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President Giese Participated in the Canton Forum

January 18, 2007

Dr. Richard Giese, president of Mount Union College served as a panelist at the Canton Forum's 'Meeting of the Minds' recently.

Pictured (L-R): Dan Luketic, Jason Smith, Taylor Woods, Caroline Pillar, Dr. Giese, Kinsey McInturf, and Kurt Davis. The students were accompanied by Rebecca Doak, director of Career Development.

With the topic 'Higher Learning: It's Impact on Economic Development in Our Community,' Giese joined with the presidents of Walsh University, Malone College, Stark State College of Technology and Kent State University-Stark in a discussion at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton.

Giese said that when he talks to employers regarding what they want in college graduates, there are three skills that are most frequently articulated. 'First, they want students who can communicate well ' in writing as well as talking and listening,' Giese said. 'They also want problem solvers and critical thinkers. Finally, they want graduates who are accustomed to teamwork.'

During the discussion, Giese touched on the issue of the importance of preparing students for the global economy. He cited the College's commitment to offering Japanese, Russian and Chinese in addition to French, Spanish and German as a step in the right direction along with current opportunities to study abroad and the potential for more partnerships with universities overseas.

Regarding affordability of higher education, Giese said the College continues to grow its endowment which includes scholarships and other forms of financial aid to try and keep the investment of a college education affordable.

Giese was joined on the dais by Dr. Betsy Boze, dean of the Kent State University-Stark campus; Dr. Ronald Johnson, president of Malone College; Dr. John O'Donnell, president of Stark State College of Technology; and Richard Jusseaume, president of Walsh University. The forum was attended by a crowd of 250.

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