The Forward Together Campaign was born out of the commitment that Ohio Northern has to secure a bright future for current and future Polar Bears, and to uphold the pillars of unity and community that have kept ONU strong for more than 150 years. These aspirations will bring that vision into clear focus.
The Forward Together campaign – with a goal of $100 million – was born out of Ohio Northern University's commitment to support current and future Polar Bears, and to uphold the pillars of unity and community that have kept ONU strong for more than 150 years.
These four campaign aspirations will lead us Forward Together:
Through this campaign, we will continue to invest in our students and their futures, initiating a vision that we can and must achieve. We will build on the things that have made ONU great: outstanding faculty, excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.President Melissa J. Baumann, Ph.D.
There are many ways that you can provide financial support for the Forward Together campaign. You may choose to make a single gift, spread your contributions over a period of time or choose a deferred giving option. Your gifts are deeply appreciated, and we will steward them with care. Options include:
Cash • Appreciated securities• Retirement plans • Mutual funds • Life income plans
Life insurance policies • Bequests • Real estate • Corporate matching gifts
Ohio Northern University has embarked on an ambitious endeavor to enhance student success. The Forward Together Campaign seeks to…Learn More
Dr. Wayne Hamilton, BSCE ’58, knows the value of supporting higher education, because higher education has been his life’s work. His…Learn More
Jason Duff, BSBA ’05, is a forward-thinking entrepreneur who focuses on what is possible, not what is. His outlook has not only led to…Learn More
It was over 60 years ago and tuition was just $260 a quarter, but Tom, BSPh ’63, Hon.D. ’17, and Phyllis (Black) Gossel, BSEd ’63,…Learn More
Ohio Northern University President Emeritus Daniel A. DiBiasio, Ph.D. (Hon.D. ‘22), and former First Lady Chris Burns-DiBiasio (Hon. ’…Learn More
William “Bill” Robinson, BSEd ’61, Hon. D. ’05, fondly known as “Mr. ONU,” devoted his entire career to serving students and…Learn More
Although he claims there are no more business ventures on his horizon, Doug Leuthold, BSCE ’71 has embarked on a second career. This…Learn More
Long-time supporters Lee Stockton, BSCE ’61, and his wife, Shirley Stockton, are significant Forward Together contributors thanks to…Learn More
John G. Weber, BSPh ’65 and Suzanne (Scott) Weber, BSEd ’65 have a great affinity for their alma mater and the people at ONU who…Learn More
Claire Vaubel, JD ’71, on behalf of her late husband, George Vaubel, JD ’54, established the George and Claire Vaubel Endowed College…Learn More
Ohio Northern University made a positive impact—academically, socially and spiritually--on Larry Winkleman, BSCE ’78 and his late wife…Learn More
As a teacher, Joe Mileski, BS ’12, BSME ’20 wanted to change the world. As an engineer, he just might do it. Mileski returned to…Learn More
Dr. Roger Goldberg was a master teacher who positively impacted countless Ohio Northern University business students. While his…Learn More
Barbara Bowyer, BA ’76
Pam Hershberger, BSBA ’87
Doug Leuthold, BSCE ’76
R. Scott Miller, BA ’77
Rhonda Miller, BSPh ’80
Bill Robinson, BSED ’61, Hon.D. ’05
Dan Walker, BSCE ’71, Hon.D. ’19
Eileen Walker, BA ’72
Hanley Wheeler*, BSPh ’82
Ohio Northern launches campaign – Forward Together. ONU's $100 million campaign will build a bright and bold future for the University.
ONU is a school with a clear and certain purpose – student success. We inspire, support and drive students to go beyond what they believe they can accomplish. Ask graduates of Ohio Northern to point to a primary reason for their achievements, their success, and you’ll hear one answer: RELATIONSHIPS.
Strong, genuine, caring, committed, lasting – these are the relationships at the heart of Ohio Northern University. Relationships that bring out the best in every student and fuel their success. Relationships that foster personal fulfillment, professional achievement and civic engagement. Relationships that are life-changing and transformative, connecting Polar Bears for generations beyond their time on campus.
Through the very nature of our relationship-based model of higher education, Ohio Northern University stands firm as a beacon of opportunity. One of the best private, comprehensive universities in the nation, Ohio Northern will continue to grow and evolve to meet society’s needs as we pursue our highest goal, student success.
This goal – student success – is what the Forward Together Campaign is all about.
When you support the college, extracurricular activity, or educational center or initiative that is near and dear to your heart, you ensure that future ONU students will have the same life changing experiences that have shaped generations.
