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Major and Minor Spotlight: Education

Posted on 29 January 2014 by Harley Marsh

Harley Marsh

January 24, 2014

 

The education major is more than just learning how to teach. There’s a big misconception that it’s one of the easier majors on our campus but three juniors of the program are willing to dispel that rumor.

The education program is broken down into five sections. You can be in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA), Multi-Age, or Intervention Specialist. Intervention specialist deals with students with disabilities and can be paired with any of the other four branches of the program. Mount education students can also get an endorsement to their license to also teach grades four and five if they are in the early childhood major or have an endorsement to teach all four core subjects for grades four through six if they are in middle school.  AYA, Multi-Age, and Middle Childhood all focus on one or two particular concentrations.  For AYA, students actually choose one of four subjects to major in and education is actually their minor. The chart below further illustrates the options in the education program.

Licensure Area License Type Concentration Options
Early Childhood Pre K-34-5 Endorsement All subjects
Middle Childhood 4-94-6 Endorsement (to study all four concentrations) Language ArtsMathScienceSocial Studies
Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) 7-12 Integrated Language ArtsIntegrated MathIntegrated Social StudiesScience, Chemistry, Physics

Life Science

Multi-age Pre K-12 Foreign/World LanguageHealthMusicPhysical Education

Visual Arts

Intervention Specialist Early Childhood (Pre K-3)Mild/Moderate (K-12) All subjects

 

“You don’t just learn how to teach, but you learn programs, lessons, and student behavior at that age and cognitive level,” said Junior and Middle Childhood Major Kelsey Kincaid. “You don’t just have to learn to prepare students for standardized tests, but their core classes.”

Education students in Ohio have to pay at least $210 to simply take the tests to get their license. Each individual test is $105 in Ohio, which is not as steep as the $150 fee from previous years but is still costly. Education students must take at least two tests, but depending on the license they want to obtain, some may have to take five or more. (That’s not counting whether or not they pass the test. If they don’t pass the test, they must pay to take it again.)

Every student has to at least attempt all of their tests before they begin their clinicals (student teaching), which is usually in the spring semester of their senior year. In addition to taking tests for the state of Ohio, education students must also pass a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) during their student teaching. Education majors, not including the education minors, do not have to complete an SCE their final year at mount, but they do still have their clinicals and TPA, which replaces their SCE. The AYA students, who are education minors, have to complete their SCE within their major, and then also complete student teaching, state tests and the TPA.

On top of the fees, pre-clinicals, and clinicals, education students must also complete observation hours within their four years at Mount Union. This is where they travel to classrooms in different schools to observe and sometimes teach lessons. In addition to class hours at Mount Union, students have to complete observation hours, while still managing to maintain their homework and possibly a part-time job. Education students also have to acquire a 2.5 GPA and at least 50 credit hours by their junior semester to be accepted into the education program. After being accepted, they must maintain at least a C in all of their classes.

“People think the education major is easy, but it isn’t. You have to learn to create Individualized Education Programs (plans for the entire year, known as IEP), learn to create lesson plans and get them approved, and understand standards and relevant methods,” said Junior Danielle Dumski, a mild/moderate intervention specialist and early childhood major. “It’s 50% about principal and evaluation and 50% about student progress. Everyone’s three years is different. What you put into it is what you get out of it. The teaching program is what you make it.”

Junior and Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Major Amanda Leigh describes why students like her, chose to take on a license to teach students with disabilities.

“Everybody deserves a fair shot. It’s very rewarding and fun. It’s an eye-opener because you see people with disabilities in everyday life and how they’re treated, and you think about it differently,” said Leigh.

Leigh, Dumski and Kincaid all praise the professors in their major. They stated that all of their professors are very open to helping them one-on-one. They also shared that this allowed them to get to know them well, which allowed the professors to share their experience in order to help the students better understand what actually happens in the classroom and to make lessons and methods relevant.

The education major also offers Kappa Delta Pi, which is for education students with honors. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA. In addition, there is also the Student National Education Association (SNEA) for any education major, which gives opportunities to volunteer at local school districts. Their next volunteer project is going to Alliance Middle School and chaperoning the Valentine’s Day Dance.

