Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saint Joan Invited to Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

AU Theatre is proud to announce that we received an invitation from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Region 2 to perform a scene from our fall production of Saint Joan. KCACTF regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions which are selected on the "premise of effective theater." Congratulations to the Saint Joan cast and crew members! #YouAreExtraordinary

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recent Graduate Blended Creative Writing Minor with Marketing Major

By Erynn Franks, class of 2014

About half way through my first real semester in college, I was sitting in Dr. Margot’s Introduction to Information Systems classroom when he came up to me and asked, “Erynn, what is your major and minor?” To which I answered, “I’m a marketing major and a creative writing minor.” I could tell he was somewhat surprised by my answer; his original purpose of this question was to convince me to add an information systems minor (which he succeeded in doing), but it turned into a several-minute conversation about how great of a combination marketing and creative writing were and how well they complemented each other. MORE...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eurhythmics Workshop Slated for January 10

Ashland University Department of Music and the American Eurhythmics Society (AES) will present a Eurhythmics Workshop for General Music and Choral Classrooms on Saturday, January 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashland University's Redwood Hall.

The workshop will feature Brian Sweigart, chair of the Eurhythmics Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with presentations by Jayne Wenner, The Ohio State University; Dr. Marla Butke and Rowland Blackley from Ashland University. 

Workshop participants can register now with Dr. Marla Butke at with payment due at the workshop. The fee for the workshop includes lunch and is $75 or only $65 for AES members. For information about joining AES, visit

75th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

On Saturday, December 6, Grace McCourt, Scott Glorioso, Paul Pernici and Alex Lillich participated in the 75th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. They worked on six problems from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then six additional problems from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Typically, 50% of the participants who enter this competition nationwide, and in Canada, receive zero points. Based on conversations with the AU participants a couple will receive a non-zero score this year, having solved problem B1, the first problem for the afternoon session. All AU participants gleaned insights on at least one of the problems, therefore, maybe even more will receive a non-zero score. Good job AU participants!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Education Student Alley Moore Describes Why She Thinks AU Is the Best University!

Hay muchas universidades en el mundo y decidiendo cuál es la mejor para usted es muy difícil. Cada lugar dice que, “¡Nosotros somos el mejor lugar para usted” Pero, antes de que escoja, necesita visitar la Universidad de Ashland. Hay muchas posibilidades en Ashland y muchas razones por las cuales debe venir y considerar la Universidad de Ashland.  MORE...

Monday, December 8, 2014

English Alumni Spotlight: Kathryn Simmons

...To help make the connections between the students and the curriculum, I’ve been pulling up old assignments and notes from my English classes to brush up on books I never thought I would need, like The House on Mango Street. It was the first book I had to teach and one I never expected to see again (Thank you Dr. Waterman!) Sometimes I end up wanting to kick myself for not taking some parts of a lecture more seriously so that when I need to trace back the entire history of the English language I can do so (Thank you Dr. Donatini!). READ MORE

--Kathryn Simmons, class of 2012, Integrated Language Arts major

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Coburn Gallery Renovation

The Coburn Gallery is currently closed for renovation. Join us on January 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. for the grand unveiling of the updated Coburn Gallery!

Busy Semester for Psychology Research

Psychology department faculty and students were busy in the research lab this semester, using Sona Systems to manage 19 different studies involving 22 researchers (3 faculty members and 19 students). There were 179 students enrolled in PSYC 101 that served as research participants, earning a total of 2,039 research units.  As one unit is defined as a procedure that takes 15 minutes to complete, this amounts to over 500 hours of data collection that took place over the Fall 2014 semester. 

AU Sends Three Teams to ACM Competition

The National Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Competition was held on Saturday, November 8 with 150 teams participating. Ashland University took three teams including Joe Hemerly, Cameron Goodson, Ben Bushong, Zack Brown, Alex Gregory, Nazumul Rabbi, Rupesh Marharjan, Chris Yocum and Brady Douglas.  The students enjoyed the experience and found the opportunity highly beneficial in applying what they have learned in the classroom to real world applications.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Biology Major Christopher Ranc Writes Why He Thinks AU Is the Best University!

