Mayor of Cleveland Visits Mount Union College

November 12, 2009

Frank Jackson, the mayor of Cleveland, made a visit to Mount Union College on Monday, November 9 and spent the day speaking to faculty, staff and students.

Jackson initially formed relationships with members of the Mount Union community during the summer of 2008 while in France when a sister-city relationship between Cleveland, OH and Rouen, France was signed. Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and three Mount Union students had the unique privilege to accompany the mayor and other selected representatives from Northeastern Ohio on the trip.

 The mayor expressed his interest in visiting the College’s campus this past summer when the sister-city relationship celebration ceremony was held in Cleveland for the mayor of Rouen and the Ambassador of France.

While at Mount Union, the mayor spoke with students in a variety of college classes including college writing, American national government, East Asia to 1800 and introduction to public relations. He also had the opportunity to have lunch with various faculty members and administrators, as well as tour the College’s campus.


Cleveland and Rouen Ties

The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in Cleveland has various members who conduct business near Rouen, France including Lubrizol and Lincoln Electric. Also, the individuals who founded the Cleveland Clinic opened a field hospital for the military in Rouen during World War I for which municipal government of Rouen wanted to express their appreciation. Some of the members at the FACC worked together with the Cleveland mayor’s office to propose a sister-city relationship with Rouen.

In the summer of 2008, a signing ceremony between Cleveland and Rouen was held at the Rouen City Hall. The event was timed to coincide with the Tall Ships celebration in Rouen, a large sailing event that brings 8-10 million people once every 4 years to Rouen. The FACC asked its members to serve as information personnel in order to promote Northeast Ohio during the celebration. Triplett, Kelly Morckel ’11, Alicia Andreani ‘09 and Amanda Kusler ‘09 were among a delegation of 175 business and student representatives who were at the festival to promote Northeast Ohio.

Kusler, who attended the trip in 2008 and is a 2009 graduate of Mount Union, received a French Government teaching assistantship and is now teaching at a high school in Montpelier, France.

During the summer of 2009, a sister-city relationship celebration ceremony was held in Cleveland. Mayor Fouqueyron from Rouen came to Cleveland on her first official visit, and members of the Mount Union community were invited to attend. At the reception, Mount Union students had another opportunity to personally meet Mayor Jackson and Mayor Fouqueyron as well as the French Ambassador to the United States, Pierre Vimont.

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