Monthly Archives: June 2010

Robert Olmstead’s ‘Coal Black Horse’ Gallops Toward New Recognition

Robert Olmstead.

Professor Robert Olmstead’s ‘Coal Black Horse’, published in 2007, continues to garner honors—the latest being inclusion on Choose to Read Ohio’s 2011 booklist. Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a project of the State Library of Ohio, in partnership with the Ohioana Library Association, the Ohio Center for the Book, Kent State University, the Ohio Channel, WOSU, and Ohio’s public libraries. CTRO spotlights Ohio authors and encourages promotes reading throughout the state. The program is adaptable for use in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, book clubs, families, and community groups.

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Ninety Ohio Wesleyan University students and faculty and staff advisers participated in eight mission team trips organized by the University Chaplain’s Office during Spring Break 2010. Here are some highlights from the national and international trips, and some reflections from the participants.

A Musical ‘Dream’

Ohio Wesleyan student Lauren Spavelko ’11 played a recording of her composition, ‘Dream Tapestry,’ for renowned American composer Joseph Schwantner during his recent visit to campus while in residency with the Central Ohio Symphony.

It’s been a very eventful year in the creative growth of OWU student composer Lauren Spavelko. Last fall, the junior from Pickerington, Ohio, wrote a composition, “Dream Tapestry,” that was premiered and performed by OWU students during the OWU/NOW Voices of Tomorrow concert in February.

A Summer of Research

OWU student Rachel Bowes '11, is conducting research on the three-spined stickelback fish, which is widely found in the northern hemisphere. Her work is part of OWU’s Summer Science Research Program.

Consider the three-spined stickleback, (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a small fish measuring about four to six centimeters, that is widely found throughout the northern hemisphere. This summer, Rachel Bowes ’11, one of several OWU students who is part of zoology professor Shala Hankison’s animal behavior laboratory, is conducting research on “Repeatability and Consistency in the Three-spined Stickelback.” These fish were chosen for this research because, as Bowes explains, they exhibit relatively easily quantified behaviors, and are easy to keep in captivity.

The Leader of the Band

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The Central Ohio Symphony is offering someone the opportunity to lead the orchestra at its annual Fourth of July concert. The lucky winner will conduct a John Philip Sousa march during the evening’s program.

Jim Michaels ’79

Jim Michaels ’79

USA Today reporter and OWU alumnus Jim Michaels ’79 will release his new book, ‘A Chance in Hell: The Men Who Triumphed Over Iraq’s Deadliest City and Turned the Tide of War’ this month. Click here for more information. Click here to see more OWU in the News coverage.