Mount Union, Stark State Continue Partnership with National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis Articulation

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The University of Mount Union and Stark State College continued to help students further their education by signing the third in its series of articulation agreements. There are currently three signed agreements, soon to be seven.

Dr. Patricia Draves, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, and Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, Stark State provost and chief academic officer, signed an agreement that will allow Stark State graduates with associate degrees in Homeland Security Information Technology to further their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis (NSFIA).

This partnership will allow students to begin their academic careers at Stark State, then continue onto Mount Union to complete their bachelor's degree. The degree will still be completed within four years, but for a fraction of the cost.

“These articulation agreements establish pre-defined pathways for a Mount Union bachelor’s degree, which can be beneficial to graduates of Stark State seeking further education in their field,” said Dr. Raymond Posey, associate academic dean, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of Mount Union.

The National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis major is an interdisciplinary program that is geared toward preparing students for a career in the National Security and Intelligence communities. The program is designed to help students develop critical skills that will prepare them to identify, analyze and deal with current and emerging threats facing the United States. The program explores topics such as terrorism, weapons proliferation, chemical warfare, biological warfare, cyber-attacks and counterintelligence.

“By combining information technology, foreign language, and regional specialization courses with a required national security-related internship, students acquire a wide range of skills,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Mount Union. “These are skill sets that prepare them for fulfilling careers in the broader national security and intelligence communities as well as business intelligence, geopolitical risk analysis and/or risk management opportunities in the private sector.”

The national security and foreign intelligence agreement follows the psychology and engineering agreements that were signed in December and February, respectively.

According to Posey, a typical associate’s degree program at Stark State requires completion of 60-credit-hours. Mount Union’s requirement for a bachelor’s degree is 128 hours, so a student working toward a bachelor’s degree will have to complete a minimum of 68-additional credit-hours. However, this can vary depending upon the particular major.

UMU Professor Featured in National Magazine

Dr. Jim KadlecekEarly in June, Dr. Jim Kadlecek, associate professor of human performance and sport business at the University of Mount Union, was quoted in an article published by The Atlantic magazine on the importance of jersey sponsorship in sports and what that means for today's fan and consumer. Kadlecek was one of three sport marketing professors from across the country quoted in the story.

The Atlantic is a Washington D.C. based magazine that has an estimated circulation of nearly 500,000 people and whose Twitter account has 1.3 million followers worldwide. You can read the story, written by Joe Pinsker, associate editor of business at The Atlantic, here.

Distingushed alumni of Mount Union's sport business program are also in the trenches of many of the jersey sponsorship deals in professional sports and were asked to comment on its impact in a #UMUBlog story. You can read that story here.


UMU Hosts Summer Science Camp

Each year, members of the University of Mount Union Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry partners with Alliance area school districts for a Summer Science Camp. The camp brings a large group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders to campus to learn fundamental scientific concepts through fun experiments facilitated by Mount Union professors. The purpose of the camp is to foster an early interest in science by having area youth working with experts in the field. Utilizing Bracy Hall, Gallaher Hall and the University's well-maintained landscape, the students are able to participate in a variety of different experiments they would not be exposed to in their normal classrooms during the school year.


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UMU Hosts Summer Science Camp 2016 Mount Union Football Season Tickets Available

Purple Raider football fans can now purchase season tickets for the 2016 Mount Union football season. The Purple Raiders play the first of four at home games this season, starting September 17 at 1:30 pm against Marietta College.

The entire football stadium is reserved seating. Fans have two ticket options from which to choose – covered stands reserved (sections 1-7) and open stands reserved (sections 8-17).

Season ticket holders are guaranteed access to the same seats for any home playoff games. Keep in mind that if you want additional seats for a single game or playoff games there is no guarantee that they will be located near your existing seats.

New this year, all seats are $10. There will be no online ordering or phone calls for season tickets, individual game tickets or any home playoff games.

The deadline for season tickets is July 15, 2016.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.