From Factory to Fine Arts: 106 years of Edgar Hall

Postcard from, about 1912

Postcard from, about 1912

The Edgar Hall building which currently houses part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Fine Arts department sits on the border of two historic districts in Delaware.  As part of the Sandusky Street Historic District, it was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.  The Ohio Wesleyan buildings were [Read more…]

Ohio Wesleyan Receives $5 Million Contribution to Benefit OWU Connection

John F  and Kathryn Bradford Milligan

John F. and Kathryn Bradford Milligan, both 1983 alumni, are contributing $5 million to Ohio Wesleyan University to support the OWU Connection curricular initiative. (Photo by Lisa Digiacomo)

Ohio Wesleyan University has received a $5 million gift

from alumni and current OWU parents John F. and Kathryn Bradford Milligan of

Hillsborough, California. Both are members of the OWU Class of 1983.


Their gift supports continued development of the OWU Connection, a

faculty-led curricular initiative that strives to connect academic theory

with real-word practice; cross traditional academic department boundaries to

support deeper, interconnected learning; and prepare students for meaningful

global citizenship and leadership.


Their gift will create “The John and Kathryn Bradford Milligan ’83/’83

Endowed Fund for the OWU Connection.” The curricular initiative, begun in

2009, already has been awarded two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants and

has been heralded in the influential guidebook “Colleges That Change Lives.”

According to the book, the OWU Connection “formalizes [the OWU] spirit of

collaboration and adds a shot of adventure.” [Read more…]

The Delaware Daily – Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The perfect morning - DelawareO and a cup of coffee

Welcome to the warming trend!

Delaware Ohio News, Featured Stories, and Some Miscellany for the Day

Local News

Ohio Wesleyan Unsolved Mystery: Student Missing Since May 4, 1937

Delaware Gazette: Olentangy faces improvement costs

Central Ohio News

Marysville (This Week): Police beat Three explosive devices found in Eljer Park

Columbus Dispatch: Authorities say Indiana National Guardsman stopped for speeding had explosives, weapons

Ohio News

Norwalk (Reflector): Identical twins retire from hospital on same day

Sandusky Register: Baden wants death certificate changed

Sports Cleveland Cavaliers still loaded with draft picks following trade for Luol Deng

Thought for the day

“Cold hands, warm heart.”

Word of the day

Brisk. A fast pace or cold temperature.

What Our Writers Wrote

Hannah Kern: Delaware Mystery Still Remains

Of Interest To Us

NBC news: Venezuelan soap star Monica Spear, ex-husband murdered

Top 10 list!

 New Year’s resolutions: The Pope Francis list (Submitted by DelawareO fan Peg)

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Tune of The Day

Feelin Hot Hot Hot!!

Advertiser of the day

Mobile Cycle Works, Inc. is a family owned and operated repair shop that has been in business since 1988.

Ross Art Museum Displays Works by Ohio Wesleyan Fine Arts Faculty

‘ART / 8’ Exhibition Scheduled for Dec. 3 through Feb. 2; Artist Reception Set for Dec. 5

 Ditch the Dynamic Duo. Forget the Fantastic Four. Ohio Wesleyan University has its own Awesome Eight.

And these fine arts front-runners
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Ross Art Museum Displays Works by Ohio Wesleyan Fine Arts Faculty

The exhibit, appropriately titled “ART/ 8,” represents the faculty’s biennial art showcase. It will include an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2013, during which the OWU artists will be on hand to discuss their creations.

Ohio Wesleyan to host 2014 Economic Outlook Conference Nov. 11

Experts to Discuss Regional, National, International Economies at Free Nov. 11 Event

 Will the economy sink, swim, or merely tread water in 2014? Three economics experts will float predictions for the regional, national, and global economies at Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2014 Economic Outlook Conference.

This year’s conference will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event, which is free and open to the public, also will be streamed live online at The panel will feature Edward S. Knotek II, Ph.D., of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Jim Newton, Ph.D., of Economic Perspectives Inc.; and Ian Sheldon, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University.

The 2014 Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and by the university’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. During the conference, each expert will speak for 15 minutes and then respond to questions and comments from the audience and from panel moderator, Goran Skosples, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan associate professor of economics.

