April 01, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - A day full of events celebrating Mount Union College through the inauguration of the College's tenth president, Dr. John L. (Jack) Ewing, Jr., is planned for Saturday, April 28

The day's inaugural activities, all of which are open to the public, will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on the Campus Grounds patio, located on the south side of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

At 9 a.m., the first session of Celebration of Mount Union, a series of presentations focusing on the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social aspects of life at Mount Union College, will be presented.

These presentations will include "The Languages of Mount Union," which will be given by Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of French and chair of the foreign language department, and Dr. Hamako Furuhata, assistant professor of Japanese, in the Language Lab of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center; "The Transformative Potential of Educational Technology," which will be given by Dr. James Phillips, director of academic computing and assistant professor of computer science and information systems, in the Academic Computing Center of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center; and "Whatever Happened to Jumping Jacks?," which will be given by Donald Montgomery, strength and assistant football coach and lecturer in the athletics and physical education department. This presentation will be given in the College's newest campus facility, the Gulling Training Center

The second session of Celebration of Mount Union presentations will begin at 9:50 a.m., and will feature "The Languages of Mount Union" and "The Transformative Potential of Educational Technology" presentations only. However, the Gulling Training Center will be open for viewing and student-athletes will be on-hand as guides

A Celebration of Mount Union Service of Worship will be held at 10:45 a.m. in Dewald Chapel, featuring an organ prelude by Dr. Victoria Harris, professor of music and director of the College's preparatory division

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing through 2 p.m., Celebration of Mount Union student displays will be exhibited in the Hoover-Price Campus, along with a complimentary Inaugural Luncheon that will be offered from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m

The Inaugural Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Timken Building and will be followed by a reception in Peterson Field House

The day will conclude with an evening of music, as the Mount Union Choir performs in Presser Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are required for the concert. For ticket information, please contact the Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

Dr. Ewing came to Mount Union in July 2000, after serving as president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota since 1994. Prior to his presidency at Dakota Wesleyan, he served 11 years as a professor and assistant dean at South Dakota State University. He also served on the faculty at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky for five years.

A native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Dr. Ewing earned his B.A. degree in physical education from Asbury College in 1974. He later earned his M.S. degree in physical education specializing in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and his Ph.D. degree in the same discipline at the University of Minnesota in 1982.

Dr. Ewing, his wife Cynthia and two daughters, Sara, 24, and Elizabeth, 19, are actively involved in the United Methodist Church. In May 2000, Dr. Ewing became the first elected delegate from the Dakotas Conference to the General Conference held in Cleveland. Dakota Wesleyan, like Mount Union, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Also active in community life, Dr. Ewing serves on the boards of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance Area Development Foundation and the Alliance Area United Way.

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