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

Wild Playground Celebration to be Held at the Nature Center on September 26

September 21, 2009

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center of Mount Union College will be holding a wild playground celebration on Saturday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.On Saturday the Nature Center will be dedicating its playground and having a picnic. Those interested also will have the opportunity to explore and experience the Forest Buchanan Trail.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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Nature Center to Hold a Walk with a Naturalist on September 27

September 21, 2009

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will be holding a Walk with a Naturalist on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. No 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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Mount Union College Implements Super Service Saturdays

September 11, 2009

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Service at Mount Union has implemented a new service program entitled “Super Service Saturdays.

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Gartner Welcome Center to be Included in the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour

September 24, 2009

Mount Union College’s new Gartner Welcome Center will be part of the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour which will be held Sunday, October 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  As the host of the first Stark County Solar Tour, the event at the Gartner Welcome Center will include refreshments, vendor tables and information about other Stark County sites. The Stark County Solar Tour, as part of the seventh Annual Ohio Tour conducted by Green Energy Ohio and American Solar Energy Society, will be held Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4 at various locations around Stark County. Beyond solar energy, the statewide event features simultaneous tours in all corners of the state and highlights hundreds of sites with solar, wind, biomass, green design and energy-saving technologies.  The Gartner Welcome Center has been designed to achieve a gold level based on the LEED-certified building standards. The heart of the energy efficiency is based on a 20 ton vertical loop geothermal heat pump. Additional LEED-certified features include zero use of CFC or HCFC based refrigerants in the HVAC system, automatic lighting control, large use of new materials with significant recycled content and within 0.5 mi. from many community services and public transportation.   Other stops on the tour will include Towns’ Residence, Cespedes’ Residence, Stark State College, Meniru Professional Building and Grabhill Plumbing & Heating, Inc. on Saturday, October 3.  The tour route on Sunday, October 4 will include Mount Union College, Hobson’s Residence, Little’s Residence, Stark Parks, Metropolitan Centre, Cespedes’ Residence and Grabill Plumbing and Heating, Inc.The tour will provide information on how individuals and businesses are trimming their energy bills and increasing their energy independence. The 2009 Stark County Solar Tour is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.greenengergyohio.org.

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Mount Union to have state's largest thin film solar system

September 30, 2009

Mount Union College has a new claim to fame.

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Canfield-Simbro Receives 2009 Excellence in Service-Learning Award

September 22, 2009

Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, assistant professor of human performance and sport business and co-director of the honors program recently received the 2009 Excellence in Service-Learning Award at Mount Union College.  This award is given annually to a faculty member at Mount Union for his or her contributions to community and service learning. The Office of Service-Learning and Community Service selected Canfield-Simbro as this year’s award winner because of her dedicated leadership to service-learning with students in and out of the classroom. She has supported projects such as boys and girls fitness programs and the Future Fitness Club at the YMCA, Health and Wellness programming at Alliance Franklin Headstart and the National Neighborhood Day picnic.  “As a YMCA board member, I have seen first-hand the impact that these programs have,” said Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach. “She has demonstrated her dedication to her students and her community through sustainable service projects.”Canfield-Simbro has received funding for her service-learning work from Ohio Campus Compact and United Health.  She is a mentor to other faculty members who are interested in service-learning and is a member of the Mount Union College Service-Learning Task Force.  She also was recognized with an honorable mention for the 2009 David Hoch Award for Service-Learning in Ohio.  Dr. Steve Kramer, professor of psychology received this award in 2008.

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Sharon Luke Named Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

September 11, 2009

Sharon Luke has been named associate professor of physician assistant studies at Mount Union College.Luke joined the staff at Mount Union in 2008 and also serves as the director of the physician assistant studies program at the institution.She earned a bachelor of science degree in the natural sciences (biology) from the University of Akron in 1986. After completing some graduate-level coursework in microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Akron, she earned an associate of applied science degree from the CAAHEP-accredited Physician Assistant Program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in 1996 and a master of science degree in health sciences from Cleveland State University in 2006. Luke is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning from Walden University.A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, Luke is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCA) and licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board as a physician assistant.  

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Mount Union Professor Reflects on Time Spent in Russia

