Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The "Real Stories" in an English Internship

By Bethany Meadows, English and Integrated Language Arts Education major, Creative Writing and Public Relations minor

...in these short two weeks, I was not only surrounded by people who wrote stories, but also people who became the stories for me. For example, I drove two of our faculty members from the airports to Ashland. In the time with them, they cared about me and my interests and connected them to their own experiences, both personal and professional. FULL STORY

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Choose Ohio First Scholars Complete Summer Internships

One of the strengths of our Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF) program is the large proportion of our COF scholars involved in mentored undergraduate research projects.  Each summer we provide stipends, room and board for several COF scholars to continue that work through the summer.  Over the past few months we hosted four scholars (Kelly Murray, Corey Turpin, Julia Owens, Maria Kern) along with two other students taking part in research projects with four faculty members. FULL STORY

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Biology Alumna Begins Forensics Career

Ashland Biology alumna Jessica Dunkle completed her Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University along with an internship in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and has returned to Ohio as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. FULL STORY

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vuranch Returns as Mother Jones

Ashland University Theatre alumna Karen Vuranch returns to her roots this week as she makes her eighth appearance within the eighteen year history of Ashland Chautauqua. For this year's 5-day event themed Voices of Courage, she is portraying labor activist Mother Jones slated for Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. at the Myers Memorial Band Shell in Brookside Park. The event is free and open to the public. MORE DETAILS

Graduates Land Teaching Jobs

Congratulations to the following 2016-17 Integrated Language Arts graduates who have signed teaching contracts for the upcoming school year.
  • Allie (Newhouse) Crossen at Saint Johns, Florida, teaching 9-12th-grade English and directing the theatre department
  • Danielle (Wright) Stansbery at Lima West Middle School, teaching 7th-grade Language Arts  
  • Alyanna Tuttle at Norwalk High School, teaching 10th & 12th-grade English 
  • Marissa Willman at Horizon Middle School in Kissimmee, Florida, teaching 8th-grade Intensive Language Arts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lewis Named Director of Bands

Please join Ashland University Music in welcoming Joseph Lewis, Jr., as the Director of Bands at Ashland University. He is already on campus to gear up for the upcoming Ashland University Eagle Marching Band season. He will also direct the Ashland University Symphonic Band. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reserve Seats NOW for SEUSSICAL School Matinee

Ashland University Theatre is now accepting reservations for a special school performance of Seussical slated for Friday, February 23 at 9 a.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. All seats are offered at a special discounted rate of $2 each. Reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis as block seating assignments. READ MORE

Thursday, July 13, 2017

AU Alumna Wins Prestigious Writing Prize

AU English and MFA alumna Ashley Bethard for winning the 28th Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, a competitive prize for Ohio writers age 30 or younger who have not yet published a book. Ashley will be honored October 6 at the Ohio Statehouse. READ MORE

Moseman Has Done It AGAIN

Joel Moseman ('15) passed the Actuarial Science Exam S in May 2017. It was his first attempt and his official score was a 7. Congratulations, Joel.

Heironimus Garners Best Reporter in Ohio

Journalism and Digital Media May 2016 graduate Halee Heironimus recently won first place for the 2016 Best Newspaper Reporter in Ohio. Halee, who writes for the Medina Gazette, earned this honor in the Ohio's Best Journalism Contest, which was sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists---Cleveland Chapter. READ MORE

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time Will Tell Awards Announced

Awards for the Time Will Tell exhibition in the Coburn Gallery include:
  • Best in Show: J. Scott Purdy’s “Trustafarian,”
  • Honorable Mentions: Francis Beaty’s “Lift Off” and Paul Keske’s “Captive”
  • Juror Mentions: Cheryl H. Kinderknecht’s “Dichotomies,” Laurie Musser’s “Great Horned Owl,” Laura J. Stein’s “Through Line,” Rhonda Thomas Urdang’s “Channeling Josephine Hopper,” and Mary Weidner’s “Vivarium.”
Join us for the closing reception on Sunday, August 13, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Psychology Majors Accepted to Graduate Programs


Ten recent psychology graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at institutions including the University of Kentucky, Loyola (MD), Arizona State, Miami (OH), Kent State, and Palo Alto University, among others. These ten students are entering a wide range of programs such as psychology, health care administration, forensic psychology, mental health counseling and clinical psychology.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah (Fugman) Wells

By Sarah M. (Fugman) Wells, class of 2003, Creative Writing major and English minor
Ashland MFA, class of 2015


This isn’t the work I thought I would love as an undergraduate creative writing major, and it isn’t the path I envisioned for myself as a student in the MFA program at Ashland either. And yet here I am - writing all day for over 50 small businesses, leading a team of creative people, and loving every minute of it.

