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Northern Express 1-27-2016

News from Ohio Northern University

Jan. 27, 2016 | Vol. 8, No. 2

Flying High
Photo of the week: Senior Anne Cape is lifted above the Freed Center stage during a ZFX Flying Effects workshop on Jan. 20. The flying company set up flying rigs in the Freed Center for the Department of Theatre Arts and educated students on proper setup and usage of theatrical flying devices.

Super Bowl

ONU was honored to host the "Never Miss a Super Bowl Club" this past Sunday. Thomas Henschel, Larry Jacobson and Don Crisman have been to all 49 Super Bowls, and were in Ada to see Wilson Sporting Goods Co. make the balls for Super Bowl 50. The gentlemen were interviewed in Klondike's by a crew from "CBS This Morning" for a segment that will air during Super Bowl week.

Pack Away Hunger The Ohio Northern University gymnasium has been packed for sporting events before, but it has never seen packing quite like it saw on Sunday, Jan. 24, when approximately 150 ONU students, faculty and staff teamed up with Pack Away Hunger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition, to prepare more than 40,000 meals for those in need. The United Nations estimates that up to 795 million people worldwide are undernourished. In the United States alone, the Department of Agriculture reports that 15.8 million children lack regular access to healthy meals. Pack Away Hunger is trying to change that by encouraging like-minded community organizations, businesses and individuals to host packing events, where volunteers assemble meals that are distributed to local food banks or community feeding programs in developing nations. "This is a good example of thinking globally and acting locally," says The Rev. David MacDonald, ONU chaplain. "We are doing something here that is going to have a global impact, but also a local impact because part of our food is going to the West Ohio Food Bank. It's a great opportunity for us to expose students to the issue of hunger around the world and in our own backyard."
Polar Espresso

All aboard! The Polar Espresso coffee shop opened Monday, Jan. 25, in the McIntosh Center. The shop is currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and sells baked goods, coffee and bottled drinks. Polar Espresso is the second phase of a series of improvements being made to McIntosh Center this year.


It's cold. It's windy. The Tundra is living up to its name. Is there a better time than now to look back at the first half of the year when the sun was shining and grass was green? ONU photographer Trevor Jones has assembled a photo essay of some of the memorable moments of fall semester at Ohio Northern University.

Cocktail Hour

ONU's Freed Center for the Performing Arts will present New York City's Ballets with a Twist, which will perform "Cocktail Hour: The Show" on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. Created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, "Cocktail Hour" reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. This pop-infused performing-arts experience combines the magnetism of Hollywood's Golden Age with a sleek 21st-century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of witty vignettes.

Andrew Bowser

Andrew Bowser, BS '15, a former summer research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-authored a paper appearing in Applied Organometallic Chemistry. His work describes a series of organic compounds (many of which were discovered and produced for the first time at ONU), and how effective these species are at supporting palladium to achieve a bond-formation.

Air Force Grant

A $5,200 Student Challenge Capstone grant, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and administered by the Ohio Aerospace Institute, will support a mechanical engineering team's project to design and build a modular unmanned air vehicle engine air particle separator. Once the design is built, the working prototype will be presented to the AFRL.


Dr. Manoranjan D'Souza, an assistant professor of pharmacology in the Raabe College of Pharmacy, is among 14 recipients of New Investigator Awards announced by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) on Jan. 14. His research, "Brain Kappa Opioid Receptors and Aversive Effects of Nicotine," provides a novel target for future smoking-cessation medications.

Mark Cruea

Mechanical engineering professors Drs. Louis DiBerardino and David Sawyers are the recipients of a $9,700 grant from the P&G Fund for Higher Education Program of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The funds will support the project "Biomechanics Measurements Using Wireless Accelerometers."


Drs. Bradley Wile and Amelia Anderson-Wile published an article describing original Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research. Their paper "Diamine Bis(phenolate) and Pendant Amine Bis (phenolate) Ligands: Catalytic Activity for the Room Temperature Palladium-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling Reaction" is published in Applied Organometallic Chemistry.


Dr. Edward S. Potkanowicz, associate professor of exercise physiology, recently spoke at the the annual general meeting of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) in Indianapolis, Ind. His talk, "Driver Science: An Update on Women, Gender Differences and Motorcycle Athletes," highlighted the work that he did this past summer in Wilcox, Ariz.

Breanna Hester

In each issue of Northern Express we will introduce you to a current student. Accounting major Breanna Hester knows growth comes from hard work and community support. Support from her "home away from home," Alpha Xi Delta sorority, helped her succeed both in the classroom and in life. As president, she's become a better leader, friend and person and has created lifelong friendships.


Embrace your inner artist with our PaintINN series at the Inn at Ohio Northern University on Monday, Feb. 2. Create a beautiful canvas under the guidance of a trained professional while enjoying delicious food and drink. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

"It's comforting to know that some of the food we are packing here today will stay in our area. It's nice to know that we are helping our neighbors in the community have nutritious meals."
--Kara Horvath, Perrysburg, Ohio
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