Mount Union Hires Fourteen New Full-Time Faculty for 2017-2018

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The University of Mount Union has announced the hiring of fourteen new full-time faculty members in 10 different academic disciplines for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Adair Bandy
Carroll Glick
Hutsky Machamer
Mercer Narducci
Schwendiman Sensor
 Shonk  Teeling-Smith
 Towne  Wensel


  • Dr. Kenneth Adair comes to Mount Union as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Prior to Mount Union, Adair served as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, Defiance College and the University of Dayton. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and both his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Bandy comes to Mount Union as a visiting assistant professor of communication after a highly successful career as a media consultant in California. She also taught at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and Stanford University. Bandy earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University, her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
  • Prior to coming to Mount Union as an associate professor of physical therapy, Dr. Mark Carroll taught at the University of Findlay and has worked clinically as a physical therapist. Carroll earned his bachelor’s degree at The Ohio State University, his master’s degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and his Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University.
  • Meredith Glick comes to Mount Union as a visiting instructor of communication. Glick holds a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and a master’s degree from The University of Akron. Previously, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Union, Stark State College and Kent State University.
  • Prior to coming to Mount Union, Dr. Andrew Hutsky, taught at George Mason University and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hutsky earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, and his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At Mount Union, Hutsky will serve as assistant professor of geology.
  • Visiting assistant professor of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, Dr. Albert Machamer comes to Mount Union after extensive experience in the business world as a consultant, plant manager, CEO, and turnaround advisor. He previously taught at Baldwin-Wallace University and Cleveland State University. Machamer holds his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Kent State University.
  • Instructor of biology Heather Milliken Mercer comes to Mount Union most recently from teaching at Kent State University and in the Boardman Local Schools. Milliken Mercer earned her bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Kent State University.
  • Elizabeth Narducci comes to Mount Union as assistant professor of physical therapy. Most recently, Narducci worked as a physical therapist at University Hospital and taught as an adjunct faculty member with the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopedic Residency program. She earned her bachelor’s at Kenyon College and her doctor of physical therapy at Walsh University. Narducci is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in exercise physiology at Kent State University.
  • Kelly Schwendiman comes to Mount Union this fall as clinical assistant professor of nursing after teaching at the Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and serving extensively as a nursing preceptor. Schwendiman holds an associate’s degree from Stark State College of Technology, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University.
  • Instructor of physical therapy Jennifer Sensor comes to Mount Union after having taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and labs at Kent State University, The University of Akron, and NEOMED. Sensor earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and is completing her doctorate in cell and molecular biology in Kent State University and NEOMED’s joint program.
  • Coming back to Mount Union in a one-semester visiting lecturer in German position is Juliann Shonk. Shonk earned her bachelor’s in German education and her master’s in educational leadership at Mount Union. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Shonk taught at the high school level and was the 2016 recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study the German educational system.
  • Assistant professor of physics and astronomy Dr. Richelle Teeling-Smith earned her bachelor’s degree at Kent State University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Mount Union, Teeling-Smith taught at Marion Technical College.
  • Karen Towne comes to Mount Union as clinical assistant professor of nursing. Towne earned her bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University and Kent State University and her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to coming to Mount Union, she taught at Ursuline College and Kent State University. Towne has also worked as a public health nurse with the Portage County Health Department.
  • Dawna Wensel comes to Mount Union as a visiting instructor of sociology and criminal justice. Before coming to the University, Wensel served in law enforcement in various capacities. Wensel earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and her master’s degeree from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently working on her doctorate at The University of Akron.

In addition, Mount Union welcomes Jeff Neitzke in the administrative staff position of assistant director of bands. A long-time adjunct faculty member at Mount Union, Neitzke holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from the University of Akron.

Mount Union Religious Studies Awarded $6,000 in Grants

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Office of the Chaplain were recently awarded two grants totaling $6,000 from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).

Dr. Susan Haddox, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in collaboration with the colleagues in the department and chaplain’s office, wrote the grants proposals in order to receive assistance in broadening Mount Union’s interfaith understanding.

The first grant is approximately $2,000 and is student-focused. The money awarded from that grant will go toward four dinners for students and invited guests. The goal of these dinners is to build a foundation for the new Interfaith Alliance student group on Mount Union’s campus. One dinner already took place earlier this year, with dinners scheduled for September, October and December.

The second grant is for $4,000 and is geared toward educating faculty and staff campus-wide about creating a welcoming environment across campus for all backgrounds of faith.

The grant money will fund 8-10 “Lunch and Learn” events across campus. The intent will be for each campus department to explore how their skills and leadership can be translated into success for interfaith initiatives. The hope is to eventually form an Interfaith Committee made up of Mount Union faculty and staff.

Additional moneyfrom the second grant will go toward funding student projects in two different classes taught by Haddox and Johnson. “This grant provides an exciting opportunity for students to design events to engage fellow students across the campus in interfaith initiatives,” Haddox said.

The Interfaith Youth Core is made up of students from diverse backgrounds of faiths and traditions who work together to advance interfaith leadership and cooperation. For more information on IFYC, visit

For more information on Mount Union’s religious studies major, visit


University of Mount Union Welcomes Class of 2021 in Matriculation Convocation

Matriculation Convocation

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union officially welcomed its newest class of students during the annual Matriculation Convocation ceremony held Sunday afternoon.

The Class of 2021 began the academic year with a ceremony held in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, the same venue in which those same students could receive their degrees four years from now. Dr. Jeffrey Breese, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University, welcomed the new students –approximately 600 in total. Breese encouraged students to make connections with faculty, among different classes, outside and inside the classroom and with members of the Mount Union community.

