1 M a g a in z i brief n e OUNT UNION Issue I, 2013 Mount Union Adds Nursing B.S.N. offers challenging preparation for a caring profession The University of Mount Union is preparing to admit its first cohort of approximately 32 students to its newly-developed, direct-entry nursing program. In spring of 2011, the University s Board of Trustees and faculty approved the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) to the institution s degree offerings. The proposed four-year program stems from Mount Union s strategic initiative to develop a curriculum for the future, with a particular focus on health-related programs. It also meets the five criteria the University has established for new programs it is mission compatible, draws sufficient student interest, provides significant career opportunities for graduates, enhances or maintains the current academic profile of the student body and is fiscally responsible. The B.S.N. program at Mount Union truly supports our mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship, said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University. Not only will it offer academic, clinical and professional excellence, but it also will guide students in their journeys toward becoming compassionate caregivers. In August 2013, the first group of Mount Union nursing students will begin working toward their B.S.N., the fastest growing option for those seeking to practice nursing. Both the American Nurses Association and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education recommend that the B.S.N. become the entry-level degree for professional nurses. According to the Center for Health Affairs, NEONI s Nursing Forecaster report in July 2011, Ohio could face a nearly 11% shortage in the nursing workforce by In the future, there is clearly going to be a demand for nurses in our state as well as an increased emphasis on the extensive training that the B.S.N. offers, said Giese. What s even more compelling is the growing number of prospective students in our own applicant pool with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in the nursing field. The University s strong foundation in the liberal arts and an extensive number of clinical practicum opportunities is what makes Mount Union s B.S.N. program unique. The program consists of a rigorous curriculum that will prepare students to be leaders in the nursing profession. Additionally, Mount Union s program allows for direct entry into the nursing major. Students will begin experiencing nursing coursework immediately during their freshman year. Students enrolled in the B.S.N. program at Mount Union will benefit from a new science facility with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, which will provide an exceptional venue for foundational science courses integral to the nursing curriculum. Students will experience small class sizes and intensive one-on-one instruction by highly-qualified and experienced faculty members. The campus also has a long-term working relationship with the Alliance Community Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic, providing students with opportunities to complete clinical rotations in a variety of clinical specialty settings and clinical sites. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a B.S.N. degree and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN Board exam to become a licensed registered nurse upon passing the exam. For more information on nursing, visit: mountunion.edu/nursing Highlights of Mount Union s Direct-Entry B.S.N. Program Preparation for a career in one of the fastest growing fields A diverse and innovative curriculum with a strong background in the liberal arts and sciences Nursing coursework beginning in the freshman year Small class sizes and personal attention Hands-on learning and clinical opportunities New state-of-the-art health and medical sciences facility UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu Page 1
2 OUNT UNION Ma g a z i n e in brief Magazine Dates and Deadlines From the President Mount Union Magazine Issue II, 2013 Mail date: June 15, 2013 Class Notes deadline: April 15, 2013 Mount Union Magazine In Brief Issue III, 2013 Mail date: August 30, 2013 No Class Notes included Mount Union Magazine Strategic Plan Edition Issue IV, 2013 Mail date: December 13, 2013 Class Notes deadline: October 11, 2013 Events You Won t Want to Miss April 11 Foreign Language Festival 4 p.m., East Room, Hoover-Price Campus Center Alumni National Day of Service April 23 SCHOLAR Day Various locations on campus May 11 Baccalaureate 10:30 a.m., South Lawn of Chapman Hall May 11 Commencement 1:30 p.m., South Lawn of Chapman Hall For more information on these and other events, visit Pictured above are President and Mrs. Giese with quarterback Kevin Burke 15 and his father Jeff Burke during the after party following Mount Union s 11th NCAA Division III National Football Championship win at the Stagg Bowl. As Mount Union s Purple Raiders claimed their 11th NCAA Division III National Football Championship, I couldn t help but marvel at all of the athletic successes that the University has celebrated over the past years. It goes without saying that our football team s accomplishments have been unparalleled, and our other teams are making names for themselves as well. Sandy and I couldn t be more proud of our