Outstanding Senior Man and Woman Announced

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Alyssa M. Greenwell and Kyle Q. Dreger were named Outstanding Senior Woman and Man during the University of Mount Union’s annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation held Tuesday, April 22.

A biochemistry major of Canton, OH, Greenwell is an honors student who has been named to the Dean’s list numerous times. Throughout her college career she has participated in Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Advancement Ambassador, American Chemical Society, Association of Women Students, Blue Key, Dynamo Staff, Gamma Beta Phi, Order of Omega, Pre-Health Professionals Club, Residence Hall Association, Scholastic Achievement Coalition, Sophomore Service and Student Alumni Association. Greenwell is president of Delta Sigma Tau and committee chair for Relay for Life. She has studied in Germany and England and was on Homecoming Court.

Dreger, a computer science major of Kent, OH, is participating in the Honors Program, has been named to the Dean’s list every semester at Mount Union and has achieved Honors in the Major. He is the senior class president, editor of Calliope, president of Society of Computing Students and the vice president of Raider Programming Board. Dreger played men’s soccer for three years and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He was a member of Raider Relief, Sophomore Service and The Edge.

Semifinalists for Outstanding Senior Woman included:

  • Carisa Bohnak, biology and economics major of Bedford, OH
  • Abbey Chandler, accounting major of Poland, OH
  • Emily Mazzaferri, middle childhood education major of Canton, OH and
  • Megan Shadrach, public relations major of Parma, OH

Semifinalists for Outstanding Senior Man included:

  • James Darnley, biochemistry major of Canton, OH
  • Dylan Spangenberg, human resources and management major of Chardon, OH
  • Alex Wolfe, mathematics major of Atwater, OH and
  • Patrick Yackmack, human resources and sport business major of Mantua, OH
Mount Union Concert Choir to Perform

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Concert Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at St. Joseph Church of Alliance.

The program will include works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel, Daniel Elder, Stephen Chatman, and Dan Forrest, among others. In addition, it includes arrangements of traditional spirituals by Moses Hogan and Eugene Thamon Simpson. The performance is free and open to the public.

Open by audition to all students on campus, the Concert Choir comprises musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and represents the University’s strong liberal arts foundation. Serving as an ambassador of the University, the Concert Choir performs annually throughout the continental United States and undertakes an international tour every four years. The Concert Choir is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century, including spirituals, gospel music, folk songs and music celebrating a global perspective. Recent performances include the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival as well as Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in B-flat,” the so-called “Theresienmesse” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2” (Resurrection) with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann.

The choir will begin its tour with a performance on Sunday, May 11 at Christian Temple- First Congregational Church in Wellsville NY. They will perform in Patterson, NJ on May 12; Trumball, CT on May 13; Sudbury, MA on May 14; Wenham MA on May 15; Newtown, PA on May 16 and will finish the tour in Pittsburgh, PA on May 17.

For more information, contact the department of music at (330) 823-2180.

Alpha Phi Omega to Present Light Up the Lakes

ALLIANCE, Ohio –Members of the University of Mount Union and Alliance communities are invited to come together at the Mount Union Lakes at 8 p.m. April 23 for a floating candlelight vigil in remembrance of loved ones who may have passed away.

This is the second Light Up the Lakes since its debut last year. All are invited to come and give a minimum of a $1 donation to float a candle, provided by Alpha Phi Omega, on the campus lakes in memory of a loved one. One hundred percent of the funds collected will be donated to the Alliance Community Pantry which gave away meals to 2,624 families last year.

Dan Goswick, a junior marketing major from Amherst, OH, discussed his inspiration for the event.

“We wanted to do something big, visual and something the community has never seen before. We had a lot of people come out last year to the event and it was a really touching moment seeing everyone brought together. Being able to raise money for a local food bank while ‘setting the lake on fire’ is an amazing opportunity that we’re very excited about. ”

Floating candles will be available by donation only at the lakes.

Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College

ALLIANCE, Ohio—For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, the resource is the only free and comprehensive guide focusing solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability.

“Mount Union’s successful sustainability programs are the result of broad support from administrators, students, staff and faculty,” said Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology, chairman of the University sustainability committee and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. “Over the years, the University has continually enacted initiatives and practices to enhance Mount Union’s commitment to sustainability.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the Company's website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

According to the Green Guide, the University of Mount Union’s green highlights include the University’s LEED-certified Gartner Welcome Center built using locally-sourced materials, the 142-acre Nature Center, the recent Sustainability Plan and Mount Union’s McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, which houses a 54-kilowatt solar panel array. The University is also noted for its recycling program RecycleMania and paperless directory, forms, grading and handbooks. In addition, the Mount Union cafeteria was cited for serving menu items on washable and reusable plates, reducing the amount of waste generated by to-go containers.

“We are honored to receive the designation of being a Green College for the fourth consecutive year,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “The University community continues to explore additional ways in which we can promote sustainable practices on campus and choose environmentally-friendly materials as facilities are updated and constructed.”

The guide can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

Stark County Honors Flute Choir to Perform

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Stark County Honors Flute Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in Presser Recital Hall at the University of Mount Union.

The event will feature students from high schools around Stark County and Mount Union.

Students are nominated for inclusion in the group by their band directors and flute instructors. Members are Amanda Dean, West Branch; Sophie Fonte, Hoover; Keliah Mason, West Branch; Maddie Muller, Sandy Valley; Alicia O’Neill, Lake; Alison Prexta, Lake; Kaylen Sanor, West Branch; Kassie Steed, West Branch; Morgan Studer, Minerva; Breana Tompulis, Minerva; Laura Tweedie, Lake; Liana Westerman, Hoover; Allison Zuk, Dover; Lisa Price, community member and Heather Rice and Brianna Searing, Mount Union music majors.

The Flute Choir will present selections by Melvin Lauf, Jr., Gustav Holst, George Phillip Telemann, Catherine McMichael, Paul P. Bliss and Steven Tung.

The group will be assisted by Mount Union piano lecturer Kathy Reichenberger.

Presser Recital Hall is located on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street. Due to ongoing construction at the site of the new Performing Arts Complex, no on-site parking is available behind the building. Alternate parking is available on Simpson and Vincent Streets and in the Eells Art Center parking lot, as well as in other campus parking lots. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the University of Mount Union Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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