Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse to Present at LINC

February 19, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse ‘99, assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union, will be the featured LINC luncheon speaker at noon on Tuesday, February 25 in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus.

Askren-Edgehouse will present, “Devices and Distractions: Do We Have Too Much Digital Access to Everything?”

People of all walks of life – students and professors, working professionals and middle-schoolers – often assume they’re good at multitasking by virtue of doing it so much. For instance, it’s commonplace these days to find a young person texting a friend with headphones at full volume while also updating their Facebook status, sending a Snapchat and reading a textbook for class all at the same time. Digital technology encourages people to take advantage of all the gadgets within sight and arm’s reach. But just because we can multitask, should we? If we are overly attached – maybe even addicted – to our devices, at what cost does this dependence come? What do we stand to lose? To gain? These questions and more will be addressed during Askren-Edgehouses’ interactive presentation.

Askren-Edgehouse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She then received a Master’s of Education degree in administration and supervision from Ashland University, and later earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and leadership studies from Bowling Green State University. She is a past-president of OhioASCD, the state affiliate of ASCD International and former secretary of the Ohio Council for Professors of Educational Administration.

LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was created to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exist in Alliance in light of Mount Union’s exceptional academic reputation.

The cost for each lunch is $10. Payment is accepted at the door. Lunch begins at noon, the program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and the event will conclude by 1 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, contact The Regula Center at (330) 829-8168 or regulacenter@mountunion.edu.

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