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Northern Express — 10-28-2015

News from Ohio Northern University

Oct. 28, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 25

Photo of the week: ONU photographer Trevor Jones captures the beauty of autumn in this photo of changing leaves between the College of Law and Taft Memorial.

It is officially Alumni Club season as a whopping five ONU Alumni Clubs are hosting events in the coming weeks. If you are a Polar Bear living in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton or Indianapolis, be sure not to miss out on these wonderful opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones.

Imagine racing a motorcycle in a head-to-toe leather suit for more than two hours on a 100-degree day. How hot would you get? How fatigued would you feel? How dehydrated would you become? For motorsports athletes, fatigue caused from heat can be very dangerous, even deadly. That is why researchers at Ohio Northern University are analyzing the ways the human body responds to the extreme conditions encountered on the racetrack. Before graduating from ONU at the end of summer 2015, Dan Colvin, BS '15, spent a week in the Arizona desert with one of his professors performing undergraduate research to find out just what happens in scenarios like this. "Racecar drivers are a different breed of athlete. All they want to do is race," says Colvin. "They will say everything is fine concerning their own physical condition, even when it's really not."

College Factual has ranked ONU first in the state of Ohio, first in the Great Lakes region and second in the nation in its 2016 "Best Colleges for the Money" rankings. In the region, ONU garnered the top spot out of 192 schools; in the state, ONU was first out of 48 schools. Overall, ONU ranked second out of 1,223 schools, behind only Brigham Young University.


The ONU Department of Technological Studies construction management team finished fifth in the Concrete Solutions Competition at the Associated Schools of Construction Great Lakes Region 3 annual conference held in Downers Grove, Ill., from Oct. 14-16. ONU competed against 10 other universities from across the country in the national open event at the conference.

The Ohio Northern University Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents The Kingsmen Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Alice Fox, a senior philosophy major from New Knoxville, Ohio, had an excerpt from her senior essay "Moral Exclusivity: The Pursuit of Agency Status for Synthetic and Non-Human Beings" accepted by Bowling Green State University's graduate student symposium despite being an undergraduate student. The symposium will explore topics related to ethical concerns introduced by emerging technologies from Nov. 6-7.

In addition to being director of residence life and the director of career services at ONU, Justin Courtney is also an avid musician who released his second album, "Speak EP" on Oct. 7. The album was produced by David Sentongo, BSBA '14, and features current ONU students Matthew Craven, a criminal justice major from Farmington Hills, Mich., and Matthew Deter, a marketing major from Bluffton, Ohio. It was just released on iTunes and can also be found on many streaming music channels.

Karen Powell, ONU assistant professor of law, will speak about "Entrepreneurship in New Industries: American Revival of Craft Spirits" in the Dicke Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. Prior to joining the faculty at the ONU Pettit College of Law, Powell founded Triple Divide Spirits, a craft distillery in Montana that produced locally sourced vodka, gin and rum with an onsite tasting room. She'll speak to the process of entrepreneurship in new industries, challenges of a highly regulated field, and the learning curve of craft spirits, agricultural connections and regulators.

The ONU College of Law's International Week silent auction raised more than $2,000 for the Phare Ponleu Selpak school in Battambang, Cambodia. The ONU community bid on original pieces of art created by the school's students. The College of Law developed a relationship with the school after Professor Kevin Hill's "Law, Culture, and Genocide in Southeast Asia" class traveled to Cambodia during the J-term last year. The money raised will be sufficient to pay the salaries of two teachers for an entire year.

Lauren Newell, associate professor of law, recently saw her article "Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation" published in the Nevada Law Journal. On Oct. 10, she presented "Rebooting Empathy for the Digital Generation Lawyer" at the Central States Law Schools Association Scholarship Conference hosted by the University of Toledo, and on Oct. 25, she presented on the same topic at the 9th Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference hosted by the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.

When professor of mathematics Dr. Khristo Boyadzhiev is not starring in viral videos, he is an in-demand speaker on the topic of mathematics. He was recently invited to speak at the Ohio chapter of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) meeting from Oct. 23-24 at Capital University. The title of his talk was "The Binomial Transform," a topic from combinatorics, which is the branch of mathematics that deals with combinations of objects belonging to a finite set in accordance with certain constraints, such as those of graph theory.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, President Dan DiBiasio and director of athletics Tom Simmons dedicated Kerscher Stadium, ONU's soccer and track and field facility, in honor of Robert Kerscher and his wife, Barbara Kerscher for their generosity and their devotion to ONU. WATCH VIDEO


Pamper your out-of-town guests with a special package just right for the holidays. When staying between Nov. 16, 2015 and Jan. 11, 2016, with our Fresh Start Buffet included daily! Book this offer online or call 866-713-4513 and mention the promo code: HOLIDAY to redeem this offer!

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