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Polar Preview Day and Family Day bring family, prospective students to campus

The ONU Marching Band participated in the parade during the Harvest and Herb Festival (Office of Communications and Marketing/photo/Kenneth Colwell)

The ONU Marching Band participated in the parade during the Harvest and Herb Festival (Office of Communications and Marketing/photo/Kenneth Colwell)

Ohio Northern University was a busy campus on September 17. The annual Polar Preview Day and Family Day [sponsored by the Student Planning Committee] welcomed a large number of visitors to both campus and Ada events for a variety of reasons. 

Polar Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to visit campus, meet current students and possibly develop interest in returning to ONU for a personalized visit. When asked about the day, Admissions staff member Taylor Osburn stated, “Having the Preview Day and Family Day at the same time shows prospective students ONU’s sense of community.” 

Family Day, an opportunity for students’ family members to visit campus and spend time with their loved ones, offered many activities for families to share together throughout the day.

One of the largest events on Family Day is the annual Harvest and Herb Festival--one of the largest craft festivals in Northwest Ohio. The festival includes craft booths, live entertainment and a parade down Main Street.

Other events throughout the day included a variety of philanthropy events. Kappa Epsilon, Zeta Tau Alpha, and the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists hosted the annual Bright Pink 5k to support breast and ovarian cancer awareness. The Fall Carnival, hosted by Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon, raised awareness for the national foundation Autism Speaks.

Entertainment throughout the day ranged from Wacky Chad, a stunt comedy artist who has performed on America’s Got Talent and at the Super Bowl, to the illusionist Kid Ace, who amazed audiences with his illusions. ONU’s improv group, Fearless Shenanygans, welcomed Dudesical, a two-man musical, to the Freed Center for the Performing Arts stage for an evening of comedy and laughter. 

To finish the day's excitement, ONU’s Men’s and Women’s soccer teams battled Case Western Reserve University. Both games resulted in ONU coming out on top in victories.