In what has become the iconic event of Homecoming at Ohio Northern University, the Fourth Annual Balloon Glow lit up campus Saturday evening with a memorable finale that had everyone ooing and ahhing.
Sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Alumni Office, the balloon glow featured five towering hot air balloons that took turns dazzling the crowd with dramatic bursts of flame that illuminated the balloons before fireworks on the Tundra concluded Saturday’s Homecoming festivities.
“This is really amazing,” said 2010 ONU Hall of Fame inductee Gina Fall BA ’96, who was attending her first balloon glow. “My mom wanted to watch the balloon glow, so that’s what we are doing. I’m so glad we came. This is ...” Read more
Share your memories from Homecoming 2010
"Everyone was so welcoming! ONU gave our classes great opportunities to visit & explore all the changes on campus. I especially appreciated hearing the stories about our class '70 from some of my classmates (and telling a few too). Thank you all for the effort you made to make our homecoming special for us!" - Don Tumblin
"Wow. A bar on Campus! Great to meet many new friends from a variety of classes at the bar!" - Rob Weeks
"What a great parade!" - r-lowry
"Couldn't have asked for a nicer day. It was so great to see everyone." - Guest
Going the extra mile
Ed Gmyrek BA ’65, and his wife Gayle have grown accustomed to stares as they drive down the streets of their Florida neighborhood. After all, folks don’t see too many polar bears in the sunshine state.
For the past nine years the Gmyreks have zipped around The Villages, Florida, the 75,000-person retirement community they call home, in an orange and black ONU-themed golf cart, complete with a giant polar bear decal on the front.
“People see that polar bear and they give a strange look,” said Ed Gmyrek. “When we first got it, we were getting questions every day. People wanted to know what the polar bear was for, so I’d tell them all about ONU.”
Theta's Got Talent
Homecoming weekend is finally upon us and as the campus buzzes with returning alumni, I face the task of planning my weekend activities. Of course, the football game is at the top of the list, as is mingling with sisters who have returned to campus. And there is no way I'm missing the Balloon Glow or the fireworks on the Tundra Saturday night. But what about getting up early to watch the parade floats roll down Main Street?
Most people probably don't realize the preparation and hard work goes into creating a parade float. I know I didn't. But this year, I was able to experience this first hand with my Kappa Alpha Theta sisters as we created our float for the ONU Homecoming parade.
Back on his feet
Gerald Miller BS ’65 and his wife Ileana, weren’t planning on making the trip from Florida to Ada for Homecoming this year. Yet, there he was crossing the finish line on Saturday morning at the 11th Annual Stefanie Spielman Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Awareness.
“This was spur of the moment thing,” said Miller. “See, I heard this commercial on the radio about cancer survivors and I thought, ‘Uh, oh. That’s what I am now.’”
This summer, the 69-year-old Miller was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. He had surgery in July to remove his prostate, and he says he is just now...
Record turnout for Spielman run
Perfect weather and a great cause contributed to the 11th Annual Stefanie Spielman Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Awareness being the largest one yet at Ohio Northern University.
More than 200 participants laced up their sneakers this year to kick off Saturday's Homecoming festivities with the 2.5 mile run/walk around the Green Monster to raise money for cancer research.
“Breast cancer affects a lot of people. Almost everyone has been affected by it in some way, either they themselves or a friend or family member. And so it’s nice to start off Homecoming supporting a good cause like this,” said event organizer Emily Gaborcik.