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A Mount Union Love Story: Emily and Kyle

Posted on 13 November 2013 by Harley Marsh

From sweatpants to romance, seniors Emily Mariani and Kyle Dreger found love at Mount Union.

Mariani and Dreger met their freshman year while cleaning up a local church for Raider Relief, Mount’s service organization. The two then went to a movie together some time after. Dreger, dressed in jeans and a button down, met up with Mariani, who was wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt. Dreger admits the two had far different expectations for the date. Their relationship did not really start until they went out for coffee in March, about a month after they had met.

Mariani said, “I asked Kyle to coffee quickly after we met. I knew I needed to hurry and ask him before someone else would. We met for coffee at the B&B and talked for a long time. He asked me to come back tomorrow the same time and place, and after that, we hung out all the time.”

And just like that, the couple became not only lovers, but best friends. Although they go out to eat for dates, they love more to stay in, watch movies and eat candy together. They have study dates, play Call of Duty and enjoy going on runs.

Dreger said, “Honestly, some of our best dates are the ones where we go running together. You get to be out there in God’s nature with your best friend. Plus, after you’re done, you’ve pretty much eradicated any guilt that will accompany a binge on Chinese food later.”

Besides their friendship that ties them together, they share a strong faith in God that brings them closer.

Dreger said, “She’s my spiritual rock. I know building a life with her will be one of trials and tribulations, but the fire we’ve built on our families, friends and God won’t ever go out. Plus, she’s always my personal cheerleader in whatever I do. Life is pretty amazing with someone who constantly champions you.”

The myth of the kissing bridge still holds strong. The couple has kissed on the kissing bridge, is now engaged and plans are set in place for a summer wedding next year.

Dreger and Mariani’s favorite memory together is the day he proposed, where they had met for the first time.

Dreger said, “I had spent literally a year and a half preparing for that day, and once I proposed I had zero plans for what to do next. We tried calling our friends and family, but no one would pick up the phone. We ended up sitting outside at Panera, just letting it sink in, both the engagement and that we were the only two people in the world who knew.”

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Homeless in the Quad

Posted on 05 October 2013 by Taylor Jarvis

By: Harley Marsh

Spiritual Life Leadership is hosting “Homeless in the Quad” at 8 p.m. this Friday, September 27 through 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. During the event, students will be spending the night in boxes to raise awareness for the homeless men and women in Alliance.

Sophomore Ashley Christensen and Senior Chelsey Bruce are working with Chaplain Marty Cashburless to organize the event. They will provide free food, boxes, and appropriate accommodations in case of poor weather conditions, and restrooms will be open in the chapel.  There will also be a burn barrel where students can gather around a fire to roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Students will need to bring their own blankets and pillows.

Participants who stay overnight will be able to receive service hours for their sororities, fraternities, or any other organization that requires community service.

“It is not just a social event, it will also raise awareness. Pamphlets will be passed out with statistics and ways to be involved (around Alliance). We want students to see what it’s like to be homeless for a night,” Bruce stated.

This event will promote the Alliance for Children and Families, a local homeless shelter, as well as the Alliance Community Pantry. The goal is for students to become more aware of the need in the Alliance community as well as ways they can help.

“It’s hard as college students to collect cans (for food drives) so we raise awareness instead,” Christensen explained.

Cashburless shares the overwhelming statistic about Alliance poverty, “There are 22,000 people in Alliance, and 5,000 people live at or below the poverty line. That’s over a quarter of the population.”

With numbers like these that are rising every year, it is crucial that students on campus take a look outside of Mount Union and try to help. In Alliance alone, the statistics of homeless men and women are 14% higher than surrounding communities.

“The number of homeless people in our area is higher than the state average,” Christensen added.

Students are encouraged to attend the event for a fun, but also incredibly eye-opening experience. The Spiritual Life Leadership Council hopes students walk away from the event with a new knowledge and enthusiasm to help make a difference in the community.

Students need to reserve a box before the event on Friday. They can make a reservation by emailing Chelsey Bruce at brucecm@mountunion.edu. There will be more events like this including Stop Hunger Now and a food drive hosted by FLOCK.

