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OWU Professor Earns National Teaching Award

20 Apr , 2022  

Professor Laurel Anderson

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University professor Laurel J. Anderson is the 2022 winner of the Ecological Society of America’s Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education, the society announced earlier this week.

Anderson, Ph.D., is Ohio Wesleyan’s Morris Family Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences. She joined the university’s faculty in 2001. Anderson and all recipients of 2022 Ecological Society of America (ESA) awards will be formally recognized during the society’s annual meeting in August.

According to the Society’s news release:

“Dr. Anderson is a pioneer in transforming ecology education practices who has advocated for integrating authentic research in undergraduate education for more than a decade. More…

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Musical Theatre Review Coming To Ohio Wesleyan

17 Mar , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Performing Arts will present a showcase in April of eight new musical theatre works, all themed around moving toward (or away from) things we love.

“Journeys of Love: A Festival of New Musical Theatre,” Written by Professional Composers, Lyricists, and Book Writers” features songs and scenes from many of the most talented theatre-makers working in the industry right now.

“This showcase allows OWU to announce itself as a space welcoming of exciting, contemporary voices, while also bringing those new visions in musical theatre to Ohio Wesleyan and the Delaware/Central Ohio community,” said Brian Granger, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre, who is directing the production. “This event is a must for all musical theatre lovers and a perfect way to celebrate spring.” More…

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OWU Prof Edits New Book To Help Teachers Build Inclusive Lesson Plans

8 Mar , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sarah Kaka, Ph.D., is the editor of a new book designed to help middle and high school teachers provide standards-based lessons that address issues of historical inequity and inequality.

The book – “Hollywood or History? An Inquiry-Based Strategy for Using Film to Teach About Inequality and Inequity Throughout History” – includes 30 lessons that cover “issues surrounding gender inequity, slavery as the root of racial inequality, racial inequity, LGBTQ+ rights, American Indian rights, economic inequality, educational inequity, and even intersectionalities (overlapping identities),” said Kaka, an Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of Education and director of the university’s Middle Childhood, Adolescence to Young Adult, and Multi-Age Licensure Programs. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Awards Three New Faculty-Staff Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Grants

3 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University is awarding its second round of faculty-staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grants, providing funds for three projects designed to advance the campus as an antiracist space through performing arts events and public safety training.

Primary grant recipients this round are Brian Granger, assistant professor of Performing Arts; Sean Bolender, director of Public Safety; and Angel Tyler, residential life coordinator. More…

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OWU Students Pitch Solar Energy Concept as Part of National Competition

25 Feb , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

A group of Ohio Wesleyan University students is among 180 college teams chosen nationally to compete in the first-ever EnergyTech University Prize competition. More than $250,000 is at stake in the contest sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The OWU students – including seniors Katelyn BischoffChloe Merritt, and Kenny Streb – will participate Feb. 24 in the first phase of the competition, virtually pitching their product to create more efficient solar energy as part of the Great Lakes regional contest. Teams selected to advance from the 11 regional contests will compete March 24 in the national final, also scheduled to be held virtually this year.

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Stepping Up To The Plate: Scholarship Program Expands

23 Feb , 2022  

Ohio Wesleyan University is expanding its Dr. Charles Thomas Scholarship program to help meet the full financial need of eligible low-income students. OWU will offer at least 20 Charles Thomas Scholarships this fall to new students who apply to the university and for the scholarship by March 21.

The Dr. Charles Thomas Scholarship program was created in 2020 to honor one of the first Black students ever to play college baseball. Thomas’s experience and grace as an Ohio Wesleyan athlete in the early 1900s inspired then-head baseball coach Branch Rickey to collaborate with Jackie Robinson in the 1940s to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

“Charles Thomas was resilient, determined, and successful, ultimately becoming a doctor of dental surgery,” said Stefanie Niles, Ed.D. vice president for enrollment and communications. “Today, we want to help a new generation of students achieve their goals. Expanding our Dr. Charles Thomas Scholarship is an important part of our efforts to increase opportunities for students to attend Ohio Wesleyan.” More…

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Memorable Moments For March: OWU Releases Event Schedule

17 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

DELAWARE –

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced its March 2022 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

All guests to the university must wear facial coverings when indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination and booster status, and must follow other public health recommendations from the Delaware Public Health District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit owu.edu/COVID-19.

Now through March 20 – “Deaf Republic” by James Stewart and “Into the Light” by Ron Anderson, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Stewart’s paintings and ceramics interpret Ilya Kaminsky’s award-winning book of poetry “Deaf Republic,” in which a young deaf boy inspires a town’s resistance to military occupation. Columbus-based Anderson’s figurative paintings bring African American stories of music, sport, and dance into the spotlight. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed March 5-13 for spring break. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Professor Contributes To New Textbook

11 Feb , 2022  

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Michele McMahon Nobel, Ph.D., is passionate about training great teachers. And she thinks such talented teachers share some common traits.

“We want teachers who help students persevere when tasks are tough,” said Nobel, assistant professor of education and director of OWU’s Special Education Program. “We also want teachers to be aware of racist and classist systems or policies that may contribute to deficit thinking and actively work to remove these barriers to promote more inclusive schools and classrooms.”

Nobel explores “deficit thinking” in a chapter she wrote for the newly released textbook, “Handbook of Research on Challenging Deficit Thinking for Exceptional Education Improvement.” Her chapter is titled “Challenging Deficit Thinking in Our Schools: It Starts During Educator Preparation.” More…

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Drama-Comedy Coming To OWU

3 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

In the long-ago time of 1995 in the faraway land of Athens, Ohio, Agnes Evans sets out on an adventure to reclaim a lost soul and learn more about her deceased sister in the process.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Performing Arts will present four performances of “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen at 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, and19, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 20. The production is directed by faculty member Bradford Sadler, OWU Class of 2005.

“This script uses fantasy elements to speak to very real issues that all of us encounter in our lives,” said Sadler, also a professional director and performer. “Those issues include a feeling of not fitting in while we grow, estrangement from family members, and the loss of loved ones. More…

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Registration Beginning For OWU’s Lifelong Learning Institute

27 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Knowledge will bloom this spring with a bounty of classes being offered by the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Ohio Wesleyan University.

For a $75 registration fee, individuals 55 and older are able to sign up for as many courses as they wish during the spring session, which begins the week of March 14.

The multi-week classes are taught by volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan professors and other experts in a non-competitive environment. All classes will be held in-person unless otherwise noted. Scheduled spring classes are: More…

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