Scanlon to Discuss Keeping Resolutions at “UMU Experts: Lunch Series” January 23

Dr. Kelsey ScanlonALLIANCE, Ohio – Many people ring in the New Year by setting resolutions to achieve over the next 12 months, but many know the struggle of keeping the resolutions after the first few weeks of the year. Is there a way for people to keep on track and achieve the goals they set for themselves?

Dr. Kelsey Scanlon, assistant professor of exercise science at the University of Mount Union, will be presenting the final installment of the 2017-2018 UMU Experts: Lunch Series on Tuesday, January 23 at noon in the Newbold room in Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Her discussion, titled, “2018: The Year of Resolution Realization” will explain the best ways to approach New Year’s Resolutions in order to accomplish them.

Scanlon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in from the University of Mount Union in 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in 2013. In August of 2017, she earned her doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Kent State.

Her position at Mount Union allows her to teach courses within exercise science and work as the coordinator of the Healthy Campus Initiative for the University. As the employee wellness program director, she organizes events to keep the campus community moving, informed on health-related topics, and knowledgeable of their individual biometric data. This involvement has led to state-wide presentations on wellness programing and continued engagement. 

Scanlon has received numerous awards and recognitions from various institutions including the Honorary Faculty Recognition from Mount Union in April 2017, and the Emeriti Faculty Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship from Kent State in May of 2016.

The cost to attend the event is $10 and includes lunch. Space is limited for the event. To reserve a seat, email Angi Swonger at

While the lunch series may be over for the season, similar free events within surrounding communities have the potential to take place based on topic and expert availability.

For more information about the UMU Experts series, contact Ryan Smith at

Mount Union Prepares for 22nd Annual Day of Service

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is seeking community volunteers for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15.

This marks the 22nd year for Mount Union’s MLK Day celebrations, with service projects being the primary component each year. The MLK Day of Service began in 2010 with approximately 100 volunteers and grew to more than 500 volunteers in 2016. The number of community partners participating has increased from 11 in 2010 to more than 25 last year. The event has become Mount Union’s largest service project and a signature event of the Regula Center.

Volunteer locations for this year’s event include Alliance Community Pantry, Rodman Public Library, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Danbury Senior Living, Hartville Thrift Shoppe and Beech Creek Botanical Garden. Jobs may entail duties such as cleaning, painting, crafting and organizing. Additionally, multiple on-campus projects will take place and all items will be donated to local charities.

Volunteers are asked to register by visiting

Each participant will be able to preference the locations at which they want to volunteer. In order to plan accordingly, pre-registration is necessary. Volunteers will be able to sign up the morning of the event, however location and T-shirt preferences can’t be guaranteed.

The MLK Day of Service volunteers can check in at the University’s Peterson Field House beginning at 8:15 a.m., where they will receive a location assignment, T-shirt and lunch ticket. All participants will depart for their locations by 9 a.m. and return to campus between noon and 1 p.m. Volunteers are invited to stay for lunch in the Mount Union Kresge Dining Commons located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

For more information on MLK Day of Service, contact Abby Honaker-Schroeder at (330) 204-4663 or at

Nickless Presents on Vlipsy During Entrepreneurship Lecture

ALLIANCE,Ohio – On Monday, November 13, Chris Nickless, the founder and CEO of Vlipsy, presented at the University of Mount Union during the monthly entrepreneurship lecture.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Nickless started Vlipsy in Canton at the beginning of this year. Vlipsy is a soundboard for video clips. It can be used to quickly search and share clips of popular online videos.

His presentation centered around what people should look for when starting a business and what to expect. It is important for people to show everyone else what their purpose is and what they are passionate about. He told the audience they must have a purpose for their business and they should always find a partner who is willing to be brutally honest.

New business owners should be curious people and be willing to learn from experience and from others. It is important for them to find a mentor who can help guide them through the process. The best way to learn is by talking to people who have been in the same position.

