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Parents Newsletter, March 2013


March 2013

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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Why is accreditation important?


As highlighted in the media, a growing number of today's parents are concerned with both the value and quality of the higher education investment. One pivotal measure is accreditation.

Dr. Julie Hurtig, BSEE '91, associate vice president of academic affairs, provides the following overview:

Accreditation ensures that ONU programs meet nationally endorsed standards and is an acknowledgement of quality. The U.S. Department of Education requires accreditation by one of six regional accreditors in order to receive federal grants, loans and research funds. Similarly, if a school is accredited, its students are eligible for federal (and in some cases) state grants and loans. Additionally, regional accreditation ensures that students are eligible to transfer credits to other accredited schools, and accreditation can sometimes be required for students to sit for state licensure exams in many professional fields.

The regional accreditor for Ohio Northern is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC works with institutions in a 19-state region and currently operates under a set of criteria adopted in 2012 that includes:

  • Mission
  • Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
  • Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
In addition to the HLC accreditation at our overall university level, ONU has achieved accreditation for numerous individual programs. These include accreditation in the College of Pharmacy, the College of Law, five of the programs in the College of Engineering, the programs in the College of Business Administration, our education licensure majors, nursing, technological studies, public relations, music, exercise physiology, chemistry, athletic training and clinical laboratory science. Click herefor a complete listing of our accreditation status.  

Parent Prompts

...from Career Services  
Today's competitive job market requires aggressive strategies whereby students engage in important advanced planning. The Office of Career Services routinely communicates with its ONU students about employment opportunities and preparations needed along the way. However, parents also are encouraged to alert their son or daughter to ways that getting busy now can assist with ultimate career success. The links below help to outline ways that ONU students can get going with both honing interview skills and with networking. Because the spring semester will soon end and summer opportunities will be here quickly, parents will want to review these articles and help encourage those actions that can pay dividends in the future.

The Nuances of Networking 
Exploring Your Experiences  
Interview Etiquette 


ONU Parents talk outcomes 

Polar Parent Pride:

"My daughter, Kellie Evans, is in her fourth year at ONU. I remember six years ago visiting ONU with her for the first of many times. ONU has never been a disappointment to either of us since then. Kellie has blossomed tremendously during these ONU years. The faculty support is second to none, and the opportunities are amazing! She has been involved with her sorority and committees, completed community service hours, and developed close friendships that will remain with her forever. She has mastered so many challenges; ONU has been an outstanding fit in every way! Thanks to all of the faculty, staff and students who make ONU a safe, beautiful and top-rated university for our students to grow into productive and well-rounded adults ready for life beyond the college years."

Lynda Valentine, Westlake, Ohio - mother of Kellie Evans, a fourth-year pharmacy major

"As parents of one ONU graduate, Austin, and another one, Shayla, graduating in May, I will admit that my young adults have certainly gotten both older and wiser. They have become so much better at taking care of their own responsibilities. We believe this is a tangible goal we strive to achieve for ONU students - and it is working. We attribute much of this to their experiences at Northern. Both the faculty and staff have that great combination of being not only professional, knowledgeable and respected but also approachable and engaging. The students feel that they, too, are respected. Achieving that inner confidence encourages them to succeed. We are blessed that both of our offspring have had offers of employment before they even graduated! They are both extremely pleased with the companies that they work for. What more could a parent ask for?"

Dawn and William Moyer, New Washington, Ohio - parents of Austin, BSME '11, and Shayla, a senior management major

Note: If you would like to submit your own Polar Pride testimony, please email Karen Condeni, BA '74, ACIT '12, special assistant to the president. We encourage you to share your good news and the reasons why ONU has been a great investment!

Springing into the semester with service

The spring semester is quickly progressing, and ONU students and faculty recently returned from their break period. For a good number of dedicated faculty, staff and students, time away from campus meant being of service to others. Molly Wascher, a fourth-year pharmacy student from West Bloomfield, Mich., and vice president of ONU's chapter of Habitat for Humanity, provides the following update:

With the strong support of the Ohio Northern community, the ONU habitat chapter took a leap of faith by adding a fourth trip to the annual spring break program. This year, we sent 130 students and faculty across the United States to participate in the Habitat for Humanity program's Collegiate Challenge. Trips included Jackson, Miss., Albany, Ga., Davidson, N.C., and Greenwood, S.C. These trips are in addition to the earlier winter break trip to New Orleans that involved 20 students and faculty.
During break week, the habitat group stayed at local churches or retreat centers and worked with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The groups worked on a variety of projects ranging from house rehabilitation to new house builds. Students were able to get hands-on experience at the worksite, learning from trained Habitat workers. Habitat for Humanity is more than simply building a house; it is building a new life for a deserving family. The ONU chapter has a wonderful reputation for doing good work as a result of consistent years of dedicated service. In the future, ONU's Habitat chapter plans to continue its growth of service across the country, embracing the Ohio Northern principle of community involvement. This effort is just one of the many ways ONU faculty, staff and students are making a difference.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian discusses 'The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War'

Dr. Gordon S. Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, was on campus March 14 to discuss "The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War" in the Ohio Northern University Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Wood's talk explained how the American Revolution set in motion the forces that led to the sectional split and the resultant Civil War. ONU also bestowed an honorary degree upon Wood at the lecture.


