Mount Union to Honor 2016 Service Award Recipients October 8

September 15, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Office of Alumni Engagement at the University of Mount Union has announced Gordon Brollier, Susan Denning and Luke Messner as itsService Award recipients for 2016.

The award recipients will be recognized at the Alumni Brunch on Mount Union’s campus on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-9.

Established in 1942, the Alumni Service Awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the University or the community. The awards represent the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union.

Brollier, of Hudson, will recieve the Dodie Davis Alumni Award. Denning, of Alliance, will receive the McKinley Service Award. Messner, of Akron, will receive the Young Alumni Award.

Brollier earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Union in 1973 majoring in Biology. He is the retired president for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). He has been the president of OFIC since July 2010, having served as vice president for development since August 1991. 

Prior to his tenure at OFIC, Brollier served as vice president for development at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and as a development officer at Mount Union. While at Mount Union, he also served as alumni secretary, director of development and acting director of admission.

Brollier is a member of the Forever Mount Society, which recognizes committed donors who have made gifts to the University of Mount Union for 25 years or more.

Denning is a Ravenna High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and corrections from Kent State University. She continued her education and graduated with a Master of Science in social administration with a management focus from Case Western Reserve University in 1999.

Denning served as executive director of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, working for ten years at the Family and Community Services of Catholic Charities in Kent. She was then hired at Mount Union, and was named director of advancement and put in charge of stewardships.

Currently, Denning serves as the director of institutional effectiveness at the Mount Union. In this position, she oversees action plans to assure that the university is continuously improving, whether the focus is on staff performance or improving student success.

In addition to her current responsibilities, Denning is also the accreditation liaison officer to the Higher Learning Commission. She also teaches in the department of sociology, including a class on grant writing. Community development was a big part of her earlier years, and she continues to be involved in Alliance to promote the Mount Union brand and its campus community.

She is a member of the YWCA of Alliance, where she has served for 15 years and continues to be a vocal supporter. Denning is also involved in Kiwanis, which she initially joined in 2000 at the urging of Mount Union. She has served as the local chapter twice as president and currently the treasurer. She is a loyal supporter of the Mount Union Fund and has been a member of the 1846 Society.  

Messner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with Cum Laude honors from Mount Union in 2009 majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy and pre-law. 

While a student, Messner was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Student Senate, Campus Crusade for Christ, College Republicans and Pre-Law Society.  He received honors of Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Honorary), Phi Sigma Alpha, the Charles J. Ping Service Award and the Dean's List.  Luke serves as president at TKM Print Solutions, Inc. 

Messner first started working with TKM, a family-owned business, as a student in 2008. After graduating from Mount Union in 2009, he joined TKM full-time and became president in January of 2016. 

Messner is the partnership chair for AAF-Akron (American Advertising Federation) and a member of the Tadmor Shrine Circus Committee. He has supported the Mount Union Fund and has earned membership into the 1846 Society.  

For more information, a full schedule of events and to register for the brunch, visit alumni.mountunion.edu or contact the office at alumni@mountunion.edu.

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