Mansfield Students and Professor Take the Plunge for Special Olympics

MANSFIELD, PA— Ten Mansfield University students joined Department of Psychology Chair Gretchen Sechrist and her husband, Randy Murray, in the Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 17.

Katlyn Lutchko, Cross Kantz, Nissa Fuller, Samantha Eckrich, Aryn Hedrick, Casandra Walters, Jessica Philippi, Tanarah Duncan-Washington, Essence Gordon and Nico Alejandro, along with Sechrist and Murray, were among those who jumped into the icy cold waters of the Delaware River at Scott Park in Easton, PA to raise money for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

The event, one of nine held across the Commonwealth, raised more than $100,000. It also creates awareness for the programs Special Olympics has to offer.

“Thank you to the students, I am so proud of them for spending their day supporting such a great cause,” Sechrist said.  “I couldn’t have plunged into the cold water with a better group of people.  It was a great day. Thank you also to First Citizens Community Bank and Walmart in Mansfield for sponsoring us.”

Sechrist’s sister, Amanda, is manager of Northampton County Special Olympics.

To see more pictures from the Polar Plunge, go the MU Department of Psychology Department Facebook page at

For more information about the Polar Plunge, go to