April 07, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will honor four McKinley Fellow Award recipients during the Alumni Luncheon at this year's Alumni Weekend, June 8-10.

Initiated in 1993, the McKinley Fellow Award honors a non-alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated significant involvement with the College above and beyond expectation. This year's recipients are Paul and Ruth Basner of North Canton, Rachel Lang of East Liverpool and Dr. Robert Wiese, Jr. of Alliance.

Paul and Ruth Basner


 Married 49 years in September, Paul and Ruth Basner are active members of Northminster Presbyterian Church and the North Canton community.

Paul has served as president/board member of the United Way of Central Stark County, Exalter Ruler of North Canton Elks 2029, vice-chairman and board member of Doctors Hospital, president of the Canton Museum of Art, president of the North Canton Rotary Club, of which he had perfect attendance for 45 years, treasurer and board member of the Ohio Savings & Loan League and president and CEO of Citizens Savings, which is now First Merit Bank. The Salutatorian of his class of 1946 at Canton Timken High School, Paul was named Outstanding Alumnus.

He is currently a member of the Mount Union College Advisory Board, a charter member of North Canton Elks 2029 and member of the Ohio Elks Hall of Fame, treasurer and Elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church, and a member of Congress Lake Club and Retired Executives and Professional Men's Club. He also serves as a volunteer at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Ruth has served as a trustee of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, a member of the executive committee of the Wilderness Center Board, a board member of Great Trail Girl Scout Council, honorary chair of the Girl Scouts New Service Center and long-term board member of the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums. She is also founder of North Canton Heritage Society and Stark County Heritage Information Center.Ruth has authored numerous books on the history of Stark County, including her most recent, Yesteryears, published by The Repository. A member of Canton Woman's Club, two garden clubs, a literary club and Walsh Women, Ruth also helped organize the North Canton Alumni Association and Hall of Distinction.

The Basners have two children and four grandchildren.

Rachel Lang


 A 1933 graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA, Lang has been a member of Mount Union's Board of Trustees since 1975, where she has served on the Faculty/Student Relations Committee and was elected a Life Trustee in 1989.

As a member of the First United Methodist Church in East Liverpool, Lang served as Superintendent of the Primary Department, as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Board of Trustees, along with several other committees within the church. Lang also has been involved in the district and conference levels of the United Methodist Church having served on the Steubenville District Council of Ministries and the Council of Ministries, Executive Committee for the East Ohio Conference. She served as both president and vice president of United Methodist Women for the Steubenville District and, as vice president of the East Ohio Conference United Methodist Women, attended the World Federation Methodist Women's meeting in Denver, CO in 1971. She is currently an associate member of Union Avenue Methodist Church in Alliance.

Dedicated to higher education, Lang was named dean of schools of Christian mission from 1977 to 1979 by the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. She also served as vice president and assistant dean of the North Central Jurisdiction Regional Schools Committee in 1973, and as a member of the Five College Commission from 1980 to 1984.

Active in the community, Lang serves on the Salvation Army Board, has been active in the Women's Auxiliary of the East Liverpool City Hospital and chaired the former Nurses Training School.

Lang has three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

Dr. Robert Wiese, Jr.


 Dr. Robert Wiese, Jr. joined the faculty at Mount Union as a professor of geology in 1964.

While at Mount Union, Wiese served as chair of the geology department for 25 years and as secretary of the faculty. He also served on several committees, including Athletics, Academic Policies and Committee on Faculty. Wiese developed a program of extended in-course field trips for geology majors in the 1960s and started an annual geology departmental newsletter in the late 1980s, which continues to be published today. In 1978, he presented the College's annual Faculty Lecture and later that year, received the College's Great Teacher Award. He retired from Mount Union in 1998.

In addition to his career at Mount Union, Wiese served as an adjunct professor in the department of earth sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He has authored or co-authored more than 17 refereed or invited papers and abstracts, and numerous technical reports. He is a licensed geologist in the state of Pennsylvania and has served as a member or fellow of several professional societies, including the Northern Ohio Geological Society where he served as secretary from 1966 to 1994. Wiese also has served as an Elder, trustee and member of the scout committee for the First Presbyterian Church.

Wiese earned his bachelor of science degree in geology from Yale University in 1955 and earned his doctorate degree in geology from Harvard University in 1961. He and his wife Karen have four children and 12 grandchildren.

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