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Parents Newsletter, December 2012


December 2012

Northern Parent News


Welcome to ONU's latest resource for our parents and families. We hope that this newsletter will provide up-to-date information and a one-stop look at the topics impacting you.

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FERPA and your student 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you, as parents, access to your student's educational records while they were enrolled in primary and secondary schools. Education records include grades, finances and disciplinary records. Now that your student is in college, those same laws transfer ownership of records directly to your student. Under FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults, and they can determine who will receive information about them. For example, parents who want academic progress information must have the written consent of the student. This means that appropriate communication between students and parents regarding educational records under FERPA is encouraged. This link outlines a brief review regarding the procedures for permission and access to student records.

'Tis the season - Financial aid actions

Spring semester is right around the corner! Spring bills will be due on Jan. 14, 2013. Helpful steps to take


  • Make sure your student has established you as an authorized user so you can view the billing account. Bills are sent electronically on Dec. 14.
  • Instructions for accessing the bill are under the controller's office website; and choose "student accounts."
  • January is the month to begin work on the FAFSA for 2013-14. The FAFSA is the federal application that must be completed annually.

Did you know that more than 21 million college students will submit a FASFA this year? Once you have your 2012 tax information, you can file, as the new FAFSA will be available on Jan. 1, 2013. The financial aid office will prepare and send award notices for returning students in April. The awards will be made available to students through their Luminus accounts. Remind them to check, please. If you have a student graduating in May and they have student loans, please encourage a stop in the financial aid office to review loan repayment planning. Most loans go into repayment six months after graduation. The aid office can help you and your student understand the options, provide a cumulative loan summary and help calculate estimated monthly payments. We are here to help.


Holiday/semester break - Student Affairs reminder

It is not only a time for the holiday break, but also the time for the break between fall and spring semesters. Please be reminded that students have final exams the week of Dec. 10-14, with the residence halls closing for the extended break following. University offices will be closed the week of Dec. 24-28 as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. We encourage you and your student to think ahead about any travel arrangements for the return in January as classes begin Jan. 14, 2013. Those who may need shuttle service from the airport may make arrangements by emailing the following information to at least two weeks prior to arrival or departure: full flight itinerary, cell phone number and date shuttle is need. Wishing you a very joyous holiday season!

Polar "power" card  

ONU has made it easier to pay for a variety of routine expenses using the student Polar ID Card. Your student's ID can access their dining dollars, AND a separate account can be funded with Polar Dollars. Those Polar Dollars can be use at several on- and off-campus locations. Utilizing this card and the deposits made helps with carrying around excess cash and other credit/debit cards. Check out the details of this convenient program.

Polar Parent Pride

Current ONU parents share

"If you are looking for a personal experience and excellent curriculum, Ohio Northern is the place for you. Our son attends ONU and absolutely loves it! I can tell you that ONU has not only a breathtaking campus but also the people who work there treat you like family. Last year, my son joined the marching band. The ONU Marching Band not only gave the freshmen a warm ONU welcome but also helped move my son into the residence hall before the start of band camp. We, as parents, truly appreciated their help. The one-on-one attention has been a lasting memory. The professors and students have been so influential that my son just knew he wanted to be a Polar Bear. The ONU staff listens to students and parents. As a parent, I have also found the online resources very helpful. If you need to call the staff at ONU, I have been impressed that there is a pleasant voice answering my questions. In my opinion, ONU is like no other college campus; they care about the students they serve."

Victoria Aring - mother of Kevin Aring, a sophomore mathematics major


"One of the things that sets ONU apart from other institutions is the staff who are a part of the financial aid office. As our ONU student entered her first and second years, she also had a brother at a public university. The ONU financial aid contacts shared good and solid advice on how to best utilize student loans and grants. These ideas not only helped us with our ONU student but also gave us insights to use with our son at his school of choice. The ONU staff always seems to go that 'extra step' to assist the student and family with whatever issues may be at hand."

Mark Sabol - father of Caitlin Sabol, a fourth-year pharmacy major


"Ever since the first day we stepped foot on the ONU campus, there has been a comfortable feeling. From the beautiful campus, expert staff, knowledgeable professors, organized planned events to efficient living spaces, my husband and I had a safe feeling as we dropped our daughter off in a small hometown environment. Perhaps there was also the presence of my grandfather's spirit, as he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1931. All of these factors combined make a parent feel like you are part of a great family."

Ellen Kruckenberg - mother of Emily Kruckenberg, a fifth-year pharmacy major


Note: If you would like to submit your own Polar Pride testimony, please email Karen Condeni, special assistant to the president . We encourage you to share your good news and the reasons why ONU has been a great investment!

Men's soccer makes history 

The Men's soccer team made its first appearance in program history in the NCAA Division III Final Four and Championship games. The team is ranked No. 2 in the final 2012 Continental Tire/NSCAA and No. 3 in the last Men's Top 25 poll. The rankings are the highest that ONU has ever finished with in program history. The Polar Bears went 25-3-0 on the season and won their second straight OAC Regular Season title and third consecutive OAC Tournament title under 15-year head coach Brent Ridenour.


In addition, the 25 victories on the season set a school record. Northern scored 86 goals on the year, which is a new school record. The Polar Bears also recorded 15 shutouts on the season and had a streak of seven consecutive shutouts to begin OAC play, which are both new records.

Ridenour has been named NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Follow all ONU sports at  

Cheer on Miss Ohio 

Ohio Northern's very own Elissa McCracken, a fourth-year pharmacy student, was named Miss Ohio in June. McCracken will represent the state of Ohio at the Miss America Pageant on Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.

ONU adopts Engineering Projects In Community Service program for assisting local communities

The College of Engineering's real-life class, Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS), is working on three major projects throughout the area: building a replica of the Mars rover Curiosity for the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio; refurbishing a concrete base for historical Civil War cannons in Forest, Ohio; and upgrading the village of Ada's website.


Modeled after a similar program started by Purdue University in 1995, the ONU EPICS program, which was formed this academic school year, represents a unique opportunity for teams of undergraduate students to design, build and deploy real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. ONU's College of Engineering is one of only 21 universities from around the world to become a member of the EPICS University consortium. Learn more.  

In This Issue
FERPA and your student
Financial aid actions
Polar Parent Pride
Men's soccer makes history
Cheer on Miss Ohio
ONU adopts Engineering Projects
You can help

ONU parents can be great resources to other families as they embark on the college search process. The Office of Admissions is always grateful when current ONU parents and students put friends, relatives and acquaintances in touch with the University. Your positive interactions, word-of-mouth outreach and helpful guidance can help ONU with the quality students of tomorrow. Should you know of high school students, particularly sophomores and juniors (and even seniors still unsure) that would be good matches for ONU and its programs, feel free to email the Deborah Miller, director of admissions. Your current ONU student can pick up an admissions packet in Weber Hall to take home to a strong prospect during the semester break. Future Polar Bears can benefit from your interest and involvement!

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