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‘How to Create the Future’ is focus of Feb. 20 Spotts Lecture

T.K. Coleman, the co-founder of Praxis, an apprenticeship program designed to help aspiring young professionals launch their careers, and the education director at Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), will serve as the keynote speaker for the T.J. Smull College of Engineering’s 2023 Spotts Lecture. The free, public event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Coleman’s presentation will address “How to create the future.”

Private Ada museum goes virtual thanks to ONU history students

Students in Russ Crawford's HIST 2771 Digital History class created a virtual museum to house images of objects that Ada resident Lee Crouse has collected over the years. Crouse began acquiring his materials during a 1995 class reunion. According to Crouse, "How this come about, I don't really know... It just kept growing. There's not hardly a week goes by that we don't find something. It's fun, and it just grows. You don't know what's out there. Some people say 'You got everything?'" Crouse answered, "Apparently not."

In addition to Crouse's items, students also added images of artifacts that the HIST 2901 ONU at 150 class taught by Crawford and David Strittmatter for the university's sesquicentennial in 2021.

Click on this link to take a tour of the virtual museum.

IMPULSE: Spring Dance Concert kicks off new Freed Center season

The Ohio Northern University dance company will present a spring dance concert titled IMPULSE representing works based on the reaction to internal and external stimuli while exploring motif, gesture, weight, time, and space.

Faculty, guest artists, and student choreographers will present a dance concert based on emotions, ideas, experiences, and motivations using the moving body through the lens of various classical and contemporary dance genres. Informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining, IMPULSE will connect body and community through the Biggs Theatre stage.

For more information, contact the Freed Center Box Office at 419-772-1900 or email [email protected]

ONU professor launches human rights project with global scope

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Collaborative project to create searchable human rights database

Ohio Northern University law professor Jean-Marie Kamatali narrowly escaped death in the Rwandan genocide when he was a young attorney nearly 30 years ago. The horror and pain of what he and his family, friends and neighbors witnessed has haunted him ever since, compelling him to dedicate his academic career to furthering rule of law and human rights across the globe.

In the batter's box: New ONU softball stadium

Ohio Northern University has announced it will build a new softball stadium through the generosity of lead donors Melinda (Durbin) Hileman, BA ’87, and David Hileman, BSBA ’86, BSPh ’86, longtime University supporters.

Stadium construction will begin at the end of the Spring ’23 softball season with a dedication event planned later in the year. Among the planned features are heated dugouts, field lighting, a new scoreboard with updated technology, padded backstop, upgraded press box, and permanent bleachers with bucket seating. The university is working with architects at Fanning Howey in Celina, Ohio.

DiBiasios establish endowed scholarship to support future teachers

Ohio Northern University has announced that President Emeritus Daniel A. DiBiasio, Ph.D. (Hon.D. ‘22), and former First Lady Chris Burns-DiBiasio (Hon. ’22) have established an endowed scholarship for ONU students who intend to pursue teaching careers.

With the Daniel A. DiBiasio and Chris Burns-DiBiasio Endowed Scholarship, the couple honor the value of teaching excellence, the tradition of educators in their families, and their shared dedication to transforming lives through higher education.

"Chris and I are excited about being able to provide much-needed financial support to students who are committed to entering such an admirable and essential profession," says DiBiasio. "There are few careers that are more important than teaching."

“Ohio Northern University, particularly its students, will always be near and dear to our hearts,” says Burns-DiBiasio. “Given that education has always been a huge part of our lives, establishing an endowed scholarship that will further encourage already-outstanding individuals to be caring and innovative leaders in the education field is a dream come true.”