“At Mount Union, we believe in connections,” Breese said. “Today, I will share four important ones. Number one, connect with your faculty. They are committed to you and your education. Number two, connect your learning from different classes. Number three, connect your learning from outside the classroom with your learning inside the classroom. And number four, connect with members of the Mount Union community –staff, alumni, and most of all, fellow students. Much of your learning will come from people and relationships.”

Entering his third academic year as University President, Dr. Richard Merriman spoke to the students about why the uniqueness of the incoming class is important to the University.

“Some of you are extroverted, confident and energized in social situations,” Merriman said. “Others of you are quieter, more likely to think twice before speaking up, and a little slower to reveal yourself to others. Some of you were hyper-involved students in high school. Others were more focused in terms of your involvement. You bring to the University multiplicity, complexity, difference. Different as you all may be, you do have one important thing in common: we chose you.”

Merriman said the Class of 2021 comes from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, international students represent China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom

“The people seated with you today have great value, in our eyes, just as you do,” Merriman said. “I hope you will see, in the varied backgrounds and experiences of your classmates, and in the diverse people who work at the University, a great opportunity to learn about and appreciate people who are different from you.”

Ms. Jan Webler, an assistant professor of education 2017 Great Teacher, shared words of wisdom with the incoming class. Webler opened her remarks by engaging the Class of 2021 in the spelling of “success” before beginning her speech titled, “The Secret to College Success in Three Words”.

She spoke of how she challenged her colleagues to come up with three words that are essential to students’ success at Mount Union.

“Their quick responses included: attitude, balance, curiosity; organized, study, advisor,” Webler said. “Some took a different approach to choosing their three words: Get enough sleep. Sit down front. And, my favorite, go to class!”

Webler then asked students to think of three words themselves before sharing and discussing her list, which included the words engage, learn, and persevere.

“Engage,” she said. “Be a college student with all your heart. There are some things in life that you can do half-heartedly. College isn’t one of them. Do not squander your time here.

“Learn. Learn how you learn best. Your learning style influences the way you understand and process information. Are you an auditory learner, a visual learner, a kinesthetic learner, or some combination? What habits and learning strategies are successful for you? Know yourself. Know how you learn and use that information on your journey to success.

“Persevere. You are about to enter one the most intense educational experiences of your life. You are a work in progress — don’t expect to get everything right the first time.”

Webler closed her speech by telling students of the Class of 2021 that they will be changed by their experience at the University, but she also expects that Mount Union will be changed by their presence.

Next, Mount Union student Jesse Wynn, a senior of Strongsville, Ohio and president of Student Senate, addressed the freshman class. He discussed the reputation and stereotypes associated with being a millennial, and encouraged the Class of 2021 to embrace the fact that their generation doesn’t take things for granted or accept the status quo.

“I am here today to encourage you to apply this skepticism, this attitude of norm challenging, in your every-day lives here at the University of Mount Union,” he said. “You have all worked and studied hard to get here, and you, your families, or both, are probably making a lot of sacrifices to see you through.

“I want everybody to get the most out of this undergraduate experience that they possibly can. And what I’ve learned is that applying our generational thinking on a personal level is one of the best ways to achieve that end.”

Alumni Association representative Bill Schumacher ’82 encouraged students to be involved on campus, both while a student and after graduation.

“I know it’s hard to think a few years down the road to the day you will graduate and all that will come after, but making meaningful connections now will benefit you long into your futures,” Schumacher said.

After learning about the significance of the Matriculation ceremony from Breese, students had an opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book. Signing the book is a pledge that students will dedicate their efforts and talents to excellence in liberal learning and career preparation. The book, which remains in the care of the Office of the President until graduation, will be on display in the University Store during graduation week in 2021 for students to see.

Stehlik ’99 Named a Leaders Under 40 Recipient

Brent StehlikLONDON, England – Brent Stehlik ’99, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for the Cleveland Browns, was recently named a Leaders Under 40 recipient for 2017.

This prestigious honor is awarded to 42 deserving recipients in the sport industry from across the world to be celebrated at an awards ceremony in London later this year. 

The award winners are chosen by a panel of judges and come from seven different categories: leadership, digital, marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, sales and legal and governance.

"My experience at Mount created opportunities for me that no other institution would have been capable of," Stehlik said on Twitter.

Stehlik has been with the Browns for five years and was also named a Sport Business Journal Forty Under 40 in 2013.

To view the entire class of 2017 Leaders Under 40 recipients, visit

Faculty Trumpeter Duro to have Audience Select Works for August 28 Performance

ALLIANCE, Ohio – David Duro, trumpet instructor at the University of Mount Union, will perform in the first Faculty Recital of the 2017-2018 academic year on Monday, August 28. 

Duro’s performance will be presented in the style of a dinner menu, based on the audience’s selections during the performance. The “appetizer” and “dessert” have already been selected, but audience members will have the choice of a number of different works, or in this case “entrees,” to be performed throughout the recital by student trumpeters and Duro.

The performance will open with Gabriel’s Oboe from the 1986 film The Mission, composed by Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone. Some of works up for audience selection come from composers such as, Guillaume Balay, Alexander Goedicke and Joseph Turrin, among others.

Duro is one of Ohio’s most active freelance trumpeters and currently plays with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate musician. He is also a founding member of Burning River Brass and is a frequent performer for touring shows at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

Recently hired as the trumpet instructor at Mount Union, Duro has a bachelor of music education degree from Baldwin Wallace University, a master of music in trumpet performance degree from the University of Memphis, and has participated in professional studies in trumpet performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Duro and the student performers will be accompanied by well-known collaborative pianist Elizabeth DeMio on piano and Mount Union lecturer Nancy Hownestine on organ. 

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall. For more information, call (330) 821-2180.