Hello ONU Parents! This early spring edition of the Northern Parent Newsletter covers a variety of timely topics. We trust you continue to enjoy this continuing communication as we count down the remaining weeks of spring semester! The campus will bloom and the sun will shine as our students move beyond this challenging, yet memorable, winter.
Smaller World, Bigger View
International study abroad continues to be one of the more enriching options a college student today can experience. Dr. Brian Keas, ONU’s associate vice president for academic affairs, shares one of the more unique opportunities available and encourages you, as parents, to make sure your student is aware of this beneficial program:
Although the weather may not agree, the calendar says that spring has arrived, and that means many ONU students are gathering their passports and preparing for a summer study-abroad experience. The single largest study-abroad program at ONU is the Hanyang International Summer School in Seoul, South Korea. With this program, more than a dozen ONU students, along with 800 other students from around the world, will travel to Hanyang University to study for four weeks at a truly “international” school. Six of those 800 will be Korean students who will enroll at ONU this coming fall semester.
When the new class of students arrives for orientations this summer, their program of engagement is paramount to successfully making transitions and creating new relationships.
Getting parents involved and connected has likewise been a goal for ONU’s orientation programs over the years. “For the upcoming 2014 new student orientations, we would truly like to have a panel of current ONU parents volunteering to discuss relevant topics with the new ONU parents,” says Jennifer Lambdin, ONU’s director of student involvement. “This approach would really be quite meaningful by sharing the realities and experiences from those who know.”
In order to put together these three current-parent panels, parent volunteers are both wanted and needed. The summer orientation dates are set for June 13, 20 and 27.The ONU Parent Panel would be in the afternoon. The schedule is being finalized, so volunteering now is a top priority. If you, as an ONU parent, can help with one (or more) of these dates, please contact Lambdin no later than April 18 at email@example.com or 419-772-3968. You can help make a strong orientation program even better by volunteering and participating as a voice of ONU experience! We hope to hear from you.
The Office of Admissions also could use more ONU parent volunteers for their note-writing program. Prospective parents receive hand-written notes from current parents encouraging a serious consideration of ONU for their students and why. There are more than 20 ONU parents who have already volunteered recently, so more than 500 notes will be in process soon. It is not too late to join this important campaign! Please email your interest and willingness to help to Melanie Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Miller at email@example.com in admissions.
Polar Parent Pride ... Sharing Success
“I just love ONU! It is a great university, not only due to the beautiful campus, but also because it is small enough to not overwhelm a person new to campus life. There are many useful clubs, including the Greek community and the Open Doors group.
All four of my children have attended ONU at one time or another. My oldest daughter, Emily, worked on campus as a bear ambassador and later as an admissions counselor. She has since continued on with graduate school at Wake Forest. Her valuable experiences and connections at ONU helped her get into a prestigious graduate program. Her decision to attend grad school was encouraged by an ONU professor and mentor, Dr. John Berg. Students at Northern have such helpful and special relationships with their instructors.
My youngest son, Ben, is in his final year at ONU. He recently returned from his fall semester study-abroad experience in Japan. This was an amazing experience for him made possible by the ONU Study Abroad Program. It does seem that the world gets smaller every day! The experiences he had in Japan helped him further decide his next course of study after graduation. I will truly miss the campus and people of ONU. They are simply the best!”
– Deb Buehler of Anna, Ohio. Deb is an ONU Parent Advisory Council member, and her son, Ben, is a senior history major.
“We are a Polar Bear family. It is not often that a youngster chooses her college when she is 7 years old, but that is exactly what our daughter, Lauren, did! She helped move her older brother and only sibling to the Northern campus back in 2002. Lauren is now finishing her freshman year with a major in business management and a minor in dance.
Way back when she was in elementary school, she visited her older brother when he was an ONU student, and she fell in love with all things Northern! As she matured, she appreciated the excellent education he received and how ONU prepared him for his successful life after college. Our son is a 2006 alumnus of ONU with dual majors in environmental science and biology. After an awesome internship at the University of Michigan, our son was employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is in a career he dearly loves.
We have seen Lauren blossom and mature since she moved to Ada back in August. She cannot stop talking about how much she loves life at ONU. She has made many great friends and is getting an education second to none, in our opinion.
Helping both of our children attend ONU is one of the best decisions we have ever made. The campus is beautiful, inviting and, most importantly to parents, safe. Along with the rigorous academics, ONU offers so many avenues for students to get involved in a variety of interests. Ohio Northern’s outstanding reputation will help your student’s résumé rise to the top of the stack. This reputation, along with internships, contributes to a very high placement rate.
Having said all of this, the main reason our entire family loves ONU is the PEOPLE! You just won’t find better individuals – educators, staff, administrators and, especially, the fellow students. This has made our family a Polar Bear one – now and in the future!
