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November 18, 2019

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Pettit College of Law recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative law schools

he Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law was named one of the most innovative schools in the country by The National Jurist and will be featured in the “Back to School” issue of preLaw magazine in August. ONU was one of 20 law schools selected by The National Jurist.

“It is gratifying to be recognized for the hard work our faculty has done to design and implement our new curriculum,” said Stephen Veltri, interim dean of the Pettit College of Law. “Our new curriculum goes well beyond standard law school coursework. It includes clinical opportunities and courses designed to develop professional skills that prepare our students for the practice of law.”

Kleine named associate dean of ONU’s College of Business Administration

Dr. James Fenton, dean of Ohio Northern University’s James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Kleine as the new associate dean of the business college. Kleine has also been bestowed with the first James F. Dicke Endowed Professorship.

Kleine replaces Dr. Rich Meininger, who served as the college’s associate dean for the past 39 years.

Jenelle Sobotka to speak at national pharmacy conference

Jenelle Sobotka, professor and endowed chair of pharmacy practice at Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy, will deliver the closing session speech at the Texas Pharmacy Association’s Rxperts Conference and Expo in The Woodlands, Texas, on July 26-29.

Sobotka will speak on “Transforming Patient Care: Influencing the System through Quality Patient Care,” which will focus on the challenges in “taking care of patients” that pharmacists will face in the future. The Rxperts Conference is the largest pharmacy conference in the southwest, with top therapeutic education sessions, state board updates and more than 100 companies in attendance.

Dr. Marquart presents paper, chairs session at national conference

Dr. Jed E. Marquart, Ohio Northern University professor of mechanical engineering, presented a paper and chaired a technical session at the Sixth Annual AIAA Flow Control Conference, sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The conference was held in New Orleans, LA, on July 25-28 with more than 1,500 engineers and scientist in attendance, and approximately 750 technical papers were presented.

ONU announces hiring of new vice president of financial affairs


Ohio Northern University President Daniel DiBiasio has announced that William H. Ballard has joined the University as its new vice president of financial affairs. Ballard replaces Roger Young, who has been the interim vice president for the past year.

Ballard had served as vice president for finance and administration at Centenary College of Louisiana, a position he has held since 2003. He also served as Centenary’s controller from 2002-03. Ballard has significant executive-level financial management experience in the corporate sector, having worked for several utility companies and a big eight accounting firm as senior manager.

ONU receives Rural Business Enterprise Grant to support regional small business growth

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the entrepreneurship program at Ohio Northern University’s James F. Dicke College of Business Administration a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to support small business growth and development in a four-county area surrounding ONU. The grant totals $92,000.

The grant provides ONU with the funds to develop outreach programs to help develop growth and expansion of microenterprise development (small businesses with less than 50 employees and gross sales less than $1 million) and growth in a four-county area: Allen, Hancock, Hardin and Wyandot.