University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union, located in Alliance, Ohio, is a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846. The University offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. For more than a century, the college has been officially connected with the Methodist Church. It is now affiliated with the East Ohio, West Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Mount Union has been ranked for 14 consecutive years as a top college in the Midwest, and is also ranked as a "Best Buy" for regional liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.[3]

Mount Union has an enrollment of 2,209 undergraduate students,[3] divided approximately equally between men and women. Students represent more than 22 states and 13 countries. Mount Union has an alumni base of more than 13,000 graduates located around the world.

University of Mount Union
University of Mount Union seal
Former names
Mount Union College
MottoSit Lux
TypePrivate liberal arts
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Endowment$131 million
PresidentW. Richard Merriman, Jr.
Location, ,

40°54′17″N 81°6′38″W / 40.90472°N 81.11056°WCoordinates: 40°54′17″N 81°6′38″W / 40.90472°N 81.11056°W
CampusSuburban, 115 acres (0.47 km2)
ColorsPurple and White[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIOAC
NicknamePurple Raiders
Mount Union logo

History and profile

Mount Union was founded in 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn[4] as "a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities, and there would be no distinction due to race, color, or sex." In approximately 1911,[5] Scio College of Scio, Ohio merged with Mount Union, moving faculty to the Mount Union campus and abandoning the Scio campus.

Mount Union College was renamed the University of Mount Union effective August 1, 2010.[6]

Academic programs

Chapman Hall UMU
Chapman Hall, which houses many of the humanities classrooms and faculty offices

Eighty-five percent of the faculty at Mount Union have earned a doctoral or terminal degree with graduate training at universities in the United States and Europe.

Mount Union offers 60 majors and 53 minors of academic coursework in keeping with the liberal arts tradition. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of departments and majors to discover potential talents and interests. Through general education course requirements, students are able to familiarize themselves to a variety of majors and minors. Students are also encouraged to meet their academic departmental adviser, to find guidance in deciding what majors and minors are most advantageous.

The University also offers Pre-Professional programs in Pre-Health professions (Pre-Medicine), Pre-Law, and Pre-Ministry as well as Army ROTC.

Graduate programs

Mount Union offers a master of science in Physician Assistant studies, Doctor of Physical Therapy [7][8] and a Master of Arts in educational leadership.[9]

Undergraduate programs

Mount Union University offer a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition[10].


Mount Union school colors are purple and white and competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III athletics. The teams are nicknamed Purple Raiders, and the school's mascot is MUcaw, a purple macaw.

Mount Union sponsors 12 men's varsity teams: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, track & field, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, lacrosse, wrestling, and volleyball. The school also sponsors 10 women's varsity teams: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.

Mount Union Stadium
Mount Union Stadium

Club sports include bowling, and intramural Sports include flag football, dodgeball, innertube water polo, ultimate frisbee, sand volleyball, 2 person golf scramble, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, 2 on 2 basketball, badminton, and pickleball. Mount won the NCAA Men's Division III Cross Country Championship in 1974 under Coach Jim Wuske, the NCAA Men's Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2017, and in 2014 & 2018 Mount Union won the NCAA Men's Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships under Coach Kevin Lucas.


Mount Union's football is currently led by head coach Vince Kehres. Under Vince's father Larry Kehres, who retired after the 2012 season with the highest winning percentage in college football history, Mount Union has won a record 13 Division III national championships—all since 1993. Mount Union holds the all-division record for consecutive victories at 55 from 2000-2003, which ended with their loss to St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (Division III National Championship) on December 20, 2003.[11] Mount Union previously held the all divisions mark at 54 consecutive games until losing in the semifinals on December 12, 1999 to Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ).[11] During both the 55 and 54 game streaks Mount Union won 3 consecutive National Championships.[12] Since both streaks were connected—from 1997–2003 Mount Union won 109 of 110 games played.[11] The Purple Raiders won 110 consecutive regular-season games between 1994 and 2005 (which was ended by conference foe Ohio Northern University on Oct 22, 2005), posted 14 undefeated regular seasons, won 16 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, and had the best overall record in the 1990s (120–7–1, an overall winning percentage of 0.941).

National Championships: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017 "Mount won the NCAA Men's Division III Cross Country Championship in 1974 under Coach Jim Wuske, and in 2014 Mount Union won the NCAA Men's Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships under Coach Kevin Lucas [1] ."

Student life

Mount Union's radio station is 91.1 WRMU, and the campus paper is The Dynamo.

The university's music program offers participation in numerous bands and choirs, including Concert Choir, Mount Union Alliance Chorale, Opera Workshop, Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Strings, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and more.

The Theatre Department puts on two productions every fall, and varying productions in the spring. Every spring semester alternates between a musical and a straight play every year for the main stage show, and every spring there are also student-directed one-acts. Theatre productions are open to all students, regardless of major or class rank.


