Mount Union College Presents Special Awards During Homecoming/Alumni Weekend

April 19, 2010


Mount Union College honored the recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award, Young Alumni Award and McKinley Fellow Award during the Alumni Luncheon held Saturday, October 20 as part of its combined Homecoming/ Alumni Weekend celebration.


The recipient of the 2007 Alumni Service award is Daniel Keller. Established in 1942, the Alumni Service Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the College or to the community. The award represents the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union. In 2003 the award was renamed in honor of Dodie Davis '62 for 35 years of service and dedication to the institution.

Keller, a member of the Class of 1972, is the president of KELLCO Investments, LTD and past corporate vice president of Cedar Fair, L.P. He earned a master of business administration degree from Bowling Green State University after attending Mount Union, where he was active in Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He and his wife, Laura, reside in Sandusky and have three sons, Jeffrey, Kevin and Brian, a 2004 Mount Union graduate.

Keller serves on numerous boards including Mount Union's Board of Trustees and Bowling Green's Alumni Board of Trustees and Development Board. His career path is a testament to his perseverance and ability to adapt. After graduation, he joined Firestone in Decatur, IL and shortly thereafter learned of a management position opening at Cedar Point in his hometown of Sandusky where he had worked summers as a college student. Moving through the ranks, he became a vice president of Cedar Point Inc. in 1978 and served as senior vice president from 1991-95. In 1995 he and his family moved to Kansas City, MO where he worked as vice president and general manager for Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, a sister park to Cedar Point.

The Young Alumni Award honored Aaron Swartz '00. The Young Alumni Award, established in 2006, 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.

Swartz is senior manager of assurance and advisory business services at Ernst & Young. A member of the Mount Union Alumni Council, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and quantitative analysis from Mount Union and a master of science degree in accountancy from Notre Dame University. He is a certified public accountant in the State of Ohio and a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

While a student at Mount Union, Aaron was a member of numerous student organizations and academic honoraries, served as president of Student Senate and as a Dowling Mentor and was named Outstanding Senior Man. A resident of Copley, he is active in the Akron area serving on the board of directors for the Downtown Akron Partnership and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement, Summit County United Way and Ernst & Young.

Jacquelyne Bailey was presented with the McKinley Fellow Award. Initiated in 1993, the McKinley Fellow Award honors a non-alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated significant involvement with the College above and beyond expectation.

Bailey is the national vice president of INROADS, Inc., an organization that places minority youth in business and industry. She is responsible for regional operations for the Eastern Territory, including Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Before joining INROADS in 1991, she served as a personal trust administrator, marketing communications specialist and speechwriter as well as a training and career development director. She is also executive pastor of Shaker Heights Community Church and a graduate of Leadership Cleveland.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a master's degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland University and is pursuing a doctorate in applied management & decision science with a concentration in organizational change and leadership from Walden University. She serves on the Mount Union Board of Trustees and the Dean's Advisory Board in the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Cleveland.


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