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My grandparents are alumni of Mount Union and are still very active on campus. I grew up with the University, wearing Mount Union hoodies in elementary school and getting Raider gear every year for Christmas. I actually chose to attend Mount Union partially because my grandparents live nearby and the closeness of the campus community. I knew I would get more out of an education if I could have the type of one-on-one relationships with professors that Mount Union offers.

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Current Student Spotlight:
Emily Baumgardner '14

Hometown:West Chester, Ohio

Major:Chemistry

Future researcher

Member of women’s lacrosse, Sorority Life and Honors Program as well vice president of recruitment for the American Chemical Society and vice president of campus outreach for Panhellenic Council

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Chemistry
I had an amazing chemistry teacher in high school, which led me to pursue chemistry as a major in college. I love the challenge of the subject and look forward to learning something new every day in lecture or lab.

Since I was a kid
My grandparents are alumni of Mount Union and are still very active on campus. I grew up with the University, wearing Mount Union hoodies in elementary school and getting Raider gear every year for Christmas. I actually chose to attend Mount Union partially because my grandparents live nearby and the closeness of the campus community. I knew I would get more out of an education if I could have the type of one-on-one relationships with professors that Mount Union offers.

Standing out
It’s easy to get involved on campus and hold leadership positions in various organizations. I’d rather stand out than get lost in the crowd.

Favorite building
It sounds nerdy, but my favorite place on campus is Bracy Hall. For the number of hours I spend in the facility attending classes, conducting labs and studying, I feel like it’s partially my home now. I also have to admit, I have even taken a few naps after long study sessions!

Thankful
When I talk to my friends at other colleges and universities, I feel like Mount Union is different in that it offers so many opportunities to its students. I don’t know of any other school that has as many caring and helpful counselors and professors as we have here. Professors and staff members always go out of their way to help in any way they can. I’ve utilized the Office of Career Development many times as well as countless professors’ office hours. I’m so thankful for additional help I’ve received on a variety of things ranging from résumés to physics homework.

Helpful professor
My favorite teacher at Mount Union is Dr. Debra Boyd Kimball, associate professor of chemistry and co-director of the Honors Program. She has a very upbeat personality and is always available to help students. She even talked me through a lot of decisions I have had to make here at the University including choosing a major and deciding if I wanted to transfer to another school. I’m so glad I stayed!

Hands-on experience
One of the greatest things about the Department of Chemistry at Mount Union is being able to work with members of the department. I’ve worked with both Mrs. Susie Saulitis, Department of Chemistry laboratory supervisor, in the stockroom and Dr. Sheryl Mason, professor of chemistry, in chemistry labs. This is great hands-on experience as you get to better familiarize yourself with the subject by preparing and assisting with labs. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these experiences and what they have taught me.

Politics
My favorite class so far has been a course that wasn’t required for my major. I took American Government with Dr. William Cunion, associate professor of political science and dean for curriculum and student academic issues. I really loved learning more about politics, and he even made the intricacies of Congress interesting! My favorite part of the class was developing my own positions on issues and debating with others. Without the liberal arts curriculum offered at Mount Union, I would have missed out on such a great class.

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