Flute Ensemble and Woodwind Quartet to Perform

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s flute ensemble and student woodwind quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in Presser Recital Hall.

Students performing include sophomore music education major Allison Bates of Minerva, OH; sophomore early childhood education and music major Rachel Beach of Bolivar, OH; senior psychology and gender studies major Cayley Briggs of Canton, OH; freshman Julia Fide of Lorain, OH; senior music education major Heather Rice of Madison, OH; junior music performance major Brianna Searing of Fort Wayne, IN; sophomore early childhood education major Mary Anne Snyder of Orrville, OH; freshman music education major Christopher Jones of Solon, OH; sophomore biology and French major Brynne Cross of Delroy, OH; freshman music education major Rebecca Palmer of Orrville, OH and freshman music and religious studies major Mikayla Kovacik of Jewett, OH.

The performance is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on Mount Union’s campus. 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. For more information, call Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

Engineering Students Build Miniature Car

ALLIANCE, Ohio— A small group of Mount Union students have teamed up to build a miniature car out of an old bicycle, a weed whacker, and whatever else they can purchase on their limited budget.

Dr. Hans Tritico, professor of civil engineering at the University of Mount Union, assigned the students the task of creating an idea for a project. The students were assigned to take one of their passions and design a project related to it with a budget of $100. Stemming from an interest in engines and cars, the idea to build a miniature drag racing vehicle took hold. The following students are working together to design and build the car which will be raced at the end of the semester: Jon Stingel, sophomore mechanical engineering major of Dundee, OH; Jared Umstot, freshman mechanical engineering major of Atwater, OH; Rob DeMarco, freshman mathematics and mechanical engineering major of North Canton, OH; Edward Cudjoe, sophomore mechanical engineering major of Accra, Ghana; and Terry Long, senior Japanese major of Amherst, OH.

The students first brainstormed potential ideas for the car, researching different types of car systems to help them come up with the best ideas that they could. They developed a list of criteria based on their goal and went through a process of elimination to determine the best design. After choosing a design, they began detailed research to determine which parts they would use and how they would build it.

In order to create this miniature vehicle, students are using parts from a weed whacker and an old bicycle. The rest of the materials will be purchased. To power this car, the team must diagnose and fix a small plastic engine which is currently not working. For them to gain the knowledge that they need to fix this, they will build a miniature plastic four-cylinder engine from a kit. The team expects that they will need to make modifications as they go, and once they finish they will have to tweak and change parts that can make it better.

“This project is a great way to practice the process that engineers go through every day,” said Stingel. “We take a problem and we work out a solution that we think will be efficient and work the best for the given situation. We get the chance to work together to build a miniature vehicle, and learn about engines – something that many people do not get the exposure to. For a mechanical engineering student, this is the perfect project. We are learning about different mechanical systems and how to put together a system that will function in a beneficial way.”   

From this point, the team will move from the planning stage to the building stage. The students are looking forward to building the vehicle and putting their plan into action.

Mount Union Plans Seventh Annual SCHOLAR Day

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host its seventh annual Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research (SCHOLAR) Day on Tuesday, April 22 on Mount Union’s campus.

SCHOLAR Day is a campus-wide event filled with presentations showcasing academic excellence and scholarly research conducted by Mount Union students.

Three formal presentation sessions and two poster sessions will be included this year, highlighting 51 formal presentations and 108 speakers during three hour-long sessions. There will also be 27 posters on display this year.

This event gives students a chance to share their latest academic research with faculty, staff, students, family, friends and the surrounding communities.

SCHOLAR Day Schedule
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Poster Session 1 and Continental Breakfast
Bracy Hall

9:45 a.m.
First performance by Dr. Robert Ekey’s “Science, Sound and Music” students
Bracy Hall lobby

10 – 11 a.m.
Presentation Session 1
Bracy Hall, Tolerton and Hood, Engineering and Business Building, Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Senior Recognition and Honors’ Convocation
Timken Gymnasium, MAAC

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch for Participants and Guests
Tented Area in the Quad

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Presentation Session 2
Bracy Hall, Tolerton and Hood, Engineering and Business Building, Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Poster Session 2
Bracy Hall First Floor Lobby and Second Floor Lobby

3:15 p.m.
Second performance by Dr. Ekey’s “Science, Sound and Music” students
Bracy Hall Lobby

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presentation Session 3
Bracy Hall, Tolerton and Hood, Engineering and Business Building, Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

SCHOLAR Day, which began in 2008, highlights the research projects of Mount Union’s undergraduate students. The continued success of this academic tradition is made possible through the generous support of George ’58 and Sally (Shrake ’59) Stradley of Hartville, OH and the Donald and Alice Noble Foundation of Wooster, OH.

