Monday, February 29, 2016

Ashland's Editor-In-Chief of Odyssey Online Discusses Launch

Emily Kaiser, a junior English and Creative Writing major, is the editor-in-chief of Ashland's Branch of Odyssey Online. Dr. Donatini interviewed her about the program's local launch and below is a small snippet.
Odyssey is a website built on the exploration of new opinions. Oftentimes, the media reports the exact same story with very little variation. Odyssey opens up an outlet for college students to express their opinions on the happenings on the world. Our staff is comprised of students of diverse majors, interests, and backgrounds, united by the desire to share their opinions. Not every article is news-based--in fact, very few of our stories reflect breaking news. But the articles posted by our staff do give a little snapshot of what matters to the students of our campus and college campuses all over the nation. FULL STORY

Ashley Hoffman Interns with Richland County Juvenile Court

My supervisor wanted me to get a feel for everything the court does and she has allowed me to do as much as I want and I enjoy the variety of tasks I am able to take part in. I really like sitting in on hearings in the courtroom. Lastly, I am excited to have recently received the responsibility of having my own case load. I feel that it is going to prepare me for being a Social Work professional and I am honored that they trust me enough to work on my own already! FULL STORY

Larson Presents at Pi Sigma Alpha National Conference

Political Science/History major Ivan Larson delivered a paper on "Anti-Federalist Fears of Judicial Activism and the Federalist Response" recently at the Pi Sigma Alpha Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Ashland University was one of 42 schools in the country to send a student to the conference. More Information

JDM's Dr. McCoy Appointed to Editorial Board

JDM Assistant Professor Dr. David McCoy was recently named to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Journalism & Mass Communication. The journal focuses on providing the most complete and reliable source of information on current research in the field of journalism and mass communication.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winter Choral Concert Sunday, Feb. 28

The winter choral concert will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. Featured ensembles include the Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus. The concert is free and open to the public. READ MORE

Lived Theology and Radical Christians

Religion professor Peter Slade is involved in a two-year collaborative project with 12 other scholars to produce a single volume entitled Can I Get a Witness?: Stories of Radical Christians in the U.S., 1900-2014. Each chapter will be a theological narrative of the life of a scholar, activist, layperson, or religious leader whose lived theology produced and inspired social justice in the United States.

"I am writing about Howard Kester," Slade explains. "He was radical Christian working for racial justice and labor rights in the South during the 1920s and 30s. What was not widely known during his lifetime was that he was an undercover investigator of lynchings for the NAACP."

Other chapters will include William J. Seymour, Dorothy Day, Ella Baker, William Stringfellow, Yuri Kochiyama, and Richard Twiss. Learn More Here

Alumna Patricia Dasco Exhibits at Second Sight Studio

2015 Art alumna Patricia Dasco reveals a final presentation of her work "The Exploration of Self-Portraiture" which was created during her six month studio residency at Second Sight Studio.  A reception will be held on Saturday, March 19, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Second Sight Studio, 730 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. SEE MORE

Model Arab League Team Places Second at Regionals

At this year's Ohio Model Arab League competition, Ashland University's team came in second,  placing ahead of thirteen other teams. This year's team also won numerous individual awards including Kelly Ranttila, Joey Barretta, Jackson Yenor, James Coyne, Joshua Frey, Brianna Sargent, and Sophia Leddy. The team was advised by Dr. Rene Paddags. FULL STORY

Middleburg Heights Police Department Visits Campus

Middleburg Heights Police Officers Mark Malenic and Dave Holderbaum visited AU to talk with criminal justice students interested in a position with the Department.  They also spoke to students in CJ 450 (Ethics) about the Middleburg Heights Police Department hiring process and how it relates to hiring practices in law enforcement in general.  FULL STORY

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 URCA Schedule Released

The 2016 URCA Symposium schedule has been released. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12 and continue all day until 4:30 p.m. at the John C. Myers Convocation Center with 55 different research and creative activity presentations from the students of the College of Arts & Sciences. FULL SCHEDULE

Feb. 16, 2016 Edition of News Break

JDM senior anchor Halee Heironimus hosts this edition of AUTV 20's News Break reporting on former major league baseball player Al Oliver's appearance for a Black History Month program, the AU Theatre Department's upcoming production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, an AU Basketball recap, the results of the recent Grammy Awards and the latest 5 day local weather forecast.

