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Central Ohio Transit Authority CEO to speak at ONU

Joanna M. Pinkerton, PE, BSCE ’98, president and CEO of Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), will serve as the keynote speaker for Ohio Northern University T.J. Smull College of Engineering’s 2024 Spotts Lecture. The free, public event will take place Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Pinkerton’s presentation is titled, “Who Are You Engineering For?”

COTA is a regional mobility organization providing services to Columbus and Central Ohio. With a service area covering 562 square miles across five counties serving 1.4 million residents, COTA employs more than 1,000 team members and provided more than 19 million passenger trips in 2019. Since joining COTA in April 2018, Pinkerton has focused on organizational transformation— delivering innovative mobility solutions in response to a rapidly growing community and changing customer preferences, as well as addressing equity issues with both the physical and digital mobility needs of many residents.

Dance, music and theatre line up announced for ONU spring season

The Ohio Northern University spring line-up of live dance, music and theatre performances include:

Monday, January 22 - Guest Artist Recital: Brian Woods, Piano at Snyder Recital Hall

Saturday, Feb. 3 - Senior Recital: Miette Schloneger, Violin at Snyder Recital Hall

Photography exhibit "Life & The Art of Living" and artists lecture at Elzay Gallery

Ohio Northern University Art & Design will host an artist lecture by Robbie and Robert Bailey, a "dynamic, photography creative team that specialize in both studio and environmental portraiture." Their photographs have been published in the New York Times as well as featured on The Today Show, The Discovery Channel, and NBC’s Nightly News. The Bailey’s fine art portraits have been exhibited worldwide and their State Fair Poultry Portraits are part of the permanent collection at North Carolina State University.

The talk beings at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Elzay Gallery of Art on Ohio Northern’s campus. The Bailey’s photography show, Life & The Art of Living, is currently on exhibit.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information:


MLK visited Ohio Northern 56 years ago


As our nation prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, we commemorate the 56th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech at Ohio Northern on Jan. 11, 1968.

“Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God. Without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So, it is necessary to help time and to realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ohio Northern University honored by education resource website

Ohio Northern University has been recognized by for the 2023-2024 academic year. Colleges of Distinction is a resource guide and consortium that honors colleges and universities throughout the United States for educational excellence.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the "Four Distinctions": engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

To be named a College of Distinction, ONU demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education in such factors as student engagement, teaching excellence, outcomes-based learning, and community involvement. This evaluation process differs from those of popular college rankings publications, whose formulas grade institutions based on things like faculty salaries, endowment size and peer opinion.


Performance and seminar featuring pianist Brian Woods, January 22

Internationally acclaimed pianist Brian Woods will offer a free, public performance at Ohio Northern University at 8:00 p.m.on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024,  in Presser Hall’s Snyder Recital Hall. He will also host a free “Professionalism in Music” seminar for the campus community and the public in Snyder Recital Hall at 1:00 p.m. that day.

The pianist's 2023-2024 season includes concert tours across the United States, ranging from the L'ermitage Foundation in Los Angeles, California, to the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania. Woods also serves as music director for classical programming at the World Chess Hall of Fame, one of Missouri’s premier venues for chamber music.