Uconnect Parents and Family Association Newsletter - November 2011

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November 2011

U and the President

As parents of current college students, I’m sure that you would agree that a college degree is important to a student's ability to get ahead in the word.  In fact, a recent report issued by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce indicates that, over the course of an adult’s working life, those with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn $1.2 million more than a high school graduate.  In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that more than three quarters of today’s jobs require a college education.

At the University of Mount Union, we pride ourselves on providing the academic preparation, hands-on experience and global perspective that prepares our students to compete in the 21st century job market. And, it’s an educational experience that is drawing national attention from numerous external rankings bodies like U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly

We are thrilled to be listed among the prestigious institutions included in these rankings, yet we recognize that no numerical assessment can ever fully tell our story. So, we look to our own community members for affirmation.  We measure success by how satisfied our students, alumni and parents are with their Mount Union experiences, and I’m happy to share with you that recent survey efforts clearly indicate that they are pleased. 

I invite you to visit us online, where you’ll find statistics, videos and additional details about Our Value and National Recognitions. I think it is clear to see that a Mount Union education is truly worth the investment. 

Thank you, parents, for recognizing our worth and placing your students’ futures in our very capable hands. 


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

U and the Parents and Family Association

Hello Mount Union Parents and Families,

The fall semester is quickly passing us by and soon the holiday season will be upon us. As Mount Union students prepare for final exams and the holiday break, the campus remains busy preparing for a number of exciting projects that are beginning to take shape. We are moving forward with preliminary plans for two new construction projects – a health sciences facility and a renovation and addition to the arts complex. In all we do, Mount Union remains focused on our mission of preparing students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

With all that is happening on campus, we have not forgotten about you, the parents of our students. We’re currently exploring various ways to better engage and connect with you both on campus and in your community. Your involvement in the life of the campus is critical as we move forward and hope you will partner with us in one of the many areas available to you.

The Mount Union Fund is one way to immediately impact the students on campus today. Your support of the Mount Union Fund will enhance career development resources, research opportunities, student activities and scholarships. By joining together with other members of the Mount Union family, your gift to The Mount Union Fund makes exceptional experiences possible.

Please consider getting involved and creating your own Mount Union experience while enhancing the opportunities available on campus today for our students. We look forward to meeting you soon, and we thank you for being such an important part of the University of Mount Union.

Support The Mount Union Fund

All my best,

Kimberly (Terrill '99) Rodstrom
Director, The Mount Union Fund
(330) 823-2093

U and our Students

Save the Date for Little Sibs Weekend
March 23-24, 2012

Little Sibs Weekend is great time for little siblings, cousins and family friends to visit Alliance with their “big sib!” The Raider Programming Board, in conjunction with several other campus organizations, provides many fun and exciting activities for sibs and kids of all ages! 

Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for more information. A full schedule of events and the registration form will be released in February of 2012.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Jesse Douglas, assistant director of student involvement and leadership, at (330) 823-6051 or

We hope to see you in March! 

Parents of Graduating Seniors

Congratulations! Your student is less than one semester away from completing his or her degree from the University of Mount Union. What a wonderful accomplishment for your student and also for you as parents! Commencement is planned for Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Chapman Hall.

There are many details that need to be handled before the big day, which is why a folder full of information will be sent to you in mid-February. It is the University’s intention to compile this folder of information and have it in your hands in plenty of time for you to make arrangements to make the day all that it should. The folder also will include answers to frequently asked questions.

 Your senior also will receive the same folder in his or her campus mailbox. Information is available at or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities by email or calling (330) 823-2030.

Office of the Registrar

Mount Union seniors who expect to graduate in May of 2012 should have completed the degree application by now. This is a critical step as Mount Union identifies the next group of graduates. Potential graduates should review their degree clearance forms as they finalize their schedules for the spring semester.

The diplomas for December of 2011 graduates will be mailed in January. In addition, August and December graduates are encouraged to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

U and Mount Union

Mount Union Magazine

The Mount Union Magazine is a wonderful way for parents to stay connected with what is happening on campus. Visit to read the latest issue.

Curriculum Changes
Big changes are coming to Mount Union’s curriculum! Currently, most courses are three–credit hours, and beginning in fall 2012, most will be four-credit hours. Each semester, the typical full-time student will take four courses instead of five. In addition, the general education requirements have been updated and redesigned. The new curriculum is structured to provide more intentional connections across courses as well as increased opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning. Further, the new general education program, now called the Integrative Core, will include careful attention to the development of written and oral communication skills, which are in such high demand in today's world.

Be assured that these changes will not adversely affect any student's progress toward a degree. All credits earned will count toward graduation, and advisors will develop a plan for each student that will map out the path to graduation. Mount Union ensures that students who continue to successfully complete their courses at a full-time rate, as spelled out in their transition plan, will graduate on time, as if no curricular change had occurred.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Dr. William Cunion, associate academic dean, at or (330) 823-2695.

Office of Business Affairs

Heartfelt thanks to the parents who have returned their Payment Calculation Worksheets, as it is much appreciated.  The Office of Business Affairs want to make sure you are aware of dates that will be of importance to you and your student this spring.

  • Payment Calculation worksheets should have been turned in before the start of the fall semester. If you have not returned them, please do so now.
  • Billing statements for the spring semester will be sent home the first week in December. This bill will be due January 3, 2011. 
  • January 17 –Late charges will be assessed to all accounts with outstanding balances. The late fee shall be equal to the lesser of $70 or 2% of the outstanding balance due.
  • February 15 – All accounts will be reviewed for current status. Accounts not current will be placed on hold status. The hold status will not allow registration or viewing of grades. Transcripts will not be released to any account in hold status.
  • Registration dates for fall 2012 semester are March 26 – April 6. Office of Business Affairs hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call (330) 823-6557, or toll-free 1 (800) 992-6682.
  • 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.”
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