A Look Back at UNOH in 2019

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2019


A look back at UNOH in 2019

2019 was a year full of new partnerships, many orientation events both in Lima and across the country, numerous athletic accomplishments and student activities too many to count.  As the University prepared to embark on another year in its history, it is fitting to look back on all that was, in 2019.

In January, Instructor Mike Streicher was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame alongside Mario Andretti, Tommy Astone, Bryan Clauson, Kenny Irwin, Jr., and Bobby Marshman. Shortly thereafter, UNOH announced a new partnership with Monster Jam.  This new relationship included live event demonstrations in Detroit, Michigan and Houston, Texas where the University’s Motorsports Team rebuilt a race engine in 20 minutes!  The partnership was so successful, that it has been extended another three years.

UNOH was also announced, for the tenth consecutive year, as a Top Ten Military Friendly School.

The beginning of the year marked the start of conference play for UNOH Winter Athletics with Men’s and Women’s Basketball, along with continued play for Men’s and Women’s Bowling.  

Also starting off in winter, the Diesel Advanced Technology Education program.  The DATE program, for short, will give students specialized training for Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks taught by Master Level certified instructors with years of experience in the field. Upon completion of the program students will be certified as Professional-Level Technicians for both Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks and be prepared for immediate employment at any of the hundreds of Mack and Volvo truck dealerships across North America.

UNOH had a large presence in Florida in 2019 as the University was again the sponsor of the UNOH Fanzone at Daytona International Speedway.  UNOH also hosted an off-campus orientation at DIS for students from Florida and Southern Georgia so families didn’t have to make two back-to-back trips to Lima for Orientation followed shortly by Move In Weekend.  Also in Florida, Travel and Hotel Management students spent time in Orlando to learn about how an organization as large as Disney impacts both travel and hospitality industries.

With spring came the annual Spring Open House events where UNOH was host to nearly 1,000 prospective new students across four different colleges (Applied Technologies, Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions).  Also in the spring, Sports Marketing and Management students interned at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Robotics and Automation debuted a new shop expansion with the help of a $10,000 grant from PPG Industries, and the UNOH American Marketing Association student chapter won an Exemplary Collegiate Chapter award at their international conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More spring happenings included the hiring of a new Women’s Basketball Coach, John McGinty, the Rotaract Chapter held a Color Run on campus in May, students and guests travelled to London and Stonehenge, and spring sports took off including Men’s Baseball, Women’s Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Men’s and Women’s Golf.

As spring turned to summer, it was time for Graduation, an annual celebration in June to congratulate all the students completing their education at UNOH.  In 2019, 1,158 students graduated, with 1,420 diplomas and degrees awarded.  The 2019 graduating class represented 36 states including Puerto Rico and 27 countries.

Summer also means race season as Limaland opened up with Friday Night Racing free for all students to attend.  Speaking of racing, two UNOH students received the awesome opportunity to try-out to become a Monster Jam driver; Brenden Rassel and Zach White-Griggs.  Both traveled to Florida for a try-out session and Brenden then completed three training sessions on the track at Monster Jam University in Paxton, Illinois under the guidance of Monster Jam legend, Tom Meents.

Orientation season was in full swing as the summer months went on with more than 1,269 student attending all orientation sessions throughout the year.  Students attending these events were scheduled to start classes in June, August, and October 2019.

UNOH officially launched the new school year in late summer as more than 600 students from 31 different states moved into campus at the end of August to begin their first session of classes in the College of Applied Technologies. Just a few weeks later, classes began for the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions.  Then, it was time for the annual week all students look forward to – Welcome Week 2019.  In 2019 the week featured hangouts at Racers Station, outdoor movies, carnival rides, mud volleyball, hot dog eating contests, a club fair, car show, free concert, and hypnotist show all complete with free lunch and dinner all week long!

Fall sports competing included Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Bowling, and Men’s and Women’s Tennis.

In October, UNOH was named one of the nation’s fastest growing 2-4yr private non-profit universities by the Chronicle of Higher Education with a 13% growth rate from 2007 to 2017. That same month, UNOH hosted the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for the 8th straight year.  The UNOH Softball team raised more than $1,500 for the walk making them one of the leading fundraising groups of the year.

Fall also brings about the annual Fall Open House and Scholarship testing where high school seniors get the chance to win a full tuition scholarship at UNOH!  This fall, nearly 200 prospective students attended Open House for the Colleges of: Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions event while more than 1,000 students attended the College of Applied Technologies Open House.

As the temperatures chilled and winter came rolling back around, a new event came to Racers Station, “12 Nights of Christmas”, a holiday-themed Pop Up Bar open to the entire community.  Attendance was better than expected as residents from around the region stopped by to share a cocktail with friends and family, and listen to some amazing live entertainment throughout the 12 event nights.  Many people commented on the beautiful facility that is Racers Station and how they are continually impressed by the growth and impact the University has on the Lima area.

Throughout 2019, UNOH partnered with Kenny Wallace, Monster Jam, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and ARCA.  Five athletic teams were WHAC Champions (Men’s & Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s & Women’s Tennis) and six teams made appearances in the NAIA National Tournament (Men’s & Women’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, and Men’s & Women’s Tennis).  Plus, four UNOH Coaches were named WHAC Coaches of the Year (David Kortokrax – Men’s Golf, Dawn West – Women’s Golf, Jen Dervarics – Women’s Soccer, and Phil Carlisle – Men’s & Women’s Tennis).

Next year, a new major will be offered in Light Duty Diesel Technology, but most importantly, UNOH will be celebrating 100 years of educating students!  Here’s to another amazing year Racers!

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Keywords: Year in Review, 2019

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Last updated: 12/30/2019