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Challenge Accepted

ONU’s first couple takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ohio Northern University President Dan DiBiasio and First Lady Chris Burns-DiBiasio found the perfect way to beat the heat on the hot and humid second day of Welcome Weekend: the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


Dan and Chris accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge
on behalf of ONU Life Trustee William E. Croy.
To donate to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the
ALS Association, click here.

With more than 600 of ONU’s newest Polar Bears looking on, Dan and Chris challenged ONU President Emeritus Dr. Kendall L. Baker, ACIT ’11, Hon. D. ’11, and his wife, Toby Baker, BFA ’06, ACIT ’11, before current ONU students Cody Lovejoy, Joe Railey, Jenna Deininger and Kayla Bushee dumped nearly 20 gallons of ice water on their heads.

Having been “called out” earlier in the week by “Mr. ONU” Bill Robinson, BSEd ’61, ACIT ’71, ACIT ’89, Hon. D. ’05, H of F ’05, senior Dominique Royal, and University of Mount Union President Dr. Richard F. Giese, Dan and Chris eagerly accepted the challenge in honor of one of ONU’s life trustees, Rev. William E. Croy Jr., BA ’71, ACIT ’99, H of F ’02, and also made a donation to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association. The pair also challenged ONU Athletic Director Tom Simmons, BSBA ’85, BA ’86; the men’s and women’s soccer teams; Jerry Courtney, president of the Lima YMCA; Jon Cross, president of the Hardin County Business Alliance; and Deb Curlis, chair of the Ada Chamber of Commerce.

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is an online fund raising phenomenon that has helped raise more than $70 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Participants either dump a bucket of ice water on themselves or donate to an ALS charity (or both) and then challenge three people to take the challenge. The viral nature of the campaign has spread through popular social networks to become an incredible resource for ALS research.