Press Release

April 2020

March 16, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan Announces University’s Upcoming Public Events

Note: The events on this page through April 5 have been canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments. For more information, visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information page.

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its April 2020 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit www.owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For Battling Bishop athletics events, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

For anyone running a fever or feeling unwell, the university respectfully asks that you remain home to avoid putting others at risk for illness and infection.

Through April 5 – “From the Studio,” featuring new creations by Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty members, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit will include works in clay, metal, painting and drawing, fabric, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design by OWU faculty members Kristina Bogdanov, Cynthia Cetlin, Frank Hobbs, James Krehbiel, Jeffrey Nilan, and Jonathan Quick. Learn more about the artists at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

7 p.m. April 3 – Ohio Wesleyan’s 2020 Bishop Bash featuring comedian Nicole Byer, host of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated competitive baking series “NAILED IT.” Byer will perform in the Benes Room inside Hamilton-William Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This show is intended for mature audiences only. General admission tickets are $5 and are available online at www.owu.edu/cpb. Tickets are free for Ohio Wesleyan students and employees with a valid university ID. This event is sponsored by OWU’s Campus Programming Board. Learn more at www.owu.edu/cpb.

3 p.m. April 4 – OWU music student recital featuring juniors Luis Gonzales, double bass, and Kathryn Lawson, oboe, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. April 5 – OWU music faculty and guest recital featuring David Heller & The Schloss Trumpets, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The performers include David Heller, organ; Jim Bovinette, trumpet; OWU professor Larry Griffin, trumpet; and Mark Wade, trumpet. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. April 6 – Elections researcher and public policy expert Rachel Bitecofer discusses “Fear and Loathing in the 2020 Election: The Negative Partisanship Forecasting Model,” in Benes Rooms A and B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Per her research, “Barring a shock to the system, Democrats recapture the presidency,” says Bitecofer, Ph.D., and she discuss why in her OWU presentation. Her discussion is Ohio Wesleyan’s 2020 Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/politics.

Noon April 7 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Choir concert conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7:30 p.m. April 7 – Peter Watson, president and CEO of Greif Inc., discusses the topic ethics in leadership, in the Benes Rooms of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. As Greif’s leader, Watson has worked to make the Delaware, Ohio-based industrial packaging company “the best performing customer service company in the world” and to create a culture based on servant leadership. His presentation represents OWU’s 2020 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Admission is free. Learn more about the center and lecture series at www.owu.edu/woltemade.

8 p.m. April 7 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra concert conducted by faculty member Antoine Clark, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

Noon April 14 – Ohio Wesleyan music recital featuring performances of original pieces written by OWU composition students, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. April 17-18, 2 p.m. April 19, and 8 p.m. April 24-25 – “The Secret Garden,” book and lyrics by Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon. The show, a collaboration between the OWU departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, brings Frances Hodgson Burnett’s enchanting classic to vivid life in a Tony- and Drama Desk-award-winning musical for all ages. Orphaned Mary returns to England to live on a foreboding estate that has mysteries to discover in this elegant tale about love, forgiveness, and renewal. Stage direction is by professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., and music direction is by faculty members Jason Hiester and Jennifer Whitehead. The play will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

April 18-May 9 – Ohio Wesleyan’s graduating fine arts students exhibit works juried by their OWU professors, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit will include an artist reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the museum. Learn more about OWU’s fine arts department at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

7 p.m. Apr. 21 – OWU music faculty recital featuring Frank Chiou, piano, performing Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 23 – OWU’s sixth annual Student Symposium, featuring presentations that showcase the 2019-2020 research and creative work of Ohio Wesleyan students, in Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Session I presentations will be held from 4:15-5:15 p.m., posters presentations from 5-6 p.m., and Session II presentations from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/studentsymposium.

8 p.m. April 23 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 – Ohio Wesleyan hosts the 2020 Ohio History Day State Contest, bringing hundreds of secondary school students to campus to present their research projects for judging. The yearlong program is led by the Ohio History Connection and is an affiliate of the award-winning National History Day program. For information about serving as a volunteer judge for the State Contest, visit the Ohio History Day State registration website. Learn more about the program at www.ohiohistory.org and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of History at www.owu.edu/history.

4:10 p.m. April 28 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Spring Dance Informal Showing featuring relaxed performances and research presentations by OWU dance students, in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 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” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.