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Dean's Column

Students and faculty in Ohio Northern University’s Getty College of Arts & Sciences are extraordinarily active in creative and scholarly collaborations. We see ourselves as members of a community of scholars, in which teachers and students learn together, create new knowledge, and apply what they have learned.

As the spring newsletter makes clear, arts and sciences students deepen their learning through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad and community service. The signature program in chemistry and biochemistry is sponsoring three undergraduate student researchers this summer, and ONU students are participating in research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) at West Virginia University, Stanford University, the University of Nebraska, and Ohio State University, among others. These exceptional research opportunities have enabled arts and sciences students to be recognized with Goldwater scholarships seven years in a row.

Arts and sciences students share their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings, from conference presentations to professional competitions to artistic performances. Six musical theatre students shared American musical traditions in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In the process, they developed relationships both personal and professional, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in Mexico. Dr. Rema Suniga’s physiology students presented the results of their research on texting and driving to the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee, directly influencing legislation.

Student organizations and honorary societies provide additional opportunities for hands-on learning, and the national recognition accorded our chapters of Phi Beta Delta and the Public Relations Student Society of America reflects the high esteem with which these organizations are held.

These achievements are made possible by our dedicated faculty, who work closely with students to enhance their learning and to support their professional accomplishments.

I invite you to join us on Facebook to follow the exciting achievements of A&S students and faculty!

Dr. Catherine A. Albrecht
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences