Wondering what others think about their Mount Union experience? Our spotlight stories are a way to highlight both the experiences and accomplishments of our students, alumni and faculty. Reading these stories will give you many perspectives of why Mount Union really is where exceptional begins.
Ryanne Goodman '21See Spotlight Opens in new tab
There’s a spirit of oneness at Mount Union, where not only am I invested in my doing well, but the professors and other members of the staff also provide encouragement and root for my success.
Gian Steele ‘21See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Getting the privilege to sing with an incredibly intelligent, empathetic and musical ensemble is such an amazing gift to be a part of, and I love to sing along with such an amazing team and with such an amazing choral director.
Ward Nader AlababnehSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
People at Mount Union are very friendly and easy to talk to. Also, the professors are very easy to get in touch with if you need help.
Zach Wolfe '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The money that I received from Mount Union and a private scholarship helped to bring the cost of attendance at Mount Union to be lower than the cost of attendance of a state school.
Chris Campbell '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My favorite thing about Mount Union is the community. The people here are what makes Mount Union feel like home for me.
Megan Donegan '20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love the fact that my professors know me by name and they care for my well-being.
Alyssa Adams '20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My strong point has always been in the science field, but taking classes such as economics and art have helped me develop skills outside of my major and I now feel more comfortable writing and researching about subjects that I didn't know much about before coming to Mount.
Tristan Bender '20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I want to be a nurse who can make a difference is someone’s day to day life. Mount Union is supplying me with the knowledge and skills to do just that.
Samantha Martin ‘20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I believe that pursuing a liberal arts education helps in producing a well-rounded student possessing knowledge that extends beyond their field of choice.
Makenzie Grayson ‘20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Through the liberal arts you become well-rounded and step outside of your comfort zone. No matter what occupation one acquires, I believe everyone will have to step outside of their comfort zone to become successful.
Emily Hoffer ‘20See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I have always had trouble opening up and making friends, but the people here are so kind that they made it easy.
Matthew WeingartSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
There are many great things about Mount Union, but I really enjoy the small class size and the individual attention from professors when you need it. UMU creates a strong learning environment that is effective yet friendly.
Brianna Boehlke '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I saw Mount Union’s strong academic programs, kind students, and dedicated professors and knew that this was the university that was the best fit for me.
Kerstin Vaughn '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Don't be afraid to approach your professors- they are your biggest cheerleaders.
George WangaSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My ultimate goal is to own my own business overseas. With the National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis major, I am learning how to research different countries, which will ultimately help me decide where I want to be after graduation.
Madison Stacho '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union is helping prepare me [for my career] by working through real life examples in my accounting classes and providing the opportunity to take classes in different fields of accounting to find my strongest interest.
Taylor McMorrow '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
When people ask me why I love Mount Union, I tell them the people.
Mallory Glenn ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
You know how you have that favorite teacher in high school? The one that you really just love and respect and think is such an incredible human being. I've felt that way about every single professor I've had at Mount Union.
Joe Datz '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
In the future, I know I can count on most of the people I've met here to still be active in my life as references and support.
Cristina Gelonese ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
As nursing majors, we are taught nursing is not only a science, but an art as well. Art does not come from drawing, painting, or making music, but rather from learning how to creatively communicate with those in need.
Mary-Kate Kendel '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
You really get a sense that the professors are dedicated to you when they know you by name and know you on a personal level.
Destinee ThompsonSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I am confident that, wherever I end up, Mount has prepared me with the critical thinking and written and oral communication skills to succeed.
Joseph Mertens '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
No matter what my job is in life, I believe Mount Union has done the best job preparing me for life after graduation, and I believe no other school could have done that for me.
Kathleen Allen ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Most of the professors I've had, especially in the engineering department, really care about you and your education. They are here because they want to teach you and watch you succeed.
Tirzah Curry ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I started out as a communications major because I love people and I figured it was a super practical and useful degree that I could use anywhere, and then when I took my first psychology class I realized I needed to learn more. Psychology is so fascinating to me.
Raelene Jones ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Engaging in a liberal arts education allows you to approach everything in your own profession with a more open mind.
