Dowling Mentors Selected At Mount Union College

April 05, 2010

 

The Dowling Mentor Program at Mount Union College has selected 39 students to act as mentors to middle and high school students from the Alliance area for the 2001-02 academic year.

A kick-off dinner was held at the Hoover-Price Campus Center Sunday, October 7. The dinner was followed by activities at Timken Athletic Center.

The Dowling Mentor Program, now in its 16th year, is designed to enrich young student?s lives by pairing them with mentors for tutoring and cultural, recreational and community service activities. Lorie Miller, director of the program, says that the Mount Union students who mentor benefit by developing leadership skills and learning the value of community service. The mentees are able to build self-esteem and improve their academic skills. A former mentee, Aleicia Davis, spoke at the dinner about what the program has done for her life.

"This program has opened so many doors for me,' said Davis, a 1994 graduate of Alliance High School and 2000 graduate of Mount Union College, speaking to the mentees. "About 11 years ago, I sat in one of these chairs and wondered why I was here. An elderly man sat across from me. It was Robert Dowling. I don?t know where I would be if that elderly gentleman I did not know had not helped me. You were destined to sit in these chairs. Someone saw the potential you possess.'

Community service projects are an integral part of the Dowling Mentor Program. Enrichment activities include trips to the Cleveland Natural History Museum and parent-student banquets.

The 2001-02 Dowling Mentors include Nicholas Beckloff, a senior from Wellington; Kimberly Bertleff, a junior from Cartland; Michael Bourne, a senior from Alliance; Jennifer Bradley, a junior from Alliance; Roberta Butto, a junior from Strongsville; Josh Cochran, a senior from Alliance; Andrea Coey, a sophomore from Loudonville; Marci Colantoni, a junior from Steubenville; Damonn Dixon, a senior from Youngstown; Teddy Florea, a junior from Bucharese, Romania; Scot Gill, a sophomore from Canton; Alicia Hallman, a junior from Youngstown; Rachel Hampu, a junior from Alliance; Ryan Haynes, a senior from Seven Hills; Kelly Heinzman, a junior from Carrollton; Kevin Hinkle, a junior from Perrysville; Shelmin Isom, a junior from Oberlin; Thomas Jefferson, a junior from Campbell; Andrew Lattanner, a sophomore from Granger, IN; Trina McKelley, a junior from Youngstown; Melanie McMaster, a junior from Chardon; Nathan Miker, a sophomore from Chagrin Falls; Jessica Miller, a junior from Alliance; Michael Mitchum, a sophomore from Youngstown; Missy Moeller, a junior from New Philadelphia; Tiffany Neal, junior from Cleveland; Megan Novinc, a junior from Euclid; Matthew R. Painting, a junior from Orrville; Shelia Patton, a junior from Solon; Michelle Pedley, a junior from North Olmsted; Doug Peterman, a senior from Dover; Jacob Reyher, a junior from Senecaville; Katie Schnurrenberger, a senior from Austintown; Alyson Shultz, a sophomore from Salem; Julie Thomas, a junior from Pickerington; Marc Torgersen, a senior from Cairo, Egypt; Jason T. Weingart, a sophomore from Salem; Miranda Weller, a sophomore from Massillon; and Nicole Yanik, a sophomore from Masury.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (330) 823-6063

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