The Getty College of Arts & Sciences brings out the best in its students. Students in our six distinct schools find the guidance and support they need to compete, grow and flourish, whether they are preparing for a future in medicine, musical theatre, politics, teaching, or anything in between. Offering a combination of liberal arts and professional education, the college fosters independent thinking and creative problem solving. Your support can help the College of Arts & Sciences fund student scholarships; endowed professorships, chairs or fellowships; faculty research; facility improvements; the Getty Opportunity Fund; and more. Give Now
One of the top 20 undergraduate engineering schools in the country, the T.J. Smull College of Engineering produces engineers and computer scientists who blaze trails and harness technology for the betterment of humankind. With your support, we can strengthen our ability to recruit students who thrive here and attract and retain outstanding faculty who seek to build relationships with students as they challenge and mentor them. Your support can help the College of Engineering fund student scholarships; endowed chairs and professorships; junior faculty fellowships; study abroad; summer research opportunities for students; STEM outreach in K-12; and the Dean’s Opportunity Fund. Give Now
Students at the James F. Dicke College of Business are not only prepared for the jobs of today, but they also are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow. To help students become prepared the college utilizes a proven formula: real-world business experience via experiential learning, study abroad, preparation for employment, targeted internships and service through business. As a result, nearly 100 percent of graduates find employment within six months of graduation in their field. Your support can help fund leadership scholarships; diversity scholarships; endowed professorships; faculty awards; and funding for the Business Student Support Fund. Give Now
The Raabe College of Pharmacy has a reputation and outcomes among the best in the nation. Our pharmacy graduates are confident and practice-ready thanks to the rigorous hands-on education offered at the Raabe College of Pharmacy. They also are driven by a sense of purpose – whether that’s to provide direct patient care, to advance important research or to seize a new business opportunity. Your support will enable us to invest in facilities for the future; provide student scholarships; reward exceptional teaching with endowed positions, faculty awards, summer scholars and sabbaticals; and aid the Pharmacy Skills and Enrichment Fund. Give Now
ONU’s Pettit College of Law offers small classes and individualized attention from faculty members who are dedicated to helping students succeed. The college is known for producing practice-ready, purpose-driven attorneys who make a mark in the legal profession and serve their communities. Your support can help support endowed positions; faculty awards; a variety of student scholarships; and the Pettit College Dean’s Discretionary Fund. Give Now
The visual and performing arts have the power to uplift and transform people and societies. At Ohio Northern, we seek to broaden the reach and impact that the arts have on our world. To this end, we offer exceptional arts programming and produce enlightened artists and leaders. When you become an Angel for the Arts, you support the best of what we offer. Your support can help fund productions, performances and exhibits; guest artists and master classes; equipment and facilities; and student travel and professional opportunities. Give Now
ONU Athletics is integral to our educational offerings because not all learning takes place in the classroom. In stadiums and pools, on fields, tracks and courts, our student-athletes develop valuable life skills such as teamwork and leadership. Most importantly, they build character traits like resilience, perseverance and integrity that are so needed in today’s world. To secure the future of ONU Athletics, we’ve been working to establish an athletic endowment fund for each of our 12 men’s and 11 women’s sports programs. Your endowment gift would be a game changer, creating a legacy of support that will positively impact Polar Bear athletes for generations to come. Give Now
Ohio Northern’s student-athletes and coaches set a high bar for achievement and integrity both inside and outside the classroom. Here we build relationships and character along with athletic ability. When you join the Polar Bear Club, you keep our tradition of excellence alive. You help ensure that Polar Bear student-athletes have the equipment, experiences and opportunities they need to compete and learn at a high level. We are one Polar Bear team, separated only by years, and every generous gift makes us stronger. Give Now
ONU established the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) to aid and uplift our faculty. Through your support of CAFE, you ensure that ONU’s most valuable resource is equipped with the resources needed for continued innovation and excellence in teaching. Your support can help ONU provide professional development, promote innovation and collaboration, and reward teaching excellence. Give Now
Our Honors Program is designed to challenge ONU’s most intellectually gifted students. These students possess the potential for extraordinary academic achievements, such as becoming Fulbright or Goldwater scholars. Our Honors Program is a training ground for tomorrow’s leaders and difference makers. By supporting our Honors Program, you enable us to attract and inspire these outstanding young scholars by providing funding for scholarships, student projects and distinctive programming. Give Now
The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies brings together faculty expertise from a variety of disciplines to offer academic programs centered on today’s pressing issues. Students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs explore topics using multiple lenses. As a result, they gain well-rounded knowledge and a big-picture perspective. By supporting the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, you help ONU respond to the needs of the times, with interdisciplinary programs and students, physical space and personnel, and special programming. Give Now
ICAPP harnesses the collective expertise on ONU’s campus to promote civic literacy and a knowledgeable understanding of public policy. In addition, ICAPP serves as a go-to resource for local, regional and national media who need expert input on current events and politics. Non-partisan and education-based, ICAPP fosters a mission-focused learning environment. Your support of ICAPP will enable us to support student internships; produce policy briefs; host campus seminars and lectures; and conduct public opinion polling. Give Now
The Student Success Center opens doors of access to every resource needed for academic accomplishment from freshman year to graduation and beyond. Its programs help students transition to campus life and set goals for school and work, keeping every Polar Bear on track to graduate. These programs assist struggling students before they become discouraged, energize high-achievers who seek additional knowledge and experience, and equip graduates with the tools for professional success. Your support can assist with numerous initiatives, from Polar Careers to tutoring services, the honors program to support for international students. Give Now
At Ohio Northern, we seek to grow exceptional communicators. We know that students who learn to write clearly, concisely and persuasively will achieve success not just in their coursework, but also in their future career. The ONU Writing Center nurtures the development of strong writing skills, thus providing an invaluable service to the campus community. Students come to the center with questions, concerns or confusion about the writing process, and leave armed with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to become better writers. When you give a gift to the Writing Center, you make it possible for ONU students to receive this critical support service. Give Now