Monthly Archives: October 2011

Ohio Wesleyan Establishes Chapter of National Classics Honor Society

(Image courtesy of Eta Sigma Phi)

Ohio Wesleyan University is establishing a chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, a national classics honor society for undergraduate students. The Ohio Wesleyan chapter will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Bayley Room of OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The public celebration will promote the importance of the classics as a foundational discipline of the liberal arts and commemorate the chapter’s inauguration.

OWU Battling ‘Bellies’

(Photo by Kelsey Ullom ’14)

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity hosted its third belly flop fund-raiser Oct. 5 at the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center. The event raised more than $1,500, with all proceeds benefiting the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The effort of the Sig Ep brothers also was covered by WSYX/WTTE TV’s Johnny DiLoretto, who broadcast live from the Meek Center on Oct. 4.

Music Men

OWU alumni Jasey Schnaars ’72, left, and Eric Gnezda ’79 are award-winning musicians and performers. They will perform Oct. 22 in nearby Worthington. (Photo courtesy of Eric Gnezda)

Award-winning songwriting, world-class musicianship, and splashes of humor will come alive when Ohio Wesleyan University alumni Eric Gnezda ’79 and Jasey Schnaars ’72 join Pete Cary and Arkadiy Gips in concert at 8p.m. Oct. 22 at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

VIVA members are pictured here creating papel picado—tissue paper decorating—as part of the Dia de los Muertos display in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center on November 2. (Photo by Mike Serbanoiu ’15)

When OWU’s Kamila Goldin ’13, president of VIVA, the Latin American culture group, describes its raison d’être, she radiates enthusiasm. Part of that organization’s mission is to heighten awareness and understanding of Latin American cultures and issues for members of the OWU community. And when VIVA members spent the noon hour on Monday talking with students about Hispanic Heritage Month, it seemed, says Goldin, “that lots of people came up to us and wanted to know more.” Through most of October, VIVA, Horizons International, and Citizens of the World House are co-sponsoring an array of campus programs and a luncheon to celebrate Latin American culture and heritage, and to explore the theme of Latin American Identity—from both American and Latin American perspectives.

Munch, Mix, and Mingle

Pictured here are Kathy Butler ’74 and Sharon Smithey Coale ’72 offering helpful advice to OWU students. (Photo by Brittany Vickers ’13)

Ohio Wesleyan’s Munch & Mingle is an annual event created by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, with the intent of bringing back to campus, OWU alumni who offer students career advice. This year’s event, scheduled on September 30, during Homecoming & Family Weekend, included 61 students who had pre-registered, and several alumni.

Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Member Gulimina Mahamuti to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Gulimina Mahamuti will perform a free concert on campus Oct. 22.

For many musicians, performing in New York’s historic Carnegie Hall marks a professional milestone. Gulimina Mahamuti, part-time assistant professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan University, will achieve that milestone Jan. 8, 2012, when she performs in Carnegie Hall’s elegant Weill Recital Hall. She will perform solo and with violinist Selim Giray, associate professor of violin and viola at Pittsburg State University.