Hunter Mattern ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love how Mount is not going to be a part of my life for four years but for the rest of my life. The friends I have made will be life long friends who I know will always be there.
Kerrie Dolick ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I was trying to find a school that had an exceptional nursing program, and Mount Union’s is truly remarkable.
Leah Custer ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union's nursing program is truly that - exceptional.
Olivia Campagna ‘19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union was actually the first and last university I visited, because I literally feel in love with everything about the campus, the people and the university itself. Everything about Mount Union just felt right to me.
Stephanie Macrinos '18See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love Mount Union’s small, beautiful campus. It really is a haven.
Hannah FergusonSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
A liberal arts education allows me to become a well-rounded, diverse individual, which will help me in all aspects of my professional career.
Alex Hudson '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I think Mount Union is preparing me for my dream job by providing me a well-rounded education and teaching me everyday lessons that will not only be help me at work but with life in general.
Ellie Chaddock '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union is the perfect environment for me to learn and grow my skills.
Lisa Lautzenheiser '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
College isn't as scary as you think - make some friends, and participate in activities.
Kimberly Lessick '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
By combining liberal arts and professional preparation, Mount Union is making its students well-rounded men and women.
Maddie Frye '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The liberal arts education is the reason I discovered I wanted to major in education and then actually made it possible.
Chris Tucker '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union seemed to be way more invested in my coming here than the other schools that I was applying to. Where other universities really tried to get me to apply at their schools, Mount was the only one that truly went the extra mile to secure my application by going above and beyond to help with financial needs.
Christal Schumacher '19See Spotlight Opens in new tab
No matter where you are in Alliance or on campus everyone is wearing Raider gear so proudly.
Carrie Coon '03See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I actually went to graduate school the very next year, after Dr. Hendel in the Department of Theatre introduced me to and helped me prepare for the University/Resident Theatre Auditions in Chicago.
Nancy Hill ‘79See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I was from a small town in western Pennsylvania and wanted to be close enough to go home, but far away enough to "grow up" away from my parents. I looked at many small, private colleges and universities, but Mount Union fit me perfectly.
Zak Suhar '13See Spotlight Opens in new tab
There are many things that are measured during the interview process, one of which is "Googleyness." Working at Google is very fun because the people are so awesome, everyone comes from such diversified backgrounds, so there's never a lack of energy and excitement.
Matt Darrah ’84See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Being involved both academically and socially was natural because it was such a tight-knit environment. As a result, I was much more inclined to meet difficult challenges head-on post-graduation than I was when I started at Mount Union.
Ed Kiernan ’96See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Rollerblading to class, studying by the lakes, parties above The Pharmacyand Mount Union's first NCAA DIII football national championship in 1993 in Salem, VA are among my best memories of attending Mount Union.
Laurence Talley ’91See Spotlight Opens in new tab
One of the most memorable moments is my experience was the Alpha Phi Alpha led sit-ins and marches to encourage the acknowledgement and celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This was the impetus to what's now an outstanding day of programming and celebration of Dr. King's legacy.
Lindsey (Buckel ’06) SzymanskiSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
As a legacy member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega, the fun social events as well as the opportunity to work closely with the Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter still remain extremely valuable to me. I also got to marry a Sigma Nu, which I highly recommend.
Tennille Jones-Lewis ‘99See Spotlight Opens in new tab
As a responsible citizen, I feel an obligation to help those who are less fortunate or even temporarily in need of assistance. It is meaningful to me. It is also extremely important that my husband and I pass these same values on to our children.
Melanie Antonucci ‘04See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Starting the Florida chapter of the Alumni Association was a way for me to continue to give back, and it also allows me to stay connected to the institution that has provided me with so many life and career options.
Philip G. Kiko '73See Spotlight Opens in new tab
A congressional staffer noticed my radio experience at WRMU FM - the voice of Mount Union - and helped me land a job pushing radio actualities out to stations across the country for the NRCC.
Alan Harold '98See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I've been to Homecoming many times since graduating. My wife and I always attend the Schooler Lecture, too, and I've come back to campus many times to speak to classes. I very much enjoy staying connected and visiting campus.
Jay Carpenter ’10See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I do my best to attend as many football games as possible. It is fun to watch and support the program from a different perspective; Once a Raider, always a Raider.
Lee Ann (Johnston ’83) ThornSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I have had the honor of serving as a trustee of the University, which has allowed me to participate in so many events on and off campus; sporting events, performances, exhibits and lectures. I am looking forward to joining the alumni trip to Europe with the choir in 2015.
Tamiko Hatcher ’98See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Some of my favorite campus memories are from the Cunningham Residence Hall vs. McCready Residence Hall stereo contests.
Allen Green ’77See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My favorite memory is without a doubt, my first calculus class where I met Carol, my lovely wife of 36 years!
Casey Bauman '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Everyone at Mount Union really made an effort to make you into your better self. That academic push really prepared me for law school.
Courtney Gazda '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Performing in Italy my junior year with the Mount Union Choir would definitely be a major highlight in my college career. There are so many things I would have never thought I would do that I was able to experience.
Shawn O'Neill '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I really enjoyed the classwork at Mount Union and I feel like that helped prepare me for my job. Also, the professionalism and the way faculty and staff handled themselves prepared me on how to present myself for future opportunities.
Christina Ippolito '09See Spotlight Opens in new tab
When I went to the International Society of Sports Nutrition conference with Dr. Mendel, that began my interest in seeking out as much continuing education as I could to further my knowledge.
Louise Thoma '08See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Pole vault is such a mentally and physically challenging event, and without the support and guidance of Coach Zemrock and my incredible teammates, there is no way I would have made it through even one season.
Mike Jarrett '87See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Very few universities in the country have what Mount Union has; a unique combination of academic and athletic excellence.
Marrianna White '16See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I feel strongly that the people I met and experiences I had at Mount Union allowed me to be open to the ideas of others and receptive of thoughts different than mine.
Dr. Richard Drake '72See Spotlight Opens in new tab
While I was a student at Mount Union, I was made aware of many different opportunities in science, especially by Dr. Leonard Epp. It got me excited about science and research and opened a lot of doors.
Kurtis James Keller '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
To me it's the small things that you will always remember from classes, not so much from the textbooks or homework. You learn things at college that you just can't learn anywhere else.
Andrew Ricci '07See Spotlight Opens in new tab
It was a supportive environment where we were able to succeed academically while also having a lot of fun. To this day we try to get together at least once a year for a weekend.
Anna Grubic '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I interacted with faculty a lot and hearing their insight really helped prepare me for my future in higher education administration. I was fortunate enough to have two internships while studying at Mount Union.
Michael Puterbaugh '85See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I believe that Mount Union caused and allowed the intellectual part of me to grow. The professors caused me to think and the school allowed me to pursue what I wanted to pursue.
Randall C. Hunt '75See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union's campus and the faculty's interest and involvement in students' academic development is what I believe sets Mount Union apart from other institutions. I know this because I benefited from the same personal attention and educational experience years ago that students receive today.
Robin Cram '08See Spotlight Opens in new tab
At Mount Union, I was a member of the Legal Aid Society, Association of International Students, Residence Life Staff, Model United Nations and Mock Trial. It helped define my interests and shape my career path. I knew I wanted to study law, but I did not know which type of law. Through the variety of courses offered, I realized I was most interested in international studies topics. This inspired me to concentrate in international and human rights law during law school, and eventually join the Foreign Service.
Erin Krafka '13See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The education I received at Mount Union has proven to be a good investment because it enabled me to enroll in graduate school and provided me with a foundation of knowledge that has greatly contributed to my academic success.
Scott Panchik ‘11See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I chose to attend Mount Union for college because it had an excellent education program and it allowed me to continue my dream of playing football.
Stela Balaban ‘05See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union helped teach me about time management between classes, social activities and part-time jobs. I also came in contact with great professors and staff who taught me about making good life choices.
Bridget Whyde '09See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union's smaller size makes it more personal. I loved the small classes and the one-on-one relationship with professors. You're actually a name instead of a number!
Derek Gordon ‘07See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union's reputation for producing well-rounded and job ready students was critical to securing my first job and the experiences during my time in Alliance have continued to help throughout my career.
Victoria Altomare '13See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The education that I received at Mount Union taught me the foundations so I could move forward with my education.
