Schortgen One of Six Academics Named to International Conference

Francis SchortgenBANGKOK, THAILAND - Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, was invited by the chairman of Horasis, the Global Visions Community – an independent Switzerland-based international organization committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future – to participate in the organization’s inaugural Asia Meeting, held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 27-29. 

As one of only six international academics - four faculty members, as well as the president of Singapore Management University and the Dean of the National University of Singapore Business School - invited to the meeting, which brought together nearly 260 CEOs, managing directors, and chairmen of multinational companies. Schortgen contributed to the “Managing the Complexities of Asian Geopolitics” panel.

Band Concert “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is Sunday Night

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union’s Fall Band will perform its annual Christmas concert, this year titled “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Brush Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Fall Band is comprised of members of the concert and marching bands, with many members of the flag line, majorettes and dance team performing on their traditional symphonic instruments.

The concert is presented with help from members of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band fraternity, which will be comprised of a total of 29 members entering the Spring semester. 

For more information, contact Dr. Otis French at

PT Chair Frampton Receives Service Award

Bob FramptonCOLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, November 5, Dr. Bob Frampton, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, was recognized by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for his service to the organization.

Frampton was the recipient of the “Outstanding Service Award” for his significant contributions to the Federation through volunteer work on the TEOFEL Standard Setting Task Force, a final Continuing Competence ProCert Reviewer, a content expert for the Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module; and for contributions to the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

The FSBPT is the national organization that writes, hosts, and deploys the national physical therapy exam. The Federation is the only organization that all United States state and regulatory commissions/boards turn to for support, research, and regulation expertise.

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Two Books Hitting Shelves Edited by Dr. Andy Bain

Dr. Andy BainDr. Andy Bain, assistant professor of criminal justice, has had a busy 2016, which includes two new edited books drawn from his current research interests.

The first, Understanding Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: International Perspectives, was co-edited with Mark Lauchs at QUT, and is the second book on the subject in two years, and has seen Dr. Bain recognized as an award-winning researcher for his work with gangs and has seen him present on the topic to international audiences. 

The second book Law Enforcement and Technology has seen Bain act as the sole editor bringing together chapters by a number of colleagues from the department, including chapters by Dr. Bryan Robinson, Dr. Jim Conser, and Mr. Andy Turowski, and subject experts from other institutions.

Mount Union to Host 3rd Annual TUBACHRISTMAS

ALLIANCE, OH – On Friday, December 2, Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, will be representing the University of Mount Union band programs by hosting its annual TUBACHRISTMAS performance in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., with Dr. Otis French, Director of Bands, conducting.

Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to William J. Bell and all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features a variety of traditional Christmas carols. 

The cost of registration is $10 and registration begins at 5 p.m. in the Giese Center. Participants will begin to rehearse at 6 p.m. and perform at 7:30 p.m. Parking is in the lot next to the Giese Center and participants are asked to bring a cloth for water valve discharge.

If you wish to perform this year with your own instrument or wish to perform and do not have an instrument, contact Paula Kyser, president of Kappa Kappa Psi at for more on performing and instrument rentals. For more information on the event, contact the University of Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.