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Honor for Honor

ONU recognized with multiple awards for MLK statue project.

One year ago, Ohio Northern University celebrated the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic visit to campus on Jan. 11, 1968. Spring semester 2018 saw campus abuzz with a series of commemorative events, including a panel discussion featuring ONU alumni and staff who were there, a keynote speech delivered by King’s protégé Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and, of course, the dedication of a life-size bronze statue of King on ONU’s campus. For a full recap and video, click here.

Now, one year later, Ohio Northern has received special recognition for its efforts to honor King and his importance in the University’s history, winning multiple awards in the 2018 Pride of CASE District V Awards Program, an annual competition that showcases best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, advancement services, special events and outstanding communications.

The University received the following awards for submissions relating to the MLK statue project:

• “Best Practices in Diversity Programs,” Silver
• “Best Collaborative Program,” Bronze
• “Best Diversity Program,” Silver
• “Best Writing for the Web,” Silver

This recognition from CASE for our efforts to honor a great man and his incredible legacy further speaks to our University’s motto, Ex Diversitate Vires – ‘out of diversity strength,’” says ONU President Dan DiBiasio.

In addition, ONU received silver in “Best Program in Annual Giving” for its Polar Bear Club program and an honorable mention in “Best Program in Writing for Fundraising” for its Henry Solomon Lehr Society brochure.

This caliber of recognition by CASE is unprecedented in University history. Between 2012-17, Ohio Northern received a total of three awards in the Pride of CASE V competitions, making 2018 its best year to date.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association made up of professionals whose ultimate goal is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support – be it in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem or new students. CASE District V includes more than 400 member institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.