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Ohio Wesleyan University to Honor Retired Campus Chaplain Jim Leslie
Community Invited to Reminisce with Leslie During Homecoming 2007 Celebration

October 4, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – For nearly 30 years, the Rev. Dr. Jim Leslie served Ohio Wesleyan University as campus chaplain. Throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, he was both conscience and confidante to students of all faiths.

In recognition of his years of dedicated service, Ohio Wesleyan will honor Dr. Leslie during the university’s Homecoming 2007 festivities. The celebration, which is open to the public, will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m.

To register to attend, please log on to homecoming.owu.edu/reservationForms.html. Anyone who is not an Ohio Wesleyan graduate or who does not have an alumni account will be able to register as a guest. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are due by Oct. 19 and also may be made by calling (740) 368-3325.

In discussing his years at Ohio Wesleyan, Dr. Leslie recalls assisting students with issues regarding the Vietnam War, nuclear armament, race relations, and countless other concerns.

“It has been my goal to try to point people in the right direction and to show them how and why we need to live as brothers and sisters in the world,” he said when he retired in 1988. “I’ve tried to make them understand their roles as citizens of the world. … I’ve realized that I can’t change the world, but I’d rather try and fail than fail to try.”

Dr. Leslie also has been a fixture in the Delaware community, including singing and serving in Asbury United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Betty, and their four children and families will be in attendance at the Oct. 26 celebration.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.