Monthly Archives: March 2011

OWU Facebook Pages Build Community—and Friendships

Ohio Wesleyan’s admission Facebook page has gotten a noticeable “facelift” during the past few months. Described by Susan Langner, assistant director of admission and new media coordinator, as “the quintessential gathering place for students,” Facebook is helping new and prospective students get to know each other and become engaged with OWU, at the same time. One of Langner’s key responsibilities is to maintain the admission Facebook page that, increasingly, is catching the eyes and interest of prospective students and families.

Stuck on Service

To help raise funds for Ohio Wesleyan University’s 4th Annual Relay for Life, President Rock Jones agreed to be duct-taped to a wall inside Gordon Field House, where the March 25 American Cancer Society fund-raiser was held. Strips of duct tape were sold for $1. After Jones was taped to the wall, students removed the chair under him, leaving the president hanging in mid-air. Now that’s someone who’s truly stuck on service! Overall, students have raised more than $18,400, with collections continuing until July.

‘With Justice for All’

Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke to a packed house March 23 in Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel. He delivered the 17th annual Butler A. Jones Lecture on Race and Society. Dees told the crowd that the United States has experienced an increase in hate groups since the election of President Barack Obama. But, Dees said, he has hope for the future because of the strong commitment of OWU students and other young people to issues of social justice. In time, he predicted, they will have a transformational story to share. “One of you will tell your story,” he told the students. “One of you will write a book—it’ll probably be on Kindle or something—about America’s greatest generation.”

Learning Life’s Lessons from Delaware Internship

OWU senior Kristen Kalinowski has experienced firsthand, the joys a family feels as they begin the process of owning their own home, and, at the same time, has learned a great deal about housing issues within Delaware County. Kalinowski, a psychology major and economics management minor, is working as the marketing/public relations intern at the Delaware County Habitat for Humanity. She is responsible for all social network marketing and maintaining a positive relationship with Ohio Wesleyan. Her internship has allowed her to put theory to practice, one of the strengths of an Ohio Wesleyan education.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2011 Sagan National Colloquium to Focus on Africa

Following several decades of civil strife and economic distress, authoritarian regimes in Africa have been replaced by multiparty competition, democratic principles, and good governance. With the end of apartheid in South Africa and the discovery of oil in other parts of the continent, Africa is poised for the third wave of accelerated economic development, regional economic cooperation, and genuine democratic reform.