Brad Gowins Discusses His Social Work Internship

I have been working as a group facilitator in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program where I go in to schools once a week and have group session with juvenile males where we talk about different life skill topics. I've also spent time working as a Diversion mentor, which is working with young men one on one who have been referred to the program either by the school or court ordered. FULL STORY

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Theatre Major Reveals Costume Designs for Midsummer

Junior theatre major Elizabeth Davis Newhouse is the assistant costume designer for the upcoming production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was assigned the task of designing the costumes for the fairies using the production's theme of the 1960s. See her designs in person beginning this Friday night in Hugo Young Theatre and get a sneak peek of her research and designs HERE.

Navratil & Buchmelter Present Low Brass Recital

On Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, Eileen Navratil, euphonium, and Jaylynn Buchmelter, trombone, present their junior recital accompanied by pianist Susan Gregg. Read more about Eileen, Jaylynn and the impact of their music professors in the recent Collegian article. HERE

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Spring Break in NYC

‪Join the Ashland University Art Department for a spring break trip to New York City touring the monumental art museums: MoMA, The Guggenheim, The Met, The Whitney. Learn more at the informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in CFA 339.

Human Trafficking Awareness Group Informational Meeting

The Religion and Criminal Justice programs will be revitalizing Ashland University's Human Trafficking Awareness Group (HTAG). There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 16 at 3:30, in room 13 of the Rinehart Center.  This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn more about what you can do in the fight to end Human Trafficking.   

Contact Professor Dickson in the Religion Department with questions or for more information.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Recent English Department Faculty Publications

  • Dr. Hilary Donatini published "Smollett's Justices" in the 2015 volume of The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual.
  • Dr. Deborah Fleming published a number of new works including Into a New Country, poetry collection; and Towers of Myth and Stone:  Yeats's Influence on Robinson Jeffers.
  • Dr. Maura Grady published an article in the February 2016 McFarland book Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood:  Essays on Lessons of Self and Community.
  • Dr. Stephen Haven published his poem, "On the Verge of What Comes Naturally;" and several collaborative poetry translations.
  • Dr. Joe Mackall published essays "The Breathing Green," "How to Write about Murder" and "The Little Girl at the Door."
Visit the English Department Blog for more details and links to these works:

AU Theatre Graduates Star in First National Commercial

Ashland University alumni Austin and Aaron Arnold recently starred in their first nationally televised commercial last week for the BMW automobile company. The twin brothers from Chardon, Ohio, graduated from Ashland University in the spring of 2013, both with Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre. View their commercial at

Cross Cultural Communication in REL260

Short-Term Missions (STM) is a huge phenomenon in U.S. American Christianity and in Christianity worldwide. Dr. Dickson's STM class partnered with the ACCESS Level V international students from China, Saudi Arabia, and India (taught by Marcus Davis) to practice cross-cultural communication skills. READ MORE

Juried Student Art Exhibition Entries Due March 1-2

The annual juried student art exhibition is now accepting entries through March 1 and 2. All work must be the result of supervised AU class work completed within the last 12 months. The juror is Clare Murray Adams and exhibition dates are March 17-April 1. Visit the Art Department Blog for details

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ACN Hosts Speaker on America's Refugee Crisis

Hoffman.jpgBrian Hoffman, Esq., will speak about America's refugee crisis on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room at the Dauch College of Business of Economics. He will explain what the law says, how the government is breaking it and what we can do to help.

After working in Governor Ted Strickland's office before practicing law in Columbus, Brian left Ohio to become Lead Attorney on the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project based at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas - the largest immigration detention center in the U.S. He is now one of two Ohio-licensed attorneys who are Ohio Supreme Court certified court interpreters.

JDM Alumnus Wins Missouri Statewide Awards

Former Collegian managing editor and sports editor Chris Bils (2014) was recognized for his work as a sports reporter in a statewide competition among Missouri newspapers. Bils is a sports reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri. He won two of the newspaper's nine awards in the Associated Press Managing Editors competition, including a first place honor.

