Thursday, December 17, 2015

Religion Professor Publishes Ninth Book

Dr. Craig Hovey, associate professor of religion and executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, has published his ninth book, titled “The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology.” He is co-editor of the volume that includes 14 essays, including his own contribution on “Liberalism and Democracy.” READ MORE

Psychology Students Selected for Honorary

Congratulations to the following psychology majors who were recently invited to join the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary.  Taylor Banks, Abigale Brady, Kate Budzik, Dendara Oakleaf, Derek Rangel and Emily Wirtz

Philosophy Reading Group Begins New Text

Having spent an unprecedented three semesters on Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, we are now turning to Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art." We invite anyone interested in talking about important, absorbing texts once a week with colleagues. No philosophical experience necessary. We meet Fridays at noon in Dauch 209 for 50 minutes. Any questions contact Russell Weaver at

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AU English Department Hosts 30th Annual High School Workshop

AU English Department Hosts 30th Annual High School Workshop
Every year since the 1986-1987 academic year except for one, the Ashland University English Department has hosted a High School Workshop that brings together high school teachers and students and professors for an intellectual exchange. This year was no different as the department hosted its annual workshop for the 30th year with more than 180 teachers and students on campus on Nov. 2. Dr. Russell Weaver discusses the event's success... FULL STORY

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AU Bids a Fond Farewell to Dr. Dan Lehman

On Tuesday, December 8, Dr. Dan Lehman, Trustees' Professor of English, taught his final class as a full-time professor at Ashland University. His retirement party was held that afternoon. Friends, colleagues, and students helped celebrate an outstanding career and a remarkable man.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Art Alumni News

Art alumi Kevin Casto and Lynda Stoneham are making a difference through community-based art through "The Art Junction" (New Haven, Ohio) and the "Artists' Open Studio" (Norwalk, Ohio). Alumnus Matthew Schiemann will be serving as juror for an exhibition entitled " Last Call" at the Companion Gallery located in Humboldt, Tennessee.

Summary of Psychology Department Research

Sixteen student and faculty researchers completed 15 different studies this semester, with 11 of those studies being traditional laboratory studies and 4  being online studies.  Student participants earned 1,237 credits by participating in research, and as each credit amounts to 15 minutes of research participation, the department gathered 309 continuous hours of data this semester.

Tyler Lance's Internship Experience:

This past summer I interned with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, as a promotions and marketing intern. My role was being in charge of scoreboard graphics on game days. I learned a lot about how media works behind the scenes in professional sports organizations...READ MORE

Shakespeare's King Lear: The Text and Production Raise Endless Questions

By Dr. Naomi Saslaw

As is true of great drama, each of Shakespeare's plays is open to endless diverse interpretations, both as literature and in production.  At their best, King Lear and Kent at times rose to a level of interpretation and power that deeply moved the audience and invited us to profound reflection on the political and human issues that the play raises. READ MORE

Congratulations to Putnam Competition Participants

Grace McCourt, Paul Pernici, Emily Marconi, Michael Woods and Charlie Michel participated in the 76th William Putnam Mathematical Competition. They worked on 6 problems from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then 6 more problems from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. More News Coming Soon!

Dr. John Stratton Reflects On Candlelight Vigil

We were a small group acting out, in a small way, the meaning of community. It is a model for all us—to light and relight each other's candles, while knowing that someone will relight ours if we need it. FULL STORY

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tullis Awarded 2016 Scripps Howard Fellowship

Ashland University Professor Awarded Fellowship for 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship InstituteMatt Tullis, associate professor of journalism and digital media and adviser to the AU student newspaper, “The Collegian,” was selected as a fellow for the 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. Tullis is one of 12 fellows who were competitively selected from around the world. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Internship Spotlight: Alayna Anderson

Alayna Anderson spent her summer interning with Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) as the Assistant Prevention Educator intern.  This company is a nonprofit community coalition that educates adults on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the youth. READ MORE

Let's Come Together for a Vigil for Peace

In response to recent mass shootings, the Ashland Center for Nonviolence is hosting a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., on the Ashland University Quad at the flagpole. Everyone is welcome.

