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Mount Union Celebrates Highlights of 2018

December 17, 2018

The University of Mount Union had an incredibly successful 2018 and below are simply a few of many highlights from a wonderful year.

Mount Union Prepares for 22nd Annual MLK Day of Service

Mount Union hosted its 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, allowing students, faculty and community members to come together for a great cause. A wide range of volunteer work was offered and various community businesses participated.

Todd Fleming '00 Among 2018 Sportsbusiness Journal "Forty Under 40" Honorees

Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal announced its Forty Under 40 for 2018 and among the honorees was Todd Fleming ’00, a Mount Union alumnus. He has also since returned to Mount Union, discussing his work and his career with students.

Frazier Recognized by Ohio College Personnel Association

John Frazier, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Mount Union, received the 2017-18 Gerald L. Saddlemire Award from the Ohio College Personnel Association. Those that receive this award are recognized for having significant contributions to the area of student affairs.

Mount Union's Jairod James Wins 174-Pound NCAA National Title

Mount Union’s Jairod James ‘20 claimed the 174-pound title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. The All-American finished his first season for Mount with a record of 22-1.

Mount Union Wins 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship

The University of Mount Union men's indoor track and field team claimed its first-ever team title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, racking up 41 points, just one point more than the second place team.

Three Event Titles Lead Mount Union To Men’s Outdoor Treack and Field National Title at NCAA Championships

Three event national titles contribute to the outdoor track and field team winning its second national title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. This win puts Mount Union at 17 overall national titles.

Gifts From Inaugural UMU Day Of Giving Total More Than $200,000

A total of 618 donors contributed to the success of “Raiders Give,” the first ever annual day of giving at Mount Union, donating over $200,000 to The Mount Union Fund. This supports scholarships, technology and anything else students may need for success at the University. 

Mount Union PA Program Granted Accreditation-Continued Status

The University of Mount Union’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has been granted Accreditation-Continued status for 10 years by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The continued accreditation is awarded when there is a current accreditation, but just needs to be extended.  

General Michael Hayden Presents 2018 Schooler Lecture

Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency Michael Hayden presented the 2018 Schooler Lecture. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, both about future careers and their education and studies.

Mount Union Physical Therapy Students Volunteer at Buckeye Wheelchair Games

Students of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program attended the seventh annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games to help volunteer. They assisted with helping swimmers out of the pool, transferring from wheelchairs to benches, as well as things such as cheering on the athletes.

Criminal Justice Honorary Inducts First Mount Union Members

The first chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honorary, was established on Mount Union’s campus. The chapter of Pi Beta Chi inducted 11 students and one faculty member.

Professor Michael Kachilla Named 2018 Great Teacher

The University of Mount Union named professor Michael Kachilla the 2018 Great Teacher. Kachilla, associate professor of economics, accounting and business administration, was presented the award Tuesday, April 24 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.

Mount Union Student Cataloni Places Third in Regional Entrepreneurship Competition

Mount Union freshman Gabby Cataloni ’22, a computer engineering major of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, placed third in the regional qualifier for the worldwide Entrepreneurs Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (EOGSEA) on December 1. Cataloni represented Sole Armour, a product created by a student company that is designed to protect the feet of people with diabetes who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. 

Mount Union to Offer esports Program in Fall 2019

The University of Mount Union has announced the addition of competitive esports to its student life offerings beginning in the fall of 2019. Students competing in the esports program will be required to be in at least one other organization and complete community service activities. The goal of the esports team is to be competitive in the realm of collegiate esports and have students learn skills such as leadership, communication and problem solving, which are integral in the real world. 

Mount Union’s Accelerated BSN Program Now Accepting Applications

The Mount Union nursing program has successfully launched its second-degree accelerated BSN program, and is now accepting applications for 2019. The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and can be completed in as early as 15 months.

