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Airstream Event Held on Campus

October 8, 2013

The University of Mount Union provided a beautiful backdrop for the Airstream owner’s club rally held Sept. 25-29.

The event, attended by 10 members of the owner’s club, began with a pre-rally on Wednesday when two brand new units arrived on campus from Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, OH. These units were set up for public display and were visited by hundreds of Mount Union faculty members, staff and students as well as community members from the surrounding area.

Rally participants, who traveled from as far as Wisconsin, set up their units in a lush green practice field located adjacent to the home stadium of the defending Division III football national champions, the Mount Union Purple Raiders. By late Thursday afternoon, most of the rally participants had arrived and the group celebrated with a hobo barbeque and a happy hour.

On Friday morning, participants woke up to a full camp breakfast and groups went off on tours of the surrounding area, visiting locations such as the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton, OH. The group reconvened on Friday evening and attended a dinner party at the home of Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union, and Sandra Giese.

Following the dinner party, the group retired back to the camp rally area, where they viewed the film “Rudy” on a 10-foot big-screen and enjoyed popcorn and refreshments. Attendees awoke to another full camp breakfast on Saturday morning, followed by a private tour of the Mount Union campus. Each person was given a badge, which designated them as a “student” for the weekend and provided full use of all campus facilities.

After returning from the tour of campus, participants began tailgating Saturday afternoon, partaking in a chili fest, which included sides and beverages. The group then walked to the stadium, where they watched the Raiders beat Marietta 84-14 from their seats on the 50-yard line.

On Sunday morning, attendees broke down camp and left campus for home. Many in attendance commented on the scenic campus and the warm welcome they received from the University.

“My wife and I have worked in and around college campuses for our entire career, and we consider Mount Union to be one of the finest university offerings for any student in the United States,” said rally leader Tom Christopher, whose daughter Emily is a junior at Mount Union. “It’s the academics, it’s the culture, it’s the administration – they set students up for success. This is a school that measures themselves on how successful they can make their students.”

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