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University of Mount Union Highlights of 2013

December 29, 2013

Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members
The University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees welcomed three new members at its winter board meeting - John J. Flynn ’71, owner of Keith and Flynn in Kent, OH; Laurence Talley ’91, senior manager, certified public accountant and certified internal auditor at Ernst & Young; and Gretchen L. Schuler ’96, vice president of insurance-risk management and technical documentation at Invacare Corporation. Read more.

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Begins
Both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at Mount Union began competition. This marked a return for men’s lacrosse on campus after a nearly 30 year hiatus and the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at the University. Read more.

Cory Booker Gives Schooler Lecture
Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, presented How to Change the World with your Bare Hands at the Schooler Lecture. Booker’s lecture illustrated the importance of transforming the world through love and compassion. Read more.

Mount Union Commemorates Earth Hour
Nearly 300 members of the Mount Union community participated in a special event to commemorate Earth Hour. The event 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.

Alpha Phi Omega Lights Up the Lakes
Mount Union students and community members joined Alpha Phi Omega in the first ever Light Up the Lakes at Mount Union and raised $751.30 for the Alliance Food Pantry. More than 200 people attended the floating candlelight vigil and lit a candle in memory of their loved ones. Read more.

Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College
For the third consecutive year, Mount Union was included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. Read more.

167th Commencement Ceremony Held
Nearly 500 students participated in Mount Union’s 167th Commencement Ceremony featuring Commencement speaker Matthew Darrah ’84, executive vice president of North American Operations for Enterprise Holdings. Read more.

Mount Union Sweeps OAC Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies
Mount Union was awarded both Ohio Athletic Conference Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies for the second time in school history. The Purple Raiders were the first school in conference history to pull of the sweep during the 1990-91 year. Read more.

MAEL Program Educates Second Cohort
Mount Union began educating its second cohort of candidates in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program and began offering a combined degree and principal licensure. Read more.

Mount Union 33rd in NACDA Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings
Mount Union finished 33rd in the nation in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors Cup NCAA Division III standings, the highest ranked NCAA Division III team in Ohio. The award ranks athletic departments based on their national team finishes. Read more.

PA Students Transition to Clinical Phase
More than 250 people were in attendance to celebrate and congratulate Mount Union students as they transitioned from classroom learning to the clinical phase of their physician assistant studies graduate education during the fourth annual White Coat Ceremony. Read more.

Work to Begin on Performing Arts Complex
The University of Mount Union moved forward with construction plans for its performing arts complex, which will come in the form of a significant renovation and addition to the west end of the existing facility. Read more.

Open Houses Planned for ATO House and Press Box
Mount Union invited the community to attend open houses at the new Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity house and the Dom Capers Press Box. Read more.

UMU Ranked First in Great Lakes Region for ROI
Mount Union was ranked #1 in the Great Lakes Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, for return on investment by collegefactual.com. Read more.

Mount Union to Add Doctor of Physical Therapy
The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees and faculty approved the addition of a Doctor of Physical Therapy to the institution’s degree offerings, pending the appropriate external approvals. Read more.

Engineering Students Travel to Belize
Students in Dr. Helen Muga’s International Engineering Field Experience course traveled to Belize to work with two high schools on projects utilizing various skills they have learned in the classroom. Read more.

Freshmen Attend Matriculation Convocation
This year’s freshman class consisted of approximately 650 students representing 16 countries, 19 states and 50 Ohio counties. Read more.

Mount Union Ranked by Washington Monthly
Mount Union was ranked among the top 40 baccalaureate colleges and universities in the nation in Washington Monthly’s 2013 rankings. Mount Union was ranked 38th among the 350 institutions included in the category. Read more.

Mount Ranked as One of America’s Best Colleges
The University of Mount Union has been ranked sixth in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 America’s Best Colleges ranking in addition to being ranked 8th in the publication’s Best Values ranking, both in the Midwest Regional Colleges Category. Read more.

Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance Launched
Mount Union joined eight other Stark County organizations to launch Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance, a working partnership to support development of entrepreneurial activity in Stark County. Read more.

Department of Theatre to present Oceans Apart
Just in time for Veterans Day, the University of Mount Union presented a collaborative piece by the Department of Theatre and the Department of Music, Oceans Apart, based in part on the stories of Vietnam veteran and theatre director Michael J. Arndt. Read more.

Raider Tank Competition Held
The Mount Union entrepreneurship program held its Raider Tank competition. Based off of the ABC show Shark Tank, Raider Tank allows students two minutes to pitch their products or business ideas to a panel of judges, followed by a two minute question and answer session. Read more.

Faculty Receive Excellence in Education Award
Five faculty members from the University of Mount Union were recipients of the Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Ohio Magazine - Betsy Ekey, assistant professor of physician assistant studies; Dr. Jeffrey Draves, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Mandy Capel, assistant professor of education; Dr. Grant Cook, associate professor of music and director of choral activities and Dr. Nicole Johnson; associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. Read more.

Health and Medical Sciences Building Named
Mount Union’s Board of Trustees approved “Gallaher Hall” as the name for the University’s Health and Medical Sciences Building in honor of the late Dr. Charles S. Gallaher ‘25. Read more.

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