Area Graduate Has Strong Family Ties to Mount Union

April 01, 2010

Laura Clunk, a 2006 graduate of Mount Union, is the fourth generation in her family to graduate from the College.


Pictured L-R: Lynne (Bonnes '78) Clunk, Laura Clunk '06, Roy J. Clunk '77, R. R. Denny Clunk '51

Clunk, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, is the seventh alumni member of her family to graduate from Mount Union. Graduates include her mother Lynne (Bonnes) Clunk '78; grandfather Robert Bonnes '50; father Roy J. Clunk '77; uncle David Clunk '82; grandfather R. R. Denny Clunk '51; and great-grandfather Roy L. Clunk '22. Other family members who attended Mount Union were her aunt Susan (Clunk '74) Robenstine and great-grandmother Marjorie (James '22) Clunk.

Clunk, who transferred to Mount Union as a second-semester freshman, did so because she enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus.

"Everyone is friendly, the campus is beautiful and the school has great academics," said Clunk. "I was especially impressed by the new science facility, Bracy Hall.

"It's nice to be able to carry on the family tradition," said Clunk. "It's cool to have such a long legacy."

As a student, Clunk was active on campus and received numerous honors. She graduated magna cum laude, was named 2006 Greek Woman of the Year, was a member of the 2005 Homecoming court, was named to the Dean's List multiple times and served as president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was also a member of Beta Beta Beta, the American Chemical Society, Student Senate and Sophomore Service honorary.

While a student at Mount Union, Clunk had the opportunity to attend Alpha Delta Pi's Grand Convention, a national conference which discussed changes in the sorority and leadership techniques. She also received an internship with Alliance Community Hospital, rotating between the emergency department, anesthesia, radiology, surgery and pathology.

Clunk has been accepted to Duquesne University where she plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. Eventually, she hopes to own and manage a pediatric physical therapy practice.

"It's going to be so weird not being here next year," said Clunk. "Mount has become my second family. I wish I could be here to experience all the exciting changes President Giese is implementing."

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