Talking Points - Spring/Summer 2018

July 09, 2018

Mount Union Adds Risk Management and Insurance

Mount Union is proud to announce the addition of a major in risk management and insurance to its academic offerings beginning in the fall of 2018. 

This program fulfills the demand in Ohio and across the nation for more experienced professionals in the insurance industry. It is estimated that 29,000 new employees in the field will be needed in the state of Ohio alone by 2024, and nearly half of those will require a bachelor’s degree.

Mount Union is the first private institution in Northeast Ohio to offer this in-demand program. National Interstate Insurance Company is partnering with Mount Union to make paid internships and other career opportunities available to all risk management and insurance majors during the first two years of the program.


Department Of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration Programs Earn ACBSP Accreditation 

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Mount Union accreditation of its business programs. 

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs offered through the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration (EABA) at Mount Union meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. 

The Department of EABA at Mount Union houses programs in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, management, marketing, and the new program in risk management and insurance.


Mount Union Launching Accelerated BSN

Mount Union is adding a second degree accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to its successful Department of Nursing.

The program is designed specifically with adult learners in mind who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and are seeking a career change. The program, which is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Applications for the program will be accepted soon and enrollment for the program will begin in May 2019.

Mount Union, Capital Law Partner for 3+3 Law Program

Mount Union has announced an agreement with Capital University’s Law School for a 3+3 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. This follows a similar agreement Mount Union made with The University of Akron School of Law in 2017.

“The agreement between the University of Mount Union and Capital University on a 3+3 B.A./J.D. program offers an attractive alternative to the traditional law school path for students who are passionate about pursuing a career in law,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Mount Union.

The 3+3 B.A./J.D. program allows qualified Mount Union students pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science to count existing first-year courses in the J.D. curriculum toward their final undergraduate elective course requirements.

Students must complete approximately 100 credit hours in the first three years at Mount Union, followed by the J.D. curriculum at Capital University Law School, to earn dual degrees. This offering is available immediately for incoming and current  qualifying undergraduate students.

Mount Plans For Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism 3+2 Program 

Mount Union is proud to introduce a new and unique program in exercise and nutrient metabolism to its academic offerings. 

This program will be offered both as a traditional Master of Science degree for graduate students and an accelerated 3+2 program for incoming Mount Union freshmen beginning in the fall of 2019, pending the appropriate external approvals.

The program leverages a combination of exercise science and nutrition with the entrepreneurial spirit to develop leaders, academics, inventors, and managers in fields related to food science, fitness, and nutrient metabolism. 

This program is being added based on an institutional history of science education with a recent and successful emphasis on the health sciences.


Master’s in Educational Leadership Planning Two New Tracks

The Board of Trustees recently approved modifications to the institution’s fully-online Master’s of Educational Leadership Program, which will result in a degree change from a Master of Arts to a Master of Education and the addition of tracks in athletic coaching and curriculum and instruction. These changes will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and, pending approval, will be implemented in the fall of 2019.

The current program in educational leadership, which was launched in 2012, prepares graduates for the Ohio Principal’s Licensure exam. The program is rooted in a rich institutional history of educator preparation and effectively builds upon its success in on-campus undergraduate preparation to offer an online graduate program of quality and credibility.

The addition of tracks in athletic coaching and curriculum and instruction, both of which will also be offered in a fully-online format, will expand the program’s reach by offering additional pathways for students. The track in athletic coaching leverages the institution’s leadership in sports-related fields, including a major in sport business and a minor in coaching, as well as the institution’s ongoing success in intercollegiate athletics. These accomplishments, coupled with Mount Union’s track record for producing top-notch coaches at all levels of organized athletics, has established Mount Union as a leader among NCAA Division III institutions. In addition, students seeking to further study pedagogy and develop their skills in the design, delivery, and assessment of lessons, units, and programs may find that the proposed track in curriculum and instruction is a good fit for their educational goals.


Graduates Celebrated at 172nd Mount Union Commencement

More than 520 graduate and undergraduate students participated in Mount Union’s 172nd Commencement Ceremony on May 12.

“It’s pretty cool to be standing up here, because there really is no place like home,” said this year’s Commencement speaker, Susan (Pelini ’86) McGalla, former public company CEO and business owner.

Her speech, titled “#BeYou,” was a reflection on the impact Mount Union had on her life and career, yet also a call for individuality to lead graduates of the Class of 2018 to success. 

Senior class president Emma Wilson ’18, a national security and foreign intelligence analysis and Spanish double major of Salem, Ohio, and graduate student representative Elise Baldarelli M ’18, a physician assistant studies student of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, also spoke to those sitting in the crowded Peterson Field House.

Thomas Mason ’18, a biochemistry major of Alliance, Ohio, and Stephen Dages ’18, a religious studies and school social work double major of Uniontown, Ohio, were also honored with the Heaton W. Harris and Corinne Harris Smith Prize and the Good Citizenship Award, respectively.

2018 Great Teacher and Outstanding Seniors Named

As part of the annual SCHOLAR Day and Honors Convocation, the Alumni Association and the Class of 2018 presented Michael Kachilla, associate professor of economics, accounting, and business administration, with the prestigious Great Teacher Award.

A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2009, Kachilla earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University before completing graduate work in the Marine Corps University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio University.

