By Cole Hatcher
Actress-dancer-director Jasmine Guy will provide the closing address at Ohio Wesleyan University’s inaugural symposium to explore the artistic legacy of groundbreaking Black filmmaker and 1953 OWU graduate Melvin Van Peebles.
The winner of six consecutive NAACP Image Awards, Guy is well-known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on NBC-TV’s “A Different World” and for her works in films and mini-series including Spike Lee’s “School Daze, Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights,” Alex Hailey’s “Queen,” and Debbie Allen’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Guy will discuss the evolution of Black media, including television and film, during her 40 years as a performer.
The Ohio Wesleyan event will be held March 31 and April 1 on the university’s Delaware campus. It will feature screenings of several Van Peebles films, academic presentations about his work and its impact, and additional speakers including award-winning writer Wil Haygood, author of “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World,” and academic, author, and artist Simone Drake, an Ohio State University professor whose research focuses on how people of African descent in the Americas negotiate the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. Drake also served as an editor of the book “Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century.” More…
Stuyvesant Hall is Ohio Wesleyan University’s oldest and one of its most unique dormitories.
The building embodies tradition while at the same time its housing units boast modern amenities.
In 1925, OWU received a bequest of one million dollars from Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Stuyvesant. While neither were alumni of the university, they were childless and as they were nearing the end of their lives, were looking for someplace to donate their lifetime savings.
At this time, they became acquainted with the daughter of one of Stuyvesant’s neighbors, one Katherine Guthrey. Ms. Guthrey, an OWU student, had a character which compelled them to look more closely at the university as a possible beneficiary. More…
By Cole Hatcher
Ohio Wesleyan University announced on Wednesday that Matthew P. vandenBerg, Ed.D., will become OWU’s 17th president when he takes office July 1. vandenBerg currently is the president of Clinton, South Carolina-based Presbyterian College.
vandenBerg will succeed President Rock Jones, Ph.D., who announced in April 2022 that he would retire at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. When Jones completes his service in June, he will have spent 15 years at the Ohio Wesleyan helm.
“Ohio Wesleyan is poised for greatness,” said Nicholas E. Calio, chair of the Ohio Wesleyan Board of Trustees. “Under Rock’s leadership, the university has advanced in so many areas, and we are pleased to hand the baton to Matt. We are confident he will bring the vision and execution needed to help Ohio Wesleyan continue to advance and succeed in its critical mission of preparing future generations of engaged citizens and effective leaders.”
Kara J. Trott, J.D., chair of the Presidential Search Committee and vice chair of the OWU Board of Trustees, said, “More than 100 higher education leaders applied to become Ohio Wesleyan’s new president, and Matt vandenBerg quickly rose to the top of this very accomplished candidate pool.” More…
By Cole Hatcher
Ohio Wesleyan University has announced its January 2023 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.
2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
By Cole Hatcher
The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Winter Community Day 2023, a countywide Delaware celebration featuring free admission (with a canned food donation) to an Ohio Wesleyan University basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo that showcases local nonprofit organizations and businesses.
Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2023 will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena and Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
Organizations wishing to have a table at the Delaware Expo are asked to register online now at owu.edu/BishopBackers. Tables are $25 for for-profit businesses if paid at the time of registration or $30 (cash only) if paid on the day of the event. Tables are free for nonprofit organizations. The registration deadline for both groups is Jan. 31.
All participants are invited to collect canned goods in advance at their locations to contribute to the day’s food drive, which will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, a United Way of Delaware County initiative. More…
Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This “Delaware County Roots” series reveals short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.
Today’s subject, Joseph B. Foraker, is one of many who came to Delaware to study at Ohio Wesleyan University. It may be the only one who ended up with a prominent mountain named after him – Mount Foraker, the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, and the third highest peak in the United States, was named for him in 1899.
Born in Hillsboro County, Foraker came to Delaware in 1866 after service in the Union Army during the US Civil War. He had enlisted at the age of 16 and had fought for almost three years, ending with the rank of Captain.
Foraker’s two years in Delaware proved to be a turning point in his life. During his studies at Ohio Wesleyan, he studied with well-known professors of the day, including Professor William G. Williams, who taught Greek, and Astronmy Professor Hiram Perkins, for whom the Perkins Observatory is named. More…
The Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Ohio Wesleyan University are hosting two days of events January 15-16 to explore the topic of “Unfinished Business: The Continued March Towards Justice.”
The 2023 events will kick off at 2 PM on Sunday, January 15, with an online-only panel discussion on the topic “From Civil Rights to Wakanda: An Exploration of Blackness & Media.” The free virtual event will include panelists Phokeng Dailey, Ph.D., OWU assistant professor of communication; OWU student Saharla Loyan of Westerville; Jason Timpson, OWU’s director of Multicultural Student Affairs; and Tamika Vinson-Reid, co-chair of the Delaware African American Heritage Council. Dawn Chisebe, OWU’s chief diversity officer, will moderate the discussion. More…
necoTECH has been awarded $15k for their “Mobile 3D Concrete Printing” technology in the Army xTechManutfacture competition. Their work in sustainable infrastructure technologies could reshape our nation’s infrastructure through eco-friendly solutions, efficient performance, and increased safety for construction and management. Next week they will compete against ten other companies in the final round of the U.S Army competition for the chance to win up to $125k.
For the final event, necoTECH will present its cutting-edge Rapid Concrete Deployment Machine (RCDM) to military experts. The RCDM is a mobile 3D concrete printer. This machine can quickly print durable structures for the military. The RCDM is designed to rapidly print a variety of structures on demand. The use of this technology will allow the DoD to cut down on emissions and allow for applications in remote areas to streamline the building process. More…
A Special Re-Posting To Celebrate The Beginning Of December
The term “landmark” can certainly be applied to things other than buildings. A relatively new object can also be a landmark, depending on the context.
A good case in point is the magnificent Rexford Keller Memorial Organ in University Hall’s Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.
The instrument, built and installed in 1980 by the Klais organ company in Bonn, Germany, is a four manual, tracker action organ with 82 ranks, 55 stops, and 4,644 pipes. It is the largest of the 12 Klais organs in the United States; as it so happens, one of the others is also in Delaware at Asbury United Methodist Church. More…
We traditionally post this story the day before the OSU-Michigan football contest each year.
As those “in the know” know, the storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University, which you may not know.
Date: May 3, 1890
Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14 More…