University of Mount Union Highlights of 2011

December 29, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, it gives the University of Mount Union an exceptional opportunity to reflect on all the advancements that were made during the past year.

Mount Union Launches Discover China Program
The University of Mount Union recently announced that it will launch “The Discover China Program,” a multi-faceted Chinese cultural program in the fall of 2012, funded by Jim and Pam Griffith. Jim is a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees and serves as president and chief executive officer of The Timken Company. Read more.

Women's Basketball Headed Back to the Dance
Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team won its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a 92-84 victory over John Carroll at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on Saturday. Read more.

Panel Discussion to Focus on Civility in Politics
The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union, The Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University have joined together in a public/private collaboration to address some of today’s most pressing political issues. Read more.

Mount Union to add Lacrosse as Varsity Sport
The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees approved to add men's and women's lacrosse teams to the intercollegiate athletic program during its annual spring meeting. Read more.

Mount Union to Add Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees approved the addition of a bachelor of science of nursing to the institution’s degree offerings at its spring meeting Friday. The University expects to launch the program in fall 2013, pending the appropriate external approvals. Read more.

Mount Receives Software Valued at $24.1 Million
Students of the University of Mount Union’s Department of Engineering will soon benefit from an enriched educational experience and enhanced preparation to enter the workforce through an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. The in-kind software grant with a commercial value of $24.1 million is the largest in-kind corporate contribution received in Mount Union’s 165-year history. Read more.

Chemistry Program Receives Approval by ACS
The University of Mount Union’s chemistry program has been formally approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Read more.

Mount Receives Recognition for Community Service
For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Mount Union as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Read more.

MAEL Program Receives Accreditation
The University of Mount Union recently received word that its Master of Arts degree in educational leadership (MAEL), which will begin in the fall of 2012, has been officially approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission. Read more.

Mount Union Stadium Turf Project Completed
The University of Mount Union’s Stadium received a face lift this summer as a new state-of-the-art artificial turf was recently installed. Read more.

Students Graduate from PA Program
The students in the University of Mount Union’s inaugural physician assistant studies class celebrated their graduate education on Friday at the InterContinental Cleveland, located on the campus of Cleveland Clinic. Read more.

Mount Union Holds Townhouse Open House
The University of Mount Union held an open house for its third apartment-style housing village on Wednesday, August 10 from 4 – 7 p.m. for the Mount Union and Alliance communities. During the open house, individuals had the opportunity to tour a townhouse within the trio of three-story complexes, located in the 1400 block of South Union Avenue at the southwest corner of Overlook Drive. Read more.

Class of 2015 Arrives on Mount Union’s Campus
On Saturday, more than 680 new students unpacked their bags in various residence halls, apartments and theme houses across the University of Mount Union’s campus and begin familiarizing themselves with their new home. Read more.

Mount Union Receives Bronze Sustainability Rating
The University of Mount Union recently received a bronze rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), making it the first institution in Ohio to receive a STARS rating. STARS, a program developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Read more.

Fraternities and Sororities Receive Awards
Greek life at the University of Mount Union continues to remain strong. In fact, four fraternity and sorority chapters from Mount Union won or were recognized with top honors this summer at their respective conventions. Read more.

Mount Ranked as One of America's Best Colleges
For the 20th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been favorably ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. This year, Mount Union was ranked in the top 10 among regional colleges in the Midwest, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Read more.

Mount Ranked Among Best Universities by Forbes
Once again, the University of Mount Union was ranked among America’s best colleges and universities in a report released recently by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). Read more.

Mount Union Ranked by Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly has ranked the University of Mount Union among the top 100 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation in its 2011 rankings. Mount Union is ranked 98th among the 249 institutions that Washington Monthly included in the category. Read more.

Mount Union Listed in Princeton Review Green Guide
The University of Mount Union has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges as it was included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. Mount Union also is one of only eight institutions in Ohio to be praised for its strong commitment to environmental friendly policies, practices and academic offerings. Read more.

Mount Union Plans for New Building Projects
During its annual fall meeting, the University of Mount Union Board of Trustees unanimously approved moving forward with preliminary design for two new potential construction projects – a health and medical sciences facility and a renovation and addition to the current arts complex. Read more.

Faculty Members Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Five faculty members from the University of Mount Union are recipients of the Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Ohio Magazine. Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, Dr. Jamie Capuzza, Professor Sandra Ekstrand, Dr. Ronald Mendel Dr. Peter Schneller, and will be formally recognized for their achievements and dedication to teaching in Ohio Magazine’s special section “Excellence in Education” in the magazine’s December issue. All five faculty members also have been the recipients of Mount Union’s Great Teacher Award. Read more.

Best Selling Author Discusses Life and Books
During an intimate conversation on Thursday night, author Khaled Hosseini discussed how his life led him to writing two best selling novels during the Schooler Lecture at the University of Mount Union. Hosseini is the author of two New York Times best sellers – The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Read more.

Mount Union Volleyball Wins First-Ever OAC Title
History was made as the Mount Union volleyball team defeated No. 9 Heidelberg in a thrilling five-set match to claim the program's first Ohio Athletic Conference title. The Purple Raiders (24-7) and head coach Leigh Ann Swartz put an exclamation point on their NCAA Tournament résumé, but now must wait to learn their fate during the selection show at 11 a.m. on Monday. Read more.

Raider Relief Launches Bottle School Blitz
Members of Raider Relief, a philanthropic student organization at the University of Mount Union, have launched Bottle School Blitz – a 10-day community and campus-wide fund-raising effort. The project will benefit Hug it Forward, a non-profit organization with an innovative approach to improving the educational infrastructure of developing nations. Read more.

Mount Union Turned Over By UW-Whitewater in Stagg Bowl
No. 2 ranked Mount Union rallied in the fourth quarter but three turnovers resulted13-10 loss to No. 1 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater in Stagg Bowl XXXIX Friday night in Salem, Va. Read more.

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