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November 17, 2019

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ONU nursing program makes its mark

Ranks 7th among 93 RN programs in Ohio

Nurses make an impact in their endeavors, and Ohio Northern University continues to make its mark in preparing nursing students for their careers.

RegisteredNursing.org recently ranked ONU’s nursing program seventh among 93 RN programs in Ohio.

The ranking analyzes several factors and is based largely on students’ passage rates on the NCLEX-RN exam over a five-year period, from 2014 through 2018.

College graduates need to pass the NCLEX exam to become practicing registered nurses (RN). The ONU nursing program’s five-year passage rate on the NCLEX nursing board exam is 96.6 percent.

Award-winning show ‘How to Be a Respectable Junkie’

Presented at The Freed Center, free and open to the public

“How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” a play by Greg Vovos, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio Northern University. The event is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting in 2018, “How to Be a Respectable Junkie” follows the true story of Brian, a heroin addict in his 30s who decides he’s going to take his life so that he no longer has to destroy the lives of those around him.

ONU Panhellenic Council recognized

For its educational programming - There are four chapters of national social sororities at Ohio Northern. In all, approximately 500 students are involved in sororities and fraternities on campus.

Ohio Northern University’s Panhellenic Council was recently recognized for its educational programming.

The group earned a three-star award from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) for the Council Compass program. Panhellenic Council is the governing body for sororities at ONU.

The council was touted for its efforts to utilize an annual assessment of the community to guide programming efforts. Endeavors have focused on civic engagement, risk management and professional development.

Fulbright Scholar will teach in Japan

ONU English faculty member Jonathan Pitts

Jonathan Pitts, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Ohio Northern University, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Japan for the 2019-20 academic year.

He will teach at American Keio University and Hitotsubashi University in the Tokyo area and lecture in the East Asia and Pacific region. His previous Fulbright award was to Turkey, where he taught in the American Literature and Culture Department at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, from 2010-11.

The engineering brain competition  Feb. 28

Nearly 500 students from more than 20 high school teams will compete

Nearly 500 students from more than 20 high school teams, including many from the region, will compete in the TEAMS competition from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 28 in the King Horn Field House at Ohio Northern University. The theme of the event is “The engineering brain,” and the local competition is sponsored by the ONU College of Engineering.

You are welcome to cover this event, which should make for outstanding photo, video and interview opportunities as area students show off their engineering skills while exploring career fields.

ONU student acts as Russell Wilson's body double in Super Bowl commercial

Then came the hard part – keeping the secret until the commercial aired

The Super Bowl may be three and half weeks behind us, but this story involving Wilson's and an ONU student in the making of a Super Bowl commericial is worth re-telling.

From the ONU website - Appearing in a Super Bowl commercial with an NFL superstar – it just doesn’t get more unexpected than that.

But that’s exactly what happened to Ohio Northern University student Mark Niles Jr.