Mount Union College Celebrates Alumni Weekend 2006
April 15, 2010
Mount Union College welcomed back hundreds of alumni to campus for the weekend of June 9-10 for Alumni Weekend 2006. Alumni and friends of the College joined to reflect on 'Memories and Traditions,' this year's theme, and celebrate reunions, join with old friends and learn about today's students.
The Golden Anniversary Luncheon for the Class of 1956, held at the President's Home, was the highlight of Friday's events. Guided campus tours, Greek reunions, the annual Kickoff Cookout and a Welcome Back Reception at Mike's Roadhouse Charly were also held.
Saturday's schedule of events began with a Heritage Club Breakfast, dedication of a memorial tree, National Cabinet of Mount Union Women meeting and campus facility open houses.
Two special interest sessions allowed Alumni Weekend participants to learn about exciting programs and projects on campus. Dr. William Coleman, professor of communication and assistant to the president for diversity, discussed Mount Union's unique relationship with the Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico in 'Experiencing Native America: The Mount Union ' Tesuque Pueblo Connection.' 'Revving up the Residential Campus,' presented by Dr. Douglas Oblander, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Patrick Heddleston, vice president for business affairs; and James Piatt, Jr., vice president for College advancement, explored plans for new apartment-style residential facilities on campus.
Following the special interest sessions, Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union, presented the annual 'State of the College' address, discussing the successes of the past year and plans for the immediate future.
During the Alumni Luncheon, Shirley (Barrick '56) Weimer, an officer of the golden anniversary class, presented President Giese with a check for $283,877.22, representing the donations of class members in support of the College. Weimer and Jane (Mackey '56) Barrett also presented the College with an endowed scholarship on behalf of the members of the Class of 1956. Distributions from the fund will be used to support a student or students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 with demonstrated financial need.
Connie (Taylor '56) Jenkins offered the golden anniversary class response. 'Buildings change, faculty change, but it was not too many years ago we came to Mount Union to have real meaning. Mount Union gave us a feeling of trust and enabled all of us to become a family. We were never a number, always a name to the faculty, ladies of the Bookstore, administration, and the same can be said today. We need to continue to build the foundation on which we build lifelong friendships and share in the legacy of Mount Union alumni with generations past and generations yet to come.'
Following the class presentations, P. Roger Clay '61 of Hartville, Ray Ellen Dale '78 of Alliance, Douglas '73 and Cynthia (Thorn '75) Hubert of Brecksville and Vincent Obmann '55 of Alliance were awarded the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award, the highest non-academic honor an alumnus or alumna can receive from the College, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their chosen fields and for service to the College or community. Moses 'Trey' '93 and Tennille '99 Jones-Lewis received the Young Alumni Award, a new honor added to the Alumni Weekend festivities this year. The award honors and recognizes those who at very early stages in their chosen careers or callings exemplify what Mount Union hopes all alumni will strive to achieve upon leaving the College. James and Nita Lombardi of Canton were honored with the McKinley Fellow Award, which honors a small, select group of individuals who have had a significant impact on the College as non-alumni.
Former choir members entertained the audience as part of the Alumni Choir, under the direction of Dr. Scott Dorsey, associate professor of music. The choir performed 'Sing We and Chant It' by Morley, 'Ave Maria' by Conte, 'In Peace and Joy' by Fetler, 'Gossip, Gossip' by Hariston and 'Precious Lord' by T.A. Dorsey.
Following the luncheon, the fraternities and sororities held open houses and self-guided tours were offered.
Alumni joined at various locations for their respective class reunion, honoring those who graduated in 1931, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976 and 1981. Reunions for the classes of 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 will be celebrated at Homecoming 2006, to be held on campus Saturday, October 28.
The evening concluded with the annual alumni buffet.