Press Release

MANSFIELD, PA— Mansfield University has been designated a “White House Healthy Campus.” The university will receive a certificate for the honor and will also participate in the Healthy Campus Challenge Day at the White House on Friday, January 13.

Associate Director of Student Life Frank Crofchick, student Christopher Homa and 2016 graduate Mark Nellenbach will travel to Washington, DC to take part in the Healthy Campus Challenge Day, which will include remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Wellness and its multi-components are a prime focus across our campus, and a key contributor to the Mansfield experience, our students’ success and the life that awaits each of them post-graduation,” MU President Fran Hendricks said. “Hats off to Frank Crofchick for leading the way to have MU’s efforts recognized at the White House as a healthy campus. Mansfield is honored to be joining other universities and colleges from across the nation in this special event.”

To qualify as a “Healthy Campus,” Mansfield completed an application process, spearheaded by Crofchick, and was among 350 schools nationwide selected to participate in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge.

To learn more about the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, go to
From the White House, here are some of the requirements:
The Open Enrollment Outreach Actions:  Participants agree to undertake the following best practices:


Undertake in-person enrollment activities on campus, such as in-person enrollment events, tabling in high traffic areas and at high traffic events, and providing enrollment opportunities within student services facilities;

Send e-mails to students and faculty reminding them of the opportunity to enroll, especially within five days of the December 15th and January 31st deadlines;

Use public social media platforms to highlight open enrollment for students, staff, and the partners and stakeholders with which we work; and

Take some additional action, such as, but not limited to:

Partnering with elected officials and/or community leaders (e.g. local businesses, corporations, local non-profit organizations, etc.) to amplify open enrollment outreach activities and highlight upcoming deadlines for campus community members and the broader community;

Engaging and educating alumni on open enrollment through targeted communication, especially within five days of the December 15th and January 31st deadlines;

Providing information about open enrollment on online student portals, on publically accessible campus websites, and in print on campus; or

Other creative actions to reach additional individuals (e.g. videos, phonebanking, community events that expand past the campus, etc.).


The MU contingent’s visit to the White House, was chronicled on Mansfield’s social media platforms.  Here is the YouTube video they posted: