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January 23, 2019

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Percussion and steel drum concert

Young alumni receive Robinson award

Ohio Northern University alumni Elizabeth Ekole and Brendan Thompson are the latest recipients of the William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award from their alma mater. The award was established by the ONU Alumni Association to honor individuals who have graduated from the University in the last 15 years and who demonstrate passion and loyalty toward their profession, community and alma mater.


Coach named for new ONU varsity sport

Troy Chiefari ONU's first sports coach

Troy Chiefari has been named the first head esports head coach at Ohio Northern University.

ONU plans to begin competition in League of Legends and Overwatch in the fall of 2019.

Chiefari comes to Ohio Northern with a tremendous amount of esports success as both a player and a coach.

He is a former professional player and has coached at both the professional and collegiate levels.

Chiefari played professionally Halo: CE from 2005-07.

He also served as the head coach of Tabula Rasa, which was a League of Legends semi-pro team from 2015-17 and was the competitive manager for the Esports Club at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Women’s Chorus to present concert Nov. 2

The Ohio Northern University Women’s Chorus will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in Presser Hall. The group will perform an a cappella arrangement of “For Good" from the Broadway musical “Wicked” and other women’s chorus repertoire by some of the following composers: Ola Gjeilo, Johannes Brahms and James Mulholland. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The ONU Holiday Spectacular

Preparations for 24th edition in the works

A regional holiday tradition will again take center stage with the 24th edition of Ohio Northern University’s “The ONU Holiday Spectacular” musical extravaganza.

The show will be presented in ONU’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, Nov. 16 and Nov.17, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. It also will be presented at the Lima Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

Geography is more than just traditional maps

Finding victims and mapping roads that are open in hurricanes or earthquakes, mapping algae blooms in Lake Erie, and helping farmers learn of insects or diseases in crops

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman

About 100 geographers from Ohio and Michigan colleges met at ONU on Oct. 19 to learn the latest in the field.

Faculty members, students and professionals heard presentations about the fast evolving field, such as finding victims and mapping roads that are open in hurricanes or earthquakes, mapping algae blooms in Lake Erie, and helping farmers learn of insects or diseases in crops.

Dr. Katy Rossiter, ONU assistant professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Jimmy Wilson, assistant professor of management and geography in the College of Business Administration, coordinated the day-long conference.