In the Spring of 2019, the University of Mount Union started it's eSports program by fielding its first Overwatch roster under head coach & director Derek Spinell, and is offering scholarships starting fall of 2019.[13]

Greek life

There are four major social fraternities and four major social sororities with chapters at the institution.

Women's sororities

Men's fraternities

Service fraternities

Honor Societies


List of University of Mount Union people has many alumni living throughout the United States and has many alumni that still reside throughout Ohio.


  1. ^ University of Mount Union Identity Program (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  2. ^ "Member Center – University of Mount Union". National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
  3. ^ a b "University of Mount Union". US News and World Report. 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. ^ "History of Mount Union". University of Mount Union. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  5. ^ "The Rural Seminary - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Mount Union to adopt identification as university". The Repository. 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  7. ^ "Physician Assistant Studies". University of Mount Union. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Campus news". The Marietta Times. March 16, 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Master of Arts in Educational Leadership". University of Mount Union. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Mount Union University Presidential Undergraduate Scholarship".
  11. ^ a b c "Mount Union". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
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  13. ^ "esports". Retrieved 2019-02-28.

External links

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The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets are the athletic teams for Baldwin Wallace University. The Yellow Jackets participate in Division III of the NCAA in the Ohio Athletic Conference. B-W's rivalries include John Carroll University and University of Mount Union. BW's most successful athletic programs include cross country and swimming and diving. Among BW's most famous alumni related to athletics include Harrison Dillard, Lee Tressel, and Jim Tressel.

C. Ellis Moore

Charles Ellis Moore (January 3, 1884 – April 2, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Middlebourne, Ohio, Moore attended the common schools and Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. He taught school in Oxford Township, Ohio. He then graduated from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, in 1907 and from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University at Columbus in 1910. He was admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Cambridge, Ohio.

He served as prosecuting attorney of Guernsey County 1914-1918.

Moore was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1926 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against George W. English, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois. He resumed the practice of law in Cambridge, Ohio. He also engaged in the banking business. He died in Cambridge, Ohio, April 2, 1941. He was interred in Northwood Cemetery.

Carrie Coon

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On stage, Coon was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2012 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She has starred in many films, including as Margo Dunne in the thriller Gone Girl (2014), Meg Greenfield in the drama The Post (2017), and in the supernatural horror drama The Keeping Hours (2017). In 2018, she played the Black Order member Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War and Vera Walker in the second season of The Sinner. The following year, she reprised her role as Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Endgame.

Christopher A. Boyko

Christopher Allan Boyko (born October 10, 1954), is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Dan Hughes (basketball)

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De Witt C. Badger

De Witt Clinton Badger (August 7, 1858 – May 20, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and the 36th mayor of Columbus, Ohio.

Born near London, Ohio, Badger attended the country schools in Madison County and Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

He taught school from 1875 to 1880.

He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in London, Ohio.

He served as prosecuting attorney of Madison County 1882-1885.

He moved to Columbus, Ohio, and was elected judge of the court of common pleas in 1893.

He was reelected in 1897 and served until 1903, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.

Badger was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905).

He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904.

He resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ohio.

He served as the 36th mayor of Columbus (January 1, 1906 – 1908).

He died in Columbus, Ohio, May 20, 1926.

He was interred at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.

Badger married Sidney Slaughter, and had children named Clinton and Minnie.

H. Ross Ake

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Jason Weigand

Jason E. Weigand (born February 7, 1968) is a former US Army Veteran and 3X NCAA All American collegiate wrestler who wrestled for The University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Weigand has been inducted into the West Holmes High School Hall of Fame, The Holmes County Hall of Fame and the University of Mount Union Hall of Fame. He is the all-time leader in a couple major statistical categories for wrestling at Mount Union, including, most career pins, most pins in a season and the fastest pin. He was all conference all three years he wrestled at Mount Union winning the Conference Championship each year. He also was a two time team captain of the Mount Union Purple Raiders. Weigand became the first 3 time NCAA All American in Mount Union history.

John A. McDowell

John Anderson McDowell (September 25, 1853 – October 2, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Killbuck, Ohio, McDowell attended the common schools, the Millersburg High School, and Lebanon (Ohio) Normal College.

He graduated from the Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1887.

He taught in rural schools 1870-1877. Following this he served as principal of Millersburg High School 1877-1879.

Superintendent of Millersburg schools 1879-1896.

County school examiner for twenty years.

Instructor in the summer school of the College of Wooster, Ohio from 1896 to 1917 and in the summer school of Ashland College, Ohio in 1918.

McDowell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900.

Superintendent of public instruction of the Ashland city schools 1908-1927.

Trustee of the State normal college at Kent, Ohio from 1911 to 1922.

He served as president of Northeastern Ohio Teachers' Association in 1921 and of Ohio State Teachers' Association in 1926.

He was also interested in agricultural pursuits.

He died in Cleveland, Ohio, October 2, 1927.

He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Ohio.

