Be Exceptional

There are hundreds of exceptional stories year after year that define the true value of a Mount Union education. #BeExceptional is a way to collect and share the stories and accomplishments of our students, alumni and faculty. Below are a few Mount Union students who have been able to leverage their classroom knowledge into hands-on, experiential learning opportunities and gain crucial real-world experience to help them succeed after graduation.

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Kelani Nuckols '17

Senior exercise science major Kelani Nuckols '17 originally came to Mount Union for her talents on the track, but soon found her passion for the science of athletics behind-the-scenes. Through her relationships with professors in both the exercise science and sport business fields, Kelani has earned the opportunity to intern with the USA National Track and Field trials in Eugene, Oregon this July. She will be assisting in every possible capacity to help get the potential members of Team USA ready for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August, thus getting closer to reaching her goal of one day being a coach for Team USA.

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Ellis Beardsley '17

Junior biochemistry major Ellis Beardsley recognizes that doing in-depth cancer treatment research with Dr. Keith Miller at Mount Union has helped lay a foundation for her current academic endeavors. While interning as a research biochemist at Penn State University in the summer of 2015, Ellis was able to gain knowledge of what it was like working in a graduate-level research setting for 40+ hours per week. From that research, she has already presented her findings at a research symposium and will be presenting at a conference in San Diego, California this year. She feels that the opportunities Mount Union has given her to explore her field is leading to her academic achievements across the nation.

Ellis Beardsley


Marrianna White '16

Senior psychology major Marrianna White spent the summer of 2014 interning at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a classroom behavior therapist. Working one-on-one with autistic students, she gained invaluable experience in the world of psychology. Marrianna credits her college experience at Mount Union as helping her grow into the person she is today.

Marrianna White

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Madison Paulus '17

Junior nursing major Madison Paulus prepares for her life-long dream of becoming a pediatric nurse through clinical rotations. Through her experience so far, Madison has had a glimpse into the life of a practicing nurse, and it has reaffirmed her life-long passion. She credits her preparedness for her clinical rotations to the hours of practice on the Mount Union’s Nursing Program’s life-like mannequins, labs and simulation labs.

Madison Paulus

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Tino Vargas '15

Tino Vargas, marketing major, landed a management internship with Target at Mount Union’s TGIFriday Job and Internship Fair. Over a 10-week period, he learned what it takes to manage a $40-million store, the skills needed to manage a team of more than 100 employees and how to communicate effectively – all while growing as a leader. This real-world experience secured him a full-time job at Target, which he began upon graduation in May of 2015.

 Tino Vargas '15

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Lexi Scala '15

Graduate Lexi Scala spent her senior year working with Mount Union alumnus Dr. Shuvo Roy on The Kidney Project, based out of San Francisco, California. As a team of four mechanical engineering majors, Lexi and her classmates researched fluid flow through the Implantable Artificial Kidney, which is expected to begin clinical trials in 2017. In addition to this cutting-edge engineering research project, she’s been able to travel abroad to work on an international engineering field project, intern with the Westinghouse Electric Company and participate in a number of hands-on engineering projects that have helped her hone her engineering skills.

Alexandra Scala

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Joshua Pryor '15

Internships with the Trumbull County Engineering Office, Ohio Department of Transportation and CESO (Civil Engineers of Southwest Ohio) combined with practical projects and a study abroad trip are just a few of the experiences that have helped Joshua Pryor land a meaningful and successful career as a civil engineer. During a required international engineering field experience to Belize, he helped a high school improve their drainage problem and contribute to their eco-park.

Josh Pryor

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Michelle Porter '13, M '15

Michelle Porter’s interest in becoming a physician assistant (PA) was sparked by a service-learning trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This experience allowed her to get a glimpse into the life of a PA as well as taught her to always keep the hope and faith in medicine. Michelle spent four years of her undergraduate career studying biology at Mount Union before enrolling in the University’s 27-month Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Now in her clinical rotations, she’s on the path to becoming a physician assistant specializing in pediatrics.

Michelle Porter

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Brandon German '15

Brandon German, a double major in criminal justice and computer science, worked alongside a criminal justice faculty member on research that combines both his academic interests. By researching motorcycle gangs and their online organized crime, he learned how to conduct scholarly academic research and how to work as part of a team. In the summer of 2013, he interned with the Timken Company as part of its information technology security and compliance team, helping to ensure that the systems they were using were secure. Brandon also worked on campus as a student employee at Mount Union’s Office of Information Technology Helpdesk.

Brandon German

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