ONU has received a Cultural Exchange Fund travel grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a Presser Foundation grant and a grant from the Pi Sigma Alpha activity grant.
Joan Robbins, dramaturg and lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, is the recipient of a $1,300 Cultural Exchange Fund travel grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a trip to Havana, Cuba in 2015. The trip is related to the ONU’s International Play Festival and the planned English language premiere of the Cuban play Nevada. One goal of the trip is to allow Robbins to meet the playwright, Abel Gonzalez Melo, on his native soil and with his help, research the place and culture in which the action of the play occurs. It will also allow Robbins, dramaturg for the project, to connect with other Cuban theatre professionals and enhance the translation process of the play.
The Presser Foundation has awarded Ohio Northern University a $4,200 Undergraduate Scholar Award to be awarded at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The honor award is given to a music major during their senior year and the student is selected based on merit and achievement. ONU is eligible for this award because of the University’s ties with the late Theodore Presser, a respected music teacher and publisher. Presser was ONU’s first music instructor.
ONU’s Pi Iota Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society received a $1,000 grant to fund an alumni/student mixer to be held this spring. This is the second year in a row that the chapter has won a grant to spur alumni interaction with students. Pi Iota will host a “Polar Bears in Politics” day to highlight alumni, convey additional career paths, and establish strong networks to help students navigate potential careers. Political Science majors Katie Deeter and Anna Hoard assisted Robert Alexander, Ph.D., professor of political science andc of the Department of History, Politics and Justice, with the proposal. The chapter has received over $13,500 over the past 12 years through Pi Sigma Alpha activity grants. Previous support has allowed the chapter to conduct surveys of presidential electors, travel to the Midwest Political Science Association's annual conference in Chicago, and to bring in nationally known speakers on important topics.