student-athletes and our outstanding coaches! What makes their athletic accomplishments even more amazing is that they are matching them equally with success in the classroom. The term student-athlete in and of itself alludes to the balance these individuals must find in their lives on campus. As a member of the NCAA Division III, these dedicated and hard-working athletes are students first. They commit themselves to intercollegiate sports because, quite simply, they love the game. Yet in the end, their academic success is the number one priority. The Division III philosophy so wholly complements our mission as an institution, and it truly allows our students to continue their passion for athletics while also having the time needed to properly prepare for life after graduation. It is evident that their athletic participation enhances their educational experience, and for this very reason, we will join the NCAA in celebrating Division III Week April I encourage you to check out the Mount Union website during that week to learn more about our successful student-athletes and how their athletic participation is impacting them and their futures. Your support makes a difference for them too! Loyal fans, M Club members and Century Raiders alike work tirelessly to make their experiences as student-athletes memorable and rewarding. You play a significant role in the continued success of our athletic teams and the institution as a whole, and for that, I sincerely thank you. Go Raiders! Page 2 EDITOR: Joni Poorbaugh DESIGNER: Callie Livengood 09 CONTRIBUTORS: Melissa (Smith 98) Gardner, Joni Poorbaugh, Leonard Reich and Megan Smith 13 PHOTOGRAPHERS: Cockrill s Studio, Joni Poorbaugh and JT Higgins EDITORIAL BOARD: Melissa (Smith 98) Gardner, Dr. Richard Giese, Anne (Zimmer 95) Graffice, Gregory King 89, Callie Livengood 09 and Joni Poorbaugh CONTACT: University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601, (330) or (800) UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu
3 Dr. Robert T. White Donates Art Collection Mount Union supporter plans to bequeath 29 unique paintings by various artists One generous donor s gift will be enjoyed by generations of University of Mount Union students to come. Dr. Robert T. White of Alliance, OH recently announced his plans to bequeath 29 unique Dr. Robert T. White pieces of art to the University. Called the Phyllis and Robert White Collection in honor of White and his late wife, Phyllis, the set includes works by artists Herbert E. Abrams, Leonard Brooks, Pal Kepenyes, Duncan Grant, Constantin Kluge, John Haymson, William A. Foley and Jan de Ruth. White said he and his wife began collecting works by various artists many years ago. In addition to donating artwork, White also endowed the Robert T. and Phyllis S. White Endowed Chair in Art several years ago, which is held by Joel Collins, professor of art. The donation of the White s collection to the University is consistent with the generosity they have always shown us, said Collins. When displayed, the collection will be an asset to our entire community and will provide art students the opportunity to examine and appreciate a body of work that embodies a vision of passionate collectors. I am really happy to see these works in our University collection. White, a retired physician and native of Alliance, is well known and highly regarded throughout the Mount Union and Alliance communities. Mount Union is the crown jewel of Alliance, White said. It s a big part of Alliance and it s very important to me. After serving in the United States Navy in World War II, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in In 1952, he graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. White s community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Alliance Community Hospital and as a member of the board of directors at the First National City Bank and Bank One of Alliance. In 1987, he was the first recipient of the YMCA Service to Youth Award and in 1996, he received the McKinley Fellow Award from Mount Union. He also founded the Robert T. White School of Nursing in Alliance. White and his wife, Phyllis Siddall, were married for 50 years before her death in UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu Page 3
4 OUNT UNION Ma g a z i n e in brief Academic Programs Update Growing programs meet the needs of today s students The University of Mount Union continues to stay at the forefront of new program development based on the needs of students of tomorrow and the ever-changing job market. Several majors added in the last decade continue to grow and flourish as students choose Mount Union to help prepare them for meaningful futures. Here is a look at a few of these majors and the ways in which they educate students both in and out of the classroom. Engineering The Department of Engineering at Mount Union has wrapped up the development of the engineering curricula. Plans for all laboratories, courses and classwork required for four years of study have been developed. Currently, 60 students are enrolled in engineering courses with 41 in mechanical engineering and 19 in civil engineering. The department hopes to have 100 students enrolled in its engineering programs by fall Several juniors in the civil and mechanical engineering majors are participating in internships with local organizations. Our aim is to