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Mount Union international experience

Posted on 02 October 2013 by Taylor Jarvis

Mount Union international experience

Every year, students come to Mount Union from all over the world. According to Dawn Adams, director of International Recruitment and Admission, the international student population is 84 this year at Mount. This includes degree-seeking students, exchange students and dual citizens.

Students from the U.S. often wonder what brings other students here from the other side of the world. Yasue Tsujimoto, a senior from Japan, explained what brought her to Mount:

“I wanted to study abroad since I was a junior in high school. After I entered the university in Japan and got the chance of studying abroad, I chose to go to Ohio because my friend from Ohio said it is a good place. My university and Mount Union had a connection, so I came to Mount.”

Tsujimoto also spoke about her favorite part of studying at Mount Union:

“Meeting my friends and everything is a challenge for me. I’m sometimes struggling those things, but I like that. I’m always looking forward to what kind of things are waiting every day.”

While international students are at Mount, they get to experience American culture outside of campus. They go on trips to outlet malls, amusement parks, county fairs and much more. Tsujimoto has been able to travel to New York City and Chicago while staying in the United States. Her favorite activities so far have been visiting different states, eating pizza, seeing a lot of good people, and making a great American friend and staying at her house over Spring Break.

Tsujimoto is also involved in several organizations on campus. She is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, the Association of International Students and the new Japanese Club. She also gets to talk on Mount’s radio station, WRMU, a few times a week, as a course requirement for one of her communication classes.

Culture shock is a common occurrence that comes along with many students when they live somewhere so different from their own country. It often takes time for students to adjust to the culture’s traditions and customs.

Tsujimoto shared customs Americans do differently than Japanese:

“Professors make jokes, students talk a lot in class, people buy a lot of things (sometimes seems too much) at Wal-Mart and most American college students have a driver’s license.”

Overall, Tsujimoto has enjoyed her time in the United States.

“I feel many people treat me very nicely. Professors help me to study as well.”

For more information on international student life at Mount Union, visit the Center for Global Education or go to www.mountunion.edu/center-for-global-education.

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S.T.A.N.D.

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Dynamo Staff

By: Mike Meszaros

Representatives of the See The Ability Not The Disability (S.T.A.N.D) organization held their first meeting of the fall semester on Thursday September 19. President of S.T.A.N.D. Stephen Yanovich kicked off the meeting in the Tolerton-Hood building and introduced their featured guest, the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), the Stark area bus system.

At the meeting, SARTA held an informational session about their bus program. According to sartaonline.com, SARTA provides bus transportation for 33 routes in Stark County: Alliance, Canton, Hartville, Jackson Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, and Uniontown. In addition, SARTA provides 2.6 million rides a year in Stark County.

Advisor for the S.T.A.N.D. organization Karen Saracusa said, “International students do not have cars and have to rely on others for transportation to simple places like Wal-Mart or bigger places when they need to travel home to get to different airports whether its the Akron/Canton or the Cleveland airport.”

Saracusa also explained that SARTA “could be beneficial to many people on campus to know where places the bus could take them to.”

The SARTA bus has a route that runs up and down the main streets around Mount Union and looks to not just benefit the international students but all students as well.

Freshman Willie Swift says he anticipates using SARTA once a month or for fall break.

At the end of the presentation, to show the audience what SARTA has to offer, SARTA representatives gave out free 31-day bus passes.

The S.T.A.N.D.’s main goal is to offer education for all. It looks to serve the community through education on disabilities and rights.

Yanowich said, “The purpose of S.T.A.N.D. shall be to bring University of Mount Union students together to raise awareness, to educate the campus community, and to promote an inclusive environment for all.”

Head of public relations for S.T.A.N.D. Rachael Hagey said, “we’ve recently got a Facebook page and you could add us as a friend.”

Every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room the organization holds its weekly meetings about these topics and looks to conduct a presentation about service animals later in the year.

Yanovich said, “Our goal is to have one educational program a month.”

 

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“Fall”ing into the new season

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Taylor Jarvis

It is that time of year again. Class has been in session for five weeks, everyone has been reunited with friends and summer has slowly faded away. The first technical day of autumn was Sunday, September 22. Fall came a couple days early this year, however.

During week four of school, changes started to be seen outside. Leaves slowly began to change colors, temperatures started to drop and the dark of night started to arrive sooner.

