Uconnect Parents and Family Association Newsletter - April 2013

Uconnect Parents and Family Association Newsletter - April 2013

April 2013

 U and the President

At the University of Mount Union, we are fortunate to be surrounded by outstanding and talented people. Within our community are students, parents, trustees, alumni and faculty and staff members who are finding great success and making a difference on campus, in their communities and beyond. They live our mission by leading fulfilling lives, pursuing meaningful work and serving as responsible citizens each and every day.

It’s for this very reason that we are currently celebrating “30 Days of Exceptional.” Every day during the month of April, a member of the Mount Union family is being highlighted via social media and on the Mount Union website. We encourage you to visit us online at and follow Mount Union on Facebook at www.facebook/universityofmountunion and on Twitter at to see the campaign in action.

During the month, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of the most exceptional members of our community and how they are impacting Mount Union and your students’ experiences. Read about Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair and our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Learn about alumna and trustee Nancy Hill’s illustrious 26-year career in the advertising industry. Explore the benefits of being a Division III student-athlete by reading more about senior Antonio Tate. Meet staff member Scott Watson and appreciate his commitment to keeping campus beautiful and well-maintained.

April is truly a month of celebration as we share our appreciation for those individuals who make Mount Union the outstanding institution that it is. Those we are featuring in our “30 Days of Exceptional” campaign are only a small sample representing the tens of thousands of successful people who have a connection to our fine institution, and I continually marvel at how fortunate we are to have these loyal students, parents, trustees, alumni and faculty and staff members in our midst. Thank you for being among them!


Dr. Richard F. Giese
President of the University of Mount Union

Parent to Parent Beat 

Happy Spring UMU parents!

campusAs a mother of a sophomore, it seems like just yesterday I took the drive to Alliance with my youngest son for our first glimpse of Mount Union. I had been to quite a few campuses: I have three other children and no less than 8-10 visits to various campuses for each of them. Do the math! So in preparing for our UMU visit, I packed my computer, and thought while Kevin had his tour I would find somewhere to get some coffee, pull up my computer and get some work done...never happened. From the first facility we entered I was moved. Not just the beautiful buildings and manicured campus, but the culture, the feel and warmth of everyone we met. Our meeting with the various staff members that day were honest, transparent and so refreshing. I was smitten. I had to contain "my decision" until my son came to the same decision on his own. When he told us he wanted to be a part of Mount Union I was beyond thrilled! Yesss!

My belief in UMU has only been fortified after two years. Such great professors, dedicated staff, passionate alumni, warm Alliance community and the incredible parents and families of his classmates. It has been an experience of a lifetime. I have met some of the most amazing people who I now call friends.

We have enjoyed going to the sporting events each season. I especially like following the Raiders on Twitter. I get updates on all the teams events everyday, and it really makes me aware of the campus activities. You can follow along the ride with so many of the sports teams. (Volleyball ladies brought my heart rate to a new level!) The website is also updated to the moment.

Hope you are enjoying the warm weather as we thaw from this long winter season. Please take a look at the campus calendar and take advantage of the variety of events they have scheduled. It is a good excuse to visit your student and enjoy the great venues!

Go Raiders,
Tama Burke

U and the Parents and Family Association

As a parent of a current Mount Union student, you are invited to attend alumni and campus events.

Mount United: National Day of Service - April 20
The National Day of Service is an opportunity for Mount Union alumni and their families plus parents of current students across the country to come together to show their volunteer spirit! 

day of serviceProjects currently scheduled:

Contact the coordinator in the areas above to register to participate – we’ll provide a T-shirt! Are you interested in coordinating a project in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities with the details at and we’ll send information to alumni and parents in your area.

Senior Recognition, Honors Convocation and SCHOLAR Day – April 23
Scholar DayHonors Convocation, during which students are recognized for academic achievement, is set for Tuesday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The Great Teacher Award, which is voted on by the Senior Class, will be presented. According to the award criteria, "excellence implies the ability of the professor to stimulate a student into a greater knowledge and understanding of the subject matter."

SCHOLAR Day is a Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research. This day-long event highlights the work of some of our best and brightest students through individual or group presentations and poster sessions. Check the schedule for presentations included this year.

