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Emily Richards

June 26, 2017

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ONU Dean's List released

The following students from Hardin County were named to the ONU Dean’s List for spring semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled full-time.



Jacob Abbott

Kenton, Kenton Senior High School



Crystal Brown

McGuffey, Upper Scioto Valley H.S.

Arts and Sciences


Trista Douce

Ada, Ada High School

Business Administration


Danyel Heilman

Kenton, Kenton Senior High School

Arts and Sciences


Jessica Hill

Ada, Ada High School

ONU journalism students honored

ONU students won many awards in the 2017 Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) annual national contest.

Grant Pepper, a senior multimedia journalism major from Centerville, Ohio, was awarded honorable mention in the category of “Breaking or Hard News Stories” for his piece on drug issues in Hardin County. He won second place in the “Multi

Story News Series” category for his stories on Devan Price. Pepper also won third place in “Sports News,” second place in the “Radio Sports Package” category, and first place and honorable mention in the “Sports Feature” category.

Internships can become pivot points

ONU prof describes value of internship

Beyond typical summer jobs, internships can prove to be an especially profitable way for college students to invest time in their futures.

“Internships offer a great way for students to discover whether their intended professional field is the career path they really wish to explore,” said Matt Lambdin, Ed.D., director of experiential learning in Ohio Northern's business college

“These opportunities put students in the workplace, and they get a real feel for what they do after graduation. They can make sure this is what they want to do on a daily basis after they graduate and, if so, determine what skills they need to develop in moving forward.” 

ONU prof gives his opinion on raising minimum wage

Proposals to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15 may have a chilling effect, especially for those who are beginning their careers and students seeking part-time jobs, according to David McClough, associate professor of economics at Ohio Northern.

“As a higher wage is imposed, business owners in areas such as fast food and retail will assess their ability to hire workers. Firms will have to determine whether the benefit of an employee justifies the cost. Service businesses may determine to hire fewer workers and rely more on automation,” said McClough.

Fall-prevention outreach

ONU pharmacy grad taking steps to help aging population

When Matthew Willoughby, a 2017 ONU pharmacy graduate, looks into the eyes of an older person, he sees a lifetime of stories and wisdom.

He sees a youthful soul. He also sees someone who just wants somebody to talk to, to be there with them. When he looks at an older person, he sees a purpose for his future. That’s why he’s working to minimize one of the aging population’s greatest problems: falls.

Falls number one cause of fatal injury
Falls are the No. 1 cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults in the United States, according to the National Council on Aging.

Accounting program highly ranked

The ONU Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program has been ranked in the top 50 nationally, and the third-ranked online program, in rankings compiled by accounting.com

The MSA program offers courses in forensic accounting and audit services (FAAS track). The FAAS track will develop skills in forensic accounting, auditing, fraud examination and business valuation. ONU’s MSA program offers a blended format, combining online and traditional classroom instruction.

Healthwise given Motor Coach

The ONU College of Pharmacy runs Healthwise. Members of the organization visit Ada and most other communities Hardin County several times a year. Thanks to its partners, CVS and Mercy Health,

Healthwise now has a new motor coach which will increase the visibility of the clinic and provide patients with more privacy. The health outreach services take healthcare to where people are in their communities.

Services are offered at no cost to the patient and include immunizations, tobacco cessation, medication reconciliation, health education and a variety of health screenings.

That's Ada's Bob Ward gigantically pictured on the side of the vehicle.

Robert Waters gains Fulbright Scholarship to research and teach in Ghana

Ohio Northern University faculty member Robert Waters, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Ghana and gain firsthand involvement with a region he has researched and written about extensively.

Beginning in July, Waters will spend five months teaching two history classes and conducting research at the University of Ghana. Waters has taught numerous courses on African history and politics, and he has written a book, “Historical Dictionary of United States Relations with Africa.”

ONU Distinguished Alumni Awards given

Those receiving ONU Distinguished Alumni Awards this year are (from left) Bruce Hollinger, BSCE ’75, Pamela S. Hershberger, BSBA ’87, Richanne C. Mankey, BA ’82, and Greg Allenby, BSME ’78. This is the highest award bestowed by the ONU Alumni Association.

50,000 hours worth!

Ada benefits from community service by ONU students

Community service is an important part of the college experience for many Ohio Northern University students.

Each year, approximately 1,500 ONU students are engaged in about 50,000 hours of community service in Ada.

“Community service can add much to a student’s college experience. For example, students often gain a sense that the world is a bigger place than they imagined and there are a lot of different people in the world,” said the Rev. David MacDonald, ONU’s chaplain.

 Both the volunteers and those being helped benefit from these efforts.