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

Campus News

Nature Center to hold a Walk with a Naturalist on July 12

July 07, 2009

The John T.

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Two Mount Union Graduates Set Out to Teach Abroad

July 17, 2009

Two recent Mount Union graduates are putting their skills and senses of adventure to use by taking advantage of the opportunity to teach halfway around the world this year.  Neither Ashley Gauer nor Amanda Kusler knew she wanted to teach abroad until after studying abroad for a semester through Mount Union.  Now, each of them have teaching jobs in a different country — Gauer in Japan and Kusler in France.  Gauer’s job title in Japan is an assistant language teacher.  The job, which is associated with the JET Program through the Japanese Consulate, was suggested to her by Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner, professor of foreign languages. Gauer assists the Japanese teachers of English, helping with lesson plans and allowing students the opportunity to listen to a native English speaker.As of right now, Gauer is not assigned to a specific school.  Instead, she works for the local board of education, which places her where she is needed. Gauer explained two main differences between schools in Japan and schools in the United States.  “First of all, high school is not mandatory in Japan.  Students must pass an entrance exam to enter and spend most of their time in high school studying for their college entrance exam,” Gauer said.  “Secondly, students and teachers do not wear their shoes inside the school building; everyone wears slippers once they arrive.”It wasn’t until after Gauer studied abroad in Japan that she realized she wanted to stay longer.  Although her degree is not in education, but in international business, Gauer feels prepared to accept this challenge. “The sense of independence that I found was something I wasn’t used to, but surprisingly I liked it a lot,” Gauer said. “Since I had loved my study abroad experience so much, I wanted to go back and saw this as the perfect opportunity to sharpen my skills.”    Kusler will begin her job as a language assistant in France on October 1.  She will be teaching English to 8-11 year olds.  The job was first mentioned to her by two American girls currently in the program, who she met while studying in Pau, France her sophomore year.Teaching abroad was not part of Kusler’s plan until after a trip to France with Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and director of international programs, and other Mount Union students last summer.  “I had planned on getting a teaching position in the United States right out of college, but I decided I wanted another opportunity to stay in France for an extended period of time.”The main difference between schools in France and the U.S. is that teachers are considered government officials in France.  Also, there are two different types of schools, similar to college prep and vocational, but a student’s performance in middle school determines which one she or she will attend.  Despite these differences, Kusler feels that she has the ability to take on this opportunity because of the preparation she received at Mount Union. “My classes at Mount prepared me by teaching me the French language, as well as the general pedagogical knowledge which will prepare me for teaching any subject,” said Kusler. “My methods course also taught me a variety of useful strategies for teaching a foreign language.”Although Gauer and Kusler have completed their undergraduate educations, they are sure to have many more learning experiences ahead of them.

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The Nature Center Offers “Staycation” Opportunities for Families

July 17, 2009

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center has joined the nation-wide Nature Rocks initiative to encourage parents to spend time outdoors as a family.  The Nature Center will hold its first “staycation” event in the North Woods on July 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The North Woods provides an interactive area for children to play and discover.  Backpacks and nature exploration tools can be checked out at the Visitors Center.“Families are looking for affordable options for their children this summer and nothing is better and more accessible for quality family time than activities in nature,” said Charleen Race, academic outreach coordinator for the Nature Center. “A growing body of research indicates that children are happier, healthier and smarter when they get regular opportunities to play and explore nature.”To learn more about the campaign and how to plan family summer activities close to home, visit www.naturerocks.org.The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183. The Visitors Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The Nature Center is closed on Mondays. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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Rising Senior Summer Picnic to be Held July 24 and July 31

July 10, 2009

Soon-to-be high school seniors and parents are invited to a Rising Senior Summer Picnic on Friday, July 24 or Friday, July 31 at Mount Union College.The Rising Senior Summer Picnic will give upcoming high school seniors and their parents an opportunity to learn about the College. Activities throughout the day will include informative presentations, campus tours and a picnic-style lunch. There also will be an optional financial aid seminar available.  Registration will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. The day will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m.     Students can register online at /forms/rssp.aspx. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 334-6682 or admission@muc.edu.

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New Mount Union Students Benefit from Preview Sessions

July 29, 2009

Mount Union students have been attending Preview sessions during the months of June and July in preparation for their first semester of college. Check out our Preview video on YouTube to learn more about the sessions and how they benefit our new students.

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Keys to Artistry Piano Camp Held at Mount Union College

July 08, 2009

The inaugural Keys to Artistry piano camp, co-founded by piano faculty members Dr. Maira Liliestedt and Ms. Janelle Phinney, was recently held at Mount Union College. The week-long event provided musical and social events for intermediate to advanced pianists ages 10 to 18. Liliestedt and Phinney were both piano camp counselors in college and wanted to combine their experiences and offer something similar to younger pianists. "We were trying to fill a need for such an event in the area,” Phinney said. “There are almost no such camps for young piano enthusiasts in our vicinity."  Also on staff during the week was Dr. Jerome Miskell, associate professor of music, who taught music technology, and Dr. James Perone, professor of music, who taught music theory.  Camp counselors were pianists Laura Jurasko, a 2009 Mount Union College graduate, and Abigail Sevcik, a senior music performance major at the College. The week included daily piano lessons, music theory classes and music technology classes as well as special sessions on piano wellness and legendary pianists. Optional activities also included a trip for high school students to Blossom Music Center for a performance at Porthouse Theatre of Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum.Next year’s Keys to Artistry will be held at Mount Union College June 14-19, 2010.  For more information, call Maira Liliestedt at (330) 823-2195 or Janelle Phinney at (330) 224-1429.

