Monthly Archives: November 2010

Ohio Wesleyan Named One of 32 Colleges ‘Friendliest’ to Pre-Tenure Faculty

We’ve always known that Ohio Wesleyan is a friendly place, but now a national survey has validated that perception, at least as related to pre-tenure faculty. As reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a 160-member consortium based at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has released the names of its member colleges and universities with the highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction.

Heroes in the House

The Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual Heroes Award Breakfast on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus this week, honoring local heroes in eight categories.

Helping Habitat

American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon performed November 12 in Gray Chapel. The concert helped to raise awareness and funds for the joint Habitat for Humanity homebuilding project involving the OWU Habitat for Humanity chapter and Hayes High School Youth United chapter. Contributions still are being accepted for the summer project by the University Chaplain’s Office and the Delaware County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Scene from Heritage Day 2010

Pictured here during Ohio Wesleyan’s Heritage Day event on November 11, is Will Pierce ’13 portraying professional Shakespearean actor Frederick Ward in a re-enactment of the 1885 scandal during which 60 OWU students were suspended from school for attending the performance of “Richard III” at the Delaware Opera House. As Bonnie Milne Gardner ’77, OWU theatre and dance professor explains, the mannequin in the background is sporting a female Shakespearean costume (the male costume is not visible in this photograph). The other students seated portrayed the shamed students who disobeyed the University rule forbidding attendance at “entertainments.” Seated to the left of Will is alumnus Kevin Barron ’07, who returned to pay tribute to the 2007 production of “Henry IV”, which was directed by theatre and dance professor Ed Kahn. Numerous other tributes were made to former OWU faculty and students who made significant contributions to Shakespeare’s plays over the years, explains Milne Gardner. Read more about Heritage Day.

Service-Learning Spotlight on Dr. Richelle Schrock

Richelle Schrock, Ph.D., the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, came to Ohio Wesleyan in the Fall of 2008, and has quickly become a very active and involved member of the campus and community. Dr. Schrock says she has been “impressed with our students and their interest in social justice issues.” She has been able to connect to the campus passion for community service and has brought this focus into the classroom. Dr. Schrock’s research interests include Global Feminisms and Feminist Ethnography, and she is particularly interested in how women work together across cultural divides for social change. Professor Schrock taught a Sagan Course last spring called Gender and Immigrant Experience in which the class took on the responsibility of helping to resettle a Somali refugee family that had just moved to Columbus after living in a refugee camp in Kenya for almost twenty years. The students in Dr. Schrock’s course collected all of the material goods the family would need for the first few months of their lives in the United States.

It’s Open!

The dedication of Ohio Wesleyan’s Meek Aquatics and Recreation Facility on November 6, was especially significant to first-year student and swimmer Matt Skowronski. As a prospective student, he was looking for “the best of both worlds”—a liberal arts university that would challenge him academically and also offer a nice athletic facility for competitive swimming. The sprinter from Strongsville, Ohio is intending to double major in pre-dentistry and economics management and is a member of OWU’s men’s varsity swimming team. And he is very thankful for the university’s new race quality ten-lane swimming pool and impressive facility made possible by the generosity of several Ohio Wesleyan alumni.

A Successful ‘Flop’

Ohio Wesleyan’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Horizons International chapter raised more than $2,400 during their November 3 ‘Belly Flop for Pakistan’ held in the new Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center. The funds will be used to help people left homeless following summer floods.

Mark Gingerich

The James S. Britton Professor of History, Mark Gingerich, has taught at Ohio Wesleyan University for 20 years. Starting this year, he also is wearing the mantle of associate dean of academic advising.