Talking Points

January 06, 2016

Engineering Programs Earn ABET Accreditation 
The civil and mechanical engineering programs at Mount Union have recently earned accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). The accreditation assures that the programs meet the quality standards of the engineering profession and fully prepare students for their future careers.

In order to be evaluated by ABET, Mount Union had to first graduate at least one class of engineering students. The first class of students graduated in 2014 and the accreditation process began as soon as the program was eligible last fall. To date, job placement rate for Mount Union engineering graduates is 100%.

Class of 2014 Reports Job Placement Success
An impressive percentage of 2014 Mount Union graduates have indicated success in their search for degree-related careers or graduate school attendance.

Each year, the University’s Office of Career Development conducts a study on the graduating class from the prior year. The Post-Graduation Report details where Mount Union graduates have landed within the first year following Commencement. With 87% of the Class of 2014 self-reporting, 99% of graduates reported successful job or graduate school placement in an average of 38 days after graduation.

Mount Union Ranked for Integrative Studies, Value, Tuition
The University of Mount Union was recently acknowledged by three prestigious ranking bodies for its integrative studies program, value and tuition control.

BestColleges.com cited Mount Union for having one of the top integrative studies programs in the nation, with the University securing the 11th spot in the current rankings.

The Integrative Core at the University of Mount Union ensures a well-rounded educational experience for students. Extending throughout all four years of a college career, this unique curriculum allows students to explore a variety of topics, ideas and modes of inquiry. Paired with a major, these foundational classes provide a framework for students to understand multiple ideas from various perspectives.

In addition, for the 25th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union was ranked as a top college by U.S. News and World Report. Mount Union ranked eighth among Midwest Regional Colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

The University has also been named a “Tuition Hero” by Tuition Heroes, an organization that strives to help solve the problem of growing tuition rates in the United States by recognizing colleges and universities that have tuition growth control.  

“These rankings reflect the quality education Mount Union provides and the preparation for meaningful work that students receive during their time here,” said Mount Union president W. Richard Merriman, Jr. “Mount Union alumni are achieving great success and excelling at a high level. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment.”

Mount Union one of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Female Athletes
Mount Union made the list of “50 Best Colleges for Female Athletes” in a ranking by niche.com. The Purple Raiders were the highest ranked Ohio school at number 28, three spots ahead of The Ohio State University. The rankings are out of 703 colleges based on NCAA Championship appearances, percentage of female students participating in varsity sports and more than 200,000 student opinions from nearly 75,000 students. A high ranking indicates that the program has performed well in NCAA tournaments and that athletes are given the support and resources they need to succeed both on and off the field.

Learning Commons Area Updated
A second phase of renovations have been completed in the Learning Commons area in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center. The space has been re-purposed to allow for two collaboration spaces for the Digital Written and Oral Communication (DWOC) Studio, which offers personal consultations and workspaces to students working on writing, speeches and digital projects. Also included is the Digital Production Lab where students can edit video and presentations, and high-quality digital cameras and tripods are available for students to check out.

Allen Green Named Chair of Board of Trustees
Allen Green ’77, president of H-P Products, has been elected chair of the Mount Union Board of Trustees.

Green joined H-P Products, Inc. in 1984 as controller. Since joining the company, he has served as the company’s CFO, vice president of finance and manufacturing, tubular products general manager and executive vice president. He currently serves as the president and chief operating officer.

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and mathematics from Mount Union. He is actively involved with Mount Union, previously having served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and on the Board’s Business Advisory Council. He has also worked with the Bringing Executives and Students Together (BEST) mentoring program for more than 10 years.
Green serves as president for Jobs for Ohio Graduates, is a former board member of the Stark County American Heart Association, is a charter member of Leadership Stark County and has taught project business through Junior Achievement for more than 20 years. Green is an active member of Vistage.

He is married to Carol (Howlett ’76) Green, and the couple has two children, Scott (Nazlie) Green and Julie (Mike) Thornton. He and Carol reside in North Canton, Ohio.

“I am humbled and honored by this appointment,” Green said. “I can’t imagine a higher honor than to be entrusted with one’s alma mater, its care and future. The University of Mount Union has always occupied a very special place in my life, which has shaped it in so many important ways. To serve on this board with so many other talented and capable leaders is truly a privilege.”

Progress Made on Mount Union Gateway
Work has continued this fall on the Mount Union Gateway located on State Street across from campus. DeHoff Development Company and Alliance Ventures are partners in the new shopping center. Locations open for business include Farmer’s National Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings, Orange Leaf Yogurt, Papa Gyro’s restaurant and T-Mobile. Other tenants expected to open soon include Georgio’s Pizza.

Men’s 4x400 Team Defends National Championship
The Mount Union men’s 4x400 meter relay team defended its national championship, and five Purple Raider athletes earned All-American honors at the 2015 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in May.

Tyler Mettille ’15 and Chase Swisher ’15, along with senior Tyler Sparks and sophomore Tyler Neff, were the top relay team coming into the final day and went on to win the event with a time of 3:10.68, their best time of the season. Mettille also earned All-American honors with a 51.52 in the 400 meter hurdles to take third place. With two more All-American finishes, Mettille is now an 11-time All-American while Swisher is now a six-time All-American. Sparks claimed his fourth such honor.

Juniors Rory Juhn and Zach Wukotich each cleared 1.99 meters in the men’s high jump. Juhn finished tied for 12th while Wukotich finished in 15th place.

On the women’s side, Courtney Reese ’15 finished sixth in the 400 meter dash (55.78) to claim All-American honors, her fifth time as an All-American.

In the finals of the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, Brooke Mathie ’15 ran an 11:13.146 to finish in 14th position.

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