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ALLIANCE, Ohio - University of Mount Union students and organizations have been raising awareness on domestic violence throughout the month of October.

Starting on October 5, sisters of Alpha Chi Omega held their annual Sloppy Joes with A-Chi-O’s philanthropy event benefitting the domestic violence efforts. On October 6, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter held its fourth annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event. Over 200 participants were there including Mount Union’s fraternities and sororities, the Mount Union football team and several other organizations. On October 10, Choosing Healthy Options in Celebration of Educational Success (C.H.O.I.C.E.S), Public Health Club, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Alliance YWCA and Alliance Police Department held a Sexual Health Education Fair. This fair held various area agencies, classes and majors to keep students inform on sexual health wellness. On October 10, Gender Equity Matters (G.E.M) held its annual Take Back the Night event in Presser Hall. This event had former Youngstown news anchor Bridget Mahoney as the feature speaker. She spoke to over 100 students about her personal experience with domestic violence and how we can help those who have been affected. On October 20, sisters of Alpha Chi Omega held a Self-Defense Workshop where 40 students came in and learned self-defense moves and techniques by a professional. On October 22, G.E.M sponsored an Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter day at the Mount Union football game.

Coming up, on October 28, G.E.M will be hosting a craft day at the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter. Those who properly trained may attend the event. On November 16, G.E.M, Alpha Chi Omega, Student Involvement and Leadership and Women’s Soccer will be hosting a One Love Education Workshop. This event will consist of proper training and empowerment for students to speak up in situations where they notice domestic violence or sexual assault. Panelists will also be in attendance.

To learn more about these programs, contact Katherine Carnell at (330) 823-2855 or



Continued Learning Program at the University of Mount Union: Troll Hole Art Emporium

ALLINACE, Ohio – What started at the age of five as a gift has now transformed into a Guinness record holding phenomena. Troll Hole Art Emporium Owner Sherry Groom presented at the Continued Learning Program (CLP) on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in the Alumni Room at the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union.

Groom opened her presentation with the song, “I Can’t Stop This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake to help get the audience excited. She then started explaining characteristics of the fairytale trolls such as how they often live under bridges and seen as magical creatures. Broom believes that troll dolls embody the magical spirit of trolls and that is what makes them so special. She also explained how many fairytales such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” originally had trolls as their antagonists, but due to translation inaccuracies, the English versions portrayed the antagonists as a witch and a giant.

Next, Groom discussed the history of the troll doll figures. Thomas Dam from Denmark invented the dolls as a Christmas gift for his daughter due to financial issues. As his daughter played with the doll, other children began to want one, so he began to create and sell more dolls. As the dolls gained popularity, Dam got a copyright on them, but due to its faultiness, copycat companies came up and started selling similar designs. One company in particular began making Russ troll dolls, which became the most successful troll dolls in the market. The dolls made their way to the United States, specifically Wisconsin, and spread across the country.

Lastly, Groom talked DreamWorks Studio’s upcoming movie “Trolls” and her store. Groom’s store holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of trolls with 2,990 unique trolls on display, not including her memorabilia. Once she became a record holder, people began sending in their troll dolls for them to have a “good home” which has helped her collection grow. Groom then compared her store to DreamWorks Studios, as DreamWorks recently bought the rights for the troll doll. This is all for DreamWorks Studio’s upcoming movie “Trolls,” which has brought more attention to her store. She is about to unveil a “Trolls” exhibit in honor of the movie.

CLP sessions, which are all free and open to the public, feature a variety of presentations and current perspectives, as well as time for questions and discussion. For more information on upcoming events, contact Abby Honaker in the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at (330) 829-8168 or

Family Friendly Halloween Events this Weekend

The University of Mount Union and the Office of Student Affairs invites Alliance Community families to join them this weekend for some fall-themed festivities. On Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, Alpha Tau Omega will host the DST and ATO Haunted House from 6 – 9 p.m. The event takes places at the ATO house at 1360 S Union Avenue and is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Research Hospital. This event is not suitable for young children and is recommended for teenagers and older.

On Saturday, October 29 there will be a Halloween Carving demonstration in the Kresege Dining Commons. Join Steve Baity, Food Network’s Cake Wars Christmas Champion, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to enjoy carving, coloring and costume contests, and free fall-themed drinks and desserts. The contests will be judged at 6 p.m. If you wish to have dinner at the event, the cost is $9.75 for both children and adults.

On Sunday, October 30, SAE will host a Community Costume Party at 1359 S Union Avenue from 12 – 4 p.m. This event is kid friendly and there is no cost to participate in the contest. For more information on any of these upcoming events, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (330) 823-7288. 

Gwen Gray Schwartz to Speak at LINC Luncheon

Gwen schwartzALLIANCE, Ohio – Gwen Gray Schwartz, associate professor of English at the University of Mount Union, is set to give the LINC presentation at noon on Tuesday, October 25 in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. She will present “Find Your Park and Notice What’s Next to it.”

Gray Schwartz, who teaches students how to write nonfiction, will take participants on a first-person tour of several national parks and describe the energy-related developments close to them.  As the National Parks Centennial wraps up this fall, it is important for us all to know how our national parks are faring, both with increased numbers of visitors and the energy projects that are close by or encroaching upon them.  In this talk, Gray Schwartz will provide hope and caution about the next century of land use.

Gray Schwartz received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from University of Arizona, a Master of Arts degree in English from Morehead State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College.

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