ensure that we set up at least one internship for each student before he or she graduates, said Dr. Sudhir Kaul, assistant professor of mechanical engineering who also is serving as interim chair of the Department of Engineering. The department has three full-time faculty members, one technician and three adjunct professors. In July, Dr. Osama Jadaan will begin working at Mount Union in the role of chair of the Department of Engineering. Kaul said Mount Union s engineering program is unique in that students get more personalized attention than at a larger school. In a larger program, students may not participate in lab work until their junior year but in Mount Union s program, students begin working in the lab as freshmen. We feel that it s a unique and strong feature because students get an opportunity to see things work and understand them, he said. Andrew Milhoan 16 built a functioning robot this semester out of Legos. Engineering students have worked on a number of hands-on projects this year, including building windmills, constructing Lego robots and building a vehicle from scratch. For more information on engineering, visit: mountunion.edu/civil-engineering and mountunion.edu/mechanical-engineering Biochemistry The biochemistry major is booming on campus, with the program doubling in size in just the last five years. According to Dr. Debra Boyd-Kimball, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, the program allows students to become actively engaged in learning from the moment they start. As freshmen, students gain handson laboratory experiences and are invited to participate in research opportunities as early as second semester. We (faculty members) teach the firstyear chemistry courses so new students get to know us and we get to know them pretty quickly, Boyd-Kimball said. Unless we are in class or lab, our office doors are almost always open. We provide personalized attention and our students become accustomed to approaching us with their questions and concerns. Students in the biochemistry program benefit from the modern science facilities of Bracy Hall and will utilize new labs in the Health and Medical Sciences Building, slated to break ground this spring. Graduates are split roughly in thirds among students who pursue careers directly upon earning a bachelor s degree, pursue graduate studies in biochemistry and pursue professional studies in medicine, physician assistant studies, dentistry and pharmacy. The biochemistry major is housed within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers a certified degree track in biochemistry. The department has received more than $54,000 in funding in the last six years to expand the instrumentation for biochemistry teaching and research labs. In the research lab, biochemistry students are looking at aging on the cellular level by studying oxidative stress and how that relates to Alzheimer s disease. Research opportunities are available for students during the academic year and in summer months. Rebecca Gibson 14 works with an absorbance spectrometer used in biochemistry teaching and research labs. Page 4 UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu
5 Through research experience, biochemistry students learn to operate instrumentation on their own and are responsible for keeping their own projects going. Students get very engaged in the projects and several students have landed jobs because they have those laboratory and problem solving skills, she said. The program provides a strong foundation for students when they leave here and they re prepared for a number of well-paying career options. For more information on biochemistry, visit: mountunion.edu/biochemistry Criminal Justice Criminal justice is a growing major on campus, with numerous careers available to students upon graduation. Dr. Kathleen Piker-King, professor of sociology and criminal justice and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, described criminal justice as an interdisciplinary major, drawing on courses in sociology, psychology and political science. Criminal justice graduates pursue a broad range of opportunities, including attending law school, graduate school, police academy or ROTC and starting careers in the postal service, private security and corrections. We broaden our students horizons, Piker- King said. We are preparing students for careers that haven t even been developed yet. Piker-King said the applied aspect of students having an internship before they graduate is an important facet of the criminal justice major. Adjunct faculty member James Conser works with students to set up internships based on their interests. This semester, students are interning in probation/parole jobs, Alliance Municipal Court, Alliance Police Department, Alliance Fire Department, U.S. Marshalls offices and domestic violence shelters. Other internship locations include private law firms, sheriff s offices and victims assistance offices. Julie Jakmides 14 is interning this semester with the Alliance Police Department. There are many benefits of internships, according to Conser. One is that students often are able to narrow their focus based on their experiences. Additionally, internships help students establish a work record, which can lead to direct employment upon graduation. The emphasis is on showing students they can be a professional and