Dowling Mentor Program Holds Annual Banquet
April 06, 2010
The Dowling Mentor Program at Mount Union College held its annual banquet recently to honor those involved during the past academic year.
Lorie Miller, director of the Mount Union College Dowling Mentor Program, and program founders Jack and Madge Peters recognized Alliance High School seniors Charlotte Johnson, Bobby Reel and Rachael Renier. The Mount Union students who participated in the program as mentors were honored, including those with four years of service.
George Weimer presented a special award to the Peters, and John Hampu, from the Alliance City Schools, presented the keynote address. Hampu has been with the Alliance schools for 26 years and helped initiate the program.
In addition to meeting on a regular basis for tutoring and special events, the mentors and Alliance students in the program also perform community service projects. This year's projects included working at the Rodman Library Used Book Sale, accepting gifts for the Salvation Army Wish Tree, helping with "Bingo" at McCrea Manor and working at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
This is the 18th year for the program. Sixty-eight percent of the Mount Union students who served as mentors through the program have pursued a career in higher education. By the end of the 2003 - 2004 academic year, a total of five former Alliance students, who were mentored through the Dowling Program, will have graduated from Mount Union College. Two of these students, who have already graduated from Mount Union, are currently pursuing graduate studies.