About the panelists and moderator:

Edward S. Knotek II is a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he leads the development of the bank’s forecasting models. His research focuses on macroeconomics and monetary economics. In addition to forecasting, he has conducted research on firms’ price-setting behavior, inflation dynamics, unemployment movements over the business cycle, consumers’ responses to uncertainty, and consumer debt dynamics. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan.

Jim Newton is the president and owner of central, Ohio-based Economic Perspectives Inc. He previously served as chief economic adviser for Commerce National Bank in Columbus and has taught economics courses at both Ohio State and DeVry University. Newton earned his doctorate in adult education in economics from Ohio State.

Ian Sheldon is the Andersons Professor of International Trade and graduate studies leader for the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State. His primary research interests involve analyzing international trade and policy. Sheldon recently completed a term as chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Salford, United Kingdom.

Goran Skosples joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2006. He encourages students to relate each lesson to current events to help them understand the underlying importance of government economic policies in their daily lives. His research deals with institutional changes in post-communist countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, banking and credit, and small-business finance. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics at and more about the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at

Delaware Welcomes the Central Ohio Symphony

I took this picture on Stage while listening to the Central Ohio Symphony rehearse October 2.

Stage view of the pre-rehearsal taking place at Gray Chapel

On the night of Wednesday, October 2, I had the pleasure of meeting Warren Hyer, executive director of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. I also had the chance to stay afterward for the pre-rehearsal and enjoy the amazing quality of the orchestra’s beautiful sound. The Orchestra will be performing at the Gray Chapel by Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware on the night of Saturday, October 12th at 7:30 pm and I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to attend, the experience will definitely be worth it. Allow me to introduce to you, Warren Hyer and conductor Jaime Morales-Matos.

“This is our 35th season as the Central Ohio Symphony”, says Hyer. Born and raised in Delaware, Ohio himself, “In 1970 I was a high-school student at Hayes taking lessons from the percussion teacher at Ohio Wesleyan”, “I love playing Timpani. That was my original instrument.” You will be able to see Hyer play timpani at the concert, which is one of the more powerful and noticeable percussion instruments in any orchestra. “[Music] is a great passion. I love playing it and hearing it”, shares Hyer.

Originally, the orchestra was known as the Ohio Wesleyan Orchestra. However, in the 1970s, “for a lot of reasons they formed the nonprofit the Central Ohio Symphony”, says Hyer. “There are three people [in the orchestra] who are still original members.”
As executive director, Hyer does “pretty much all the grant writing, oversee all the finance…I’m involved a lot in hiring personnel, marketing; I do a lot of community relations…I’m always out looking for funding.”

On the October 12th concert, the symphony will be performing four pieces. “They’re all great pieces”, shared Hyer. “They have a lot of different qualities.” When asked about his favorite piece out of all four, Hyer mentioned the Beethoven piece, Piano Concerto No. 3, “You kind of get to hold the bottom of the whole orchestra together”, “The other pieces are much more showy and flashy.”

The Central Ohio Symphony is very determined to make a mark on people’s hearts. “We changed our mission statement a couple years ago to ‘Engaging the Community through Music'”, explained Hyer. “We love to touch the lives of everybody in the community within Delaware County”, “We do projects because we want to be able to enrich [people’s] lives.” When asked about the orchestra’s success and accomplishments, Hyer’s response was “The way we work within the community”. The Central Ohio Symphony is part of a “very strong community that’s arts, business, government, all those types of things are important”, “A good community has a wide spectrum – and this is one of those spectrums.”

Later on, I asked Warren about the key components to a high-quality, successful orchestra. “It’s dedicated musicians, it’s a very good conductor. It’s having a dedicated board, and an appreciative community.” It’s also having “imagination and innovation in what you’re doing”. The full orchestra consists of about 60 musicians: 20 violinists, 8 viola players, 8 cellists, 5 bass players, 3 flutists, 2 clarinet players, 2 people on the bassoon, 4 horn players, 4 trumpeters, 3 trombone players, 1 tuba player, 2 harpists, 1 timpani player, along with 4 other percussionists and a pianist. “I think we’ve had many as 80 – 82 or 83 on stage at a time”, explained Hyer. “There’s always 2 or 3 [musicians] who have a scheduling conflict and can’t make it and we have to find substitutes”, “I think over the years we’ve hired about 550 different musicians in the 35 or so years.” Typically, “many of the musicians here – they’re all trained, most of them have college degrees…a lot of them have substantial careers.” The musicians are very talented and have very dedicated personalities. “Many have music beyond just orchestra music, Salsa, fiddlers, jazz players, composers, rock players, duos, there is is an all brother group. Some are college professors, a couple of instrument builders, lots of teachers, both private and school.”