that goes a long way in helping them establish their career goals, he said. For more information on criminal justice, visit: mountunion.edu/criminal-justice Exercise Science The exercise science major continues to be a popular choice for Mount Union students, with about 130 enrolled in the program. According to Dr. Ronald Mendel, associate professor of human performance and sport business, exercise science majors pursue numerous career opportunities upon graduation. Many choose to continue schooling and pursue jobs as physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and chiropractors while others become strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers or corporate wellness professionals. For students studying exercise science, the learning experience takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students work with organizations such as Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, the Alliance YMCA and Alliance Community Hospital. In addition, students are involved with providing health-related programming to Mount Union faculty and staff through the Healthy Campus program and work with City of Alliance firefighters to develop workout programs. Another strength of Mount Union s exercise science program is the high-caliber equipment available for students. Students have access to a metabolic cart, a cycle ergometer to determine lower body power, a Bod Pod to measure body composition, a Dartfish motion analysis system and EMG and EKG machines. Most schools our size do not have the equipment we have, Mendel said. Our students are able to collect data from a research standpoint so, when they move on after Jackie Profera 14 works with Alliance firefighter Jeff McDaniel as he lifts weights at the MAAC as part of his workout program. graduation, they have experience with a wide variety of equipment used in the field. Students in the program choose from a graduate school track and an applied track with courses determined based on which they choose. The department continues to expand, having added a third faculty member this past fall. We hope the program continues to grow, Mendel said. There will always be jobs in health and wellness and the fitness industries. We re providing students with great opportunities for practical experiences, which is what graduate schools and employers are seeking. For more information on exercise science, visit: mountunion.edu/exercise-science UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION Page 5
6 OUNT UNION Ma g a z i n e in brief Fine Arts Events Art Events are held in Crandall Art Gallery. April 5-May 11, Senior Culminating Experience Exhibit An artist reception also will be held on. Music Events are held in Presser Recital Hall unless otherwise noted. April 1, Mu Phi Epsilon April Fool s Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Preparatory Division Musicale: Baroque, 7 p.m. April 14, Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Alliance High School, 3 p.m., Fee required April 17, Alumni Artist: Maria Fesz (cello) and the Bella Armonia Trio, 7:30 p.m., Inspirational Voices of Praise Spring Concert, Dewald Chapel, 6 p.m. April 21, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Rodman Playhouse, 3 p.m. April 24, Jazz Ensemble, Campus Grounds, 7:30 p.m. April 25, Stark County Honors Flute Choir, 7:30 p.m. April 26, Mount Union Concert Choir Spring Concert, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 427 E. Broadway St., Alliance, OH, 7:30 p.m. April 27, Cantus Femina Spring Concert, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 427 E. Broadway St., Alliance, OH, 7:30 p.m. April 28, Mount Union Alliance Chorale, First Presbyterian Church, 425 E. Market St., Alliance, OH, 3 p.m. Theatre Performances are held in Rodman Playhouse. April 4-6, Musical Company, 7:30 p.m. April 7, Musical Company, 2 p.m. April 11-13, Musical Company, 7:30 p.m. Schedules are subject to change. For the most up-todate information, visit mountunion.edu. Mark Your Calendars Class of th Reunion Coming back to campus to make more memories Members of the Class of 1963 The University of Mount Union will welcome the Class of 1963 back to campus to join fellow classmates on Friday, May 10. The day s events include a tour of campus, a session on What s been happening at Mount since you left and plenty of socializing, culminating with a Golden Anniversary Reunion Dinner. Returning classmates are also invited to stay and walk in the Commencement procession on Saturday, May 11 with graduates of the Class of Check in and lunch begins at 11 a.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The campus tour and informational session will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sebring Mansion Inn and Spa in Sebring, OH, and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees have the option of attending Baccalaureate and a Commencement luncheon the next morning at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively, with robing and lineup for Commencement starting at 12:50 p.m. Cost for the reunion dinner is $25 per person. Alumni who plan to attend any of the day s events should RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at or (330) Annual M Club Golf Outing Backing Purple Raider athletic programs The annual M Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, July 13 at Tannenhauf Golf Course in Alliance, OH. The event is open to alumni, parents and friends of the institution. Check in will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Categories are open to both men and women. The cost of the scramble is $60 per person, with a nine-hole option available for participants 70+ years for $30. The price includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch at the turn and a cookout dinner with beverages. Pre-payment for the outing is requested. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, which include a flag on the course and publicity at the event. For more information, visit alumni.mountunion.edu or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at or (330) Page 6 For further information on these and other alumni events, visit Purple Raiders Central at alumni.mountunion.edu. UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu
7 Upcoming Spring Sports Events Baseball April 2 April 3 April 10 April 14 Marietta* Hiram Baldwin Wallace* at John Carroll at Ohio Northern* at Thiel Raiders Win 11th NCAA Division III Championship No. 1 ranked Mount Union won its record 11th NCAA Division III National Football Championship with a win over No. 3 ranked St. Thomas at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, VA. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke completed 21-of-28 passes for 222 yards with a touchdown but it was two 80-plus yard drives he engineered in the second half that won him the game s most outstanding player award. Burke ended the tournament with a record 1,522 passing yards. Senior wide receiver Chris Denton had a career-best 11 catches with 83 yards and his 17-yard TD catch came after St. Thomas got within four points after a field goal midway through the third quarter. Senior Jasper Collins had his sixth straight 100-yard receiving performance with eight catches for 120 yards. Senior Jake Simon had a career-best 21 rushes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Three seniors led the unit as linebacker Charleus Dieuseul blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, safety Nick Driskill had 11 tackles and defensive back Isaiah Scott had a key interception in the second half. Raider Rally Hundreds showed up to celebrate the Purple Raider football team s 11th NCAA Division III National Championship win at Raider Rally on Monday at the University of Mount Union. The free event began with an autograph signing in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, where team members were asked to sign multiple mementos of the Purple Raiders latest championship game. The event moved to the Kresge Dining Commons for remarks by head football coach Larry Kehres, City of Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani and Mount Union President Dr. Richard F. Giese. Men s Lacrosse April 3 at Franciscan April 10 St. Vincent at Washington and Jefferson April 17 Otterbein Houghton April 24 at La Roche Women s Lacrosse at Olivet April 7 at Albion at Waynesburg April 19 St. Vincent April 21 at Otterbein April 23 at Baldwin-Wallace* Softball April 9 April 11 April 17 Men s Tennis April 10 April 16 April 24 at Baldwin Wallace* John Carroll* Ohio Wesleyan Ohio Northern* at Capital* Heidelberg* Baldwin Wallace* at John Carroll* at Ohio Northern* Capital* at Heidelberg* Marietta* Women s Tennis at Baldwin Wallace* April 9 John Carroll* Ohio Northern* April 17 at Capital* Heidelberg* April 23 at Marietta* Men s and Women s Track and Field John Homon Open at All-Ohio Championships (Ohio Wesleyan) April 18 Stark County Challenge April 19 at Jesse Owens Meet (Ohio State) April OAC Championships May 4 at University of Akron Invitational For complete schedules, visit athletics.mountunion.edu. Home games in bold * OAC Conference Game UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION mountunion.edu Page 7
8 Clark Ave. Alliance, OH Get social with Mount Union! Purple Raiders Central alumni.mountunion.edu Mount Union Launches Mobile App The University of Mount Union has launched a free mobile application that is available for download from the app store on both Android and Apple devices. Users just need to search Mount Union to find the application. Created to enhance the Mount Union experience and keep users up to date on campus events, the app lets users read University news, watch videos, view photos and access the faculty/staff directory. Users can also use the application to find maps and addresses of locations on campus. Choosing the Campus button takes users to a map image of Mount Union, where it is then possible to look up buildings on campus in order to find their exact locations and addresses. App users can also view athletic news categorized by sport. An events page links to an academic calendar and an updated list of the events taking place on campus for the current week. In addition, a Get Social button connects users to Mount Union s official social media accounts. The Help button features local emergency numbers, including Alliance police and fire stations, all campus security numbers and the phone number for the Information Desk. The Students button provides access to student-centered services such as , cable lineup, a dining menu and registration. Mount Union hopes to continuously add features to the application to ensure it is relevant and effective for users to stay connected with the University.