Eduardo F. Valdes ‘83See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union gave a good foundation in music to enter the main stream of music and to get into the schools that eventually got me to The Metropolitan Opera.
Shanna Starzyk ‘00See Spotlight Opens in new tab
By acting in several productions while attending Mount Union, I was able to understand the importance of scenery and its role in creating the atmosphere for the character. It gave me a strong background in all aspects of a theatrical production.
Bill Bartos '07See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I have no doubt that the rigorous legal studies curriculum made me more prepared for law school than most of my law school classmates. As for my career, I apply the principles I learned in my political science and legal studies classes almost every single day.
Jayson Shenk ‘99See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My education at Mount gave me essential tools, the foundations for continual learning and the ability to articulate and communicate ideas in writing.
Joshua Eiskamp ‘96See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union has impacted me educationally, personally and spiritually. I met my wife at Mount and we have three great kids!
Flavil Hampsten ‘01See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I toured numerous schools and found Mount's personal attention and approach to academics to be the difference. You are not a number at Mount, you are an important part of the University and everyone is dedicated to ensure that you are successful.
Saleena Niehaus ’10, DPMSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I liked the small classroom setting and the ratio of students to professors and I liked that I had relationships with my professors and still talk to some of them today. I don't think you get that kind of experience at some of the larger schools.
Cenell Munford-Clark ‘93See Spotlight Opens in new tab
One thing that was most unique at Mount Union was that you developed closer friendships and bonds with other students and faculty members. Those bonds have been 20-plus years in the making now.
Michael Border ’11 D.D.S.See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Without question, Mount's greatest strength is its ability to provide students with incredible faculty mentors. Between Mount's smaller class sizes and the greater flexibility students enjoy in choosing courses within their major that most closely align with their interests, Mount Union facilitates the pairing of students with faculty who can truly relate to their students on a personal level.
Gina (Devault ’02) NeySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I felt that I received a lot of one-on-one attention in my classes at Mount Union but particularly in science. Professors invested a lot of time in students and figuring out how to help them achieve their goals.
Danielle K. Cammuso ‘02See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I fell in love with the school and the people the moment I saw it. That love affair still exists.
Chuck E. Bloom ‘91See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My Mount Union experience provided me with a rigorous and well-rounded education.
Robert McFerren ‘86See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My first job after graduation was working as an art director at Modern Glass Company. While at Mount Union, I took journalism classes along with my fine arts major classes. I had no intention of ever using them in my career. It ended up leading me to the job where I have been working at for almost 26 years.
Abby Brown ‘06See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The Mount Union name is well known and well respected. To have it on my resume is something I greatly value. When people see the name, they know you received a top-notch education and they know that your work will reflect that.
Rick Lobdell ‘96See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love what I do. I found a niche that most artists don't even know exists. I could be just another artist trying to sell artwork out of a gallery. Instead I travel the country and show people all the amazing things you can do with the surface of concrete.
Joshua Linerode '14See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The world around us will never be black and white but it will always be full of color.
Noah Hiles '17See Spotlight Opens in new tab
When I graduated from Mount Union, I was able to say that I had covered more than 140 athletic events in nine different states, including three national championship games and two national tournaments.
Jamey Snodgrass '96See Spotlight Opens in new tab
There is no question that (the late) Dan Gorman was my favorite professor. Not only was he a great professor and athletic trainer, he was also a great person. There is not a day that goes by that I don't use or recall something that Dan taught me.
Antonietta “Toni” Gonzalez-Collins ’07See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Following graduation, I became a reporter for KNVO TV 48 and at the same time was a reporter for Fox2 News. Mount Union prepared me for my career in every way. I believe it was the solid foundation that I needed to be able to develop and grow as I moved up in my career.
Charles Davis M ’14See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The helpful thing about PA school for me was taking my education and future profession to the next level and increasing the intensity through the courses and workload.
Olivia Myers ’10 M ’12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Every experience while in PA school was helpful in some way; whether it was learning time management to complete all your assignments, making mistakes while performing exams or dealing with difficult patients during clinical rotations. During each and every moment of PA school, something could be learned to better prepare me for my career as a medical provider and for life in general.