While to most, summer is known as late nights, hot weather, swimming and vacations, fall also holds a specific meaning to people. To some, fall is a time to break out wardrobe that has been hiding in the back of a closet since the last academic year. Sophomore Kevin Intihar said that his favorite part about fall is being able to wear hoodies and comfortable clothes. Freshman Alex Camp said she enjoys wearing leggings, cardigans and scarves every day.

Camp also spoke about her favorite part of fall:

“This is really cheesy, but I love when you walk through the leaves and you hear them crunch. Everything is just so pretty. It’s not uncomfortably hot but it’s not too cold.”

Intihar’s favorite part about fall is participating on his intramural sand volleyball team that plays in the court out front of Ketchum hall.

“I’m the captain of my team, I love it” said Intihair.

Food is also another part of life that changes with the season. In the summer people often enjoy cookouts and a cool glass of lemonade. In the fall one will see apple cider, donuts and pumpkin flavored foods take over.

Intihar’s favorite fall treats are pumpkin pie and apple cider. Camp also enjoys apple cider, but not as a beverage. She enjoys homemade apple cider donuts.

“Apple cider donuts, we make them where I work back home. They’re so good” said Camp.

Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of fall while you can. Winter, which tends to be a least favorite among people (nbcnews.com), will begin December 21st. For information on activities you can do in the fall visit www.realsimple.com/work-life/fall-activites or www.onlyabreath.com/2012/09/101things-to-do-this-fall.

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Giving students CHOICES

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Dynamo Staff

CHOICES (Choosing Healthy Options In Celebration of Educational Success) is a social group aimed towards educating the community about safe decisions regarding sex, drinking and academics. The group works in collaboration with other organizations on campus to hold events that inform the public.

Events coming up in October include: “Don’t Drink and Drive Go Karts,” “Mr. UMU,” “Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk” and “Sober Halloween” party. Towards the end of the academic semester, in December, events such as “De-Stress Fest” and the Christmas festival will take place.

Major events that CHOICES has held in the past include “De-Stress Fest,” “Spring Break Pack” and “Sober Halloween.”

“I want to educate the community about issues our group covers,” said president of CHOICES Katie Kukucka.

According to Kukucka, “De-Stress Fest” is a way for students to relax before finals. The group gives out condoms, Chap Stick and wristlets during the “Spring Break Pack” event, to help keep students safe while on vacation. “Sober Halloween” is a party for people who want to have sober fun during the weekend.

Kukucka said, “I want the group to come together as friends and have fun.”

Meetings later in the semester include trips to Silver Park to makes s’mores and a bonfire, a movie night with popcorn to get to know others, and bonding during the Homecoming parade.

When asked what the members hope to gain from being involved in CHOICES, freshman Emma Creech said, “I am a public health major and want to gain experience with public health issues.”

Kayla Oroni, also a freshman, said she also wanted to gain experience in her field of study.

Academic advisor for CHOICES Kellen Weber said, “Students are faced with making personal decisions about health and safety every day. CHOICES believes that developing positive decision-making skills impacts student life and prepares students to enter the real world and the greater community to promote healthy and safe lifestyles.”

The meeting held this past Monday September 15 discussed important information about upcoming events. The first event, “Mock-tails” is where each organization makes a non-alcoholic drink of their choice. Themes based on The Great Gatsby, tropical flavors and a fiesta party were mentioned. Next, the “Sober Halloween” party with the Gay Straight Alliance was determined to be held on October 31 in the basement of Bracy. This party will include a costume contest, bobbing for apples, board games and pizza. Following the Halloween party is the “Breast Cancer Walk,” on October 27, in which members can tie-dye shirts with pink dye. Fundraising for this event will take place outside of the cafeteria October 14and 21.

CHOICES meetings are held in the West Room of HPCC at 4:15 p.m. for the following Mondays in the academic semester: October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, November 25 (at 9 p.m.), and December 2.

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Mount Union Love Story

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Harley Marsh

On Saturday September 21, alumni Ashley Smith and Adam Karlen returned to Mount Union to exchange vows in Dewald Chapel.

