Summer Science Enrichment Program at the University of Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Local 4th – 6th graders were on campus at the University of Mount Union for our 12th annual Summer Science Enrichment Program. Throughout the week students conducted several experiments in the lab and in the field with Dr. Sheryl Mason, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Scott Mason, Professor of Chemistry. 


“We like to teach proper scientific method, which every student learns all through elementary school, middle school, but actually put it in action” said Dr. Sheryl Mason. Exposing students to the breadth of science is a key objective of the camp. Dr. Mason holds this to be true by stating, “We try to mix it up with biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.” This year’s campers attend schools in Marlington, West Branch, Alliance, Regina Coeli, Waterloo, Canton Country Day, Heritage Christian School, and Massillon.


Experiments included; the “Great Egg Drop”, creating the largest Coke®/Mentos® fountain, chemical reaction to synthesize aspirin, and creating sub-irrigated planters. The camp concluded with students performing a chemistry demonstration to family members and friends.

Mount Union PAs Repeat as Challenge Bowl Champions

Mount Union PAsCLEVELAND, Ohio – For the second year in a row, students in the University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program won the Ohio PA Student Challenge Bowl Thursday, June 14 at the Cleveland Clinic. 

This is the second time Mount Union’s PA program has won back-to-back challenge bowl titles, with the first instance occurring in 2011-2012.

The team from Mount Union bested eight other teams from institutions across Ohio to win the event. The students use the knowledge they learn from their studies to answer medically relevant questions. 

Mount Union’s PA program is the top-ranked program in Ohio according to U.S. News and World Report. To learn more, visit

Congressman Tim Ryan Wears Mount Union Uniform for Congressional Baseball Game

Congressman Tim RyanWASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) donned a purple University of Mount Union Baseball jersey for the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

“I am turning in my Democratic blue to wear Mount Union purple. I’m hoping Mount Union’s athletic excellence, and record 13 National Championships on the football field, can carry over to the baseball diamond,” said Congressman Ryan. “Whether it’s fielding hard grounders or line drives, defending the hot corner, or making long throws to first, I’m counting on riding the athletic wave Mount Union is currently experiencing to make me a better player. This university has a long history of being champions, and I look forward to representing their greatness during this year’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.”   

Mount Union and Capital Law Partner for 3+3 BA/JD Program

BEXLEY, Ohio,  — The University of Mount Union and Capital University have announced the expansion of Capital’s 3+3 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to Mount Union students.

The expansion enables law school hopefuls from Mount Union to earn both undergraduate and law degrees in just six years instead of the standard seven-year timeframe. Capital was the first undergraduate institution and corresponding law school in Ohio to offer this accelerated option, launching to its own students in 2015.

“By expanding this program to students at the University of Mount Union, Capital is providing a more direct path to legal education for highly motivated students with law school aspirations,” said Dr. Jody Fournier, provost and vice president for learning at Capital University. “Our program blends rigor with individual attention and community-engaged learning experiences in the capital city of Columbus, ensuring that students enter the legal profession practice-ready with a strong sense of purpose and connections that empower them to impact our community and the world – both personally and professionally.” 

"The agreement between the University of Mount Union and Capital University on a 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor program offers an attractive alternative to the traditional law school path for students who are passionate about pursuing a career in law,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the department of political science and international studies at the University of Mount Union. “The standards of academic excellence and rigor that define Mount Union's political science program and Capital's law program ensure that graduates of the 3+3 program are fully prepared and ready to capitalize on the opportunities and deal with the challenges of the professional world." 

The 3+3 bachelor’s to J.D. program allows qualified Capital University students to choose any bachelor’s degree and count existing first-year courses in the J.D. curriculum toward their final undergraduate elective course requirements. University of Mount Union students pursuing an undergraduate major in political science can now do the same. Students must complete approximately 100 credit hours in the first three years at their undergraduate institution, followed by the J.D. curriculum at Capital University Law School, to earn dual degrees. Wrapping up its second full year at Capital, this offering is now available immediately for incoming and current undergraduate students at both institutions.

“The feedback from Capital students enrolling in this program has been very positive, so we’re eager to expand to new partners,” said Rachel Janutis, dean of Capital University Law School. “The University of Mount Union and Capital University Law School share similar approaches to teaching, learning and student experiences, which makes Mount Union a natural partner. Mount Union graduates have been among some of Capital Law’s most successful students and distinguished alumni. This partnership will help ensure Mount Union students enjoy an even smoother transition to law school while helping Capital bring high-quality legal education to more prospective students.” 

Capital’s 3+3 program not only shaves an entire year off the undergraduate and law school path, but also decreases overall costs associated with tuition and room and board, and gives graduates a head start on entering the job market. Aligning with the institution’s overall mission, the program aims to make legal education accessible to students from different backgrounds and income levels, empowering graduates to enter the workforce without the significant financial burdens often associated with higher education.  

Mount Union’s undergraduate program in political science combines classroom learning with real-world experience, including involvement in Model UN and Mock Trial. The program is focused on providing opportunities for networking and connecting with professionals in the field, including federal and state judges, elected officials, and leaders of law firms and corporations. As a result, graduates of the program have experienced exceptional success after graduation, with 94 percent of graduates of the classes of 2009 through 2016 securing degree-required careers or acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Mount Union and Capital Law Partner for 3+3 BA/JD Program