College Establishes New Community Luncheon Series

May 26, 2010

Mount Union College will be host to a new college-community luncheon series featuring college professors and community members discussing current topics, starting Tuesday, September 18 at the College's Hoover-Price Campus Center.

The luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise that exists in Alliance, especially given the College's outstanding academic reputation.

'Our students already have the benefit of learning from some of the best people in their respective fields, and we thought we could extend some of that teaching to the Alliance community,' Dr. Richard Giese, president of the College, said.

The series, which is open to the public, will run from noon until 1 p.m. during the third Tuesday of the months of September, October, November, February, March and April. The cost for the lunch is $9. The sessions will be chaired by Scott Ingledue, chairman of the Board of Directors of Alliance Community Hospital, with comments and updates from Dr. Giese and Harry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing of the College.

The September session will feature Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology and Brumbaugh chair in environmental science, who will discuss 'What Does It Mean to be Green?' A member of the Mount Union College faculty since 1988, McClaugherty earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, his master's degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has received the President's Award by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio and in 1993 he received the College's Great Teacher Award. This summer he was honored as Alliance's Citizen of the Year.

'Given Mayor Toni Middleton's green initiative for Alliance and President Giese's emphasis on a greener campus, we thought this would be a timely kickoff for what we hope will be a highly informative discussion about a current popular topic,' Paidas said. 'Our hope is that people will walk away from each of our sessions with a better understanding of the topic and that it will make a difference in how we think.'

Although the entire schedule is not yet set, the October session will feature Dr. Jim Kadlecek, chair of the department of human performance and sport management, who will present 'Professional Sports: Is It All About the Money?' on October 16. The November session will feature Dr. William Coleman, assistant to the president for diversity, who will speak on 'Why Asia Matters' on November 20.

For further information or to make a reservation contact Diane Thomas, assistant director of public affairs at (330) 823-6063 or e-mail thomasdl@mountunion.edu or visit the LINC Website.

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