The two initially met through a mutual while Karlen was a freshman at Mount Union and Smith was a senior in high school. However, they reconnected the following year when they were both members of Alpha Phi Omega, Mount’s service fraternity. For Smith’s first semester, the two were merely friends, but as the year progressed they began to fall in love. They officially started dating on March 30, 2010 during Smith’s second semester at Mount.

Two years later, Karlen proposed to Smith on Mount’s infamous kissing bridge for their anniversary on March 30, 2012. The tradition remains, that a couple who kisses on the kissing bridge at the lakes is destined to be married.

After Karlen graduated in 2011, he stayed in Alliance to be with his fiancé. When Smith graduated in the fall of 2012, the two moved and started their lives together. They now live in Marietta, Ohio where Smith works for Congressman Bill Johnson and Karlen works for Kelly Services as a staffing supervisor.

They decided holding the ceremony at Mount Union would be the most sentimental for them.

Smith said, “Mount is just our whole relationship; where we met, where we grew up together, where we fell in love. It has so much history for us.”

The bridal party was full of Mount alumni. Smith’s bride’s maids, adorned in short purple dresses, were Amanda Mercer, Ashley Brown, Kelly Lamiell, Megan McDonough, and Heidi Siciliano. Karlen’s groomsmen were Taylor McIntyre, Kevin Marcinick, Dan Humphrey, Josh Jones, and Joe Giuliano.

Alumn Ida Gorman played piano for the ceremony and Chaplain Martha Cashburless united the two in holy matrimony. As the couple exchanged their vows they wept softly and Karlen wiped his wife’s tears with a tissue. After the ceremony, family and friends traveled to La Pizzaria in Canton for the reception.

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PHOTOS/Harley Marsh

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Rho Gamma

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Taylor Jarvis

This past week at Mount Union, women gathered to start the sorority recruitment process. A total of 127 women were signed up to go through the process. The leaders that helped these women through recruitment are called Rho Gammas.

“A Rho Gamma is someone who gives up her letters in order to help recruitment guests find their home,” stated Rho Gamma Sarah Honandel. Fellow Rho Gamma, Julie Book, added that a Rho Gamma “tells the recruitment guests what sorority is about and gives an unbiased opinion of all sororities.”

Heather Rice, PanHellenic Vice President of Recruitment, explains that she “handles the logistics of recruitment, signs people up to go through recruitment, puts them in their groups and reviews house totals for all of the chapters.”

The women experienced four nights of recruitment: Open House, Theme Night, Philanthropy Night and Formal Dessert. On Sunday, also known as Bid Day to sororities, the women of each chapter discovered who their new members are. During each night, the time spent at the house increased by a little bit, so that the sororities could get to know their potential new sisters more.

Open House is a brief 20-minute round. During Theme Night, the sororities chose a “theme” for their house, such as ‘New York City’, ‘Candy Land’, ‘Speed-Dating’ or ‘Las Vegas’. Rho Gamma Heather Rice claimed that, “Theme Night is [her] favorite because each house is decorated individually and it makes them all stand out.” During Philanthropy Night, the sororities talked about the organization that they help raise money for. Lastly, during Formal Dessert, the sororities held a small ceremony that helped explain their sisterhood.

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Gamma Beta Phi by Megan Shadrach

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Taylor Jarvis

More than 100 students were inducted into Mount Union’s first chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society last Wednesday in the Dewald Chapel.

Jimmy McNutt, assistant national executive director of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, travelled to Mount Union’s campus from Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the induction ceremony.

McNutt shared his favorite quote with the inductees, “If you set yourself on fire with enthusiasm, people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

Members like Jenna Balazs are ready to start working together to serve others. “I am excited because I am in this group with some of my good friends and we get to spend time together volunteering,” said Balazs.

Gamma Beta Phi is an honor society for students who value community engagement and have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Mount Union has the second Gamma Beta Phi chapter in Ohio.

Members will meet several times throughout each semester and will complete a minimum of 10 service hours per semester.

Gamma Beta Phi national headquarters also conducts larger projects nationwide.  Currently, they are collecting children’s books for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Gamma Beta Phi is an honor society that can be found on many college campuses across the United States, starting back in 1964 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Since then it has grown and spread to college campuses of all sizes.

Children’s book donations can be sent to:

The Gamma Beta Phi Society
78 A Mitchell Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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