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ONU professor to present research on psychedelics and PTSD

Phillip Zoladz, Ph.D., Ohio Northern University professor of psychology, will present his research findings on psychedelics at a press conference to be held at the November 2023 Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C. His research explores the potential of psilocybin to enhance exposure therapy’s effectiveness in individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Zoladz is one of several presenters the Society selected to introduce their intriguing and important findings to journalists.

ONU poll shows support for Issues 1 and 2

Deep dive on attitudes toward reproductive rights and marijuana use in the state

The Institute for Civics and Public Policy (ICAPP) at Ohio Northern University has released the Northern Poll, a web-based poll of 668 registered voters in Ohio taken from October 16-19. The margin of error is 3.8%. Dr. Robert Alexander and Dr. John Curiel led the project.

The following statement was provided on the results:

Undergraduate Polar SURF research projects expand into new fields

Topics such as climate change, cultural politics, and teacher evaluation comments presented deep research dives this summer for several Ohio Northern University College of Arts & Sciences undergraduates and professors.

Polar SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) is an innovative ONU program that offers summer research opportunities for students interested in in-depth academic exploration begun by professors and scaled to students’ capabilities.

Agozzino receives national public relations educator award

Alisa Agozzino, BA ‘01, Ph.D., APR, associate professor of public relations at Ohio Northern University, received the Outstanding Educator Award at Public Relations Society of America’s national conference held recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

As ONU’s PR program head, Agozzino has taught over 16 different classes within the major and developed a social media minor for any major on campus. She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the international Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology.

U.S. Secret Service to conduct ‘simulation training’ at ONU

The United States Secret Service (USSS) will visit Ohio Northern University on Monday, Oct. 23 to conduct simulation training focused on real-life scenarios, and for recruiting purposes.

From 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., students from academic departments and athletic teams, including ONU Men’s Lacrosse team members, will assist USSS special agents as volunteers. Small group simulations will begin at 10:00 a.m. around campus, however, the best viewing time will be 11:15 a.m. on the Tundra during a “political rally” simulation. Scenarios will be fluid and times are approximate. 

"Forward Together" ONU fundraising campaign breaks records

Ohio Northern University's Forward Together campaign exceeded expectations and blew past its $100 million goal, raising more than $112.7 million. The total represents the largest fundraiser in the University’s history. The university emphasizes that it will increase scholarships and financial aid for students, help the university continue to attract world-class faculty, and upgrade facilities.

The success of the three-year campaign was celebrated at Ohio Northern’s annual Henry Solomon Lehr Dinner, held Friday, Oct. 13, recognizing the University’s strongest supporters.

“We shared a bold, compelling vision for ONU’s future, and our community responded,” said President Melissa J. Baumann, Ph.D. “Our supporters understand the quality and outstanding return on investment of an ONU education. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to help more students access that education and enrich the learning experience for all of our students.”

The campaign will help fund more than 200 new and existing scholarships.