April 05, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - "I had planned on being a math major, but after taking the introduction to religion course at Mount Union, things changed," said Penelope Beachy-Snider, a summa cum laude graduate of Mount Union College's 155th Commencement Sunday, May 13.

"Religion challenged me and broadened my horizons," she added. "It was much different than I expected."

A 1996 graduate of Timken High School and daughter of Jay and Judi Beachy of Canton, Beachy-Snider graduated with honors in religion with minors in math and secondary education.

Looking back at her time spent at Mount Union, Beachy-Snider said her college experience was everything she hoped it would be.

"Basically, I decided to attend Mount Union because it just felt right," Beachy-Snider said. "I wanted to stay close to home and I was already involved with the choir and the music department at Mount Union, so it felt somewhat familiar to me. But after becoming actively involved on campus, it felt even more right."

Active in several organizations on campus, Beachy-Snider was a member of the swim team, the Flute Choir, Who's Who Among America's Colleges and Universities and Alpha Lambda Delta, Sophomore Service, Blue Key and Psi Kappa Omega honoraries. She also earned Dean's List honors and was a charter member of the College's chapters of Kappa Delta Pi, the national education honorary, and Pi Mu Epsilon, the national math honorary.

In addition, Beachy-Snider was involved in religious life at Mount Union. She served as president and Chaplain of Kappa Phi, the national Christian service organization, and served as an assistant in the Chaplain's office for three and a half years where she coordinated "America Counts," a pilot program at Parkway Elementary School in Alliance.

In 1999, Beachy-Snider received The Oscar W. and Viola H. Dunn Bible Prize and this year was awarded The American Bible Society Award at the Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation in April.

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