Ohio Dominican University

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Ohio Dominican University
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Former names
College of St. Mary of the Springs (1911-1968)
Ohio Dominican College(1968-2002)
Motto"Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" (Latin)
Motto in English
To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation
TypePrivate
Established1911
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Dominican Order)
PresidentRobert Gervasi, Ph.D.
Academic staff
234
Students1,700
Location, ,
United States

39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.992727°N 82.941123°W / 39.992727; -82.941123Coordinates: 39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.992727°N 82.941123°W / 39.992727; -82.941123
CampusUrban, 75 acres (300,000 m2)
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
AthleticsNCAA Division IIGMAC
NicknamePanthers
AffiliationsACCU
CIC
NAICU
ICUSTA
Websitewww.ohiodominican.edu

Ohio Dominican University is a private Dominican liberal arts university in Columbus, Ohio. The university has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs.

History[edit]

Ohio Dominican University is a private Catholic liberal arts university, guided in its educational mission by the Dominican motto, taken from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, "Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere," which means, "To contemplate and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." Today, embracing the Dominican ideals of "Veritas," or Truth, the University holds to a slightly modified motto, "To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." The Dominican tradition of spirituality used to be rooted in common life at the university: liturgical prayer and meditation, study, and ministry of the Word. These values no longer guide the steps of the majority of faculty, students, or staff at Ohio Dominican University.

Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of St. Mary of the Springs. It was founded as an all-women's school, becoming coeducational in 1964. The college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College on July 1, 1968. Ohio Dominican became a university on July 1, 2002, under an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the country's preeminent small Catholic universities.[2]

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Academics[edit]

Ohio Dominican offers 40 undergraduate degree programs.

Ohio Dominican offers a wide range of majors
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The Charles School[edit]

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University opened in 2007 with the goal to significantly improve college success for young people in Central Ohio. The public charter high school is part of a nationwide network of Early College High Schools initiated through funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations. The Charles School (TCS) is open to all Ohio students entering the 9th grade, with a target population of students who have a desire to go to college and would be the first in their family to do so. Students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit and/or an associate degree, at no cost to the student.

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Athletics[edit]

The Ohio Dominican teams, nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).[3] ODU joined the GMAC on July 1, 2017, as part of the transition to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[4] The university offers 18 varsity sports including: men's and women's basketball, baseball, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field (indoor and outdoor), and women's volleyball.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Name Dates
Sister Stephanie Mohun 1911–1914
Sister Constance Keelty 1914–1917
Sister Justina Hogan 1917–1920
Sister Maria Theresa 1920–1923
Sister Regina Murphy 1923–1926
Sister Adele Heffley 1926–1932
Sister Bernardine Lynam 1932–1935
Sister Aloyse Fitzpatrick 1935–1944
Sister Anacletus Oger 1944–1947
Sister Angelita Conley 1947–1964
Sister Suzanne Uhrhane 1964–1978
Sister Mary Andrew Matesich 1978–2001
Jack Calareso, Ph.D. 2001–2007
The Most Rev. James A. Griffin 2007–2008
Brian Nedwek, Ph.D. 2008–2009
Ronald J. Seiffert 2009–2010
Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. 2010–2017
Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. 2017-Present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The ODU Brand". Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  2. ^ "About ODU". Ohio Dominican University. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Pickle, David (June 30, 2015). "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". GMAC. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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