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Northern Express 09-02-2015

News from Ohio Northern University

September 2, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 21

Photo of the week: Freshman Matt Ludic returns the ball. The annual Founders Hall Mud Volleyball tournament has taken place for more than 30 years at Ohio Northern University. This year, 105 teams played to raise money for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

An ONU tradition, Tunes on the Tundra, returns Friday with We The Kings at 7:30 p.m. The opening act will be PUBLIC in the ONU Field House on Friday, Sept. 4. The ONU Student Senate sponsors the event.

Ohio Northern University's College of Engineering seeks students who possess traits that are found in all good engineers-insight to see the answers to problems, and the grit and determination to see those answers applied in the real world. In junior Alexandra Seda, they have not only a student with those traits, but also a leader with the passion to inspire change. The electrical engineering major from Columbiana, Ala., has always been interested in new things - new products, new ways of doing things, new ideas. She calls it a "knack for entrepreneurship," and it's one of the reasons she’s here at ONU. The College of Engineering’s connection to entrepreneurship through both the Dicke College of Business Administration and the Kern Family Foundation is the direction Seda looks when she sees her future self. For her, solving a problem isn't enough. She wants to create solutions.

ONU welcomed its newest class of incoming students during Welcome Weekend last month. Check out this photo gallery for an in-depth look at all the festivities.


ONU has been ranked fourth in the "Best Colleges in Ohio" rankings, and placed in the top 10 percent nationally, in the new 2015-16 PayScale College Salary Report. According to the same report, ONU ranks third among Ohio schools in the number of science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees awarded..


On Aug. 17, Ohio Northern joined more than 1,500 colleges and universities that have chosen to go smoke-free. Like other campuses, ONU made the choice to address the serious health and environmental issues associated with tobacco use. ONU HealthWise is offering a tobacco-cessation program to any current student, University employee or their immediate family members who want to kick the habit.


In the storied tradition of the Yankees' organization, there's one name you've likely never heard of. Pixar director and Ohio Northern alumnus Bob Peterson, BSME '83. narrates this ESPN short-form documentary film about Derby, the baseball bat-retrieving dog of Major League Baseball's Double-A Trenton Thunder.


The year was 1966, and "The Newlywed Game" debuted on ABC with newly married couples answering revealing questions about each other. Now Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents The Not So Newlywed Game with Bob Eubanks on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available.


Dr. Deirdre "Dee Dee" Myers, pharmacy and laboratory instructor, was presented the 2014-15 Albert E. Rosica Jr. Memorial award by the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) at the College's 2015 Annual Education Conference in Denver on Aug. 14.


Dr. Christine North, associate professor of communication, is the author of a chapter, "Global Engagement for the Greater Good?" published in the Intercultural Communication for Global Engagement book edited by Regina Williams Davis and Andrea Patterson-Masuka. The book is published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing.


Put some JazzInn Blues on your summer schedule. Visit The Inn at Ohio Northern University the first two Friday nights in September 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.

Samantha Howe, assistant professor of political science, is the author of "The Professional is Political: The Absence of Motherhood Identity in Modern US Health Policy Discourse." The article is published in The Journal of Research in Gender Studies.


Ohio Northern engineering students and faculty took part as workshop participants and presenters in the seventh annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference hosted by Virginia Tech. "Work in Progress – First-Year Programmers Developing Software Applications for a STEM Academy Workshop: An Exercise in Collabora" was authored by Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, David Reeping, a senior in engineering education, Heather Sapp, a junior in engineering education, and Alexandra Seda, a senior in electrical engineering.

Dr. Margo Cullen, associate professor of English, took part in a seminar, "Unlikely Pilgrim: the English Journey of Zilpha Elaw," in which members shared their research papers at Oxford University.


Dr. Keith F. Durkin, professor of sociology, will serve as data analyst and program evaluator for a $65,210 Competitive RECLAIM Grant from the Ohio Department of Youth Services awarded to the Hardin County Juvenile Court. The grant is to facilitate the provision of behavioral health services to offenders ages 12-17 who have mental health disorders.


Dr. Forrest Clingerman, associate professor of religion and philosophy, saw his essay "Natural or Political Public Space? Spaces of Interpretation, Environmentalism, and the Sacred Depth" published in the book Spaces In-Between: Cultural and Political Perspectives on Environmental Discourse.

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