5 colleges, 1 county

As high school seniors and their parents spend the upcoming school year planning their futures and choosing their colleges, they may want to sharpen their focus and take a look at Stark County. Stark County is home to five — yes, five — highly respected colleges and universities.

As high school seniors and their parents spend the upcoming school year planning their futures and choosing their colleges, they may want to sharpen their focus and take a look at Stark County. Stark County is home to five — yes, five — highly respected colleges and universities.

It’s something locals often take for granted. It’s not common for so many places of higher education to be so concentrated in one county.

Both private and public institutions here offer a wide range of curriculums and highly quality teaching. Students have the option of independent on-campus living, with the comfort and peace-of-mind of being close to home, or making the quick commute to campus.

Read on to take another look at the opportunities waiting at Kent State University’s Stark Campus, Malone University, The University of Mount Union, Walsh University and Stark State College of Technology.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY STARK CAMPUS

FOUNDED: Kent State University’s presence in the Canton community dates to 1910. Classes began in 1946. Permanent campus built in 1966.

MISSION: Kent State University at Stark combines the best of a major university and a liberal arts college, offering bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees. Kent State Stark serves our region as a key intellectual resource, providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: None.

CAMPUS SIZE: Six buildings on 200 acres (shared with Stark State College).

ENROLLMENT: 5,300 enrolled in academic coursework; 4,700 enrolled in professional development courses.

NUMBER OF MAJORS/MINORS: 15 bachelor’s degrees, three associate degrees and three master’s degrees.

MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Business administration, middle-childhood education and nursing.

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: 18-to-1.

NEWEST ADDITIONS/RECENT CAMPUS CHANGES: Walter F.Wagor has been appointed the fourth dean of Kent State University Stark Campus. In fall 2009, Kent State Stark added the bachelor’s of music technology degree. In addition, the bachelor’s of marketing degree and the bachelor’s of computer design, animation and game design degree will become available in fall 2010.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Each year, the campus offers more than 50 cultural arts events, including theater, music, art and the popular Featured Speakers Series, which brings nationally and internationally known experts to campus to speak on various topics. For the fourth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Kent State Stark to the (United States) President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. In the past academic year, 1,520 Kent State Stark students were involved in a form of community service.

IN ADDITION: Economic impact:A recent comprehensive study, titled “Prosperity By Degrees:The Economic Impact of Kent State University on Northeast Ohio,” detailing the role the university plays in promoting economic development, found that Kent State Stark promotes economic growth and contributes to the vitality of both the local and state economies with a total economic impact of $129.5 million.

FROM INTERIM DEAN RUTH C. CAPASSO: “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Walter Wagor as our new dean. He is taking the helm of Kent State University at Stark as we are enjoying record enrollment, offering new academic programming and creating innovative ways to add value to our community. As Stark County’s only public university, we currently offer 15 popular bachelor’s degrees in their entirety and continue to add more. The faculty and staff of Kent State Stark are committed to student success. We are driven to pursue excellence in higher education, as well as superior customer service and support of our students. I invite you to learn more about our campus through a tour, an entertaining event or by enrolling in a course. Receive a widely respected Kent State University degree — right here in Stark County.”

MALONE UNIVERSITY

FOUNDED: In 1892 as Cleveland Bible Institute in Cleveland; moved to Canton in 1957 and renamed Malone College (now University) in honor of its founders.

MISSION: Malone University provides students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women in intellectual maturity, wisdom, and Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community and world.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Officially affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church — Eastern Region, although nearly 50 different denominations/religious affiliations are represented in the undergraduate student body.

CAMPUS SIZE: 87 acres.

ENROLLMENT: 2,638 (fall 2009).

NUMBER OF MAJORS/MINORS: More than 100 academic programs. Undergraduate: 48 majors, 34 minors. Graduate: four.

MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Nursing, business administration, and early childhood education. Accelerated degree or degree completion in management (also available online) is popular with adult learners.

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: 14.3-to-1 (undergraduate); 15.3-to 1 (graduate).

NEWEST ADDITIONS/RECENT CAMPUS CHANGES: Completely refurbished Hoover Dining Commons in the Brehme Centennial Center in 2009. As part of Malone’s green initiative, the dining commons is a “no-tray” cafeteria, significantly reducing wasted food and hot water.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Malone offers its signature event, the World View Forum Series, as well as free concerts and music recitals by a number of its bands, choirs and faculty members. It has theater productions and art exhibits and lends its talent to First Friday events and local art museums. The school’s 20 athletic teams participate in a semiannual furniture drive for the YWCA homeless shelter. In addition, Malone gives back to the community by providing board members and sponsorship of many important local events.

IN ADDITION: Malone is ranked 47th among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Universities — Masters, according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2010. Check out Fast Facts online at www.malone.edu/admissions/why-malone/fast-facts.

FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT WILBERT “WILL” J. FRIESEN: “Malone University has enjoyed healthy growth in enrollment, strong academic program offerings, and financial support. With the future of the university in mind, the board of trustees recently approved new strategic initiatives that will protect the institution’s mission and promote innovative learning and service opportunities for students. The following five themes provide focus for the initiatives: Developing new and compelling ways to tell the Malone story; Facilitating a dynamic teaching and learning environment; Nurturing an enriched student environment; Offering expanded academic and co-curricular programs; Creatively envisioning the campus of tomorrow.”

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UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION

FOUNDED: 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn.

MISSION: To prepare students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives and responsible citizenship.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: United Methodist.

