Alumni Return to Mount Union for 2015 Homecoming

October 12, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Alums, students, faculty and members of the Alliance community celebrated the 2015 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming this past weekend at the University of Mount Union.

On Saturday, an Alumni Brunch welcomed back generations of alumni. At the brunch, awards were given out to several alumni for their work and dedication to the university. This year, the recipient of the Young Alumni Award was Chad Johnson ’07, the recipient of the McKinley Fellow Award was Gerard and Laura Mastroianni and the winner of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award was Patricia (Foley ’73) Matthews.

Johnson graduated from Mount Union in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and business administration (with a concentration in finance) and earned a Master of Taxation degree from The University of Akron in 2008. Currently, Johnson works as a Certified Public Accountant and is a Tax Manager with Deloitte Tax LLP. He is involved with the YMCA of Ashtabula County, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, The University of Akron School of Accountancy’s Junior Advisory Board and serves as a trustee of the St. John High School Herald Foundation.

Gerard has been a member of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees since 2002. He also serves on the boards of the Greater Alliance Foundation, Alliance For Children and Families and Stark Development Board and is Director of Huntington Preferred Capital Inc. He is past president and board member of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Area Development, Sisters of Charity board of directors and was president of the Buckeye Village Market for 22 years. 

Laura has served as President of Hill and Dale Gardeners and is a member of Alliance Woman’s Club, Regina Coeli parish and Alliance Country Club Ladies Golf Association.

Matthews retired in 2015 as professor of economics, accounting and business administration from the University of Mount Union. Before her retirement, Matthews was honored with the Great Teacher Award for helping her students become outstanding candidates for their various job fields.

During the weekend, reunions were held for classes from ’40, ’50, ‘60, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10. Athletic reunions were also held for track and cross country, baseball, soccer and swimming and diving alumni.

WRMU celebrated its 50th reunion, inviting alumni to look through WRMU history books. Alumni were also able to attend an open house of the radio station.

The Mount Union versus Ohio Northern football game kicked off in the Mount Union Stadium on Saturday, with the halftime presentation featuring the crowning of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen, Will Yobi and Jenna Belli.

Other events that took place as part of the Homecoming celebration included a parade, the 32nd Annual Run-A-MUC, campus tours and the performance of “Standing on My Knees” by Mount Union theatre students.

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