Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Named to National "Founder's Four"

Phi Kappa Tau EpsilonALLIANCE, Ohio – The Epsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at the University of Mount Union was recently selected to be a "Founders Four" chapter and will compete for the Roland Maxwell Trophy, the highest award a chapter can receive.

The Epsilon chapter and three other chapters of Phi Kappa Tau will travel to Oxford, Ohio on July 14 – 16 where they will give a 15 minute presentation on why they should receive the Roland Maxwell Trophy which is given to the most outstanding chapter of Phi Kappa Tau. Brothers will be competing with Case Western Reserve University, University of Louisville, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. There are only four chapters selected out of 86 active chapters nationwide.

Last year, five brothers traveled to Sacramento, California where they presented for the award, but did not receive it. In 2014, the Epsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Tau received the Maxwell Trophy and brothers hope to bring it home again.

Epsilon President Mike Sovak '18 said, “Our recent nominations to Founders Four are encouraging and humbling accolades. It speaks to the amount of impact we can have as a dedicated fraternity on a campus which embraces us.”

If would like to watch the Epsilon chapter compete in July, visit https://www.phikappatau.org/programs/conclave.

Dennis ’17 Wins Award for Best Paper at All Politics is Local Conference

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Bridget Dennis ‘17, a recent graduate of the University of Mount Union of Mount Vernon, Ohio, earned the Outstanding Paper award at the 14th Annual All Politics is Local Conference held at Walsh University in April.

Her paper, which she presented at Mount Union’s SCHOLAR Day, is titled “Exploring Links Between Institutional Racism and Party Voting Patterns in Three Ohio Counties, 2008-2016: Influence of Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Infant Mortality, and Education.”

Dennis’ paper focuses on institutional racism and hypothesizes that counties that vote more democratically will have a higher percentage of institutional racism (based on home ownership, infant mortality, and education level). Using data gathered from three different counties between 2008 – 2016 (Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton), she found that institutional racism predicted 74 percent of the voting difference.

This year’s All Politics is Local conference included faculty and students from eighteen colleges and universities from Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Some universities in attendance included, Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University, Cedarville University, Walsh University and Bethany College. 

“I would not have been able to receive the Best Paper Award or even complete this paper, without the help of my faculty sponsor, Dr. Lori Kumler,” Dennis said. “She was more than helpful along the way, meeting with me weekly and staying in contact by email in between meetings. Dr. Kumler made my experience at the University of Mount Union an exceptional one, providing me with wonderful guidance the past few years during my studies. I would encourage other students to present their own work at conferences like this, to share their own findings, and to learn more about what other students are researching.”

Students of the Political Science department gain hands-on experience and real world knowledge through the classes they take and the opportunities available to them.

For more information about the department, visit www.mountunion.edu/political-science-major

Mount Union Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Praised for Growth

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently received continued program approval from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and were praised for its “outstanding chemistry program.”

Mount Union’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers rigorous, in-depth courses in inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry. The curriculum also focuses on hands-on laboratory experiences and research opportunities. Students studying chemistry or biochemistry at Mount Union are trained in both wet chemical and instrumental analysis techniques and learn important problem solving tactics.

“I’ve gotten the chance to intern in the Health Coach program at Alliance Community Hospital,” said Thomas Mason ’18, a biochemistry major of Alliance, Ohio. “This has allowed me to shadow several different types of healthcare professionals and work in primary care...Additionally, I have had numerous research and laboratory experiences here at Mount that have enhanced my learning.”

The chemistry and biochemistry programs at Mount Union are also grounded in the liberal arts, allowing students to receive an in-depth education within the fields of chemistry and biochemistry, but also a holistic, well-rounded one as well.

As current biochemistry student Kate Gonczy ’18 of Strongsville, Ohio said, “Combining a liberal arts education with professional preparation makes you both a well-rounded student, and applicant, to grad-schools. Taking classes outside of your major shows future employers and schools that you care about your education as a whole and that you’re not just checking pre-requisites off of a list.”