Mount Union Named a Top College by U.S. News and World Report for 28th Consecutive Year

For the 28th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union was recognized as a top college by U.S. News and World Report. Mount Union was ranked seventh among Midwest Regional Colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings, which is up four spots from the previous year.

Mount Union Students Volunteer to “Keep Alliance Beautiful”

More than 20 Mount Union students volunteered to improve the appearance along Union Ave. Students planted shrubs flowers and mulched along the road. The event was sponsored by multiple local businesses and funding from Columbia Gas.

Perry King presents at Kershaw Lecture

Alliance native, actor and director Perry King presented this year at the University’s Kershaw Lecture. During the lecture, King screened his new film about dementia, “The Divide.” Later the audience asked questions and listened to King discuss his new film.

Mount Union Adds Sustainability Minor for Fall of 2019

Mount Union will be adding a new minor in sustainability in fall 2019. Mount Union will add sustainability as a minor to keep up with the changing environmental landscape. The sustainability minor will equip undergraduate students with knowledge about the ethical, practical and innovative approaches used to balance the need for human consumption and development with environmental, economic and social equity.

KHIC-Ing Out The Old – Mount Union Renovates Third Floor Of Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

This year, Mount Union renovated the third floor of the library. Many old bookshelves and outdated desks were replaced with modern study rooms and tables. While the third floor already was home to a quiet reading room and multiple shelves of books, the renovation provided more room for study spaces for all. Now, the space features six whiteboard tables with freestanding outlets, five private cubical desks, five group study rooms, and four booths with views of campus. Additionally, the quiet study room has been updated to hold six large study tables.

WRMU Student, Alumnus Recognized as National Finalists

A University of Mount Union student and an alumnus, both of whom have held positions at 91.1 WRMU FM, secured the station two spots as a national finalist in the 2018 College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards. Logan McGee submitted a project that earned himself and WRMU a national finalist spot in the category of Best Station Imaging .Tyler Longstreth earned a national finalist spot in the category of Best Documentary/Public Affairs Video.

Congressman Tim Ryan Wears Mount Union Jersey for Annual Congressional Baseball Game

Congressman Tim Ryan donned a purple University of Mount Union Baseball jersey for the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Ryan hoped that Mount Union’s tradition of excellent athletics would rub off during the game and lead his team to victory.

Mount Union PAs Repeat as Challenge Bowl Champions

Mount Union PA students repeated as Challenge Bowl champions at the event held in Cleveland, Ohio this year. Students had to use knowledge learned in the classroom to answer medically relevant questions. This is the second time Mount Union PA students have repeated as champions at this competition.

University of Mount Union Business Program Earns Accreditation

Mount Unions business program earned ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) accreditation this year. The Department of EABA at Mount Union houses undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, management and marketing. A new major in risk management and insurance will be launched in fall 2018. Celebrating 30 years of excellence in global business program accreditation, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs.

Nursing classes earn 100 percent passing rate on licensure exam

For the second year in a row, Mount Union nursing students earned a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exams. This unprecedented accomplishment highlights the strengths of the Mount Union’s Nursing program.

Andrews '04 and Luketic '08 Named to Crain's Cleveland Business' "Forty Under 40"

Mount Union alumni Ian Andrews ’04 (left) and Daniel Luketic ’08 were recently named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Forty Under 40” for 2018. Andrews is currently the executive director for Lakewood Alive, a non-profit organization in Lakewood, Ohio. Luketic is currently the director of North Coast Angel Fund, a venture capital firm in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. This honor recognizes the impact of 40 young professionals in Northeast Ohio.

Mount Union Reaches Stagg Bowl, Falls to Mary Hardin-Baylor

No. 2 ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor rallied to defeat No. 1 University of Mount Union at the NCAA Division III National Championship game – the Stagg Bowl -- Friday at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The Crusaders finish 15-0 to win their second national championship while Mount Union (14-1) loses for the first time since a 14-12 loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor in the 2016 semifinals.