Monthly Archives: October 2010

Meet the Meek

(Photo by Natalie Fisher ’12)

Ohio Wesleyan students and employees are invited to a campus open house to tour the new Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center from 3:30-5 p.m. on October 29. A short program will begin at 4 p.m. A Delaware community open house also will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on October 30. Ohio Wesleyan’s first “green” building features a 10-lane swimming pool, a 13-foot diving well, and 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards. See you there!

‘Battle of the Brains’

OWU seniors and married students Brooke and Andy Coder and Nat Milder (in yellow shirt) placed 38th in the regional Battle of the Brains computer programming competition. They competed against all schools in the East Central North America region. (Photo courtesy of Sean McCulloch)

Two teams of Ohio Wesleyan University computer science students pushed their brains to the limits, applying their programming skills and maintaining their mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline in the annual regional Battle of the Brains competition.

From Socrates to Ceramics

Ohio Wesleyan’s House of Thought hosted a week-long ‘Thought Week’ from October 17-23. The series of events included a Free Ceramics Workshop designed to allow students to create and discuss artwork. (Photo by Alex Crump ’13)

Ohio Wesleyan’s House of Thought was founded on the principle of extending critical thinking beyond the classroom to the entire student body. So it comes as no surprise that OWU’s SLU (small living unit) hosted “Thought Week,” a series of events designed to encourage intensified discussion, thought, and promotion of ideas and perspectives of all members of the campus.

Blazing a Nature Trail

OWU student Kristina Bergquist ’14 began volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo at age 12. She also has served an internship at the zoo and is working toward a career in wildlife conservation. (Photo courtesy of Kristina Bergquist ’14)

While all students learn a lot during their classes at Ohio Wesleyan, the University also recognizes the value of education outside the classroom. For Kristina Bergquist ’14, internships are a valuable and fun way to explore potential career paths.

OWU Studies Sustainability

The Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center is Ohio Wesleyan University’s first “green” building. (Photo by Natalie Fisher ’12)

Ohio Wesleyan University’s new Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center is a milestone on campus as its first “green” structure—featuring a geothermal energy system that heats and cools the building and a heat-recovery system that heats the pool. The environmentally friendly building also features a reflective clay-tile roof as well as recycled, regional, and low-VOC (volatile organic chemical) building materials.

Diving into a New Era

(Photo by Melissa Mackey, courtesy of The Delaware Gazette)

The OWU men’s and women’s swim teams jumped into the pool at the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center for the first time Monday. The pool holds 366,310 gallons of water and is heated to about 78 degrees. A community open house for the Meek Center will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 30.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Five Ohio Wesleyan students spent six weeks living in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the summer as part of a Theory-to-Practice experience to examine firsthand how the country is recovering from the civil war of the 1990s. The students are (from left) Alina Ruzmetova, Megan Weaver, Kyle Herman, Anthony Harper, and Melissa Tan. (Photo courtesy of Megan Weaver ’11)

Near the end of their stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a group of Ohio Wesleyan University students visited the Sarajevo Tunnel, built by besieged citizens during the Bosnian Civil War to secretly transport food and medicine into the city. The tour featured video footage of the war, including massive damage to neighborhoods where the OWU students were now living and working.

Rafiki wa Afrika

(Photo by Suzanne Samin ’13)

OWU President Rock Jones dons a chef hat to prepare a meal for students. Jones made shrimp and grits on Monday, using OWU’s “My Pantry” in Smith Hall. Students also are able to cook their own meals in the unique My Pantry station.