In addition to the outstanding program, the ACS also praised the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the growth its department and programs have facilitated. Specifically, the department was commended for “the significant number of new faculty positions, the acquisition of additional modern facilities, and the strong array of contemporary instrumentation” as well as the increased faculty gender diversity, the percentage of department graduates pursuing advanced graduate study degrees, strong student research reports and the “commitment of the entire department to program self-evaluation.”

For more information about Mount Union’s chemistry major visit http://www.mountunion.edu/chemistry-major, and for biochemistry, visit http://www.mountunion.edu/biochemistry-major.

For more information about Mount’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry American Chemical Society accreditation visit http://www.mountunion.edu/american-chemical-society

University of Mount Union Announces Three New Engineering Programs

Department of Engineering University of Mount UnionALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union is proud to announce the addition of new majors in biomedical, computer and electrical engineering beginning in the fall of 2018. 

These three majors will be housed in the Department of Engineering and join already successful majors in civil and mechanical engineering, which are accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

“These new programs will create a very robust engineering program that we believe is responsive to the needs of our regional and national economy,” said Mount Union President Dick Merriman. “The University of Mount Union is committed to preparing engineers who are technically proficient problem solvers, understand the business and production context of engineering work and excel in team settings that require effective communication and collaboration.” 

The new biomedical engineering major will integrate engineering with medicine, combining principles of the medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices and software used in healthcare. Mount Union biomedical engineering students will have the opportunity to work closely with its Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Computer engineering is a growing field that designs, builds and tests computing systems to constantly innovate technology used every day. Mount Union computer and electrical engineering majors will have the skills to pursue career opportunities in power, energy, technology or communications engineering upon graduation. 

“We look forward to cross-disciplinary cooperation between our current academic programs and these new engineering programs,” Merriman said. “We anticipate exciting partnerships between our programs in biomedical engineering and physical therapy, and between our computer science, mathematics, and computer engineering programs. Tie-ins with our business and entrepreneurship programs will also develop.” 

Mount Union engineering students are afforded unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom. From international experiences and product design and development, to adaptable prosthetic leg sockets and competition BAJA cars, the Department of Engineering focuses on utilizing students’ skills for real-world applications.

“These new majors will educate the next generation of skilled engineers needed for the high-tech industry that keeps our economy humming,” said Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering. “The majors were selected because there is strong demand for their graduates, they also are highly-paid professions that complement the thriving health sciences majors at the University. We are graduating engineers who are technically prepared, globally aware, business savvy and appreciative of the arts and literature.” 

Graduates of Mount Union’s engineering programs have a career and graduate school placement rate of more than 95 percent and 90 percent of students earn at least one paid internship before graduating from the program.

For more information about engineering at Mount Union, visit mountunion.edu/department-of-engineering.

Steven Tuck to Present the Slater Lecture at the University of Mount Union

Tuck Headshot ALLIANCE, Ohio – Steven Tuck will present the Slater Lecture at the University of Mount Union on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall as part of the 2017-2018 Lecture Series. Tuck’s lecture is titled “Gladiators at Pompeii: The City and Spectacle.”                  

Steven L. Tuck is a professor of Classics at Miami University. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and held the postdoctoral Gordon Fellowship in Latin epigraphy at The Ohio State University. Tuck’s teaching has been recognized nine times and has received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Tuck has conducted archaeological fieldwork and research in Italy, Greece, England, and Egypt. He has directed more than a dozen study tours in Italy. He has given more than 70 public lectures, including as a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

Tuck is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He is the author of A History of Roman Art, published by Wiley Blackwell. He has also created four courses on the ancient world for The Great Courses. 

No archaeological site in the world is as evocative as the name Pompeii. And yet it generally evokes its disastrous end in the eruption of Vesuvius. In this lecture we explore what Pompeii has given to archaeology and ancient history through an examination of only one subject: gladiators, their role in the city, and the art that celebrated them.

The Thelma Tournay Slater Classics Lecture is made possible through a gift by the late Mrs. Thelma E. (Tournay ’42) Slater. Mrs. Slater’s lifelong passion for the classics began at Mount Union. The gift sup­ports student enrichment through an increased appreciation of the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greece and Rome that stand at the core of a liberal arts education.

For more information, email Darnell Tucker at tuckerdd@mountunion.edu or call the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063.