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Each year, the Center hosts nearly 70 events, mobilizes more than 2,500 volunteers, and coordinates community projects of all sizes. Monthly service projects, learning series, and service-learning projects are among the work done annually. 

Some of the largest projects are featured below ­– check them out and get involved today!

Regula Center Projects

  1. Continued Learning Program

    The Continued Learning Program is a series of short presentations by Mount Union faculty geared toward people who have retired or those who want to further their own knowledge without having to take a full course. All events are in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at noon.

    The Fall 2019 Continued Learning Program schedule is as follows:

    October 1 – Robb Hyde, "“Child of Steam – Alliance’s Birth at the Crossing” 
    October 8 – Tom Liverett, “Marlboro Volunteers”
    October 15 – Jan Horning, "Carnation City Players — The First 60 Years"
    October 22 – Chrystal Robinson-Sofroth, “Downtown Art Revolution”
  2. MLK Day of Service

    MLK Day Volunteers spend their day off cleaning facilities, making care packages, and assisting with daily operations at local community organizations. Some of those helped were the Stark County Humane Society, the Alliance Parks Department, and the Domestic Violence Shelter. 

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  3. Monthly Service Projects

    The Regula Center coordinates at least one large service project each month. In addition to those highlighted, the Center also organizes a community Thanksgiving meal, trick-or-treat for canned goods, and service in honor of Women's History month, among others. More information can be found on the community service page.

  4. Pay It Forward

    Funded by the annual Trash to Treasure Sale, the Pay it Forward program allows students learning about community programming to award mini grants to local agencies. This year, $3000 in grants were awarded through the program. 

    This year’s grants were allocated to:

    • Green Alliance – $100
    • Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals – $400
    • Alliance Family Health Center  – $500
  5. Spirit of America

    A four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts, the University of Mount Union’s mission is to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. Alumnus and late Congressman Ralph Regula ’48 exemplified these qualities throughout his life’s work and time in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Ralph was well-known for his bipartisan nature and widely respected across party lines. Mount Union named its Center for Public Service after Ralph and his wife, Mary, as a way to honor his commitment to public service. The University and the Regula Center are also committed to honoring others in the political arena who exemplify the same qualities.

    The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio established the Spirit of America Award in 2018.

    The award celebrates civility, cooperation, and bipartisanship by recognizing members of the U.S. House of Representatives who exemplify those values. The inaugural Spirit of America Awards were presented to a Jim Himes (R-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (D-Colorado), members of the U.S. House of Representatives who work in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation to find solutions that lead to legislative action.

  6. Women's History Month

    In collaboration with the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Women’s History Month Committee, the Regula Center hosted an event featuring former Representative and Ambassador Constance Morella. During her talk, Morella shared about the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in her position. She encouraged students to acknowledge those around them and make them feel recognized in an effort to make connections. Her advice to everyone is to always try for what you want, using the example of running for office, “If you run and lose, no big deal. You will gain more from the opportunity than you know. It is better than thinking, I wish I had run.”