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May 2013


May 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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A time to borrow, a time to repay ... timely advice

College debt and repayment are being discussed in the news on an almost daily basis. Like other longer-term investments, a quality college education requires borrowing for the majority of families. At the same time, those borrowed funds will go into repayment in time. It is advisable that ONU parents follow important steps to help prepare for the future as graduation from the University nears. Being proactive, while obtaining up to date information, is always advisable.

Melanie Weaver, ONU's director of financial aid, has worked with families in terms of both debt management and loan repayment. Her experience and expertise in navigating these processes have resulted in summarizing four basic actions ONU families can take. Read how you can get busy nowto prepare to meet these obligations.

ONU Commencement: Bright and shining moment

May 12, 2013, will mean not only the end of another successful school year, but also new beginnings for those graduating and attaining their ONU degrees. Hundreds of special moments will take place as students walk the platform and receive their hard-earned diplomas. The University welcomes the many friends and families coming to campus during a festive weekend and this most special occasion.

Robert Manning, Mars Exploration Program chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsions Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will be the guest speaker. ONU will award Manning with an honorary degree at the ceremony. Oscar J., BSBA '70, ACIT '09, and Judith D. (Jacobs) Mifsud, BSEd '70, ACIT '09, also will receive honorary degrees.

View the schedule of events for students graduating from the colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering, Business Administration, and Arts & Sciences.

Can you go home again? ... Parent and student adjustments 

Rebecca Diller, ONU's assistant director of counseling, offers the following insights:

As the mother of four college graduates, and in my role as a clinical counselor at ONU, I am very familiar with the issue commonly associated with having your college student return home for breaks and the summer. It can be a difficult and stressful adjustment for any family, as both parents and students must adjust to a new routine. As college students acclimate to their newfound freedoms and develop a natural sense of independence over the course of an academic year, it can be difficult for both parties. In practical terms, parents may find that once their sons or daughters return home, they are no longer accepting of imposed curfews or rules that were once assumed. Students may also fail to recognize that their parents have settled into a new routine that they have been enjoying.

As parents, it is important to recognize that the responsibility for acclimating to this new dynamic must be handled with patience and respect. You can avoid having your home turn into a conflict zone by choosing to quickly open the lines of communication with your student, allowing opportunity for both you and your student to gain a better understanding as to the changes that have occurred during their time at college. These matters cannot be handled with an iron-fisted or authoritarian approach on the part of parents. It may be your home, but the independence garnered by the returning student needs to be recognized and nurtured. It is likewise important for the student to respect the fact that certain expectations are appropriate when living under the parents' roof.

It is important for parents to keep in mind that the college years should include supporting your student as they take on more and more responsibility. By simply communicating and compromising through mutual respect, the transition home can inspire growth and maturity, making the transition both easier and satisfying.

The ONU Counseling Center is available with expert personnel and services.

Global Warning: Look out for exciting options!

The Study Abroad Office at ONU exists to help provide global experiences that enhance the education provided on our campus. Dr. Brian Keas, associate professor of biology, currently serves ONU as assistant vice president for academic affairs/faculty fellow, which includes overseeing the Study Abroad Office.

Keas offers the following testimony as to how study abroad can be a life-changing experience:

We offer a diversity of programs through exchanges with international universities, through providers specializing in geographic regions or academic disciplines, and through ONU faculty-led opportunities. The experiences may include traditional academic courses (language, major or general education), internships, teaching, performance or service learning. The many options available can be seen by visiting the study abroad website ( and clicking on any areas of the globe. I am often asked why I work to provide international experiences. My own study-abroad experience had a significant positive influence on my life and career. I hear the same from our returning students. Please read more about just one example of how study abroad enhanced the ONU experience of Kerri Bell, a senior Spanish major from Carmel, Ind., who had a summer abroad in South Korea and Chile.

ONU parent shares good news
Polar Parent Pride:

"Generous academic and talent scholarships made it possible for my daughter, Hayley Reynolds, to attend Ohio Northern University. Since fall 2010, she has been able to learn and grow due to her involvement in numerous activities. Her work-study employment in the alumni office on campus has helped develop her event planning and interpersonal skills. As a member of Delta Zeta sorority, she has built lasting friendships with a diverse circle of young women as they all participate in numerous philanthropic and service-related projects.

"With her double major in musical theatre and communications, Hayley has been able to pursue her passion for onstage performance as well as develop of skills that allow her to work behind the scenes in the arts. She has traveled to Estonia and England with a vocal/instrumental ensemble, has served as a student ambassador and core team leader in the President's Club, and is currently studying for a semester at Chicago's Second City School of Comedy Studies. While there, she is honing comedy and improv skills learned as a member of ONU's troupe, Fearless Shenanigans.

"I am proud to be a parent of a student who has so greatly benefited from her time at ONU. Special thanks to ONU President Dan DiBiasio, Ann Donnelly Hamilton, John R. Armstrong, Summer Aebker, Nils Riess and the many other ONU faculty and staff who welcomed my daughter, wrapped her in a big Polar Bear hug, and have been such positive and supportive mentors!"
Jennifer Boney-Reynolds, Sylvania, Ohio - mother of Hayley Reynolds and Parent Advisory Group member

Bob King, South Bend, Ind. - father of Calvin King, a freshman civil engineering major, and Parent Advisory Group member

ONU Parents Meet ...get involved!