La Universidad de Ashland es la mejor universidad. La Universidad de Ashland es una universidad pequeña, privada, y cristiana en la zona rural de Ohio.  La universidad tiene muchos programas para estudiar, pero también hay muchos programas de deportes y organizaciones de intereses especiales.  El hecho que la universidad tiene muchas opciones para todos los estudiantes permite una gran diversidad de personas. Esto es lo que hace que la Universidad de Ashland es un lugar muy especial y no hay ninguna universidad tan versátil como la Universidad de Ashland. MORE...

Monday, December 1, 2014

High School Workshop Welcomes Area Students

The English Department held its 29th annual High School Workshop on November 3. We welcomed 155 students and teachers from area schools ranging from Willard to Cuyahoga Valley Christian. Visitors attended three of six workshops including discussions of Frost’s and Roethke’s poetry, film studies, writing short stories, the value of the first sentence in a work, and Elie Wiesel’s NightMORE...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Instrumental Ensembles Offer a Variety of Free Concerts

The Department of Music at Ashland University is presenting four very different instrumental concerts the week after Thanksgiving which are all free and open to the public.  From two recitals each featuring multiple student chamber ensembles to the annual TubaChristmas and concluding with the Winter Festival Band Concert, music fans can enjoy live music performances all week.

Beginning on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, the first recital of the student chamber ensembles will present a clarinet trio under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, as well as brass, string and trumpet ensembles instructed by Michael Metcalf, Jane Reed and Gary Davis, respectively.   On Wednesday, December 3, the featured ensembles will include a saxophone quartet directed by Dr. Reed along with a Jazz combo and the percussion ensemble led by Jeff Neitzke.

With two concerts on Saturday, December 6, the day begins with the annual TubaChristmas at 11 a.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Patrons are advised that the times for this year's event are one hour earlier than in previous years. The concert is free and open to the public and area tuba, euphonium and baritone players are invited to perform. Musician registration will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a rehearsal at 9:20 a.m.  The registration fee for participating musicians is $10 and includes a 2014 TubaChristmas button.  The TubaChristmas carol book is also available for $10.00. Musicians are asked to bring their own folding stand.

TubaChristmas is an idea conceived by Harvey Phillips, Professor of Tuba at Indiana University. Mr. Phillips wanted to demonstrate to the public what a beautiful sound a mass ensemble of tubas and euphoniums could make and to provide an opportunity for fellow low brass players to celebrate the season with the community. TubaChristmas is dedicated to the memory of Mr. William J. Bell.  It’s a fun, holiday tradition the whole family can enjoy.

On Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, the Winter Festival Band Concert will present the Ashland University Wind Ensemble directed by Ken Will, Ashland University Director of Bands, and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) under the direction of Leonard Salvo.

The 40-piece Ashland University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University and from the community.  The ensemble begins Saturday's concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Flourish for Wind Band" followed by Percy Aldrige Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry" which is based on the Irish melody "Londonderry Air." The Wind Ensemble closes their portion of the program with Frank Ticheli's two movement piece "Cajun Folk Songs" featuring solo alto saxophone.

After a brief intermission, the 65-member Ashland Area Community Concert Band takes the stage. Established in 1993, the ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland community to continue their musical study and creative activity. The Community Band's program begins with the stirring opening fanfare, silver screen opulence and lush lyricism of Alfred Reed's "Alleluia!! Laudamus Te" followed by John Wasson's "Sea Song Fantasy" which is a medley of sea songs and chanteys, and "The Gallant 7th", a march by John Philip Sousa composed and dedicated to the 7th Regiment, 107th Infantry, of the New York National Guard. They conclude the program with two Christmas medley's including John Wasson's "In the Christmas Mood" and Warren Barker's "It's Christmas."

Monday, November 24, 2014

English Minor Travels the World During Semester at Sea

By Sarah O'Connell, Strategic Communication and Public Relations major, English minor

One of the greatest Christmas presents I've ever received was a giant styrofoam board map of the world. I was able to stick pins into it, to places I've been to and places where I wanted to go, and it was one of my top priorities to bring with me when I went away to college. It was a way to set goals for myself and to imagine what I would and could do in certain places when I would finally be able to travel. MORE...