September 18, 2009

While spending time in Russia this past summer, Dr. Santosh Saha, professor of history at Mount Union, gained hands-on knowledge of the country’s educational system,  living conditions and metro system. During his stay, Saha presented two research papers entitled “Ethnicity as a Resilient Paradigm: Socio-political Transition” and “Ethnic Conflict in Africa" at the Fifth International Conference of Hierarchy and Power in History of Civilizations in Moscow, Russia.While he was abroad, he learned that the current learning motto in Russia is “teachers should teach – not simply become facilitators in the learning situation.” Saha noted that this motto was visible in institutions of higher learning in Moscow and St. Petersburg. “I saw professors teaching and discussed the methodology with students,” said Saha. “They told me how and what they learned; I got the impression that they go by the traditional method of imparting knowledge.”Saha explained that the educational system in Russia is very different from the system in the United States. In Russia the general secondary education lasts for nine years and students can continue their education at secondary (complete) general school for two years or at a vocational school or non-university level institution. Those who decide to further their education at a secondary (complete) general school will earn the award of the Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrasovanii (School Leaving Certificate).Higher education in Russia is provided by state and non-state educational institutions (HEIs). Approximately half of the State HEIs students pay for their studies and students who attend non-state HEIs only have to pay tuition fees. Since higher education falls within the Ministry of Education and Science's jurisdiction, The Federal Service of Supervision in Education and Science is responsible for quality assurance in education. “Unlike the Western emphasis on both liberal and technical education, Russian students are largely interested in getting into technical education – science and mathematics are very much cherished in Russia,” said Saha. “I had various discussions with many students who are duty-bound. Some Russian students are interested in going to the West for education, although they are not adequately using the Internet yet to learn about the outside world.”In Russia, buildings and flats are in poor condition, with broken windows and dirty walls. Saha noted that even at the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences, chairs and tables were in disrepair. Yet Saha noted that despite the huge unemployment rates and the poor environment that individuals live in, Russian academies still produce good graduates and dedicated students. Even though many roads and bridges around the city are collapsing, Saha was able to still visit some of the highly-known and attractive venues in Russia.The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has nearly three million exquisite items spanning from the stone age to modern day, which makes it one of the most highly-esteemed art galleries in the world. In Moscow, Kremlin grounds, cathedrals and patriarch’s palace centers speak adequately about the life and applied art, displaying ecclesiastical regalia, gold and silverware from Russia and Western Europe. The State Museum of Alexander S. Pushkin in Moscow, is also the largest literature museum in Russia. “Foreigners of Russia have to be impressed by the metro system, both Moscow City and St. Petersburg,” said Saha. “The average daily passenger flow makes about 9 million. The Moscow metro is claimed to be the most efficient system in the world.  It only costs 70 US cents to go anywhere in the transit system.”Saha earned bachelor's degrees from Calcutta University in India and The University of London. He earned an LL.B degree from Calcutta University Law College, a master's degree from Calcutta University and a doctoral degree from Kent State University. Before joining the staff at Mount Union, he taught history in India, Ethiopia, Zambia and Liberia. At the institution he teaches courses in western civilization, Asian civilization and problems of developing nations, among others. Saha has published 13 books, 10 of them relating to the disciplines of history, religion and culture. Some of these books include The Politics of Ethnicity and the National Politics and Religious Fundamentalism in the Contemporary World: Critical Social and Political Issues. His recent research articles have been approved for publications in Australian and Russia. He also serves on various editorial boards of international journals.

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Run-A-MUC 5K Race and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk to be held Saturday, October 3

September 22, 2009

The Run-A-MUC 5K/3.1 mile race and the 2-mile fun run/walk will be held on Saturday, October 3 on the Mount Union College campus.  A special Kids’ Race is also open to all children age seven and younger.  The 5K/3.1 mile race and the 2-mile fun run/walk will take place on a mostly flat terrain through residential areas surrounding the campus.  It will be police supervised with splits at each mile and a water station.The Kids’ Race begins immediately following the 5K and includes one lap around Mount Union’s track.Fruit and drinks will be available at the finish line.  A ceremony will be held in the stadium following the race during which prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female winners of the 5K race and to the first two finishers in each age group, not including overall winners.  Prizes have been donated by Jimmy John’s and the Mount Union Office of Alumni and College Activities.  Each participant in the Kids’ Race will also receive a prize.The cost for both the 5K race and the 2-mile fun run/walk is $15 in advance, which is due by September 27 or $20 on the day of the event.  The Mount Union student cost is $5.  Pre-registration guarantees an all-you-can-eat lunch and a t-shirt.  Runners can obtain their packets or register at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC).Mount Union alumni can register online at www.muc.edu/alumni.  Community members are encouraged to participate and register by filling out and submitting the registration form, also available at www.muc.edu/alumni,  to the Office of Alumni and College Activities.  All kids must also be pre-registered.Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5-K and the 2-mile fun run/walk will begin at 9 a.m.  The Run-A-MUC is organized by Mount Union Sports Business Association.  For more information contact the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2030, (800) 992-6682, ext. 2030 or e-mail at alumni@muc.edu.

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Sherrel Rieger Speaks About Local Involvement with Hispanics

September 29, 2009

IIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a local documentary “2,000 Miles North” was shown on campus, followed by reflections from Sherrel Rieger, who has been very influential within her community. “2,000 Miles North,” is a local documentary featuring migrant workers from Guatemala, who now live and work in our neighboring county, Tuscarawas County.Rieger, a Dover, OH native, lived in Mexico for 11 years. When she moved back to Dover in 1988, she volunteered at the local hospital. Rieger explained that at that time, high school teachers were about the only people who could speak Spanish. Since she was fluent in Spanish, she soon became in high demand. “My phone rang one day 20 years ago asking for my help, and it hasn’t stopped ringing since,” laughed Rieger.Some of the services Rieger provides include trips to the doctor’s office, translating schools papers, communicating with landlords and inviting them to community events. “Every experience I had in Mexico helps me help them,” said Rieger. “I feel like I am giving back for all the help I received while living in a different country.” It did not take much for Rieger to build up trust with the families. A naturally friendly and inviting person, Rieger’s approach involves patience and flexibility. She began by helping her students find their way around school and then created relationships with their parents and families.Rieger also involves her American students and retired friends in helping the migrant families. She explained that her students know where she stands and are very tender-hearted toward the migrant students. Her friends that are retired often provide transportation for the migrant families to doctor’s appointments and to the store. During the summer, Rieger organized a swimming program on Wednesdays. Her students are each assigned a family, and they go swimming and have lunch together. “This program is a great way for them to feel like a part of the community,” Rieger explained. When they become part of the community, Rieger explained that it opens minds to understanding what the families go through every day. They are not here to take advantage, but are here solely for their children.    “All they care about is their kids – that’s why they’re here,” said Rieger.

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