** ONU Civic Engagement Day is Saturday! **


** ONU Civic Engagement Day is Saturday! **

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It's Welcome Weekend for new ONU students

Activities started Thursday AM and run through Sunday PM

Welcome to Ada! Welcome to ONU!

Ada schools are in session for 2017-18. Ohio Northern University is right behind. Icon viewers have noticed out-of-town cars passing through town packed with college student paraphernalia.

This is a long weekend appropriately called "Welcome Weekend," for all new students. It started this morning at 8 a.m.and runs through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Events range from Spirit Rock signing to an opening convocation, academic meetings, Operation Glow, ACE Day, ending with a movie on the Tundra.

For a look at the entire schedule CLICK HERE.

ONU begins '17-18 academic year

Community service efforts set tone for engaged learning

Ohio Northern University will put active learning and community involvement into practice with the annual Ada Community Engagement (ACE) Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19.

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.

University members will travel to several individual residences to help with projects such as weeding, mulching and painting.

ONU observatory open to public for solar eclipse

The Ohio Northern University observatory will be open to the public to view “The Great American Solar Eclipse” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. The observatory is located on the west side of campus, off of Lincoln Avenue and near the baseball field.


“We will not experience totality in Ada, but the sun will be covered up to 85 percent,” said Jason Pinkney, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy and manager of the ONU observatory. 

25 students from 8 nations in LL.M. program

As part of the Ohio Northern's LL.M. program's two-week orientation, students met with Ada Mayor Dave Retterer, (far left), and Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger (far right). Students learned about municipal services, local governance, and law enforcement in Ada. This year's class of 25 students includes 10 from Afghanistan, 8 from Kosovo, 2 from Malawi, and 1 each from Nepal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Georgia.

Barb Meek, ONU grad, now director of alumni relations

Barb Meek, a 1990 ONU public relations graduate, returns to ONU as director of alumni relations. 

She began her career as the assistant director of public information and director of publications. 

From there, she held an advancement position with Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus before spending six years at Kenyon College as director of campus events and then as assistant director of alumni and parent relations and annual funds. 

Most recently, she was director of community relations and development for a food pantry in Pickerington.

Comedy, murder, mystery set

The Inn at Ohio Northern University will present the comedy murder mystery "Death at Haversham Manor" by Jim Toth on Oct. 27 and 28.

Tickets are $45 each and include the show, appetizers, dinner, dessert buffet and gratuities.

For more information, visit innatonu.com.

Care-free fun

Engineering students offer time and talents for special needs children

FROM ONU FACEBOOK - Children with special needs often face many frustrating challenges, but playing shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why one group of ONU engineering students is working to make it easy to play.

ONU chaplain receives Methodist award

The Rev. David MacDonald, D.Min., Ohio Northern University chaplain, recently received a Francis Asbury Award for his support of higher education and campus ministries within the United Methodist Church. The award is supported by the church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Division of Higher Education

MacDonald is one of 15 individuals who received the award this year. Honorees offer outstanding leadership, above and beyond their basic responsibilities, to help bring heightened awareness to the significance of the church’s higher education ministries.

These GEMS mean Girls in Engineering, Math and Science

Once upon a time these were "boys only" careers

Sixty-six 7th and 8th grade girls came to ONU earlier this month for the College of Engineer's 22nd Camp GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science).

The camp's focus is about careers in engineering, math and science. Activities in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, forensic science, mathematics, nursing, pharmacy and physics took place.

There was also an electrical safety demo by Dayton Power and Light, a motivational speaker, a talk on the upcoming eclipse and a session aboutt eye health and how to become an eye doctor.

ONU law college partners with another Ohio college

Notre Dame College students hoping to pursue a career in the legal field will have a faster path to completing their degrees thanks to a partnership with ONU's law college. Notre Dame College is located in South Euclid, Ohio.

The 3+3 Legal Education Admissions Program will allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate degrees in six years instead of seven years.