He encourages everyone to pack their resume with actions that demonstrate what each person can do. Nickless encourages people to always be looking for the next move and be ready to take an opportunity should it arise.

Nickless shared three lessons he learned from his start-ups. The first one is how learned to fail and that it’s important to have a good team standing with you. The lesson is not to be complacent. People should always be looking forward to what can happen. The last lesson he learned is to never stop learning and to use the data gathered to make decisions.

He encouraged the audience to show up and be willing to speak with people and to chase their dreams. Each person only lives once and they should do what they want. People should be willing to fight for what they want and know that their team is everything and will always be with them. Finally, he encourages people to stay humble.

“The energy that Chris brought to the classroom pumped up everyone in the classroom,” said Professor Mike Kachilla, director of entrepreneurial initiatives studies at Mount Union. “We are so fortunate to be able to bring such expertise to our students.”

The monthly entrepreneurship lectures are sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio.

For more information about the entrepreneurship minor, visit

Class Notes - Fall/Winter 2017

Class Notes to be included in the Spring/Summer 2018 Issue of Mount Union Magazine must be received before April 30, 2018.

Material for Class Notes is obtained from the “Update” form at the end of the Mount Union Magazine, online, or through news passed along from alumni to the offices of Alumni Engagement, Advancement, and the Mount Union Fund. Notices sent by the Post Office are not printed in Class Notes. You may also submit your class note online at or email

Esther (Herdle ’39) Wells celebrated her 100th birthday on July 5, 2017. Esther is a member of the Monroeville United Methodist Church. She and her late husband were faithful members of a Disciple Bible Study class well into their 80s.   

Charles “Brownie” Ketcham ’49 recently published his sixth book, Finding Fellini. Charles was a recipient of a Mount Union Honorary Degree and is the son of former Mount Union President Charles B. Ketcham.

Adele (Smutny ’50) King’s book, Finding God Real, was published in January 2017, and she recently participated in the Meadowood Art Show. She also has a radio show on WRMI covering the Caribbean Central. 

Darlene (Howard ’59) Lambert and her husband, James, recently celebrated 29 years of marriage. Darlene retired as a librarian in the Roosevelt School District. She currently works for Especially 4 U Tours as a tour guide on the 53-passenger bus, “The Price is Right.” She and James are the proud great-grandparents of seven great-grandchildren.

Lambert anniversary

James Laughlin ’55 announced his retirement as chairman and president of Utica Bankorp in Xenia, Ohio. He and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 16, 2017.

Marilyn (Pertel ’72) Borga is publishing her first novel, Forever Kozy, which will be available on Amazon and in Barnes & Noble and other bookstores in April of 2018.

Pamela (Harner ’73) Osborn retired from the Crestview School System in Convoy, Ohio in 2011. She taught Spanish and French for 22 years and student with learning disabilities for 16 years. She and her husband, Robert, were married June 11, 2016. 

Captain John W. Watson (Ret.) ’71 started a new business venture in May of 2017. His business is Cerca Trova Treasure Salvors, LLC, which translates to “Seek and Ye Shall Find.” With federal and state rights granted, Cerca Trova is searching for treasures from 11 Spanish galleons lost in 1715 from Havana to Spain, scattering wreckage along the East Coast of Florida from Port St. Lucie to Sebastian.

Holly (Snyder ’84) Shaw-Hollis recently retired from the Philadelphia School District after 28 years of service. She was a classroom teacher for seven years and a technology teacher for 21 years, all at the same school.  

Laurie (Swaldo ’82) Switzer and WVIZ were awarded an Emmy for the Best Children’s Program for the Lower Great Lakes Region. Laurie is the outreach and special projects coordinator for the youth program “News Depth.”


Lisa D. (Keeney ’97) Gallo D.P.M. was inducted into the Concentra 2017 Hall of Fame.

Paul Oliu ’90 is working at CGI as partner director of consulting. His primary focus is on expanding and growing CGI’s U.S. technology solutions and services presence in wealth management.

