Preparatory Division to Perform

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host a series of Preparatory Division Musicale concerts at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 in Presser Recital Hall.

Students participating in the event are from the Mount Union community and surrounding areas and are enrolled in the Preparatory Division program. They are students of Debbie Garren, private music instructor of piano; Amanda Abbott, voice instructor; Adina Haught, saxophone instructor and Bohdan Subchak, private music instructor of violin.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

Mount Union Hosts TUBACHRISTMAS Performance

ALLIANCE, Ohio – TUBACHRISTMAS will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mount Union.

TUBACHRISTMAS was created in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to William J. Bell, a tuba player and teacher. These events are presented annually in nearly 200 cities throughout the United States and internationally. Tuba and euphonium players gather to perform traditional Christmas carols arranged by American composer Alec Wilder.

The Giese Center for the Performing Arts is located on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street. For more information, call the University of Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

Internet Downtime Scheduled for Sunday

Network Services will be performing maintenance on Mount Union's campus firewall from 5 to 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, resulting in the campus internet pipe being down. During this time, access to internet resources from on campus will be unavailable. Also during this time, access to campus resources from off campus will be unavailable, including the main website, authentication (logging in) to Office 365 (student email services), Brightspace/D2L, iRaider, Self-Service and file space through VPN.

NASA Engineer Speaks with Future Engineers at Mount Union

By Jaime Eyssen

ALLIANCE, Ohio –Dr. Roy M. Sullivan, a materials research engineer at NASA, shared his experiences with future engineers at the University of Mount Union recently.

Sullivan received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in engineering science and mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. Since then, he has had more than 30 years of experience as a NASA engineer. He began his NASA career working at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama as an aerospace engineer and currently works at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio as a materials research engineer.   

In his presentation to students, Sullivan gave an overview of some of the projects he has worked on in his time with NASA. His presentation was accompanied with visuals, blueprints and props to give engineering students a full picture of what his different jobs entailed.

One notable project that Sullivan had at NASA was in the years following the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Sullivan was one of a team of engineers charged with redesigning the space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters (SRBs). A flaw in the SRB design is believed to be the cause of the Challenger disaster. Sullivan was part of a group of engineers assigned to redesign the nozzle of the SRBs.

“My colleagues and I were working long hours and over weekends trying to get this thing redesigned,” Sullivan said. “The question was, how can we make this safer, what design changes could we make?” 

Another project that Sullivan worked on was the FASTRAC Liquid Rocket Engine. This project was part of a push by NASA to develop technologies for low-cost access to space.

“We designed, analyzed and tested it,” Sullivan said. “We were making mistakes as we went but the nice thing is we learned from it.”

Even though this particular project was discontinued, Sullivan attributes the project to the development of some technologies that are still used today.

Sullivan also worked on the space shuttle program after the Columbia disaster. The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it attempted to reenter earth’s atmosphere in February of 2003. It is believed that the Columbia disaster was caused by damage to the thermal protection. The thermal protection on the wing leading edge was damaged during launch by a piece of foam insulation that broke away from the external tank. Sullivan was part of a team of scientists and engineers who performed studies to reduce the amount of foam shedding from the external tank during launch.

“Over the course of few years, we learned a whole lot about foam,” Sullivan said.

In addition to sharing his projects and experiences with students, Sullivan gave them general advice and career tips for when they enter the job market.

“There is no substitute for hard work,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes you have to work hard without instant reward but you can’t let that stop you, you have to keep working hard.”

Hard work isn’t the only thing that can get you where you want to be, according to Sullivan, who told students that passion is another thing that cannot be replaced in their careers. 

“If you don’t love what you are doing, then don’t do it,” Sullivan said.




Mount Union Hosts Albright (Pa.) in NCAA Second Round

No. 1 ranked University of Mount Union plays No. 18 ranked Albright (Pa.) in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders are 11-0 overall and one of 25 conference champions to claim an automatic bid as Mount Union won its 24th straight and 27th overall Ohio Athletic Conference title with a 9-0 record.

Mount Union is ranked No. 1 in both the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) and Top 25 polls while being No. 1 in the NCAA Division III North Region poll which is used for seeding and at-large selections for the championship.

Mount Union defeated St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 55-23 in the first round and has an 87-15 record in NCAA Playoff games.  The Raiders have advanced to the Stagg Bowl 18 times since 1993 with a record 11 National Championships.

Albright is 10-1 overall and the Lions are in the tournament as the champions of the Middle Atlantic Conferences.

Albright is making its fifth ever NCAA Playoff appearance (1975, 1976, 1996, 2009) and is 3-4 in playoff games.  The Lions beat Norwich (Vt.) 49-0 in the first round in their first-ever playoff home game.

The teams have met one other time and it was in the playoffs as Albright came to Alliance in a second round matchup in 2009 with the Raiders winning 55-3.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on 1310AM WDPN and WRMU 91.1 FM. There will be a video stream of the game.

The winner of this game will take on the winner of a matchup between No. 8 Johns Hopkins (Md.) and No. 11 Wesley in the national quarterfinals Saturday, December 5 at noon at a location to be announced.