ALLIANCE, Ohio – Thirty Mount Union students enrolled in an introduction to engineering course taught by Dr. Hans Tritico, assistant professor of engineering, designed and programmed robots, which handed out Hershey's Kisses on Valentine's Day.
The assignment was given to students as the first of two projects for the course, and required teams to program the robots to approach a person, spin around, offer the chocolate and move away.
Freshman Stacy Kent of Alliance, OH, along with five of her engineering peers, presented her robot to Reilly Elementary fourth graders in Salem, OH recently.
The final projects for the class are chosen by the students and include helping to restore the downtown fountain in East Liverpool, planning and crafting a pedestrian bridge at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center and designing and building low budget model drag racing cars from weed trimmer engines.
To read the story that appeared in the Salem News, click here.Annual Student Art Exhibit Begins March 10
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The annual student art exhibit on display in the University of Mount Union’s Beeghly Hall lobby March 10 through March 31. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 13 in Beeghly Hall in honor of the students and their accomplishments.
Sixty works of Mount Union students will include paintings, prints, photography, graphic design and sculpture.
Student artists include Chris Holmes, a senior biochemistry and neuroscience major of Alliance, OH; Kolbie Haines, a junior art major of Hudson, OH; Angela Garts, a junior interactive media major of Jamestown, PA; Nick Mock, a senior writing major of Newton Falls, OH; Jodie Di Donato, a junior interactive media major of Kirkland, OH; Angela Paridon, a senior biology major of Akron, OH; Leanna Rudibaugh, a junior integrated media major of Lisbon, OH; Jacob Ward, a senior art major of Kensington, OH; Katie Misencik, a junior accounting and art major of Mentor; Tammy Lepley, a senior criminal justice major from Louisville; Kassandra Gibson, a freshman art major of Painsville, OH; Julie Amabeli, a senior accounting major of Alliance, OH; Noah Kashiani, a junior art major of Bay Village, OH; Shawna Hunter, a junior art major of Cortland, OH; Wilma K. Levengood, a junior art major of New Philadelphia, OH; Kelsey Knutty, a freshman graphic design major of Tallmadge, OH; Megan Mignogna, a senior biology major of Chagrin Falls, OH; Urban Lee, a junior media computing major of Cleveland, OH; Liz Lenzo, a sophomore early childhood major of Kent, OH; Andrew Oktavec, a sophomore history major of Brunswick, OH; Julia Vivolo, a junior art major of Cleveland, OH; Ben Brink, a sophomore art major of Alliance, OH; Patricia Rickard of Alliance, OH; Friederike Juliane Henkel; Lauren Podojil, a senior of Aurora, OH; McKayla Munger, a freshman of Deerfield, OH; Jennifer Olana and Rachel Toch.
Beeghly Hall is located across from Sheetz on the southeast side of campus. This event is free and open to the public.Raider Relief Seeks Alliance Home for Makeover
Alliance, Ohio – Members of Raider Relief, a philanthropic student organization at the University of Mount Union, have announced plans for their third March Makeover. The project will challenge dozens of student volunteers to transform an Alliance area home in a single weekend using donated materials. The event will take place on the weekend of March 29, 2014.
In March of 2011, Raider Relief completed a similar project; resulting in a complete facelift for the Empowerment Center at 715 S. Arch Avenue in Alliance. One year later, another “makeover” was successfully completed, resulting in a dramatic improvement to the living conditions of a disabled Alliance resident.
Raider Relief is asking Alliance residents to nominate friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors as prospective recipients of this year’s makeover.
“Our only requirement is that the home be owner occupied, and that the people living there be facing one or more of life’s challenges,” said Dan Goswick, one of the project’s student leaders.
Individuals wishing to nominate a home/homeowner for this year’s makeover may do so online at RaiderRelief.org. Nominations are due by noon on by Monday, March 10, 2014.
For additional information about March Makeover, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.U.S. Army War College Students to Speak
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Members of the U.S. Army War College, through the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP), will lead a discussion at 5:30 p.m. on March 13 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union.
Participants of the U.S. Army War College annually engage in the ESCP, an academic outreach program designed to encourage dialogue between the military and the public in hopes of creating a stronger understanding of the armed forces.
