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August 18, 2018

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ONU welcomes more freshmen this year

Helpers descent like locusts


Photos and story by Monty Siekerman
Good news for the financial health of ONU and those who own businesses or work in Ada: This year’s incoming freshman class is significantly bigger than last year. Today is move-in day for undergraduates with about 690 students lugging everything but the kitchen sink into their rooms. This is a 10-15 percent increase in incoming students this year compared to year ago.

Beautification award well deserved

3,500 annuals, 6,000 spring bulbs, and 500 mums planted each year

By Monty Siekerman
Ohio Northern has received a beautification award from the Keep Hardin County Beautiful Commission.

Pictured is Mark Bricker, manager of the grounds department, standing by large pots of annuals near the entrance to campus on Main Street. Marc Staley is general manager of the physical plant. Gigantic containers of flowers can be found in several locations and fountains at ONU are surrounded by colorful plants.

Grounds department personnel plant 3,500 annuals, 6,000 spring bulbs, and 500 mums annually.

ONU opening events begin Thursday

Ohio Northern University opens its doors for the 2018-19 academic year with the traditional move-in day for new students on Thursday, Aug. 16. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.


After move-in day, a series of activities highlight the welcome weekend. New students will be formally welcomed by ONU President Daniel DiBiasio at a convocation event beginning at 2:30 p.m.on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the ONU Field House, followed by an ice cream social for the new students and their families in the same location.


The traditional Greekapalooza, the social activity hosted by fraternities and sororities for new students, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18,

300 ONU volunteers to help in community Saturday

Ohio Northern University will put active learning and community involvement into practice with the annual Ada Community Engagement (ACE) Day event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18. The program is designed to engage incoming students with their college home and provide opportunities for ONU’s first-year students to contribute to the village and surrounding communities.


ONU music group receives award

The ONU chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music society for women, received the 2018 collegiate chapter achievement award at a national convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Founded in 1903, there are more than 300 chapters of the society located at universities and conservatories.

The ONU chapter is only two years old. The local chapter was hailed for its best accomplishing the group’s national objectives.

The Princeton Review likes ONU

Named one of the nation's best institutions for undergrad education

Once again, Ohio Northern has been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features the university in the new 2019 edition of its college guide. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two-year colleges make the cut.

According to the survey, “students are also drawn to ONU’s good financial aid and varsity sports, with one athlete noting that ONU ‘was my most affordable option of Division III schools where I could play soccer and receive a quality education.’