Polar Bear Nation
The Polar Bear Nation Regional Challenge is dividing the nation into seven regions (plus international) in hopes that alumni will rally together to increase overall giving to The Northern Fund. Alumni participation is one of the key metrics used to determine where Ohio Northern University stands in the rankings. Not to mention, it shows how much you, as alumni, love your alma mater.
Any gift of any size will count in the Polar Bear Nation Regional Challenge. As Klondike travels to a new region each month, the standings for each region will be updated on the chart below. You will be able to see:
- The seven regions (plus international) competing in the Polar Bear Nation Regional Challenge
- Total number of alumni who reside in each region
- Total number of alumni who have participated in the challenged thus far
- Your region’s current overall participation rate
Once Klondike has made his way to every region and finally ends up back at Ohio Northern in May, the winning region will be announced. The region with the highest participation rate wins! Everyone gather your paws for participation and click here to get involved today!
Polar Bear Nation Board Members
Region 1 Northeast: Jiv Subramaniam, BA ’00, and Tom Wiechart, BSPh ’81
Region 2 Mid-Atlantic: Andrea Maksim, BSPh ’99, Scott Greene, BSBA ’90, and Tom Galloway, BA ’71
Region 3 Southeast: Ed Gmyrek, BSEd ’65, and Stacia Wake, BSBA ’86
Region 4 Great Lakes: Rachel Kantosky, BS ’06, BM ’06, Rod Thompson, BA ’69, and Tiffanie Shanks, BA ’10
Region 5 America’s Heartland: Miranda Shaw, BSME ’03, Cameron Van Dyke, BSPh ’96, and Jim O’Donnell, JD ’66
Region 6 Mountain: Tonya Hunter, BS ’02, JD ’05, and Ken Hall, BSBA ’64
Region 7 Pacific Coast/Alaska and Hawaii: Bob Goldman, BSEd ’62, JD ’66, and Mark Gooden, BSEE ’95
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is Polar Nation Regional Challenge participation calculated?
A: Percentage of participation is calculated from each of the regions based on those who have given divided by the total amount of alumni who reside in each region.
Q: Do I have to give a gift to a specific area of Ohio Northern for it to be counted as part of the Polar Nation Regional Challenge?
A: Gifts to ALL areas of the University are counted toward the Polar Nation Regional Challenge.
Q: Do I need to use the online website for my gift to be considered part of the Polar Nation Regional Challenge?
A: No, if you make a gift through any direct mail appeal, over the phone through our student phonathon program, or on the University’s website, it will be counted as part of the Polar Nation Regional Challenge.
Q: Is there a minimum donation required for the Polar Nation Regional Challenge?
A: The focus of the Polar Nation Regional Challenge is increasing alumni participation, so there is no minimum donation. All gifts, of any size, are counted toward the Polar Nation Regional Challenge.