Liberal Education and Freedom

In chapter 4 of his recent book, Conscience and its Enemies, Robert P. George makes a useful statement on freedom and the liberal arts.  Some people think that the purpose of liberal education is to liberate one from conventional opinions so that one can be perfectly free to construct one’s “self” in accordance with one’s inner desires and passions. Against that view, and appealing to the soul rather than to the self, George argues that we enter into the conversation with the great minds (Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare, etc.) to appropriate truths that can “liberate us from what is merely vulgar, coarse, or base.”  MORE...

Dr. Hovey's New Book

The book The Hermeneutics of Tradition: Explorations and Examinations has just been published by Cascade books. Co-edited by AU religion professor Craig Hovey and the University of Scranton's Cyrus P. Olsen, The Hermeneutics of Tradition "presents the latest scholarship on tradition as a concept and reality in the development of Christian cultures." MORE...

Psychology Majors To Present Research Projects

Students enrolled in Advanced Research in Psychology are scheduled to present their research projects in an open forum, and all students and faculty are invited to attend.  Students will be given 12 minutes to present their work, followed by a 3 minute question and answer session.  Mark your calendars for Friday, December 5, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 235 Schar.

Videos from "Shall We Drone On?"

Have drones become the weapons of our age? Here is video a two part presentation from earlier this month that was sponsored by ACN and given by two faculty members from Ashland University. Dr. Craig Hovey is executive director of Ashland Center for Nonviolence and associate professor of religion, and Dr. Michael Schwarz is assistant professor of history.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Community, AU Students & Faculty - Oh My!

With auditions held in August, AU Theatre is buzzing with anticipation for its February production of Frank Baum's beloved musical "The Wizard of Oz."  Not only were thirty University students cast, almost twenty community youth and adults will join the show on the Hugo Young Theatre stage. Canine auditions for Toto are slated for next week to finalize the cast.  Just in time for the holidays and consideration as wonderful gifts, tickets are now on sale.  MORE...

Remembrance Day at Gettysburg

A group of AU students, most of them in Dr. Paddags' course on Democracy & War, descended on Gettysburg to study the most pivotal and most famous battle of the Civil War. Everyone gave presentations on the participants of the Civil War - from Robert E. Lee and Henry Halleck, to Elizabeth Thorn and Abraham Lincoln. Through the eyes of their characters, the history of the battle unfolded for the students. MORE...

Biology Major Isabella Steiner Writes (in Spanish) Why AU Is the Best University!

Hay muchos opiniones sobre cual universidad es la mejor, pero la Universidad de Ashland supera todas las otras. Esta universidad ofrece muchas grandes oportunidades como una educación buena, deportes divertidos y muchos programas extracurriculares. También, muchas de las clases son muy pequeñas y permiten que los estudiantes trabajen de cerca con los profesores. Los profesores conocen a los estudiantes como personas y no como números. Quiero que todo el mundo visite y asista a la Universidad de Ashland gracias a sus buenas calidades. La Universidad de Ashland merece el título, “la mejor universidad en el mundo,” porque les moldea la vida, el intelecto y el carácter de los estudiantes. MORE...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Festival Jazz Concert Presents Holiday and Big Band Favorites

The award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will be hosting a free Winter Festival concert in Hugo Young Theatre on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Scott Garlock the concert will feature three sets of music including pre-concert music performed by Dr. Garlock's student jazz combo, a set of Christmas music for big band performed by AUJO, and closing with the Jazz Orchestra performing big band music in several styles.  MORE...

Meet Our Young Sculptors!

Check out the photos of our young "Art Saturday" sculptors and their creations!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Recent Graduate Thrives in Higher Education Master's Program

By Erika Gallion, class of 2013

As an undergraduate English and Creative Writing major at Ashland, I knew I was going to have to think eventually about graduate school. Majoring in what I loved as an undergraduate is a decision I did not regret and still do not regret at all. Getting to do what I loved the most for four years with professors and peers who also held similar passions was a privilege I will remember and treasure forever.  MORE...

November Submission Listing from Ashland MFA

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed at this link are November 2014's calls for submissions.  SUBMISSION LISTING...

