Photos of the year

It’s safe to say there has never been another year at Ohio Northern University quite like the 2019-20 academic year – from the opening of the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building to helping set a Guinness World Record to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – and University Photographer Trevor Jones has captured it all through his camera lens. Check out his favorite shots from the past year and learn why each one is so meaningful to him.


Students welcoming incoming freshman to campus during Welcome Weekend

From left, second-year pharmacy student Zachary Lenz and junior Keaton Cox dance as they welcome students and families. More than 600 new students moved to the campus of Ohio Northern University to begin the 2019-20 academic year.

"I've met Mr. Cox a few times, and he is always high energy. As a photographer, I'm often looking for that energy." — T. Jones

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Second-year pharmacy student Cade Myers cleans beneath a window at First United Methodist Church in Ada, Ohio. Ohio Northern University students, faculty and staff volunteered for Ada Civic Engagement Day. The annual event is a part of Ohio Northern University Welcome Weekend.

"I love shooting students off campus. Seeing new environments gives me the opportunity to work outside of my comfort zone. Window light always makes for good photos, and First United Methodist has beautiful windows." — T. Jones

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From left, 2019 graduate Hailee Loughman, BA '19, fourth-year pharmacy student Cassandra Goodman and fifth-year pharmacy student Kaitlin Surdej sit outside on the terrace of the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building.

"Like so many people, I was happy when we built our new engineering building. It's a beautiful building and also gave me this opportunity to photograph this Tundra sunset." — T. Jones

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From left, Emaleigh Wallace and Rachel Kimmel embrace after joining Delta Zeta. Ohio Northern University sororities held bid day at Affinity Commons. Bid day marks the conclusion of sorority recruitment.

"I didn't know bid day was a thing. I remember coming to work the Monday after and seeing all these excited students on my social media. I knew I had to witness it with my camera the following year." — T. Jones

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Fourth-year pharmacy student Alex Nixon and third-year pharmacy student Allison Conklin walk with Kappa Psi. A parade was held in Ada to celebrate Ohio Northern University Homecoming 2019.

"I'm so happy when Ada and ONU join forces. I'm also thrilled when Homecoming weather cooperates with everyone." — T. Jones

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Students from Ohio Northern University joined Ada community members and students from Ada Schools at Ada War Memorial Stadium to attempt to set a world record for the number of individuals tossing footballs at the same time.

"Assignment to photograph the breaking of a world record or final moments of Super Bowl LXXIX?" — T. Jones

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Freshman Payton Nielsen works on the Freed Center for the Performing Arts stage and hangs lights for the 25th anniversary of the ONU Holiday Spectacular.

"One of my favorite assignments this year was making photos of the annual ONU Holiday Spectacular. It's amazing how many talented people work on this show to make it happen." — T. Jones

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Members of the Ohio Northern Symphony play at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

"Working for the University allows me the privilege of seeing performances from unusual spots. Being above the stage allowed me a clear view of performers." — T. Jones

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Ohio Northern University freshman Juliana Tate rehearses her routine at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Theatre students and members of the University community were led in the weekend workshop by flying directors from ZFX Flying Effects.

"It's not often that I get to light the stage at the Freed Center, but this training and rehearsal gave me a wonderful opportunity." — T. Jones

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Senior Sota Fujimoto works on the third floor of the James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building at Ohio Northern University.

"I love big events, but my own university experience was filled with quiet moments like this, and I try to capture those when I find them." — T. Jones

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Yasmine Seidu is a fourth-year Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy student.

"Students, staff or faculty often ask me, "What should I wear?" I wish I could take credit for what future Dr. Seidu has on. I picked the location and she knew how to stand out in the pharmacy museum." — T. Jones

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Twin sisters and Ohio Northern University sophomores Alyson Hoffman and Andrea Hoffman, right, live with cystic fibrosis.

"#SubtleOhioNorthernFashionChoices" — T. Jones

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Senior Andrew Wiggins observes "Fifty Shades of Earl Grey: A Study of Teacups and Tea" from Ohio Northern associate professor of art Melissa Eddings-Mancuso. Work from the Ohio Northern University Department of Art & Design faculty was on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art in the Wilson Art Center until Feb. 28.

"The art of Eddings-Mancuso looked amazing and was so well displayed. The only thing I did was wait for someone to walk past." — T. Jones

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From left, T.J. Smull College of Engineering Dean J-D Yoder, President Dan DiBiasio and Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner take a tour of the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

"Our new engineering building has such visually strong lines, and it's fun to find moments like this behind the scenes during a meeting of University and state government leadership." — T. Jones

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Ohio Northern University sophomores Connor Kwiat and Jordan Hardrick, right, walk out of Hill Memorial after a western civilization class.

"It's easy to make a photo that lets you know exactly what campus you are on when we have such iconic buildings." — T. Jones

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Junior Jacob Park performs as Sage Love in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The Ohio Northern University Open Doors' annual drag show, A Rubi Affair, included performances from both professional drag queens The Rubi Girls and ONU students.

"I was so happy to hear that Open Doors had outgrown the McIntosh Center. This is such a great event for a great cause and should be witnessed by as many people as possible." — T. Jones