Thursday, May 24, 2018

Harrison Perseveres to Her Ph.D. and a Research Career

Following graduation with a degree in biology from Ashland in 2010, Dr. Kelly Harrison started her journey toward her Ph.D... In her first class on the first day of her Ph.D. studies, a professor came in to speak about "how to be successful" and told the class that the only thing important in grad school was not brains or talent or whatever, but GRIT. Kelly writes, "It’s so true. A river cuts through rock not because of it's power but because of its persistence!" Little did she know how much persistence would be required of her to finish her Ph.D. program. FULL STORY

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ode to Degas National Juried Exhibition Opens

The Coburn Gallery has opened the national juried exhibition titled “Ode to Degas,” which runs to June 17. This exhibition is a collection of works that embody the concepts of movement explored by Edgar Degas, most specifically in his dancers. The exhibition features 20 artworks from artists across the United States selected by juror Robert Robbins. READ MORE

Lewis Invited to Eastman's Wind Conducting Institute

Congratulations to Joseph Lewis, Ashland University Director of Bands, who is one 1 of 10 conductors invited to attend Summer@Eastman's Wind Conducting Institute (SWCI).  The Institute capitalizes on the relationship between the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, providing talented apprentice conductors the opportunity to conduct and rehearse highly skilled professional musicians. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

James Reynolds, Professor Emeritus of English, Passes Away

James Gordon Reynolds, 82 of Ashland, Professor Emeritus of Ashland University, died April 27, 2018, at University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland, following a period of declining health. In the fall of 1966, he started teaching at Ashland College and retired from Ashland University as a Professor Emeritus of English in 1998. He was a member of Modern Language Association, American Association of University Professors and Educational Theatre Association.

As well as teaching literature and writing courses (especially modern drama, the essay, existential literature, and playwriting), he was occasionally an adviser for The Collegian, the university student newspaper. In the theater department, Jim directed 43 productions. His presentations of Shakespeare’s (“Hamlet, “Twelfth Night” and “Othello”) were especially memorable, as were his contemporary interpretations of “Master Harold and the Boys,” “Waiting for Godot” and “The Cherry Orchard”. FULL OBITUARY

Dupee Produces Stage Management Documentary

AU Theatre alumna Jessica Dupee (2018) spent her entire senior year producing a documentary titled "Through My Eyes: The Unique Perspective of Stage Management in Theatre Production" which follows her journey as the stage manager for the 2017 fall production of "Leveling Up." The documentary served as the end product for her senior theatre capstone project and will be used by the department to introduce future students to the world of stage management. WATCH HERE

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sport Psychology Students Teach Mental Game Skills

Members of the Sport Psychology class (PSYC 280) shared their newly acquired knowledge about mental game skills with local athletes as part of a class project. Students divided into groups, selected a sport, developed a teaching plan, and taught these skills to groups of high school athletes including Ashland High School Softball, Ashland High School Girls Track, Hillsdale High School JV Baseball, Hillsdale High School Track (Boys & Girls), and the Cleveland Volleyball Company 17s & 18s National Teams. READ MORE

Meadows Awarded Outstanding Honors Thesis

Congratulations to Bethany Meadows for winning the Howard O. Rowe Scholarship which is "awarded annually to the graduating student whose Honors Capstone Project is considered to be the best among his/her peers." Her thesis, "History v. Film: An Examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Rhetoric and Ava DuVernay's Selma," examined the differences and similarities between King's historical speeches and the speeches appearing in the film using a neo-Aristotelian rhetorical analysis. Bethany earned two degrees: a B.A. in English and a B.S.Ed. in Integrated Language Arts Education. READ MORE