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Mount Union News Highlights for 2019

December 17, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, the University reflects on some of the highlights from an exceptional year.

Gallery: PA Students Annual Service Learning Trip to Guatemala

In December 2018, 10 participants from the University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies Program traveled to Guatemala and provided primary medical and general surgical care to villagers in the Sarstun region of Guatemala, near its border with Belize.

Mount Union Announces Four Concentrations for Online M.Ed.

Mount Union is pleased to announce that the Institutional Actions Committee of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has granted approval of a fully-online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program with concentrations in athletic coaching, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and Ohio principal licensure.

Editorial: Stark nursing program among Ohio's Best

The [] report said of Mount Union: “With no wait list, students can be admitted into the major as a freshman to start their nursing education right away. With features like a state-of-the-art simulation ICU, students get to enjoy first-class facilities in which to learn and practice.”

Reich Recognized as CoSIDA's 2019 Warren Berg Recipient

Mount Union Sports Information Director and Assistant to the Athletic Director Lenny Reich has been named the recipient of the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America Warren Berg Award as announced by the organization. The Warren Berg Award is given to a college division (non-Division I) member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

Mount Union Announces Three-College Structure and Founding Deans

The College of Applied and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Humanities and College of Natural and Health Sciences were implemented July 1, 2019 when the recently hired founding deans arrived at Mount Union. 

Sport Business Degree Ranked Best in Ohio

Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in sport business has been ranked as the best degree of its kind in Ohio and tenth in the nation according to Bachelor’s Degree Center (BDC). 

Second Annual Day of Giving Totals more than $260,000

The University of Mount Union’s second annual day of giving, titled “Raiders Give,” reached new heights from the previous year thanks to the incredible generosity of the Mount Union community. In total, the April 4 event raised $260,680 for The Mount Union Fund, which was an increase of more than $58,000 from the inaugural event in 2018. A total of 885 donors gave gifts to the fund, which supports student scholarships, technology and other critical student needs across Mount Union’s campus.

Author Margaret Atwood Provides Insight, Entertainment at 2019 Schooler Lecture

The author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Testaments" delighted a packed crowd at the 2019 Schooler Lecture.

Psychology Professor Knepp Named 2019 Great Teacher

The University of Mount Union named Dr. Michael Knepp, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Development, as its 2019 Great Teacher.

Jones '19, Whyte '19 Named 2019 Outstanding Seniors
Mount Union announced Liz Jones ’19, a human development and family science and Spanish double major of Medina, Ohio, and Spencer Whyte ’19, a history and political science double major of Broadview Heights, Ohio, have been named its 2019 Outstanding Senior Woman and Man.

Mount Union's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Earns Accreditation

Mount Union's Physical Therapy (PT) program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), effective April 30, 2019. The program offers the University’s first professional Doctoral degree.

Merriman to Conclude Service as President of Mount Union in 2020

Dr. W. Richard Merriman, Jr. has announced that he will conclude his service as president of the University of Mount Union at the close of the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Merriman has served at the helm of the University since July of 2015, when he and his wife, Dr. Margot Kelman, joined the Alliance community. Merriman came to Mount Union after serving as president of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas for 17 years.

Christo-Baker, Ekey Selected to Crain's Cleveland Notable Women in Education

In its inaugural listing of Notable Women in Education, Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized the University of Mount Union’s Dr. E. Anne Christo-Baker, professor and chair of the Department of Business, and Betsy Ekey, associate professor, director and chair of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. 

Mount Union, Early Childhood Education Alliance Partner for Videos Supporting Childhood Literacy

With the goal of supporting literacy in area children, members of the University of Mount Union community and the Early Childhood Education Alliance (ECEA) created a series of videos to provide opportunities for parents and young children to enjoy reading books together. 

Mount Union Once Again Named Top College, Best Value by U.S. News and World Report

For the 29th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been recognized as a top college by U.S. News and World Report. The institution was also ranked ninth for Best Value, which takes into account the ratio of quality to price, the percentage of undergraduates that receive need-based aid, and the total scholarship/need-based aid received by students.

Mount Union Meets the Cost of Tuition and Fees for Qualified Students with Pell Opportunity Grant

The University of Mount Union continues to address college affordability and make its education accessible to students of all backgrounds by establishing the Mount Union Pell Opportunity Grant. This grant will bridge the entire gap between tuition costs and what families of modest financial means can afford to pay toward a college degree.

Mount Union Announces $50 Million “Inspiring Minds, Transforming Lives” Campaign

During its annual Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Celebration Saturday, October 19, the University of Mount Union officially announced the public phase of its “Inspiring Minds, Transforming Lives” campaign.

Mount Union Earns Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement

At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, the University of Mount Union received a silver seal for achieving a student rate between 30 and 39 percent.

Mount Union football player donates stem cells in effort to save a life

Mount Union defensive tackle Adam Pastor '20 donated bone marrow to help save a life as part of the "Be the Match" project.

Strengthening Stark teaches middle-schoolers entrepreneurship

On October 9, the University of Mount Union hosted more than 100 middle schoolers from Stark County school districts for an entrepreneurship day from the Strengthening Stark initiative.

Edward Kiernan '96 Named Chief Commercial Officer of HOF Village, LLC

Edward Kiernan '96 was recently named Chief Commercial Officer of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village at the Pro Football of Fame.