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Publications showcase ONU Arts & Sciences faculty research, interests

Publications by Dowland, Hartman, Person, Pullen, Sen and Strittmatter

Six Ohio Northern University Getty College of Arts and Sciences faculty are celebrating recently published and soon-to-be published critical and creative works on topics ranging from ethics to England.

Douglas Dowland, Ph.D., associate professor of English
We, Us, and Them: Affect and American Nonfiction from Vietnam to Trump
Publication date: March 2024, University of Virginia Press

Dowland’s book explores how some authors answer the question "What is America?" in a way that creates an America of "us" versus "them." From John Steinbeck’s hawkish enthusiasm for the Vietnam War to David Sedaris’s wry perspective on the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency, the book uncovers the worrisome emotions that underpin narratives of American strength.

“What I would like readers to walk away with is the idea that the strength of our convictions too often proves to be our greatest weakness,” Dowland said.

ONU senior earns American Graphic Design Award

Work benefits local Artists Against Hunger campaign

Ohio Northern University graphic design senior Elizabeth “Lizzy” Dingman’s compelling work for a local organization that combats child hunger earned her an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA.

2023 ONU Athletic Hall of Fame banquet installs six honorees

Six accomplished alumni were inducted into Ohio Northern University’s 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony and banquet held Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Inductees included Katie (Weininger) Kuhn, BA ’09; Jackie (Mangola) Price, BS ’12; Stu Levine, BS ’65; Kimi Blewett, BS ’12; J.R. Cipra, BS ’01; and Luke Miller, B.S. ’11.

One-of-a-kind academic amenity, Metzger Nature Center

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A lesser-known fact: tucked away in the picturesque Eastern Ohio hills is an Ohio Northern University-owned locale that provides uncommon residential education opportunities. Totaling 78 acres with two facilities for extended living while learning, Metzger Nature Center is unlike any other college experience.

ONU introduces "Lost Brothers" program

If you lose touch with your college fraternity brothers after graduation, do you: a) do nothing; b) try to reconnect with them via social media or a phone call after life slows down, or c) surprise them by showing up at their house unannounced 35 years later?

If “c” sounds like the craziest choice, meet three late ’80s Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers from Ohio Northern University.

By all accounts, Dan Meek, BSME ’88, Brian Newberg, BA ’89, and Brian Keckler, BSEE ’89, are decent individuals and reputable professionals—a venture capitalist, an attorney, and a quality manager, respectively.

When the three get together? Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly), the ONU fraternity brothers transform into jokesters and co-conspirators, reminiscent of their college-aged selves.

During one such gathering of the minds, on a golf course during a global pandemic, the three concocted their most harebrained scheme to date: “The Lost Brothers Project.”

ONU awarded over $1 million for STEM students by State of Ohio

Ohio Northern University has received a $1.19 million Choose Ohio First (COF) grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODHE) to support students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and health professions. 

According to the ODHE, Choose Ohio First is an important part of Ohio’s strategy to develop STEM talent in the Buckeye State. The DeWine-Husted administration has committed more than $200 million to STEM and STEM education scholarships over the past five years. 

"The strength of Ohio's economy depends on having a skilled workforce in the STEM fields," said Chancellor Randy Gardner. "Ohio Northern University has done a great job of preparing its STEM scholars, and I am pleased to have Ohio Northern University among the latest Choose Ohio First awardees."