Talking Points - Spring 2014

President Giese to Step Down in 2015
In January, Dr. Richard F. Giese announced that he will step down as president of the University of Mount Union at the close of his current contract on June 30, 2015.

Giese has served at the helm of the University since 2005, when he and his wife Sandra returned to the Alliance community they had called home for years. He has dedicated nearly 30 years to the institution, first as a faculty member and then in increasingly responsible administrative positions, including vice president for enrollment services and vice president for institutional advancement. He was president at Monmouth College in Illinois prior to returning to serve as Mount Union’s 11th president.

“I feel blessed to be a part of a University that has been bold, aggressive and successful – a place where exceptional truly begins,” said Giese. “The team that I have worked with, including the faculty, staff and Board of Trustees, has been absolutely outstanding. Much has been accomplished, but much still needs to be done. And Mount Union will always continue to improve and change, as it has for the past 168 years.”

Throughout the course of the next year and a half, the Board of Trustees will undertake a search for the 12th president of Mount Union after identifying the characteristics needed in the next leader. A search committee, chaired by Board of Trustees Vice Chair Allen Green ’77, will lead the effort. To read more, click here.

Three honored
Mount Union Head Football Coach Vince Kehres ’98 along with quarterback Kevin Burke ’15, a management major of Westlake, OH, and safety Mike Maier ’14, a management major of Twinsburg, OH, were honored at the 26th Northeastern Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation banquet in March.

Mount Union’s football program was awarded the Bob Gain Collegiate Cup as the top college football program in Northeast Ohio this past year.

Kehres received the Lee Tressel College Coach of the Year award. He led the Purple Raiders to their 22nd consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference crown (25th overall) and a 17th appearance in the national title game. His 14 wins are the most for a first-year football coach in school history.

Burke was the Joe Fogg Memorial Award winner as the top college football player in Northeast Ohio, and Maier will receive a post-graduate scholarship as a Scholar Athlete award winner. Awards were presented to one student from each Northeast Ohio college and university.

Investment Alliance Scholarship
In an effort to battle “brain drain” in the area and keep Alliance’s best and brightest in the city, Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union, recently announced a new scholarship initiative, Investment Alliance. Initiated in cooperation with the Alliance City Schools, the scholarship program will result in Mount Union awarding full-tuition scholarships to the top 15 students of each Alliance High School graduating class who meet the eligibility requirements of the program. The awards are renewable for up to four years.

To be eligible for the award, students will need to demonstrate continuous traditional enrollment at Alliance High School for the full four years of study and earn an Alliance High School diploma, completing all degree requirements by graduation; meet normal admission criteria to Mount Union and be granted admission; work with their school counselors to confirm their class standing and verify that they meet eligibility requirements after the sixth semester of high school; achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of their senior year; and enroll at the University in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Investment Alliance is a four-year pilot program that will be in place for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 cohorts of Alliance High School graduates. A review of the program will take place after the fourth cohort has begun to determine its future viability. To read more, click here.

Mount Union recognized for commitment to sustainability
For the fourth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized the University of Mount Union as a 2013 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The University achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. In addition, Mount Union has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Colleges: 2013 Edition for the fourth year in a row. Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, the resource is the only free and comprehensive guide focusing solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability.

Construction update
Progress continues on two major projects on the northeast and southeast areas of campus, both of which are being built by Hammond Construction of Canton, OH.

Gallaher Hall, Mount Union’s new health and medical sciences building, is on target to reach its expected completion date of July 1. Once completed, it will house Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the University’s master’s program in physician assistant studies and potential new doctoral program in physical therapy, pending the appropriate approvals. Gallaher Hall will include an operating simulation room, exam rooms, skill labs, a conference room, tiered and regular classrooms, expansion space, a courtyard and faculty offices.

The Performing Arts Center is taking shape, with all four playhouse walls constructed and the black box space framed and under roof. The Center will feature a lobby, proscenium theatre, black box theatre, rehearsal and multi-purpose room, scene shop, costume shop, choir and band rooms, practice rooms and classrooms. The expected completion date for the project is December 1, 2014.

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