A lunch is offered in the tent in the Academic Mall between KHIC and the Engineering and Business Building / Tolerton and Hood Hall. Students presenting during SCHOLAR Day may bringtwo guests with them for no charge. All other guests are invited to join the lunch for $6 and may pay at the door.

Commencement Activities

commencementFor parents of senior students, be sure to read this!

Senior Send-off for Graduates and Their Families
Seniors and their families are invited to a Senior Send-Off celebration at the Elks Pavilion (606 Glamorgan St. near the Alliance High School) on Friday, May 10 beginning at 8 p.m.

This event is an opportunity to socialize together with light snacks, cash bar, music and corn hole provided.

Commencement  and Baccalaureate Ceremonies Scheduled for May 11
Congratulations to our upcoming 2013 graduating class and their parents! Your student may pick up the allotted 10 ceremony tickets during the Senior Salute event on April 17. 

Parents and guests are invited to attend the Baccalaureate ceremony, a student organized worship service, prior to Commencement at 10:30 a.m. Both ceremonies are planned to take place on the south lawn of Chapman Hall.

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be moved indoors to the Peterson Field House in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex with the rain call being made several days in advance and a notice posted on the website. Student line up is 1 p.m., with Commencement beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. Check the University Marshal webpage for more information.

Commencement Luncheon
Do you need somewhere to go between Baccalaureate and Commencement? A luncheon will be held in the Hoover-Price Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Reservations required. Forms are available in the parent packet. Complete the form and send it along with a check payable to the University of Mount Union and mail it in to the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601 no later than April 26.

Commencement Day Flowers
Surprise your grad with flowers. Rose bouquets, of six or 12 in assorted colors, will be available for purchase at Commencement from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The flower sale will take place on location at the ceremony.

University Store
The University Store at Mount Union is located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center Building on Simpson Street. The store carries a variety of merchandise including adult and children’s clothing, gift items, Greek merchandise and more. You may want to stop here for a last minute Mount Union memento. Commencement hours will be  from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The University Store accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Capture the Moment – 2013 Commencement DVD
Senior parents, if you would like a copy of the 2013 Commencement DVD, please complete the green form located in your parent packet and return it by May 3, with a check to the University of Mount Union and mailed to Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. 

Important Information About Commencement

Commencement ceremonies usually include some formal traditions, and Mount Union’s is no exception. The lines are formed,  “Pomp and Circumstance” is played and the academic procession begins led by the University marshal, followed by the president, dean, chair of the Board of Trustees, Commencement speakers, chaplain, assistant marshals, faculty, emeriti faculty, staff, trustees, members of the Class of 1963 and candidates for degrees of  the University.

It is quite an impressive occasion as to some it will be the end of their formal education, and to others, another step toward a profession or graduate degree.

In keeping with the academic significance and dignity of the Commencement day, the University limits the activities of its guests to those appropriate to the observation of the graduation ceremony. Guests are requested to refrain from posting signs, distributing literature or undertaking any other activities that are not related to the official scheduled events of the day and that might interfere with the joy and celebration of the graduates and their families. Please limit talking to a quiet minimum.

To assist in making this day most meaningful, the cooperation of all the guests present is requested. When the graduates, faculty and the official party of the University process to begin the ceremonies, please stand and remain standing until the University chaplain has given the invocation. We ask that all remain in their seats during the Commencement exercises.

Photo Taking
If a photo is desired as the president presents the diploma to a member of your family, please follow these guidelines. Note the position of your graduate in the procession. As his or her turn approaches, move forward to the designated location to take the picture. All graduates will receive their diplomas from the President to the left as you face the platform.

Please watch the Commencement program carefully. Please do not go to the designated photography area more than six names ahead of your graduate. As the turn comes for your graduate to receive his or her diploma, you may move to the proper place on the appropriate side of the platform to take your picture. We ask that you move back to your seat as soon as possible to permit others the same opportunity for pictures.

In addition, a professional photographer will be on hand to capture the memory of the event. Photographs will be taken of your graduate as he or she receives his or her diploma from the president. These images as well as general Commencement day photographs will be available through Cockrill’s Studio. You will be able to visit their website at or call (330) 821-8302.

