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Northern Express — 08-05-2015

News from Ohio Northern University

August 5, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 20

Same old bus. Brand new look.
Photo of the week: The Ohio Northern University bus received a makeover this summer. The new exterior graphics are bright and bold will certainly draw positive attention to ONU wherever it goes.

Let the good times roar!

The Ohio Northern University Department of Alumni Relations invites Polar Bears to "Let the Good Times Roar!" September 25-27. Register for Homecoming 2015 and spend time reuniting and celebrating with alumni, friends, family, faculty and students.

Ohio Northern University honors veterans at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Ohio Northern University honored veterans of the U.S. Armed Services by participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12:15 p.m. President Daniel A. DiBiasio, Athletic Director Tom Simmons, and student-athletes Kristina Klusek, a 2015 ONU graduate from Canton, Mich., and Jason Luthman, a senior mechanical engineering major from Bellbrook, Ohio, represented ONU at the ceremony. DiBiasio said, "Ohio Northern is honored and humbled by this tremendous opportunity. ONU's commitment to honoring those who have given so much to the country can be traced back to the establishment of ONU, and this ceremony is a continuation of our support for the U.S. Armed Forces."
Bill Robinson and Larry Doby

The Cleveland Indians unveiled a statue of Hall of Famer Larry Doby outside Progressive Field on Saturday, July 25. In attendance for the festivities was ONU's own Bill Robinson, BSEd '61, ACIT '71, ACIT '89, Hon. D. '05, H of F '05, who worked for the Indians in the early 1950s and became a close friend of Doby. Robinson and Doby's friendship was recently chronicled in an article on

Congratulations to Michael Potter and Jason Luthman

ONU mechanical engineering majors Michael Potter and Jason Luthman were recently awarded Tau Beta Pi Senior Scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The scholarships are awarded on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Tau Beta Pi is the second-oldest engineering honor society and the only to represent the entire engineering profession.

Order of the Sphinx

Anthony Ginella, president of Delta Sigma Phi, received the Order of the Sphinx at the Delta Sigma Phi national convention this summer. The Order of the Sphinx is given annually to undergraduates nominated by their chapter or national officer for outstanding contributions to their campuses, chapter and the fraternity.

ONU students embark on The Journey

Two members of Delta Sigma Phi, junior marketing major Jon Lisa and sophomore pharmaceutical business major Alec Perrin, volunteered their time to help rebuild communities in Haiti through a Delta Sigma Phi program called The Journey. The Journey is a trip designed to develop The Better Man and teach members how to use fraternal values to be a catalyst for social change. Participants work together to explore a new culture, put Delta Sig values into action, and build connections that will last a lifetime.

Undergraduate research published

ONU senior chemistry major Cody Criss, and recent graduates Olivia Johntony, BS '14 and Daniel Steigerwald, BS '14, had their article "The Synthesis of a New Class of Highly Fluorescent Chromones via an Inverse-Demand Hetero-Diels-Alder Reaction" published in the July 2 issue of Organic Letters, a publication of the American Chemical Society. The students conducted the research under Dr. Jake Zimmerman, associate professor of chemistry. Zimmerman, along with Dr. Brian Myers, professor of chemistry, and Dr. David Kinder, professor of medicinal chemistry, co-authored the paper. Learn more about this exciting research.

Alumna named ACS Fellow

Inara Mencis Brubaker, BS '59, was recently named a 2015 Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Brubaker serves on the Getty College of Arts & Sciences advisory board and established the Erika Jane and Andra Elaine Brubaker Memorial Scholarship in 1995 to assist worthy students pursuing a major in chemistry. She will be feted at the ACS national meeting this month.

Come and enjoy a fun filled family movie night with the Freed Center on the Tundra

Come and enjoy a fun-filled family movie night with the Freed Center on the Tundra. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! will start at dusk on Friday, August 7, and will last till the last credits play. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. This event is sponsored by Blanchard Valley Heath System.

Dr. Chris North

Dr. Chris North, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, attended the Global Health Undergraduate Course and Curriculum Development Conference at Allegheny College sponsored by AAC&U and a Howard Hughes grant in June. During the workshop, she co-developed a comparative health systems course between the U.S. and Cuba with Christina Gunther from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. The two plan to teach the four-week class, which will include two weeks in Cuba, to both students from ONU and Sacred Heart. Interested students can contact North for more information.

Dr. John K. Estell

Dr. John K. Estell, Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, was elected to the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 accreditation cycle during the ABET 2015 Summer Commission Meetings held July 15-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. ABET currently accredits approximately 3,400 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. Each year, more than 2,200 volunteers from 34 member societies contribute to ABET's goal of assuring confidence in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education, serving as program evaluators, committee and council members, commissioners and members of the Board of Directors. Estell became an ABET volunteer in 2010, and has been serving as an ABET Commissioner since 2013.

Rev. Dr. David E. MacDonald

University chaplain Rev. Dr. David E. MacDonald will present his paper "Discovering Calling at the Center and the Edge: Vocational Discernment as Spiritual Direction and Discipline" at the Colloquium on Theological Reflection on Campus Ministry in The United Methodist Church, at Syracuse University on August 9, 2015. MacDonald's paper will focus on the work of a collegiate minister or chaplain in helping students to identify and live into their vocational call. The paper will reflect on the theological model of "center/edge" which formed the basis of MacDonald's Doctor of Ministry dissertation, and will be published along with the 14 other colloquium papers by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of The United Methodist Church

Micaela Deming, staff attorney at the Ohio Northern Legal Clinic in Lima, Ohio, served as lead panelist for an American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence webinar earlier this summer. The webinar was titled "Your Own Shingle: Attorneys in Private Practice Representing Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence."


College of Law dean Rick Bales spoke and moderated a panel at the 2015 LawAsia Employment Law Conference on the "Labor Implications of Free Trade Agreements" in Hanoi, Vietnam. Bales's presentation drew from his recently published co-authored article "A Comparative Analysis of Labor Outsourcing."

Update your information at

We have recently adopted a new technology solution for alumni relations that will help you stay connected with ONU like never before. While we hope you agree that this is a very good thing, it does mean that you'll need to update your information to stay in the loop.

JazzInn Blues at the Inn at ONU.

Put some JazzInn Blues on your summer schedule. Visit The Inn at Ohio Northern University every Friday night at 5 p.m. for live jazz and blues music, BBQ Ribs, corn hole games in the courtyard and much more. Bring your friends and family for a fun way to kick off your weekends.

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