Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Events Held
October 20, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union alums, students and members of the Alliance community celebrated with a number of events during the University of Mount Union’s 2014 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming over the weekend.
On Saturday, an Alumni Brunch was held in a tent near Bracy Hall, where a special performance was given by the Mount Union Concert Choir along with alumni choir members. During the brunch, the winners of the Young Alumni Award, the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award and the McKinley Fellow Award were announced. This year’s winners were Randall C. Hunt, chair of the Mount Union Board of Trustees, Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award; Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University, McKinley Fellow Award; and Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, Young Alumni Award.
Hunt graduated magna cum laude from Mount Union in 1975 and then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1978. He has been a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees since 1995 and has served as its secretary, vice chair and currently serves as its chairman. As the director and shareholder in the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., he helps others achieve their personal and business goals.
Giese was named Mount Union’s 11th president in 2005. A few of the many accomplishments that Mount Union has celebrated under his leadership include the addition of 22 new undergraduate programs in high-demand fields, a $100 million investment in campus, 60 years of balanced financial operations, the maintenance of enrollment in an extremely challenging economic environment, the change of the institution’s designation from “college” to “university” and a high graduate success rate with 98% of self-reporting 2013 graduates having secured degree-required employment or graduate school placement, all in an average of 30 days after graduation.
Honaker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: writing from Mount Union in 2011 as part of the five generations of her family who attended and graduated from Mount Union. She now continues her passion of volunteering and giving back to the community as the director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University. In her position, she serves as the liaison between Mount Union and Alliance community and coordinates all service projects for Mount Union students in and around Alliance.
In addition, board member Nancy Hill ’79 was awarded the M Club Award of Excellence.
Also during the weekend, reunion gatherings were held for the classes of ’39, ’44, ’49, ’54 and ’59 and milestone reunion gatherings were held for the classes of ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, ’09 and ’14.
Children of all ages celebrated MUcaw’s 21st birthday with a photo booth, crafts, activities and birthday cupcakes outside of Mount Union Stadium.
In addition, a parade came through the campus, which startedat Cope Music Hall then headed west and turned into campus, ending at Beeghly Hall.
The Mount Union vs. Heidelberg football game kicked off in Mount Union Stadium on Saturday, with Mount Union winning 58-17. The 2014 Homecoming Queen Eva Laino, a biochemistry major of Canfield, Ohio, and King Anthony Ocacio, a middle education major of Brunswick, Ohio, were crowned during the halftime show.
The improv group Mission Improvable performed in Campus Grounds of the Hoover Price Campus Center on Saturday evening.
Throughout the weekend, several alumni athletic gatherings took place including swimming, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and baseball.