DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its May 2016 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 schedules, visit www.battlingbishops.com.
Now through May 8 – “Relativity,” featuring mixed media artwork created by OWU’s Class of 2016 fine arts majors, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition is a juried show, with pieces on display selected by the university’s fine arts faculty. 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.
Now through Sept. 21 – “Crystal Synergy: The Confluence of Science and Human Imagination,” featuring abstract art created by 1966 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Thomas “T.H.” Saunders, who grows and photographs microscopic crystal structures made from wine, coffee, and aspirin – and other materials. Saunders’ exhibit is being showcased in two OWU venues: Alumni Gallery, inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and the nearby Gallery 2001, inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Both venues are satellite galleries of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Hours for Gallery 2001 vary daily and are available at http://library.owu.edu. Alumni Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission for both venues is free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.
Noon and 3 p.m. May 1 – OWU Baseball double header vs. Wittenberg, at Littick Field, 199 S. Henry St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.battlingbishops.com.
9 p.m. May 6, 13, 20, and 27 – Evening programs at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at www.owu.edu/perkins.
7:30 p.m. May 7 – Baccalaureate, a celebration planned by graduating seniors to celebrate their OWU spiritual and educational journeys, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The theme of this year’s baccalaureate is “Beyond the Circles of Our Worlds,” representing the opportunity of the students to form and join different community circles during their time at Ohio Wesleyan. Learn more at www.owu.edu/chaplain.
1 p.m. May 8 – Ohio Wesleyan’s 172nd commencement ceremony, with keynote speaker Gregory L. Moore, OWU Class of 1976, in front of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. As editor of The Denver Post, Moore led the paper to four Pulitzer Prizes before his retirement this year. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be indoors and, because of limit seating, tickets will be required. The commencement ceremony, including Moore’s remarks, will be streamed live online at www.owu.edu/stream. Learn more at www.owu.edu/commencement.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 19 – OWU Men’s and Women’s Track & Field hosts the Great Lakes Elite Meet, at the George Gauthier Track inside Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.battlingbishops.com.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.