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ONU professor developing new technique to monitor phosphorus in watersheds

Christopher Spiese, Ohio Northern University assistant professor of chemistry, is working on the development of a new technique for measuring dissolved phosphorus in freshwaters that could introduce a new testing method that will allow for a more cost-efficient and quicker way to monitor watersheds.

Working with ONU student Joanne Berry, a junior biochemistry major from Brunswick, Ohio, Spiese reached a breakthrough in 2011 when a novel reagent (a substance that, because of the reactions it causes, is used in analysis and synthesis) formed a yellow-green fluorescent compound in the presence of phosphate.

ONU to offer free courses focusing on small business development

The Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) at Ohio Northern University will hold six noncredit certification classes beginning in January. Classes are free and open to the public, and all events begin at 6:30 p.m.

Classes range in length from one to six weeks, and each class focuses on general topics relating to the development of a business. The classes range from exploring self-employment to computer literacy.

ONU's ‘Healthy Campus’ program recognized

Ohio Northern University’s multidisciplinary “Healthy Campus” wellness program has produced a more healthy campus, and its results are being nationally recognized.

ONU’s Healthy Campus initiative is a joint effort between the ONU Office of Human Resources and ONU HealthWise, which presented their results at the American Public Health Association meeting in October.

ONU’s Center for Teacher Education earns national reaccreditation

The Ohio Northern University Center for Teacher Education received full reaccreditation for its undergraduate teacher training programs for seven years through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
“The reaccreditation of our Center for Teacher Education by NCATE demonstrates our commitment to excellence in our teacher training programs and assures our current and future students that our education programs meet the highest state and national standards for academic excellence,” said Daniel A. DiBiasio, ONU president.

ONU honors staff members for years of service

Ohio Northern University hosted its annual staff recognition luncheon, honoring members of the University support staff, Sodexo food service, physical plant, and the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, on Nov. 16.

ONU presents holiday concert ‘Gaudete’

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music presents “Gaudete,” a program that invites reflection on and anticipation of the joyous holiday season, in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The ONU Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Hunt, will perform the first half of the concert, which will feature a collaboration with the ONU Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Ayling.

The ONU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Lloyd Butler, will perform the second half of the program.