Dan Goswick ‘15

Dan Goswick ‘15

Major: Marketing
Hometown:Amherst, Ohio

The students definitely set Mount Union apart from other colleges and universities. It was something I noticed the first time I was on campus, how inherently nice everyone was by doing the littlest things

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Class of 2013 Reports Success in Search for Jobs

August 29, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The recently released results of the University of Mount Union’s 2013 First Destination Report revealed that the institution is not only where exceptional begins, but where it continues post-graduation.

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Director of Bands Brings Back Drum Major

August 28, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Otis French, the new Director of Bands at the University of Mount Union, is bringing the drum major position to the university’s marching band beginning with the 2014-2015 marching season.

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Running Toward Success

August 27, 2014

Financial mathematics major Chase Swisher ’15 is running toward success, both on and off the track.A sprinter and long jumper, Swisher is a member of the Mount Union men’s track and field team, the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Champions. He participated in the 1,600-meter relay at the championship, the final event and deciding factor to winning the title.Swisher had one word to describe the way he felt directly after becoming a national champion – gratification.“It was everything anyone who competes in track and field could dream of,” Swisher said. “To win the meet on the final event, and winning the event itself, was just icing on the cake. It is something my teammates and I talked about all year and believed we could make happen.”They say “you can only go up from here,” but when you’ve just won a national championship title, how much higher can you reach? Swisher and fellow team members are striving for the stars, setting goals for next season to win the NCAA indoor title and successfully defend their outdoor title. “Winning is contagious!” Swisher said. Personally, he hopes to win an individual national championship in the 400-meter dash and participate in the 1600-meter relay at the National Championship once more.As the National Championship was held in close proximity to Swisher’s hometown of Lewis Center, Ohio, he was ecstatic to receive loving support from high school friends and family, including his brother (Management Major Garrett Swisher ’16) and two adopted sisters from Guatemala.“One thing that has gotten me through tough stretches in school or during the track season is having a brother right here at Mount Union with me and a loving family back home that hasn’t missed a track meet yet,” Swisher said.As if balancing studies and athletics isn’t enough to keep him busy, Swisher is an active member of the Psychology Club and holds a student assistant position in the Office of Alumni Engagement at Mount Union, helping to carry out various on and off-campus events for the alumni community.“Having a great support group of coaches, friends and teammates makes it much easier to be a student athlete because they understand how important it is for me to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom,” Swisher said.Though undecided about his future career goals, Swisher is excited for the opportunities in front of him and is considering working in hedge funding. “There are so many possibilities,” he said. What Swisher loves most about his major in financial mathematics is the required day-to-day problem solving.“The professors in the Department of Mathematics do a tremendous job of developing the skillset of each student and always find a way to put students and our success first,” Swisher said.Swisher spent the majority of his summer problem solving in the Sunshine State, holding an internship position at Worldwide Superabrasives (WWSA) in Boynton Beach, Florida. Swisher’s main responsibility was to provide assistance in the company’s accounting department.Swisher’s aspirations have only grown larger with time, from dreaming of owning a McDonald’s as a child to now discovering and pursuing his love for math. Following graduation, he plans to travel outside of the state, but ultimately hopes to end up back in Ohio, close to Mount Union.“I feel at home here,” Swisher said. “This is a school that puts you in the position to succeed as long as you are willing to put in the work. I owe a lot of my success to the people I have met at Mount Union.”

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Alumnus Launches beefjockey.com

August 26, 2014

You can find anything on Craigslist – even cows. But Andrew Ruffing ’13, of Republic, Ohio, decided that there was a better way. While enrolled as a student in Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program, he discovered that Craigslist was being used to sell livestock and became inspired to start his own business. After further researching the industry, Ruffing decided to start Beef Jockey 365 LLC, an online livestock marketing company for private treaty sales and auctions.What Ruffing did not initially realize was that there are many difficulties that small business owners face.“Starting a business is hard,” said Ruffing. “There are a lot of downfalls but none have been devastating. I would say the biggest downfall so far has been timing. Our web development took a little longer than expected and pushed our launch back preventing us from being able to take advantage of the fall cattle sale season. That made things tough, but not impossible by any means. It gave us extra time to think and learn so that we have things working great for this fall season.”After working through the struggle, Ruffing began to see a prosperous future ahead. “The initial launch was small, and we were only able to do classified ads,” he said. “It was interesting, and I learned a lot, but we had a long way to go. After reworking my business plan and developing my idea, I attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering. I have gained my apprentice auctioneers’ license and have learned more than I could have ever imagined about the business of auctions and sales. We just re-launched in March. It has been exciting, and we have had a lot of interest from prospective clients. We have also landed a few well known clients, and that has made things very enjoyable.”Ruffing is now working on a similar site geared toward marketing of used landscaping equipment via private treaty sales and auctions. This site will be called ScapeXchange.com.An exercise science major, Ruffing gained most of his business knowledge through mentors and the entrepreneurship program. “There are a lot of people who have helped me along the way,” said Ruffing. “The most influential was Todd Pugh, CEO and founder of Todd’s Enviroscapes, Inc. He has been a mentor to me throughout the whole process and really helped get things off the ground. Professor Michael Kachilla and the Entrepreneurship Program helped my idea evolve and become a growing business with a lot of potential.” Ruffing offered advice to students interested in starting their own businesses.“I would tell anyone who was looking to start their own business to look into the Entrepreneurship Program,” he said. “It helped me learn so much and helped me develop my business in classroom so that i could take it to the real world. I would also say that if you would like to start a business, talk to several people in the industry. You can learn a lot from just a few phone calls, and you might even make a connection that could last a lifetime.”  

