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

AU Mourns the Passing of Dr. Gary Levine

Gary Martin Levine
(7/3/1966 – 11/1/2015)

“Clever, Caring, Iconoclastic” is how friends and colleagues remember Gary Martin Levine upon his passing in Medina, OH after a brief illness. His sharp wit, keen intelligence, and loving heart kept us laughing heartily and thinking creatively, and we are all the richer for it. A memorial service will be held November 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland University's Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.  MORE...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Religion Department to Host Lecture by Author

AU Religion Department to Host Lecture by Author The Department of Religion is hosting a lecture by Reggie Williams, the author of “Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance.” The lecture, will be held Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall. READ MORE

Emeritus Professor Establishes Charitable Gift Annuity

Ashland University Emeritus Professor Establishes Charitable Gift AnnuityAshland resident Dr. John Nethers, emeritus professor of history, has established a charitable gift annuity that will benefit Ashland University and allow for student scholarships to be established in his name.

“Ashland is home, so there is that loyalty factor. We came to Ashland in 1966 and it’s been our life,” he said. FULL STORY

What We Didn’t Talk About - Race and Diversity

By Maria Cardona, ACN Intern

However, what happens in our community happens to all of us. We need to stand together; worry together, and more importantly we can’t sweep the issues under the rug and pretend they’re not there. An important conversation needs to take place, I believe, on race and discrimination. FULL STORY

Math 450 Presents "Cups and Downs"

How many moves does it take to flip three pennies so that they're all showing the same face? Emily Marconi will tell us on Tuesday, November 3 at 1:40 p.m. in Patterson 301.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Environmental Lecture to Focus on Bats of Mohican

Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Bats of Mohican and ‘In Our Own Backyard’AU’s Merrill Tawse will present the next Environmental Lecture Series lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall. He will speak on “Bats in our Backyard: A Mohican Story.” Tawse will talk about some of the unique adaptations of bats, and explain the 24-year study that he has done on the bats of Mohican area. READ MORE...