April 13, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Hundreds of Mount Union College alumni returned to campus this weekend to enjoy class reunions, visit with faculty and staff members and view the newest additions to the campus during the College's annual Alumni Weekend activities.

One of the more popular events of the weekend was the Alumni Luncheon, which was held on Saturday. The luncheon began with a grand entrance by the Class of 1951, the fiftieth reunion class. Class president Duke Barret presented Dr. John L. Ewing, Jr., president of the College, with the class gift of $1,114,398, while R.R. Denny Clunk, class representative, shared memories of life at Mount Union 50 years ago.

Alumni Service Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and service to the community, were presented to Rev. Dr. Kenneth and Grace Bird Chalker '71 of Westlake; David Schooler '68 of Columbus; Anita Richmond Bunkley '66 of Houston, TX; and Harold Hall '49 of Alliance.

Receiving the McKinley Fellow Awards, honoring non-alumni who have made a significant impact on the College, were Paul and Ruth Basner of North Canton; Rachel Lang of East Liverpool; and Dr. Robert Wiese, Jr. of Alliance.

Other highlights of the luncheon included President Ewing completing his last set of push-ups he did not have the chance to do following the Mount Union Purple Raider football team's winning field goal in the last few seconds of this year's National Championship, and a special presentation by surprise guest, Dorothy Goodin Swallen Lamb, the grand neice of Melvina Brush Hartshorn, wife of Orville Nelson Hartshorn, founder of Mount Union College.

Additional events enjoyed by alumni throughout the weekend included the M-Club Golf Scramble and Golden Anniversary Luncheon on Friday, special interest sessions and the State of the College address by President Ewing on Saturday morning, class reunions Saturday afternoon and various Greek and social events on Friday and Saturday.

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