This year’s panelists will include Lt. Col. Paul “Tim” Brooks, information operations officer; Col. Michael J. Daniels, U.S. Army engineer; Lt. Col. Deydre Teyhen, PT, Ph.D., U.S. Army Specialist Corps; Lt. Col. Stephen K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps infantry and Ann Wood, Department of the Army civilian.
A wide variety of topics will be discussed by panelists and will include the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, the role of military leaders in shaping the National Will, what climate change means for the military, Army medicine, military medical research, sexual assault in the military and national security and the federal budget. In addition to presenting the discussion, members of the War College will spend a day speaking to Mount Union students.
Dr. Larry D. Miller, director of communicative arts at the college and Alliance native, believes there is a communication disconnect between the men and women in the military and the general public.
The Eisenhower Series College Program was established in 1969 as a United States Army War College academic outreach program. It is provided at no cost to the hosting institutions and encourages dialogue on national security matters and other public policy issues between students at the Army's senior educational institution and public at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
This is the fourth year Mount Union has showcased this event.
The event will be sponsored by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.
The discussion is free to the public, but requires an RSVP by March 10. To RSVP, contact Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center, at email@example.com or (330) 829-8168. For more information, contact Honaker.Mount Announces Investment Alliance Scholarship
ALLIANCE, Ohio – In an effort to battle “brain drain” in the area and keep Alliance’s best and brightest in the city, Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University of Mount Union, announced today a new scholarship initiative, Investment Alliance. Initiated in cooperation with the Alliance City Schools, the scholarship program will result in Mount Union awarding full-tuition scholarships to high-caliber Alliance High School graduates.
Through Investment Alliance, the top 15 students of each Alliance High School graduating class who meet the eligibility requirements of the program will be awarded full-tuition awards to Mount Union that are renewable for up to four years.
“We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Alliance City Schools on this initiative, which will not only impact the district’s most exceptional students, but the City of Alliance as a whole,” said Giese. “Small communities like ours often struggle to keep their top talent after high school graduation as students seek to explore what exists beyond their own backyards. The reality, however, is that many choose to take their talents to other geographic areas after earning a college degree as opposed to returning to their hometowns to live and work. Our hope, through Investment Alliance, is that we can battle this ‘brain drain.’ If we can keep these high-caliber students in Alliance to pursue their college degrees at Mount Union, then we stand a better chance of retaining them as productive and engaged citizens of Alliance after graduation.”
Graduates of this year’s Alliance High School Class of 2014 will be the first to take advantage of Investment Alliance. To be eligible for the award, students will need to:
- Demonstrate continuous traditional enrollment at Alliance High School for the full four years of study and earn an Alliance High School diploma, completing all degree requirements by graduation.
- Meet normal admission criteria to Mount Union and be granted admission.
- Work with their school counselors to confirm their class standing and verify that they meet eligibility requirements after the sixth semester of high school.
- Achieve a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the first semester of their senior year.
- Enroll at the University in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
“Motivating our students to maintain high academic achievement and emphasizing to them, even at a young age, that a college education can make a valuable impact on their futures is a priority for Alliance City Schools,” said Jeffery S. Talbert, superintendent of Alliance City Schools. “I can think of no better way to fulfill this commitment than to collaborate with the University of Mount Union on the Investment Alliance initiative. Not only does it benefit our students in so many very critical ways, but it will assist in our efforts to position the district as an attractive option for those living within the city limits and beyond.”
In addition to benefiting the community by remaining in Alliance during their college years, students earning Investment Alliance awards will further impact the city by giving back to their home high school community through service initiatives while students at Mount Union. They will also serve as Mount Union ambassadors of sorts when called upon by the University to do so.
The Investment Alliance award is renewable for four years (unless the college degree is completed before then) as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mount Union and is enrolled full time. The cumulative GPA is reviewed the first time after the fourth semester and annually after that.
Investment Alliance is a four-year pilot program that will be in place for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 cohorts of Alliance High School graduates. A review of the program will take place after the fourth cohort has begun to determine its future viability.
“For years, the University and school district have collaborated on many valuable and rewarding initiatives,” said Giese. “This is simply a continuation of our partnership. Investment Alliance truly demonstrates our mutual commitment to bettering Alliance and ensuring a bright future for the city and its residents who call it home.”