David J. Ramos ’93 recently took a new position with the Bechtel Corporation as an IT project lead working for Carroll County Energy in the construction of a new Combined Cycle Power Plant. He also serves as chairman of the Perry Township Zoning Commission and was elected to serve as a member of the Perry Local Board of Education.

Elexis (Benczo ’92) Ryan was crowned Mrs. Ohio America 2017 on April 22, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She competed for the title of Mrs. America 2017 in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017. 

Jennifer Zoky ’99 is currently a teacher for the School Board of Highlands County, Florida.  

Michael Andric ’00 was recently named principal at Barberton Middle School effective August 1, 2017. Andric began teaching at Barberton High School in 2005, where he spearheaded several building-wide initiatives including the Bonnie Myers College Access Program, and implemented Upward Bound, a federal program that provides opportunities for students to succeed in their pre-college performance and higher education pursuits. 

Steve ’08 and Amy (Duffy ’08) Araps announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Mae, on May 28, 2017.


Edward J. Bell ’09 was recently hired as the state operations manager for Controltec, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. 

Kelley (Bryan ’06) and Jason Broadwater announce the birth of a daughter, Lucy Mae, on August 4, 2017.


Dara Ford ’05 is the head men’s and women’s track and cross country coach at Otterbein University.  

Adam Gingrich ’09 is a universal banker with Huntington National Bank. 

Grant Lepley ’09 graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in May of 2013 and is a doctor of optometry at Family Focus Eye Care in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Julie, announced the birth of a daughter, Mya Jean, on February 22, 2017 who joins sibling Ella Marie, 3.

Matthew Myers ’05 and Michelle Thompson were married on June 17, 2016 in downtown Cleveland. Members of the wedding party included Jamie Hart ’05, Drew Kocher ’05, Mark Hubert ’05, and David Gossett ’05. Michael J. Wartko ’06 served as the officiant. More than 20 additional Mount Union alumni were in attendance. 

Courtney (Smith ’06) and Todd Pernick announce the birth of a daughter, Sophia, on April 10, 2017. Courtney is a board-certified behavior analyst for Chrysalis Utah. 


Jessica (Eggan ’08) and David Ray announce the birth of a daughter, Charlotte, on August 6, 2017. The couple resides in Maumelle, Arkansas.  

Charlotte ray

Jeremy (’08) and Carin Roseberry announce the birth of twin daughters, Paisley Grace and Aubrie Lynn, on January 24, 2017. They join sibling Kylie Marie, 3.  

Andrew ’11 and Jackie (Grahek ’11) Bonath announce the birth of a son, Henry, on July 5, 2017. Andy and Jackie are both teachers for the Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools. 


Morgan Welker ’16 andJake Kail were married on June 3, 2017.  

Kail wedding

Holly Fabrizio ’12 and Alex Koehler ’10 were married on June 17, 2016. Members of the wedding party included A.J. Meyer ’11, Andrew Youtz ’10, Ryan Shannon ’10, and Anna Grubic ’12.  

Koehler wedding

Paul ’10 and Erin (Roberts ’12) Mariotti announce the birth of a daughter, Elena Rose, on February 5, 2017.  


Mary (Cosimano ’11) and Kyle Shelato announce the birth of a son, Matthew, on February 5, 2017. Mary is currently a graduate student in the College of Student Development at Kansas State University, and her husband is a Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young.


Beau Smith ’12 and Madalyn Zalewski ’13 were married October 29, 2016.  

Smith wedding

Sarah (Snyder ’11) and Taylor ’11 Sowers announce the birth of a son Carter Robert on March 19, 2017.


Joshua Stitt ’14 and Stephanie Treubig ’15 were married August 12, 2017.  Members of the wedding party included Tyler Lowe ’15, Cody Sundley ’15, Dan Luzar ’15, Mike Ison ’13, Joyanna Hoffman ’14, and Maria Favorite ’15. The couple graduated from the University of Akron with master’s degrees in exercise physiology and social work respectively. 

