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OWU Professor Pens Article About The Potential Of Protesting

2 Jul , 2020  

James Franklin, Ph.D.

Ohio Wesleyan University politics and government professor James Franklin, Ph.D., says the widespread protests set off by George Floyd’s killing have the potential to create “the broad and persistent public pressure needed” to force police reform in the United States and beyond.

Franklin, whose research interests involve human rights and developing countries, shares his thoughts in a new article, “Protesting Against Oppression,” published June 25 in the online magazine Political Violence at a Glance.

In the article, he draws upon his latest research, “Human Rights on the March: Repression, Oppression, and Protest in Latin America,” published separately this spring in the academic journal International Studies Quarterly. More…

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Landmarks Of Delaware County: Slocum Hall

28 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

One of the historic gems on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University is gaining new shine these days.

The University is undertaking an $11-million project to renovate Slocum Hall, including the restoration of its iconic Reading Room and its 70-foot-by-20-foot leaded glass ceiling. Slocum Hall is one of 10 locations on campus included on the National Register of Historic Places. More…


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OWU Announces Back To School Details

10 Jun , 2020  

Last week, Ohio Wesleyan University announced a new fall calendar that brings students back to campus Aug. 20 for a shortened semester designed to support personal health and safety.

“The fall schedule has been designed to limit travel, maximize classroom learning, and keep everyone safe,” President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said in announcing the change. “We believe this academic calendar provides us the framework to establish a safer campus and limit exposure to the coronavirus while providing the most powerful learning experience possible for our students.” More…


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Renovation Project Underway On OWU Campus

3 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

At the same time that financial pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in planned budget cuts at Ohio Wesleyan University, there is clear evidence that the school is moving at the same time to prepare for the future.

The large-scale project to renovate Branch Rickey Arena, for instance, home to the Battling Bishop wrestling, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams, is well underway. More…

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Provost Appointed

1 Jun , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University has appointed Karlyn Crowley, Ph.D., as its provost, the senior officer overseeing OWU’s academic offerings and operations, including The OWU Connection.

Crowley currently is the interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and an English professor at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She will join Ohio Wesleyan on July 1.

“The opportunity to lead Ohio Wesleyan University’s academic program as our next provost attracted an exceptional pool of accomplished and capable candidates, but Dr. Crowley really stood out for the search committee,” said Robert Harmon, Ph.D., chair of the search committee and chair of the OWU Department of Physics and Astronomy. “Her emphasis on the importance of community, her understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today, and her creative systems-based approach to problem-solving make us certain that she is the right person for this role.” More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Issues Statement On George Floyd Death

31 May , 2020  

On Saturday, Ohio Wesleyan University issued a statement on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath.

It reads:

“Everyone deserves to be safe and protected, to be valued as an individual, to be respected, and not to be persecuted because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they practice, or the person they love. Now is the time for our nation to unite to support diversity, equity, and inclusion for all and to reject hatred and prejudice in their many insidious forms. More…


Live Local, Learn Local

27 May , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University and six other Central Ohio nonprofit colleges – knowing the coronavirus pandemic has thrown fall college plans into doubt for thousands of local students – are joining together to encourage those students to consider staying within the region, even if they had planned to travel to attend other institutions.

The seven institutions will accept applications until their fall semesters begin and have pledged their partnership to continue providing the education that makes Central Ohio a thriving place to live. More…

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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 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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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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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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