Life in Delaware County, Ohio Wesleyan University

Hunting For Aliens In Delaware County

15 Jun , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory is planning an enlightening July with a lecture on “The Hunt for Alien Worlds” and two “Celebration of the Sun” events.

David Martin, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University’s Department of Astronomy, will present the month’s New Vistas in Astronomy lecture at 8 PM on July 15. Martin will discuss “The Hunt For Alien Worlds – More Than Three Decades Of Extra-Solar Planet Searches.”

Also in July, Perkins Observatory will host “Celebration of the Sun” events at 2 PM on July 24 and July 31. The daytime celebrations will replace the observatory’s Friday night skywatches for the month, as the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs. More…

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Delaware Countians Tapped For Collegiate Honor Society Membership

8 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University invited 19 students into its chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society this spring.

Included among them are several Delaware Countians.

Phi Eta Sigma recognizes first-year students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better during their first semester and who also are in the upper 20 percent of their class. More…

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OWU Holds Unique Double Year Commencement

5 Jun , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University held a combined 176th and 177th commencement ceremony May 29, celebrating its Classes of 2020 and 2021 and the students who persevered during a pandemic with “creativity, ingenuity, and profound commitment.”

The ticketed event was held outdoors in Ohio Wesleyan’s historic Selby Stadium, with President Rock Jones, Ph.D., addressing the graduates and their families and friends.

“You are the classes that were abruptly sent home,” Jones told the graduates. “You found yourself studying in spaces not designed for academic work. You attended classrooms defined by small squares on your laptop screen, or even smaller squares on your phone. You engaged in research and completed internships in virtual environments. You wore masks, practiced social distance, monitored your health, (and) took COVID tests. More…

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Fellowship Recipients Include Delaware Countian

26 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Four Ohio Wesleyan University students have earned 2021 Baran Fellowships, which include financial awards to support their graduate school and career goals.

The Ohio Wesleyan fellowships are supported by the Jan W. Baran and Kathryn K. Baran Endowed Fund for the Encouragement of Post Graduate Fellowships. All recipients use their financial awards to complete educational programs, internships, or other initiatives to make them more competitive candidates for graduate school admission and prestigious post-graduate fellowships, such as Fulbright Scholarships.

OWU’s 2021 fellowship recipients and their Baran-supported projects are as follows: More…

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Streamlining Space And Botany Studies

16 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

By Cole Hatcher

Work by NASA-funded researchers, including Ohio Wesleyan University professor Chris Wolverton, to standardize protocols for genetic studies conducted in outer space will help to ensure that none of their important scientific data falls into academic black holes.

The researchers, with Wolverton as a co-author, have published information about their efforts to create more meaningful and sharable data in the April 23 edition of iScience, an open-access journal published by Cell Press. The article, outlining work that began in 2018, is titled “NASA GeneLab RNA-seq consensus pipeline: Standardized processing of short-read RNA-seq data.”

“It’s focused on how to extract the most information content as possible from the numerous plant space biology experiments that have flown,” said Wolverton, Ph.D., an OWU professor of Botany and Microbiology who, to date, has earned two NASA grants to support his research into how plants respond to gravity. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: OWU Student Observatory

9 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

In 1896, the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University welcomed a substantial new addition — a wonderful observatory constructed, according to a college catalogue of the time, “…after the most approved modern ideas.”

The building was the idea of noted OWU Professor Hiram Mills Perkins, himself an institution and one of the foremost academic astronomers of this day. He was so esteemed as Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy that the building was soon referred to as Perkins Observatory.

Perkins taught at OWU from 1873 to 1907. You can read more about Perkins here. More…

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2021 Latham Scholars Announced At OWU

7 May , 2021  

The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University has selected six students for its 2021 class of Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars.

The new Latham Scholars will take special classes, receive funds to support an internship, and develop their own entrepreneurial venture as they prepare themselves to become the next generation of business trailblazers. More…

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Passion, Vision, Commitment

29 Apr , 2021  

In nominating Grace Ison for a Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones, Ph.D., praised the sophomore as a “shining example of all that is best about this new generation.”

Ison, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is one of 12 students across the state being honored with a 2021 Ping Award, presented by the Ohio Campus Compact “to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.”

Of Ison and her work, President Jones said: “Grace is the ultimate example of the coming together of service and leadership in a way that is meaningful and productive, and evidence of her work abounds on our campus and within our community. … Grace has changed the service landscape at Ohio Wesleyan. Her deep passion, her vision, and her sustained commitment are a shining example of all that is best about this new generation.” More…

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Picture Perfect: Bradford Milligan Hall To Open This August

28 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

This August, Ohio Wesleyan University’s residential accommodations for students are getting a major upgrade.

The first on campus student apartment complex is nearing completion. Bradford Milligan Hall will be home to 124 OWU seniors beginning with the fall semester.

The building will have four apartment layouts available. More…

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OWU Fine Arts Senior Exhibition Begins May 1

14 Apr , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

The uniqueness of their artwork and the extraordinary conditions under which it was created has inspired “Unprecedented,” this year’s annual exhibition by Ohio Wesleyan University’s graduating fine arts majors.

The 2021 senior show will debut with a virtual reception at 5 PM on May 1. The live, online event will feature a conversation with the 10 student-artists facilitated by Tammy Wallace, assistant director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum.

“Unprecedented” will feature artwork selected by a jury of Ohio Wesleyan fine arts faculty. The pieces also will be on display for in-person viewing from May 2 through May 28 at the Ross, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. More…

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OWU Presents Twelfth Night, 2021

1 Apr , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher, Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present five free performances of “Twelfth Night, 2020,” an updated version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy rewritten by OWU alumnus, instructor, and actor Bradford Sadler.

The play will be performed at 7 PM on April 23, April 24, April 30, and May 1, and at 2 PM on May 2 in Ohio Wesleyan’s outdoor amphitheater, located beside Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware. Admission is free, but people must register in advance to help ensure public health guidelines are met. To register, visit owu.edu/TwelfthNight,2020 or contact the box office at (740) 368-3855.

“This is the first time any full-scale faculty-directed and designed production will take place in the amphitheater, and we want it to be a meaningful, positive, and welcoming experience for all,” said Sadler, a 2005 Ohio Wesleyan graduate. More…

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A Weekend Of Battling Bishop Sports

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

There was sports action this past weekend involving teams from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Women’s golf, women’s soccer, men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball squads were all in action.

We thought that we would check in and give you the opportunity to read about how Battling Bishop teams are faring this spring. Click any link for a full story. More…

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