April 13, 2010

New freshmen at Mount Union College had the opportunity to participate in one of the institution's most time-honored traditions Friday as the College community welcomed the Class of 2011 at the annual Matriculation Convocation.


The Matriculation Convocation is a tradition where the faculty and freshman students usher in the academic year. New students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, and were greeted by Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.

Giese advised students to remember the fundamentals and keep it simple, including going to class, asking for help, trying new things, staying on campus and setting priorities. 'You are embarking on a journey with the destination unknown,' said Giese. 'Enjoy the ride and remember to stay with the fundamentals.'

Alumni Council President Scott Zurakowski '94 provided an alumni perspective on the Mount Union community and Student Senate President MaryEllen Ditchey '08 also offered words of wisdom.

Sandra Ekstrand, assistant professor of economics, accounting and business administration and the 2006-2007 Great Teacher, then addressed the audience.


'Find the courage to hold yourself accountable,' Ekstrand advised the incoming freshman class.

Defining accountability as a personal choice to rise above one's circumstances, she urged the students not to blame others for their problems but rather to take ownership of them. 'See it; own it; do it,' she said. 'By taking ownership and holding yourself accountable, you will be empowered to take risks, rise above your circumstances and achieve the results you desire.'

After learning of its significance from Draves, students had the opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book, which remains in the care if the Office of the President until graduation. At that time, it is placed on display in the Bookstore for students to see.

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