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Ohio Northern students impress at 2024 Polar Pitch competition

Ohio Northern University had 71 teams showcase their entrepreneurial spirit in this semester’s Polar Innovation Exchange elevator pitch competition on April 17, 2024.

Student-led groups created a unique product for the marketplace and pitched it in under two minutes followed by a two-minute question session. It’s ONU’s own version of the “Shark Tank” minus the millionaire and billionaire investors.

Professor Kevin M. Ernst, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, organized the event with the assistance of volunteer judges.

The campus-wide competition started in 2008 and runs every semester, explained Ernst, with cash prizes awarded to first, second, and third place.

“It provides student with a chance to explore the concepts of marketing and presentational speaking by pitching the idea and business model to a panel of judges,” he said.


ONU's Polar Robotics wins 2024 championship

See the competition in photos HERE.

Ohio Northern University’s robotic football team delivered decisive defeats to rivals Valparaiso and Notre Dame to become national champions this spring.

ONU brings International Women’s Flag Football to the midwest


By Russ Crawford and the Ada Icon

On May 4-5, the International Women’s Flag Football Association, Ada’s Wilson football factory, and the Inn at ONU, hosted a women’s and girls flag football tournament at Ohio Northern’s Dial-Roberson Stadium.

ONU hosts Nike basketball camps for ages 7-15

ONU men's basketball staff and coach Neal Young will lead a youth Complete Skills camp on June 10-13 and a Shooting Skills camp on June 14.

Undergraduate, Pharmacy and Law commencement speakers for ONU Spring 2024 ceremonies

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Alumnus to receive an honorary doctoral degree

A federal judge, Pfizer’s vaccines medical director and a Methodist bishop, are Ohio Northern University’s spring 2024 commencement speakers.

  • The Honorable Stephanie L. Haines, JD ’95, will be featured at the Pettit College of Law ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Dr. Patrick Garman, BSPh ’91, will participate in the Raabe College of Pharmacy ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, will address undergraduate ceremony guests and graduates on May 19 at 2 p.m.

The ceremonies will be held at the King Horn Sports Center field house. 

All three commencement speakers will receive honorary doctoral degrees, as will ONU alumnus Jim Halderman, BSEd ’68, an educator, entrepreneur and advocate for sustainability.


Beruldsen talk about International Women's Flag Football

On Thursday May 2, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Dicke Forum, Phi Beta Delta, the honorary for international scholars, will host a talk by Diane Beruldsen of the International Women's Flag Football Association.