Ryan Donaldson ’15See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union prepared me for my current career by helping me get immediately into the career that I had planned on since high school.
Tim Hatton '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I got to know all of the professors in political science and philosophy, and they encouraged me and helped me get here.
Bob Gray ‘75See Spotlight Opens in new tab
At a school the size of Mount Union, you're not just a number. You have a name and people know who you are. My education was great, and my experiences on the athletic field prepped me so well for everything later in life.
JT Maurer '09See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union offers students individual attention, access to excellent labs and equipment, immaculate campus and dedicated faculty.
Jennifer Peteya '10See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The number one goal that I would like to accomplish in my life is sparking interest in the sciences in young women.
Robert Brucker '07See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union set me on my current career path. The courses and professors that I interacted with helped shape my thinking and made me appreciate the value of a good education.
Chris Blakely '06 M.B.A., Ph.D.See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The institution's small class sizes and familial atmosphere allowed me to feel at home even away from home.
Rizwan Ibadat M '12See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The curriculum, friendly environment and dedicated staff set Mount Union's program apart from other graduate programs that I considered.
Dr. Katrina (Hermetet '08) LindsaySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I owe my developmental and sociological approach to treatment, my solid understanding of psychology and a husband to UMU. You could call it a good investment.
Julie Grant '03See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union gave me an incredibly solid foundation to build upon as I entered the workforce.
Kyle Roberts ’15See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My education helped me to become a well-rounded student and employee. It was beneficial to learn about other things like philosophy and literature to pair with my degree related courses.
Matt Ziders M '17See Spotlight Opens in new tab
Being able to take on a new job immediately after completing the program has shown how impactful my Mount Union experience was. Furthering your education is always an investment that is worthwhile.
Douglas Laubacher '13See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I'm gearing up to teach a comics course at Malone University in the fall and I know I wouldn't have had the skillset to have taken it this far, let alone be able to take advantage of the opportunity in the first place, without the foundation Mount gave me.
Brent Stehlik '99See Spotlight Opens in new tab
My experience at Mount Union created opportunities for me that no other institution would have been capable of.
Josh Pryor '15See Spotlight Opens in new tab
The liberal arts education that Mount Union provides has helped me to be more well-rounded as an individual and as a professional.
Dr. Jamie CapuzzaSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
In my opinion, the most important quality a person needs to be successful in life is to be highly adaptive.
Dr. Melissa Askren-EdgehouseSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love my office in Chapman. It’s huge, has lots of natural light and is away from faculty and right in the line of students heading to and from class on the second floor. It’s perfect for meeting students.
Dr. Grant William Cook IIISee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Perhaps the most important factor in my decision to come to Mount Union, however, was my interaction with the students, whom I found to be incredibly bright, talented and hungry for choral music.
Margo MillerSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I sequentially build students’ visual and technical skills from the basics to complex. This process is less intimidating for students, builds on fundamental knowledge and contributes to student success in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Patricia BoehmSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Students in my classes learn quickly that, for me, the word “music” is a verb. I get them up in front of a class to teach as soon as I can.
Dr. Linda BurkeySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The Department of Education provides many opportunities for our teacher candidates to work with a variety of preschool through 12th grade students before they graduate. Their extensive field experiences provide them the ability to develop the craft of teaching.
Dr. Beth Canfield-SimbroSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I like to use case studies and activities to bring the content to life because public health should be fun! We will watch movies, interview public health professionals, listen to guest speakers and develop careers skills.
Dr. Mandy Geddis CapelSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My favorite place on campus is the sidewalk. To me, the sidewalks on campus are where the true spirit of Mount Union exists.
Blase CindricSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union has much better computing facilities than other private schools our size. The administration has maintained a commitment to keep our computer labs up to date with equipment and software that allows us to offer course content that applies directly to practices and skills used in the real world.
Dr. Gregg CourtadSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I think it must be said that the amount of personal attention our students receive far exceeds that received at any institution I have ever experienced, both as a student and as an instructor.
Dr. Jack DeSarioSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
As a result of our internship program and our applied curriculum, our students have an opportunity to get a lot of experience and meet with employees in their field. Our students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious law schools in the country.
