Education Roundup

Freed Center for the Performing Arts sits on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

Freed Center for the Performing Arts sits on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

Kevin Weis

Kevin Weis

Rhodes State student attends

National Registry

LIMA — Rhodes State College student, Kevin Weis, attended the National Registry, Advance EMT-Standard Committee meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 12. He was one of eight students chosen nationwide to attend the all-expenses-paid event.

Weis is a graduate of Coldwater High School, and is a firefighter and EMT with Defiance Fire and Rescue.

He took his national boards for Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and was selected to participate in the meeting based on his performance on that exam, his diversity and other criteria.

University of Findlay chooses

commencement speakers

FINDLAY — The University of Findlay has selected two alumni to speak at this year’s undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies taking place April 30.

Vijay Talwar of the University of Findlay class of 1992 and Billy Watterson with the University of Findlay class of 1996 will be the commencement speakers.

Ohio Northern ranked ninth

in ‘Best Value Colleges in the

State of Ohio’

ADA — Ohio Northern University has been ranked in the top 10 of the “Best Value Colleges in the State of Ohio” in a 2016 study by SmartAsset. ONU placed ninth among all schools in Ohio.

According to SmartAsset, the study looked at five factors to determine the best value colleges and universities: tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary.

SmartAsset is a financial technology company that provides transparent, automated and accurate advice on big personal finance decisions.

Frisby a member of Ashland

University’s Association of Computing


ASHLAND — Nicholas Frisby, of Lima, is a member of Ashland University’s chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery. He is majoring in information systems at Ashland University.

Frisby is the son of Jason and Lisa Frisby, of Lima, and a 2014 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School.

The Association of Computing Machinery is Ashland University’s student chapter of the National Association for Computing Machinery. As a social service organization, its purpose is to gather individuals interested in logic and computing machinery. Every year members participate in two programming contests hosted by Ashland University or other universities.

ONU pharmacy students matched

with residency programs

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy has matched pharmacy students to their residency programs.

ONU’s match rate of 78 percent is above the overall national average of 68 percent. This year 57 students who entered the match secured a residency position in an array of hospital pharmacy settings across the country.

The match helps applicants obtain positions in residency programs of their choice.

Kaiser member of honor society

at Ashland University

ASHLAND — Emily Kaiser, of New Bremen, is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honor Society at Ashland University. She is majoring in creative writing at Ashland University.

Kaiser is the daughter of James and Pamela Kaiser, of New Bremen, and is a 2013 graduate of New Bremen High School.

Bluffton University Jazz Ensemble

performs at Allen County Museum

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University Jazz Ensemble will be playing at the Allen County Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Ensemble is composed of 18 students and community members and performs several times a year at campus musical events and public venues. The group is directed by Dr. Roy Couch, Assistant Professor of Music.

Band members include: Ryan Johnson-Evers, Brianna Keith, Taylor Blum, Eddie Martin, Cody Stuckey, Sam Black, Brian Barry, Ian Mount, Greg Koviak, Seth Regula, Aaron Johnson, Kyle Knezovich, Alex Bilen, Daniel Piero, Meghan Gibson, Justin Weaver, Terry Emrich and Allen Comeskey.

ONU students organize Grafik Intervention

in Ada Business District

ADA — Ohio Northern University design students will host a Grafik Intervention from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday in Ada. The event will take place at the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, located in the Ada business district.

Students in professor Brit Rowe’s Advanced Visual Communication Design course will bring awareness to what the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot building used to be. They will create digital projections and involve the village residents with its future by providing viewers with questionnaires to spark feedback, dialogue and ideas. The intervention is designed to provide historical information in an urban context. The goal is to inspire community members to consider the potential of currently unused buildings in their community.

Bluffton resident part of Ashland University’s

Art Club

ASHLAND — Samantha Rhonemus, of Bluffton is a member of Ashland University’s Art Club. She is majoring in commercial art.

Rhonemus is the daughter of Michael and Tenna Rhonemus, of Bluffton, and is a 2014 graduate of Bluffton High School.

The Art Club allows students the opportunity to acquire and hone their skills throughout their years as an undergraduate. Members have opportunities to showcase their best work from their freshman year into their senior year.

ONU hosting social media workshop

ADA — Ohio Northern University will offer a full day social media workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 in the Dicke Forum on the ONU campus, in Ada.

Cost of the daylong workshop, including lunch, is $150 for professionals and $34 for current students.

Keynote speaker is Bill Balderaz, president of Futurety, of Columbus, and founder of Fathom Healthcare.

The keynote address will be followed by four sessions that will emphasize professional development and networking with interactive conversations led by public relations professionals.

Area residents members of the Pre-Health

Professional Club at Ashland University

ASHLAND — Tristan Reichelderfer, of Kenton, is a member of Ashland University’s Pre-Health Professional Club. Reichelderfer is majoring in biology, and is a 2015 graduate of Kenton High School.

Matthew Wilcox, of Ada, is a member of Ashland University’s Pre-Health Professional Club. He is majoring in exercise science and is a 2014 graduate of Ada High School. He is the son of Thomas and Brenda Wilcox, of Ada.

The Pre-Health Professional Club was created to help students become more familiar and comfortable with preparing for professional medical careers.

ONU Music Dept. presents Wind Orchestra


ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for Performing Arts presents the ONU Wind Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Guest composer and conductor, Patrick Burns, will conduct his masterwork, “Soundtrack.”

Under direction of Thomas A. Hunt, the wind orchestra will perform a concert of music for the stage and screen.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for ONU faculty and staff, and $5 for students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online at

Lima resident joins Ashland University’s chapter of the

Council for Exceptional Children

ASHLAND — Elizabeth Kidd, of Lima, is a member of Ashland University’s chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. She is majoring in integrated math.

Kidd is the daughter of Kevin and Kathleen Kidd, of Lima and is a 2014 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School.

The Council for Exceptional Children is an international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Ashland University’s chapter sponsors multiple events to raise awareness and volunteer for these children in the community.

ONU hosts reception with

state Sen. David Burke

ADA — Ohio Northern University welcomed state Sen. David Burke to a National Community Pharmacists Association Legislative Reception on April 14.

More than 50 individuals attended this year’s event.

Burke is a 1990 ONU pharmacy graduate, and represents the families and communities of Ohio’s 26th Senate District. In 2008 he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and was re-elected in 2010. While in the House, he pushed for legislation that addresses the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Ohio and helps keep synthetic drugs out of the hands of young Ohioans.

ONU Dept. of Theatre presents student-

directed one-act plays

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present its final production of the year, three student-directed one-act plays, in the Mathile Lab Theatre on April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows scheduled for April 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.

This finale of the season will allow student directors to offer two hours of entertainment that offers a medley of short plays.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, $10 for ONU faculty and staff and $5 for students and children. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted by calling 419-772-1900.

ONU Pettit College of Law presents program

in legal ethics

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law will present the 2016 Carhart Program in legal ethics today at noon. The program will feature “Zealous Advocacy and Testing Boundaries: The Role of a Criminal Defender” by Judge Amul R. Thapar, United States district judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Freed Center for the Performing Arts sits on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Center for the Performing Arts sits on the campus of Ohio Northern University.
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