Professor Mark McConnell Takes Home Prestigious Educator Prize

October 05, 2016

Mark McConnellPROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – On September 15, Mark McConnell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, won first place in the Management Marketing Association’s (MMA) “AxcessCapon Teaching Innovation” competition.

McConnell was one of three finalists in the nationwide competition, and the first to ever win from the University of Mount Union. He presented the work he and his students had done from his Personal Selling and Sales Management class.

The class, held once every year, participates in a fundraising project to help benefit Clean the World, which is a non-profit organization that collects soaps from hotels, sanitizes/recycles it and sends the newly formed bars of soap to developing countries.

Since the class’ inception two years ago, they have raised more than $12,500 for Clean the World and McConnell hopes to surpass the $20,000 mark this fall.

The Mount Union sales class has functioned as a ONE Project Partner for Clean the World, in which students were assigned a sales quota of hygiene kit ingredients to sell. Students then sold the ingredients (at $3 per kit) to a variety of organizations and individuals and collectively assembled the purchased kits during what would otherwise have been the class’s final exam period. The assembled kits were distributed to a variety of Alliance-area homeless shelters, food pantries and early childhood education centers.

“I believe the goal of education should be to empower individuals to change the world,” said Cody Rohaley ’17, who took the class in the fall of 2015. “Through Professor McConnell’s class, I learned how to sell. What we were selling though, changed the world by serving the families in our communities. No other class I’ve ever taken has given me that opportunity.”

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