Mount Union to Host U.S. Army War College Panel January 24

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Department of Political Science and International Studies, in coordination with the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, will host an open panel discussion on “Security Challenges in the 21st century” on January 24 in the Brush Performance Hall.

With Mount Union students serving as moderators, the panel will feature four officers from the U.S. Army War College: Lt. Col. John Crawson, Col. Chris Becking, Col. Brian R. Formy-Duval and Col. Kareem P. Montague.

Crawson has served in key assignments through various positions at Battalion, Brigade, Division, and Corps levels with deployments including Brigade Logistics Officer for the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Baghdad, Iraq, and Brigade Operations Officer for the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has received numerous awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and he is an Honorable Member of the Order of St. Martin.

Becking has served in numerous military engineering and executive officer positions throughout the United States and in countries such as Korea, Belgium, and Afghanistan. His awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, the French National Defense Medal – Silver, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Ranger and Sapper Tabs, the Air Assault Badge, and the Bronze de Fleury Medal.

Formy-Duval has held a variety of executive, planning, and support positions at Battalion, Brigade, Division, and Corps level with multiple assignments in the United States and Iraq. Throughout his career he has been awarded badges and decorations including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Recruiter Badge, and he has received the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

Montague has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, serving in executive and military planning positions during his deployment as well as during assignments within the United States. In addition to his military experience and various awards, Montague has published his monograph, “The Army and Team Learning,” and an article titled “Building the Pentathlete Mind” through the Combined Arms Center.

To begin the evening, light refreshments will be provided starting at 6 p.m. and the panel discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, attendees will have the opportunity to speak individually with the panelists until the event concludes at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Joel Evans to Present “Super Bowl Commercials: An American Cultural Phenomenon”

Joel EvansALLIANCE, Ohio – Joel Evans, instructor of marketing at the University of Mount Union, is set to give the LINC presentation at noon on Tuesday, January 24 in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. He will present “Super Bowl Commercials: An American Cultural Phenomenon”.

Whether you love or hate the game of football, you will probably tune in to the biggest game every year. Why? The commercials of course! Marketing Professor Joel Evans will speak about this phenomenon, analyze some previous commercials and talk about what we may expect to see this year.

Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He is the current owner of Evans Photography in Hubbard, Ohio and has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2013.

Lunch begins at noon in the Newbold Room of Hoover-Price Campus Center. The program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. Each event costs $10 to attend, and a season pass is available. Advanced reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Angi Swonger at (330) 823-6063 or


World-Renowned Pianist Garnet Ungar to Perform January 23

Garnet UngarALLIANCE – Dr. Garnet Ungar, an internationally-known pianist and associate professor of piano at the University of Evansville in Indiana, will be performing as part of the University of Mount Union’s Keyboard Artist Series on Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. 

Ungar has performed on American Public Radio and Hong Kong Radio and has performed masterclasses and recitals at the University of Indiana, the University of Michigan, Kwassui University in Japan and the American Liszt Society in New York City, to name a few.

He has served on the piano faculties of Mount Royal University, the University Settlement House in Toronto and the Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute in Kentucky. In demand as a private teacher, his students have won several other important local and state competitions. They have included six first prizewinners in the Evansville Philharmonic Competition, four finalists in the Indianapolis Symphony Competition, and first and second place winners in the Murray State/Paducah Symphony Competition. 

A native of Montréal, Québec, Ungar earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Toronto, the University of Calgary and the University of Houston; he has also received sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, among others.

Ungar will perform four pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert’s “Four Impromptus, D. 935” and “Islamey: An Oriental Fantasy” by Mily Balakirev. He will also hold a masterclass, which is free and open to the public, at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the recital.

All concerts are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For the most up-to-date music event information, visit or call (330) 823-2180.

Reverend P. Mandel Childs to Give Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote

ALLIANCE, Ohio – In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, Reverend P. Mandel Childs will present his keynote speech, “Millennials: Movers and Shakers,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 in Brush Performance Hall at the University of Mount Union.

Rev. Childs is a 1991 graduate of Cleveland State University with a Business Administration degree concentration of study in Management & Labor Relations Law.  While attending Cleveland State, he was a standout track sprinter, active member of the NAACP, involved in student government, Freshman Advisor, and advocate for Social & Civil equality during the longest college protest in United States history. 

In 1996, Rev. Childs accepted his call to ministry under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr., Pastor of the Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood.  Rev. Childs successfully completed and passed, with Honors, his Ordination Exam in March of 2001.  After the call to ministry, he accepted his call to learn where he furthered his education at Ashland Theological Seminary with a focus in Homiletics & African American Religious Studies. 

Rev. Childs has served and lead in various ministries such as Youth Ministry as a teacher & director, Homeless Ministry, Singles & Marriage Ministry, Biblical Advisement prior to marriage, Athletic Ministry, Grief Recovery and also a  former Board Member for Youth for Christ. Other accomplishments and interest include coaching football, basketball, soccer & track, advisor to various mayors in the Greater Cleveland area, Activist (politically, socially, and generationally) and active Liaison to Council Members in the Greater Cleveland area. 

Rev. Childs is currently an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He teaches African American History and serves as an educator at Lutheran High School East, teaching African-American History, Health, Public Speaking and Family Living

Mount Union also celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Week with a campus-wide day of service sponsored by the University’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. On Monday, January 16, students and community members are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects offered throughout the Alliance Community. To register as a volunteer, visit this link prior to prior to Thursday, January 12. Volunteers will be able to sign up the morning of the event, however location and T-shirt preferences will not be guaranteed. For more information on MLK Day of Service, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 204-4663 or at

The University of Mount Union Seeks Volunteers for MLK Day of Service

MLK Service 2017ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is seeking community volunteers for the upcoming MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16.

Mount Union’s MLK Day of Service began seven years ago with around 100 volunteers, and has swelled to more than 400 in 2015, and the number of community partners has increased from 11 at its inception to more than 30. Locations volunteers can select from for volunteering include the Alliance Community Pantry, Danbury Senior Living, Hartville Thrift Shoppe, the Rodman Public Library, and many others. These jobs entail duties such as cleaning, painting, crafting and organizing.

Volunteers can select locations at which they prefer to serve. Because of this, volunteers are asked to register via this link prior to Thursday, January 12. Volunteers will be able to sign up the morning of the event, however location and T-shirt preferences will not be guaranteed.

Volunteers will check in between 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. in the field house on Monday, January 16, where the Regula Center will be collecting lose change for area agencies.

Volunteers will leave campus at 9 a.m. and stay at their locations until noon. Everyone is then invited back to campus for lunch.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Abby Honaker by email at or via text at 330-204-4663.