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Martin Luther King Day has special meaning in Ada

The text of King's 1968 speech at ONU is linked to this story

Martin Luther King Day always has special meaning in Ada because the civic rights leader spoke on the ONU campus. The date was Jan. 11, 1968.

Matt Francis, ONU's archivist, made available the text of King's speech in Taft gymnasium.

CLICK HERE to read the entire text. This link also shows a video and photographs of Dr. King while at ONU.

King's concluding remarks at ONU, mentioning his own hope for the future follows:

She wanted to become a pharmacist since her junior year in high school

Shreya Sebastian says ONU has helped her combine her many passions into an incredible college experience

Pharmacy major Shreya Sebastian loves ONU because the University has helped her combine her many passions into one incredible college experience.

Shreya is involved in the Indian Student Association (ISA), College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), Yoga Club, and mud volleyball – outlets that help her express her passions for her culture, her future career and her outside hobbies. Each organization fosters an important part of who she is.

ONU men's soccer team excels in the classroom

Sets new academic team records

The Ohio Northern men's soccer team continued to demonstrate the program's storied tradition of success in the classroom during the 2018 campaign under 21st-year head coach Brent Ridenour, establishing new academic records for the program this season.

With a conference-record 70 players on the 2018 roster, the program posted its third-highest team GPA for the fall academic semester in school history with a 3.42 grade point average.

The outstanding academic performance follows the 2017-18 school year in which the program topped the Ohio Athletic Conference with the highest team grade point average for the entire academic year.

It's a ONU "Polar Express"

Technology students assemble "Christmas train"

For 13 technological studies students, a fall semester project designed to help them learn CAD (computer-aided design) turned into a fun way to showcase their skills and celebrate the holiday season.

Associate professor of technology Feng Jao’s Product Design and Analysis class (TECH 2231) was designed to prepare students to use and create CAD drawings with a software application called Autodesk Inventor. One of their projects involved re-engineering a wooden toy train set using CAD drawings and 3D printing.

As an unexpected surprise, the project received a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, as well.

Professor receives $418,000 grant

Ohio Northern University faculty member Phillip Zoladz, Ph.D., has received a $418,620 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The three-year grant will allow him to study post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 20 ONU students will assist Zoladz in conducting the research. 


The title of his research is “Stress, sex and the generalization of fear.” Zoladz is an associate professor of psychology. The project also includes co-investigator Boyd Rorabaugh, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and cell biology.


Concert at Freed Center on Sunday

The Ohio Northern University Symphony and Wind Orchestra will present a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Freed Center.

The program will begin with the ONU Wind Orchestra, conducted by Antoine Clark, paying homage to the ceremonial kindling of light during the holidays and the winter solstice. 

After intermission, Music Director Travis Jürgens will conduct the Ohio Northern Symphony in a program titled “Tragedy and Triumph.”

Tickets will be available at the door.