Ohio Dominican University
|College of St. Mary of the Springs|
|Motto||"Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" (Latin)|
Motto in English
|To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Dominican Order)|
|President||Dr. Peter Cimbolic|
|Location||Columbus, Ohio, USA
|Campus||Urban, 75 acres (300,000 m2)|
|Colors||Black and gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – GLIAC|
Ohio Dominican University is a private four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican traditions. The main campus spans over 75 acres (300,000 m2) in the North Central neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, United States just minutes from Ohio State University and Easton Town Center. The university has just over 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 majors as well as six graduate degree programs.
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.
The Ohio Dominican University logo consists of the name of the university and the date it was founded around an escutcheon, or shield. At the center of the shield is a flame.
The colors of Ohio Dominican are white, black and gold, which are the colors of the Dominican Order and the Papacy. The black and white colors signify the university’s tie to the 800-year-old tradition of the Order of Preachers, whose members are known for their commitment to the life of study and service through excellence in preaching and teaching the Word. The inclusion of the papal gold signifies the university’s service to the Church.
The shield is two-thirds black and one-third white, which suggests the habit of the Dominicans. The habit is white and the cappa, or cloak, is black. The flame, superimposed upon a field of white, carries several meanings. Just as light enables sight, liberal education enables insight and human development. As an institution of higher education, the university offers to all sincere seekers of the Truth the chance to do so through the liberating education it offers.
A legend about Saint Dominic tells that before he was born, his mother had a dream in which she saw a dog carrying in its mouth a flaming torch, the torch of Truth, that his Order would eventually carry into the world. The flame also symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit, Who gives wisdom, understanding, good counsel, courage, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. The hope of Ohio Dominican is that this fire will burn in the hearts of all of its students so that they, using their gifts, might engage in the renewal of the world.
The university offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs. These programs are organized into five divisions: Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Student organizations and activities at ODU offer events and activities that relate to areas of academic interest, student government, performance, multicultural, media, athletic, social, honorary, religious and service organizations.
The Charles School
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. TCS curriculum is enriched by extensive technology and online support in all aspects of teaching and learning. Several students from the inaugural TCS class are now successfully taking ODU courses.
The Ohio Dominican teams, nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). ODU joined the GLIAC in 2010 as part of the transition to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). 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
- Jonathan Sanchez, Professional baseball player
- A. Troy Miller, President Pro Tem, Columbus City Council
- John O'Grady, Commissioner, Franklin County, Ohio
- Wil Haygood - Honorary (Participant in U.S. Dept. of Education's Upward Bound Program.) Author and award-winning journalist, The Washington Post
- Ryan Robowski, Professional baseball player
- Cris Reisert, Third in college football history for passing yards in a season with 5,464
- Anne O'Hare McCormick, News correspondent
- Aden Ibrahim Aw Hirsi, Former Governor of Gedo, Somalia
- Calhoun Johnson, Pioneer in file naming
- Sister Charles Marie Brantl, 1965 to 1976, Director of programs in Business and Economics.
The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) were founded in Somerset, Ohio, in 1830 and moved to Columbus in 1868. In 1911, the sisters received a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a women’s college. A successful teaching congregation for almost 100 years, the Dominicans wanted to build on the excellence of their academy and provide college classes in an area where there was no Catholic higher education available to their graduates and to the candidates for the order. After a decade of experimenting, the Sisters opened the College of St. Mary of the Springs in 1924 as a Catholic four-year liberal arts college for women. Until the college formally separated from the congregation, the congregation’s prioress, who served three-year terms, also served as the college’s president. In 1968, under Sister Suzanne Urhane’s leadership, the college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College. In 2002, under the leadership of Ohio Dominican’s first male and first lay leader, Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., the college changed its status again to become Ohio Dominican University.
|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–present|