Institutional Highlights from 2017

December 14, 2017

The University of Mount Union has had an exceptional 2017 with stories from every corner of campus. Below are some highlights:

Mount Union Holds Record Breaking MLK Day of Service
Over 500 students, faculty and community members took part in the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The volunteers volunteered at 21 locations in Alliance, which helped over 30 local organizations. The volunteers helped at the Alliance Community Pantry, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, YWCA and many more.

Abdul-Jabbar Talks Overcoming Obstacles at Annual Schooler Lecture
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA champion and best-selling author, presented at the 2017 Scholar Lecture. His speech centered around overcoming obstacles in order to succeed in his NBA career and as an author. More than 4,500 people attended the lecture- a record breaking number. The lecture was moderated by Toni Gonzalez-Collins ’07. 

Rosie Gleason ‘18 Recognized with The Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Student Award
Nursing Major Rosie Gleason ’18 received the Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Student Award. The award is given to 14 students annually. The students must show outstanding leadership in service endeavors on their campus and within their community. Gleason has helped to organize and execute numerous projects within in her sorority and as an employee of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

Mount Union Names Dr. Jeffrey R. Breese Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University
Dr. Jeffrey R. Breese was named the vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the university in April. Breese previously worked as the vice president of academic affairs at Dominican University in River Forest. He received his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University, graduate degree from Ohio University and doctorate from the University of Akron. 

Mechanical Engineering Major Stingel ‘17 Receives Prestigious Graduate Research Grant
Jon Stingel ’17 received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will use the fellowship to attend Stanford University, where he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. With the research fellowship, he will be able to start his lab work earlier than he had expected.

Dages Wins Grant Money for “Mount Mentors” Program
Stephen Dages ’18 was awarded over $2,000 in grant money to be used toward the “Mount Mentors” program. He received the grant at the United Way Young Leaders Society Stark SOUP event. The money is used to fund the program, which brings a group of foster children to Mount Union bi-monthly.

Ms. Jan Webler Receives 2017 Great Teacher Award
Jan Webler, an assistant professor of education, received the 2017 Great Teacher award. She has worked in public education for over 30 years. She worked for the Alliance City School District and joined the University of Mount Union as a faculty member in 2011.

171st Commencement Ceremony Held at Mount Union
More than 480 undergraduate and graduate students took part in the University of Mount Union’s 171 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony took place on May 13. Reverend Dr. Kenneth W. Chalker ’72 gave the commencement address.

Mount Union Department of Education Earns Prestigious CAEP Accreditation
The University of Mount Union received the prestigious Council forth the Accreditation of Educators Preparation accreditation. In order to be approved, the university had to show their teacher preparations are rigorous and nationally recognized to ensure excellence in the program. Mount Union is one of only 50 preparation providers from 25 states to receive the CAEP accreditation. 

Mount Union Engineering, Business Students Take Flight in Personal Electric Paraglider
Five students from the University of Mount Union built an electric-powered paraglider from the ground up. By the end of the spring semester, the students had successfully designed it, built it and even performed a flight test. The paraglider was presented in April at the first Engineering Design Expo held at Mount Union. 

University of Mount Union Announces Three New Engineering Programs
Beginning in the Fall of 2018, the University of Mount Union will have three new undergraduate degrees available- biomedical, computer and electrical engineering. With the success of the mechanical and civil engineering programs, it was only natural to grow the engineering department. The students in these programs will learn in state of the art labs and be offered unique opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.

Mount Union Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Licensure Passage Rate
The first class of graduates for the nursing program achieved a 100 percent passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This is an accomplishment that rarely happens among nursing programs. In 2016, the nation average was 87.6 percent on the students first attempt.

Mount Union Takes Home Second Place, $1,500 at ENT Immersion Week
A team of four students took home second place in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s (EEC) annual Entrepreneurship Immersion Week. The team was given a problem and they had to come up with a solution which they later presented. The team won a $1,500 award.

