Ryan Donaldson ’15

Major: Medical Technology
Hometown:North Canton, Ohio

When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.

The Eckler Lecture

2014 Eckler Lecture
Phillip Richards, author and English professor at Colgate University, presented the Mary W. and Eric A. Eckler Endowment in Literature and Drama at the University of Mount Union on Thursday, February 13. Richard’s presentation, titled “Mid-Century Cleveland in Black and White,” reflected on his life experiences. Read more.

About the Eckler Lecture
Mount Union established the Mary W. & Eric A. Eckler Endowment in Literature and Drama in 1981 through a trust given by the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cummins. Both Dr. and Mrs. Eckler were long-time faculty members in Mount Union's English department.

Mrs. Cummins, formerly Dorothy Nelson, was a 1929 graduate of Mount Union and was a student of the Ecklers. The trust was given in appreciation of the Ecklers' years of service to the College and the community. The income from the trust is used annually to bring a person to the campus for one or more programs in literature and drama.

Dr. Eckler was a member of the English department at Mount Union from 1922 until the time of his death in 1955. Known to hundreds of students through the years as "Pop," Dr. Eckler served in many campus and community capacities. In addition to his position as a professor of English language and literature, he was chairman of the department from 1922 to 1954. 

A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, he earned his master of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Eckler's wife, Mary W. Eckler, was an associate professor of English at the College from 1922 until 1964. Known as "Mom" to many Mount Union students, Mrs. Eckler earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and her master of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

She received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women in 1962. She was named one of Mount Union's first McKinley Fellows in 1993.

Past Eckler Lecturers

 

1981

John Chappell, actor

1982

W. D. Snodgrass, poet

1983

Vincent Dowling, actor and director

1983

Arthur Kincaid and Deirdre Barber, actors

1984

Laura Whyte, actress

1985

Cyril Mallett and Jean Lane, actors

1986

John Maxwell, actor

1987

James Mitchell Lear, actor, and David Walters, director

1988

Elaine Sulka, director

1989

Natalie Ross, actress

1990

Brenda Wong Aoki, actress

1991

Mark Stevenson, actor

1992

Ken Richters, actor

1993

Joy Harlo, poet

1994

Kent R. Brown, professor of drama

1995

Amy Hempel, author

1996

Joy Harjo, poet

1997

Carolyn Forche, poet

1998

no lecture

1999

no lecture

2000

Tobias Wolff, author

2001

Brian Bedford, actor

2002

Jason Marr, actor

2003

Bret Lott, author

2004

Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Dewberry, authors

2005

Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Band, jazz musicians

2005

Nikki Giovanni, poet

2006

William S. Yellowrobe Jr., playwright

2007

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, acclaimed novelist and poet

2009

Paula Vogel, playwright and author

2010 David Giffels, author and journalist
 
2012 Philip Gerard, author and professor
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