Why Aren’t You Listening? The Role of Hip Hop in Social Justice Movements

By Sharleen Mondal
Music—both when it is heard and performed—has long been recognized for its power to inspire. Across cultures and time periods, music has played a key role in social movements, including, for instance, protest songs composed to signify a united commitment to a common cause of justice for all. The song “We Shall Overcome,” an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, has been translated into countless languages and continues to enjoy enormous cross-cultural appeal.  MORE...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alumnus Marissa Uhrig's Artwork Selected for Progressive's Exhibition

AU Art alumnus Marissa Uhrig’s (2014 CAGP) artwork entitled "Inspired" was selected from over 400 submitted to be included in the Progressive Employee Art Exhibition which features 40 works created by employees of the Progressive Company. The exhibition opens at the headquarters in Cleveland then travels to other Progressive facilities around the country. MORE...

Theatre & JDM Partner to Stream Opening Night of New Play

New York's Farm Theater college collaboration with AU Theatre premiered Lindsay Joy's new play In the Event of My Death on October 30. Not only did the 'college collaboration' involve New York artists and three different university theatre programs, this project also marks the first collaboration between AU's Departments of Theatre and Journalism & Digital Media (JDM). Padraic Lillis, artistic director for The Farm Theater, wrote a blog post on about this unique opportunity to live stream the premiere performance linked HERE. Many Thanks to The Farm Theatre, Lindsay Joy and the Department of Journalism & Digital Media for this "Extraordinary" experience!

Watch the opening night stream HERE with action beginning at 12:20. DISCLAIMER: In the Event of My Death contains adult language and mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alumna Meg Collier Shares Video of France Experience

2014 Ashland University alumna and French minorMeg Collier has created a video describing her experience during her first month living in France. Meg is currently teaching English at a lycée in Saint-Quentin. Her video embodies the true value of a long-term international experience.

Restorative Justice and Psychopaths

In our Philosophy classes, we often discuss the
difference between retributive and distributive justice.  Yet in those concepts is implied another aspect of justice that is often overlooked: restorative justice.  In the following Ted Talk, Daniel Reisel takes up this issue and studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). He asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn't we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Alumni Spotlight: LeeAnn Larson

By LeeAnn Larson, class of 2002, Integrated Language Arts major

My student years at Ashland University really helped to prepare me for life.  Majoring in Integrated Language Arts taught me more than how to be an English teacher.  It taught me how to read, write, and communicate effectively.  These skills are necessary in any career, and I value the degree to which they were developed during my time.  MORE... 

Flutist to Present Senior Recital

The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a senior recital featuring flutist Devyn Renninger on Saturday, November 8 at 3 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.  The recital is free and open to the public.  MORE...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mariah Halleck - Intern of the Month

Congratulations to Political Science major and History minor Mariah Helleck, who is AU's Intern of the Month for October.  Mariah completed her internship this summer serving with U.S. Senator Rob Portman in Washington D.C. MORE...

Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel

Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel A reading, discussion and book signing for a novel that was named winner of the Asheville Award from Black Mountain Press will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education.  Dr. Deborah Fleming, professor of English at Ashland University, will present readings from her novel, titled “Without Leave.”  MORE...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New York Times Best-Selling Author to Give Reading

Journalism and Digital Media and The Collegian will host a reading with New York Times best-selling author Ben Montgomery on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. Montgomery, an enterprise reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, will be reading from his book, “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.” MORE...

Mastodon Excavation Update

Dr. Nigel Brush, Associate Professor of Geology, has been leading a mastodon excavation near Bellville, Ohio, which was featured in a Columbus Dispatch article and video.  Dr. Brush, a team of AU students and volunteers are spending their Saturdays at the site.  Archaeology Magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, also ran a feature about Dr. Brush and the excavation. MORE...

Dr. Bonfiglio Discusses URCA Submissions on WRDL

Dr. Dianne Bonfiglio was recently interviewed on WRDL FM 88.9 about the URCA Symposium.  If you missed the interview, you can listen to the podcast from the WRDL web page linked here.

Psychology Colloquium on Tuesday, November 4

Staff photo

The Psychology Department will welcome Dr. Lisa Christian to campus on Tuesday, November 4th to deliver this year's Psychology Research Colloquium. Dr. Christian will speak on "Stress and Immune Function during Pregnancy: An Emerging Focus in Mind-Body Medicine" at 3:00 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education BuildingMORE...

