Dr. Lonnie Lowery, assistant professor of human performance and sport business, and three senior exercise science majors, had the opportunity to travel to Spain in September to present their research from a caffeine study conducted at the University of Mount Union.
Lowery’s Scholarship in Exercise Science course collaborated with Dr. Jeff Buth, assistant professor of chemistry, in developing the groundwork for testing a new highly caffeinated coffee product and its effect on explosive exercise performance. Senior exercise science majors Caitlin Goggin of Mantua, OH; Mary Catherine Powers of Seven Hills, OH and Sarah Kirk of Broadview Heights, OH, members of the course, expressed their interest in continuing to work on the study by taking a follow up research course, as well as volunteering in the lab.
“Science and research are the foundation for any health care field, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and clinical exercise physiology,” said Kirk. “This research has taught us to reach a graduate school level of critical thinking.”
The group had the privilege of traveling to Spain to present their research at the International Congress on Nutrition (ICN). The ICN is a large conference that only takes place once every four years. The research was presented in the form of an E-Poster, which is a large LCD screen that displays their findings.
"It’s an honor to have our research accepted there,” said Lowery. “The broad international exposure to academics from all over the world enriched us all.”
Not only were they able to present their research, but the group was also able to explore Spain. They visited Alhambra, a historical Islamic Palace, as well as Mediterranean Coastal Villages.
“We learned a lot about the culture of Spain, which really tied in with the theme of the conference, Joining Cultures Through Nutrition,” said Powers.
The trip became a memorable experience for everyone involved.
“I am grateful that our science – and support from the University – can bring such things,” said Lowery.
The group will present follow-up research in 2014 examining whether men differ from women in their response to the coffee, as well as whether habituation to caffeine produces any benefits.
“This was such a beneficial experience with which we hope to lay the ground work for future students to have the same opportunity to present research in a real-world setting,” said Goggin.Rep. Christina Hagan Spends Day at Mount Union
State representative Christina Hagan spent Monday afternoon conversing with University of Mount Union students, faculty and staff through the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.
Hagan is the youngest female representative to serve in Ohio and the second youngest female Republican state representative in the nation. She currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives, working to meet the needs of Alliance's residents along with others in Stark County.
A Marlington High School and Malone University graduate, Hagan is a large supporter of education at all levels and shared that with students.
While on campus, Hagan visited a public relations class where she explained the importance of communication and getting to know people. A longtime waitress, Hagan still spends her weekends waiting tables and wanted students to understand how important that is to her in staying grounded.
Mount Union student Taylor Jarvis expressed that the class visit was a great experience.
"Hagan highlighted that she is not just a politician, she is a public servant first,” Jarvis said. “She taught us how to succeed when odds are against you and how important it is to stay humble no matter where life takes you."
Following the classroom visit, Hagan entertained questions from Mount Union students and faculty members at a luncheon. She again shared how she made her way to holding public office and the importance of young people being involved in their communities and politics.
"It was really inspiring to see someone with such a relatable background be so successful,” said student Morgan Welker. “It made me see public service in a whole new light and made me realize that you are never too young to make a difference."
"Hagan encouraged me to work hard for what I want to accomplish in life. I found her very inspirational as it is obvious how hard she worked to get where she is," said Mount Union student Megan Shadrach.
This event was one of many hosted by the Regula Center at Mount Union.
"We aim to host speakers that complement what students are learning in the classroom and help them understand the importance of getting involved at a variety of levels," said Harry Paidas, Director of the Center.
The Center was created to bring these types of experiences to Mount Union students and the Alliance community in an effort to increase participation in both community and government work. For more information, contact Abby Honaker, assistant director in the Center at (330)829-8168 or email@example.com. Further information can also be found at mountunion.edu.Regula Center Hosts Thanksgiving Meal
The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement worked with the community to host its annual Community-wide Thanksgiving dinner at The Salvation Army in Alliance on Saturday.
The meal was made possible through donations from area businesses and individuals and nearly 500 meals were served.
According to Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center and coordinator of the event, this was the largest turnout in the history of the annual meal.
Student volunteer Ashely Christensen spent two days helping out with the event.
"It was really eye-opening to see all the different kinds of people who are struggling,” Christensen said. “One couple walked an hour in the cold just to eat. It was definitely one of my favorite volunteering opportunities so far.”
In addition to lunch, there were kids activities and a tree of thanks where those attending wrote what they were thankful for on leaves to add to the tree.
"It was amazing to be able to reach out to so many people in one day,” said Jena Finch. “My favorite part was hearing everyone's stories and learning about what they were thankful for. I think our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree turned out great."
"Serving the thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army was an experience I will never forget,” said Mackenzie Shivers, another student volunteer. “All too often we take things for granted that are truly blessings. Seeing how thankful people were for this meal was so rewarding."
Hosted the Saturday before Thanksgiving to allow Mount Union students to help out, the dinner is one of the largest outreaches the Center does. Volunteers from Mount Union worked alongside many community members Friday and all morning Saturday to prepare the food with assistance from guest chef Dennis Devies, Jr.
The dinner was made possible through the help of nearly 70 volunteers in addition to numerous donors. Donors for the dinner were recognized in categories including Pie Sponsors, those who gave donations valued up to $49; Turkey Sponsors, those who gave donations valued from $50-99; and Cornucopia Sponsors, those who gave donations valued at $100 or more.
Pie Sponsors for the 2013 dinner included, Phil and Ginny Daniel, Kathleen Piker-King, Callie Livengood, Missie and Terry Gardner, Matt and Marie Trainer, Pat Stone, Tammy Goshorn, Teresa Latham, Linda Montgomery, Lindsay Laret, Samantha Naug, Jan Ossler, William and Michelle McCallum, Chuck and Martha McClaugherty, Len and Lynda Slack, McDonald's and Giant Eagle.
Turkey Sponsors were White Physical Therapy, Gionino's, Hill's Heating and Cooling, Dr. Richard Giese and Sandra Giese, Elayne Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kachilla, the Mount Union Psychology Club, Sophomore Service Honorary at Mount Union, Alan and Sharon Andreani, Mr. and Mrs. John Hampu, Green Farms, Anne and Jeff Graffice, Chris Schoeder, Mike and Brenda Pauli and Bobby Leighnor.
Cornucopia Sponsors included Dr. and Mrs. Steve Kramer, Charlton Chiropractic, Wally Armour Chevrolet, John Andress, Emily Honaker, George and Roberta Bell, Diana and Ron Priest, Rich and Sandy Honaker, the Mount Union Physician Assistant Class of 2015, Gretchen Schuler and Betty Lou Honaker.Kevin P. Kern Speaks at LINC Luncheon
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Professor Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Mount Union, was the featured LINC luncheon speaker at the University of Mount Union’s LINC luncheon event on Tuesday.
Kern presented, “Shakespeare Would Fail an English Class – But Would Ace a Business Course.”
According to Kern, William Shakespeare would make a terrible English student due to using plagiarism, improper grammar, off-color jokes and puns in his writing. But because of his focus on marketing, supply-side economics and yield maximization, Shakespeare was a good businessman.
Kern said Shakespeare was a prolific writer, composing 17 comedies, 10 tragedies, 11 histories and 154 sonnets in 24 years in an effort to keep up with the rising demand for new plays during his lifetime.
“If we start to think about Shakespeare as a businessman, now we see his brilliance,” Kern said.
Kern noted that Shakespeare maximized yield by writing all of his plays to appeal to all three classes of people – royalty, middle and lower class.
“He designed plays that had something for everyone,” he said.
Concluding his talk, Kern discussed the upcoming “Shakespeare at the Castle” event planned for July 25-27 at Glamorgan Castle. Mount Union actors, as well as actors from Alliance High School and the Alliance community, will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“We’re doing it not because he was a brilliant playwright, but because he was a brilliant businessman,” Kern said.
Kern graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from California Lutheran University and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brandeis University's Professional Actor Training Program. He has served as associate artistic director of educational outreach with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Los Angeles, was the founding artistic director of The Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre in northwest Florida and spent a semester teaching a course in Acting Shakespeare to inmates of Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala. Currently, Kern is creating "Shakespeare At The Castle," an outdoor Shakespeare festival produced by Mount Union at the Glamorgan Castle to be performed this July.
The community luncheon series was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise of Mount Union faculty and staff in light of Mount Union’s exceptional academic reputation. This is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge on current topics and interact with members of the University and greater Alliance community.
Spring LINC sessions are scheduled for January 28, February 25 and March 25. The cost of lunch is $10. Payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited. Lunch begins at noon, the program begins at 12:20 p.m. and the event concludes by 1 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Abby Honaker at Mount Union at (330) 829-8168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Students Package Meals for Stop Hunger Now
ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union students participated in a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on Tuesday in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency whose mission is to end hunger by providing food and life-saving aid to those most vulnerable across the world. Students from sponsoring organizations, Student Senate and Spiritual Life Leadership, as well as members of Greek life, worked together with the hope of reaching a goal of packaging 20,000 meals at a cost of 25 cents per meal.
The packaging event was a fast-paced assembly line, in which all volunteers were given a specific packaging task. Different stations were set up to fill the bags with food, weigh and seal the filled bags and finally package them. Each time the group completed 1,000 meals, a gong was hit and the crowd was encouraged to cheer and celebrate their accomplishment.
“It was incredible to see how our campus came together as a community,” said Student Senate president, Carisa Bohnak. “It was really a phenomenal event that I hope can continue in the future.”
Mount Union was able to exceed their goal and package 20,088 meals.
“All the packaging took place in about one hour and 15 minutes, which is pretty amazing,” said University of Mount Union Chaplain Marty Cashburless. “Even our coordinator from the Stop Hunger Now organization, Rich Armenia, was pleasantly surprised.”
For more information about Stop Hunger Now or hosting a packaging event, visit www.stophungernow.org.