ONU receives $500,000 gift
ADA — Family members of former Ohio Northern University professor and women’s athletics pioneer Dr. Helen Spar Ludwig gave $508,000 to the university to support the scholarship that bears her name.
James “Jim” Ludwig, Helen’s son, died in April 2015 and requested that the remaining value from the 2010 sale of his farm in Dola be directed to ONU.
Ludwig’s brother, Gary Ludwig, sister Jacqueline Sperling and sister-in-law Charolette Ludwig presented the gift to ONU President Daniel A. DiBiasio in June after the estate was finalized.
The Helen A. Ludwig Scholarship is given annually to students in ONU’s Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences who display scholastic achievement, leadership and personal character.
Bluffton University announces changes
BLUFFTON — Familiar faces will be serving in new roles at Bluffton University.
Dr. George Lehman will become the director of the Collaborative MBA, a partnership between four Mennonite colleges, while maintaining his roles as professor of business and business studies division chair. The management functions of the online MBA program will transition from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Bluffton. Lehman expects Bluffton to maintain leadership of the collaborative for the next two to four years before another partner school takes the lead.
Dr. Melissa Green will take over Lehman’s duties as director of graduate programs in business while teaching undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at Bluffton. She has taught in the business program as an adjunct professor since 1996. She has three decades of experience in senior management, leadership and marketing and has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. Green was most recently as the associate vice president of the Findlay-area campus of Owens Community College. She was vice president of student affairs at Rhodes State College, assistant director of the Lima Campus of The Ohio State University and assistant director of admissions at Ohio Northern University.
Graphic Design students create book jackets
FINDLAY — The associate professor of graphic design at the University of Findlay presented her students with the task of designing and creating a functional jacket for a book in Shafer library that reflects the content and character of material that can range from murder to the Reformation. As a result, more than 60 books in Shafer Library are protected by original student art.
Beekman chooses the books and takes into consideration the students’ interest and background before assigning them. All of the assigned books are nonfiction; some are textbooks.