Dedication for Black Fork Wetlands Classroom Building Oct. 30

Ashland University to Hold Dedication Ceremony for Studies Center at Black Fork Wetlands

A ceremony to dedicate the classroom building at AU’s Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center located along U.S. 42 near the Ashland County-Richland County line will be held on Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. “The classroom building will be a unique educational facility that will further science education and the research of wetlands in the north central Ohio region,” according to Dr. Patricia Saunders.  MORE...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sign Up Your Young Artist Today!

AU's Coburn Gallery and Art Club will offer its next "Art Saturday” for children 7 to 12 years old on November 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Room 346 in the Center for the Arts. The class will explore the abstract sculptor Louise Nevelson and ask students to create a 3-D assemblage sculpture using recycled materials. Cost is $5.00 which will benefit Shop With A Cop, a local charity. Advance registration is required. MORE...

Evelyn Palik: Lifelong Learning and a Passion for Life

By Naomi Saslaw

What is the role of learning in the life of an individual?  For Evelyn Palik, reading and lifelong learning are a significant part of her identity. Evelyn and her husband, Emil, chose to retire to Ashland, because Ashland College could satisfy their passion for lifelong learning and growth.  When I asked Evelyn what advice she would give to college students, she stated that they should find their passion, to see what makes them alive and speaks to their heart and then they should learn about that field.  She also advises young people to be a keen observer of and listener to other people. 

AU Theatre Invites High School Students to Discover Their Passion

Discover Your Passion 2014Ashland University Department of Theatre invites high school students to discover their passion at a theatre experience opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to any high school student interested in learning more about theatre at Ashland University. Registration is due by Nov. 1 with limited spaces available at  MORE...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Did You Know That AU Offers a Unique Minor in Ethics?

Shared between the Philosophy and Religion departments, the Ethics Minor trains students to be more ethically diverse and aware of their global responsibilities.  Consisting of only 15 hours, almost EVERY MAJOR can benefit from this opportunity and add the Ethics minor with as little as ONE additional course beyond their core requirements.  It's a value-added, low to no cost minor! MORE...

Ashland Biology Graduates Pursuing Degrees in Occupational Therapy

We are seeing growing interest among Ashland science students in the field of occupational therapy. Practitioners in this field "treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities", according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which forecasts above average job growth in the field. Chelsea Kaminski ('13) is in the Master of OT program at Chatham University while Elizabeth Mantkowski ('13) is currently in the OT program at Cleveland State University.  MORE...

Technology and the Humanities

by Gary Levine

I'm teaching Michael Herr's Dispatches in my ENG102 (English Composition II) class right now, and reading it reminds me of why I do what I do, or rather, why what I do is important.  The analogies between the Vietnam War and our ongoing conflict in the Middle East are of course limited by culture and geography, but I think most people would agree that we've expended a lot in terms of treasure, if not blood, with very little to show for it.  MORE...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Senior Recital Features Two Male Vocalists

The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a senior vocal recital featuring Tenor Caleb Stout and baritone Andrew Shaffer on Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. MORE...

Senior Exhibition Announced

The Coburn Art Gallery will present its annual fall Senior Art Exhibition featuring paintings by Karly Beuck (Lodi) in a series titled “Strength: Inferiority Not Consented.” The series presents Greek women out of their mythical contexts and challenges their stories by changing the character’s typical demeanor found in myth into one to be revered and respected in today’s society.  An opening reception will be held Nov. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will kick-off the exhibition which will run through Dec. 14.

What is Political Theology?

Sometimes students ask me what political theology means. It's a class I love to teach so I thought I'd share the long description I came up with when I proposed the course.  MORE...
REL 308 Political Theology - Spring 2015 TTh 10:50 am.
Fulfills Humanities Core.

Summer Internship Season Is Starting

The upcoming holiday break is the best time to be putting together application materials for 2015 summer internships.  Many of these opportunities are already posted and accepting applications.  MORE...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AU Theatre Premiering a New Play from New York Playwright

Ashland University Theatre is proud to be selected by New York's Farm Theater as one of three universities to participate in a College Collaboration project. Last spring the Farm Theater commissioned emerging playwright Lindsay Joy to write a new play in communication with students. The universities will produce the original script throughout this academic year with Ashland presenting the premiere performance of In the Event of My Death directed by Scott Hudson. Tickets are now on sale for performances on October 30, 31, November 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.  MORE...

