Get to Know YOUR Senate!

posted Apr 17, 2014, 6:21 PM by Kayla Hummell   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 6:24 PM ]

Click the "About Us" tab on the at the top of this site and look around.  Each secretary and senator has a new bio that will tell you a little more about themselves.  Feel free to look around and get to know us because its YOUR Senate!

A New Northern Vision

posted Apr 13, 2014, 9:11 AM by Kayla Hummell   [ updated Apr 13, 2014, 9:15 AM ]

    Last Wednesday, a group called The Collaborative came to Student Senate to present their plans for Ohio Northern. The Collaborative is a private group that comes to college campuses, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and then improves the physical aspects of the campus. This includes athletic facilities, academic buildings, dorms, and even the landscaping. The Collaborative has already had over 30 meetings on campus, getting significant feedback from trustees, faculty and staff, and students. They will be returning for more meetings in May and July, and will present their final plan in September. Currently, they have created a 10-year plan for ONU’s future and shared this plan, referred to as the master plan, with the student body.

    So how do our own students describe ONU? Students in the audience gave these descriptions: spacious, close-knit, home, beautiful, community oriented, diverse, and, of course, windy. Our favorite places on campus are the Tundra, the Freed Center, the Green Monster, and Fraternity Circle. Our least favorite places are the Law College, Stambaugh, Meyer, and the cafeteria. Students also have some “sacred” areas that they think should never be touched. These include the Tundra, the pond outside the freshman dorms, and the open fields behind the football stadium.

    Taking all of these views into consideration, The Collaborative developed their plan for campus. Much of that plan included renovating buildings. Major renovations include MacIntosh, Kinghorn, Dukes, Lehr, Presser, Taft, Hill, and Biggs. The Collaborative also suggested creating a new Engineering building where the tennis courts are and relocating the tennis courts closer to the rest of the athletic facilities. Plans for Biggs in the future were not shared, but having an entirely new engineering building would definitely be a big change for all of the engineers on campus. The Collaborative also showed many pictures of current buildings with their ideas for facelifts. Buildings like Wilson and the Petit College of Law would seem a lot more welcoming if their main entrances were redone with glass, to give a more open appearance.

    One of students’ biggest complaints is Kinghorn and the lack of accessibility and space non-athletes have. Plans to both renovate and add onto Kinghorn are being looked at currently. One idea is an indoor turf field east of the current field house. More athletic additions being considered are adding onto the Green Monster, creating more intramural fields, adding concessions and a press box for baseball and softball, adding more restrooms by the athletic fields, and expanding the parking by the football stadium for busy weekends like Homecoming.

    The Tundra was another area The Collaborative focused on. They pointed out that the Tundra is an incredible 5 football fields long, including end zones! Adding trees along the sidewalks to line them would add appeal to campus without destroying the great open space that the Tundra provides. Another idea was adding an amphitheatre to the far western end of the Tundra for outdoor events and concerts.

    Social areas are an important aspect of student life that The Collaborative believed ONU was lacking. Besides the lounges in the dorms, there aren’t very many areas designated for just hanging out with friends. The porches in Affinity Village provide social areas, and The Collaborative wants to add more areas like these that students could use. This includes adding more benches around campus and round tables like the ones seen outside the Law College. More color inside buildings was another suggestion, taking an example from the mailroom and other bright areas on campus. More comfortable furniture in lounges was also suggested.

    Another important aspect was identifying campus. While this may seem like a simple concept since we all know the boundaries of campus, The Collaborative pointed out that only Main Street has any identifying features that really shout, “Ohio Northern University is HERE” to passerby’s. Along Lincoln Ave and on the west side of campus by the football stadium, there’s nothing that really tells you that you’re on ONU’s campus. Their plans included adding more overhead gateways with “Ohio Northern University” written on them, similar to the sign outside of the Inn.

    Overall, The Collaborative’s suggested improvements went over well with the students that attended the meeting. Students asked questions throughout the presentation. The biggest concerns that students seemed to have were with parking and how it is zoned. There were also suggestions from students about skywalks between buildings and replacing all of the sidewalks on campus to make them uniform. Student Senate is still taking feedback from the student body too! If you have a suggestion about something that you really think ONU should have in the near future, saw something you really liked or really hated in The Collaborative’s plan, feel free to drop a suggestion to Senate by emailing them at senate@onu.edu or by using the online Suggestion Box on their website senate.onu.edu. These suggestions will be passed along to The Collaborative. Senate can also answer any questions you have.

    Personally, I’m looking forward to all of the exciting changes that are going to be happening on ONU’s campus! Even though this is a 10-year plan and not everything will happen overnight, these changes make ONU’s future look bright. A modern facelift is exactly what our university needs to make us more appealing to future students and give current students a great campus to remember.

