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...