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OWU Announces $10 Million In Cuts To “Reimagine And Resdesign”

20 May , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University is cutting $10 million in expenses to address changes in the higher education landscape, secure its long-term future, and ensure its ability to provide students with an exceptional and affordable residential liberal arts education.

“Even before the pandemic, we knew we had to reimagine and redesign how we do our work to fulfill Ohio Wesleyan’s mission and successfully educate students now and into the future,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “We knew the position we were in, with a shrinking population of prospective students, increasing competition, and families less able to afford the rising cost of higher education.”

Calling the actions the “most difficult day” in his 12 years leading Ohio Wesleyan, Jones announced the cuts Monday. More…

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OWU Looking Up

15 May , 2020  

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OWU Prepares To Open Campus This Fall

13 May , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University is appointing a Safe Campus Opening Task Force to develop the plans necessary for students to return to campus in the fall, President Rock Jones announced on Friday.

“Here at Ohio Wesleyan, we strongly believe the most comprehensive, most inspiring, most transformational learning takes place on a residential campus, where students learn not only in classrooms, labs, and studios,” said Jones, Ph.D., “but also from interacting with the diverse OWU community in dining and residence halls, along the JAYwalk, on practice fields, in club meetings – and all across our vibrant campus. Together, we will work to restore this environment for the fall semester.” More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Providing Students With Access To CARES Funding

7 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

In an announcement shared on the school’s website, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones and Vice President for Student Engagement and Success Dwayne Todd announced that OWU is facilitating emergency grants to students who were financially harmed by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19.

The OWU campus closed to students after the school moved to end all in-person instruction. The residence halls were closed to all occupants as of 5 PM on Monday, March 16. More…

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Past To Present: OWU Exhibition Showcases University History

6 May , 2020  

Students in Ohio Wesleyan University’s ART 492 class have created an online “Past to Present: OWU’s Evolution” art exhibition that showcases how the university’s academics, student life, places, and extracurricular activities have, or haven’t, changed over time.

“Thinking about change and core values is especially relevant at this moment in the university’s existence,” said Erin Fletcher, M.A., who teaches the upper-level course. “This online exhibit came about when in-person classes were suspended in spring 2020 due to COVID-19. More…

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OWU Professor Publishes Book On Roman Conquests

2 May , 2020  

In his new book, Ohio Wesleyan University professor Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., traces the military, political, and economic expansion of Rome into the Middle East from the first-century B.C. through sixth-century A.D..

Fratantuono, chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Classics, explores how the Romans established a highly successful province that stretched into remote desert regions of modern Saudi Arabia, with the Roman Empire reaching its greatest expanse in Arabia under the emperor Trajan. More…

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Retired Professor Has Painting Purchased

29 Apr , 2020  

Marty Kalb, OWU professor emeritus of fine arts, has had one of his paintings purchased by the Columbus Museum of Art.

The painting, “Chagrin Falls Winter,” is one of a series Kalb made several years ago of waterfalls in Ohio, New York, and Vermont. The director of the museum, Nannette Maciejunes, saw has painting at an exhibition of Ohio artists at the Governor’s Mansion in 2019 and chose to add it to the museum’s collection. More…

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Take A Coronavirus Class For Free

23 Apr , 2020  

When it comes to COVID-19, “we’re in this together,” Ohio Wesleyan University’s professors say. In response, they have created a free online course to explore the coronavirus pandemic from the perspectives of biology, politics, psychology, humanities, the arts, and other academic areas.

“Like everyone affected by this virus,” professor Laurie Anderson says, “the Ohio Wesleyan faculty have been asking: What can we do? How can we help our students, our communities, and ourselves as we all cope with the isolation that is absolutely necessary to protect and support those working in essential services? More…

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It’s OWU’s Earth Week Challenge!

21 Apr , 2020  

Throughout this week, Ohio Wesleyan Environment and Sustainability invites the OWU community to participate in an Earth Week Challenge!

This year, students in professor John Krygier’s Environment and Sustainability Practicum have worked to design daily activities to complete from home. All events and details are available on the sustainability blog: owu.edu/sustainability.

“Our hope is that these activities will not only honor the planet and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but also bring the OWU community together in a constructive and positive celebration,” the students say. The events were organized after planned campus events were canceled because of COVID-19. More…

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Partnership Creates Student Intern Opportunities

19 Apr , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Career Connection is accelerating opportunities for students through a new Innovation Internship Program with Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures.

“Even in this time of uncertainty, OWU students will be able to participate in a powerful internship program with entrepreneurs around Central Ohio,” said Megan Ellis, Career Connection’s executive director, “all while they take part in professional and personal development.” More…

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Bats And Coronavirus

16 Apr , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University alumna and bat conservationist Kristen Lear (pictured above) will deliver a free Zoom lecture at 1:30 PM on April 16 discussing “Social and Ecological Complexities of Bat and Coronavirus Ecology.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Lear majored in pre-professional zoology and spent two summers researching Evening Bats in Texas. Her work, supported by an OWU Connection Theory-to-Practice Grant, involved determining the style of house that attracted the most bats to live near the region’s pecan orchards. The bats help to control destructive, boring insects and reduce the need for chemical pesticides to protect the valuable trees. More…

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OWU Announces $4 Million Renovation Project For Branch Rickey Arena

14 Apr , 2020  

On Monday, Ohio Wesleyan University announced a $4 million project to fully renovate Branch Rickey Arena, home of the Battling Bishop wrestling, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The six-month project, beginning this week, will improve the 44-year-old arena with new flooring, bleachers, scoreboards with statistics panels, lights, sound system, air conditioning, and more. The project is fully funded with contributions from alumni, parents, and friends, including lead gifts from 1955 OWU graduate and life trustee Douglas H. Dittrick, a pioneer in the cable television industry, and from First Commonwealth Bank. More…

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