Kiwanis One Day of Service is April 28

ALLIANCE, Ohio –The Alliance Kiwanis Club and the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union will host the Annual Kiwanis One Day of Service in honor of Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 28. 

Celebrated each spring in the community, the event brings together children, college students and community members to complete projects throughout the parks in preparation for the summer season. 

‘This event has grown in recent years and is a great way for volunteers of all ages to give back,” said Abby Honaker Schroeder, Director of the Regula Center.  

This year, the Regula Center has also partnered with Mount Union organizations including the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity, the football team and many others as a way to increase participation.

Kiwanis Club members, the Key Club at Alliance High School and Builders Club at Alliance Middle School will participate in the event as well.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Robertson Community Center where groups will gather before traveling to various parks to mulch, stain furniture and clean, among other projects. Volunteering will conclude at approximately noon. 

All are welcome to participate in the event to show their support for local parks, learn more about Kiwanis and make an impact on the community. 

Volunteers should register for the event at

Mount Union Recognized as Tree Campus USA for Eighth Straight Year

ALLIANCE, Ohio – For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2017 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

In order to obtain this recognition, the University had to meet five standards of conservation. These standards include maintaining a tree advisory committee, developing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures to its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and promoting a student learning service project.

According to the Tree Campus USA website, Mount Union earned this recognition because the university “effectively manages campus trees, develops connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests and strives to engage the student population in utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.”

After its founding in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters and valued partners. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation.  

Mount Union Prepares to Host 11th Annual SCHOLAR Day

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host its 11th annual Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research (SCHOLAR) Day on Tuesday, April 24 on Mount Union’s campus.

SCHOLAR Day is a campus-wide, day-long event filled with presentations showcasing academic excellence and scholarly research conducted by Mount Union students.

Three formal presentation sessions and two poster sessions will be included this year, highlighting 51 formal presentations and 37 posters. Presentations will represent 27 departments and programs, including Mount Union’s Master of Educational Leadership and Physician Assistant Studies graduate programs.

This event gives students a chance to share their latest academic research with faculty, staff, students, family, friends and the surrounding communities.

SCHOLAR Day Schedule
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Poster Session I and Continental Breakfast
Giese Center for the Performing Arts

10 – 11 a.m.
Presentation Session I
Engineering and Business Building, Tolerton and Hood Hall, and Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Senior Recognition and Honors’ Convocation
Timken Gymnasium, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Participant Lunch
Peterson Field House, McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Presentation Session II
Engineering and Business Building, Tolerton and Hood Hall, and Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Break and Refreshments
Giese Center for the Performing Arts

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Poster Session II
Giese Center for the Performing Arts

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presentation Session III
Engineering and Business Building, Tolerton and Hood Hall, and Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

SCHOLAR Day, which began in 2008, highlights the research projects of Mount Union’s undergraduate and graduate students. The continued success of this academic tradition is made possible through the generous support of George ’58 and Sally (Shrake ’59) Stradley of Hartville, Ohio and the Donald and Alice Noble Foundation of Wooster, Ohio.

SCHOLAR Day is free and open to the public. A detailed schedule of all presentations and research abstracts as well as a campus map, can be found online at Programs will be available the day of the event, and guides will be stationed at all presentation facilities.

Mount Union PA Program Granted Accreditation-Continued Status

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has been granted Accreditation-Continued status for 10 years by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 

ARC-PA defines Accreditation-Continued status as “an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA standards.” 

“Ten-year accreditation status is the maximum length granted by ARC-PA, so it is a demonstration of Mount Union’s commitment to quality and the hard-work and dedication of the PA faculty, staff, clinical preceptors, and students” said Betsy D. Ekey, PA-C, director of Mount Union's PA program.

PA Program

Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies Program—which is ranked as the number one physician assistant program in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report— was first accredited in 2008 and first admitted students in 2009.

Since the program’s inception, 198 students have graduated from the program. The program includes a 15-month didactic classroom phase followed by a 12-month clinical phase. The clinical phase consists of patient care experiences at medical facilities in eight core disciplines of medicine and two elective areas of medicine to prepare students for clinical practice. 

For more information about Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies Program, visit

General Michael Hayden Presents 2018 Schooler Lecture

ALLIANCE, Ohio – General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence agency and the National Security Agency, delivered his lecture titled “Hot Spots at Home and Around the World” last night at Mount Union’s annual Schooler Lecture. 

Before the lecture, Hayden hosted a private Q&A session moderated by Dr. Francis Schortgen, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies. Interested Mount Union students had the opportunity to ask Hayden specific questions related to their studies as well as current political issues. Following the session was a dinner for students and guests. 

Hayden described the purpose of his lecture as to “suggest a framework, a lens, to observe the tsunami of events” that we observe in daily life. With his wealth of experience as a retired four-star Air Force general and intelligence director, he provided insight into the international political climate of today.

Hayden began by saying that 2017 was a year of disruption. He continued by saying, “2018 will be a year of consequences.

Michael Hayden with crowd

“I have probably seen it more dangerous,” he added. “I have definitely not seen it more complicated. You bet I have never seen it more immediate.” 

Hayden emphasized the interconnected nature of modern American society, focusing on how quickly information spreads, which causes the effects of events to spread more widely. 

“When something happens over there, something goes bump in eastern Ohio,” said Hayden.

Hayden described what he saw as the five biggest threats to America in order by which has the shortest fuse: North Korea, Iran, international terrorism, Russia and China. Although China appeared last on the list, Hayden stressed it as the most important. 

“If we get China right, we’ll be okay. If we get it wrong, the others won’t even matter,” said Hayden. 

Still, Hayden explained significant concerns with the others. He anticipates more problems with removing North Korea’s nuclear weapons than with allowing them to remain as they are. He sees the nuclear deal with Iran only working for the short-term, but if the U.S. chooses to walk away from the deal, America also walks away from a number of other powerful countries. Also, according to his analysis, Russia attacks weak points to create disruptive divides within the American population. 

“Russia is pouring fuel on the fire, making us doubt our democratic processes and actually interfering with our 2016 election,” explained Hayden. 

Michael Hayden

While international terrorism remains a threat, Hayden does not foresee large-scale terror similar to that of 9/11. The last international terrorist attack occurred in October of 2017 on a bike path in Manhattan, and while eight lives were tragically lost, the incident was far less catastrophic than that of 2001. 

“Intel guys never say never, but I think that’s the limit of what will happen,” said Hayden. “Unfortunately, we have our limits, too. There’s not much we can do to stop an attack like that.” 

Hayden credits the current decline in international terrorism to both former President Obama and current President Trump’s administrations as Trump has accelerated Obama’s existing anti-terrorism efforts. Additionally, the administration has the opportunity to implement the final phase of a four-step process that has previously been successful against terrorism.

Hayden lists the four phases as deploying troops, shaping the battlefield, fighting and finally stabilizing the region after the fighting has ended, which leads to nation-building and ultimately a lower chance of threat. 

“No one who does this for a living thinks we can leave after fighting,” Hayden said. “If we only do steps one, two and three, they repeat again.” 

Despite his retirement, Hayden remains informed and involved in current international affairs. His upcoming book The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies discusses current threats to U.S. intelligence, including those he mentioned during the lecture. When a friend recently teased him about continuing to stay involved after his retirement, Hayden just shrugged. 

“We have to,” he said.