CAMPUS SIZE: 115-acre campus with an additional 142-acre nature center.

ENROLLMENT: 2,200 (including full-time, part-time, undergraduate and graduate).

NUMBER OF MAJORS/MINORS: 55.

MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Business administration, early-childhood education, middle-childhood education and sport business.

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: 14-to-1.

NEWEST ADDITIONS/RECENT CAMPUS CHANGES: Gartner Welcome Center opened in 2009 along with the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, which is a state-of-the-art wellness facility for Mount Union’s campus community. The Academic Mall area is expected to open soon and will serve as a gathering plaza for the campus community as well as an exceptional first impression for prospective students and their families. Renovations are under way to Wilson Hall, which will house Mount Union’s new programs in civil and mechanical engineering. As a part of Mount Union’s sustainability initiative, contractors are renovating under LEED-certified standards. New majors include civil engineering, mechanical engineering and public health. Graduate program: Physician assistant studies program.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: From former presidents to Supreme Court justices, world-renowned performers to social activists, Mount Union is committed to enhancing the educational experience by bringing top-notch experts to campus for our students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the surrounding communities. Lectures on campus throughout the year are free and open to the public. Mount Union College was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. The office of service-learning and community service at Mount Union helps to integrate meaningful community service into students’ courses, as well as daily activities. Not only are Mount Union students involved in the community, but members of the Mount Union faculty and staff are as well. Many of them are involved in numerous community organizations and nonprofits, and many hold leadership roles within the community.

FROM PRESIDENT DR. RICHARD F. GIESE: “Over the past two decades, Mount Union has seen phenomenal growth. Enrollment has more than doubled over the past 25 years, and this fall, the institution announced a record full-time enrollment of 2,148 students. In addition, innovative academic programs, such as civil and mechanical engineering and a graduate program in physician assistant studies, have been introduced, and the physical campus has grown as well. As we anticipate becoming the University of Mount Union, we are prepared to face the challenges of higher education from a position of strength. Despite a very difficult economy, a high unemployment rate in our primary market, and the first year of demographic decline in Ohio, Mount Union is completing a strong year, and the projection for next year is even more optimistic.”

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STARK STATE COLLEGE

FOUNDED: 1960

MISSION: Stark State College provides high-value, student-centered associate degrees and professional development. The college is dedicated to individual learning, transferable higher education and career success. We advance quality of life through accessibility and business and community partnerships.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: None (state-supported two-year college).

CAMPUS SIZE: Stark State shares more than 200 acres with Kent State University Stark Campus.

ENROLLMENT: 12,483 credit students; 4,000 noncredit students (fall 2009).

NUMBER OF MAJORS/MINORS: More than 200 associate degrees, options, one-year certificates and career enhancement certificates.

MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Nursing, all health care majors, business, engineering and information technology

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: About 20-to- 1.

NEWEST ADDITIONS/RECENT CAMPUS CHANGES: New, high-tech 44,000-square-foot health sciences building opened in fall 2009. Breaking ground soon on a new 32,000-square-foot business and entrepreneurial building and an additional academic classroom building. Stark State also is expanding through satellite centers and course sites in Alliance, Barberton, downtown Canton, Carrollton, Massillon, Navarre, Plain Township and Portage Lakes.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Homegrown Entrepreneurs Forums that focus on Stark County entrepreneurs.

FROM PRESIDENT JOHN O’DONNELL, Ph.D.: “Stark State College is dedicated to advancing education attainment, economic development and quality of life in greater Stark County. With our many business and community partners, we are emphasizing that a highly skilled work force is an imperative for economic revitalization.”

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WALSH UNIVERSITY

FOUNDED: Nov. 17, 1960

MISSION: Walsh University is dedicated to educating its students to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic.

CAMPUS SIZE: 136 acres with 22 major buildings.

ENROLLMENT: 2,935 (fall 2009).

NUMBER OF MAJORS/MINORS: 51 undergraduate majors, an adult accelerated degree program and five graduate programs in education, counseling, business administration (M.B.A.), theology and a doctorate of physical therapy.

MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Education, business, nursing, biology and psychology.

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: 15-to-1.

NEWEST ADDITIONS/RECENT CAMPUS CHANGES: Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center (2009) and the new Cecchini Center sports arena (2009) in the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex (2008). In 2007, Walsh expanded its international programs by opening a satellite campus near Rome, in Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. A year later in 2008, Walsh launched a master of arts in education program in Kisubi, Uganda. In addition, Walsh has expanded its athletic offerings with new facilities added in 2008 and a new men’s lacrosse team in 2010. Walsh also recently announced the formation of its first fully outfitted marching band, scheduled to make its debut in fall 2011.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Recently, Walsh opened the Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center, which will provide counseling services to low-income and uninsured residents of the community. Walsh University also conducts numerous free public health clinics throughout the year through the Mercy Wellness Center. Since 1977, the Artists and Lecturers Series at Walsh University has brought the community various singers, musicians, artists, cultural events and speakers, including internationally renowned author Immaculee’ Ilibagiza in 2009 and Holocaust survivor Barbara Turkeltaub in 2010. In addition, the Walsh drama troupe, the Genesius Players, and the Walsh University Chorale give a variety of performances
for the public throughout the year.

FROM PRESIDENT RICHARD JUSSEAUME: “Walsh University is a tremendous resource in Stark County. In addition to the obvious economic impact, the available facilities and the career preparation enhance the local work force and provide the community with workers, volunteers, and especially leaders in service to others.”