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December 11, 2019

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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.

Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra performs Feb. 28

The Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,  Feb. 28, in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Music Director Antoine T. Clark will conduct a program titled “British Wind Band Classics,” featuring works by William Walton, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Gustav Holst, Gordon Jacob and Percy Grainger. Erin Helgeson Torres, flute instructor at ONU, will feature as soloist on Martin Ellerby’s “Neapolitan Serenade.”

Cello recital Monday

Featuring ONU faculty members Alan Smith and Pamela Ashmore

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present a cello recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Presser Hall recital hall at ONU. The event is free and open to the public.

The recital features cellist Alan Smith accompanied by Pamela Ashmore on piano. Smith is an ONU instructor of cello, and Ashmore is an ONU instructor of piano. The program will include an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary pieces, from composers such as Bach, Granados, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Brahms and Mexican composer Emmanuel Arias y Lunas.

ONU celebrates Black History Month with series of program

Ohio Northern University is hosting several events in February to commemorate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

“Chasing after King & his dream: The civil rights movement after Dr. King’s assassination” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the English Chapel. Lunch will be served.

Go jump in the lake

That's exactly what ONU students did in the 10th annual Polar Plunge


It’s a bone chilling experience, but someone has to do it – we guess.

Ohio Northern University students provided new meaning to the term ice-breaker with the annual Polar Plunge from on Saturday at the pond inside of fraternity circle.

The annual event, sponsored by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, raises money for the American Red Cross. Students pay $5 each to jump into the lake or to sponsor a friend.

This is the 10th annual plunge, which raises between $1,000 and $2,000 each year.

Members of the Ada-Liberty Township fire department broke the ice for the jumpers.