- Emily Baumgardner ’14
- Hometown: West Chester, Ohio
- Major: Chemistry
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.
James A. Lovell Jr.
James A. Lovell, Jr., the commander of America's fifth moon launch, Apollo 13, presented the Schooler Lecture on
Lovell, who, along with his crew, averted disaster during the 1970 mission, has had his tale recounted in print and most recently in the blockbuster movie "Apollo 13." His experiences as a NASA astronaut have been invaluable as he pursued his post-NASA days in the business communications field.
A native of Cleveland, Lovell began his space career in 1962 as one of the group of nine astronauts selected by NASA. In 1965, he and Frank Borman were launched into space on the history-making Gemini 7 mission for the first rendezvous of two maneuverable spacecraft. Lovell is the first man to have gone to the moon twice and logged 715 hours in space.
Since his retirement from the space program, he has been senior executive with Bay-Houston Towing, a diversified company involved in harbor and coast towing, and in the communications industry with Centel Corporation, one of the nation's largest communications companies. He now heads his own entity, Lovell Communications.
Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Navel Academy and is past chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.