Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Students, Delaware Countians Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

11 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University inducted 38 new members this spring into its Eta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society. The new inductees join a historic organization that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 42 Supreme Court justices, and more than 150 Nobel laureates among its members.

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of these 290 chapters selects only 10 percent of their graduates annually to join through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.

Two Delaware Countians were among those honored.

Based in Washington, D.C., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and its name originated from the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Ohio Wesleyan’s Eta Chapter was founded in 1907. More…

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Blind Eye Work On Slocum Hall Has Begun

10 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Slocum Hall on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University has been a busy place this spring.

Sitting just north of Sturges Hall, Slocum Hall was built as a library and opened in 1898. The University is undertaking an $11-million project to renovate the building including the restoration of its iconic Reading Room and its 70-foot-by-20-foot leaded glass ceiling. For more about the building, here is an October 2021 Landmarks of Delaware County post: More…

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‘Generation C’ Graduates From OWU

9 May , 2022  

Ohio Wesleyan University celebrated its 178th commencement ceremony May 7, with keynote speaker Amy Acton, M.D., M.P.H., encouraging the Class of 2022 to “get in some John Lewis good trouble … create the conditions in which all of us can lead flourishing lives … (and) lead with courage and compassion.”

“You are not an ordinary generation,” said Acton, who served as the senior health adviser to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Because we’ve never before had the entire world go through the same thing at the same time in quite this way.

“I’ve started to think of you as Generation C, and that is not for just COVID, or chaos, or all of the challenges you have faced,” said Acton, who was awarded a 2021 Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for her pandemic leadership. “But I think of it … for your courage, for your compassion, that you’re collaborative, that you’re change agents.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Bestselling Author Speaking In Delaware

5 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It’s not every day that a New York Time bestselling author, journalist, essayist, and actress comes to Delaware for an evening of remarks and answers to submitted questions.

That is what’s in store at 7 PM on Friday, May 20, as Sarah Vowell speaks at Chappelear Drama Center.

A contributing editor for public radio’s This American Life, Vowell has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as authoring seven New York Times’ bestselling nonfiction books on American history and culture. She is also the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, and its sequel, Incredibles 2, from Pixar Animation Studios.

Vowell’s books include Radio On, Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Take the Cannoli, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, and Assassination Vacation. More…

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Expanding The OWU Connection

2 May , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University has appointed two current employees to fill new leadership roles within the OWU Connection as the program is expanded and fully incorporated into the student curriculum.

David Markwardt, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences, becomes the OWU Connection’s new associate dean, and Megan Ellis, M.Ed., executive director of the OWU Career Connection, becomes executive director of the OWU Connection. Both appointments are effective May 16.

Ohio Wesleyan’s faculty approved a plan in January to reimagine an OWU education, which includes incorporating the OWU Connection into all aspects of the curriculum as of fall 2023. The OWU Connection helps students to think big (understand issues from multiple academic disciplines), go global (gain international perspective), get real (translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience), and do good (volunteer to help others). More…

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World Ranked: OWU Recognized As A Leading University

26 Apr , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University is ranked among the top 8.3% of 19,788 universities worldwide, according to the 2022-2023 edition of the Global 2000 list.

The new list was released April 25 by the Center for World University Rankings, based in the United Arab Emirates. According to the Center, the Global 2000 list is the largest and “only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, and research performance without relying on surveys and university data submissions.”

“This is an outstanding accomplishment,” Nadim Mahassen, Ph.D., president of the Center for World University Rankings, said in sharing news of Ohio Wesleyan’s latest ranking.

For 2022, Ohio Wesleyan achieved an overall rank of 1,623 among the world’s 19,788 world universities, as well as a regional ranking of 333 in the United States and Canada, a national ranking of 297, an education rank of 62, and an employability rank of 152. Among the Five Colleges of Ohio and 13 Great Lakes Colleges Association schools, only Ohio Wesleyan, Antioch College, and Oberlin College are included on the Global 2000 list. More…



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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Golden Bishop Awards Honor OWU Students

18 Apr , 2022  

Award recipients include Delaware Countian

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University is honoring students with Golden Bishop Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in leadership, community service, and campus involvement during the current academic year.

Students recognized April 12 at an on-campus ceremony and their awards are as follows:


  • The Bridge Builder Award
    • Jeremiah Anderson of Dayton, Ohio
    • Clay Sturts of Mansfield, Ohio
  • The Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award
    • Horizons International, which works to “enhance understanding and dialogue between international students and the broader campus community.”
  • The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award
    • Anna Fender of Sullivan, Illinois
  • The Patricia G. Young Award for Leadership in Service to Children and Youth
    • Allyson Amstutz of Orrville, Ohio


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OWU President Announces Retirement in 2023

11 Apr , 2022  

By: Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones announced Monday that he will retire after the 2022-2023 academic year.

When Jones, Ph.D., steps down as Ohio Wesleyan’s 16th president, he will have served 15 years in the office and overseen transformational change at the university, including the creation of the OWU Connection signature student experience, the renewal of the residential campus, and the two most successful fundraising campaigns in OWU history, including the record-setting Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign that concluded in 2021.

In sharing his news with the campus community, Jones said he looks forward to a productive final year with a continued focus on improving the Ohio Wesleyan experience for students.

Echoing comments from his 2008 inauguration, Jones said: “I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to stand as a steward, entrusted for a time, with responsibility for this treasure. And I am grateful to be able to continue this work, with every ounce of energy I can provide, for another year. More…

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OWU, Case Western Expand Early Admission Pathway

6 Apr , 2022  

Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University are expanding their early admission pathway to add two new options for OWU students seeking to earn master’s degrees at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Through the expanded agreement, Ohio Wesleyan students accepted into any of three Weatherhead School master’s degree programs will receive scholarships valued at least $10,000, with the potential to receive additional merit aid. Graduates of all three programs currently experience 100% job placement.

The three Weatherhead School STEM degree programs included in Ohio Wesleyan’s early admission pathway are: More…

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