International Dinner Planned for November 14

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Association of International Students at the University of Mount Union will host its annual International Dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14in the Kresge Dining Commons of the Hoover Price Campus Center. 

This year’s event will feature a retro theme with business formal dress. The event is open to the public and reservations are advised prior to the event. Cost is $12 for faculty, staff and community members and $6 for students.

For more information regarding this event, contact Estela Vargas at To pay for a ticket, visit

Mount Union Community Grieves Loss of Student

Sydney BreyerThe University of Mount Union is saddened to share word of the passing of Sydney Breyer, a freshman of Springboro, Ohio, who passed away unexpectedly last evening. Sydney was a member of the Honors Program, Kappa Phi, flag corps and the band. Her brother, Lane, is a sophomore at Mount Union as well.

At this time of significant grief, the University is focusing its attention on offering support to the Breyer family and campus community. All classes have been canceled for today, Thursday, October 8, 2015, and counseling and pastoral services will be available in Dewald Chapel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, all campus offices will remain open and faculty and staff will be on hand to offer additional support to our students.

In the coming days, students are sure to gather together in remembrance, mourning and support – both in organized and casual ways – and counseling will continue to be made available to those in need. We will be certain to update the campus community on any scheduled events via the Mount Union website, email communication and social media.

Careful consideration has been given to a number of events scheduled to take place today, Thursday, October 8, 2015. In light of the tragic circumstances and scheduled counseling and pastoral services, the determination has been made to cancel some events and continue with some others as scheduled.

Cancellations include:

  • The Student Showcase, scheduled for 11:15 a.m. in the Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall, which will be rescheduled at a later date
  • The Study Abroad Information Session, scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room 012 of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

Events that will continue to be held as scheduled include:

  • The Faculty Art Exhibit Reception, planned for 4 to 6 p.m. in the Otto Art Gallery of the Giese Center for Performing Arts
  • The Department of Theatre’s performance of “Standing On My Knees,” which will open tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallaher Theatre of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts

It is our hope that the continuance of these and other events will allow the Mount Union community to begin the slow and necessary process of healing.

A number of organizational meetings are scheduled to take place throughout the day. Members are encouraged to contact their organizations’ officers or advisors to determine if the meetings will be held as planned.

The Breyer family will continue to remain in the thoughts and prayers of the campus community.


Mount Union Theatre Students to Perform in Actors’ Summit Production

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union students Rachel Irwin and Sarah Slagle will take the stage in Actors’ Summit Theater’s upcoming production of “Quilters.”

Irwin is a senior theatre and communication major of Mentor, Ohio and Slagle is a sophomore theatre and music major of Fairview Park, Ohio.

“‘Quilters’ is about the lives of an American pioneer woman and her daughters facing life out on the Western Frontier,” said Irwin. “The play is filled with short scenes and musical numbers that tell stories from the book ‘The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art’ by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.”

“Each of the stories in the play is associated with a quilt block,” according to the Actors’ Summit Theater’s website. “By the end of the show, the combined blocks end up as a tribute to the strength, passion, joy and patience that helped make our country a continental power.”

Of course, for this level of performance, both girls must devote serious rehearsal time.

“We're in rehearsal from either 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. or 7 to 10:30 p.m. depending on what needs done that day during the week, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, we meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Slagle said.

But Irwin is confident they can handle it all.

“With the help of a very detailed and organized planner, plenty of water and supportive friends and professors, Sarah and I are able to balance out school and rehearsals,” she said.

The show will run from Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, November 1.

“I'm nervous about doing the show justice,” Slagle admits. “A large part of the show is taken from the journals of women who lived on the prairie and made the migration out west, so you really want to share their stories with the most truth you can. It's a beautiful, touching show and I am so honored to be working with such an amazing team of women to bring it to life."

Actors’ Summit Theater is located on the sixth floor of historic Greystone Hall on 103 South High Street in Akron, Ohio. The show times will vary by day. Cost of tickets is $20 for preview, $33 for adults, $28 for seniors (65 and over) and $10 for students under 30 (with ID). For more information, visit Actors’ Summit Professional theater at

Alliance Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio- The Alliance Symphony Orchestra will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 11 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mount Union.

This performance will be conducted by Eric Benjamin, five season music director of the Alliance Symphony Orchestra and adjunct faculty member in the music department at Mount Union. Benjamin graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with degrees in music education and orchestral conducting. He has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras in Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Wooster and Erie, Pennsylvania. Benjamin’s works have also been performed by orchestras at the national level and he has appeared as guest conductor at numerous music festivals.

Dr. James Perone, associate dean of faculty and the Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music at Mount Union, will perform as clarinet soloist during this exhibition. Perone, a graduate of Capital University and State University of New York at Buffalo with degrees in music education, clarinet performance and music theory, has appeared as clarinet soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cheektowaga Symphony, the national championship American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Alliance Symphony and the University of Mount Union. Currently he serves as principal clarinetist with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and the Canton Concert Band.

This performance will feature music by former Mount Union faculty member Paul Whear, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Modest Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel.  

Tickets for the ASO performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for students. All tickets will be sold 30 minutes prior to the concert. The Giese Center for the Performing Arts is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. For more information, contact the University of Mount Union’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.

Project Semicolon Founder to Speak at Mental Health Awareness Lecture

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, will be the featured speaker at the University of Mount Union’s annual Mental Health Awareness Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 in Tolerton and Hood Hall Room 100.

The event is hosted by the University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Amy Bleuel battled many trials throughout her life. Having been physically abused by her stepmother then thrust into “the system,” Bleuel faced wavering faith and an addiction to prescription pain killers. Despite it all, however, she fought and overcame.

“Throughout my life, through the good times and the bad, I held closely to my faith in God,” she said on Project Semicolon’s website.

Bleuel founded Project Semicolon in the spring of 2013 to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.

“I knew I wanted to impact the world and make a difference,” Bleuel said on Project Semicolon’s website. “That is how Project Semicolon began.”

For more information on Project Semicolon, visit

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