University of Mount Union Welcomes Class Of 2021 in Matriculation Convocation
The University of Mount Union welcomed the class of 2021 during the annual matriculation ceremony held in August. The students heard from Dr. Jeffrey Breese, vice president of academic affairs and dean of students, and Dr. Richard Merriman, president of the university. Each student signed the Matriculation Book which will be displayed the week of their graduation in 2021.

Mount Union to Offer Assistance to New Alliance Community Center Programming
The University of Mount Union is working in collaboration with the Alliance City School District and the city if Alliance to reopen the doors to the Alliance Community Center. Mount Union acquired two spaces in the center that will be used for classes offered to faculty, students from the university and students taking part in the Success Academy located in the center.

Student Takes Part in Intensive Nursing Program in Peru
Emily Ault ’18, a nursing major, spent her summer in Peru where she took part in an intensive nursing program. The program allowed her to take the skills she has learned in the classroom and apply them to real life situations. She watched multiple surgeries and births and even administered vaccines and wrote birth certificates. 

Mount Union Ranked a Top College by U.S. News and World Report For 27th Consecutive Year
The University of Mount Union was ranked a top college by the U.S. News and World Report for the 27th year in a row. The university was ranked 11th among the colleges in the Midwest Region for the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges ranking. Mount Union was also recognized as an “A+ School for B Students.” 

University of Mount Union to Add Men's Volleyball
A Men’s Volleyball team has been added to the list of athletics offered at the University of Mount Union. The team will begin competing in the Spring of 2019. While the sport isn’t sponsored by through the Ohio Athletic Conference as of yet, the team will compete as an independent team.

Biochemistry Major Mason ’18 Scores in The MCAT Top One Percent
Thomas Mason ’18, a Biochemistry and Spanish double major, achieved a score in the top one percent of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Mason attributes much of his success to the faculty at the University of Mount Union and his hard work to his time on the Purple Raider Basketball team.

Raider Aid Raises More Than $5,000 For Hurricane Relief
Students worked together to be raise more than $5,000 which was donated to those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The event began with student organizations pledging money to the America Red Cross. It grew to students volunteering at 16 locations in Alliance where people could donate money. The event ended with a rally where the total was announced.

Seven Mount Union Programs Ranked Best Value in Ohio By College Factual
Seven academic programs were ranked best in value in Ohio- biology, criminal justice, intervention specialist, health and physical therapy education, Japanese, French and Spanish. Numerous other academic programs were ranked high on the list in the state, regionally and nationally. 

Mount Union Earns National Recognitions from Colleges of Distinction
The University of Mount Union has been named to the list of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The university was recognized for the business, engineering, education and nursing programs. Mount Union received the award for honoring the “four distinctions”- engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Communication Students Gain Hands-On Experience with New Video Board
A group of students from the University of Mount Union are gaining hands-on experience by running the newly added videoboard during the home football games. Along with gaining experience, which can be applied to future jobs, the students are taking part in the opportunity for course credit or through work study. 

From Alliance to the UK: Bluedorn ’17 Accepted into Competitive International Graduate Program
Jenna Bluedorn ’17 is one of 10-15 students worldwide to be accepted into the International Business Culture and languages program at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, United Kingdom. Bluedorn will begin her graduate degree in September of 2018. 

University of Mount Union to Add Competitive Cheer and Dance
The University of Mount Union has added competitive cheer and dance to the list of athletics offered to students. Practices will begin in the fall of 2018 with the first competition taking place in the spring of 2019. The teams will most likely compete as part of the National Cheer Association or the Universal Cheer Association. 

Larry Kehres Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
On Tuesday, December 5th, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame hosted its 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown with former University of Mount Union head football coach and current athletic director, Larry Kehres, as one of the inductees.

Defense Leads Purple Raiders to 13th DIII National Title
The University of Mount Union football team rode a herculean defensive effort coupled with just enough offense to capture its 13th NCAA Division III national title, a 12-0 victory over defending champion, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in the 45th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

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