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Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones (left) listens with a group as student Lexi Lease discusses her Summer Science Research Program findings.

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones (left) listens with a group as student Lexi Lease discusses her Summer Science Research Program findings.

News from Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan Students Present Summer Science Research Findings

DELAWARE, OH (10/08/2018)— Ohio Wesleyan University students shared the results of their summer science research projects Sept. 24 at the university’s 26th annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium.

The students presented information and answered questions about their work, which was documented in posters outlining each project. Those presenting original research included:

  • Kyle Davis of Sunbury, OH, presented “Feather-Degrading Bacteria in a Tropical Environment,” mentored by Laura Tuhela-Reuning, professor of botany and microbiology, and Dustin Reichard, assistant professor of zoology.
  • Jack Mauter of Westerville, OH, presented “House Dust Mite Effect on Viral Replication in Human Airway Epithelial Cells,” mentored by Mitchell Grayson of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Department of Allergy and Immunology.

Laura Tuhela-Reuning, Ph.D., assistant director of OWU’s Summer Science Research Program, said the 10-week program helps to create the next generation of scientists.

“[S]tudents learn quickly that authentic research is quite different from classroom labs — more challenging, more creative, more frustrating, and, ultimately, more rewarding,” Tuhela-Reuning said.

Read the full research abstracts prepared by Ohio Wesleyan’s 2018 Summer Science Research Program participants and learn more about the program at

For more information about majoring in the sciences at Ohio Wesleyan, visit

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Ashland University Newman Catholic Campus Ministry Members

ASHLAND, OH (10/02/2018)— The following students are members of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at Ashland University: Angelica Frye of Galena (43021); Kelly Fullin of Westerville (43082); Frances Boggs of Marysville (43040); Cynthia Karamol of Dublin (43017); Margaret Link of Dublin (43016); Christine Shelton of Powell (43065).

The Newman Student Organization of Ashland University is a welcoming faith community rooted in the Catholic tradition. Through service, faith sharing, education, worship, personal relationships and celebration, the organization strives to foster the spiritual growth of all students and the Ashland University community. It is the organization’s vision that the community is enhanced and strengthened by each individual’s unique gifts and involvement.

Brianna Brdicka Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ashland University

ASHLAND (10/03/2018)— Brianna Brdicka of Galena, OH, is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ashland University. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology. Brdicka is a 2016 graduate of Olentangy High School.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes desires to advance the Gospel of Jesus and His kingdom on the Ashland University campus and into the nation through spiritual generations of laborers living and raising disciples among the lost.

Stuart Brdicka Member of Young Life at Ashland University

(10/03/2018)— Stuart Brdicka of Galena, OH is a member of Young Life at Ashland University. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology.

Young Life centers on Jesus Christ, helping kids, building relationships, and cultivating leaders. Members extend their relationship with Christ outside of the Church by reaching out to local teenagers. Ashland University’s close proximity to five different high schools allows ample opportunities for Young Life to create friendships with local high school kids and introduce them to the foundations of their organization. Volunteer leaders are trained and discipled for a lifestyle of relational ministry.

Ashland University Members of The Well

(10/03/2018)— The following students are members of The Well at Ashland University: Brianna Brdicka of Galena (43021); Emma Dumford of Westerville (43081); William Summers of Westerville (43081).

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

News from University of Mount Union

Westerville’s Collinsworth Involved in Mount Union Production of “Voir Dire”

ALLIANCE, OH (10/08/2018)— The University of Mount Union’s Department of Theatre featured the drama “Voir Dire” from Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7.

The play, written by Joe Sutton, was directed by Mount Union Department of Theatre chair, Kevin P. Kern. Abigail Collinsworth, of Westerville, OH was involved in the production as a member of the cast/crew.

“Voir Dire” tells the fictional story of six jurors who are sequestered, and forced to confront charges of racism, a broken judicial system and their own biases, as a man’s reputation hangs in the balance. Learn more about theatre at Mount Union at

University of Mount Union The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The University is located in Alliance, OH, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. Among members of the 2014 graduating class, 99% of those self-reporting started a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school, all in an average of 20 days after graduation. The University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience. For more information, visit

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones (left) listens with a group as student Lexi Lease discusses her Summer Science Research Program findings. Wesleyan University President Rock Jones (left) listens with a group as student Lexi Lease discusses her Summer Science Research Program findings.

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