Psi Chi Welcomes 10 New Members

AU's local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is pleased to welcome 10 new members including Taylor Banks, Abigail Brady, Danielle Bruno, Dani Czekaj, Alyssa Edwards, Jeremy Hanna, James Lentine, Marissa Lindberg, Dendara Oakleaf, and Emily Wirtz.

Tasha Arnold's Internship Experience

This summer I interned at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. I created short promotional videos portraying the Reformatory, these were then put up on their YouTube page. I planned, shot, and edited eight videos.  FULL STORY

"Designing a Table Both Swinging and Stable"

Ashley Herman presents her Math 450 Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301. By the end of this presentation you’ll be tempted to build this geometrically savvy table yourself!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Art Saturday's "Design Your Own Skateboard Deck"

Coburn Gallery has an excellent holiday gift idea for a creative tween or teen! Enroll them in the upcoming "Design It Yourself Skateboard Deck" scheduled for February 20. Enrollment is limited so early registration is highly recommended. Call 419.289.5652 or email

Student Chamber Ensembles Recital, Dec. 8

Several student chamber ensembles including saxophone, brass, string and percussion ensembles and a jazz combo will each perform at this regular end-of-the-semester showcase. Free & Open to the Public.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AU Art Alumni in the News!

Painting near Saranac Lake, NY August 2015. Photo by Dave MartinKimothy Pikor recently interviewed at a "Cleveland Rocks" meeting to become part of a Cleveland based story for R Magazine, while Kari Ganoung Ruiz was featured in a Main Street Arts blog article.

Christmas Music on Multiple Tubas!

The local holiday favorite TubaChristmas returns to Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre on Saturday, December 5 at noon.  The concert is free and open to the public and invites area tuba, euphonium and baritone players to perform. Musician registration begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by a rehearsal at 10:20 a.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Criminal Investigation Students Interview "Suspects" in Mock Murder Case

Students in the introductory Criminal Investigation class have been tasked with a mock murder investigation to determine the details of the case and who committed the crime so charges can be brought against the perpetrator. "The skills the students learned not only apply practically to criminal justice, but they also apply for researchers who are surveying people by asking them questions," says Criminal Justice Professor Hedrick. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ACN Intern Maria Cardona's "Know Violence, No Violence" Series

Images from Maria Cardona's graphic art series "Know Violence, No Violence" are currently circulating on campus plasma screens. We wanted to hear about what inspired Maria, an ACN intern, to address the many ways we encounter violence, including issues of race and stereotyping, using graphic media. FULL STORY

Writing With an Open Mind and an Honest Heart

By Garrison Stima, Creative Writing and Religion major

Unfortunately, like most vocational endeavors, writing is not always a straightforward path that makes perfect sense. In fact, an enormous chunk of the writing process is sacrificial in nature and about juggling a wide variety of ideas and goals. However, this isn’t meant to be a depressing excerpt or even a discouraging rant; rather, it’s about being open to exploring unknown routes. FULL STORY

Abigail McMaster Writes About Battleship at AU!

Cada universidad en Los Estados Unidos tiene un fin de semana cuando los alumnos de la universidad regresan. Durante el fin de semana la universidad tiene muchas actividades. Una actividad de la universidad de Ashland este año era Battleship, Acorazado.

Philosophy Colloquium Hosts AU Alumnus

Philosophy Colloquium to be Held at Ashland University

Ashland University Philosophy Department and Philosophy Club are sponsoring a Philosophy Colloquium featuring AU alumnus Jonathan Spelman, who will speak on the topic of “Moral Luck” on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. READ MORE

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Math 450 Presents "Deriving the Fair Price"

Actuaries: "Part super-hero. Part fortune-teller. Part trusted advisor" (

In order to achieve this part super-hero status, actuarial students must first pass exams published by the Society of Actuaries. Ashland University provides classes for the first two out of nine professional exams. Katie Hurley will explore some topics covered on the syllabus for the third exam, Models of Financial Economics, on Tuesday, December 1 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Social Work Club Service Project Raises $1,149

Through its "Give a Meal" service project, the Social Work Club raised $1,149 in cash and meal swipe donations to purchase food in bulk through AU's dining services. The food purchased was donated to Associated Charities and the Ashland County Food Bank, which distributes to individuals and families in need in Ashland County.