Visiting Art Alumni Presenting Artist Talk, Oct. 16

On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Coburn Gallery will host an artist talk on “Exploring Creativity in the Arts.” featuring alumni Emily Fitch and Casey Snyder. The event is free and open to the public.  MORE...

Foreign Language Professor Presenting at Dublin's Trinity College

Bon voyage Dr. Gray! He is off to Trinity College in Dublin to deliver the talk "The Beginning of the End: Samuel Beckett’s Acoustic Art and the Death of French Radio Drama" at the 16th Annual Conference of the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande, October 17-19, 2014.  Read Abstract Here...

AU Student Artwork Sale Announced

Mark your calendars!  Coburn Gallery is hosting an art department student artwork sale on November 6 and 11.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Repentance, All the Way Down: A Columbus Day Meditation

By Myles Werntz

One of the questions which a day like Columbus Day presents is not whether or not Columbus should be celebrated, but what should be done instead of celebration.  MORE...

Lecture to Focus on "Why Languages Matter in...Universal Health Coverage"

Dr. Guillermo Mendoza, a regional officer for the Americas of the World Health Organization will speak on the topic of “Priorities in Public Health in Latin America: Why Languages Matter in the Aspirations for Universal Health Coverage.” Sponsored by the AU departments of Communication Studies and Foreign Languages, the lecture is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 22, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education on the AU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.  MORE...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What Can We Do?

by Sharleen Mondal, Assistant Professor of English

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year, it arrives on the heels of the highly publicized case of former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice, who was indefinitely suspended from the NFL after video exposed his physically violent attack against Janay Palmer in an elevator...In the midst of the broader public controversy, it might be easy to lose sight of two critical questions: how does domestic violence affect me?  What can I do about it? MORE...

DOCS' Students Leave No Doubt!

This weekend was an amazing weekend for the DOCS program! The Sport Communication Club (SCC) gave AU students and football program their first pep rally on campus in, what we were told, was nearly two decades.  On Friday, five students traveled to Franklin University in Columbus to present at the 78th Annual Ohio Communication Association Conference (OCA). MORE...

How CLA Scores Reflect Student Employability

In the Spring of 2009, Dr. Vaughan, University Core Director, in conjunction with the Core Advisory Council conducted a series of evaluations of national assessment tests. Ashland University students ranked well above the national average for value-added achievement, scoring in the 85th percentile. MORE...

AUJO Presents Concert with College of Wooster Jazz Ensemble

Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, Professor of Music, the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will present a joint concert with the College of Wooster Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, October 14 in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m.  MORE...

A Nice Case for Civic Literacy

Joseph Knippenberg of Oglethorpe University makes a good case at the Library of Law and Liberty website for civic literacy based on the idea that if you don't know how to do something, you can't do the thing. The issue is what knowledge is needed to be a self-governing citizen. MORE...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ashland Center for Nonviolence Sponsors Art & Essay Contests

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Art and Essay ContestsThe Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University is sponsoring an art contest as well as an essay contest for students in Ashland and Richland counties. The Art Contest is for grades K-8 in both counties, while the Essay Contest is for high school students as well as Ashland University students. The deadline for entries for both contests is Dec. 19, 2014.  MORE...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Art Alumni Exhibition

The current Coburn Gallery exhibition features works by 29 AU Art Department alumni artists.
On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Coburn Gallery will host an artist talk on “Exploring Creativity in the Arts” featuring alumni Emily Fitch (2006) and Casey Snyder (2010). The event is free and open to the public. MORE...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal EnsemblesAshland University’s Fall Choral Concert slated for Sunday, October 12 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel features three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Ashland University Women’s Chorus and Ashland Area Chorus.  The performance is free and open to the public. MORE...

Redtail Run Brings Nations Together

By Emily Wirtz

If you asked for my opinion, I’d have to tell you that I would prefer to walk a mile on hot Legos before I’d ever choose to run a marathon. But others aren’t so wary of long distances. In 1992, massive groups of indigenous and Native Americans began to run. MORE...

Internship Spotlight - Morgan Phillips

During the summer of 2014 I had the opportunity to intern at the Ohio Lottery Commission’s headquarters in downtown Cleveland, working in the Human Resource Department. My time at OLC made me realize how much I want to work in Human Resources once I graduate. MORE...