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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.

ONU's Baja SAE team notches top-five finish at Wisconsin

The Ohio Northern University Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team finished fifth overall at Baja SAE Wisconsin 2012, held June 7-10 at the MGA Research Corporation Proving Grounds in Burlington, Wis.

The event featured 95 colleges and universities and was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We are ecstatic with a fifth place finish in Wisconsin. With the large amount of teams attending and the amount of talent there, this was by far one of the toughest competitions we have attended,” said Sean Rutt, a junior mechanical engineering major from Apple Creek, Ohio, and member of the ONU Baja SAE team.

ONU student selected to participate on U.S. Paralympic Swimming team

 Ohio Northern junior Amanda Everlove has been selected to participate on the U.S. Paralympic Swimming team at the 2012 London Payalympic Games Aug. 29-Sept. 9.

Everlove qualified for Team USA in the 100 fly, finishing second in the S8 classification in 1:18.23, posting the sixth-fastest time in the world in the event.

She also finished second at the US Trials in the 200 I.M. in 3:12.06 and in the 50 Free in :33.81.

This will be Everlove's second Paralympic Games experience, as she earned three silver medals in the 2008 Games in Beijing in the 50 free, 100 Fly and the 200 I.M. events.

Pharmacy student receives Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Award

Ohio Northern University student Katie Westgerdes, a fifth-year pharmacy major from Coldwater, Ohio, is ONU’s inaugural recipient of the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Award. The Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy was one of 13 pharmacy schools from across the nation selected in 2011 to receive funding from the $1.1 million Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program.

This scholarship will help defer the costs of Westgerdes’ tuition at Ohio Northern. In addition, Westgerdes has been invited by Cardinal Health to attend and be honored at its annual Retail Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., in July.

Three Distinguished Alumni recognized by ONU

The Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University presented Distinguished Alumni Awards during the Alumni Awards Banquet eariler this month.

The awards, recognizing outstanding service and loyalty, were presented to Karen P. (Casper) Condeni, JoAnne (Griffith) Lipski, and Michael Chow. The banquet was part of Northern’s 2012 Alumni Weekend, held June 1-3.

Karen P. (Casper) Condeni