Ashland Police Detective Brian Evans Speaks to Criminal Law Class

On November 12, Detective Brian Evans presented to the Criminal Law (CJ 362) class on drug and alcohol crimes.  Detective Evans, who won the Ashland County Prosecutor's Distinguished Service Provider of the Year award in 2015, works in the Investigative Bureau in the Narcotic Enforcement Section of the Ashland Police Department. READ MORE

Monday, November 23, 2015

Geology Club Visits Ohio Caverns

On Saturday November 14, Dr. Hudson and eight students from the Geology Club took a field trip to Ohio Caverns in central Ohio. The hour long guided tour underground was well done and the stalactites, stalagmites, columns, soda straws, draperies/curtains, and colorful staining were excellent and extensively photographed by all.

Collegian Publishes Feature on Dr. Gary Levine

Gary LevineThis week's edition of the AU student newspaper The Collegian features a cover story on Dr. Gary Levine by Halee Hieronimus. Read it online at

Coburn Art Giveaway Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Coburn Art Giveaway winners: Kristen Allman, Zula Kile, Hannah Thome, Noah McDonald, Hannah Shaw, Rebekah Hale, Leah Paxton, Emma Daugherty, Danielle Smith and Alyssa Ferrell.

Math Seminar Presents "The Pioneering Role of the Sierpinski Gasket"

On Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301, Zach Brown will present the different aspects of the Sierpinski Gasket and how it relates to the different generations of the Ulam-Warburton Automation and the Hex-Ulum-Warburton Automation as shown in the September 2015 edition of Math Horizons.

Madrigal Sales End Nov. 24

The Department of Music would like to alert patrons that the last day to purchase tickets for the 40th Annual Madrigal Feaste is Tuesday, November 24.  Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office by phone at 419.289.5125 or online at

Winter Festival Jazz Concert, Nov. 23

The Ashland University Department of Music will present the Winter Festival Jazz Concert on Monday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 20, 2015

AU Music Alumna Wins A Cappella Contest

Brandy Riha, BA Music '13, won a contest for her a cappella arrangement of the song "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes. Sponsored by Noteflight, the contest awards prizes of sound equipment and publication of the arrangement by Hal Leonard. READ MORE

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AU Art Alumnus Joshua Risner Named Master Painter

AU Art Alumnus Joshua Risner (BFA 2012) has been named master decorative painter of the Michigan state Capitol and is responsible for the restoration, maintenance, and preservation of over nine acres of decoratively painted surfaces in the building. READ MORE

After Beirut & Paris: Justice without Mercy?

By Craig Hovey

Nonviolence does not mean being passive in the face of violence and injustice. It requires our greatest innovation and creativity in addressing the serious troubles endured by victims and which threaten to make victims out of yet others. What it will not do is withhold mercy in order to accomplish its ends. FULL STORY

Vote for AU Theatre at

Several Ashland University Theatre personnel have been nominated for BroadwayWorld Awards. In Cleveland, you can vote for current student Eryn Reynolds Tramel, alumni Shane O'Neill and Aubrey Caldwell, and guest choreographer Katie Zarecki. Alumna Johanna Regan is nominated on the Connecticut slate. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall Honors Recital Performers Announced

The Department of Music announces performers for Honors Recital to be held Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Vocalists include Eryn Reynolds Tramel, Fatima Imani Smith, Corey Turpin, Elisha Hofer, Abigale Brady and Sarah Napier. Instrumentalists are saxophonists Jessica Barnhouse and Shayne Smith; Nik Psota, trumpet; Rachel Crow, piano; and Emily Minns, flute.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dr. Mary Habeck on Domestic Terrorism

Ashland University Groups Sponsor Lecture on Domestic TerrorismThe Alexander Hamilton Society invites you to a talk by Dr. Mary Habeck, a professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, speaking on the threat of domestic terrorism and how to combat it. This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the Ronk Lecture Hall at the College of Education on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m. READ MORE 

"The Mathematics Behind Spot It!"

