University of Mount Union Highlights of 2012

December 17, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, the University of Mount Union reflects on some of the advancements made during the past year.

Sports Sales Workshop Held
The eighth annual Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair, presented by the University of Mount Union, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians, was held at the Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. The nearly 100 students from 16 colleges and universities from six states who attended were provided with successful sales techniques, the opportunity to network with professionals in the sports industry and the chance to gain valuable interviewing experience. Read more.

Mount Union Physician Assistant Students Win Challenge Bowl
For the second year in a row, students in the University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies Program placed first in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistant’s (OAPA) Challenge Bowl, an academic challenge game held during OAPA’s third annual student conference in Columbus. Read more.

Women's Basketball Rallies From Down Double Digits To NCAA Sweet 16
The Purple Raiders defeated No. 25 Muhlenberg (Pa.) 61-55 in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Read more.

Mount Union Named to 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The University of Mount Union was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary commitment to community service and work with numerous local and national service projects. Read more.

Mount Union Receives Recycling Bin Grant
Mount Union was one of 33 colleges and universities in the United States to be awarded a recycling bin grant through the RecycleMania competition. The university received 1,584 recycling bins, which were distributed to every campus residence hall and apartment. Read more.

Students Raise $54,864 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
University of Mount Union students raised $54,864 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and celebrated their philanthropic achievements at an Up ‘til Dawn finale event. Read more.

U.S. Army War College Students Speak
Co-sponsored by the University’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and the Department of Political Science and International Studies, members of the U.S. Army War College through the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) addressed national and global issues at the University of Mount Union. Read more.

Mount Union Named Tree Campus USA
For the second year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized the University of Mount Union as a 2011 Tree Campus USA University in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. Read more.

University of Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College
For the second year in a row, the University of Mount Union has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.” Read more.

The University of Mount Union hosted its fifth annual Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research (SCHOLAR) Day, a campus-wide day filled with presentations showcasing academic excellence and scholarly research conducted by Mount Union students. Three formal presentation sessions and one poster session was included this year, highlighting 34 formal presentations and 63 speakers. Read more.

166th Commencement Ceremony Held
Nearly 470 students participated in the University of Mount Union’s 166th Commencement Ceremony. This year’s Commencement speaker was E. Dominic Capers, 1972 graduate of the University of Mount Union and defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. Read more.

 Mount Union Women Place Third at NCAA Track and Field Championships
Mount Union's women's track and field team posted its best finish in school history as the Purple Raiders finished third in the nation at the 2012 NCAA Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California. Read more.

Mount Union Hosts TA2 Business Incubator
A partnership called TA2 (Technology Accelerator Alliance) allows students interested in technology and entrepreneurship to gain experience working with a business incubator right on campus. TA2 is a collaboration amongst the City of Alliance, the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Area Development Foundation (AADF). Read more.

Stadium Renovation Project Begins
A two-phase project at Mount Union Stadium is underway to add two new locker rooms while renovating the press box and stands on the east side stands. Read more.

Mount Union Holds Matriculation Convocation
Mount Union welcomed a new student class of 705, the second largest in its history. New freshmen participated in a long-standing tradition on August 28 as the University community officially welcomed the Class of 2016 to campus during the annual Matriculation Convocation ceremony. Read more.

Nursing Program Approved
The University of Mount Union received word that its nursing program, which will begin in August 2013, was officially approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission. Read more.

Mount Union Ranked as One of America’s Best Colleges
For the 21st consecutive year, the University of Mount Union was favorably ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. This year, Mount Union was ranked among the top dozen 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.

University of Mount Union Ranked by Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly
ranked the University of Mount Union among the top 100 baccalaureate colleges and universities in the nation in its 2012 rankings. Read more.

Alpha Tau Omega Plans Move to Union Avenue
Construction began on a new Alpha Tau Omega home on Union Avenue. The house is expected to be completed by July 2013. Read more.

Phi Kappa Tau House Dedicated
During the University’s Homecoming celebration, the newly renovated Phi Kappa Tau house on Union Avenue was dedicated. Alumni Harry Paidas ‘74, the Honorable Judge Clunk ‘51 and Roy Clunk ‘77, together successfully orchestrated the fundraising that led to the ribbon cutting. Read more.

Students Collect 2,453 Pounds of Canned Goods
The University of Mount Union’s Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods event on Halloween brought in 2,453 pounds of food for the Alliance Community Pantry. Read more.

Volleyball Team Makes Second Round of NCAA Tournament
The 13th-ranked Mount Union Volleyball team pushed no. 1 Calvin (Mich.) to the brink of elimination in the second round of the NCAA Tournament but ultimately fell in five sets to the Knights (25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-6). Read more.

Mount Union Wins 11th NCAA Division III National Title
No. 1 ranked Mount Union won its record 11th NCAA Division III national football championship with a 28-10 win over No. 3 ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. Read more.

Faculty Members Receive Excellence in Education Award
Dr. Robert Ekey, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Dr. Patricia Boehm, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music; Dr. Helen Muga, assistant professor of civil engineering; Dr. Scott Mason, professor of chemistry and director of the Pre-health Program; and Sharon Luke, associate professor, director and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, were formally recognized for their achievements and dedication to teaching in Ohio Magazine’s special section “Excellence in Education” in the magazine’s December issue. Read more.

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