Monday, August 31, 2015

Fall 2015: Religion Speakers and Events

The Religion Department is excited to invite you to hear from a great range of speakers this fall. All of these events are open to students and members of the community. READ MORE...
  • Presenter Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba
    • Brown Bag Lunch: Monday, Sep. 28 at 12 p.m., Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Bixler Hall
    • Peacemaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Tuesday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m., Ridenour Room
  • Presenter: Shane Claiborne
    • Resurrecting Church: Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Upper Convo
    • Tearing Down Walls: Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m., Upper Convo
  • Presenter: Jana Bennett
    • Pope Francis, the Environment, and Christian Life: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., Ridenour Room
  • Presenter: Dr. Reggie Williams
    • Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., Ridenour Room

Meet the Chair of Foreign Languages

Dr. Jennifer Rathbun received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Contemporary Latin American Literature and is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages where she teaches Spanish language, literature and culture courses.  She is recognized internationally for her creative English translations of poetry written by contemporary Mexican poets, including Alberto Blanco, Juan Armando Rojas Joo, Minerva Margarita Villarreal and Iv├ín Vergara. READ MORE...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ashland Area Chorus & Community Concert Band Announce Fall Schedules

Two community music ensembles at Ashland University announce their fall schedules including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements. Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts. The Community Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings beginning September 8 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Membership in AAC and AACCB is open to all adults. READ MORE...

Professor and Students Among Those Who Publish Landmark Metascientific Findings

Ashland University Professor and Students Among Those Who Publish Landmark Metascientific FindingsDr. Christopher R. Chartier and two of his AU students were among the 270 co-authors of a report investigating the reproducibility of psychological science that was published today in Science Magazine. Launched nearly four years ago, the study, titled Reproducibility Project: Psychology, is the most comprehensive investigation ever completed regarding the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science. READ FULL STORY

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

Ball State University is hosting an undergraduate psychology research conference, with the goal to engage advanced undergraduate researchers interested in psychology (particularly those interested in Educational, Developmental, and School Psychology) in a professional experience. Students are invited to present completed, ongoing, or planned research, and individual or group presentations are invited. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Criminal Justice Welcomes Professor Marc Hedrick

Professor Hedrick has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer in both the military and civilian sectors of law enforcement.  He also taught criminal justice full-time for 9 years prior to joining AU.

Philosophy's NOT Dead

In a short but enlightening article, Katelyn Hallman assesses the famous declaration made by Stephen Hawking that "philosophy is dead.” Read her article, "Philosophy's Not Dead," HERE.


On Saturday, Sep. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., young artists ages 7-12 years old can try their hand at relief, collagraph and monotype printmaking processes while exploring social messages in art. The fee is $5 per child which includes materials.  Call 419.289.5652 or email

Spring 2015 Geology Field Trip to the Northeast

The Geology program took its biannual field trip May 11-22 to eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, and northern New York. Dr. Michael Hudson led the trip and was accompanied by eight students. Read about their adventures and see photos HERE.

It's Time to Assess SLO Assessment

Is there any solid evidence that SLO assessment actually improves student learning? Dean Erik Gilbert argues in his article that no one knows. The real questions are these: does the time, effort, and money spent on SLO assessment yield increments of learning commensurate with the costs? And, does the approach to teaching, learning, and the human soul implied in assessment actually do some harm to teaching and learning? Here are Erik Gilbert's conclusions.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Professor Deborah Fleming Discusses Research and Creative Activity

Via an interview by Hilary Donatini

Research and creative activity are not separate from the classroom because I teach works by the writers who are the subjects of my research; when I teach creative writing I can draw on my own experience to help students with the challenges of writing and revision. --Deborah Fleming  FULL INTERVIEW

2014 Alumnae Promoted to Anchor Desk

Ashland University alumnae Rebecca Ribley (digital media journalism major and theater minor) started this morning as an anchor for WAOW's Wake Up Wisconsin. Congratulations Becca! READ MORE

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Why don’t people believe in science?"

Every day, people reject evolution and climate change, arguing instead for their personal beliefs over evidence. Despite years of education and more access to information than any time in history, people are rejecting vaccinations and forsaking personal savings for the lottery. On this episode of Why? Radio, Professor Dan Kahan looks at science communication and the patterns behind why people reject science.  LISTEN HERE

"Power of the Press" Upcoming Exhibition & Events

Coburn Gallery will present the National Juried Print Exhibition & AU Print Collection, curated by Dr. Wendy Schaller, on August 27-October 31 with the opening reception on August 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Dr. Schaller with offer a talk about the University's collection; and printmaking demonstrations will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Printmaking workshops will also be offered on September 19. MORE INFO HERE

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Our Souls

By Craig Hovey

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. Now, after decades of nuclear weapons buildup across the globe and some disarmament following the end of the cold war, there are questions about whether and how Iran’s nuclear plans can be kept reliably peaceful and how Japan’s pacifist constitution can be maintained. FULL STORY

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mastodon Dig and AU Geology in the News

AU Geology Professor Dr. Nigel Brush and his mastodon dig in Morrow County were featured in a Mansfield News Journal article titled "Morrow County mastodon might have coexisted with humans." Several AU students assisted with this project. READ ARTICLE

Student Intern Shares Experience at MFA Residency

By Andrew Clough, Creative Writing & Journalism/Digital Media major
It was a refreshing experience to be surrounded by a group of writers with a passion for the creative aspects of English...Forty-hour work weeks take time and energy away from these creative endeavors, but the creativity and passion surrounding the MFA students and faculty was a great variation to the typical routines of the summer. READ FULL STORY

Thursday, August 6, 2015

2015-2016 Symposium Against Indifference: Environmental Sustainability

The CAS announces Environmental Sustainability as this year's Symposium Against Indifference theme with an excerpt from Dr. Patty Saunders' recent Blog post stating:

Environmental sustainability is about people. The environment is where we live, and we make choices about how to go about doing so and who and what else matters. We create change, and we respond to change. This year’s CAS Symposium on Sustainability presents a series of opportunities to learn, reflect, question, challenge, problem solve, and consider our individual and collective actions. Our choices make a difference.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Psychology Grad Courtney Gallagher Shares her AU Experiences

Courtney Gallagher graduated with a degree in psychology in the spring of 2015.  Check out this video produced by the Ashland University Career Services Center that details the internship and other experiences that Courtney had while she was an AU student.  Watch HERE!

Sign the Nonviolence Commitment Card -- Help us reach 1,000 signatures

Alycee Lane's book, Nonviolence Now!: Living the 1963 Birmingham Campaign's Promise of Peace got ACN thinking about the kinds of commitments we make to nonviolence, and thought it would be good to have another look at the 1963 pledge and to invite others to consider committing themselves to it. Read and consider whether you want to take the pledge: