Mount Union Student Represents International Federation of American Football

By Brandon Lucas

ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union international student Tymofii “Tim” Sidak happened to be at the right place at the right time this July when he was asked to be the representative for his home country Ukraine for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). 

At Mount Union, Sidak is a freshman public relations major and psychology minor. Before coming to Mount, Sidak heard only positive stories about Mount Union from his home in Ukraine.

“I heard a lot of good comments on Mount Union and I also have a friend who studied at Mount Union,” Sidak said.

The IFAF is a national organization formed in 1998 that consists of approximately 70 countries. This goal of the organization is to help raise overall awareness and recognition of American football in countries outside the United States by educating players and the football community through educational seminars and increasing international competition. Through this, one of the goals of the IFAF is to eventually bring American football to the Olympics.

Though Sidak has no prior knowledge or personal experience with football, the president of the organization emailed him personally, asking him to be the representative of his country.

“The president of the Federation emailed Mount Union and asked if there were any students from Ukraine. So I got an email from him and that's how I became a delegate,” Sidak said.

During this event, Sidak sat through the organization’s annual meeting at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He watched in awe as they discussed and voted on new positions, such as a new president and saw how the organization operates as a whole. During Sidak’s experience, he expressed his opinion on various questions and topics and helped with the scheduling of a new meeting in Paris that will happen next year. After the meeting, Sidak met influential people from around the world, something that would never have happened if not for this opportunity.

Serving as a representative for IFAF is an experience that Sidak will cherish. This opportunity opened new doors and helped him learn a little bit more about football and himself.

“I never thought that American football could be played outside of the U.S. Now I know that almost any ambitious idea, when well executed and thought through, can become reality.”

Alliance Symphony to Perform at Carnation Festival

The Alliance Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of the Carnation Festival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12 at Silver Park in Alliance.
 
The Orchestra will play some classic dances – a Slavonic Dance by Dvorak and the "Emperor" Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr. To give attendees a preview of its gala fall concert, the orchestra will perform the majestic "Great Gate of Kiev" from "Pictures at an Exhibition" which will be presented in its entirety at the October concert. At the festival, the group will also perform music of a more popular nature, though still classic – Dixieland jazz and a set of melodies by Duke Ellington, Paul McCartney's "Michelle" and thrilling music from  the film "Jurassic Park" by John Williams.  
 
The Alliance Symphony is a college/community orchestra comprised of community volunteer players and enrolled students. The ASO is directed by Eric Benjamin. For more information, see the orchestra's page on Facebook.

Vendors Needed for 51st Annual ArtFest

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Vendor registration is now open for the 51st annual ArtFest sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at the event’s historic location by the Campus Lakes.

Last year’s event, which hosted more than 50 vendors and 3,000 visitors, proved to be one of the most successful of the past 50 years. Scheduled in conjunction with Family Day and the Mount Union versus Muskingum football game, ArtFest 2015 is primed to reach record attendance once again.

The ArtFest committee is looking for fine art in the traditional and modern media (i.e. watercolor/acrylic (under glass), oil/acrylic (without glass), collage, graphics, drawing, pastels, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, etc.) and functional craft that has a specific utility yet it is creative either in its purpose or aesthetic appearance (i.e. jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, mirrors, purses/bags, soaps, candles, lights, tables, purses, mirrors, etc.). The event will feature artwork that is both on display and for sale.

Booth fees for ArtFest will start at an early bird rate of $30 through July 31 with a regular adult rate of $40 from August 1 through September 18. Booth fees will be waived for junior vendors (12-18) or collegiate (enrolled in college). Event registration the day of the event is $50 per space.

Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the top artists in each category (fine art and functional craft), as well as a Best of Show. In addition, there will be awards presented in the junior and collegiate categories along with a People’s Choice award. Awards are given for original works only and at the discretion of the judges.

This year’s judge is Daniel T. Chrzanowski, an artist, painter, printmaker, wood worker and luthier of classical guitars. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Fine Arts and worked at American Greetings for more than 37 years as an illustrator, artist and manager of the Media and Techniques Studio. He has exhibited in numerous juried art shows and galleries and will be featured in an exhibit in Mount Union’s Otto Art Gallery in March of 2016.

In addition to ArtFest, various events will be held throughout the day including live demonstrations of artists at work and a children’s coloring contest hosted by The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce. Along with these events, Taste of Alliance will feature Alliance area restaurants and caterers selling food and beverages for visitors and community members to enjoy as they browse. The event will provide local musical entertainment from Alliance and Mount Union.

For more information about ArtFest, contact Bob Buganski at (330) 829-6185 or bugansr@mountunion.edu or visit mountunion.edu/artfest. Register online at http://www.mountunion.edu/artfest-registration.

Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Tenure

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has announced faculty tenure and promotions effective August 2014.

Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, chair of the Department of Education, was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor and chair of the Department of Education. Askren-Edgehouse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union, a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Ashland University and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and leadership studies from Bowling Green State University.

Morgan Bagley,director of athletic training education, human performance and sport business, was promoted to assistant professor. Bagley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Mount Union and a Master of Arts degree in exercise physiology from Kent State University.

Dr. Katherine Clark was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of human performance and sport business. Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Mount Union and Master of Arts in exercise physiology and Doctor of Philosophy in exercise physiology degrees from Kent State University. 

Dr. Grant Cook, Director of Choral Activities, was awarded tenure and promoted to professor of music. Cook earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Heidelberg College and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in historical musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State University.

Dr. Len Cooper was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of communication. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, a Masters of Arts degree in media from The University of Akron and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in journalism and communication from The Ohio State University. 

Betsy Ekey was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of physician assistant studies. Professor Ekey has also been named the new director of the physician assistant studies program. Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in medical science and a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Alderson Broaddus College.

Michael Kachilla was promoted to associate professor of economics, accounting and business administration. Kachilla earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from The Ohio State University.

Mark McConnell was promoted to associate professor of economics, accounting and business administration. McConnell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Youngstown State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Tulane University.

Dr. Kevin Meyer was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of psychology and neuroscience. Meyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science: Early Childhood Developmentand a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy from The Ohio State University.

Dr. David Thiele was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of English. Thiele earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kenyon College and a Master of Arts degree in Irish Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Boston College.

Mount Union Faculty Members Approved for Sabbaticals

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Ten University of Mount Union faculty members have been approved for sabbaticals for the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty members taking sabbaticals are as follows:

For her sabbatical, “Ensuring High Quality Assessments to Improve Our Teacher Education Program,” Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Education, will conduct an investigation of best practices in teacher preparation and evaluate various methods that are used for assessing the work of students in education programs. Askren-Edgehouse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union, a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Ashland University and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and leadership studies from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Robert Ekey, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was granted sabbatical. Ekey’s sabbatical project, “Further Exploration of Molecular Hydrogen Near the Third Dissociation Limit,” will find him working in collaboration with colleagues at Bryn Mawr College to study excited states of molecular hydrogen that have rarely been explored in the past. Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Dickinson College and Master of Arts in physics and Doctor of Philosophy in physics degrees from Bryn Mawr College. 

Dr. Xiaoshu Han, associate professor of economics, plans to study “The Effect of Smoking on Individuals’ Earnings” during her sabbatical. Han’s previous research in health economics was on the effects of obesity on wages. Han earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University, a Master of Arts degree in economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from the University of Texas.

Dr. Ivory Lyons, professor of philosophy and religious studies, will teach at Christ University in Bangalore, India, during his fall 2015 sabbatical. He will teach a course on Buddhism in Film and explore historical aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism in Indian culture. Lyons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary science from Morehouse College, a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in religion from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology, has been writing about nature for over a quarter century. During his sabbatical project, “Naturalist’s Chronicles: 25 Years of Nature Writing,” McClaugherty will collect and edit his numerous writings into one collection. McClaugherty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and entomology from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in forestry from the University of Wisconsin.  

Dr. Michael Myler, professor of economics, accounting and business administration, will study the economic dynamics of the local currency, the Zloty, and the European Union currency, the Euro, in Poland using Robert Mundell’s Theory of Optimum Currency Areas. Myler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northern Michigan University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in economics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Ernest Pratt, associate professor of education, will study the teaching of mathematics in Ghana, with a focus on the intersections of culture and mathematics education. Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science Education degree in chemistry from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master of Education degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee. 

Dr. David Thiele, assistant professor of English, will study trends in rhetoric and the perception and definition of liberal education since the industrial revolution in his sabbatical project, “The Idea of a University.” Thiele earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kenyon College and Master of Arts degree in Irish Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Boston College.

Dr. Anne Triplett, professor of mathematics, will use gaming theory and various computer languages and applications in her sabbatical project, “Developing High-Interest Materials for Mathematics Instruction.” Triplett also plans to study methods for bringing examples from popular culture into the math classroom to emphasize the day-to-day relevance of math. Triplett earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mathematics from California State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematics from University of Oregon.

Dr. Gerry Wuchter, professor of mathematics, will undertake a “Biomedical Statistical Study of Obesity in Pediatric Patients” during his spring 2016 sabbatical in Wadsworth, Ohio. Wuchter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from Miami University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

 

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