Ohio Wesleyan’s February calendar of public events includes the Feb. 19 Bishop Backers Winter Community Day. The free event will include a basketball doubleheader and a chance to meet zoo animals. (Photo by Sydney Lewis ’23)

Sweet Surprises

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces February 2022 Calendar of Public Events

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its February 2022 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

All guests to the university must wear facial coverings when indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination and booster status, and must follow other public health recommendations from the Delaware Public Health District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit owu.edu/COVID-19.

Now through March 20 – “Deaf Republic” by James Stewart in the Lobby, Kuhlman, and Mayhew galleries, and “Into the Light” by Ron Anderson in the West Gallery of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Stewart’s paintings and ceramics interpret Ilya Kaminsky’s award-winning book of poetry “Deaf Republic,” in which a young deaf boy inspires a town’s resistance to military occupation. Columbus-based Anderson’s figurative paintings bring African American stories of music, sport, and dance into the spotlight. During the academic year, the Ross 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 will be closed March 5-13 for spring break. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Now through May 9 – “The Natural World,” featuring images by award-winning photographer Max Seigal, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 2009, in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Seigal combines his OWU degrees in biology and environmental science to help him capture breath-taking views of the natural world. Gallery 2001, located on the library’s first floor, is open during library hours. For times, visit library.owu.edu/hours. The gallery is a gift from the Class of 2001 and a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

8 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25 – Friday night skywatches, at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on weather conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event and at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12 – Ohio Wesleyan Honor Festival Host and Finale Concerts, featuring nationally distinguished guest conductors and offering performance experiences for students in high school choirs and orchestras, and for concert band students in grades 7-12. The festival will feature a Host Concert on Feb. 10 and a Finale Concert on Feb. 12, both in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Feb. 17 – New Vistas in Astronomy lecture featuring Marc Pinsonneault, Ph.D., considered a leading expert in the structure and evolution of stars. A professor of astronomy at The Ohio State University, he will discuss “Magnetic Fields in Stars.” Pinsonneault will speak at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event and at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

8 p.m. Feb. 17-19; 2 p.m. Feb. 20 – “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen. A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, “She Kills Monsters” tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, playwright Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Directed by faculty member Bradford Sadler, “She Kills Monsters” will be performed on the Main Stage of 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 university ID. To reserve tickets, call the Department of Performing Arts box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

Noon-4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 – Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Backers Winter Community Day and Delaware Expo 2022 featuring children’s activities from the Delaware Community Center YMCA; an opportunity to meet Ohio Wesleyan varsity athletes; a visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors (2-3 p.m.); a chance to pet and adopt dogs from the Humane Society of Delaware County; an expo of area nonprofit organizations and businesses; a free raffle drawing for a big-screen television; and an OWU men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader vs. DePauw University. Admission to all activities is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Parking is free and available in all OWU lots. The expo runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The women’s basketball game tips off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Branch Rickey Arena. Learn more or register for an expo exhibitor’s table at owu.edu/BishopBackers.

8 p.m. Feb 22 – Ohio Wesleyan senior recital featuring Abe Sulin, french horn, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Feb 27 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring Youmee Kim, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

All Ohio Wesleyan public event information is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For more Battling Bishop athletics events, visit 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 more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.