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Northern Express 12-23-2015

News from Ohio Northern University

Dec. 23, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 29

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Photo of the week: Ohio Northern University first-year pharmacy student Maggie Fuller studies for a final exam in Meyer Hall of Science.

Holiday Giving

The holiday season is the perfect time for the Ohio Northern community to show its gratitude to the larger communities of Ada, Ohio, and the Hardin County area. Organizations on campus, students, faculty and staff rally together each December to participate in a variety of philanthropy opportunities to support families, charities, food banks and children in need.

Jedi With all the hype surrounding the new Star Wars film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," we thought we'd share how one ONU student is blending her affinity for the saga into research for her senior thesis. Kristen McKell, a senior from Chillicothe, Ohio, majoring in political science, criminal justice and sociology, is interested in learning how widely accepted popular culture phenomena affect the political attitudes of consumers. Now, to be clear, she's not talking about passing fads or flavors of the week. She's talking about pop culture royalty, universes unto themselves that explore complex social, political and philosophical themes. She's talking about the boy who lived and the boy who brought balance to the Force. She's talking about Star Wars and Harry Potter. "I knew I wanted to look at Harry Potter because it had such a huge impact on my life. It has created its own little subculture, and it is something that was a part of everyday life for millennials as we grew up," she says. "Star Wars was the same, just one generation before."
PRSSA Recognized

The ONU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won second place in the KIND "No Compromises" Campaign. This national competition challenged teams to bring to life KIND's "AND philosophy" on college campuses. The ultimate objective for participating team was to build awareness among students that KIND snacks are the perfect snack for both health and taste.


Graduates of the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy continued their record of outstanding achievement on the North American Pharmacists Licensure examination (NAPLEX) with an overall passage rate of 97 percent, which ranks among the top scores for 2015 graduates from all Ohio pharmacy schools who took the examination for the first time.


The Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy has received a grant from Walgreens for $10,000 to promote diversity among student pharmacists and to assist minority students with financial aid. Ryan Wagner and Randy Jennings presented the check from Walgreens while on a trip to the Ada campus. Jennings is a 1998 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

SJC Awarded

The ONU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SJC) has received the Outstanding New Chapter Award from the National Office of SCJ. In order to be considered for this award, a chapter must be reactivated or chartered for two to six years and be recognized as a new and energetic member of the SCJ family.


Eric Eisenmann, a fifth-year pharmacy and a 2015 ONU graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, was selected to receive a graduate research grant from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. He received the grant for his submission "Effects of a High Fat-High Carbohydrate Diet on Cardiac Susceptibility to Ischemic Injury in a Rodent Model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)."

Heather Sommer

Heather Sommer, a senior history major from Brookville, Ohio, is featured on OhioLINK's website as a model for how students can use the site's resources for research. She is using OhioLINK databases to discover 18th-century political opinions of America's first foreign ally, Louis XVI. Sommer is also one of five students from the Department of History that will be presenting at the Phi Alpha Theta conference in Orlando, Fla., in January.

Joe Balogh

Congratulations to Ontario High School basketball coach and ONU alumnus Joe Balogh, BA '80, for winning his 500th game this month. Balogh is a former ONU men's basketball assistant coach who learned under legendary coaches Gale Daugherty and Joe Campoli. He has coached at Ontario for 31 years. Photo courtesy of

Walking for Wellness

The ONU Walking for Wellness program had a record number of participants this fall. The program was overseen the University's health and wellness clinical team: ONU HealthWise. 179 employees and students enrolled in the walking program. Throughout the 10-week challenge, these participants walked a total of 45,606 miles. That's nearly two laps around the Earth!


Dr. Mark Olah, associate professor of pharmacology and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, has contributed the chapter "Adenosine Receptors in the Cardiovascular System" to the book Adenosine Signaling Mechanisms: Pharmacology, Function and Therapeutic Aspects, published by NOVA Science Publishers.


Pamper your out-of-town guests with a special package just right for the holidays. When staying between now and Jan. 11, 2016, our Fresh Start Buffet is included daily! Book this offer online or call 866-713-4513 and mention the promo code: HOLIDAY to redeem this offer!

Wrestling research

A $3,042 grant from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) is supporting Dr. Linda Young, professor of biological sciences, Dr.Vicki Motz, assistant professor of biological sciences, and coach Ron Beaschler, assistant professor of sport management, as they continue their research on determining best disinfection practices in the wresting environment to minimize athlete skin infections.

Law students published

Students in the Pettit College of Law have been busy this semester. Nataly Mualem, Josh Lanphear and Jessica Sink recently had, or will soon have, articles published in legal journals that will expand legal discourse across an array of topics including age discrimination and racial bias.


The ONU Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association is hosting a regional robotics challenge on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The ONU Polar Bear Classic VEX Robotics Competition will be part of the world's largest and fastest-growing robotics competition for middle and high school students in the world.


In each issue of Northern Express we will introduce you to a current student. Meet Jason Duffey, a junior from Norwalk, Ohio. A love for math and solving puzzles led Jason to major in computer engineering at Ohio Northern. And ONU's sense of community helped him find ways to use those skills to give back to the community.

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