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17 Aug , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced its lineup of public events for the remainder of August and the month of September. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

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

Aug. 16-Dec. 13 – “From Our Collection: Covers for a Small Library,” featuring works by R.B. Kitaj, in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. More…

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Front Of Mind: New Sculpture Erected At OWU

24 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University’s first artist-in-residence, Andrew Wilson, smiles broadly when he discusses the work involved in designing, creating, and installing his “Back Porch” outdoor sculpture – a 14-foot high, 8-foot wide, and 8-foot deep metal artwork that honors generations of OWU Black lives and legacies.

“Challenges are incredible opportunities,” said Wilson, a 2013 Ohio Wesleyan graduate who began working in January to design, create, and install the Corten steel cuboid sculpture. It was erected this week on the lawn outside OWU’s historic Elliott Hall. More…


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Museum Reopening With Exhibits Celebrating Urban And Rural Spaces

2 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum will take visitors on journeys to both urban and rural worlds with its new “Cityscape/Landscape” exhibits.

‘Negotiation Site’ by Amze Emmons combines graphite, gouache, and watercolor to depict its element of city life. The artwork is included in the Ross Art Museum’s ‘Cityscape/Landscape’ exhibit, opening Feb. 3. (Image courtesy of Amze Emmons)

The dual exhibitions will feature “Pattern Drift: Cityscape” by Amze Emmons, a Philadelphia-based printmaker and 1996 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, and “Landscape through the Lens: Responses to William Henry Jackson,” a showcase of work by four contemporary photographers alongside historic images by William Henry Jackson from the museum’s permanent collection. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Sees Boost In Influential Rankings

18 Sep , 2020  

U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Ohio Wesleyan University among the nation’s “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” and among its 2021 “Best Value Schools” and “Top Schools on Social Mobility.”

According to the magazine’s list of “2021 Best Colleges,” released earlier this week, Ohio Wesleyan is ranked at:

  • 93 among the nation’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” According to U.S. News, its new rankings assess 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality to determine the rankings of the “best.”
  • 50 among the National Liberal Arts “Best Value Schools,” up eight spots over last year. These rankings “place significant emphasis on affordability for students who may be eligible for need- More…

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OWU Professor’s Poetry Recognized

2 Aug , 2020  

Alfred Lord Tennyson. Emily Dickinson. Thomas Hardy. And Ohio Wesleyan University professor and poet David Caplan.

All four are being recognized this summer as having one of the “10 of the Best Poems about Architecture and Buildings” by InterestingLiterature.com.

Created in 2012 by writer and educator Oliver Tearle, the website serves as “an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature.” Also honored on its “10 of the Best” list are such literary notables as George Herbert, Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Christina Rossetti, William Empson, Philip Larkin, and Derek Walcott. More…

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OWU Named As One Of The Best And Most Interesting Schools

24 Jul , 2020  

According to the new “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” Ohio Wesleyan University is one of “the ‘best and most interesting’ schools in the United States, as well as in Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.”

Ohio Wesleyan is a “small school with a big commitment to providing its students with a well-rounded education,” the guidebook states, with the hallmarks of an OWU education including “strong preparation for graduate and professional school, a solid grounding in the liberal arts, real-world experience, and an emphasis on having fun outside the classroom.” More…

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Ross Art Museum Returns

18 Jul , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum will reopen to the public Aug. 20 with a continuation of “From the Studio,” an exhibition of works created by six OWU fine arts faculty members. “From the Studio” will be on display from August 20 through October 13 at the Ross, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

According to the show’s artist statement:

“Here you will find a diversity of voices, but also a united sense of purpose and a common goal. For the OWU studio faculty, the art that they produce in their respective studios, and in some cases further afield, is an ongoing exploration of the particular aspects of the visual that intrigue them, much as a scientist might undertake a program of experimentation or as a historian might examine different aspects of a moment in time. … The common goal is in presenting works that are not only visually engaging but also eloquent representatives of the processes of investigation behind them.” More…

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North Coast Athletic Conference Adopts Principles For Fall Competition

10 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delawaare, North Coast Athletic Conference

It’s going to look and feel a bit different for college sports this fall for Ohio Wesleyan University athletic teams, and likely different between OWU and other North Coast Athletic Conference schools.

Facing the challenges of a pandemic that continues to impact almost all areas of collegiate life, a NCAC steering committee created, and NCAC President’s Council adopted, a set of principles to guide all fall intercollegiate competition. Those include: More…

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OWU Announces Diversity Initiative

17 Jun , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University today announced a new initiative to support diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus in ways intended to “create meaningful and immediate change.”

“It is time – no, far beyond time – for us to turn words and outrage into action,” President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said in announcing the initiative. “The horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks have rightly outraged millions of Americans and people around the world. More…


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Ohio Wesleyan Providing Students With Access To CARES Funding

7 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

In an announcement shared on the school’s website, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones and Vice President for Student Engagement and Success Dwayne Todd announced that OWU is facilitating emergency grants to students who were financially harmed by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19.

The OWU campus closed to students after the school moved to end all in-person instruction. The residence halls were closed to all occupants as of 5 PM on Monday, March 16. More…

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OWU Professor Publishes Book On Roman Conquests

2 May , 2020  

In his new book, Ohio Wesleyan University professor Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., traces the military, political, and economic expansion of Rome into the Middle East from the first-century B.C. through sixth-century A.D..

Fratantuono, chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Classics, explores how the Romans established a highly successful province that stretched into remote desert regions of modern Saudi Arabia, with the Roman Empire reaching its greatest expanse in Arabia under the emperor Trajan. More…


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OWU Announces $4 Million Renovation Project For Branch Rickey Arena

14 Apr , 2020  

On Monday, Ohio Wesleyan University announced a $4 million project to fully renovate Branch Rickey Arena, home of the Battling Bishop wrestling, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The six-month project, beginning this week, will improve the 44-year-old arena with new flooring, bleachers, scoreboards with statistics panels, lights, sound system, air conditioning, and more. The project is fully funded with contributions from alumni, parents, and friends, including lead gifts from 1955 OWU graduate and life trustee Douglas H. Dittrick, a pioneer in the cable television industry, and from First Commonwealth Bank. More…

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