Ohio Northern University
|Motto||“Ex diversitate vires" (out of diversity strength)|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Daniel A. DiBiasio|
|Provost||Maria L. Cronley|
|Latin motto||"Ex Diversitate Vires"|
|Colors||Orange, Black, White|
Henry Solomon Lehr founded the Northwestern Ohio Normal School in August 1871. When the college's curriculum grew to include pharmacy, engineering, law and business programs, its name was changed to Ohio Normal University and, eventually, in 1903, Ohio Northern University. In 1899, the university affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Post-war education boom
Throughout the 1960s, a number of ONU students and faculty/staff participated in the American Civil Rights Movement. ONU hosted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 11, 1968, four days before his 39th birthday and just three months before his assassination. During his visit at ONU, Dr. King famously spoke regarding the myth that many immigrant and/or ethnic groups successfully pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, whereas African Americans were incapable of doing so.
Growth continued under Dr. DeBow Freed through the 1980s and 1990s with additions to the Taggart Law Library, Presser Hall, Dukes Memorial, Wilson Art Building, Biggs Engineering, Heterick Memorial Library, and Meyer Hall of Science, and the construction of the Freed Center for the Performing Arts and a new president's on-campus home. Under Dr. Kendall Baker, campus additions include Dicke Hall, an expansion of the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy building, the Dial-Roberson Stadium and the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences. In 2008, Ohio Northern University built and opened The Inn at Ohio Northern University, which contains over 70 deluxe guestrooms. In 2017, construction on a new engineering building will begin, with the first classes to be held in fall 2019.
Starting in the early 1980s, the university provided computer services to a growing segment of the university's population, expanding from a centralized mainframe to networked personal computers and a computer network. ONU joined OhioLINK and technology revolutionized academic administrative activities and supported classroom activities. With the addition of the Internet, the university began offering its first distance learning courses in the pharmacy program. Today, there are over 1,200 networked computers and Internet access on campus.
ONU in the 21st Century
Ohio Northern is ranked fourth among midwest regional liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. It is considered "more selective," with an acceptance rate of 68%. It has a 53% 4-year graduation rate.
On February 4, 2010, ONU announced that its board of trustees approved the nomination of Daniel A. DiBiasio, president of Wilmington College to become the new president of Ohio Northern. DiBiasio assumed his duties on August 1, 2011.
Ohio Northern has made several significant strides in sustainability, and currently is making considerable efforts to realize the full benefits of a comprehensive approach in several areas of sustainability, alternative energy and environmental stewardship.
- Three wind turbines generate 400 kilowatts of power to meet 8–9 percent of the university's electricity needs.
- A solar array field generates about 10 percent of ONU's annual electricity needs, reducing ONU's carbon footprint by over 2,200 tons, equal to 210 average households.
- Geothermal technology is used for heating and cooling in the housing units.
- Ohio Northern University is a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.
- Recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.
- Electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on campus.
- A grassy area surrounding a retention basin has been transformed into a prairie area featuring natural vegetation with a focus on providing a perfect habitat for bees.
- The Affinity Gardens project has transformed the green space of the residence community.
The university comprises five colleges:
- Getty College of Arts and Sciences
- James F. Dicke College of Business Administration
- T.J. Smull College of Engineering
- Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy
- Claude W. Pettit College of Law (established 1885)
Prior to 1973, the law school was known as "the Warren G. Harding College of Law". It was renamed in honor of Claude W. Pettit, a judge and former dean of the college.
ONU students participate in intercollegiate, intramural, and sports clubs in a variety of sports. The ONU Polar Bears compete in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The men's volleyball team participates in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in the Great Midwest Men's Volleyball Conference.
- The school mascot is a polar bear named Klondike.
- The ONU varsity football team defeated Mount Union College in 2005 to snap the Purple Raiders 110-game regular season winning streak.
- The ONU women's volleyball team had a NCAA All-Divisions record 36 consecutive winning
- 1993 Men's Basketball NCAA Division III Champions
NCAA Runner-up finishes
- 1989 Women's Volleyball NCAA Division III Runners-up
- 2012 Men's Soccer NCAA Division III Runners-up
NCAA Final Four appearances
- 2001 Men's Basketball NCAA Division III Final Four
- 2008 Women's Volleyball NCAA Division III Final Four
NCAA Elite Eight appearance
- 2017 Women's Basketball
NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances
- 1999 Football
- 2000 Football
- 2010 Football
- 2015 Football
- 2019 Women's Soccer
- 525 South Main Street, Ada, Ohio 45810
- Anthony A. Alaimo, jurist
- Frank T. Bow, jurist and politician who was honored by naming the Frank T. Bow Federal Building in Canton, Ohio.
- James Cloyd Bowman, a children's book author who received a Newbery Honor in 1938 for Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time.
- Benjamin Brafman, a prominent criminal defense attorney based in New York.
- William J. Brown, former Ohio Attorney General (1971–1983).
- Anthony J. Celebrezze, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, the 49th Mayor of Cleveland, and a Sixth Circuit Appellate Judge.
- George Washington Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic and inventor of the system for blood transfusion.
- Robert R. Cupp, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice.
- Mike DeWine, a politician who currently serves as the Governor of Ohio. Served as a U.S. Senator from Ohio between 1995 and 2007, and was the Ohio Attorney General from 2011 to 2019.
- Simeon Davison Fess, a Republican politician a former president of Antioch College.
- George Getty, American lawyer, father of industrialist J. Paul Getty and patriarch of the Getty family.
- John W. Grabiel, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1922 and 1924; Ohio native, attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, until his death in 1928
- Stephanie L. Haines, United States Federal Judge
- Stacey Hairston, former Cleveland Browns player.
- Thomas Hutson, doctor and medical researcher.
- Robert Franklin Jones, graduated with a law degree. Served as Allen County (Ohio) prosecuting attorney, 1935–1939. Elected in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth U.S. Congress, and elected for three subsequent terms to Congress, serving from 1939 to 1947. Appointed commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, serving from 1947 to 1952.
- J.E. Keeny, studied music at Ohio Northern. Served as president of Louisiana Tech University, 1908-1926
- George E. Killian, a sports administrator and a president of the International University Sports Federation.
- Cassius Jackson Keyser, a mathematician.
- Carla F. Kim, Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator at the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children's Hospital
- George Lonz, vintner who operated the Lonz Winery, one of the largest wineries following prohibition.
- Cheryl L. Mason — Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, US Department of Veterans’ Affairs (first woman appointed to the position)
- Clay Mathile, former owner of Iams pet food.
- Harry McNeal, Major League baseball player
- Bill Peterson, former head football coach at Florida State, Rice University, and with the Houston Oilers.
- Bob Peterson, story artist, animator and voice actor.
- Tom Reed, United States Congressman from New York
- Joseph Banks Rhine, founder of the parapsychology lab at Duke University
- Nate Riles, Retired CFL player
- Jamal Robertson, Retired NFL football player.
- Ralph L. Ropp (Class of 1923), president of Louisiana Tech University from 1949 to 1962
- Baldemar Velasquez, is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO.
- Jason Trusnik, Retired NFL football player. Owner of Pro Sports Performance in Strongsville, OH
- Steve Vagedes, former Arena Football League player
- Jim Wilson (Los Angeles), city council member, studied pharmacy
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1921 Collier's Encyclopedia article Ohio Northern University.|