Dan Goswick ‘15

Dan Goswick ‘15

Major: Marketing
Hometown:Amherst, Ohio

The students definitely set Mount Union apart from other colleges and universities. It was something I noticed the first time I was on campus, how inherently nice everyone was by doing the littlest things

Campus News

Nature Center to hold Two Part Volunteer Training Session March 11 and March 14

February 27, 2008

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center of Mount Union College will hold a two part training session for volunteer trail guides on Tuesday, March 11 and Friday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Participants can develop skills needed to be trail guides at the Nature Center, including the dos and don’ts of leading groups outdoors during the first session. The second session will include an array of programs for students ranging from preschool to high school. Training is open to high-school aged students and up. Registration is required. The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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Mount Union College to Hold Symposium on Presidency of George W. Bush on March 1

February 22, 2008

Mount Union College will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, March 1 that will include numerous panels and roundtables focusing on the presidency of George W. Bush in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.  The panels will consist of several experts on distinctive political issues.     The day will begin with a coffee reception at 8 a.m.  The welcome and introduction will start at 8:30 a.m., with Panel 1 on foreign policy immediately following.  Panel 2 will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will focus on presidential rhetoric and beyond. The first roundtable, occurring from 11 a.m. to noon, will be a discussion on foreign policy and national security.  There will be an hour and a half break following this roundtable.  Panel 3 on the politics of war will begin at 1:45 p.m.  From 3-3:45 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to meet Robert Draper, author of Dead Certain.  Panel 4 will be held from 4-5 p.m.  The topic of this final panel will be governing and domestic policy.  This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Eric Matthews, Jr., assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for Public Service at matthere@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-3160.

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Nature Center to Hold Flying WILD

February 27, 2008

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center of Mount Union College will be holding an educational program introducing middle school students to bird conservation on Saturday, March 1 from 1-5pm.Flying WILD is a program for teachers that will consist of several hands-on classroom activities, community service projects and a bird festival.  Each participant will also receive the program publication Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds. Registration is required. The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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Kenneth Huff to Present Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union College February 14

February 12, 2008

Kenneth Huff will present the Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union College on Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. The lecture will be followed by an artist’s reception in Crandall Art Gallery.In addition, Huff’s works will be exhibited in the Crandall Gallery from February 6 through March 5. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-6 p.m.Kenneth Huff is an interdisciplinary visual artist working in a variety of traditional and new media. Through intricately-detailed abstractions, he explores evolving patterns and forms in nature. His body of organically-inspired work spans more than 10 years and includes prints, sculptures, time-based projects, interactive installations, photographs and videos.  Huff’s works have been included in over 350 public showings and been recognized with over 120 visual arts awards and grants.One-person showings have included exhibitions at the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in Melbourne, Florida, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Savannah School of Art and Design and the Atlanta City Gallery at the Chastain Art Center. Huff’s work has been included in nine Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics Art Galleries, with a total of 26 works shown. The most recent of these was the 2006 exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts for which he also served as a juror. Currently, a site-specific version of one of his time-based works is showing in Victory Plaza in Dallas, Texas and will be in rotation there for the next few years. Future group exhibitions include showings at Radford University Art Museum (2008) and North Illinois University Art Museum (2008/2009). Recent books containing Ken’s work include Art of the Digital Age by Bruce Wands, Painting the Digital River by James Faure Walker and CGI: The Art of the 3D Computer-Generated Image by Peter Weishar. Aesthetic Computing, edited by Dr. Paul Fishwick, includes cover artwork created by Huff and a chapter on his Encoding with Prime Factors series.Huff maintains a studio in Savannah, Georgia and was appointed recently as a professor of visual effects in the School of Film and Digital Media at Savannah College of Art and Design.The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union College, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring periodically to the College a person of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery are located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue on the Mount Union campus. For further information, contact the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2030.

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Mount Union College Plans Events for Black History Month

February 14, 2008

Mount Union College is planning a variety of events in celebration and recognition of Black History Month.Author and hip-hop historian Kevin Powell will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dewald Chapel.One of the leading voices of his generation, Powell is a writer, community activist, hip-hop historian, public speaker and entrepreneur. Educated at Rutgers University, he has published seven books, including “Someday We’ll All Be Free.” His address will be followed by a book signing in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.The Monty Alexander Trio will be performing at the Mount Union Theatre on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m.The annual Black Student Union Soul Food Dinner and Fashion Show will be held on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Solarium of HPCC. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students, $4 for children and free for children three and under. “Kingdom” will be shown on Movie Night on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room of HPCC.“HeartBEAT Afrika – an Afro-centric percussion performance, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 in the Mount Union Theatre.On Sunday, February 24, the Black Student Union Production “A Journey through Reality: Understanding and Escaping Stereotypes” will be held at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (330) 823-7288.

