OWU selects new band director

Ohio Wesleyan University has handed the baton to Mary Kate McNally.

McNally, who earned her master’s degree in music conducting in May from Kent State University, will join Ohio Wesleyan on Aug. 14, serving as OWU’s new director of marching and spirit bands.

In this role, McNally will work to build a program that features band performances at Battling Bishop athletic events, spirit activities, and other public happenings on and off campus. She will be responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training band members; planning their performances; budgeting for program operations; and assessing the band’s activities and success.

McNally will report to Dwayne K. Todd, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan’s vice president for student engagement and success.

“Ohio Wesleyan last had a marching band in the 1960s,” said Todd, Ph.D., “and we’re excited to bring this tradition back to campus. Mary Kate will play an integral role in ensuring the band’s success and in collaborating with groups on and off campus to build excitement around the band and the Bishops.”

While at Kent State, McNally served as a band graduate assistant, which included working with the Golden Flashes marching band. She also worked closely with the university’s director of athletic bands to coordinate leadership training for the undergraduate staff; as a drill technician to teach marching fundamentals, address execution concerns, and collaborate with the color guard to choreograph visuals and full-band dance blocks. As an undergraduate at Henderson State University in Arkansas, McNally served as a section leader for the Showband of Arkansas for two seasons and as a featured trumpet soloist for four seasons.

“I am thrilled to become a member of the Ohio Wesleyan family under such encouraging circumstances,” McNally said. “To start a marching band is a grand gesture of love for music and the performing arts, but it also comes from a place of love for the students who seek personal and professional growth through these creative outlets. A sustainable and thriving program grows best in just this kind of student-centered environment.”

McNally said her vision for the band involves employing “a comprehensive, detail-oriented teaching method” that includes “standardizing fundamentals, developing a unified ensemble sound, and working collaboratively with auxiliary groups.”

Professionally, McNally is a member of the College Band Directors National Association; National Association for Music Education; Ohio Music Educators Association; and National Band Association.

After a building year in 2017-2018, Ohio Wesleyan’s new marching band will debut in fall 2018. The band will be a co-curricular club open to all students.

OWU in Fiske Guide

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the “best and most interesting” four-year colleges in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, according to the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018.”

The new guidebook, released today, lists Ohio Wesleyan’s strengths as “strong preparation for graduate and professional school, a solid grounding in the liberal arts, and an emphasis on having fun outside the classroom.”

Created by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the new guidebook takes a “selective, subjective, and systematic look at three-hundred-plus colleges and universities” to identify its best-of list.

The 2018 Fiske Guide also includes comments from current and Ohio Wesleyan students and recent graduates on topics such as academics, campus setting, student body, financial aid, housing, food, social life, and extracurricular activities. According to the OWU students:

“The academics here are intense and challenging.”

“The professors are very accessible and are willing to help students however they can.”

“We have small-living units or SLUs, which are essentially themed houses. The members of these houses do house projects every semester for the campus and are an extremely important part of the OWU community.”

Delaware is “adorable. There are several small shops and restaurants that are also relatively diverse from Greek to Cajun to just regular pizza and burger joints.”

Learn more about enrolling at Ohio Wesleyan at www.owu.edu/admission and more about the university’s 90+ majors at www.owu.edu/majors.

OWU selected for CFA program

Ohio Wesleyan University students studying finance economics or management economics are now part of a program recognized for its breadth and depth by the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

Ohio Wesleyan has been part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program since 2012 and now has transitioned to the University Affiliation Program.

The new program gives Ohio Wesleyan students access to additional resources and scholarships. It also recognizes that the OWU Department of Economics majors incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) into their curricula and emphasize the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

This focus helps to prepare students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, widely regarded as the world’s most respected and recognized investment credential.

“The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is the professional standard of choice for more than 31,000 investment firms worldwide,” according to the CFI Institute. “When hiring, leading firms demand investment professionals with real-world analytical skills, technical competence, and the highest professional standards, often requiring the CFA credential for consideration.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s curriculum also prepares students to sit for their Level 1 CFA examinations, which tests their knowledge of ethical and professional standards as well as their understanding of accounting, economics, and finance, said professor Barbara MacLeod, CFA, chair of the Department of Economics.

“Globally, about 40 percent of candidates taking this rigorous exam pass Level 1 each year,” MacLeod said. “Ohio Wesleyan students, even without the work experience of some of the candidates, have fared much better. In the last four years, approximately two-thirds of our students have passed Level I on their first attempt.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s finance economics major covers foundational finance theory and general skills, such as critical thinking and spreadsheet analysis. It works to prepare students for careers in investment banking, financial planning, wealth management, private equity, corporate finance, and more.

OWU’s management economics major helps prepare students to become business leaders and owners with core classes in both economics and business. Students build a foundation in macro- and micro-economic theory and research methods, as well as the disciplines of marketing, accounting, and finance.

Learn more about these and other Ohio Wesleyan Department of Economics majors and minors at www.owu.edu/economics.

About the CFA Institute

Founded in 1947, the CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 148,000 members in 163 countries and territories, including 142,000 CFA charterholders and 148 member societies. Chartered Financial Analyst is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 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,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists.

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