Thursday, March 31, 2016

Brothers In Action: Officers Speak Out on Police Brutality

On April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, the Highway Patrol and Ashland Police Department will lead an enlightening discussion that will aid the community in healing the divide between law enforcement and the general population.

Sarah Hayes, Intern at OhioHealth MedCentral

Volunteering at the Nursing Home (an experience provided to all AU social work students in their sophomore year) gave me the opportunity to work on my assessment skills and also my communication skills which have provided me the ability to complete my assessments here at the hospital. The social policy class was really beneficial, too, as I am working with Medicaid and Medicare every day and having a little bit of background information about these policies has made my life so much easier. FULL STORY

Creative Writing & Religion Major Reveals His Nonfiction Essay

Photo Credit: Max Klingensmith
At the URCA Symposium's 10:30 a.m. session in the Trustees' Room at the Convocation Center on April 12, Creative Writing and Religion major Garrison Stima (sponsored by Dr. Joe Mackall, Professor of English) reveals his nonfiction essay, "My Tree House." As he states in his abstract:
My essay explores my interior causes for depression and self-loathing..."My Tree House" is not about renouncing my psychological issues; rather it is about who I am because of them and how rectifying them unto myself has helped to open up the avenue for moving forward.

Roggenkamp Exhibits Work in Group Ten Gallery in Kent

Priscilla Roggenkamp's artwork, Haystack Collagraph, was chosen as one of 40 works for the Third Annual Regional Juried Exhibition at the Group Ten Gallery in Kent. The Group Ten Gallery is a co-operative gallery of twelve Kent-based artists. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Music Education Major Opens 2016 URCA

Junior music education major Jaylynn Buchmelter (sponsored by Dr. Christina Fuhrmann, Professor of Music) will be the first presenter for the 2016 URCA Symposium on April 12 at 9 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center. See her abstract for "Acceptance of Fate in Franz Schubert's Winterreise" HERE

Monday, March 28, 2016

Social Work Club Assembles/Donates Easter Baskets

For the Social Work Club spring service project, members assembled 30 Easter baskets for children in the Ashland community.  The baskets were donated to Associated Charities, which is an organization that provides support to residents of Ashland County, to be distributed to children in need for Easter.

Criminal Justice Alumna Mariah Lindsey

After graduating from Ashland with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology, alumna Mariah Lindsey attended the Corpus Christi Police Academy and received the honor of Top Academic and was second in Physical Fitness. She now works as a police officer for the City of Corpus Christi. Mariah says that the Criminal Justice Program at Ashland gave her opportunities to expand and network, and also credited her professors and advisor for being readily available to answer any questions that she may have about the field. Congratulations Mariah!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Brady & Henderson Present Junior Recital

On Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, soprano Abigale Brady (Ashtabula) and trombonist Cody Henderson (Bellevue) will present their joint junior recital accompanied by pianists Deb Logan and Susan Gregg, respectively. Free & Open to the Public.

AU Geology Alumnus Returns to Campus as Symposium Speaker

Consulting geologist and Ashland University alumnus (1972) Wayne Goodman will present a lecture titled “Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Sustainable Energy” on Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Kettering Science Center. The lecture is the next event in the College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Ashland University Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

APO Presents Benefit Performances for Domestic Violence Awareness

The Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society at Ashland University presents two special benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues by Tony-Award Winning playwright Eve Ensler on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The performances are free and open to the public, but patrons are encouraged to reserve a ticket through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125 to guarantee a seat. In addition, donations of beauty products, cleaning and home supplies as well as cash will be accepted at the performance to benefit Ashland’s Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Safe Haven Shelter. FULL STORY

American Literature Students Explore the Legacy of the Hiroshima Bombing

By Emily Wirtz

On February 2nd, Dr. Jayne Waterman invited a guest, student Miki Yamamura, into our American Literature IV class. We’d been discussing in great emotional depth the development of the technology of the atomic bomb and its repercussions not only for Japanese society where the bomb was dropped, but also on society as a whole. We studied in great detail one of J. David Cummings’s poems in his collection Tancho entitled “Folding the First Crane.” Miki, who grew up very close to an American military base on mainland Japan, was more than happy to talk about her experiences and teach us how to fold our own first crane. READ MORE

Alumna Featured in Columbus "Alive " Magazine

 Photo credit:
Tim Johnson Alive
AU Art alumna Patricia Dasco (15' Digital Art) is featured in Columbus Alive for her upcoming residency exhibition at Second Sight. Dasco’s closing exhibition titled “The Exploration of Self-Portraiture” layers images of nature or cityscape and self-portraits in Photoshop, applying various treatments and textures to the layered image. FULL STORY

Monday, March 21, 2016

Vagueness Was a Hit!