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Nature Center to Hold Walk with a Naturalist on February 10

February 05, 2008

The John T. Huston–Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center of Mount Union College will hold a Walk with a Naturalist on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. Come explore the Nature Center with a naturalist.  These leisurely discovery walks last 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Just show up at the Visitor’s Center by 2 p.m. to see what the trails reveal. No registration is required.  The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off of Route 183.  For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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Sharon Luke Named Program Director of Physician Assistant Studies

February 20, 2008

As a result of a national search, Mount Union College has named Sharon Luke program director of physician assistant studies, Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College, has announced.  In this role, Luke will be leading the College’s new Physician Assistant Program, the first master’s level program offered at Mount Union in nearly a century.“This is an exciting time for us at Mount Union College,” said Giese.  “Not only are we planning for this innovative program that allows us to meet a growing demand across the nation, but we have the opportunity to do so while preparing students to be good communicators and caring humanitarians.  I believe Sharon Luke will instill in our students the importance of being both skilled medical practitioners and caring advocates for the patient, allowing us to fulfill our mission of preparing students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives, and responsible citizenship.”Luke, a resident of Girard, comes to Mount Union from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) where she has served as director of its Physician Assistant Program, a collaborative effort with Cleveland State University’s Master of Science in Health Sciences Program.  Prior to joining the faculty at Tri-C, Luke built an impressive resumé, combining years of teaching experience with hands-on knowledge gained as a practitioner.  She has served as a faculty member at Tri-C and as a clinical preceptor, both for the Physician Assistant Program, and taught Board Review Courses through the institution’s Continuing Education Program.  In addition, she taught microbiology courses at the University of Akron.Prior to entering the classroom, Luke gained practical experience in a number of medical settings.  She began her career as a phlebotomist at Plasma Alliance in Akron and then joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic, first as a neurosurgery research technologist and then as a DNA research technologist and cytogenetics technologist.  After completing the Physician Assistant Program at Tri-C, Luke served as a physician assistant for Dr. Adolph Harper, Jr. in Akron and then returned to the Cleveland Clinic to serve as a physician assistant in the Department of Palliative Medicine.“We are extremely fortunate that Sharon Luke has agreed to come on board and lead our proposed Physician Assistant Program at Mount Union,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.  “She definitely brings invaluable experience in program direction to the table.  More importantly, though, our students will benefit immensely from her experience as both an educator and a practitioner.”Luke earned a bachelor of science degree in the natural sciences (biology) from the University of Akron in 1986.  After completing some graduate-level coursework in microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Akron, she earned an associate of applied science degree from the CAAHEP-accredited Physician Assistant Program at Tri-C in 1996 and a master of science degree in health sciences from Cleveland State University in 2006.A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, Luke is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCA) and licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board as a physician assistant.  Luke was appointed to the Faculty Development Institute and the Research and Data Committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association and also serves as a site administrator for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).As the program director at Mount Union, Luke will be charged with the development and implementation of the curriculum for the new program.  Initial efforts will include working through ARC-PA accreditation, admitting the first class of students and providing leadership for all aspects of program development. Luke also will be responsible for some classroom and laboratory instruction, student advising, program evaluation, small group facilitation, scholarly activity and committee involvement. “I can’t think of an opportunity more exciting than my new role at Mount Union, which allows me to be involved in the development of a new program from the ground up,” said Luke.  “I have spent the majority of my professional career in the medical field, and the demand and potential I have seen for physician assistants is incredible.  Mount Union seized a phenomenal opportunity to be the first to bring this program not only to the Stark County area, but to a liberal-arts based college in northeast Ohio.  I am extremely grateful to be part of it.”Plans for the Physician Assistant Program include the enrollment of 25-30 students each year who will earn master of science degrees upon completion of two years of coursework and clinicals.  Luke will begin her responsibilities at Mount Union this spring and the program is scheduled to welcome its first students in May of 2009.

