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Estell Receives 2023 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award

John Estell, Reichelderfer Endowed Chair & Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio Northern University, was recently awarded a Love of Learning Award worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Estell is one of 200 recipients to receive the award.

Love of Learning Awards are designed to help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching and research, career development and more.

Estell will use funds from the award to travel to the 2024 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference in Crystal City, Virginia.

Polar Buddies provide one-on-one activities for K-8 kids

The following invitation has been issued an Ohio Northern service group:

Do you have a kid in grades K-8 at home? ONU has a ton of enthusiastic volunteers who want to spend time with them!

Polar Buddies (previously called Ada Friends) is a community effort between Ohio Northern and Ada (and surrounding schools) in which ONU students are paired up with a younger K-8 child in Ada in a peer mentoring program (similar to Big Brother, Big Sister).

Autumnal Equinox open house at ONU Observatory

 The ONU Observatory will host its second astronomy public event for the fall semester this Friday:

The Autumnal Equinox
8:30-10:30 p.m., September 22
ONU Observatory, 800 W. Lincoln Ave.

The public is invited to drop by the ONU Observatory between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. for an autumnal equinox star party. The autumnal equinox is the start of fall and it officially happens on September 23 at 2:50 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

U.S. News & World Report now ranks ONU second in Midwest regional colleges

Ohio Northern University has jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges Midwest list for 2024. According to the publication, “These colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.” A total of 370 schools were ranked in the Best Regional Colleges Midwest category.

The report overview reads, “Ohio Northern University is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,569 (fall 2022), and the campus size is 342 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ohio Northern University's ranking in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges Midwest, #2. Its tuition and fees are $37,600.”

The university’s acceptance rate is listed as 54%.

ONU student-athlete Akamine survives Lahaina fire, resumes studies

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This fall semester, Ohio Northern University student-athlete Abigail “Abi” Akamine is more grateful than ever for the routines and normalcy of college, given that she and her family are survivors of the devastating Laihana, Hawaii wildfire that occurred in August.

ONU Men’s Lacrosse to observe 9/11 with annual stair climb

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? For most college students, they had yet to be born. The Ohio Northern University Men’s Lacrosse team, however, won’t be letting the 22nd anniversary pass by without notice. Starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, they will memorialize victims and honor first responders with their 9/11 Stair Climb at Dial-Roberson Stadium, an annual team observance that began in 2019. Team members will climb the same number of stairs it took for first responders to reach victims trapped at the top of the Twin Towers.