Thursday, July 31, 2014

River Teeth, Cheryl Strayed, and the University of New Mexico Press to Work Together

Cheryl StrayedBest-selling literary author Cheryl Strayed (Wild, Torch, Tiny Beautiful Things) has joined the team of Ashland University’s River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, which this week signed a five-year book contract with University of New Mexico Press that extends and strengthens the series. MORE...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

JDM Grad Earns Reporting Job Thanks to his Converged Skills

JDM May graduate Chris Bils has just landed a reporting job at the St. Joseph News-Press (26,000 circ.) in St. Joseph, Missouri. Chris will be covering the Northwest Missouri State football beat along with one of the three city high schools.  MORE...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ashland Center for Nonviolence: The Violence We Want to Hear About

By Craig Hovey  

It’s one thing to charge American media sources for being biased in favor of either Israelis or Palestinians. But some commentators have been trying to make sense of the fact that Israel-Palestine gets more airtime than other conflicts, that the violence currently in Gaza is prompting much greater American media response, public protest, and analysis than violence in Syria, Ukraine, and northern Iraq. MORE...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Thank You from Sean Smith ('11) to AU Theatre

Honestly, the only reason that I am where I am today is because I went to Ashland and felt comfortable enough in the Theatre program to explore and grow. It's made an enormous difference in my life and so far I think it's all working out. So, thank you. Keep up the amazing work I know you are doing. Tell the students there is a way to make a theatre life sustainable and creative!  MORE...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

By Emily Wirtz  

During my short month in Costa Rica—and it was much too short—I had the most incredible experiences, made some crazy friends and met some of the most amazing people. Ultimately, one of my goals while in this beautiful country was to learn more about the peace-keeping environment for which they are known.  MORE...  

Stoops Interning with ACIS

Kimmie Stoops (double major in Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication) is interning for American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS).  She is an ACIS marketing intern and assists with the execution of ACIS sponsor events and promotions on the AU campus.  MORE...

MFA Residency in Full Swing

Students and faculty from near and far have descended on Ashland for the annual MFA summer residency. Craft seminars and readings are free and open to the public. Check out the complete schedule HERE and come join us!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Alumni Spotlight: Jason Dutton

By Jason Dutton, class of 2005, Creative Writing and Political Science major; AU MFA 2012 

I work for the federal government. I always start there when people ask about my job, because it sounds very cool. I work for the Defense Logistics Agency as a customer account specialist, which means I provide customer service for the military. But if you’d told me nine years ago that I would be doing this job, I’m not sure I’d be thrilled. I would have preferred to hear that I would make a living writing books.  MORE...

Monday, July 14, 2014

More Employment News from English

Lindsay Cameron ('14) has accepted a faculty position at Notre Dame - Cathedral High School in Chardon, Ohio. She will teach English, journalism, and yearbook.

Meg Collier ('14) will be heading overseas in the fall to teach English at Lycée Condorcet in Saint-Quentin, France through TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France), sponsored by the French government.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Conserva, Conserva - Student Report from Costa Ric...

by Josie Schave    

“So, in the United States, is it common for people to leave the lights on all the time?” I blushed as I realized that I had left my room light on, and rose from the couch to go correct the situation.

“No, no, it’s fine—“

“No, no, I—“ My sentence was cut off as I tripped over one of Kevin’s toys. Blushing furiously now, I went to my room and shut off the stupid light. My host dad, Mauricio Cordero, was still sitting in the armchair, laughing at my goofiness. Oh yeah; I guess I should mention that all of this took place in Spanish.  MORE...

Coburn Gallery: I Spy the Piano Man-ART DAY, July 9th

What fun today for our young artists ages 4- 6 years old ! Meeting a piano, hearing the The Piano Man story, assembling  their very own Piano Man creation and ending with I Spy Piano Man fun in the Coburn Gallery. Good work young artists!  MORE...

Recent Integrated Language Arts Graduates Land Teaching Positions

Two graduates of Ashland's Integrated Language Arts program have landed full-time teaching jobs at Ohio high schools. Amanda Eakin (class of 2012) will join the staff at Chippewa High School in Doylestown. David Mohn (class of 2014) will be teaching for Medina City Schools. Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about Amanda and David's journeys as educators. 

Dr. Sullivan Attends AAFCS Conference

Dr. Deborah Sullivan of Ashland and two Ashland University students attended the 105th American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Conference titled “Global Gateway to Healthy and Sustainable Families” in St. Louis, MO. The two AU students accompanying Dr. Sullivan were Mikaela Bush of Radnor, OH, and Julianna Hritz of Seven Fields, PA. MORE...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AU Art Alumni Asked to Submit Artwork for Exhibition

Ashland University Alumni Asked to Submit Artwork for Alumni Exhibition Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will be celebrating the creativity, innovation and dedication of its AU alumni over the years in an art department alumni exhibition opening in the fall semester of 2014.  Alumni of AU’s Department of Art are invited to submit artwork for the alumni exhibition, which will take place in the Coburn Gallery Oct. 2 to 31, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. MORE...

Ashbrook Center Named an Oasis of Excellence

Ashbrook Center Named an Oasis of ExcellenceThe Ashbrook Center at Ashland University has been named one of over 50 Oases of Excellence by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). The Oases of Excellence project recognizes university-based programs that promote the study of American history, government and political theory. The Oases of Excellence project also aims to introduce these outstanding programs to a wider audience. MORE...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hobby Lobby: Private and Public is the Real Issue

by Craig Hovey

The real issue with this week’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision isn’t primarily religion; it is what counts as private and public. Religion is a factor, but only secondarily: religion is private (so is sex); state interests are public.  MORE...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two Presidents and the Quest of a Warless World

 by Craig Hovey

This may seem like a non-sequitur, but today I’m thinking about two presidents: the president of the United States and a past president of Ashland University. Bear with me.  MORE...