The Things Dan Lehman Carried

By Matt Tullis, Associate Professor, Journalism and Digital Media

...But then I read In the Lake of the Woods, and Dan led discussions in the classroom and, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was starting to get it. I had always, for the most part, understood writing, or so I thought. I had been writing since I was in the third grade. I had also been reading since before that, but in this class, the first semester of my final year as an undergraduate, I finally understood what it meant to really, truly read, to interact with the words on the page, and I was able to get there because of Dan. READ FULL STORY

Identities: I Am

Ashland Center for Nonviolence intern Emily Wirtz writes a third blog post about artist/activist Traci Malloy and her project at Ashland University. Here is an excerpt from the post.

As we await the results of the final project, I think it’s important for us women to live through this strength. We should not have to carry mace or fake a phone call in order to feel safe walking down the side walk. Even Traci expressed her sincere concern for us as young women: “We need to pay attention to violence on women. We need to take back the night…and become inspired to do something more. This piece when it’s finished will have a life. I hope it has power."
Full Story

Vote Today for AU Artists!

PLEASE VOTE for Ashland University senior student artists Emma Daugherty and Kaylin Henry. They are included in the People's Choice competition for the 2016 AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Vote for them at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Immigration and Refugee Crisis in Europe

Ashland University’s Alexander Hamilton Society to Present DiscussionAshland University’s Alexander Hamilton Society will present a discussion with Dr. Rene Paddags, AU assistant professor of political science, on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will address the immigration and refugee crisis in Europe.”  READ MORE

Ohio's Giant Salamander, the Eastern Hellbender

Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Salamander Conservation ‘In Our Own Backyard’Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall is the next event in Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series. It will feature a presentation by Greg Lipps, a Herpetological and GIS consultant and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation coordinator with the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at the Ohio State University. He will speak on “Partnering to Protect Ohio's Giant Salamander, the Eastern Hellbender,” which is one of only two completely aquatic salamanders found in the state of Ohio. READ MORE

Monday, February 8, 2016

Phi Sigma Iota Will Induct Nine New Members

The Department of Foreign Language will induct new members to the Phi Sigma Iota honor society including Logan Alexander, Sara Amato, Andrea Anderson, Kathryn Budzik, Marie Conley, Jacqueline Dambrosio, Rossana Elenbaum, Melanie Ward and Emily Wirtz. Congratulations!

AU TV-20 Previews Tonight's Symposium Event

AU TV-20's News Break returns beginning with a story on tonight's CAS Symposium Against Indifference guest speaker, David Orr. The telecast is produced and anchored by JDM senior Halee Heironimus, directed by JDM junior Sean Honaker, and crewed by students in the JDM 232 class.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Emmy-Nominated Composer to Visit AU

Ashland University Department of music will host a visit by Emmy-nominated composer and Wooster native Philip Giffin on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1:40 p.m. in Room 303 of the Center of the Arts. His presentation will take place in the Music Theory IV class, but guests are welcome to attend. Mr. Giffin will talk about careers in music including his experience as a composer/orchestrator for TV and films.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Midsummer Costume Designs Revealed

Here is a video of Sarah Russell's design process to give you a taste of what is appearing on the Hugo stage beginning February 19 with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with a 1960s flair.

AUTV-20 NewsBreak, Feb. 2

This Ashland University AUTV 20 NewsBreak features stories on the AU Mentor Awards, the Iowa Caucuses, an AU Basketball recap, Groundhog Day and the latest local weather. Newsbreak is produced and anchored by JDM senior Halee Heironimus and directed by JDM junior Kate Siefert.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Faculty Member and AU Alumna Co-Arthor Publication

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, co-authored a book chapter with AU alumna Kelsey Nicolary (2013) titled "Navigating Courses: The Impact of Visual Impairment on the Teacher-Student Relationship in Communication Classrooms." READ MORE

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dr. Rinehart's Celebration of Life Service

The Department of Journalism and Digital Media live-streamed the celebration of life service for Dr. Don Rinehart held last Thursday in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The video can be viewed on the University's BoxCast account. Watch Here

MFA Open House Set for March 19, 2016

Prospective and newly accepted students to the Ashland University MFA program are invited to a program open house on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Program director, Dr. Stephen Haven, will present information on the details of our curriculum. Please R.S.V.P. by March 16 to Cassandra Brown at MORE INFO

Three CAS Faculty Honored by Students as Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Mentor Award recipients from the College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Thomas Reed, chair and professor of music; Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, associate professor of communication studies; and the late Dr. Peter Schramm, professor of political science. FULL STORY