- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
Mount Union is located in Alliance, Ohio, a city of 25,000 with a rich history. Alliance is less than an hour from Canton, Akron and Youngstown and is just an hour and a half from Cleveland, making it convenient for those interested in experiencing the culture of a larger city.
While Alliance maintains a small-town charm, it also offers plenty of things to do and places to go within city limits. State Street, which part of the campus is located on, offers a variety of shopping and dining options. Recent additions to West State Street include Chipotle, Panera, Kohl’s, Famous Footwear and Maurice’s, with plans for several additional businesses underway. In addition, the west end of town offers Walmart as well as Carnation City Mall, which houses a movie theater, food court, several department stores and a number of specialty shops.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Alliance is a hub of activity. Residents enjoy attending events or taking nature hikes at Mount Union’s John T. Huston- Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, a 141-acre preserve located six miles south of campus. The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, located just minutes from campus, offers gardens, hiking trails and a butterfly house where visitors can see native butterflies in all stages of their life cycles. The city also offers a number of public park areas which provide opportunities for picnicking, recreation and enjoying nature.
Downtown Alliance is becoming more of a hot spot as well with revitalization efforts underway by area residents, businesses and city officials. The downtown area offers a number of antique and specialty stores as well as Jupiter Studios, an art gallery and local concert venue. Each Saturday during the summer months, a downtown Farmers’ Market is held in the parking lot at the corner of East Main Street and Mechanic Avenue near the red caboose. The market features a variety of products from local growers as well as weekly demonstrations and musical entertainment.
Known as the Carnation City, thousands of residents and former residents descend on the town as Alliance hosts the annual Greater Alliance Carnation Festival each August. The festival, which lasts more than a week, is packed with activities including a queen’s pageant, parades, a Rib Fest, a hot air balloon liftoff, a fire truck pump-in, a vintage baseball game and tours of historic homes.
The city is home to a number of historic landmarks, including Glamorgan Castle which is located just minutes away from campus on Union Avenue. Other well-known buildings in town are the Haines House, a former underground railroad site, and the Mabel Hartzell Historic Home.
The Carnation City also is home to churches of various denominations and a large variety of non-profit organizations that work to improve and maintain a good quality of life for Alliance residents. The city has a daily newspaper, the Alliance Review, and local radio stations WDPN 1310 AM and WDJQ 92.5 FM.