Dowling Mentor Banquet Held at Mount Union College

April 22, 2008

dowling-webThe 22nd 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 20.

Tony Sokol, Alliance Middle School counselor, was the guest speaker for the evening. Sokol, who is retiring this year, has been involved with the Dowling Mentor Program since its inception. He reflected on the impact that the program has had in the community and expressed his gratitude to the mentors for their dedicated years of service and the College for its long-term commitment to the program.

Dr. Richard F, Giese, president of the college and Lorie Miller, director of the Dowling Mentor Program presented Alliance High School seniors Rico Blake, Daniel Hall, Matrivas Hollis, Josh Myers, Sarah Stevens, Terrence Williams and Shyra Yoho with plaques honoring their participation in the program.

Miller recognized the community service projects that participants in the program took part in this year including Rodman Library Used Book Sale, Salvation Army Angel Tree, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and Feed My Sheep Ministries Community Garden project.

Graduating mentors who have served in the program were also recognized. Mount Union students honored for four years of service were Marcus Jackson, a middle childhood education major from Columbus and Ali Myslinski, a middle childhood education major from Wintersville. Honored for three years of service was Michael Evans, an early childhood education major from Boardman. Honored for two years of service was Stephanie Ciciretto, an early childhood education major from Chagrin Falls; Michael Fatigante, a physical education and health major from Sewickley, Pennsylvania; Brian Lane, an early childhood education major from Ocala, Florida; Jen Moreck, a history major from Kent; Amanda Mueller, an early childhood education major from Strongsville; Ashley Ross, a sociology major from Canal Fulton and Katie Stache, an exercise science and physical education major from Washington, Pennsylvania. Honored for one year of service were Jonathan Draves, a sport management major from Westlake; Kyle Lott, a business administration major from Berea; Daniel Luketic, a business administration major from Rootstown; David Scarpitti, a business administration major from Sebring and Cameron Schron, a business administration major from Hudson.

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 22 years, members of the program have aspired to make his dream become a reality.

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