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