Sandra EkstrandSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My students tell me that the stories and experiences that I share with them in the classroom bring the textbook subject matter to life. My hope is that as they learn theories and practices, they are able to envision how decisions they make impact others in a real-world setting.
Dr. Hamako Furuhata-TurnerSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I use a communicative approach. I also utilize several multimedia instruments for enhancing students’ language skills and for drawing their interest.
Dr. Michael GrossmanSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union can offer something that most other schools cannot: It can provide you with the education you would find at a big state school but with the added benefit of small classes and faculty members who really know their students.
Dr. Lori L. BraaSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I want to build an atmosphere of constant engagement, passion and learning. I try to get students to transform from passive observers to active learners.
Dr. Susan HaddoxSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I like to bring music and art into the classroom when possible to help students think about interpreting texts. In some of my classes I also use film.
Dr. Xiaoshu HanSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Nobody is left behind; I try to teach the material in a level which fits the most.
Dr. Mark HimmeleinSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
That is one of the great things about Mount Union—it is small enough and flexible enough to allow faculty to experiment with the courses and the curriculum in order to make it fit our students.
Michael KachillaSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I believe we are unique in the student who is attracted to Mount Union and the faculty who work to develop a personal approach to helping each student succeed.
Dr. Michael KneppSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
In our department, the focus is on methodology and getting practical internship and research experience. This approach can give different approaches to thinking and reasoning, which leads to better preparation for the work environment and graduate school.
Dr. Bertrand LandrySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The best part of teaching is when a student smiles at me and tells me, "I get it."
Ryan Adler, M '11See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union that I wasn't going to be a number, but an individual in the program with the opportunity to have individualized attention if needed. The facilities were among the best that I had seen.
Dr. Maira LiliestedtSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Except for the semester when my daughter was born, I have performed every semester that I have been at Mount Union, playing works for solo piano, chamber groups and in solo concerto settings.
Dr. Ivory LyonsSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
There is a synergy in this place that has been here for a long time and has figured prominently in this institution’s success. It is my hope that we continue to foster collaboration and respect and maintain high academic, civic and social integrity in all that we do.
Dr. Scott MasonSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Bracy has been a blessing to all of the science programs. To have a state-of-the-art building that also looks so nice is just amazing.
Dr. Charles McClaughertySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
During Commencement, it is so exciting to be reminded of how much students have developed during their time at the University.
Mark McConnellSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Some institutions talk the talk about being student centered. At Mount Union, we walk the walk.
Dr. Ron MendelSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I could list the typical clichés about what makes Mount Union unique, but I truly believe that what makes it unique cannot be put into words. It is just a unique feeling one has when they are part of Mount Union.
Dr. Kevin MeyerSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I want my courses to be an experience, not just a class. I work hard to develop fun, exciting experiential activities in every course I teach so that students get a hands-on feel for what they are reading about and listening to.
Dr. James PeroneSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My course on popular music and the Vietnam War came directly out of research that I did on my first sabbatical in fall 2000. My more recent research on the development of British Invasion rock and roll has led directly to my First Year Seminar, "Beyond the Beatles."
Dr. Bruce PietzSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I prefer to teach using the active learning method. Active learning provides hands-on application activities to cover course content instead of lecturing.
Dr. Kim RisleySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Students at the University of Mount Union have a lot of resources available to them. There is a feeling of personalized attention here that is not as tangible at other institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Francis SchortgenSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
First, I aim to create an environment to foster an appreciation for independent and out-of-the-box thinking. I constantly challenge students to engage in frank exchanges of ideas, and debate and critically evaluate different viewpoints.
Vanessa WorleySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The graduates of Mount Union that I know personally are not only equipped to be successful in their work, but are also successful in life in general and approach life with a live-it-to-the-fullest mentality. I believe that this comes from a strong liberal arts education.
Dr. Gerald WuchterSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
While many smaller colleges offer the traditional liberal arts majors, Mount Union has recently developed a number of programs that are relevant to today’s societal demands in the health sciences. Our department now offers a degree in financial mathematics.
Dr. Michael ZwillingSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Mount Union offers a rigorous and thorough education, both inside and outside the classroom. Employers have told me over and over again how well prepared Mount Union students are.
Dr. Robert FramptonSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The reason I went into education years ago was to help students learn the complicated concepts in physical therapy education in a way that made an impact on them and changed the way PT's interact with patients and clients.
Dr. Megan SalvatoreSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I'm happy to see that Mount Union is actively involved in preparing students to be life-long learners.
Dr. Matthew VolanskySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I am biased, but Gallaher Hall is my favorite building on campus. The thought that went into building such a technologically advanced structure to help further the medical professions was truly visionary.
Dr. Sheryl HoltSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I would encourage students to be part of this program for the same reason I came here, to be part of something extraordinary!
Dr. Michael GresockSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The University gives students plenty of opportunities to conduct student research and engage in a variety of internships. The alumni network is also very good at securing job opportunities for students and is highly active.
Perri ConcialdiSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love when students come back, after years of working as a nurse, and share their stories and experiences. It is exciting to see how they have grown into caring, responsible professionals.
Dr. Jim KlayderSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
A broad education helps students be much more flexible in their careers after college than a narrow education in which they only study one particular area of interest.
Nathan W. SaundersSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The intimate relationships between students and faculty are really special at Mount Union, and for a relatively small university, the laboratories across campus are very well equipped.
Dr. James ThomaSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
In my opinion, students learn best by doing. I try to keep my classes highly engaged with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities.
Dr. Litong ChenSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The Peterson Field House is where I like to spend my time outside of the classroom. That is the place where I often play indoor soccer with our Purple Raider students!
Dr. Jim KadlecekSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Our liberal arts education allows students to have conversations about a lot of different topics and is helpful in building a strong, professional network.
Sonia WehrlinSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The Athletic Training program prepares students for a life after college while helping them strive and make the best of their time at Mount Union.
Dr. Elizabeth NarducciSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I looked up to my own PT faculty, and funny enough never wanted to graduate to still be in that environment - learning and growing.
Sarah RussellSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My classroom is engaging, supportive and hands on! There are rarely days when my students aren't using their creative brains or participating in discussion.
Rudy Roggenkamp Jr.See Spotlight Opens in new tab
I think the hands-on nature of much of our work and the close relationships that students can have with the faculty are part of what makes Mount Union unique.
Kevin P. KernSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
My challenge is to help students who are majoring in academic fields other than theatre understand why the study of theatre should matter to them.
Dr. Carolyn ReidSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I think after leaving, students try to maintain the same high standards they have grown accustomed to while studying at Mount.
Dr. Hans TriticoSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Pretty early on in my teaching, I realized that it wasn’t enough to simply teach a subject. Rather, my role is to grow people. Building successful, young professionals means caring about - and pushing - each one of my students.
Dr. Chad KorachSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Engineering has traditionally been a rather dry topic to teach, so whenever I can engage the students with props or activities, it breaks up the lecture and allows students to see problems from different perspectives.
Dr. Kelsey ScanlonSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I really enjoy getting to know students on a personal level. I'm very proud knowing they can trust me to help them with career choices, introduce them to career opportunities and make them think about life after Mount Union.
Dr. Michelle Collins-SibleySee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Orville Hartshorn’s original vision of liberal arts education for people who work is the foundation of what makes Mount Union unique; that’s what attracted me to Mount Union.
Dr. Debra Boyd-KimballSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The University is genuinely student-centered. There is no air of superiority or pretentiousness within, or across, the boundaries of staff and student. We all work together, and we work every day with and for the students.
Dr. Gwen Gray SchwartzSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
I love that no two days feel the same, that no class feels the same from year to year, that the students change me just as much as I hope to change them.
Dr. Andy BainSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
UMU is different, in the very fact that it not only offers, but expects that students will engage with a diverse program, which in turn provides for an experience in education unlike anything else.
Dr. Joshua GargacSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
Not only does the liberal arts education students receive at Mount Union allow them to enter the workforce or further education with the necessary knowledge and skills; it also prepares them to be the future leaders, dreamers and achievers in their fields.
Dr. Jonathan ScottSee Spotlight Opens in new tab
The value of small classes can't be overstated. Students at Mount can really get to know their professors. They are required to engage with their peers, both in and out of the classroom, in ways that are impossible at larger universities.