In the game, Spot It!, each of the 55 cards have eight pictures and any two cards have exactly one picture in common. Grace McCourt's presentation on Tuesday, November 17 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301 will reveal how to build Spot It! decks and variations using point-line geometry, projective planes, t- (v,k,λ) designs.

Family Violence Class Hosts Variety of Local Professionals

In Professor Kuo's Family Violence (SOCWK 305) class, students learned from a variety of local experts in social services, mental health and law enforcement. The course, which examines dynamics of power and control in intimate relationships, covers the topics of child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. READ MORE

Fall Senior Art Exhibition

Congratulations to the four senior art students (Mary Jean Ferretti, Olivia Glass, Randi Schimmoeller, Taylor Menhart) on a successful opening for their fall exhibition. Visit Coburn Gallery through December 20 to see their work.

DOCS' Kylie Shober Wins $1,000 Scholarship

Kylie Shober, junior double majoring in Health and Risk Communication and Public Relationships and Strategic Communication, recently won the $1,000 AU Gridiron Club Scholarship award.

Identities: Murderer

By Emily Wirtz

On October 8, visiting artist Traci Molloy spoke in the Ridenour lecture hall—and she filled the house. As her presentation went on, it was clear that the information she was sharing with us was a powerful message she shared through her art. She considers herself as much a social activist as an artist, and I would have to agree. One of the first pieces she shared was a series entitled “Kids that Kill Kids.” FULL STORY

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tickets on Sale for Handel's Messiah, Nov. 22

The Department of Music presents George Frideric Handel's holiday masterpiece, Messiah, performed by the Ashland University Choir, Ashland Area Chorus and Ashland Chamber Orchestra with Dr. Rowland Blackley as conductor on Sunday, November 22 at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. READ MORE

Monday, November 9, 2015

Midsummer Auditions on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Ashland University Theatre announces open auditions for its spring production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Auditions will begin Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Directed by guest artist Patrick McGregor II, performances are slated for February 19-27. All university students are welcome to audition. For more information, see the theatre call-boards between the scenic and costume studios in the Center for the Arts.

Math 450 Presents "The Logistic Equation"

After finding a general, open form solution to the logistic equation, Paul Pernici will propose several models for L(t), and attempt to solve the equation both analytically and numerically at his seminar on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301.

Guest Speakers Expose Students to Best Practices

The Criminal Justice program invites community speakers to the classroom for students to make connections with professionals and organizations in the area. Recently, the Advanced Criminology & Profiling class heard from Richland County Coroner Investigator Robert Ball; and Criminal Investigations and Role of Police in Modern Society classes hosted Brian Saterfield, Chief of Police in Galion.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Senior Art Exhibition Opens Nov. 12

The Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art Exhibition featuring works by Taylor Menhart, Olivia Glass, Randi Schimmoeller and Mary Jean Ferretti. The exhibit opens November 12 with an opening reception from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

2015 ACM-ICPC Annual Competition

Dr. Iyad Ajwa and two teams of undergraduate computer science students participated in the 2016 ACM-ICPC East Central North America Regional Programming Contest that was held at Youngstown State University. Ashland University was represented by: Alex Gregory, Rupesh Maharjan, Paul Pernici, Raymond Acevedo and Erich Berger. READ MORE

Bethany Meadows Interns at The Ohio State Reformatory

English major and creative writing and public relations minor Bethany Meadows recently completed an internship with The Ohio State Reformatory as the public relations intern. READ HERE