gold just hundredths of a second ahead of Ross last year, beat her teammate
Allar with a 4:01.5 over 3km, with Ross claiming bronze at 4:04. Cottam came in
sixth with a 4:08.
more close calls in the individual pursuit for the men, as Ash claimed his
second consecutive silver medal with a 4:45.25, just two tenths of a second
behind champion Zach Carlson. Anderson, a local Wichita Falls racer new to MSU
this year, set an early best mark of 4:58 that would ultimately land him in
points race, the MSU trio of Buchel, Ash, and Anderson qualified for the final
after a challenging preliminary round. Ash would lap the field with two other
riders, Marhanka from Marian and Mauro Rato, a Spanish professional at Colorado
Mesa, ensuring his top three standing, but they unfortunately both proved
better sprinters than Bill as he had to settle for third. Marhanka, who beat
Ash by just one point last year, would repeat his 2015 gold medal ride.
Anderson would once again finish just off the podium in sixth, with Buchel just
behind in 8th.
mass start of the event was the men’s scratch race. All four MSU riders, Ash,
Buchel, Anderson, and sophomore Pablo Cruz, qualified for the 24-man major
final. Looking to capitalize on Ash’s endurance and Buchel’s speed, Kyle
Anderson and Pablo Cruz took command at the start of the 60-lap race,
repeatedly pulling back attempts to lap the field on the 250 oval. With 10 laps
to go, Ash quickly bridged up to a break attempt by a rider from Virginia Tech,
and the two would gain half a lap’s advantage entering the final kilometer.
With 750 meters to go, Marian’s Marhanka set about a furious chase. Sensing the
danger as Marhanka made the catch with half a lap to go, Ash attacked the Virginia
Tech rider, setting up a one-on-one sprint with Marhanka. In the end, a photo
had to decide the winner, with just Marhanka holding a 19mm lead at the finish
line. Buchel would come in just behind Carlson in the sprint for third, setting
up yet another men’s podium dominated by MSU and Marian.
hacking away, knocking on the seemingly locked door and it’s starting to budge,”
said MSU Cycling team director Charlie Zamastil. “Marian’s won 11 straight
national titles for good reason. They’re a huge team, twice as many riders as
us. They have a velodrome on campus to practice. They’ve great support, great
funding, several coaches and most importantly a tradition of excellence. But we’re
building something equally impressive here, I think, and doing it for less. It’s
only a matter of time before we break their stranglehold on the top step.”
Cycling team will next compete in the South Central Collegiate Cycling
Conference Mountain Bike Season, which has already begun in the midst of track season.
The national championship is in late October at Snow Mountain West Virginia.
Last year, Ash was the team’s best finisher in the short track XC competition,
placing 12th. He would get a flat tire and not finish the cross country race.
The team’s main goal each year is a road national title, the quest for which
begins with racing in January. Their home race is tentatively scheduled for
During the turbulent 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, artists and poets worked together to create accessible and affordable artworks by printmaking. Poets and painters reveled in the intersection between the ephemeral nature of works on paper and the art objec ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
During the turbulent 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, artists
and poets worked together to create accessible and affordable artworks by
printmaking. Poets and painters reveled in the intersection between the
ephemeral nature of works on paper and the art object, between individual and
cooperative production, and between text and image.
“Poets, Painters, and Paper: Post-World War II
American Avant-Garde Art,” an exhibition of that fusion of prints and poetry
broadsides, is on display now through Nov. 5 at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art
at MSU. “The Happening” reception for the exhibit will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 23, and will feature a lecture, poetry reading, and jazz music. The event
is free and open to the public.
The exhibition, co-curated by WFMA curator Danny
Bills and Assistant Professor of English Dr. Todd Giles, explores the
cross-fertilization of the visual and literary arts made possible by the printmaking
renaissance of the ’60s and ’70s, and fostered by studios and workshops in Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, and New York.
“Poets, Painters, and Paper” presents a number of
poetry broadsides from Giles’ personal poetry collection. The artworks are
supplemented with numerous small press poetry journals such as Yugen, Origin,
Dissent, and INTRANSIT, as well as other print ephemera from the period,
including Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s infamous 1975 “Letter to Stanley Kunitz.” The
exhibition includes broadsides that were signed and numbered by Robin Blaser,
Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, and Lenore Kandel.
The exhibition includes lithographs, etchings, and
screenprints from the WFMA’s permanent collection ranging from works by abstract
expressionists Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, and Willem
De Kooning. Important neo-Dadaists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, are
also represented in the exhibition, as well as pop artists Tom Wesselmann, Andy
Warhol, and James Rosenquist, among others.
The exhibition is made possible in part by an
Intramural Research and Creative Endeavors grant from MSU’s Office of Sponsored
Programs & Research. For more information, contact the Wichita Falls Museum
of Art at MSU at 940-397-8900 or Giles at 940-397-4124.
Once again, Midwestern State University is ranked in multiple nationwide best-of university lists, including a first-place ranking for its radiologic sciences program. MSU also came in seventh in an America Unraveled list of the Top Ten Schools in th ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
Once again, Midwestern State University is ranked in
multiple nationwide best-of university lists, including a first-place ranking for
its radiologic sciences program. MSU also came in seventh in an America
Unraveled list of the Top Ten Schools in the Texas Public University System.
