Talking Points - Fall/Winter 2016

December 22, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Present Schooler Lecture
Mount Union is proud to announce that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, six-time NBA champion and three-time NCAA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will present the annual Schooler Lecture on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, who regularly contributes as a columnist to The Washington Post and Time Magazine, recently released the New York Times best-selling book Writings on the Wall - Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. The book offers Abdul-Jabbar’s personal perspectives on political issues facing America today. Abdul-Jabbar was one of 21 recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Barack Obama. 

At the Schooler Lecture, Abdul-Jabbar will present “It’s All about the Rebound,” during which he’ll discuss his life successes and the many challenging obstacles he had to overcome along the way including racism; criticism from the press and his peers; anti-Muslim sentiment; professional struggles as an NBA player, coach, and television commentator; and being taken seriously as a writer. Each of these obstacles was overcome through discipline, perseverance, patience, and some harsh introspection. 

To reserve complimentary tickets for the lecture, call
(330) 829-6120 or visit 

MAEL Program Unveils Online-Exclusive Degree
For the first time in its academic history, the University of Mount Union is offering a completely online degree through its Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) Program.

The MAEL Program has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The program, which is completing its fifth year at the University, has been rooted in online learning throughout its time at Mount Union. Transitioning to a completely online program provides flexibility for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

“Mount Union’s M.A. in Educational Leadership Program maintains personal connections between faculty and students through an active online community,” said Dr. Mandy (Geddis ’98) Capel, associate professor of education and director of the MAEL Program. The program is currently accepting applications with rolling acceptance until April 30. Mount Union alumni receive a five percent discount off of tuition.

Physical Therapy Enrolls First Class, Receives Candidacy for Accreditation
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Mount Union has received candidate for accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE). It also secured approval from the Higher Learning Commission and authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The program enrolled its inaugural class of 26 students in the fall of 2016. 

“The body of work completed for CAPTE allows us to enroll students and have confidence in knowing we will prepare them to be great physical therapists,” said Dr. Robert Frampton, director, associate professor, and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. 

Mount Union Choir Reunion Celebrated During Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 
More than 50 classes were represented at the Mount Union choir reunion that was held this past October. This year also marked the 50th reunion for the 1966 World Choir Tour. In celebration of the reunions and alumni returning to campus, several events were held, including the reunion itself, a performance during the annual Alumni Brunch, and a worship service honoring the alumni who passed away in 2016.

This reunion provided choir alumni, many of whom traveled from across the country, with the opportunity to celebrate with current members of the Mount Union choir, reunite with friends, and share their stories of the love they have for Mount Union and their days in the choir.

Mount Union Seeks Candidates for VPAA
The University of Mount Union invites nominations and expressions of interest as it begins its search for a new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University (VPAA and dean). 

The VPAA and dean serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for Mount Union’s educational mission and academic program. In fulfilling this role, the VPAA and dean serves as the leader and advocate for the academic program and faculty, as a key member of the President’s Council, and as chief liaison officer to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. In addition to oversight of all academic departments and programs, the VPAA and dean oversees key administrative areas.

This search comes as the result of a change in position for Dr. Patricia Draves, current VPAA and dean, who will transition to a new role at Mount Union as vice president for strategic initiatives and academic advancement. In this position, she will be focusing on efforts to launch Compass 2021: Mount Union’s Strategy to Lead, Collaborate, and Innovate and helping with fund raising initiatives for the plan.

Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent electronically to: Scott Mason, professor of chemistry and director of the pre-medical and pre-health professions program, and Michelle Sundstrom, vice president for enrollment management, co-chairs, VPAA and Dean of the University Search Committee, University of Mount Union at: This search is being assisted by: Loren Anderson, Ph.D., senior consultant, AGB Search, cell: (253) 223-3566,

Please visit to view more information about this position. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by January 31, 2017. 

Mount Union Ranked a Top College by U.S. News and World Report for 26th consecutive year
The University of Mount Union was ranked as a top college by U.S. News and World Report for the 26th consecutive year. This year, Mount Union was ranked 10th among Midwest Regional Colleges – a category that includes institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The University was also ranked ninth among Midwest Regional Colleges as a U.S. News and World Report “Great School, Great Price” institution. This calculation, according to U.S. News and World Report, “takes into account the school’s academic quality, based on its ‘Best Colleges’ ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

“We are pleased that we continue to receive high marks from U.S. News and World Report for quality among our peers in the Midwest. Given concerns about the cost of higher education, it is particularly exciting to have these important rankings highlight the outstanding return on investment we provide to students and their families,” said Dick Merriman, President of the University of Mount Union.

Mount Union Featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition
This year, the University of Mount Union was listed in the Princeton Review as one of the 361 most environmentally-responsible colleges in the country. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. 

The profiles in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost, financial aid, and student body. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food. 

Mount Union Honors Retired Congressman Ralph Regula with 92nd Birthday Celebration
A 92nd birthday celebration to honor retired Congressman Ralph Regula ’48 was held Friday, December 2 in Canton, Ohio. The evening featured special guest Senator Rob Portman, a preview of the upcoming PBS documentary of the life and times of Regula, and fellowship with the Regula family. The event raised funds for Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, supporting scholarship initiatives.

The Regula Center works to embody the ideals of Ralph and his wife Mary (Rogusky ’49) while supporting the University’s mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. Providing students with experiences that will enhance their time at Mount Union, compliment their classroom learning, and help them develop crucial skills for leading in the future are at the core of the Regula Center. 

“Don’t ever underestimate how many lives you can touch by giving a helping hand to a student in need. the young people coming out of college today are the future leaders of our world," said Regula.

Students Intern at Republican, Democratic National Conventions
Five Mount Union students interned at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC, DNC) in the summer of 2016, prior to the most recent Presidential Election. Sophie Ramsey ’19 and Bridget Dennis ’17 interned at the DNC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while Nic Hendryx ’17, Corbin Hershberger ’19, and Alex Mills ’17 went to Cleveland, Ohio for the RNC. 

“Interning for the Democratic National Convention has been the best experience of my life thus far,” stated Dennis. “I gained so many connections through the process and learned a semester’s worth of material in two weeks. I encourage everyone to be more involved in politics, as it can truly be a lot of fun and very rewarding at the same time.” 

All five students had this opportunity through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of universities.

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