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OWU Joins New Ohio College, Community College Consortium

19 Jul , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Exciting news this week in higher education in Ohio!

Ohio Wesleyan University is part of a new consortium that will bring together 14 independent colleges and universities and 10 community colleges across Ohio to create pathways for community college students to earn four-year bachelor’s degrees in English, psychology, and biology.

The new “Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts” is being created with leadership from The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) and funded with a newly awarded grant from the Teagle Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. More…

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OWU Announces 2021-2022 Arts Calendar

10 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Performing Arts and the Richard M. Ross Art Museum invite the community to attend the many concerts, recitals, plays, and art exhibitions planned for OWU’s 2021-2022 academic year.

Guests to the university must follow the latest public health recommendations from the Delaware Public Health District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For visitors not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, this includes wearing masks at indoor events, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands frequently. More…

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OWU Scores Another Strong Recommendation

9 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The new “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022” lists Ohio Wesleyan University as one of “the ‘best and most interesting’ schools in the United States, as well as in Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.”

According to the guidebook, released this week, “Ohio Wesleyan offers a solid liberal arts education focused not on bells and whistles, but on practical, career-related experience.”

In addition, the Fiske Guide outlines the benefits of Ohio Wesleyan’s signature program, The OWU Connection. More…

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Delaware County Students Win STEM Scholarships To OWU

7 Jul , 2021  

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Ohio Wesleyan University is awarding 10 incoming first-year students with Choose Ohio First scholarships to support them in pursuing bachelor’s degrees in the STEM fields of science (including medicine), technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Delaware County students were included among those receiving awards.

Each scholarship is worth up to $22,000, if the recipients continue to pursue STEM degrees throughout their collegiate careers. Ohio Wesleyan’s 2021 Choose Ohio First (COF) recipients and their planned areas of study are: More…

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OWU Announces $11.25 Million Slocum Hall Renovation

30 Jun , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher, OWU

On June 20, 1898, Ohio Wesleyan University dedicated Slocum Hall as its new campus library – a spacious, modern building with a leaded glass ceiling that still draws gasps of wonder and delight from first-time visitors.

One hundred and twenty-three years later, Slocum Hall is beginning a new chapter as it undergoes an $11.25 million, donor-funded renovation to add modern amenities and redefine its future.

“This is a momentous project for Ohio Wesleyan, and I am grateful to our donors for helping us fully renovate and preserve a building beloved by generations of OWU alumni,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. More…

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An Artistic Escape At Beeghly Library

14 Jun , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Beeghly Library has “gone to the dogs” with a new art exhibit in its Gallery 2001.

The exhibit, on display now through Aug. 7, features 13 paintings by artist and author Becky Gehrisch of Delaware.

The paintings, acrylic on canvas, are illustrations from Gehrisch’s forthcoming children’s book, “Escape to Play.” The book, Gehrisch’s first, chronicles a day of fun by three mischievous farm dogs. It is set for release in July, along with an accompanying coloring book. More…

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Delaware Countians Tapped For Collegiate Honor Society Membership

8 Jun , 2021  

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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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Meet Six New Bishop Faculty

18 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University is adding six assistant professors this fall who will work collaboratively to help advance OWU academics and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment.

Provost Karlyn Crowley, Ph.D., said the cohort hire, Ohio Wesleyan’s first, will help to ensure the university continues to provide “the best liberal arts experience nationally” for current and future OWU students. “This unique cohort was built around the three foci of flexibility, interdisciplinarity, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI),” said Crowley, who oversees Ohio Wesleyan’s academic experience.

“Faculty will be flexible, or able to teach in a variety of ways that support the most innovative pedagogy, such as experiential and project-based learning. 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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