Lyman U. Humphrey

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Miner G. Norton

Miner Gibbs Norton (May 11, 1857 – September 7, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Andover, Ohio, Norton attended the public schools, the National Normal University, Lebanon, Ohio, and Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.

He graduated from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1878 and from the law department of Yale College in 1880.

He was admitted to the bar in the latter year and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio.

He served as director of law of Cleveland, Ohio 1895-1899.

He served as chairman of the Republican State executive committee in the early nineties.

United States appraiser for the northern district of Ohio 1905-1909.

Norton was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Cleveland.

He was appointed by President Coolidge collector of customs at Cleveland on February 7, 1925, and served until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, September 7, 1926.

He was interred in Oakdale Cemetery, Jefferson, Ohio.

Mount Union Purple Raiders football

The Mount Union Purple Raiders football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Mount Union located in the U.S. state of Ohio. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division III level and are members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The team was established in 1893 and plays its home games at the 5,600 seat Mount Union Stadium. They are coached by Vince Kehres. Through the 2017 season, Mount Union football has won 13 Division III National Championships and 28 OAC titles, which includes a streak of 24 consecutive conference titles from 1992 through 2015. Additionally, the Purple Raiders own the NCAA football record for consecutive victories with 55, set from 2000 to 2003, which broke their previous record of 54, set from 1996 to 1999. The team has also had notable winning streaks of 110 consecutive wins in the regular season from 1994 to 2005 and 112 from 2005 to 2016, along with a 98-game winning streak at home that also ended in 2016. With the Purple Raiders' success, former head coach Larry Kehres holds the record for highest winning percentage (.929) for coaches with minimum 200 career wins over his 27 seasons (1986–2012) as coach at Mount Union.

Philander C. Knox

Philander Chase Knox (May 6, 1853 – October 12, 1921) was an American lawyer, bank director and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Knox served in the Cabinet of three different presidents and represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

Born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, Knox became a prominent attorney in Pittsburgh, forming the law firm of Knox and Reed. With the industrialists Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon, Knox also served as a director of the Pittsburgh National Bank of Commerce. In early 1901, he accepted appointment as United States Attorney General. Knox served under President William McKinley until McKinley was assassinated in September 1901, and Knox continued to serve under President Theodore Roosevelt until 1904, when he resigned to accept appointment to the Senate.

Knox won re-election to the Senate in 1905 and unsuccessfully sought the 1908 Republican presidential nomination. In 1909, President William Howard Taft appointed Knox to the position of United States Secretary of State. From that post, Knox reorganized the State Department and pursued dollar diplomacy, which focused on encouraging and protecting U.S. investments abroad. Knox returned to private practice in 1913 after Taft lost re-election. He won election to the Senate in 1916 and played a role in the Senate's rejection of the Treaty of Versailles. Knox was widely seen as a potential compromise candidate at the 1920 Republican National Convention, but the party's presidential nomination instead went to Warren G. Harding. While still serving in the Senate, Knox died in October 1921.

Ralph Regula

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Samuel Austin Kendall

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Thomas B. Fletcher

Thomas Brooks Fletcher (October 10, 1879 – July 1, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Mechanicstown, Ohio, Fletcher attended the public schools, a private school at Augusta, Ohio, and the Richard School of Dramatic Art in Cleveland.

He graduated from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1900.

He was editor of the Daily Leader, Alliance, Ohio, from 1903 to 1905.

He served on the staff of the Morning News, Canton, Ohio, from 1905 to 1906.

He became a Redpath lecturer in 1906.

He was editor and publisher of the Daily Tribune at Marion, Ohio, from 1910 to 1922.

Fletcher was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1929).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress.

Fletcher was elected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939).

He served as chairman of the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses), Committee on the Census (Seventy-fifth Congress).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress and for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress.

He resumed lecturing and chautauqua work.

He died in Washington, D.C., July 1, 1945.

He was interred in Mechanicstown Cemetery, Mechanicstown, Ohio.

W. Aubrey Thomas

William Aubrey Thomas (June 7, 1866 – September 8, 1951) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Y Bynea, near Llanelly, Wales, Thomas immigrated to the United States in 1868 with his parents, who settled in Niles, Ohio. He attended the public schools of Niles, Mount Union College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he majored in metallurgical chemistry.He was an analytical chemist in Niles from 1886 to 1888, and was engaged in the iron and steel business. He served as president of The Mahoning Valley Steel Company. and as Secretary and director of the Niles Firebrick Co.

Thomas was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles W. F. Dick on this election to the Senate. He was reelected to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses and served from November 8, 1904, to March 3, 1911. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress.

He moved to Alabama in 1918, and continued his interest in the manufacture of iron, steel, and firebrick. He served as president of the Jenifer Iron Co. He died in Talladega, Alabama on September 8, 1951, aged 85. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Youngstown.

Thomas became a Mason in 1887, and was the youngest Master in Ohio when he led his lodge for two terms. He became a member of the Elks in 1892, and was a Presbyterian.


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