Stitt wedding

Corey A. Unckrich ’13 and Clare E. Maskow were married on June 24, 2017. Members of the wedding party included Michael Unckrich ’18, Kyle Miller ’11, Brett Ekkens ’12, and Cameron Baradziej ’13. Also part of the celebration was Stefani Schaefer ’93. Corey and Clare reside in Alliance, Ohio. Corey teaches 7th grade science at Alliance Middle School and coaches football, swimming, and track. 

Unkrich wedding


Richard James Jr. ’39 of Magnolia, Ohio passed away on August 13, 2017. 

Martha A. (Einsel ’38) Turner of Canton, Ohio passed away on June 5, 2017. 

Walter Dean Ashbrook ’49 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on August 6, 2017.

Andy Dordea VI ’44 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on June 11, 2017.

Jack Grapentine ’47 of Enon, Ohio passed away on August 26, 2017.

Beverley J. Hanley ’47 of Sandusky, Ohio passed away on September 28, 2017.

Mary (Scott ’49) Kibler of Alliance, Ohio passed away on July 29, 2017.

Robert S. Poto ’48 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on June 30, 2017.

Marjorie (Voelm ’44) Sudimack of Los Alamitos, California passed away on July 4, 2017. 

Janice (Battershell ’57) Guy of Struthers, Ohio passed away on October 27, 2017. 

Lester D. Boyd ’55 of Canal Fulton, Ohio passed away on August 2, 2017. 

Edward C. Campeau Jr. ’51 of Sebring, Ohio passed away on June 4, 2017.

Wilton Eckley ’52 of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on August 14, 2017.

H. David Evans ’58 ofLa Grange, Kentucky passed away on June 27, 2017.

Arden Feldbush ’54 of San Dimas, California passed away on September 12, 2017.

Manuel Garcia ’57 of Youngstown, Ohio passed away on October 7, 2017. 

Dorothy (Eckart ’58) Hawk of Denver, Colorado passed away on February 8, 2017.

Frank E. Howard ’51 of Greencastle, Indiana passed away in February of 2017.

Robert W. Lang ’54 of North Canton, Ohio passed away on August 24, 2017.

John L. Love Jr. ’51 of Cazenovia, New York passed away on June 18, 2017.

Charles A. Zimmerman ’54 of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on June 3, 2017. 

Connie (Speaker ’63) Birkenmeier of Bangor, Maine passed away on September 12, 2017.  

Judith (Johnson ’63) Blackburn of Lisbon, Ohio passed away on August 22, 2017.  

Eric Floyd ’61 of Akron, Ohio passed away on June 8, 2017. 

James Hanley ’60 of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away on October 24, 2017.

Pamela (Evans ’66) Haney of Venice, Florida passed away on August 12, 2017.

John M. Hayes ’61 of Hannibal, Missouri passed away on October 12, 2017. 

Kathryn (Anderson ’69) Koblentz of Columbus, Ohio passed away on October 3, 2017. 

John H. Maple ’65 of Trenton, Michigan passed away on May 23, 2017. 

Robert L. Myers ’66 of Stow, Ohio passed away on July 11, 2017.   

Russell Newburn ’60 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on June 28, 2017.   

Graydon Williamson ’60 of Bethany, West Virginia passed away on August 18, 2017. 

Mark Choppa ’77 of Greenfield, Wisconsin passed away July 3, 2017.

John P. Herberghs ’71 of Massillon, Ohio passed away on July 28, 2017.  

Michael S. Rogers ’77 of Louisville, Ohio passed away on August 26, 2017.

F. Gregory Schneller ’72 of Worthington, Ohio passed away on July 8, 2017 at age 69. He was an English major with a special affection for science fiction. He also received a degree in computer programming from Ohio State University.

