Named in honor of professor Terry D. Keiser, BSEd '64, the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences brings nationally prominent life sciences scholars to Ohio Northern's campus each year to lecture and interact with students.
With an endowment of more than $1 million, the lectureship has been funded by gifts from alumni, friends and colleagues. Among the major gifts was a donation from Keiser's Northern classmates Robert Gronland, BA '64, and his wife, DeOnne, of Lewisburg, Pa.
Keiser joined the Ohio Northern faculty in 1967, rising from instructor to professor of biological sciences to chair of the department. He serves as the chair of the University Council, director of the ONU Nature Center and a special trustee on the University's Board of Trustees. He was instrumental in establishing the ONU Nature Center in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and the ONU Tidd-Oakes Farm, a 300-acre wetlands restoration project just 12 miles from campus.
Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry
The Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry was established in 1996 as a means of highlighting fundamental new developments in the science of chemistry and biochemistry. Speakers are selected annually on the basis of distinguished contributions to chemical sciences and outstanding communication skills in the interpretation of their work for the public. The objective of the Kritzler Lectures is to afford students access to major new developments in chemistry presented by a scientist recognized as a masterful communicator of ideas.
The Spotts Lecture series was established in 1986 to bring distinguished speakers to ONU on an annual basis to inform students of the probable professional conditions and challenges that engineers and computer scientists will face in the future.
Dr. Merhyle F. Spotts, BSME '23, Hon. D. '81, sponsor of the lecture series, graduated from Ohio Northern's College of Engineering in 1923. After 10 years in heavy and light industry, he obtained a master's degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. He wrote extensively for technical journals and was the author of four books, including Design of Machine Elements, now in its sixth edition and in worldwide use. He was the recipient of many awards and honors, among them an honorary doctor of engineering degree from ONU.
The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, BSPh ’53, Hon. D. ’88, one of the Raabe College of Pharmacy’s most distinguished alumni.
Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard. Under his leadership as senior vice president for store operations, Revco DrugStores Inc. became the largest discount drug chain in America. He was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern in 1988.
The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture provides valuable insight to our current and future pharmacy students as they learn the profession and develop their leadership skills.
The Young Alumni Lecture Series
Organized by the department of art & design, the lecture series brings to campus three or four young alumni to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.
The panel of alumni will discuss what it was like to send resumés and cover letters to employers and graduate schools, to have a portfolio reviewed in hopes of getting a job, and a personal perspective of the current job market. ONU students also will be able to engage in an open dialogue with the speakers about the importance of specific classes and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school.
Senior Brown Bag Lecture Series
Law-Kormendy Lecture Series
College of Business Administration Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series
The ONU College of Business Administration Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings to campus successful entrepreneurs and officers of major corporations to discuss current business issues.