SCHOLAR Day is free and open to the public. A detailed schedule of all presentations and research abstracts as well as a campus map can be found online at www.mountunion.edu/scholarday. Programs will be available the day of the event, and guides will be stationed at all presentation facilities.

Students Participate in Athletic Training Olympics

To celebrate the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Athletic Training Month in March, the Mount Union Athletic Training Program wore T-shirts all month promoting AT month and completed the month by participated in the Athletic Training Olympics.
During the event, held on campus, students joined teams and performed in a series of events that tested their brains and their strength. Members participated in partner ankle taping races and an athletic training relay race. The final event of the evening was an athletic training quiz bowl. Students were cheered on by Mount Union faculty and student athletes.

Students Repair East Liverpool Fountain

While striving to refurbish a broken fountain in the center of town, engineering students at the University of Mount Union are building the hope of a local community along the way.

The Passionate Pursuits project was given as an assignment through the Introduction to Engineering Analysis and Design course at Mount Union, taught by Dr. Hans Tritico. Tritico assigned the project in order to give students an opportunity to apply math, computer and design skills taught in the classroom to real life situations.

“We are able to recognize problems, research solutions, design a new product and put our ideas into action,” freshman civil engineering major Gretchen Dietz said. “We get a feel for the different positions engineers can take part in (technical, client contact, designing, writing, etc.) and work as a team to get the job done.”

After numerous conversations with the city engineer and various town leaders, Dietz proposed to refurbish a fountain in the center of her hometown, East Liverpool. The fountain currently serves as a spot for the town Christmas tree, but the fountain itself has not worked for many years.

While numerous project ideas were submitted, Dietz’ proposal stood out among the others.

“I think it’s one of those projects that has the potential to bring the students and community together,” Tritico said. “The students have spoken with city leaders, organized their efforts with the police and fire departments and are working in a hands-on way to use their liberal arts education.”

Although not a member of the class, sophomore mechanical engineering major Nathan Lorah has volunteered his time and skill set to assist Dietz and her team. Lorah feels a close tie to the project as he too is from East Liverpool.

“I am glad to be a part of beautifying my hometown and am proud to help in any way I can,” Lorah said.

Other students involved in the project include Tom Mohney, a sophomore of East Liverpool; AJ Hampton, a freshman of Roanoke, VA; Mikaela Dombrowski, a freshman of Streetsboro, OH; Sam Creque, a freshman of Mantua, OH and Iven Chaqueco, a freshman of Fairview Park, OH.

Lorah’s father also joined in on the group effort and encouraged his company of employment, Heritage Thermal Systems, to support the students with a grant to cover the costs of supplies needed.

With the concern of funding out of the way, Dietz’ biggest worry is that the East Liverpool community will not be as enthusiastic as the students are about the project. Her biggest incentive behind refurbishing the fountain is bringing the community together as a whole, reviving the pride the town once had.

“I want us to be the spark that ignites the flame in a change of East Liverpool,” Dietz said. “I think we owe it to everyone to start a new beginning in the town and show that people do care. It shows a lot to have a group of students, the majority of which have never even heard of East Liverpool, to put forth effort to help the city.”

East Liverpool Safety-Service Director Ryan Estell and City Engineer Bill Cowan greatly encouraged the students through their eagerness to help. According to Dietz, it was heartening to see determination in others to make a change in the community.

The students are receiving just as much inspiration through this project as they are giving.

“I never would have imagined that my idea to help the city would have been chosen. I am very blessed to have this opportunity to put my ideas into action. I owe all this to Dr. Tritico and I can’t thank him enough for it,” Dietz said.

Tritico’s hope is that students learn if they put their talents to use, they can make a positive difference in their community.

While there is currently no set date for the fountain reveal, the project is set to be completed in May.

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