Mount Union Honors Alumni During Alumni Weekend 2006

April 22, 2010

Mount Union College honored five Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award recipients, two Young Alumni award winners and two McKinley Fellow Award honoraries during the Alumni Luncheon Saturday, June 10, as part of its annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

Pictured left to right: P. Roger Clay '61, Vince Obmann '55, Rae Ellen Dale '78, Cynthia (Thorn '75) and Douglas Hubert '73

This year's recipients of the Alumni Service Award include P. Roger Clay '61 of Hartville, Rae Ellen Dale '78 of Alliance, Douglas '73 and Cynthia (Thorn '75) Hubert of Brecksville and Vincent Obmann '55 of Alliance.

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.

P. Roger Clay graduated from Mount Union in 1961 earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. As a student at the College he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the American Chemical Society.

He is currently the president, chief executive officer and founder of Rentwear Inc. in North Canton, Ohio. He is a member of the Akron Lodge, and past president of the Ohio Association of Textile Services and Southeastern Textile Rental Services. He is also a member of the Congress Lake Club, Glenmoor Country Club and Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, Florida and of the board of the Lake Community YMCA.

Clay has continued to serve the College as a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees since 1997.

He and his wife of 48 years, Patty, reside in Hartville, Ohio. They are the parents of Daniel, Christopher and Tadd and have seven grandchildren.

Rae Ellen Dale earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Mount Union in 1978 and a master of education degree from Kent State University in 1982.

Currently the principal at Alliance Middle School, Dale has spent the last 28 years with Alliance City Schools. She has served as president of the Board of Alliance YWCA, Carnation Northeast Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Junior League of Canton and Consistory at First Immanuel United Church of Christ. She serves on the board of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Beech Creek Botanical Garden and United Way. She also is a member of the Stark County Community Services Advisory Advocacy and United Way Vision Councils.

While a student at Mount Union, Dale was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Sophomore Service Honorary, Blue Key Honorary and Kappa Phi.

Douglas Hubert is a 1973 graduate of Mount Union with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. As a student at the College, he was a member and treasurer of Sigma Nu fraternity, treasurer of the Student Senate, business manager of the Dynamo and senior class vice president.
Hubert is co-owner of Hubert and Hubert, Inc., a certified public accounting (CPA) firm in Brecksville, Ohio. He is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. He is currently a member of the Mount Union Alumni Council and Brecksville Athletic Booster Club, and former board member for the Brecksville Chamber of Commerce and Brecksville-Broadview Heights School Financial Advisory Board.

Cynthia (Thorn) Hubert is a 1975 graduate of Mount Union earning a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. As a student, Cynthia was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, May Day Court and Mount Marchers.

In 2001, she earned a master's degree in instructional technology from Kent State University. She is currently a seventh grade computer applications teacher for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District. She is also a member of the District Technology Team. She served as past president of the Highland Drive PTA, former member of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights PTA and former member and president of the Mount Union Alumni Council.

The Huberts reside in Brecksville. They are the parents of Lawry, Mark '05 and Brett.

Vince Obmann graduated from Mount Union in 1955 earning a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. As a student he served as class president all four years. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Student Senate, M Club and the Purple Raider baseball team.

After graduating from Mount Union, Obmann attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and General Electric Apparatus and Control College in Bloomington, Illinois. He is a veteran of the United States Navy Air Wing and spent 43 years at Robertson Supply Company including 28 years as president and treasurer. He served on the board of directors for the Alliance Hot Stove Baseball League for 23 years. He is a member of the American Society of Steel Engineers, Federal Revolving Fund Commission, Alliance Property Maintenance Board and Endowed Scholarship Committee for the Class of 1955.

He is the father of Sherry Ann Moniz and Christopher Obmann.

Moses 'Trey' '93 and Tennille '99 Jones-Lewis were recognized as the Young Alumni Award recipients, 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.

Trey Jones-Lewis is a 1993 graduate of Mount Union. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in art, he graduated from the University of Akron with a master of education degree in higher education administration.

He began his career in higher education as an admission counselor at Mount Union and later became an assistant director of admission and a resident director at the College. He currently serves as director of development at the College of Wooster.

While a student at Mount Union, he was actively involved in Alpha Phi Alpha, where he served as chapter president, the Black Student Union, where he served as vice president, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and men's basketball. He earned the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 1995.

Tennille Jones-Lewis is a 1999 graduate of Mount Union earning a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. In 2002 she graduated from Kent State University with a master of education degree and earned an education specialist degree from Kent State in 2005.

She is a guidance counselor at Alliance High School and an adjunct instructor at Kent State.
While a student at Mount Union, she was a member and president of the Black Student Union and a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, Gospel Choir and Student Senate.

Tennille has been a member of the Ohio School Counseling Association, Kent State Alumni Advisory Board, University of Akron Collage Advisory Board, Family and Consumer Science Advisory Board and Stark State Minority Retention Committee. She is also a member of the Stark County School Counseling Association and served as membership secretary in 2005-06.

The Jones-Lewises reside in Munroe Falls, Ohio and are expecting their first child in August.
Mount Union College honored James and Nita Lombardi of Canton with a 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.

James and Nita Lombardi

James J. Lombardi and Nita C. Lombardi, well-established residents of Stark County, are the parents of James Michael Lombardi '78 (deceased). Jim and Nita became a part of the Mount Union College family when their son, whom they remember as 'Jimmy,' was a student at Mount Union from 1974-1978.

During Jimmy's four years at Mount Union he made his parents proud as a Dean's List student, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Purple Raider football team, Alpha Tau Omega president and winner of the prestigious Tom Arkle (ATO) Award. Jim and Nita supported their son's involvement by becoming members of the Parents Advisory Board and Century Raiders and supporters of the athletic programs and ATO fraternity.

After graduation Jimmy went to work for Diamond Shamrock (now Maxus-Energy) of Cleveland, Ohio and continued his education by earning a master's degree at Cleveland State University. Jimmy was active in the Cleveland community through his involvement with United Way. He was recognized for volunteer services with the United Way of Cleveland's Gold Key Award for both 1980 and 1981.

Tragically, on September 17, 1981 Jimmy suffered a medical crisis from which he never recovered. Jim and Nita oversaw his permanent care from 1981 until his death in December of 2002.

Jim and Nita are the owners of Reliable Ready Mix, a concrete business located in Canton, Ohio, and have been involved in the concrete business for over 40 years. The Lombardis support Mount Union by attending College events on and off campus and have ensured that their son's memory will live forever at the College by generously providing scholarship opportunities to current Mount Union students through the establishment of the James Michael Lombardi Scholarship.

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