We understand that you will be anxious to meet your graduate soon after he or she leaves. It is our request that you remain in your seats until the entire academic procession has retired. 

Your cooperation will help Mount Union continue its strong tradition in making Commencement most meaningful to the students as well as to their families.

Important Dates for Senior Students:

Senior Salute

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • East Room, Hoover-Price Campus Center

Senior Picnic

  • Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Noon
  • Haupt House
  • This event is open to graduating seniors and faculty members only

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 10, 2013
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (rain or shine)
  • Honors Cord will be distributed at Rehearsal

Family Day – September 28, 2013
Mark your calendars now! Family Day 2013 will be held September 28.  Spend the day with your Mount Union student at the home football game, a live show and many other activities sponsored by various campus groups. Check the Family Day website this summer for registration information and a full schedule of events!

Mount Union Women
mount union womenMount Union Women was founded in 1933 to support the education of women. Any female graduate or friend of the University may be a member. The organization has active chapters in Alliance and Canton/Massillon. For more information on how to become involved including volunteering, contact DeAnn Howell at (330) 821-7710.

Mount Union women hold programs throughout the year to raise money for scholarships. Numerous scholarships are awarded each year to deserving female students at Mount Union. The group is a 501c3 non profit - donations to the organization are tax deductible.

To make a donation, mail a check made out to Mount Union Women to: DeAnn Howell, c/o Mount Union Women, 8730 Schubert Ave. NE, Alliance, OH 44601.  

U and our Students

Mount Union Relay for Life: Battle to BAN(D) Cancer - April 19 
Doors open for registration at 5 p.m. and the event will kick off at 6 p.m. There will be family-friendly games and activities along with live music.

Purple Plu$

The Office of Campus Card and Facilities Scheduling would like to inform all University student parents that the website for depositing funds to the student Purple Plu$ ID cards has been changed. Students and parents can view the new site at but the student will have to generate a new login to view their deposits and transactions. Your student can share his/her account information with you, but the account does belong to the student with his/her University ID number and University email address. Parents do have the option to deposit to the student ID card by using the “Guest Deposit” option on the main web page. Instructions for students to create a new account login are online. All current funds on student Purple Plu$ ID cards will remain on his/her debit account and accessible at the same locations as in the past. Questions can be emailed to or by calling the Office of Campus Card and Facilities Scheduling at (330) 823-2881.

spring breakSpring Break
For some of our students, kicking back and total relaxation was not part of the vocabulary for a week off in March. Check the links below to discover where students ventured.

Mount Union Commemorates Earth Hour
earth hourNearly 300 members of the University of Mount Union community participated in a special event to commemorate Earth Hour. The event, held at Mount Union Stadium, was planned in conjunction with a global initiative to inspire millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. Read more.

U and Mount Union

Office of the Registrar
germanyMount Union students who plan to take a summer course at another institution must request permission to do so by completing the Application for Transient Attendance at Another Accredited Institution. At the end of the summer, the student must request an official transcript for Mount Union, sent directly from the other institution.

Applications for graduation will be sent this spring to students who may be planning to graduate in May 2014. The degree clearance process begins over the summer, and seniors will receive information regarding their academic progress and remaining degree requirements. Mount Union does not charge a fee to apply for graduation.

Office of Business Affairs
The Office of Business Affairs wants to make sure you are aware of dates that will be of importance to you and your student:

  • You will receive the 2013-14 Payment Calculation worksheets in June. Please complete your FAFSA so your aid can be included on the worksheet. The worksheet will need to be signed and returned to the Office of Business Affairs by July 15.
  • Accounts not current have been placed on hold. Those on hold do not have access to view grades or to register for fall 2013 classes. Transcripts will not be released to any account on hold. Accounts with balances at or below $400, or those that are up to date on the Nelnet monthly payment plan, are considered current.
  • If your student is a senior planning on graduating in May, please make sure your balance is paid in full prior to April 5.
  • It is now easier to make a payment! You no longer need to have access to your student’s self-service account. Please log onto; click on the Parents and Families tab; then click to “make a payment.”
  • Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-992-6682 extension 4137 or 6557.
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