Betsy Ekey to Speak at LINC Luncheon

ALLIANCE – Betsy Ekey, assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies, will present, “Who Are These People Called Physician Assistants?” as part of the LINC luncheon series at noon on Tuesday, September 30 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union.

Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Alderson Broaddus College. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2009 and has played an integral role in the development of the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Ekey’s presentation will describe the career of the Physician Assistant (PA) and explore who becomes a PA, what the duties of a PA are, where a PA is able to practice medicine, when a PA can use the designation PA-C and how they meet the growing needs of the healthcare community.

In 2010, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) estimated that 83,466 individuals were currently practicing as Physician Assistants. Since then, the number of Physician Assistant education programs has grown and the number of practicing Physician Assistants has expanded. With so many PAs in practice across the nation, it is important for the public to know the role of the PA as well as their scope of practice. 

Other upcoming LINC speakers include Dr. Grant Cook III, associate professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, who will present, “Beethoven to ‘Miss Emilie M.’ (July 1812)” on October 28 and Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, who will present, “Engineering: How Is It Making Our Lives Better?” on November 25.

The cost to attend an individual event is $10; there is also a seasonal package for $50. A season pass guarantees a saved spot at each event and includes three more LINC lectures to be held in the spring (February 24, March 24 and April 28 – speakers yet to be named). Payment is accepted prior to the event by check via mail; tickets can also be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Molly Fulton at linc@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-6063.

 

Department of Theatre Presents “The Amish Project”

ALLIANCE – The Department of Theatre at the University of Mount Union will present, “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey  at 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 3 and 4 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5 in Presser Recital Hall.

Dickey is also an actor and playwright who was nominated for the Playwrights of New York Award in 2011.

Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of Theatre, will direct the production. Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre, is set designer and Deborah Lotsof, professor of theatre, is costume designer for the show. Ronald Hazelett, lecturer of music is coordinator and arranger of special music for the production. 

Katelyn Pyles, a freshman theatre major of Louisville, Ohio is the show’s stage manager and Shannon Catanella, a freshman theatre major of Cherry Hill, New Jersey is assistant stage manager.

The acting ensemble for this production includes:

  • Jessica Berner, a freshman theatre major of Bradenton, Florida;
  • Sarah Yannie, a sophomore theatre major of Rocky River, Ohio;
  • Kayla Lehman, a freshman theatre major of Mogadore, Ohio;
  • Sarah Slagle, a freshman theatre major of Fairview, Ohio;
  • Summer Wilkinson, a sophomore theatre and integrated media major of Strasburg, Ohio;
  • Rachel Irwin, a sophomore theatre and communication major of Mentor, Ohio and
  • David Lenahan, a sophomore theatre and music major of Rocky River, Ohio.

The play, told in “ensemble theatre” style, was written as a response to the 2008 killings of five girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and examines the act of forgiveness shown by the Amish community to the wife of the shooter.

Following each performance, Mount Union faculty members will lead discussions about the play, drawing from their research and experience. The schedule for these discussions follows:

Thursday – Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English and Dr. Andrew Price, professor of English

Friday – Dr. Bryan Robinson, assistant professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Saturday – Rev. Matthew Skolnik, lecturer of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration

Sunday – Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley

Because of the limited seating in Presser Recital Hall, all patrons should reserve tickets in advance by calling (330) 821-2565.

Judge Dixie Park Speaks on Constitution Day

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Throughout history, people made all kinds of sacrifices for us to have the ability to vote, said Honorable Judge Dixie Park during the University of Mount Union’s Constitution Day event on Wednesday evening.

Park is the first vice-president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, chairs the Probate Forms committee and recently co-chaired the Ohio Judicial Conference 50th anniversary Planning Committee. Park received a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference, American Judges Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association.

Park’s speech covered voting rights, specifically the 15th and 19th amendments to the constitution, as well as an overview of the history of the constitution.

“Women could not vote but neither could men and only if they had colonial American stake in society,” said Park. “If they owned property, paid taxes, were male and were white, then they would be afforded the right to vote but this excluded African Americans.”

She went on to say how it wasn’t until after the Civil War that the 15th amendment prohibited the discrimination of race to vote; even then, it wasn’t until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that granted them the right.  Women didn’t have the right to vote until the passage of the 19th amendment in May of 1920, said Park.

Voting is just one of the many freedoms granted to us by the constitution. According to Park, this year the polls will be open another 72 hours to allow more time for people to vote.

The U.S. typically celebrates Constitution Day on September 17, to commemorate the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they created.

Mount Union Announces LINC Speakers

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union has announced the fall 2014 speakers for the LINC lecture series held at noon on the fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union.

LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) lectures provide a meal and discussions on relevant topics that faculty members are concerned with as well as interaction between the Mount Union and Alliance communities.

Speakers for the 2014 LINC Series are as follows:

September 30 – Betsy Ekey, assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies: “Who Are These People Called Physician Assistants?”

October 28 – Dr. Grant Cook III, associate professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities: “Beethoven to ‘Miss Emilie M.’ (July 1812).”

November 25 – Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering: “Engineering: How Is It Making Our Lives Better?”

The cost to attend an individual event is $10; there is also a seasonal package for $50. A season pass guarantees a saved spot at each event and includes three more LINC lectures to be held in the spring (February 24, March 24 and April 28 – speakers yet to be named). Payment is accepted prior to the event by check via mail; tickets can also be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Molly Fulton at linc@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-6063.

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