Interestingly, Hyer is “very partial to Gershwin.” George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist whose most popular melodies are widely known. Hyer also said “I like Bernstein a lot”, “I tend to like newer composers. By newer, I mean the last 100 years.” I found it pretty interesting when Hyer said to me, “I like Schwantner, who actually came up to Delaware and worked with us for a week.”

“I think music can do a lot for different people”, Hyer explained. “Even when we’re done with a piece, people are still talking about us.” The Orchestra has performed in different parts of Ohio along with doing out of state concerts such as Illinois, South Dakota, and Kentucky.

There are lots of ways to be involved in and support the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. “You can be involved as a volunteer. We have volunteers in the office and with ushers”, “you can be involved by sitting in the audience, which is a great way to be involved.”

“What you learn to do with music – both individually [such as] practicing, and cooperating as a group – are great life skills to have”, said Hyer. Back to the pieces for the concert, the conductor “wanted to do the Beethoven, typically because of his relationship with the pianist. And then the other three pieces – they’re kind of orchestra fireworks – real bright and often fast”, “the audience will know many of the pieces very well.”

Moving onto conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, who is originally from Puerto-Rico interestingly enough. Jaime has been conducting for 30 years and “started conducting in high-school.” Conducting is not as easy as it looks. “I have to learn all the parts…and I can’t make any sound”, shared Jaime. Conducting also has its benefits. “We try to interpret the music that somebody else wrote.” Jaime has “conducted many other orchestras here in the U.S”, and also in Europe. He came to the U.S after high-school and also plays the trombone!

Make room on your calendars for this amazing orchestra! Come and enjoy Berlioz’s magnificent composition, the Roman Carnival Overture, along with Liszt’s widely known Hungarian Rhapsody, not to mentioned the “spontaneous rhythms” of Enesco’s  Romanian Rhapsody. Featured soloist is renowned pianist Bruce Murray who will be performing Beethoven’s celebrated Third Piano Concerto. Murray is known more particularly for his performances of Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt as well. I, as an orchestra participant at Hayes, was very astonished and memorized by the energy and beautiful, emotional sound. Musically speaking, the accents and dynamics coordinated in the songs were just flawless and very well emphasized. I strongly suggest attending this concert – it will definitely be an enjoyable, worthwhile experience.

Machine, Ohio Wesleyan Ink Two-Year Extension

Professional lacrosse will remain in Delaware, Ohio, for at least another two years in a deal inked between Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio Machine on Wednesday.

“We’ve got great potential to create a national identity for the Machine and Delaware,” said Ohio Machine President and General Manager John Algie. “All the players we’ve brought in here have have been impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of our fans.”

Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio Machine agreement (Toby Boyce)

Ohio Machine will continue to play at Ohio Wesleyan’s Selby Field for at least another two years it was announced on Wednesday. [photo by Toby Boyce]

It has been a great start as Algie and the Machine have built several strong partnerships with Central Ohio and Delaware businesses including Amato’s Woodfired Pizza’s which has hosted a pregame tailgate concert every home game for the past two years.

However, the ball is now on the community’s lacrosse stick to keep professional lacrosse in town for good. While the players have been enjoyed playing at Selby Field, there have been plenty of empty seats available to watch them play. With a capacity of 9,100 wouldn’t it be cool to make Machine home games the equivelant of a Buckeye home game?

“I would love to see both sides filled,” said Algie. “We need season ticket holders to make it work, but it would go a long ways towards making it so teams don’t want to come here and play us.”

That’s the key right there the Ohio Machine need season ticket holders. Is this a bias article? Yeah, my wife and I are season ticket holders ourselves and ready to renew for 2014.

Won’t you join me?