On Thursday, March 17, Professor Jonathan Parsons delivered his talk on "The Vagueness Argument for Unrestricted Composition" to a well-attended audience. At first the students were perplexed, and wondered why anyone would believe a theory like this, but quickly they saw both the problems and the solutions that unrestricted composition reveals. Parsons gave a variety of examples to help the students understand why problems concerning vagueness influence our talk about composition and substances. FULL STORY

Amber Moore, Spanish minor, writes about the AU marching band

Además de la experiencia de la presentación, disfrutaba participar en las costumbres de la banda de marcha. Muchas costumbres existen en las organizaciones en la universidad por así  como los estudiantes entablan amistades con los demás del grupo. La banda no se diferencia de otros grupos. Mi banda de la escuela secundaria y la banda de Ashland comparten una costumbre que siempre ha gustado porque fomenta orgullo de la organización.

Bailey Fullwiler Interns at Richland County Youth and Family Council

I feel that from course work and discussions, I was well prepared to work with the diverse client population, and have great techniques for engagement and skills to tactfully address confrontation.  I also felt confident in my knowledge of performing home visits.  The program has taught me the best ways to personally cope and how to prevent burn out, so I can deal with any feelings of stress and frustration in my internship. I am appreciative of how well prepared and competent I felt, thanks to our program. FULL STORY 

2016 Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards Announced

The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2016 Juried Student Art Exhibition which runs through April 1 in the University’s Coburn Gallery.
  • Best in Show Award: Abigail Nye of Utica, Ohio
  • The Bernini Award: Kiana Ziegler of Ashland, Ohio
  • The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award: Danielle Smith of Warren, Pa.
  • Sculpture Award: Kara Mewhinney of Medina, Ohio
  • Printmaking Award: Dana Reed of Plymouth, Ohio
  • Digital and Design Award: Kaylin Henry of Circleville, Ohio
  • Painting Award: Hannah Thome of Amherst, Ohio
  • Ceramics Award: Nataleigh Everett of Ashland, Ohio
  • Drawing Award: Caitlin Rayburn of Ontario, Ohio
  • People's Choice Award: Ashley Herman of North Royalton, Ohio
  • Alumni “Wink” Award: Caitlin Rayburn of Ontario, Ohio READ MORE

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Give & Show Your AU Pride

Ashland University is celebrating its first "Day of Giving.'' Up to $10,000 can be won for different areas* across campus based on votes. The Ashland University Day of Giving will consist of seven different challenges.

One challenge will be reveled every four hours.  The area with the greatest number of votes will win the hourly challenge.  The winning area will receive a $1,000 prize. There will be four hourly winners.

Creative challenges will be launched sporadically throughout the day. These two challenges will be won with wit and imagination.  Each participant must hashtag the area they support. The winner of the challenge will determine which area will receive a $500 prize.

The day long challenge will begin at 6am and close at midnight.  This challenge will total all votes cast throughout the day.  The area with the greatest number of votes throughout the day will win the grand prize of $5,000.
*An area may be big like the College of Arts and Sciences, or specific like a major or an extracurricular activity, or an on-campus club. Be sure to hashtag your area (i.e., #CAS and/or specify your area in the "Cast Your Vote" box on the contribution form.

Kate Siefert Awarded Cleveland Broadcasters Scholarship

Journalism and Digital Media junior Kate Siefert was recently named one of three student winners of the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters' annual scholarship. The award committee noted that Kate's outstanding academic achievements and her extensive broadcast experience earned her this prestigious award.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Caitlin Rayburn Featured in Local Exhibition

Freshman Caitlin Rayburn will be a featured artist in a local exhibition at M.A.D. Studios in Mansfield titled Spring Pastels. The exhibition opening is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Learn about Amanda Lyon, Spanish minor

Me llamo Amanda Lyon.  Mis padres me llamaron Amanda simplemente porque les gustaba el nombre.  Nací en Canton, Ohio el veintitrés de junio de 1997.  Tengo dieciocho años de edad.  Viví en Canton toda mi vida.  Ahora, vivo en Ashland, Ohio en un dormitorio porque estudio en la Universidad de Ashland.  Antes de salir para la universidad, en mi casa en Canton, viví con mi madre, Anita, y mi hermana, Megan.  Nunca viví con mi padre porque mis padres se divorciaron cuando era bebé.  FULL STORY

MFA in Grads Prove Program's Success

Ashland University MFA Program Sees Success Through GraduatesAshland University’s MFA Program believes the best way to promote its success is though the success of its graduates, and if that’s the case, the program is doing very well these days as three MFA graduates have been named current scholarship/assistantship winners in Ph.D. literature programs. Read about Adam Gellings, Marci Vogel and Kristin Distel HERE

Monday, March 14, 2016

AUTV 20 Debuts AU Global Series

AUTV 20's newest series is AU Global. The series is the brainchild of JDM senior Martina Baca. Each week, Martina interviews AU international students on a wide range of subjects including culture, lifestyle and education. In this telecast, she chats with Phillip Balters. Phillip is an exchange student from Germany. He shares his impressions of AU and reflects upon the unique culture of his homeland.

