Green Raiders Meet with President Merriman

October 05, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Green Raiders at the University of Mount Union met with Mount Union President Dr. W. Richard Merriman last week to thank him for his leadership in sustainability and to discuss sustainability initiatives on campus.  

During the meeting, students presented Merriman with a sustainable appreciation gift to welcome him to Mount Union. The gift included a paper mache model of the earth attached to a reclaimed barn beam with an engraved nameplate provided by an Alliance engraver.

On campus, a Green Raider is a student known for his or her dedication to educating peers about living a sustainable lifestyle. The Green Raiders promote topics such as recycling, energy and water conservation and environmental issues. Raiders who presented the gift to Merriman are junior neuroscience major Reilly Augustine of Euclid, Ohio; senior middle childhood education major Becky Oblak of Strongsville, Ohio and senior civil engineering major Taylor Cline of Madison, Ohio. 

Not only did students present Merriman with a sustainable gift, but they also discussed upcoming events and future initiatives.  Some events that the Green Raiders host throughout the year include Recyclemania, Game Day Challenge, the Trash to Treasure Sale and Earth Hour. In addition, this year the Green Raiders planned the first No Impact Week which took place last week. Events featured during the week included a tour of the Alliance Recycling Center, a showing of the movie “Bag-It,” a community bike ride, local foods day in the cafeteria and glow-in-the-dark Frisbee.

Merriman was involved in multiple sustainability initiatives at his previous institution, Southwestern College. While president at Southwestern, he made the school a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and Southwestern successfully competed in several RecycleMania competitions. Merriman has indicated his commitment to supporting the Green Raiders in similar efforts at Mount Union.

The Green Raiders believe that it is beneficial to discuss sustainability initiatives with Merriman because sustainability is at the heart of Mount Union’s mission. By encouraging a sustainable lifestyle, students can further prepare to live a life of responsible citizenship.

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