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Mount Union Honors Service Award Recipients

October 8, 2011

L-R: Dr. Mandy (Geddis ’98) Capel, Dr. Charles McClaugherty, Sandra GieseThe University of Mount Union honored the recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award, McKinley Fellow Award and Young Alumni Award during the alumni brunch on Saturday, October 8, as part of the University’s 2011 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming celebration.
 
This year’s recipient of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award is Sandra Giese, a former elementary school principal in the Alliance City School system. The Alumni Service Award was established in 1942 and is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the University or 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.
 
Giese is an involved and engaged member of the Mount Union and Alliance communities. A familiar face around campus, she attends countless events, and she and Dr. Richard Giese regularly welcome students into their home. She also serves on campus committees including the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee, Campus Events Committee and Campus Master Planning Task Force.
 
She is also dedicated to the Alliance community. She serves as vice president of the Alliance YMCA Board of Directors, a member of the boards of Rodman Library and the Alliance for Children and Family, a committee member of the adult career training assistance program and a member of Alliance’s “One Book One Community” group. Most recently, she was appointed by the city’s mayor to serve on the Early Childhood Education Alliance.
 
Prior to entering the world of higher education, she was an educator in the Marlington and Alliance school districts, teaching at the elementary and middle school levels before becoming principal of Liberty Elementary School. Giese also has taught at both the University of Akron and Monmouth College.
 
A native of Chicago, IL, she earned an associate of arts degree from William Rainey Harper College, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Mount Union, a master of arts degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Akron and an educational specialist degree from Kent State University. She also received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Monmouth College.
 
The Gieses have a son, Matthew. He and his wife, Bela, are the parents of Jack and Ben.
 
Dr. Charles McClaugherty, the Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Chair of Ecology and Environ­mental Science, professor of biology and director of the Brumbaugh Center for Envi­ronmental Science, received the McKin­ley Service Award. The award is named for former U.S. President William McKinley, who was a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees and worked as a friend of the University for many years. This award honors a select group of individuals who have had a significant impact on Mount Union as non-alumni.
 
McClaugherty, a native of Pearisburg, VA, joined the faculty at Mount Union in 1988 and currently serves as chair of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee. Under his careful guidance, Mount Union has made significant progress regarding its sustainability initiative, including the completion of a greenhouse gas inventory and development of a Sustainability Plan. Since initiating its sustainability endeavor, Mount Union has received a number of recognitions including silver-LEED certification for the Gartner Welcome Center, a Tree Campus USA designation, recognition in the Princeton Review Green Guide and a bronze rating from AASHE.
 
In addition to numerous other accolades, he received the Great Teacher Award in 1993. In the community, he serves as a member of the Mayor’s Green Task Force.
 
McClaugherty is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ohio Academy of Science, Association for Environmental Science and Studies and Environmental Education Council of Ohio.
 
He earned a bachelor of science degree in entomology and wildlife biology from Cornell University, a master of science degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a doctorate degree in forest ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
McClaugherty and his wife, Martha, reside in Alliance. They are the parents of Helen and Anna, a 2008 graduate of Mount Union.
 
The Young Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Mandy (Geddis ’98) Capel, assistant professor of education at Mount Union. The Young Alumni 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 graduating from Mount Union. The award is given to graduates within the past 15 years for their outstanding support, leadership and dedication to the University as young alumni.
 
Capel, a native of Toronto, OH, joined the faculty at Mount Union in 2007. On campus, she has been an active professor, serving as a member of the General Education Task Force, Divisional Task Force and Curriculum and Pedagogy Council as well as serving as advisor to the Student National Education Association. She was a developer of the Online Resource Center and participated in the Online Curriculum Leadership Institute. Dr. Capel was also instrumental in the development of Mount Union’s newest graduate program – a master of arts in educational leadership.
 
She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, John Dewey Society and Curriculum and Pedagogy.
 
Capel earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union, a master of education degree from Marygrove College and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University.
 
She and her husband, Nick, a 1999 graduate of Mount Union, reside in Concord Township, OH. They are the parents of Brayden and Connor.
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