Mount Union Alumni Return to Campus for Homecoming
October 02, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union celebrated Alumni Weekend and Homecoming by welcoming alumni, students, faculty and members of the Alliance community back to campus this past weekend.
The event-filled weekend began with the band reunion Friday evening in Cope Music Hall.
The 34th annual Run-A-MUC 5k kicked-off Saturday’s events with more than 100 participants. Matt O’Neil ’17 earned first place overall with a time of 16:28, while Kristi Williams recorded a 20:22 finish to lead the female division.
An Alumni Brunch welcomed back generations of alumni and featured an award ceremony honoring recipients for their work and dedication to the University. Steven Barr ’88 received the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award while Doug and Beth Bonnoront were chosen as the 2017 McKinley Fellow Award recipients. Kate (Fortney ’09) Horne and Megan (Fortney ’11) Smith were co-recipients of the Young Alumni Award. Student Carolyn Matthews received the Susie Buckel Scholarship.
Numerous groups held reunions throughout the weekend. The Class of 1977 celebrated its 40th class reunion, while the Classes of 1992 and 2012 gathered for their 25th and fifth reunions, respectively. Other reunions included the classes from the ’40s, ’50s and 60’s, wrestling and swimming alumni, Greek organizations, athletic training and the Black Student Union.
Fans of all ages filled Mount Union Stadium to watch the football game between Mount Union and Ohio Northern. The halftime presentation featured the crowing of 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Keenan Young ’18 and Amanda Belz ’18. Belz is an early childhood education major from North Royalton, Ohio and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is a student representative on the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter board, a member of the Relay for Life committee and serves as a Raider Guide on campus. Young, a psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the programming chair of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. In addition, he serves as the special events coordinator for the Student Ambassadors and is a Raider Guide and Preview Guide.
Alumni weekend concluded with an alumni baseball game and cookout Sunday afternoon at the 23rd Street field.