Kimberly Stanley to Present at CLP Session

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s first Continued Learning Program (CLP) session of 2015 will feature Kimberly Stanley, executive director of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, on February 3. Stanley will discuss the prevention of domestic violence and the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter.
 
Stanley earned a degree in criminal justice administration and Spanish from the University of Findlay and a master’s degree in social work from The University of Akron. She has been employed  at the Alliance Area Domestic Violence shelter for 10 years, serving as executive director for the past eight years. She is also a licensed independent social worker. Stanley lives in Sebring with her husband, Ed, and her children, Olivia and Ivan.
 
The program will take place in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center.
 
Other CLP sessions for February include Nick Hansen, executive director of the Alliance YMCA, on February 10; Geoff Elliott, an expert on Abraham Lincoln, on February 17 and a representative of Pegasus Farms on February 24.
 
Continued Learning Program Sessions offer a variety of presentations and topics to the public, as well as time for questions and discussion. Sessions are free and take place at 10 am each week. Following the sessions the public is welcome to stay for lunch at the Kresge Dinning Commons ($6.75) or the B&B Café (a la carte).

Margo Miller Presents Two Solo Art Exhibits

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Margo Miller, associate professor of art at the University of Mount Union, will present her work in two upcoming shows. 

Miller’s first exhibit, “Tronies and Beyond, Paintings by Margo Miller,” runs through February 23 at the Gebke Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Hiram College. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.

Her second exhibit, “Horses, Landscapes and Beyond,” opened January 24 at the Journey Art Gallery in Canton, Ohio. The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Miller has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2004 where she is currently the Chair of the Department of Art. Miller graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Kent State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree before beginning her professional career.

Miller has had her artwork featured by a variety of venues, including The Cleveland Biennale touring Drawing Exhibition, the Cleveland May Show and as advertisement by Buckeye Horse Feed of Mars Company. 

Free Financial Aid Event to be held February 8

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host the state-wide college financial aid event “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 8. The free event, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants. 

Due to the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event at ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734. The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending their first-choice institution. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged.

Check-in will take place in the Gartner Welcome Center located on Union Avenue in front of the Mount Union lakes.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

Mount Union Raider Robotics Team Takes Off

BY ABIGAIL ESPOSITO

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Constructing robots and fostering collaboration, Raider Robotics generates the University of Mount Union students’ strengths within and beyond the engineering department. As a new student club, Raider Robotics is working to design and build robots to compete in the VEX Robotics Competition.

“There is something really cool about seeing something come together from nothing,” said Hailey Hoyat, Raider Robotics founder and leader. “It’s a great learning experience for all of the students and it fosters everyone’s talents.”

A freshman mechanical engineering major of Cleveland, Ohio, Hoyat initiated the club when she was first accepted to the University of Mount Union. She contacted a faculty member in the engineering department and suggested creating a robotics team on campus. This ignited an enthusiasm throughout the department.

“The faculty at Mount Union has been wonderful through the whole registration and creation process,” Hoyat said. “Everyone has been completely supportive of it all.”

The team currently has five students spanning several different majors and two advisors: Dr. Helen Muga, assistant professor of civil engineering and Gerald Hoover, engineering lab technician. Student team members include Hoyat, freshman Peter Young of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; freshman mechanical engineering major Jacob Michaud-Dorko of Centerville, Ohio; freshman mechanical engineering major Cameron Senhauser of Powell, Ohio and senior Japanese and mathematics major Terry Long of Amherst, Ohio.

Raider Robotics requires a plethora of talents and skills. From designing to fabricating and from programming to communication dynamics, students gain valuable academic and life expertise outside of the engineering lab.

“We are in a constantly changing world that requires engineers, scientists, political scientists and practitioners in industry to work together, and what better way for our students to do this then through something like robotics?” Muga said. “Learning inside and outside of the classroom is important for students.”

On February 14, the Raider Robotics team will compete in its first VEX Robotics Competition at Purdue University. During this all-day event, students will present their two robots in the engineering challenges in the form of a game against 14 other teams.

This year’s VEX game is Skyrise, which involves robots stacking colored cubes to build a tower in a 12 foot by 12 foot square arena with a limited time. There are two parts to the game: autonomous is the pre-programmed robot which performs the challenge and teleop puts the driver-controlled robot to the test. The opposing team is situated at the other end of the field. The goal is to score more points than the other team. If the team reaches the elimination round, students must work with another team and use all the robots to play the game.

“This establishes collaboration,” Hoyat said. “It forces you to have teamwork with others you are not familiar with."

The team will be using skills learned from various engineering and programming classes. Students will use 3D models and fabrication techniques as well as communication deftness through interviews to receive sponsorships and funding.

Assembling the robots requires two superkits which contain various robot parts and programming licenses. Alliance engineering company SES provided the team with its first grant to purchase a superkit.

“We are very appreciative to SES for its contribution,” Hoyat said. “We are hoping to get more grants for the second superkit.”

Additionally, Hoyat and the engineering department are eager about the future of Raider Robotics by looking into the STEM outreach program to enhance the team and increase possible scholarship opportunities.

 

More Than 400 Participate in Day of Service

ALLIANCE, Ohio – More than 400 University of Mount Union students, faculty and staff members, along with members of the Alliance area community, participated in the University’s annual MLK Day of Service on Monday.

Volunteers paid tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. as they painted, organized, cleaned, repaired and spread cheer to 26 local agencies on Monday. Projects included stocking shelves at the Alliance Community Pantry, replacing light bulbs in the sanctuary at Feed My Sheep Ministries and making laundry detergent and soup mixes for the YWCA of Alliance.

According to Gloria Whiteley-Magrath, executive director of the YWCA, the laundry detergent will be used for residents and the Women’s Career Clothing Closet so women can sharpen their appearance by laundering clothes they receive. The soup mix goes to the YWCA’s home-based and congregate dining Meals on Wheels program.

“It’s great to have the mixes because there are some days when we can’t deliver and all they need to do is add water and heat and they have lunch, which is really important during these winter months,” Whiteley-Magrath said.

Mount Union sophomore Kristen Jackson, a middle childhood education major of Hiram, Ohio, volunteered at Anchor House on Monday.

“Giving back to the community is always a rewarding experience but I loved working at Anchor House this year to hear about all the things they are doing or plan to do,” Jackson said. “MLK Day of service is a great way for students to reach out and give back to Alliance and just appreciate all the opportunities and things that we tend to take for granted.”

Other local agencies assisted by Monday’s Day of Service included Beechcreek Botanical Gardens, Alliance Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, Pegasus Farm, Men’s Challenge, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Alliance YMCA and the Black History Museum.

“Mount Union students, faculty and staff, along with many members of the surrounding community, generously gave of their time to make the annual MLK Day of Service a success,” said event organizer Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. “The MLK Day of Service is always a great way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give back to the many local organizations which help others on a daily basis.”

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