Give A Meal Nominated for Service Project of the Year

Each fall, the Social Work Club raises funds to purchase food for the Ashland County Food Bank. Fall 2015's Give A Meal service project, which raised $1,149, has been nominated for the Leadership & Service Awards' Service Project of the Year award.  This year's recipients will be announced at the program's 29th annual ceremony on Sunday, April 24.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Juried Student Art Exhibition Opens Thursday

Ashland University Student Art Exhibition Set to Open March 17The Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 17, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and award presentations at 5 p.m. This exhibition will offer $1,300 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and awards in each of the seven art areas: painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, graphic design, drawing and ceramics. READ MORE

Band Concert Honors Area Middle Schools' Instrumentalists

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Ashland University Department of Music will host the annual Ashland County Middle School Honors Band on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the Ashland University Concert Band as the featured guest ensemble. Consisting of 85 members, the Ashland County Middle School Honors Band includes seventh and eighth grade students from Ashland, Crestview, Hillsdale, Loudonville-Perrysville and Mapleton Schools. FULL STORY

Friday, March 11, 2016

Congratulations to AU Math Alumnus & Student

Congratulations to Joel Moseman ('15) for passing the MFE Exam; and to student Charlie Michel for being credited in the February 2016 issue of Math Horizon for submitting a correct solution to Problem 329, which he worked on in his Math Seminar class.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Environmental Lecture Focuses on North-Central Ohio’s Natural Heritage

Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on North-Central Ohio’s Natural HeritageThe final event in the 15/16 Environmental Lecture Series will be a presentation by Rick Gardner, chief botanist for the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall. Gardner will speak on “Ohio’s natural heritage with a focus on north-central Ohio.” FULL STORY

Philosophy Colloquium to Address Unrestricted Composition

An Ashland University philosophy colloquium featuring Jonathan Parsons, interim assistant professor of philosophy at Joliet Junior College in Illinois, will be held Thursday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall. Parsons will speak on “The Vagueness Argument for Unrestricted Composition.” The event, which is sponsored by the AU Philosophy Department, AU Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau, is free and open to the public. FULL STORY

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Vitek to Discuss Potential to Reshape Food Production

Author, researcher and educator Bill Vitek will present a lecture titled “The Perennial Imagination and the Creative Ground: Cultivating Deep Roots in Land and People” on Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees’ Room of Myers Convocation Center. FULL STORY

Monday, March 7, 2016

Four Guest Artists Headline Jazz Festival

Ashland University’s award-winning jazz program presents the 2016 Maplerock Jazz Festival slated for Friday, March 18. Along with free performances by area high school jazz ensembles in the afternoon, the event presents a main stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.

The evening concert opens with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock and features guest jazz artists pianist Dr. Michael Stryker, saxophonist Mike Lee, bassist Aidan Plank and guitarist Justin Haynes.

The Jazz Festival's afternoon performances begin at 1 p.m. with the Wellington High School Jazz Band followed at 1:30 p.m. with the Ashland High School Jazz Band B, the Rittman High School Jazz Band at 2 p.m., the Galion High School Jazz Band at 2:30 p.m. and the Ashland High School Jazz Band A presents the final high school performance at 3 p.m. READ MORE

Jocelyn Bean, Intern at Catalyst Life Services

My fellow staff members are great and I could not ask for a better support system. Also, I really enjoy working with my clients as I am able to help them better their lives. I have seen first-hand clients using the skills I have taught them to stay out of trouble. My job is extremely rewarding and I could not have asked for a better placement. READ MORE

Criminal Justice Club Hosts Guest Speakers

Patrolman Jordan Spelman (AU CJ graduate) and Detective Char Traub from the Beachwood Police Department recently spoke to the Criminal Justice Club about police and detective work. Detective Traub discussed women in policing and also her position as a detective and crime scene analyst while Officer Spelman discussed his experience in policing at Beachwood Police Department including his participation in a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dr. Weidenhamer Discusses Environmental Sustainability on TV-20

Ashland University's Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, Trustees Professor of Chemistry, sat down with Journalism and Digital Media junior Connor Dunwoodie on AUTV 20's "The Eagle's Eye" television program. Dr. Weidenhamer, who is the coordinator for this year's College of Arts and Sciences Symposium Against Indifference, addressed the topic of environmental sustainability.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Being Muslim in America

Dr. Iyad Ajwa, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, will share his testimony of faith - "Being Muslim in America: A Time of Sharing with Dr. Iyad Ajwa" - on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium.

In a polarized political season, those of the Islamic faith come to the forefront as the United States attempts to find a response to increasing terrorism around the globe. Both positively and negatively, Muslims find themselves increasingly scrutinized and in need of a defense for their faith.