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Mount Union News Highlights for 2021

December 21, 2021

Mount Union Nursing Program Earns $25,000 Grant from Mary Renkert Wendling Foundation

The University of Mount Union’s Department of Nursing was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Mary Renkert Wendling Foundation to support the growth of its simulation laboratories.


Cancer Research from Mount Union Senior Selected for Spotlight Presentation at National Conference

Research done by Sarah Turley ’21, a biochemistry major of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, was chosen for a spotlight presentation at the Experimental Biology (EB) conference in April.


Mount Union Once Again Named to National Transfer Student Honor Roll

The University of Mount Union is proud to announce that it has once again been named to the 2021 Transfer Honor Roll by the Phi Thetha Kappa (PTK) Honor Society for its dynamic pathways to support transfer students.


Mount Union Designated as a National Voter Friendly Campus

The University of Mount Union has been named as one of more than 200 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in 2020 elections and in the coming years.


Mount Union’s First Accelerated BSN Cohort Achieves 100% First-Time NCLEX Pass Rate

Building on a tradition of successful nursing students, the University of Mount Union’s first cohort of students in its Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program achieved a 100% first-time passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).


Mount Union PA Program Assists with Community COVID Vaccinations and Campus Testing Efforts

Working with the Alliance City Health Department, the University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program has assisted in administering COVID-19 vaccines to members of the Alliance community at the Alliance Senior Center.


Mount Union Named a Top College in Ohio for Alumni Earnings Among Recent Graduates

The University of Mount Union was recently announced as one of the 2021 Best Colleges in Ohio for bachelor’s degree Salary Score by Optimal’s GradReports. The institution was ranked eighth in the state and third in the Northeast Ohio region. 


Mount Union Awarded $275,000 STEM Grant from Ohio Department of Higher Education

The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $275,625 Choose Ohio First (COF) grant to support students in the critical fields of science (including health professions), technology, engineering, mathematics, and manufacturing (STEM+M).


Mount Union Sees Record Donor Turnout on Fourth Annual Day of Giving

The University of Mount Union’s fourth annual day of giving, titled “Raiders Give,” saw an extraordinary level of generosity from the Mount Union community, as a record number of donors gave gifts to support Mount Union students.


Cummings '09 Named Mount Union’s 2021 Great Teacher

The University of Mount Union is proud to announce that Rachel Cummings ‘09, instructor and director of athletic training, has been named its Great Teacher for 2021. 


Mitchell ’21 Named 2021 Outstanding Senior at Mount Union

The University of Mount Union is proud to announce that Carlee Mitchell '21, a biochemistry and French double major of Alliance, Ohio, has been named its 2021 Outstanding Senior.


Sport Business Students Get Unique Volunteer Experience at NFL Draft

Continually afforded with opportunities for hands-on experiences, students in the University of Mount Union’s sport business degree program had the chance to volunteer at the NFL Draft, hosted in Cleveland in April. 


Mount Union Breaks Ground on Expansion for Business, Engineering Facilities

The University of Mount Union held a groundbreaking on Monday, May 10 to signify the beginning of an approximately 6,200-square-foot expansion to Oak Hall, which houses programs in the University’s Department of Business and School of Engineering.


Mount Union’s Exercise Science Program Recognized Nationally for Strength and Conditioning

The University of Mount Union’s exercise science program was recently approved and recognized through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP), for a period of three years.  


Spinell Named National Collegiate Esports Director of the Year

The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) announced that Derek Spinell, director and head coach of the University of Mount Union’s esports program, has been named the National College Esports Director of the Year for 2020-2021.


Mount Union Announces New Minor in Data Science and Analytics

The University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees recently approved the addition of a minor in data science and analytics to its academic offerings.


Mount Union Makes Associate to Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Pathway Easier

The University of Mount Union has announced updates to its transfer student policy, making it easier for those with associate degrees to complete their bachelor’s degrees in less time than ever before. 


Mount Union Ascends to its Highest National Ranking in Washington Monthly History

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union was ranked among the best baccalaureate colleges and universities in Washington Monthly’s 2021 rankings. The University was ranked 29th out of 244 institutions across the country, which is the highest position Mount Union has achieved, up an incredible 64 spots since 2017. That ranking placed Mount Union fourth among Ohio institutions.


Mount Union Faculty Collaborate on Peace Studies Book

Six University of Mount Union professors recently contributed to a new book entitled, “Humanities Perspectives in Peace Education: Re-Engaging the Heart of Peace Studies.”


Dr. Tom Botzman Installed as 13th President of Mount Union

A celebration more than a year in the making, Dr. Thomas J. Botzman was installed as the 13th president of Mount Union during a ceremony held in Peterson Field House on Friday, October 1.


Mount Union Announces Four-Year Renewal of Investment Alliance Award

The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce the renewal of its Investment Alliance Award for the fall cohorts of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025.


Mount Union Nursing Program Named Best in Ohio by Nursing Schools Almanac

The University of Mount Union’s direct-entry Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was recently ranked as the best prelicensure BSN program in Ohio for 2021 by Nursing Schools Almanac. 


Mount Union Hosts Akron North Students for Unique Visit Experiences

The University of Mount Union recently hosted two visits with students from Akron North High School to participate in interactive experiences with University students, faculty and staff. These events are part of the partnership in which Mount Union is a sister university to North.


Mount Union Announces Early Assurance Pathways for PA, PT Programs

The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that current and future undergraduate students of the University will be eligible for early assurance into its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PA) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (PT) degree programs beginning Fall 2022.