Northern Express — 07-01-2015
July 1, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 19
Ohio Northern is welcoming a special guest this Fourth of July for a free concert on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center at 7 p.m. Please come early and enjoy an evening of music with family, friends and neighbors on the scenic ONU campus. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the King Horn Sports Center.
Senior International Business and Economics major Khadijah Bagais won first place in the "Column or Commentary" category in the Society for Collegiate Journalists 2014 Annual Contest for her column "I’m a Muslim and ISIS and 9/11 don't define me." Bagais competed with the more than 100 other journalism programs across the United States. She is a writer for ONU’s student newspaper Northern Review and the first in more than 30 years to win a national journalism award.
ONU student athletes Cody Lovejoy and Ashley Zoeller were recently named to the Capital One All-American Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Lovejoy, a pharmacy major with a 3.99 G.P.A. from Harrod, Ohio, was named for his third consecutive year after finishing the season with 43-2 record and a trip to the Division III National Championships. Zoeller, a senior accounting major from Port Clinton, Ohio, held a 4.0 GPA while competing on the ONU swimming team.
Chelsea Cadle, BS '15, is the primary author of the recently published journal article "Stress time-dependently influences the acquisition and retrieval of unrelated information by producing a memory of its own." Cadel coauthored the review paper with Dr. Phillip Zoladz, assistant professor of psychology, whom she worked for as a lab assistant while she was a student. The article describes how stress influences learning and memory. It appears in the current issue of Frontiers in Psychology.
The Association of College & Research Libraries listed ONU’s summer reading program among 13 colleges and universities across the country in its Fast Facts section. This year’s book for incoming freshmen is Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes, by Kelsey Timmerman. The summer reading program is completed by all incoming students and helps to provide a common experience and sense of community for students transitioning to college life at ONU.
Zach Ferres, BSCPE '11, CEO of Coplex and contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, recently penned the article "5 Lessons My Cross-Country Coach Taught Me About Leadership" for the magazine’s website. The article offers advice to entrepreneurs about how to bring out the best in the people they employ. Ferres’ suggestions are based on the coaching philosophy of ONU cross country coach Jason Maus. The story was also featured in the "Economy" section of FoxNews.com
Several Art & Design alumni recently earned awards at the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit at the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio. The pieces on display represent a wide range of media –painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture– by artists juried into the show. Award winners were Laura Barnhardt Corle, BFA '77; Ed Corle, BFA '78; and Leslie Rohr Scherer, BFA '96. The exhibit is free and runs through July 5.
Come and enjoy a fun-filled family movie night with the Freed Center on the Tundra. Toy Story will start at dusk on Friday, July 3, and will last till the last credits play. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. This event is sponsored by Blanchard Valley Heath System.
ONU was well represented at this year’s American Society of Mammalogists conference in Jacksonville, Florida last month. Dr. Robert McAfee, assistant professor of human anatomy, gave a presentation entitled "Survey and Implication of Dental Anomalies found in Extant Sloths (Order Pilosa)." Dr. Stephen Kolomyjec, visiting professor of cell & molecular biology, gave a presentation entitled "Molecular markers, modelling and morphometrics: Increasing our understanding of the platypus." Matthew Wentz, a senior biology major from Strongsville, Ohio, also presented at the conference, sharing his undergraduate research on "Microevolutionary analysis of large-scale dispersal patterns in the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) across Ohio."
Dr. Phillip Zoladz, assistant professor of psychology, recently published a paper in Physiology and Behavior describing an animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the model, Zoladz and his team exposed rats to a cat (i.e., predator stress) in order to examine the physiological and behavioral effects of the manipulation. They found that the effects last at least four months following the initiation of stress. The article was coauthored by Collin Park, Monika Fleshner and David Diamond.
Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, was a busy man at the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition held this June in Seattle, Wa. He and David Reeping, a junior engineering education major from Richfield, Ohio, earned third place in Best Paper Award category at the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference. Their paper, "Providing Authentic Experiences in the First Year: Designing Educational Software in Support of Service Learning Activities" documented first-year engineering students’ development of web-distributable software applications for use in support of lesson plans ONU’s Northern Engineers Without Boundaries used during STEM workshops in the Dominican Republic. Their paper was one of 103 accepted papers in the First-Year Projects Division of ASEE.
Estell was also appointed to the position of Program Chair-Elect for the First Year Programs Division, and helped develop and moderate a panel session at the conference on "The State of the Electronic Textbook: A Spectrum of Views." This session was listed in the ASEE Conference Connections Newsletter as one of the five "Notable Sessions" for the first full day of the conference.
Dr. Shane Tilton, assistant professor of multimedia journalism, contributed an article to the May 2015 issue of the International Journal of Communication. Tilton cowrote the article "Selfies as Charitable Meme: Charity and National Identity in the #nomakeupselfie and #thumbsupforstephen Campaigns" for the IJOC’s special section on selfies called "What Does the Selfie Say? Investigating a Global Phenomenon."
Dr. Srinivasa Vemuru, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a co-author of the article, "Synthesis of Majority/Minority Logic Networks," published in the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, volume 14 (2015), May 2015.
We have recently adopted a new technology solution for alumni relations that will help you stay connected with ONU like never before. While we hope you agree that this is a very good thing, it does mean that you'll need to update your information to stay in the loop.
Associate professor of law Deidre Keller was invited by the law firm, Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., to present a continuing legal education (CLE) program entitled, "Recent Copyright Developments." The program was presented by the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association.
Dr. Forrest Clingerman, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, contributed to the article "Climate Destabilization and the Study of Religion," a roundtable published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. The journal is one of the top journals in the field of religious studies.
University Chaplain Dr. David E. MacDonald will present a learning lab at the United Methodist Collegiate/United Methodist Campus Ministry Association’s annual Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. later this month. The content of the workshop "Merge: Group Spiritual Direction With First Year Students" is based on MacDonald’s recent doctoral dissertation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. His learning lab was chosen from among numerous applicants to the yearly gathering of collegiate ministers, chaplains, and pastors who work with college-age students from across the United Methodist connection.
Put some JazzInn Blues on your summer schedule. Visit The Inn at Ohio Northern University every Friday night at 5 p.m. for live jazz and blues music, BBQ Ribs, corn hole games in the courtyard and much more. Bring your friends and family for a fun way to kick off your weekends.