By Kelsey Lindsley

Presentation on the Campus Master Plan

posted Apr 8, 2014, 9:22 PM by Joseph Railey   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 9:26 PM ]

On Wednesday April, 9 Student Senate will be hosting the Collaborative, Inc. for an open forum with the student body on the development of the campus master plan. As part of the Universities' strategic plan, a master plan is being developed to serve as a blueprint for expansion and growth. The plan is in preparation for the Universities' sesquicentennial in 2021. Come to General Assembly on the 9th at 5 p.m. to hear about the plan as well as provide your own insight into how the University should look seven years from now! If you have questions about this presentation contact your representatives or Student Senate directly at senate@onu.edu! 

Have a Suggestion for Student Senate?

posted Apr 1, 2014, 10:44 AM by Kayla Hummell   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 10:45 AM ]

Try the ALL NEW Online Suggestion Box

Have a suggestion for Student Senate? Let us know by filling out the form. All responses are anonymous but we can better help you if you provide your name and email so we can contact you if needed. Feel free to contact student senate via email at senate@onu.edu with any questions!
Because its YOUR Senate!!

Submit your suggestion HERE

Apply for a Cabinet Position!

posted Feb 1, 2014, 9:06 AM by Stacy McClelland

The Elections are over and a new President and Vice President have been elected to office. Now is the time to apply for a position on cabinet for the upcoming year. 

Here is a message from the President Elect:

"The Railey and Bruin administration is actively beginning the process of selecting the cabinet for Student Senate. We are looking for a team of involved, motivated, and passionate students who are interested in leaving their mark on Student Senate and Ohio Northern University. Any student with at least two semesters left prior to graduation and a GPA of 2.0 or above is eligible to apply. We are excited to see what Senate will accomplish this year and cannot wait to see how you can help make Senate great! Applications are due by Friday, February 7th at 5 p.m. Applicants will be contacted via email after they submit their application with information about interviews. All interviews will occur on Saturday, February 8. We are excited that you are interested in joining cabinet and greatly look forward to reading your application. Should you have any questions about cabinet or the application process please contact President Elect, Joseph Railey, at j-railey@onu.edu or Vice President Elect, Brian Bruin, at b-bruin@onu.edu."

To apply click Here!

Become a part of Senate - Run for Office

posted Jan 13, 2014, 12:33 PM by Stacy McClelland

The election process for the new administration of Student Senate is underway. Below is listed the schedule of all the important dates if you plan to run for President or for a College Representative Seat:

Petitions are now available for Student Senate's College Representative and Presidential and Vice Presidential elections! Click on the following link to find the petitions for each race. The schedule of events for Student Senate's Winter Elections is as follows:
  • College Representatives:
    • Petitions Due: Monday, January 20 by 11:59pm to the Student Senate Office
    • Candidate Meeting: Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00pm (Location To Be Announced)
    • Campaigning Begins: Tuesday, January 21 at the conclusion of the candidate meeting (8:00pm)
    • Election: Tuesday, January 28 to Thursday, January 30
    • Inauguration: Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00pm
  • President and Vice President:
    • Petitions Due: Monday, January 20 by 11:59pm to the Student Senate Office
    • Candidate Meeting: Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00pm (Location To Be Announced)
    • Campaigning Begins: Tuesday, January 21 at the conclusion of the candidate meeting (8:00pm)
    • Debate: Monday, January 27 at 7:00pm
    • Election: Tuesday, January 28 to Thursday, January 30
    • Inauguration: Sunday, February 16 at 4:00pm
If you have any questions regarding the election, please contact Student Senate directly at senate@onu.edu.

Students Wanted!

posted Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM by Stacy McClelland   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 2:22 PM ]

If you are a regular at the library and want to share your thoughts and opinions on future improvements for the library, consider joining the Library Student Advisory Board. The application is Here!

Senate Awareness Week was a great success!

posted Sep 10, 2013, 9:38 AM by Stacy McClelland   [ updated Sep 10, 2013, 9:49 AM ]

enate Awareness has come and gone. All of the events went great, but only because of all of the involvement from the student body. We are only here to represent you!

Here are some of the pictures from our events:




Senate Awarenss Week

posted Aug 29, 2013, 4:27 PM by Stacy McClelland

Get excited! There is lots to do this year for Senate Awareness Week. Stay tuned to the Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up with what's happening each day!

Welcome Fest 2013

posted Aug 26, 2013, 6:15 PM by Stacy McClelland   [ updated Aug 29, 2013, 3:01 PM ]

Welcome Fest was a great success this year and we hope all of the groups that participated and students who attended thought so too! It is one of the biggest events that Student Senate puts on and required planning beginning in May and remaining constant through the summer up until the day of the event. We had around one hundred and sixty organizations represented at the event who gave out numerous freebies for the students including pens, drink cozies, cow bells, and cups. Some of the booths also hosted picture booths and brought in mini vehicles and models to show. If anyone has any questions or feedback regarding the event please feel free to email me at k-bahrey@onu.edu or get a hold of any of the other senate members. Hope to see you all back next year!

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