Dowling Mentor Banquet Held at Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

The 21st annual Mount Union College Dowling Mentor Program honored students from both the College and Alliance City Schools at its end-of-the-year banquet held Sunday, April 15.

Stephen Jones, a 2003 Alliance High School graduate and six-year participant of the Dowling Mentor Program was the guest speaker for the evening.

'When you enter the program, you are at such a critical age in development that is essential to be involved in something that is positive and also enjoyable,' said Jones. 'Having a mentor in college when you are at a young age gives you a ton of motivation to continue your education.'

Jones is in his second year of medical school at Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM).

Lorie Miller, director of the Dowling Mentor Program, along with program founders Jack and Madge Peters, presented Alliance High School seniors Bobby Notman, Nutishia Blake and Talia Hairston with plaques honoring their participation in the program. In addition, students involved in the program presented introduction and highlights from the past year.

Miller recognized the community service projects that participants in the program took part in this year including Interfaith Daycare, Salvation Army Wish Tree, Rodman Library book sale, Pegasus Farm and Feed my Sheep Community Dinner.

Graduating mentors who have served in the program were also recognized. These Mount Union students included Kurt Davis, a business administration major from Dover; Kelli Kranek, a sociology major of Strongsville; Ashley Cowoski, a Spanish major from Perry; Timothy Lydon, a business administration major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Nick Massella, a media studies major from Chardon; Candace Orth, a music education major from Akron; Jared Potts, a biology major from Senecaville; Hannah Snyder, a mathematics major from Cadiz; ConnieMarie Whitehouse, a music education major from Mentor; Jessica Wildey, a biology major from Fort Wayne, Indiana; Matt Zelasko, a business administration major from Independence; Ashley Ambrosia, an early child education major from New Springfield; Danielle Haenel, a psychology major from Union City, Pennsylvania; David Hradek, a business administration major from Wooster; Larissa Kramer, a music education major from Canton and J. Chase Ross, a business administration major from New Philadelphia.

Special guests at the banquet included Mount Union administrators Alliance City School counselors and administrators and friends of the program.

The Dowling Mentor Program began when project founders Jack and Madge Peters decided to initiate a program to help area youth. They were inspired by Mr. Bob Dowling, a retired Alliance City Schools teacher, whose commitment to serving students was truly admirable. He worked continually to help students succeed, especially those who had potential for academic success. For 21 years, members of the program have aspired to make his dream become a reality.

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