Wood is the author of many works, including "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787" (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. In 2011, Wood was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama and the Churchill Bell by Colonial Williamsburg. In 2011, he also received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award from the Society of American Historians. In 2012, he received an award from the John Carter Brown Library and the John F. Kennedy Medal from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Read more 


2013 Spotts Lecture: 'Globalize and Innovate: Making of the 2020 Era Engineer'

Keng-Siang Lim, BSCE '89, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NextLabs, was the featured speaker for the Ohio Northern University College of Engineering's Spotts Lecture.

As CEO of NextLabs, Lim is responsible for the company's vision, leadership, strategic direction and successful growth. NextLabs is the leading provider of policy-driven information, risk management (IRM) software for large enterprises. The company's software offers a cohesive solution for improving compliance and mitigating information risk by helping companies achieve safer and more secure internal and external collaboration, prevent data loss, and ensure proper authorization to applications and data.

Lim earned a bachelor's degree with high distinction, majoring in computer science and civil engineering, from Ohio Northern University in 1989 and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. He is the holder of more than 30 approved and pending patents in the Internet and information security-related areas. Read more 

Dicke College of Business Administration honors seven with Pinnacle Awards

The College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University honored seven individuals with Pinnacle Awards at a banquet held Feb. 15.

This prestigious award, which honors individuals who have made the highest commitment to the business college, was presented to John J. Bishop, BSBA '72, chairman and chief executive officer of The Motorists Insurance Group; Cheryl Burcham Cotner, BSBA '68, ACIT '05, executive director of The Future Begins Today; Robert L. Gronlund, BA '64, Hon. D. '09, chief executive officer and chairman of Wood-Mode Inc.; Robert D. Kerscher, BSBA '70, founder, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Lexi-Comp Inc.; Dr. Clayton L. Mathile, BA '62, Hon. D. '91, ACIT '09, former owner, chief executive officer and president of Iams Food Company; Dr. Richard Meininger, former ONU faculty member; and Oscar J. Mifsud, BSBA '70, ACIT '09, president and chief executive officer of The Mifsud Group.

"We wanted an avenue to publicly say 'thank you' to the people who have made significant and sustained gifts to the college," said James Fenton, dean of the Dicke College of Business Administration. "Through their generosity, they've had a tremendous and transformative impact on our students and the business college generally." Read more  

Ohio Northern University's True North Public Relations firm garners first place

Ohio Northern University's student-run firm, True North Public Relations, took first place in a competition sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to promote state parks in the northern Ohio area. The competition called for teams to create promotional video and audio spots to be used regionally by the department.

Matt Comer, wildlife biologist with the ODNR, stated, "This is the first time I have been asked to organize a venture like this, and working with the ONU team on this project has been a wonderful experience. The dedication, professionalism and quality of the final product have proven that this firm has the knowledge, skill and expertise that we were looking for when we sent out invitations to be part of this challenge"

"The product our ONU students delivered is professional, creative and a great example of the high-caliber talent our students possess," said Dr. Kathie Fleck, TrueNorth PR's faculty advisor. "We sincerely appreciate ODNR inviting us to participate in this project and the opportunity to help our team further develop their skills in a real-world setting." Read more  


New academic calendar online

Want to plan ahead for class breaks? The new academic calendar for undergraduate and pharmacy students, covering the years 2013 through 2020, is now available online. There are a few changes from past calendars: The start of school is on a Monday with freshmen arriving the Thursday before and upperclassmen moving in on Sunday; fall break is back and there are no classes Thanksgiving week; to keep the number of MWF classes equal between fall and spring semesters, a Monday class schedule will run on the Tuesday after Easter break. Read more
In This Issue
Why is accreditation important?
Financial aid
Parent prompts
ONU Parents talk outcomes
Spinging into the semester with service
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian discusses 'The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War'
2013 Spotts Lecture
Dicke College of Business Administration honors seven
True North PR firm garners first place
New academic calendar online
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 anytime. Future Polar Bears can benefit from your interest and involvement!