David Lenahan '17 Takes the Stage for Recital April 8

David LenahanALLIANCE - University of Mount Union theatre and music double major David Lenahan '17, of ClevelandOhio will present his senior recital at 3 p.m. on SaturdayApril 8, in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus. 

The recital will also feature Ian LeRoy and Ron Hazelett on piano as well as vocalists Sarah Yannie '17, Jesse Phillips, Ian LeRoy '14, Rachel Irwin '17, and Sarah Slagle '18. Works by Steven SondheimBenj PasekJustin PaulMozart, and more will be performed. 

The performance is free and open to the public.? Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on Mount Union’s campus.? For more information, call Mount Union’s Department of Music at 330-823-2180. 


Christopher Jones '17 to Present Senior Recital Sunday

Chris JonesALLIANCE - University of Mount Union music performance major Christopher Jones '17, from Garfield Heights, Ohio will present his senior recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday March 26, in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus. 

The recital will also feature Professor Willow DiGiacomo on clarinet and will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Miklos Rozsa, John Williams, and Bernhard Crusell. 

The performance is free and open to the public.? Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on Mount Union’s campus.?For more information, call Mount Union’s Department of Music at 330-823-2180.

Mount Union to Host Gallery of American Masterworks April 8-13

The SepulchreOglethorpeALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Butler Institute of American Art to bring an exciting and unique opportunity to the Stark County area. With financial support from the Greater Alliance Foundation, Mount Union will host an exhibit of American Masterworks from The Butler Saturday, April 8 – Thursday, April 13 at the University’s Sally Otto Art Gallery in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. 

The Butler Institute of American Art, founded in 1919, is the first museum in the world dedicated to American art. The institute is located in Youngstown, Ohio and its original building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to its website, The Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” It hosts nearly 125,000 visitors annually to its numerous galleries. 

The Butler collection includes more than 22,000 individual works of art, 25 of which will make the trip to Stark County to be displayed on Mount Union’s campus. Some of the works featured at the American Masterworks exhibit come from nationally-renowned artists such as: William James Glackens, Benjamin West, Reginald Marsh, Anna Mary (Grandma) Moses, Roy F. (Fox) Lichtenstein and many others.

Lou Zona

As part of the six-day exhibit, Dr. Louis Zona, the executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art and professor emeritus of art history at Youngstown State University, will be a part of two events on April 11. Zona will present Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program (CLP) series at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the exhibit and his involvement with The Butler. Later that evening at 7 p.m., Zona will hold a gallery talk in the Sally Otto Art Gallery discussing each of the 25 works on display and their cultural significance across the nation, dating back to the early 18th Century. A reception will follow in the gallery after the discussion ends.

“The Butler Institute’s collection is amazing,” said University president Dick Merriman, “and we’re very excited about this unique opportunity to showcase notable works here on our campus.  It’s a wonderful bonus to have the executive director of the Institute come to campus to interpret the works and situate them within both evolving artistic traditions and the development of our country.” 

Zona earned his B.S. in Education from Youngstown University in 1966, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his M.S. in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and earned a Doctor of Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1973. He has been in his role at The Butler since 1982 and is credited with expanding its reach and assisting in opening satellite facilities in Salem and Howland, Ohio.

“The Butler’s collection in Youngstown traces the various developments in the history of American art,” said Carol Opatken, director of the Sally Otto Art Gallery. “The 25 paintings that we’ll have on loan does the same, so it will be an instructive show for our students and just wonderful viewing for everyone. With this exhibit, we hope to continue into a partnership with the Butler and bring more of their collection to the Alliance area.”

“To express appreciation to our donors and many partners in the community, the Greater Alliance Foundation is excited to collaborate with the University of Mount Union to bring this remarkable event to the community,” said Douglas Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation. “We hope that this is the beginning of a great partnership between The Butler Institute of American Art and the University, in which both students and Stark County residents benefit from this great opportunity.”

The Sally Otto Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. There is no admission charge for the exhibit. Financial support is available for schools that wish to bring students to the exhibit. School districts seeking more information on the financial support can call (330) 823-6063.

For more information on the American Masterworks exhibit and other art events taking place on Mount Union’s campus, visit mountunion.edu/art-events.

Lori Braa to Present “Aggression On and Off the Field of Play: A Survey of Student-Athletes’ Behavior and Perspectives”


Lori Braa

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Lori Braa, assistant professor of human performance and sport business, will present the LINC Lecture at noon on Tuesday, March 28
in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. She will present “Aggression On and Off the Field of Play: A Survey of Student-Athletes’ Behavior and Perspectives.”

There are few topics in American society that are more popular than sports, both professional and collegiate. As sport in our society continues to gain momentum, it makes sense that level of physical aggression and violence among competitors both on and off the field increases. While certain levels of aggression are acceptable and expected in various sport performance, demands on athletes have many questioning the fine line between motivation and aggression both on and off the field.

Braa earned her Ph.D. in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011. Before completing her degree, she worked as the recreation manager for the City of Farmington, New Mexico. She also spent over 13 years as a collegiate athletic administrator, working at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, Colorado Mesa University in Colorado, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national office in Indianapolis, IN. Her research interests includes student-athlete matriculation, retention, and academic success throughout their college career and beyond. 

Lunch begins at noon in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. Each luncheon costs $10 to attend. Advanced reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Angi Swonger at (330) 823-6063 or linc@mountunion.edu

8th Group of Hiroshima Jogakuin High School Students to Visit Mount Union

Alliance, OH —  The University of Mount Union is pleased to welcome the 8th group of Hiroshima Jokakuin High School students visiting campus to share their message of peace from Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 2.

There is a long and prosperous relationship between Mount Union and Hiroshima Jogakuin High School, a girls’ academy founded by a female Methodist missionary before WWII. During their time in Alliance, these students will be visiting area schools and civic organizations sharing a message about peace and educating audiences on Japanese culture. We are honored to host the group of exceptional young women during Women’s History Month.

A Peace and Culture presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at 4:15 p.m. in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center and is free and open to the entire campus community. Light refreshments will be served. We invite you to welcome the students to Mount Union when you see them on campus!