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Mount Union College Hosts One-Day Conference for Eighth-Grade Students

May 22, 2007

Mount Union College hosted a one-day conference for eighth-grade students from the Stark County area on Tuesday, May 22. The one-day conference was designed for students to begin to consider the possibility of attending college and was co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education and Mount Union College's Department of Education.

Approximately 114 students from area middle schools were in attendance including Alliance Middle School, Crenshaw Middle School of Canton and Lehman Middle School of Canton.

'The goal was to reach out to eighth-graders to make them aware of the CAPE (Counsel Attracting Prospective Educators) Summer Academy in which they will have an opportunity to attend sometime during their high school career, as well as an outreach to minority students to get them to start thinking about college,' said Dr. Thomas Gannon, associate professor of education at Mount Union.

The day's events included a tour of Mount Union's campus, lectures from Mount Union faculty, admission representatives, students and staff members, as well as a lunch in the College's Hoover-Price Campus Center.

'It is never too early to begin to think about college,' said Karen Moriarty, director of registration and adult studies at Mount Union. 'We wanted these students to hear about what it is like to select a college including the timelines of looking at a college, the process of enrolling at a college and what it takes to prepare for a college career.'

To host the event, Mount Union was selected by the Ohio Department of Education from a number of proposals. In addition, Mount Union was also the host of the 1998 CAPE Summer Academy.

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