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February 21, 2019

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ONU celebrates Black History Month with series of program

Ohio Northern University is hosting several events in February to commemorate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

“Chasing after King & his dream: The civil rights movement after Dr. King’s assassination” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the English Chapel. Lunch will be served.

Go jump in the lake

That's exactly what ONU students did in the 10th annual Polar Plunge


It’s a bone chilling experience, but someone has to do it – we guess.

Ohio Northern University students provided new meaning to the term ice-breaker with the annual Polar Plunge from on Saturday at the pond inside of fraternity circle.

The annual event, sponsored by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, raises money for the American Red Cross. Students pay $5 each to jump into the lake or to sponsor a friend.

This is the 10th annual plunge, which raises between $1,000 and $2,000 each year.

Members of the Ada-Liberty Township fire department broke the ice for the jumpers.

ONU women’s and men’s track teams continue national rankings

ONU women’s and men’s track and field teams continue their national rankings this week. Here’s an update on both teams.

Women’s team

The Ohio Northern women's track and field program moved up 31 spots this week to No. 25 on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association indoor national power rankings, the national office announced Tuesday afternoon.

In the fourth weekly power rankings, the Polar Bears earned 31.67 team points.

Washington (Mo.) resides atop the power rankings list with 164.43 points. Meanwhile, Williams (Mass.) and Loras (Iowa) sit second and third with 124.42 and 103.07 points, respectively.

Playing by the rules

Now showing in the Elzay Gallery on the ONU campus

Exhibition celebrates the use of self-imposed constraints on the creative process and the surprisingly innovative results that can occur.

Playing by the Rules: Artists Creating Under Constraints features the work of 6 national and international artists who have used self-imposed rules in their creative process, be it comics, short stories, paintings, or haiku’s.

The exhibit is in the Elzay Gallery of the Wilson Art Center on the ONU campus.

These artists were members of Matt Madden’s online course, Build Your Own Labyrinth offered through the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the works on view are samples of the results of this course.

Funderburg scholarship established at ONU

In honor of couple’s daughter

ADA – Beth and Dennis Funderburg of Dayton have established a scholarship fund to help ensure that future Ohio Northern University students receive the same high-quality educational experience that prepared their daughter for a successful career in medicine.

Andrea (Funderburg) Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from ONU in 2000. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is now a practicing physician in Cincinnati.

Night to Shine prom event for people with special needs

Ohio Northern University students assisting

Ohio Northern University students are assisting with the annual “Night to Shine” prom event for people with special needs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Lima First Church, 1660 Findlay Road, Lima.

It is anticipated more than 140 individuals will attend the event, and approximately 150 ONU students will be involved in the evening. They include students from areas such as Greek Life, Sigma Iota Epsilon management honor fraternity, the football team, religious life and education majors.

Each ONU student has a buddy for the event, and all come dressed in prom apparel for the big night out.