Panel of Judges to Talk High Visibility Cases February 28

JudgesALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Political Science and International Studies and Pre-Law Society, in conjunction with the University of Akron, will host a panel of judges discussing high visibility court cases on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on Mount Union’s campus.

The panel will feature Dr. Sarah M.R. Cravens, interim co-dean and associate professor of law at the University of Akron, Stark County Common Pleas judges Chryssa Hartnett and Taryn Heath; Heath is an alumna of Akron Law School.

Mount Union’s new 3+3 program with the University of Akron will also be discussed throughout the event. Light refreshments will also be provided. The event will take place in Chapman Hall Room 202. 

For more information, contact Dr. Jack Desario, professor of political science and director of the legal studies program at Mount Union at desarjp@mountunion.edu.

CLP Program at Mount Union Focuses on Habitat for Humanity

ALLIANCE, OH – On Tuesday, February 28, the University of Mount Union will be hosting its annual Continued Learning Program with speakers Lynda Slack- president of the board of directors for the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, and Amanda Swank- Executive Director of the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, discussing Habit for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that works directly with people belonging to the community to help build or improve the place they call home. Through the work of volunteers, they are able to build beautiful homes that allow the new homeowners to have an affordable mortgage.

Slack is a 1969 graduate of Mount Union College with a bachelor’s degree in art. Later, Slack received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She taught art for many years in the Alliance area and retired in 2011. Along with her work for Habitat for Humanity, Slack serves as a board member of the Alliance Kiwanis Club, treasurer of P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization, chair of the Altar and Arts Committee and is a church trustee for the Union Avenue United Methodist Church.

Swank graduated from the University of Mount Union where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication. She would later receive a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University. Swank currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Swank is an active member of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous organization’s board of directors including, Greater Alliance Carnation Festival, Carnation City Players, YWCA and the Alliance Historical Society.

These remaining CLP sessions will also take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

Joe Mazzola kicks-off the Continued Learning Program at the University of Mount Union on February 7

ALLIANCE, OH – On Tuesday, February 7 at, the University of Mount Union will host its annual Continued Learning Program with guest speaker Joe Mazzola, Planning and Development Director, discussing the attraction of businesses in the area and the Block Grant Program in the Alumni Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center

The Planning and Development Department looks to assist the City of Alliance with economic and community development. The economic development assists where they can with Alliance companies in meeting their growth or relocation needs. The community development looks to assist the Alliance companies through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG looks to fund city programs that are funded include the Housing Rehabilitation and Code Enforcement.

Mazzola received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Norte Dame and received his Master of Business Administration from Kent State University. Mazzola has been working in the development and planning field since 1988. Mazzola was the executive director of Friends of Shaker Square, Flats Oxbow Association and most recently worked for the City of East Cleveland. During his time at the City of East Cleveland, Mazzola was responsible for nearly $10 million of federal entitlement funds.

These remaining CLP sessions will take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

CLP Continues at Mount Union with Discussions of the Heroin Epidemic

ALLIANCE, OH – On Tuesday, February 21, the University of Mount Union will be hosting its annual Continued Learning Program with Major John Oliver from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office speaking on the growing heroin epidemic.

Over the last few years, heroin has taken a hold on individuals across the United States, especially those belonging to Ohio. Considered the center of the heroin problem, Ohio was home to 1,444 fatal overdoses last year that included the use of heroin. Within recent years, Ohio has seen a near 20% increase in heroin-related deaths and the use of this cheap drug only continues to climb as its victims lose their children, jobs and even homes. Major John Oliver will shed additional light on this issue during his CLP talk on February 21.

Major John Oliver graduated from the county’s Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in 1991. He began working with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office on patrol, before being promoted to sergeant in 2000. From there, he moved up to investigating sex offenses and doing the background checks for new hires. He was assigned to oversee the Stark County Metro Narcotics Unit in 2005, when cocaine and marijuana were the major drugs of concern. Law enforcement runs in his family, as Major Oliver's father worked for the Canton Police Department before retiring as a lieutenant in the detective bureau. Now, Major John Oliver oversees county Sheriff George Maier’s detective bureau and has been keeping Stark County residents safe for more than 25 years.

The remaining CLP sessions will also take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

The University of Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program Features the Benefits of Therapy Dogs

ALLIANCE, OH- On Tuesday, February 14, the University of Mount Union will be continuing its annual Continued Learning Program with presenter Ruth DeFranco from the Paws & Reflect Therapy Dog International, Inc. discussing the benefits of therapy dogs.

A native of the Alliance area, Ruth DeFranco is a dedicated member of the Paws & Reflect Therapy Dogs International, Inc., an organization of volunteers that bring therapy dogs to the Alliance Community Hospital, Community Care Center, local schools and several other locations. DeFranco has trained and raised several therapy dogs, including a Chihuahua named Bear that was famous for riding his remote control motorcycle for countless people, including those at Fox 8 news in Cleveland. The dogs at Paws & Reflect have brought peace and happiness to numerous individuals, including DeFranco herself. This February 14, DeFranco will discuss the impact and benefits of therapy dogs.

The remaining CLP sessions will also take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at honakeal@mountunion.edu.