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Students Participate in Matriculation Convocation

August 25, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — New freshmen at the University of Mount Union participated in a long-standing tradition on Sunday as the University community officially welcomed the Class of 2018 to campus during the annual Matriculation Convocation ceremony.

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Mount Union Alumni Continue Giving Back

August 22, 2014

Many students engage in community service while at Mount Union, but some students go above and beyond by traveling to a third world country to help the less fortunate.

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Faculty Recital to Take Place at Mount Union

August 21, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio— Dr. Elaine Anderson, professor of music, and Janelle Penn Phinney, will hold a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 in Presser Recital Hall.

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Students Attend Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

August 21, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio— Five students traveled to The University of Akron to represent the University of Mount Union during Entrepreneurship Immersion Week this summer.

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Gieses Named Citizens of the Year

August 15, 2014

Saturday's festivities kicked off bright and early at the annual Community Breakfast held at the University of Mount Union as four Alliance citizens were awarded some of the community's top honors.Vince Kehres presented the Grand Parade Marshal Award to former University of Mount Union head football coach Larry Kehres. Kehres led the Raiders in 27 seasons, accruing 332 wins, 24 losses and three ties and giving Kehres the highest winning percentage in the history of college football.Vince Kehres called Larry Kehres' contributions to his community and the University of Mount Union "tremendous.""His contributions are largely subtle, but that's how he prefers it," said Vince.The Favazzo-Jeswald Founders Award was presented by Ben Favazzo, the son of Carnation Festival founder Ben Favazzor Sr. The award was given to John Gross for his "unselfish contribution" to the Carnation Festival.Gross began his career as an FBI agent, eventually becoming a member of the Secret Service. In 2011, he was appointed as Alliance's Safety Service Director. During the Carnation Festival, Gross gives tours of the Alliance City Cemetery. He plans to retire from that duty after 2014."I think I've done too much in my life," said Gross upon receiving the award. "I've got to look in the dictionary and find out what retirement really means."Mayor Alan Andreani introduced the Citizen of the Year Award, which is presented to an Alliance resident with a "long history of service" to the community. This year, the award was given to both Richard and Sandra Giese for "further advancing an already strong university," the University of Mount Union."They have truly walked the walk," said Andreani.Sandra Giese called being named Citizen of the Year "quite a surprise.""It was an honor for us to come here the first time, and it was even more of an honor to come back the second time," said Richard Giese of the city of Alliance.Andreani then read and presented proclamations from Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor to the Gieses, Larry Kehres and John Gross congratulating them on their awards. Sue Grove also accepted a proclamation on behalf of the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival.Event co-chairperson Missy Miller introduced keynote speaker Tana Carli Dimino. Dimino is an Alliance native and graduate of Marlington High School and the University of Akron. She was crowned Miss Ohio in 1980 and was runner-up to Miss America.Dimino also made history as the first full-time, female 6 and 11 news anchor in Cleveland."I can't begin to tell you what an honor it is for me to be here today," said Dimino. "No matter where I am, and no matter where I go, I am always so proud to say Alliance is my home."Dimino credited her successes to the opportunities presented to her growing up in the Carnation City, especially during her dance lessons at the Bill Cassady Dance Studio."You really can get anywhere you want to go from Alliance, Ohio, the home of the scarlet carnation," Dimino added.The Community Breakfast was co-chaired by Miller and Paula Foster. Charter One Bank sponsored the event.

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Center for Student Success to Receive Award

August 14, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has been selected to share in the 2014 Academic Affairs Awards presented by The Washington Center. Three universities, two college administrators, one state system and a non-profit organization will participate.

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