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ONU alums play key roles in Space X spacecraft launch

Derick Endicott '12, Alex Strimbu '17, Justin Littell '04

Three Ohio Northern University College of Engineering alumni played important roles in the successful NASA launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

Derick Endicott, a 2012 graduate, is a senior test development engineer for SpaceX who ensures that their components can withstand the rigors of spaceflight. 

Alex Strimbu, who graduated in 2017, is a SpaceX test development engineer who works on the Merlin engine —the propulsion system for the Falcon 9 booster.

ONU recognizes Juneteenth

Celebrating commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S.

FROM ONU FACEBOOK – Today, Ohio Northern recognizes Juneteenth – the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. – and celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke on the ONU campus in 1968, “We have come a long, long way but we have a long way to go before racial justice is solved in our nation.” Sadly, that was more than 50 years ago. 

Perfect pitch

ONU students use tech to pitch high-tech ideas

In a semester turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that the annual ONU Polar Elevator Pitch competition — the Dicke College of Business Administration’s entrepreneurship showcase — figured out how to not only survive while other events were being canceled, but thrive.

The traditional Polar Elevator Pitch event puts the onus on students’ charisma and persuasive abilities as they present their ideas for a product or service in person.

Students are allotted two minutes to sell their idea to a panel of faculty, students and members of the local business community. Think of it as ONU’s version of the popular television program “Shark Tank.”

Ada and area communities well represented in 2020 ONU commencement

Graduates hold degrees in several academic disciplines

Several dozen students from Ada, Cory-Rawson, Bluffton and acoss Hardin County graduated from Ohio Northern University in May.

Graduates with local addresses are listed below and include several academic disciplines including law, pharmacy, accounting, music, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, biology, civil engineering, political science and theatre.

ONU fall term will start Aug. 10

Term will end with final exam week Nov. 16-20

All academic programs, except law, at Ohio Northern University will begin on-campus instruction on Monday, Aug. 10, with classes held on Labor Day and during the traditional two-day fall break of Oct. 12-13. 

That announcement is on the ONU website. 

The term will end with a final examination week from Nov. 16-20.

Students studying in the College of Law will start on Monday, Aug. 24, concluding on Friday, Nov. 20, and complete their two-week final examination period remotely. 

According to the announcement: “This revised calendar is one way in which the university is following guidance from the CDC regarding the coronavirus”. 

Ohio Northern University publishes undergraduate research journal

The editorial board of Aurora: The Undergraduate Research Journal at Ohio Northern University, announced the publication of its inaugural issue. 

The first issue is titled “Better You, Better ONU: Advances in athletics, public health and safety,”  and it showcases student-authored research using methods in pharmacy, kinesiology, civil engineering, biology and more to address pressing issues.

Among topics are active learning in classrooms, PTSD as a disease, training for increased lung capacity and breath-hold, streetlights and road safety, and a comparative analysis of athletes in soccer and lacrosse.

Both essay-length articles and posters are presented.