MSU’s radiologic science program first in the nation of online radiologic
science programs using six weighted requirements:
tuition, 20 percent;
rate, 10 percent;
based on the admissions rate, 10 percent;
prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the
school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, 30 percent;
subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any
level, 15 percent; and
of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a
possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, 15 percent.
“Midwestern State University earns first place by
achieving all around solid scores in our rankings,” the site states. Also
mentioned are MSU’s “strong commitment” to its student body, and the choice of
degree plans for radiologic sciences. The site used data from the National
Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data
System, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and other sources. The
complete list may be found at onlinecolleges.com/health/radiologic-science.html.
Unraveled ranked MSU seventh in its Top Ten Schools in the
Texas Public University System. The site, which ranks destinations, activities,
and food, among other listings, calls itself a “virtual travel machine designed
to do one thing: assist you in discovering the thousands of historic places
making America great.”
placed MSU 12th in its 2016 list of Most Affordable Undergraduate Business
Schools. The site not only considered out-of-state tuition but also
accreditation of the university and of the business program. MSU’s Dillard
College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business.
Masters in Health Care ranked MSU’s online master’s
degree in Health Services Administration at #16 nationwide in its list of the
Top 20 Best Online MHA Degree Programs. “This comprehensive, interdisciplinary
program offers one of the best and most affordable online health administration
master’s degrees anywhere, spanning business and finance, information
technology and organizational management, and medical law and bioethics,” the
Accreditation, related programs, peer assessment,
and affordability were criteria used in the ranking process. MSU was the only
Texas school in the 20 ranked schools. The complete list may be found at topmastersinhealthcare.com/best/online-mha-degree/.
compared universities by degrees to place MSU’s Sports Administration at #18 in
its list of Best Value Online Colleges for Sports Management degrees. The site
researched tuitions, then calculated academic strength using standardized
average SAT and ACT exam scores with respect to the total points possible.
Tuition data and academic strength scores were then entered in an internal
algorithm to determine value scores and rank order.
Astronaut, pilot, physician, mountaineer, explorer, inventor, researcher, SCUBA diver, Olympian, Eagle Scout – all those terms describe the first speaker for Midwestern State University’s Artist-Lecture Series. Dr. Scott Parazynski will kick off the ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
Astronaut, pilot, physician, mountaineer, explorer,
inventor, researcher, SCUBA diver, Olympian, Eagle Scout – all those terms
describe the first speaker for Midwestern State University’s Artist-Lecture
Series. Dr. Scott Parazynski will kick off the 52nd season of the popular
series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
Parazynski currently has the cool title of
University Explorer & Professor of Practice within the School of Biological
and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. A graduate of
Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, Parazynski went on to train at
Harvard and in Denver for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. He has published
numerous articles in the field of space physiology with particular expertise in
human adaptation to stressful environments.
Parazynski knows stressful environments. He has
flown on five shuttle missions and conducted seven spacewalks, traveling more
than 23 million miles in orbit. As a shuttle crew member, he served as medical
officer, flight engineer, lead spacewalker, assembly and maintenance worker,
operator of robotic arms, and more. Since leaving the space agency in 2008, he
has worked in senior leadership positions in both the aerospace and medical
research industries, and has been instrumental in the development of numerous
medical devices and other technologies for supporting life in extreme
He began climbing mountains in his teens, and has since
climbed in the Alaska Range, the Cascades, the Rockies, the Alps, the Andes,
and the Himalayas. His first attempt to climb Mount Everest was cut short by an
injury but his second attempt in May 2009 was a success, making him the first
astronaut to stand on top of the world.
He has logged more than 2,500 flight hours as a
commercial, multiengine, seaplane, and instrument-rated pilot. He has traveled
widely across the most remote continent on earth – Antarctica – as the founding
director and chief medical officer of University of Texas Medical Branch’s
Center for Polar Medical Operations where he oversaw the medical screening and
on-ice care of the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic Program.
In addition to being a lifelong SCUBA diver, he was
also a Top 10 competitor in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Luge Team trials and coach
for the Philippines during the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. He was
selected as a honorary captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the
He is the recipient of a number of prestigious
awards, including five NASA Spaceflight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service
Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Antarctica Service Medal, the
Ellis Island Family Heritage Award, the Gold Medal from the American Institute
of Polish Culture, the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle
Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club.
The busy fall Artist-Lecture Series season continues
Oct. 18 with Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte,
who is also an ambassador for adults and children with disabilities. Artist and
performer Kip Fulbeck will be on campus Nov. 11. In conjunction with his
Artist-Lecture appearance, the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery will host an exhibit of
Fulbeck’s HAPA Project – his photos of mixed race people. Hapa refers to people
of mixed ethnic heritage. On Nov. 15, Native American attorney Walter Echo-Hawk
The Artist-Lecture Series was established in 1964 to
bring noted lectures and quality programs in the performing arts to the MSU
campus and the Wichita Falls community.
Admission is $20 to general public; $18 for senior
citizens, active-duty military, and MSU alumni; free to MSU students with ID. Tickets
are available at the Clark Student Center Information Desk two weeks prior to