Mount Union Honors Retired Congressman Ralph Regula with 92nd Birthday Celebration

November 22, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio - A 92nd birthday celebration to honor retired Congressman Ralph Regula will be held Friday, December 2 in Canton, Ohio.

The celebration will take place from 5 - 7 p.m., with a cocktail hour from 5 - 6 p.m. and the program following after. The evening will feature special guest Senator Rob Portman, as well as a preview of the upcoming PBS documentary of the life and times of Congressman Ralph Regula and fellowship with the Regula family.

The event will take place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Dr., N.W. in Canton, Ohio. Cost to attend is $150 per person, or $250 per couple, with all contributions going toward scholarships and programming for the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union.

The Center works to embody the ideals of Ralph and his wife Mary while supporting the university’s mission of preparing students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship and provide students with experiences that will enhance their time at Mount Union, compliment their classroom learning and help them develop crucial skills for leading in the future are the at the core of the Center.  

As the living legacy of Ralph Regula at Mount Union, the Center ensures that all students have access to community engagement opportunities, education about work in the public sector and an understanding of the importance of civic engagement. Annually, the Center facilitates events that mobilize approximately 80% of the student population at Mount Union. The Regula Scholars program highlights the Center’s highest achieving students. 

Regula Scholars are selected annually based on a number of factors, which include a minimum 3.5 grade point average, 150 hours of accumulated hours in community or public service and an intent to work in community service or public service upon graduation. The scholars program was established to complement the vision of Congressman Regula, which was to produce college graduates who would become public servants.

“Teaching students the necessary skills to be leaders in the public sector with Congressman Regula’s approach to bipartisanship and commitment to community has enhanced the experience of many students,” said Abby Honaker, director of the Regula Center. “This event is an opportunity for everyone to honor him while supporting the programming we offer and inspiring future public servants.” 

To RSVP for the event, go online to or contact Patricia Kuhn at (330) 823-2286 by November 30, 2016.

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