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Mount Union College Receives Service-Learning Grant from Campus Connects

February 23, 2008

Mount Union College’s Department of Service-Learning and Community Service recently received a three year grant totaling $45,000 from Campus Connects.Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of Service-Learning and Community Service, said, “This is a phenomenal project and Mount Union is one of just a few schools that had the full four classes funded (you could apply for up to four).  The money will be doing double duty.  First, it will be contributing to a unique educational experience for the students involved and, second, it will then be accomplishing great things in the community.  That was the main reason I wanted to apply for this grant.  It’s feeding two birds with one crust.”She also said, “I worked very closely with our Office of College Advancement and four faculty members (Mark W. McConnell, Dr. Nancy Pine, Fendrich R. Clark and Dr. Eric Matthews) to develop a strong proposal that not only provides for the incorporation of student philanthropy projects into these four classes, but also provides a plan for how we can sustain this program once the grant funds have been used.”The classes that awarded the grant money include Pine’s English 240: Business and Technical Writing class; Clark’s Communication 226: Persuasion and Social Movements class; McConnell’s Business Administration 220: Introduction to Marketing class; and Matthew’s Political Science 260: Politics of Public Budgeting class.Espenschied-Reilly said, “These are classes that already existed, but now we can incorporate philanthropy education into them as well, enriching the learning experience for these students.”The grant money will also impact Mount Union students.  “The money provides $500 per course for project needs and $4,000 that the students in the course will award to community organizations to fund local projects,” Espenschied-Reilly said.   “The students in each course will be responsible for researching organizations and projects and they will decide which to fund.  By doing this they will learn about community involvement, responsible citizenship and philanthropy.”Campus Connects, the program through which the grant money was received, is funded by the Roger Grein Foundation.  The grant money was made available to schools belonging to Ohio and Kentucky Campus Compacts.

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2nd Annual “Coming of Age” Celebration Held at Mount Union College

February 05, 2008

Mount Union College’s Office of International Student Services held their own Seijin-Shiki ceremony on Sunday, January 27 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center honoring seven international students who did not have the chance to attend celebrations in their own hometowns.Seijin-Shiki is an international celebration of turning 20 years old and truly becoming an adult. Each year on the second Monday of January, regions all over Japan hold the Seijin-Shiki Coming of Age Celebration for young men and women who will be turning 20 years old from April 1 to March 31 of that year.The ceremony began with a presentation about the Seijin-Shiki celebration, along with pictures from different celebrations all over the world.  Each honoree received a certificate and small gift following the Japanese tradition.Among those honored were Mari Miki of Tokyo, Japan; Tatiana Mordvinova of Kursk, Russia; Nami Sasada of Shiga, Japan; Kosuke Tanaka of Tokyo, Japan; Kohta Toriumi of Kanagawa, Japan; Doug Terry of Guanaba, Australia and Takeru Tamura of Gunma, Japan.“The Seijin Shiki holiday is a significant time in a Japanese young adult’s life and our office feels that it is important to help our international students celebrate their national holidays,” said Dawn Adams, Assistant Director of International Student Services.  “It is important to celebrate holidays and cultural occasions with our international students as we all have a chance to learn about their culture.”For more information on the Seijin-Shiki Celebration or upcoming events organized by Mount Union’s Office of International Student Services, contact Dawn Adams at adamsda@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-3296.

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Repertory Strings Concert to be Held at Mount Union College February 26

February 18, 2008

The Mount Union College Repertory Strings will present a concert on Tuesday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.    The Repertory Strings is under the direction of Dr. Elaine Anderson, associate professor of music. Anderson teaches cello, bass, chamber music, theory and music appreciation classes. She earned a doctorate of music degree in cello performance from the University of Alabama, a master of music degree in performance and theory from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor of music degree in string education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras in Minnesota, Alabama, Ohio and South America.  The concert will include Adrift by Doug Lamb, a freshman music major of Granville; Adagio for Clarinet and Strings by Heinrich Baermann; Concertino for String Orchestra by Samuel Adler; Lullaby by George Gershwin; and Concerto in G Minor for Two Celli by Antonio Vivaldi.Featured musicians for the performance will be Maria Fesz, a junior music education major of North Olmsted, on cello; Lamb, on violin; Dr.  James Perone, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, on clarinet; and Ben White, a junior at Dover High School where he serves as the principal cellist in the orchestra, on cello. Founded by Anderson in 1998, the Repertory Strings is a small chamber orchestra made up of Mount Union students, string faculty, advanced high school players and invited community members.The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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