– Angie and Mark Utrup of Delphos, Ohio, the newest members of the ONU Parent Advisory Council and parents of Lauren, a freshman business management major and dance minor.
Please communicate your POLAR PRIDE! We are interested in your testimony and want to publish your remarks. Please email your positive experiences and viewpoint to Karen Condeni at firstname.lastname@example.org
ONU Ties That Bind
“Getting to know families who have had multiple siblings attend ONU has been such a rewarding experience,” says Karen Condeni, who just completed 40 years of work association with Northern. It is so amazing to see and hear of the commitment that both these parents and students have made over the years.”
One of the families that has been featured on the ONU Parent and Family website is the Creagers. There are five siblingswho all attended ONU, and several have married ONU graduates. Condeni first got to know the eldest ONU graduate, Kelly, when Kelly was recruited to ONU via an on-campus scholarship program.
“Little did I know that offering Kelly one of our top awards would result in four more Creagers attending ONU!” Condeni relates. In addition to the Creagers, there are a strong number of other families with exceptional ONU ties and degrees.
Another memorable family relationship that Condeni can share would be the Scholp family. There are three Scholp siblings, Christopher, Matthew and Kathy, who all attended Northern within years of one another. Their mother, Phyllis, became connected to ONU through both her graduates as well as connections on campus when she attended classes early in her career. Condeni recalls meeting Phyllis years ago when her first student enrolled. The coordination of the finances and the best programs of study for each student meant spending time on campus through multiple visits.
Looking back, Condeni attributes the success of this family to asking the important questions and meeting with helpful advisors, thus, demonstrating that a private education can be attained with determined effort and a good knowledge of the “right fit.”
Are you a Polar Parent with multiple siblings? Are you an ONU alumnus who had other family members attend Northern? Feel free to email Karen Condeni at email@example.com to share your “ties that bind” story.
Financial Aid = Dollars at Work
Melanie Weaver, ONU’s director of financial aid, reminds parents of several actions that are important to the future financing of students:
As we wind down the 2013-14 academic year, the financial aid process for 2014-15 is ramping up. Here are a few reminders to consider if your student will be enrolled next school year:
Award packages for our current students will be ready in mid- to late-April. Each student will receive an email notification that their award is ready in their Self-Service Account. Here they will be able to view their award as well as accept or decline loans as needed.
Applications for Parent PLUS loans and private student loans should be completed after June 1. PLUS loans are completed at www.studentloans.gov, and private loan links can be accessed through the financial aid website at www.onu.edu/finaid
Bills for fall semester will be available in mid-July. Students should make sure their parents are listed as authorized users on their e-bills so that billing notifications are sent to both the student and parents.
Please note that, if your student is graduating this May and has loan repayment questions, the Office of Financial Aid can help. We have counselors available throughout the week to talk with students individually regarding any questions they might have about graduation and loan repayment.
ONU Parents Council to Meet
Your ONU Parent Advisory Council will meet on Saturday, May 3. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you would like to direct to these volunteer ONU parents, please feel free to message them directly. They can share any feedback with campus administrators as well as other parents. See the current listing and email addresses of our ONU Parent Advisory Council.
The Office of Admissions is in the continuous search for Polar Bear prospective students! If you know family, friends, acquaintances or colleagues with high school students, please refer them to ONU.
It is never too early to get them in touch by suggesting they explore the website, review online publications and make a campus visit. Your influence in promoting ONU is a great way to help the recruitment efforts. Please contact Deborah Miller, director of admissions, with prospective student names and for further follow up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-772-2260
Saturday, April 26
Honors Day is in recognition of students and faculty of Ohio Northern University whose scholarly achievement and service to the University community have distinguished them at the University and reflects great credit on Ohio Northern.To learn more, view the schedole and order tickets, visit the Honors Day website.
ONU PARENTS -
Help to Make us Proud!
There are several
actions you can take to strengthen the value
of the ONU experience. As parents, you have the unique perspective that can positively influence others toward the betterment of your student's home university. We encourage you to step up and participate in one or more of these important activities:
* Your personal ONU
Polar Parent testimony
is of interest to others! Please share your good words with Karen Condeni
and she will find space in the Northern Parent Newsletter. It is so helpful to "share" the positive aspects of having a student at ONU! Your testimony of pride can be compelling and meaningful to others!
Parent Fund is another way you can help to keep the university advancing and staying competitive. Gifting is a tangible and tax deductible way of supporting our students and their education. Every gift
*The ONU Parent Advisory Council is the volunteer "voice" representing the hundreds of parents out there who may have ideas and suggestions. If you have interest in becoming a part of this special council, a few openings routinely surface each year. Please email
The Ohio Northern University community - students, faculty, staff and trustees - extends congratulations and best wishes to the 2014 graduates. Visit the commencement website for schedules, details and ticket information.