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Northern Express 11-25-2015

News from Ohio Northern University

Nov. 25, 2015 | Vol. 7, No. 27

White Coat
Photo of the week: Nicholas Bileck recites the pledge of professionalism with more than 150 fellow pharmacy students during the 16th annual Professional Commitment Ceremony in the King Horn Sports Center. Each year third-year pharmacy students receive their white coats from their pharmacist mentors, symbolizing a milestone in their journeys to become pharmacists.

Veterans Day

Here at Ohio Northern, we have so much to be thankful for. From the tremendous spirit of community, to the love and support from our alumni, friends, faculty, staff and families, we cherish the relationships we have formed as members of the ONU family. See how fourth-year pharmacy student Hannah Gustafson is helping ensure the bonds created in her residence hall last a lifetime.

LSO A group of Ohio Northern University's most talented orchestra students recently joined the Lima Symphony Orchestra for an innovative concert showcase. The concert, "Experience and Exuberance: A side-by-side with Ohio Northern University," served as an opportunity for Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians to mentor their younger counterparts in the ONU Symphony Orchestra, allowing the students to learn directly from the professional musicians over a week of rehearsals for two works by the composer Antonin Dvorak. "They had the opportunity to be immersed in a professional orchestra atmosphere, where they could experience the rehearsal process firsthand," says Jurgens.

The Ohio Northern football team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III national playoffs by defeating Franklin College 27-22 on Saturday. Up next for the 9-2 Polar Bears is a trip to the 10-1 Titans of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon. Good luck, Polar Bears!


The Economist has ranked ONU first among Ohio's four-year liberal arts schools, and third overall in the state, in its first-ever set of college rankings. ONU placed 166 out of the more than 1,200 schools from across the nation. The rankings are based on whether a college's alumni fare better than expected in the labor market, as measured by earnings 10 years after starting school.

Best Value

Best Value Schools has ranked ONU No. 9 in its "30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Ohio 2015" rankings. Best Value Schools assigns a numerical score to each school after evaluating graduation rate, net price and 20-year return on investment. After adding the points, the rankings give each university a final score out of 200. ONU finished with a final score of 128.43.


Ohio Northern University leads the Ohio Athletic Conference with 46 Academic All-OAC student-athletes. Of the 273 student-athletes recognized by academic advisors across the 10-team conference, 46 are Polar Bears. Men's soccer led the way with 14 honorees, but all six of ONU's men's and women's fall sports contributed to this impressive tally. A full listing of those recognized is available on


On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, the Ohio Northern University community lost a true icon in Arden "Stretch" Roberson. This April, we will be holding a celebration of Stretch's life on campus. We invite you to join us as we remember a life well lived.

Public Relations

The ONU public relations program has been re-accredited for the Certified for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) designation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA recognized Northern's accomplishment at the PRSA 2015 International Conference in Atlanta on Nov. 7.

Afghan LLM

The Ohio Northern University Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and the College of Law's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program will establish an Advanced Legal Education Program for Afghan Lawyers under a $2.9 million cooperative agreement with the United States State Department and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.


Engineering student Dutch Malott, a senior electrical engineering major from Newark, Ohio, has been awarded an undergraduate engineering scholarship through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative. Malott was one of 210 PES engineering scholarship recipients to be selected from the 540 individuals who applied.

Sigma Xi

Pharmacy students Emily Wells and Olivia Dinsmore were recognized for their research presentation at Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society's Student Research Conference, in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 24. Their research is titled "Evaluation of Inhibitory Potential in Potential New Anti-biotic Compounds Designed Using Computer Modeling to Inhibit Glutamate Racemase."


Third-year pharmacy student Katelyn Avers is the latest student to foster a service dog for the organization 4 Paws for Ability. Avers is helping Roslin, a six-month-old golden retriever, learn basic commands and get comfortable in a range of social situations. Avers would like to become a veterinary pharmacist or transplant pharmacist, and says that this opportunity will help her evaluate her options within the profession of pharmacy.


We invite you to read Dr. John Lomax's full remarks from ONU's Veterans Day ceremony. As we pause to give thanks this week, may his words serve as a reminder of truly how much we to be thankful for, and of those who sacrificed on our behalf. Lomax is professor of history at ONU and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.


Teaching Civic Engagement, co-edited by associate professor of religion and philosophy Forrest Clingerman, will be published by Oxford University Press on Dec. 1, 2015. It is part of the American Academy of Religion book series, "Teaching Religion," and includes contributions from scholars of religious studies and theology.


Dr. Alexandra Coman, assistant professor of computer science, and Dr. Lisa Robeson, professor of English, presented the poster, "Writing Interactive Fiction: Developing an Interdisciplinary Computer Science/Creative Writing Course," at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) conference on Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education in Seattle, Wa.


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!

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