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August 18, 2019

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Ohio Northern University

Classes will be held here in the fall

105,000-square-foot facility nearly twice the size of Biggs Engineering Building

In spring 2018, construction officially began for the James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building, the new home of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering.


Now, more than a year later, the final phases of construction are underway.

The 105,000-square-foot facility will be nearly twice the size of the current 55,000-square-foot Biggs Engineering Building and will feature space for collaboration, class projects and community-building, helping ONU remain on the cutting edge of educating engineers who make a difference.

It's O N U from A to Z (not every university can do this)

An alphabetical reference guide to a university located in Ada, Ohio

O N U from A to Z.

Here's a clever way to provide a quick reference guide to Ohio Northern University. Not every university in the U.S. could pull this off. The Icon saw it on the ONU website.

A – Alumni: ONU’s alumni base is 32,000 strong and includes graduates from all 50 states and 63 countries. They provide support and ongoing opportunities for current and future students.

B – Balance: A positive student experience is all about balance. Here, we know the importance of pursuing your passions, whether it be music, art, Greek life, athletics or one of our more than 200 student organizations.

She's fifth generation at Sheldon Gas, Dunkirk

Lindsay Walden: "“The Dicke College of Business has given me confidence to go into my family’s business and continue to keep it running for many more generations to come.”

Note: This is one of several stories about recent ONU grads from the ONU website. Lindsay Walden is from Dunkirk.

Growing up, family and business were one and the same to management major Lindsay Walden.

For 105 years, her family has operated Sheldon Gas Company, Inc., a natural gas distribution company based in Dunkirk, and now she will become the fifth generation to take over the reins.

Although she knew this career path was always an option, that didn’t get in the way of her bettering herself through higher education.

She battled cancer to earn ONU degree, pursue career

Alexandra Mercorell: "My motto is to keep moving forward and take life one day at a time ... and helped me understand that what we do in medical labs has meaning"

Alexandra Mercorelli of North Canton, Ohio, proved the power of perseverance through her graduation from Ohio Northern University this spring.

She also earned a prestigious Dorothy Morrison Memorial Scholarship from Alpha Mu Tau fraternity, which advances professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences, for graduate study.

Mercorelli, a North Canton High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science after sitting out much of the previous year for surgery and rehabilitation to have a cancerous tumor removed from under her shoulder blade.

More ONU student award winners

Ohio Northern University recognizes students, organizations with DeBow Freed, Alice-Kay Hilderbrand leadership, community service awards

Several Ohio Northern University students have been recognized for their leadership on campus.

The DeBow Freed Award for Outstanding Student Leadership as an Undergraduate Student is presented annually to one male and one female student from each undergraduate class. The award recognizes recipients for their positive leadership in the campus community.

The first awards were presented in 1999 and are named in honor of the former president and current president emeritus of the university, who has dedicated his life to the virtue of servant leadership.

Catherine Freed Outstanding Leadership and Service winner

Business administration grad is 2019 recipient

Kara Dilts of Fredericktown, earned the 2019 Catherine Freed Outstanding Senior Female Leadership and Service Award from Ohio Northern University.

Dilts, who attended Fredericktown High School, graduated from ONU this spring with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

During her college career, Dilts made a lasting impact on the campus and local communities through her work with ONU outreach efforts.

Dilts was actively involved with the “Ada Friends” program that is sponsored by ONU’s religious life program. In this endeavor, she served as a mentor for a local youth and also was coordinator of the program.