Your ONU Parents Advisory Group met on campus in March. These current ONU parents have provided valuable feedback about the University's communication, engagement and general outreach efforts. In addition to this important group of parent volunteers, many other ONU parents now have the opportunity to give of their time and talent in a number of ways.

Now, more than ever, you, as an ONU parent, can help strengthen your relationship with ONU, the future alma mater of your student. As the University progresses, positive parental involvement will generate future generations of quality students. Parental engagement also aids the reputational building effort with strong word-of-mouth testimonies, support and referrals. Philanthropic opportunities also are ways in which many ONU parents have already made a difference.

So how can you, as a proud ONU parent, get involved?

  • The Office of Student Development seeks parents interested inserving on a panel for parents of prospective students. The panels will take place during the upcoming Summer Orientations (June 14, 21 and 28) from 3-4 p.m. Please contact Jennifer Lambdin at or 419-772-3968.
  • Try note card writing! The Office of Admissions, in collaboration with Karen (Casper) Condeni, BA '74, parent programming coordinator, has embarked on providing pre-addressed and postage-paid note cards to current ONU parents. The ONU Parent Advisory Group recently had 12 volunteers, and more than 250 personal hand-written notes will be sent to parents of prospective students affirming the quality and value of the ONU experience. Please contact Karen Condeni at or 419-772-2008.
  • Volunteer for the ONU Parent Advisory Group! This selected group of ONU parents meets each semester and provides feedback, ideas and suggestions about parent engagement and communications. The goal is to maintain 18-20 members, so two, three or four openings are normally available. We have worked to keep a balance of members among the four undergraduate colleges as well as both in-state and out-of-state representation. Additionally, this group is provided with up-to-date ONU presentations and has helped shape the website, newsletter or other outreach plans underway. To express your interest in joining this dynamic group of Polar Parents, please contact Karen Condeni.
  • Submit an ONU Polar Parent Testimony! Sharing your good news and student pride is an excellent way of connecting with other parents! Please feel free to offer that positive ONU shout-out to Karen Condeni.
  • Make a gift that lasts! The ONU Parent Fund accepts donations (tax deductible) toward strengthening the financial base of the University. For more information, please contact Kelly Anderson, annual fund director, at

These are just a few of the many ways you can get started with your support as an ONU parent. On behalf of the faculty, staff and, especially, our students, we look forward to hearing from you.


Dicke College of Business Administration ranked No. 62 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek

Ohio Northern University's Dicke College of Business Administration has been ranked No. 62 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in the publication's annual rankings of undergraduate business programs. Ranked in the state of Ohio as the best private University, Ohio Northern earned high marks in the nine categories used for the rankings, including an "A" in the "Teaching Quality Grade" category. In academic quality, ONU was ranked first in Ohio and 14th overall in the nation.

Read more.

Two Ohio Northern University students selected as Goldwater scholars

This marks the ninth consecutive year that ONU students have been recognized by the trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. During this time, 10 ONU students have been selected as Goldwater scholars, and five have received honorable mention.

Morgan Hammer, a senior chemistry and mathematics double major, from Findlay, Ohio, and Courtney Olson, a junior ACS chemistry major from Hayward, Wis., have been selected to receive Goldwater Scholarships, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Both Hammer and Olson have physics minors and are members of ONU's Honors Program.

Read more. 

ONU rolls to victory in game for the ages: ONU 49, ND 37

Congratulations to the Ohio Northern University Robotic Football team for its 49-37 victory over the University of Notre Dame at the Brian Hederman Memorial Robotic Competition held in King-Horn Center. The Polar Bots relied on a power running game and stifling defense to thwart the heavily favored Fighting Irish. Led by running back Dougie's six touchdowns - including the game sealer with four seconds left after Notre Dame had closed the gap to six points - the victory proved once again that running the football is the winning formula for both man and machine.

Read more.


Summer Camps
Ohio Northern University's beautiful campus is a great place to be this summer. ONU has a camp for every interest - academic, music or athletic. Students in grades seven-12 can earn academic credit or just have fun!


ONU Mobile

Access the latest campus information through your smartphone device - iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Download the free app today! Visit the mobile app store on ONU's mobile website.

ONU Parents ONU Baseball takes field in home of Cleveland Indians

Check out the photos on from the ONU baseball game vs. Case Western Reserve at Progressive Field in Cleveland on April 25.

Ohio Northern University announces appointment of Richard Bales as law dean

Richard Bales, director of the Chase Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, has been named dean of ONU's Pettit College of Law.

"Ohio Northern University is pleased to welcome Dean Bales to our campus and leadership team," Dan DiBiasio, ONU president, said. "Rick's impeccable academic credentials and scholarly body of work, along with his enthusiasm and passion for teaching students, make him the ideal choice to head the Pettit College of Law."

Read more.

In This Issue
Timely advice
ONU commencement
Parent and student adjustments
Global warning
Polar parent pride
Parents Advisory Group meets
Business ranked No. 62 in the nationa
Students selected as Goldwater scholars
ONU rolls to victory

Register for summer camps

ONU goes mobile

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!