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.
Becoming gainfully employed in a professional career is an oft-stated reason for pursuing a quality college education. As parents, your support of your students toward this goal means making sure career services are fully utilized and timely actions are regularly taken. More than ever, Ohio Northern emphasizes the preparation of its students for both a meaningful life and a useful career upon graduation. The Northern Promise adds the genuine commitment and support toward the completion of your student’s chosen degree within the standard timeframe.
The initiatives set forth by the Office of Polar Careers during the recently completed school year certainly reflect aggressive strategies that will further expand in the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. Jane Ward, employer relations manager in the Office of Polar Careers, shares the outcomes and encourages you, as parents, to put your student in touch with their office for expert guidance and a hands-on foundation.
When Tracy Van Sickle read about the five Creager Siblings who all graduated from ONU, she wondered if having three ONU students simultaneously enrolled would be of interest. Of course, this triple crown of Northern commitment is a true measure of the value of an ONU education! Being an ONU mom, Tracy knows the true meaning of investing in her students for the longer-term benefits that are life changing:
“I am proud to be the mother of three ONU Polar Bears: Samantha, who is majoring in criminal justice and sociology with a minor in business; Jenna, who is majoring in criminal justice and sociology; and last, but not least, Tim, who is majoring in engineering. My students are triplets, with the girls being the first to consider college. After Jenna and Samantha decided they wanted to stay in Ohio, they looked at ONU and toured the facilities. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and the beauty of the campus really stood out. My triplets had only been away from each other for no more than a week, so after the girls decided to attend ONU together, Tim looked there as well. He found there was really no other place he wanted to go. We all had to sit down and go over the financial aspects. We were pleased to find that ONU provided the best overall financial packages for us along with personal advisement.
The spring semester meeting of the ONU Parent Advisory Council (Polar Parents) was held at The Inn at Ohio Northern University on May 3. There were 16 parent members present along with several University staff. Special presentations were heard and discussed throughout the day.
ONU President Dan DiBiasio addressed the group after initial introductions and student updates were shared. DiBiasio discussed the University’s strategic plan, the campus master plan, and enrollment goals and plans, including academic initiatives and the strengthening of programs. He also listened and responded to parent questions and comments. The opportunity for such an exchange helps to keep communication lines open,as these parent representatives are reflective of the larger audience supporting ONU through their students.
Ohio Northern University will host the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad, a preparation program for Japanese who will begin studies at U.S. high school, colleges and universities in the fall, from July 9 through Aug. 13.
Twenty-nine students will take part in this summer’s institute, now in its eleventh year at ONU. Taught by ONU faculty, the students will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking in English, take short academic courses on a variety of topics, and learn about American culture.
With the majority of students leaving in May, life on campus and in the community has been slightly less hectic but busy nonetheless. There is still work to be done, with summer classes, three summer orientations for new students, special workshops and seminars, and extensive planning for the 2014-15 school year already on the horizon. There already is a summer starter law class underway; camps and conferences as well as special events at The Inn are also happening. Campus visits for prospective students and their families are also regular summertime occurrences. There are hundreds of individuals coming to the village and the campus throughout June, July and early August.
The village of Ada is experiencing the construction of the new United Methodist Church (insert a pic if you have one) right on the main entrance to the quaint business district of shops and eating establishments. The merchants enjoy the summer visitors to campus and the daily walking traffic frequenting their businesses. There will be a second wave of activity once the later weeks of summer brings students and their families back for the move-in period of early arrivals and mid-August school starters.
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
The Ohio Northern University community - students, faculty, staff and trustees - extends congratulations and best wishes to the 2014 graduates. See photos from the big day!
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