Regula Center News

Super Service Saturday 

The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is in partnering with the Alliance community for a State Roadway Cleanup as part of its Super Service Saturday on September 16.

The fall day of service, co-sponsored by Keep Alliance Beautiful, Keep Ohio Beautiful, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of Alliance, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The service day will begin at Bracy Hall where volunteers will check in for the day and receive their location assignments.

Volunteers will be welcomed back to campus for a free lunch following the morning of service.

“We are excited to start our annual programming with an event that brings together so many agencies,” Abby Honaker Schroeder, director of the Regula Center, said. “This collaboration is one that will have a positive impact throughout Alliance.”

Anyone is encouraged to participate in the event and should pre-register online at or contact Abby Honaker Schroeder at 


Ralph Regula Celebration of Life

“He was a man who loved his wife, his family, his farm and his country.”

That was simply one of the ways that Bill Blair, Esq. summed up the life of the late Ralph Regula ’48, retired United States Congressman, at the Celebration of Life for Ralph on Saturday, who passed away July 19 at the age of 92.

More than 250 people were in attendance at the event, held on campus at the Riggs Memorial Plaza, to share their condolences with the family and remember the life of the 19-term Congressman.

Mount Union President Dick Merriman emceed the event and offered remarks of his own.

“Only being at Mount Union for two years, I didn’t know Ralph as well as many of you here today, but I can still say I had some memorable conversations with him in such a short time,” he said.

Martha was the oldest of Ralph and Mary’s (Rogusky ’48) children, and was the first to speak at the event.

“I didn’t get the public speaking gene, the political gene, or even the Republican gene,” Martha joked. “But everyone needs that person in the family to make Thanksgiving a little more interesting.”

She spoke about her father’s love of nature, and how much of her childhood adventures with her father and brothers was reflective of Ralph’s political style.

“He taught us not to be afraid of the woods, the dark, or the unknown,” she said. “He always radiated goodness and life and thoughtfulness.”

David Regula ’74, followed in the footsteps of his parents in graduating from Mount Union. He spoke about the integral part the University played in his parent’s lives. 

“Today we celebrate the life and the love he found on this campus at Mount Union,” David said. “Who knows, maybe my parents’ very first kiss was right beside us at the campus lakes.”

Former Congressman Dave Hobson was in attendance to celebrate the life of his friend and mentor. He was one of nearly a dozen current and former members of political office in attendance at the event.

“I’m pretty sure Ralph was the only person who parked an old pickup truck in a Capitol parking space,” Hobson said.

While the event maintained the spirit of life for which Ralph was known, the emotions of those in attendance were difficult to control at times, thus showing the impact Ralph had on countless people.

“Watching him campaign at the fair and talk to everyone gave me a role model for wanting to go into public service,” said Richard Regula, Ralph and Mary’s youngest son and Stark County Commissioner. “He was a true public servant who always just wanted to help people.”

Ralph’s dedication to his community was one of the reasons why the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement was founded at Mount Union in 2003.

“While others in Congress screamed and sought the spotlight at times, Ralph was always quietly working to get things done for the people he represented,” Blair said, who was the final speaker that afternoon.

Ralph and Mary were married an incredible 67 years, and their love shone brightly through the remarks of those who spoke at the Celebration of Life.

Ralph was a remarkable alumnus, supporter and friend of Mount Union, and he will be dearly missed. His legacy on campus is one that will be reflected by the generations of past, present and future students who have the ability to serve their own communities such as Ralph did for his entire life. 


Regula Scholar Josh Thorne Earns Spot in Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

It may be cliché to call acceptance into a conservation scholars program rarefied air, but Josh Thorne ’18 has earned an opportunity of which very few can take advantage.

Thorne, a sociology major of Alexandria, Virginia, applied and earned a spot as a member of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). He has complemented his major with minors in environmental science and peacebuilding and social justice.

According to the program website, the goal of the program is to, “diversify the conservation workforce by finding and developing the next generation of land, water, wildlife, and policy leaders who are from groups which are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.”

The two-year internship program provides at least $8,700 in compensation stipends to each student, and also covers housing, travel, and research expenses. Second-year interns are also provided with GRE preparation materials to get them ready for graduate studies.

This prestigious internship selected 24 students from a pool of applicants nationwide for the summer of 2017. Thorne is the first Mount Union student to be selected and was one of few selected that do not attend an Ivy League or Research-1 institution.

Thorne was encouraged to apply by Dr. Lori Kumler, assistant professor of political science and international studies at Mount Union. Kumler knew of the program as her alma mater of Michigan is one of five institutions across the country that offers the Doris Duke Program.

“I recommended that Josh throw his hat in the ring for this opportunity, and I’m thrilled that he got it” Kumler said. “The Doris Duke program at Michigan offers undergraduates the rare opportunity to participate in major grant funded research with leading scholars as well as invaluable preparation for graduate school. 

The eight-week program concluded in late July, with Thorne set to return in June of 2018 for his second year in the program.


Former Regula Scholar Stephen Dages Awarded Grant Money for "Mount Mentors"

Stephen Dages ’18, of Uniontown, Ohio, was awarded $2,140 in grant money toward his program “Mount Mentors” at the United Way Young Leaders Society’s (YLS) Stark SOUP event on Sunday.

The event, which takes place three times each year, awards a micro-grant to a Stark County community project focused on health, education or financial stability. The event is $10 per person and includes, soup, salad, bread and a chance to vote on the winner. The winner goes home with 100 percent of the proceeds and a matching $1,000 grant from the YLS.

Dages, a religious studies and school social work double major, came up with the idea as a Regula Scholar through the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. Regula Scholars earn a stipend of money they use to benefit the community in some way.

“I was driving to campus one day and was thinking about what I should use my stipend toward, and in the middle of the thought, I looked up at saw a billboard about Stark County Jobs and Family Services,” Dages said. “I went home and looked on the website and came across the page that has the profiles of all the foster kids waiting to be adopted. I knew right away that those foster kids were the population that I wanted to serve with my stipend, and that’s when my passion for these kids began.”

Mount Mentors, a collaboration with Pathway Caring for Children, brings a group of foster children to Mount Union’s campus bi-monthly to work with student mentors during the school year.

Dages competed against three other finalists at Stark SOUP, and he hopes that his idea can become a sustainable program on Mount Union’s campus.

“The Regula Center doesn’t have the budget to fund my program from a year to year basis, so I needed to find funding for next year if I wanted Mount Mentors to continue,” Dages said. “Now that I have the funds for next year, I am confident Mount Mentors will become an established program at the University.”

For more information about Stark SOUP, visit More information on the Regula Center can be found at


Paint for the Parks

The University of Mount Union will partner with local businesses to host Paint for the Parks on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the quad on campus.

ArtsinStark, Lowes, the City of Alliance, the Alliance Farmers’ Market, and the Alliance Parks and Recreation Department along with the Regula Center here at Mount Union invite students and community members to stop by and help paint picnic tables and trash cans for Alliance parks. 

A local artist will outline designs on the picnic tables and trash cans that go at the Farmers Market. These pieces will then be on campus all day for anyone who wishes to stop by and participate in painting them – think paint by numbers!

Snacks will be provided for anyone who stops by to participate in this creative event. Questions or concerns should be directed to Abby Honaker by email at or via text at 330-204-4663. 


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