LINC Luncheon Featuring Dr. Frank Triplett to be Held September 16

May 25, 2010

triplettDr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and director of international programs at Mount Union College, will present “From Russia with Love?” at the first LINC Luncheon to be held Tuesday, September 16 at noon in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Triplett first traveled to Russia on the invitation of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church (EOC) in January of 1997 because the EOC had begun some voluntary service projects there, including repairing orphanage buildings. In addition, they were interested in the possibility of academic exchanges between some American colleges and the Kursk State University.

“The service projects were in Kursk, Russia,” said Triplett. “We traveled there after a brief stay in Moscow.” Since that time he has been involved with the development of an exchange program, an art project and a faculty exchange with Kursk State University.  “I have met with Local and State Duma officials, as well as the mayor and vice-mayor of the city of Kursk,” he added. In total, he made eight trips to Russia between 1997 and 2007.

A member of the Mount Union College faculty since 1993, Triplett earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ricker College, a master of science degree counseling/psychology from the University of LaVerne (California) and master of arts and doctoral degrees in French from the University of Cincinnati.

The Community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking, and conversation) that began last year was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exists in Alliance, in light of the College’s exceptional academic reputation.

The sessions are open to the public and 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 and will be served in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. A season ticket is available at a reduced cost. Sessions will be chaired by Doug Schwarz vice president of Alliance Ventures and executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation, with comments and updates from Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College and Harry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing.

The October 21 session will feature Sharon Luke, director of the physician assistant studies program, who will present “The Healthy People Initiatives” and the November 18 session will feature Angela Smith Alder, associate professor of criminal justice and director of pre-law, who will focus on “How Powerful is the President?”

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. Payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited so call to reserve your spot today.

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