91直播Welcome Week '24 ambassadors.

Several firsts and significant advancements happened at Ohio Northern University in 2023. In no particular order, here are some of the top news stories:

Forward Together Campaign
Concluding in October, this fundraising campaign was the largest in ONU鈥檚 history, with more than $112.7 million raised. The money will go toward increasing scholarships and financial aid for students, helping the University continue to attract world-class faculty, and upgrading facilities.

President鈥檚 Inauguration
On April 12, President Melissa J. Baumann, Ph.D., was inaugurated during an investiture ceremony. Higher education's enduring value featured prominently in her speech. President Baumann is ONU鈥檚 12th president and first female president.

Don Wood Foundation Grant
The Fort Wayne private foundation awarded the T.J. Smull College of Engineering a $1.05 million grant to add a state-of-the-art metals lab to supplement it鈥檚 already-strong machine shop. Additions will include a 3D metal printer, laser cutting machine, a laser welder and associated manufacturing tools. Students will use the equipment for coursework and projects, including senior-level capstone design projects.

Engineering Projects
Creating tools to assist those who are differently abled was the focus of ONU鈥檚 engineering design capstone completed during the spring semester by 169 first-year students enrolled in most of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering disciplines. A total of 34 teams designed projects that ranged from mobility assistance devices to educational games to trainers for skills like handwriting.

Klondike鈥檚 100th Birthday
ONU鈥檚 beloved mascot celebrated his big milestone birthday in March. Take a look back to learn about his birth and to see how his style has evolved over the years.

College Rankings
91直播rose from No. 4 to No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 list for 2024, making it No. 1 in Ohio. The University also ranks highly in other key categories, including 3rd (first in Ohio) in regional Best Value Schools, No. 12 in electrical/electronic/communications, and No. 23 nationally and No. 1 in Ohio for undergraduate engineering programs (no doctorate). 91直播was ranked No. 33 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio for by the WSJ/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.

Northern Poll
The Getty College of Arts & Sciences' political science department issued two important polls last year that offered crucial Ohio election information prior to voters heading to the polls in August and November. National publications, political leaders and pundits mentioned the polls on numerous occasions.

Public Relations Pinnacle
Alisa Agozzino, BA 鈥01, Ph.D., APR, associate professor of public relations in the James F. Dicke College of Business, received the Outstanding Educator Award at Public Relations Society of America鈥檚 national conference held recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

Law School Rankings
For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report placed the Pettit College of Law in the top 25% of law schools throughout the nation for trial advocacy, coming in at No. 47. The ranking tied 91直播with ten other elite institutions such as George Washington University, University of Notre Dame and William & Mary Law School. 91直播Law also moved up in overall rankings, which places it in a higher tier than a year ago, at No. 146.e.

Internship Firsts
Senior Kaitlyn Sullivan interned this summer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranked by Newsweek in 2023 as the world鈥檚 top hospital. Mikay Mariano, a fifth-year pharmacy major double majoring in biology from Oregon, Ohio, spent her summer as a radioisotope research intern at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, working side-by-side with some of the best academic minds in the country. Now considered the largest science and energy lab in the U.S. Department of Energy鈥檚 national system, ORNL was one of the primary sites for the World War II-era Manhattan Project.

Men鈥檚 Soccer
In November, the 91直播Men鈥檚 Soccer team tournament but fell 1-0 to Colorado College in double overtime. The tigers scored the lone goal of the game in the first of the two 10-minute, non-sudden-death overtime periods. The Polar Bears were unable to get an equalizing goal the rest of the way, thus ending their season with a 13-6-4 overall record.

Student Health Center
91直播and Mercy Health announced a new strategic partnership to improve access to high-quality health care on ONU鈥檚 campus. Under a new 10-year agreement, ONU鈥檚 Student Health Center is now being staffed and managed by Mercy Health.

Center for Corporate Engagement
ONU鈥檚 Center for Corporate Engagement (CCE), the region鈥檚 first-of-its-kind resource for professional training and leadership growth, in the fall for its numerous programs, which provide practical approaches with immediate applications.

International Award
Bryan Boulanger, Ph.D., received the 2022 Nocturnal Habitat Protection Award from the International Dark-Sky Association, which is the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide. Boulanger and many of his 91直播students have spent years developing and implementing methods to preserve the night sky throughout the United States, particularly at national parks.