Joanne (Mayes ’72) Wilson of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania passed away on July 20, 2017. 

Douglas Hoff ’86 of Johnstown, Ohio passed away on August 29, 2017. 

Jerome R. Patrick Jr. ’86 of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania passed away on May 27, 2017.

Shane M. Treich ’99 of Mogadore, Ohio passed away on July 10, 2017. 

Michelle L. (Morris ’97) Wilson of Louisville, Ohio passed away on June 7, 2017. 

Norma Gates of Alliance, Ohio passed away on September 2, 2017. 

Eleanor Haessly of Salem, Ohio passed away on October 18, 2017.  

Merle L. Kennedy Sr. of Ravenna, Ohio passed away on July 13, 2017.

Jean G. Kerr of Alliance, Ohio passed away on May 26, 2017.  

Sava Logothetides of Pottsville, Pennsylvania passed away on September 30, 2017.  

Anthony Monachino of North Olmsted, Ohio passed away on July 13, 2017. 

Mark Stroia of North Canton, Ohio passed away on June 25, 2017.  

Sara L. (Hood) Tannehill of North Canton, Ohio passed away on July 3, 2017. 

From High School to Honda - Inspiring Stories Fall/Winter 2017

Cameron SenhauserBY: Abbey Schlanz '18

When many students arrive at college, they are uncertain about the field of study they want to pursue. This was not the case for Cameron Senhauser ’18 of Powell, Ohio. A self-professed “gearhead,” Senhauser has been interested in working on cars since high school, and this interest led him to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. 

“My dream has always been to work for a large automotive company, and that’s what really made me pursue mechanical engineering,” he said. “I think being a chief engineer in charge of the design of a car or an engine would be pretty cool.”

Senhauser originally came to Mount Union because of its men’s lacrosse team, but as he learned more about the University, the Department of Engineering impressed him. He became interested in the extracurricular activities it offered, such as the Engineering Club and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Baja racing team of which he is now president. Senhauser encourages other engineering students to get involved with these organizations as well.

“Get involved. When you’re in an internship interview, the experience gives you a lot of firepower,” he said. “It shows what you did outside of class instead of just your grades. You can say ‘Well I worked on the Baja car, and I designed the suspension,’ and then you can talk for hours about that.” 

The experiences Senhauser has had at Mount helped him land an internship with Honda last year. Senhauser attributes his education at Mount Union to helping him be successful in his internship.

“A lot of the communication projects, like presentations, made me more comfortable as a speaker, and I think that helped me out throughout the internship,” Senhauser said. “Also, because Honda is a Japanese company, the Japanese culture class I took gave me other interesting topics to talk about in the interview.” 

Of course, Senhauser’s engineering classes prepared him the most for the technical work. His advanced engineering courses influenced his decisions when working on designs for cars, making him feel more confident. Senhauser also attributes this success to his professors, who are always willing to help with questions he has outside of the classroom.

Dr. Chad Korach, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is Senhauser’s favorite professor. Korach says the best part of his job is interacting with the students, and his proudest moment is when students graduate and land their first jobs as engineers. With Senhauser, Korach can be extra proud because, thanks to the Honda internship, Senhauser has already landed his first job even though graduation is still months away.

After Commencement, Senhauser will be heading to Honda’s Research and Development location in Raymond, Ohio, just outside of Marysville. Although he is looking forward to this opportunity, Senhauser is also looking forward to seeing how the Department of Engineering will continue to grow.

“I think it’s good that the department is adding electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering as majors,” he said. “Those are areas where professions are growing, and I think that’s great for Mount Union. We’re taking a step toward having an even better engineering program.” 

Still, for Senhauser, Commencement can’t come soon enough. Once he trades in his cap and gown for a Honda polo shirt, he will be one step closer to his dream of being a chief automotive designer.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m ready to have a job, start making money, and start ‘adulting.’ Engineering hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely rewarding.”