Seniors Emma Wilson ’18, a national security and foreign intelligence analysis and Spanish double major of Salem, Ohio, and Keenan Young ’18, a psychology major of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were named the 2018 Outstanding Senior Woman and Man. 

Other female nominees included Amanda Belz ’18, an early childhood education major of North Royalton, Ohio, Shelby Gerwin ’18, a management major of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Karlie Sustersic ’18, a public relations major of Amherst, Ohio.

Other male nominees for the award included Brandon Lucas ’18, a public relations major of Parma, Ohio, W. Cody Rohaley ’18, a management and marketing double major of Youngstown, Ohio, and Jesse Wynn ’18, a biology major from Strongsville, Ohio.

General Michael Hayden Discusses Diplomacy at Schooler Lecture

General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, delivered his lecture titled “Hot Spots at Home and Around the World” in April at Mount Union’s annual Schooler Lecture.

Hayden described the purpose of his lecture as to “suggest a framework, a lens, to observe the tsunami of events” that we observe in daily life. With his wealth of experience as a retired four-star Air Force general and intelligence director, he provided insight into the international political climate of today. 

Hayden began by saying that 2017 was a year of disruption. He continued by saying, “2018 will be a year of consequences.”

“I have probably seen it more dangerous,” he added. “I have definitely not seen it more complicated. You bet I have never seen it more immediate.”

Hayden described what he saw as the five biggest threats to America in order by which has the shortest fuse: North Korea, Iran, international terrorism, Russia, and China. Although China appeared last on the list, Hayden stressed it as the most important.

“If we get China right, we’ll be okay. If we get it wrong, the others won’t even matter,” said Hayden.


Physician Assistant Studies Program Earns Accreditation-Continued Status

Mount Union’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program has been granted Accreditation-Continued status for 10 years by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  

ARC-PA defines Accreditation-Continued status as “an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA standards.”  

“Ten-year accreditation status is the maximum length granted by ARC-PA, so it is a demonstration of Mount Union’s commitment to quality and the hard work and dedication of the PA faculty, staff, clinical preceptors, and students,” said Betsy D. Ekey, PA-C, program director at Mount Union.

Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies Program—which is ranked as the number one physician assistant program in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report—was first accredited in 2008 and first admitted students in 2009.


Author Margaret Atwood Named 2019 Schooler Lecturer

Mount Union has announced that Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author of over 50 books, including The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, will present the Schooler Lecture on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. 

Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic, and Estonian. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over a million followers.

Two blockbuster television adaptations—first The Handmaid’s Tale, then Alias Grace—means that Margaret Atwood’s vision is reaching a wider audience than ever before. The Handmaid’s Tale received 13 Primetime Emmy nominations and eight awards, including Best Drama. Atwood herself received a standing ovation. Alias Grace, now streaming on Netflix, is based on Atwood’s Giller-winning, Booker-shortlisted murder mystery, and is notable for being written, produced, and directed by women.


Mount Union Begins Work on New AstroTurf® Practice Field 

Work has begun on a new athletic practice field and AstroTurf ® has been chosen as the company to upgrade the practice field to artificial turf.

The field will be named Sean M. Moore Field at Wable Park. Several Mount Union alumni, staff, and friends donated to help update the field to AstroTurf®, and the generous gift from Sean ’97 and Deanne Moore led the way.

The project is vital to the University as it will provide an all-sports practice facility for Mount Union student-athletes. As part of the 116,000-square-foot project, the field will be lined for football and soccer but will be used by all of Mount Union’s athletic programs. Next to the field will be a special area lined with extra markings for teams to conduct drills and participate in small group sessions.

“Sean M. Moore was an outstanding defensive back at Mount Union and part of two national championship teams in the 1990s,” said Don Montgomery ’77, director of advancement. “When he was approached about the project, he immediately said yes because of the impact the field will have on Mount Union student athletes."

Sustainability Minor Added to Mount Union Academic Offerings

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Mount Union will be offering a new undergraduate minor in sustainability. Designed around the three pillars of sustainability – the environment, the human social system, and the economic system – this new program will equip undergraduate students with the understanding of the ethical, practical, and innovative approaches used to balance the need for human consumption and development with environmental, economic, and social equity.

The concepts of sustainability are not new to Mount Union, as the minor is rooted in the institution’s ongoing efforts to create a financially sound university that is socially and environmentally responsible. The University’s sustainability journey began in 2007 with the formation of a sustainability task force. Since then, the institution has signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, joined the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and developed a Sustainability Management Advisory Committee on campus.

Mount Union’s sustainability minor provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and experience that will increase their value to future employers and the communities in which they live. 


Men’s Track and Field and Wrestler James ‘19 Bring Home National Titles

Mount Union’s men’s indoor track and field team claimed its first-ever team title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. 

The men’s outdoor team then followed suit, claiming its own national title in late May. Both national championships came down to the final event — the 4x400 relay won by Mount Union. 

The two track and field titles marked the 16th and 17th overall national titles for Mount, which has a record 13 titles in football, including this past year, the 1974 men’s cross country title, and the 2014 outdoor track and field title.

In wrestling, Mount Union junior Jairod James ’19 of Bedford Heights, Ohio claimed the 174-pound title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

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