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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Mount Union gives MLK diversity awards

  • The University of Mount Union recently awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leadership and diversity awards to Patrick Williams of Canton, a 2008 graduate of GlenOak High School and a senior business administration major; Jim and Judy Thoma, and Greg Rice, all of Alliance.

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  •  The University of Mount Union recently awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leadership and diversity awards to Patrick Williams of Canton, a 2008 graduate of GlenOak High School and a senior business administration major; Jim and Judy Thoma, and Greg Rice, all of Alliance.
    Rice is the founder and organizer of the Greg Rice Tribe drumming group in Alliance. The Thoma’s are connected to Mount Union. He is associate academic dean of the university and professor of human performance and sport business; she is pursuing a degree in American Studies at the college.
    The awards were given during the university’s Jan. 19 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards dinner and ceremony at the school. Williams received the Student Award for his ability to recognize the value of racial harmony and promote all forms of diversity while working with a wide range of individuals and organizations. On campus, he is a member of the Dowling Mentor Program, Fellowship for Christian Athletes and Raider Relief. The Regula Scholar also volunteers regularly at Feed My Sheep Ministries and with Beyond Our Boundaries, a program for adults with developmental disabilities.
    The Thoma’s earned the Faculty and Staff Award. They have opened their home to many international students and created a home-away-from-home for them. Judy, who is from Malaysia, and Jim, who travels internationally frequently, embrace global citizenship. They celebrate diversity through their involvement with the Association of International Students’ annual dinner as well as hosting parties to celebrate international holidays, graduations of international students and even birthday celebrations.
    Rice received the Community Award for his community service efforts.
    BALLET DESTINATIONS
    Canton Ballet is having its annual School of Canton Ballet vacation destination fundraiser raffle to support live music in its studio classrooms. The 2012 school raffle grand prize is a three-night stay for eight people at the Tamarack Club of Holiday Valley resort and spa, located near Ellicottville, N.Y. The grand prize is donated by Dr. Joseph and Jennifer Hellmann, plus a $1,000 credit for food and activities.
    Raffle tickets are on sale for $25 each at the Canton Ballet office in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N. The drawing will be March 17, during the Canton Ballet’s 2 p.m. performance of Director’s Choice at the Canton Palace Theatre at 605 Market Ave. N. The winner need not be present.
    SILVER AND GOLD
    The Order of the Silver Trefoil will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts during a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. March 11 at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church at 4600 Fulton Drive NW. This event is open to all present and former Girl Scouts and supporters of the Girl Scout program.
    Word has it that even Juliette Gordon Low, founder, may be there to greet her friends. Call 330-493-1386 for more information.
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