Rep. Christina Hagan Spends Day at Mount Union
November 27, 2013
State representative Christina Hagan spent Monday afternoon conversing with University of Mount Union students, faculty and staff through the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.
Hagan is the youngest female representative to serve in Ohio and the second youngest female Republican state representative in the nation. She currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives, working to meet the needs of Alliance's residents along with others in Stark County.
A Marlington High School and Malone University graduate, Hagan is a large supporter of education at all levels and shared that with students.
While on campus, Hagan visited a public relations class where she explained the importance of communication and getting to know people. A longtime waitress, Hagan still spends her weekends waiting tables and wanted students to understand how important that is to her in staying grounded.
Mount Union student Taylor Jarvis expressed that the class visit was a great experience.
"Hagan highlighted that she is not just a politician, she is a public servant first,” Jarvis said. “She taught us how to succeed when odds are against you and how important it is to stay humble no matter where life takes you."
Following the classroom visit, Hagan entertained questions from Mount Union students and faculty members at a luncheon. She again shared how she made her way to holding public office and the importance of young people being involved in their communities and politics.
"It was really inspiring to see someone with such a relatable background be so successful,” said student Morgan Welker. “It made me see public service in a whole new light and made me realize that you are never too young to make a difference."
"Hagan encouraged me to work hard for what I want to accomplish in life. I found her very inspirational as it is obvious how hard she worked to get where she is," said Mount Union student Megan Shadrach.
This event was one of many hosted by the Regula Center at Mount Union.
"We aim to host speakers that complement what students are learning in the classroom and help them understand the importance of getting involved at a variety of levels," said Harry Paidas, Director of the Center.
The Center was created to bring these types of experiences to Mount Union students and the Alliance community in an effort to increase participation in both community and government work. For more information, contact Abby Honaker, assistant director in the Center at (330)829-8168 or email@example.com. Further information can also be found at mountunion.edu.