- Ryan Donaldson ’15
- Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
- Major: Medical Technology
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.
Physical Education and Public Health Facilities and Equipment
The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, opened on campus in 2009, is Mount Union’s primary health and wellness complex and an extremely popular gathering spot for students. The facility is named in honor of Richard ’50 and Dorothy (Werstler ’49) McPherson, whose generosity provided for the McPherson Center for Human Health and Well-Being in 1996 as well as for this latest addition and renovation. In addition to a wrestling room, exercise science center and laboratory, athletic training facility, classrooms, laboratories, office spaces and an area dedicated to student recruitment, The MAAC is also home to the following facilities:
- McPherson Center for Human Performance
- Timken Physical Education Building
- Hammond Natatorium
- Cicchinelli Fitness Center
- Sweeney Auxiliary Gymnasium
- Peterson Field House
McPherson Center for Human Performance
The McPherson Center for Human Performance, located adjacent to the Timken Physical Education Building, is the home for the Department of Human Performance and Sport Business with faculty offices, a student lounge and state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities. The building was made possible through a lead gift from Richard ’50 and Dorothy (Werstler ’49) McPherson. The center is part of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
Timken Physical Education Building
Built in 1970, the Timken Physical Education Building includes a performance arena with three full-size basketball and volleyball courts with a seating capacity of 3,000. Also housed in the facility is a state-of-the-art sports medicine center that includes an athletic training room, offices, rehabilitation center and hydrotherapy facilities. The Office of Athletics is located here along with classrooms, the M Club meeting room and an interactive kiosk that includes the M Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Hammond Natatorium, renovated in 2009, includes a pool and diving area for recreation and varsity athletic competition. This home of the varsity swimming and diving team includes office space, storage, a scoreboard and seating for 1,000 spectators. Hammond Construction generously provided the lead gift for this facility.
Cicchinelli Fitness Center
The Cicchinelli Fitness Center, opened in 2009, was made possible by Christopher Chicchinelli ’98 and his mother, Patricia Brisben. A two-story atrium takes you into a fitness center that has two floors housing free weights and cardiovascular and weight training machines.
Sweeney Auxiliary Gymnasium
The Sweeney Auxiliary Gymnasium, opened in 2009, provides additional practice space for Mount Union’s intramural program and recreational activities. The facility was made possible through the generosity of Sean ’79 and Caroline Sweeney.
Peterson Field House
The Peterson Field House is named in recognition of the late Donald ’39 and Josephine (Hoiles ’40) Peterson. Dr. Peterson’s many contributions included serving as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1954 until 2006 and as Board president from 1971 to 1987. The Field House, opened in 1981 and renovated in 2009, features the Wuske Track, a 200-meter NCAA regulation indoor track for hosting college and high school meets, named in honor of the University’s successful track coach, the late Jim Wuske. The facility also includes batting cages and indoor practice space for baseball, softball and golf and provides recreational and varsity practice space for basketball, volleyball and tennis.