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Melissa Gardner Named Executive Director of Public Affairs and Marketing

July 21, 2009

Melissa Gardner has been named executive director of public affairs and marketing at Mount Union College.Gardner joined the staff in 1998 as assistant director and in 2002 she was promoted to director. Since then she has been responsible for the development of college publications as well as overseeing the media relations and electronic communications components of the office. She was instrumental in the creation of Mount Union’s Identity Program and has been responsible for its implementation and the establishment of trademarking and licensing initiatives.“During her 11 years with the College, Melissa has proven her abilities and gained experience in nearly every aspect of public relations and marketing,” said Richard F. Giese, president of the College.  “Not only will her experience provide for a seamless transition, but it will allow for the office to build upon an already strong foundation while further enhancing its ability to strategically build the reputation of Mount Union.”In her new role, Gardner is responsible for developing marketing, public relations, advertising, electronic communication and media relations strategies and oversees the implementation of those strategies.  She also continues to cultivate relationships with media representatives, develop publications and provide assistance in communicating messages, both verbally and in written form.“I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we begin to plan our future public relations and marketing efforts,” said Gardner.  “I am fortunate to have compiled a staff of extremely competent, dedicated and creative individuals who share my overall objectives and passion for the institution.”A native of Minerva, Ohio, she graduated magna cum laude from Mount Union in 1998, earning a bachelor of arts degree in mass media. In 2002, she earned a master of arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Kent State University.On campus Gardner is the faculty advisor for Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority and the advisor of the Mount Union College Dance Team. She is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the College and University Designer’s Association. She also serves as a choreographer for the Carnation City Players and assists the Alliance Farmers’ Market with publicity.  She has served as a member of the Beta Psi Beta Alumni Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority, the Alliance Area United Way 50th Anniversary Committee and the Alliance Community Hospital Women’s Wellness Retreat Committee.

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Nature Center to hold Bird Biology Lecture on July 9

July 02, 2009

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will hold a lecture entitled “Bird Biology: Life Histories” on Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Participants have the opportunity to join students in Chuck McClaugherty’s Ornithology class for a series of lectures on Bird Biology. Lectures will be held on six successive Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Visitors Center. The lectures will not require prior biology classes or knowledge and will be suitable for adults and middle to high school-aged students. This lecture will focus on the life history of a bird. Registration is required. The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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Harry Paidas Named Chair of Communication and Assistant to the President for Community Affairs and Special Projects

July 02, 2009

Harry Paidas, who has served as the chief public affairs officer at Mount Union College for the past 26 years, has been named to chair the College’s department of communication as well as serve as the assistant to the president for community affairs and special projects.The hybrid position will include fulltime faculty status for Paidas and he will continue to work with President Richard Giese to enhance college-community relations.Paidas has been teaching part-time in the department of communication during his career at Mount Union and with the new appointment, will be leading an academic program with a large number of majors.“With this appointment, I believe we will be getting the best that Harry Paidas offers,” Giese said.  “He has been an excellent teacher, a strong leader and a hard worker throughout his career at Mount.  His combination of skills will benefit our students in and out of the classroom and our community will continue to benefit from his leadership.”Paidas, a native of Warren, Ohio, is a 1974 graduate of Mount Union College and a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a master of science degree in journalism. Prior to working at Mount Union, Paidas held public relations positions with Wittenberg University, Capital University and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.Active in the Alliance community, he is currently serving as the chair of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Board and as the chair of the Canton Stark County Visitor’s Bureau. He also serves or has served on the boards of the Alliance Community Hospital Foundation, Alliance Country Club, Carnation Festival and Alliance Area United Way.  He was named the 2008 Alliance Citizen of the Year for his well-established history of loyalty to Alliance and unselfishly works for the betterment of others in the community.Paidas also serves as the chair of the One Book One Community committee, which he was instrumental in founding in Alliance in 2003. He has been a driving force behind the popular Farmers’ Market, which has drawn an overwhelming number of local food shoppers to downtown Alliance.

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Grace Chalker Named Director of Admission at Mount Union

July 27, 2009

Grace Chalker has recently been named director of admission at Mount Union College.After serving in various capacities in the office of undergraduate admission at Baldwin-Wallace College since 1996 and most recently as the senior associate director of admission, Chalker has returned to her alma mater and previous employer. From 1986 through 1996 she was the assistant director of admission at Mount Union.“Grace is well-respected in the admission field and brings a vast amount of admission experience and has a creative outlook on recruitment,” said Amy Tomko, vice president for enrollment services. “We look forward to the future direction of the admission operation under Grace's capable hands.”Chalker earned a bachelor of music education degree from Mount Union in 1971 and took graduate courses at Duke University and Bowling Green State University. She is a member of the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

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