Actuarial Program Receives UCAP Designation

Ashland University’s Actuarial Program is one of only 4 private institutions from Ohio, and one of only 13 overall from Ohio, with a Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) designation.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dr. Chartier and "StudySwap"

Dr. Chartier and his colleague Dr. Randy McCarthy recently had a blog posting at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) blog detailing "StudySwap".  FULL STORY

Summer Residency Reading Series, July 15-29

Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will welcome a host of talented writers to the AU campus for its Summer Residency Program that will be held July 15-29. Evening readings and afternoon writing classes for the program will be open to the public. Featured visiting writers include Terry Tempest Williams, Rebecca Makkai and Dexter L. Booth. MORE INFO

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Alumni Update: Scott Hazen

By Scott Hazen, Class of 1993, Creative Writing major

I’m proud of my work and my team, and the root of this success started with Ashland. The collaborative environment, the teaching and coaching mentality of the staff, and the willingness to go above and beyond for student success, imprinted a philosophy that I still use to this day. Leading with integrity and values is an imperative, just like the professors and mentors I had at Ashland. READ MORE  

Friday, June 30, 2017

On a European Tour with the AU Choir

Every four years, under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley, the Ashland University Choir elects to spend their spring break on a European tour. For eight days in early March, the 2017 destination was Northern Germany to correlate with the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Read about their journey...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dwier Hits AP Wire

Ashland University Theatre alumnus Dwier Brown was featured in a recent article in the Akron Beacon Journal which was picked up by the AP wire. Focusing on his book "If You Build It. A Book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams," published in 2014 to coincide with the film's 25th anniversary, Dwier touches on the loss of his father. NEWS ARTICLE

Monday, June 26, 2017

"Time Will Tell" Exhibition Opens 6/30

The Coburn Gallery announces the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” which will feature 31 artworks that culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of the artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor. The exhibition will be on display from June 30 until August 13, with a closing reception on August 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. MORE DETAILS

Criminal Justice Student Success Stories

Graduates of the Ashland University Criminal Justice program are finding success in the classroom and beyond. From acceptance to pursue their Juris Doctorate, to working as a paralegal, corrections officer, insurance adjustor, mental health specialist, research assistant, juvenile probation officer, patrolman, anti-money laundering investigator, detention administrator, detective and more -- our students are leaders in the field. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Psychology Majors Perform Well on National Exam

Senior psychology majors scored in the 80th percentile on the PACAT exam while the national average is at the 50th percentile. The exam is taken by nearly 6,000 psychology graduates from across the country, and measures student competency in a variety of different content areas. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Artist of AU Library Sculpture Remembered

Learn more about John Clague, the artist who created the unique and musical sculpture in front of the Ashland University Library, from this video produced by Charles Mintz.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Connor Dunwoodie Multimedia Journalist at WYMT

May 2017 Journalism & Digital Media graduate Connor Dunwoodie was recently hired to be a multimedia journalist at WYMT TV Mountain News in Hazard, Kentucky. Connor will also serve as a fill-in anchor for the eastern Kentucky television station. READ MORE

Elenbaum Pursues and Secures the American Dream

At the age of 26, Rossana Elenbaum moved to the U.S.A. from her native country of Peru. After living in Ohio for a few years, she enrolled in Spanish 311 taught by Dr. Barb Schmidt-Rinehart which motivated her to become a full-time student at AU. Now a 2017 graduate with a BSED in Spanish, she has accomplished her dream by securing a position as a Spanish teacher at Horizon Science Academic Middle School in Cleveland. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Guenther Plays Bach-organ in Germany

While on the Ashland University Choir tour in Germany this spring, Dr. Timothy Guenther, Ashland University organist, had the opportunity to play the Bach-organ at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. Bach was the choir director at St. Thomas and he is buried there.

PR Campaigns Developed for Local Organizations

Students in the Communication Studies 474: Public Relations Campaigns course, led by Visiting Instructor Amanda Weed, partnered with local Ashland businesses and university organizations in the spring semester. Student agency teams designed and implemented public relations campaigns for their clients to provide positive outcomes for each organization including Associated Charities of Ashland County, No Pawz Left Behind, Ashland University Writing Center, Donate Life Ohio and Ashland University Eagle Wellness. FULL STORY

Local Artists Awards Announced

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced the awards for the regional juried exhibition featuring 18 members of the Ashland Community Arts League.
  • Best in Show: MP Marion
  • First Place: Mary J Ferretti
  • Second Place: Nancy Pierce
  • Juror Honorable Mentions: Janet Wells, Cynthia Petry, Nancy Dupre, Marty Lee, Bea North, and Barb Morejon
READ MORE

Monday, June 5, 2017

Shawn Orr Presents at International Conference

​Shawn Orr, director of faculty services for the College of Online and Adult Studies and interim department chairperson for communication studies, recently presented at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence sponsored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

Ashland Science grads Start Jobs at Charles River

Over thirty Ashland University alumni currently work at Charles River Labs, and around eight science students had paid internships at the facility this past academic year. Five of those students had full-time jobs waiting for them at Charles River when they graduated this spring, and one began a job this summer even though he will not graduate until December.  READ MORE

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kaiser Wins Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year

Emily Kaiser, an English and Creative Writing major with a minor in Business Administration from New Bremen, Ohio, won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Female of the Year at the AU Leadership and Service awards ceremony. Erin Mitchell, the Area Coordinator for Clayton Hall and the Senior Apartments, nominated Kaiser for her work as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director in Clayton Hall. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AU Theatre Alumnus in Solo Show

Ashland University Theatre alumnus James Savage (2000) is acting in "8x10," a devised solo performance that illuminates the reality of solitary confinement in the U.S.A. More information and accepted donations can be found at indiegogo.com/projects/8x10-at-the-cincy-fringe#/.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spanish Grad Secures Teaching Position

2017 Spanish Education graduate Justina Fleming has just signed a contract to teach Spanish at Northwestern School District in West Salem. ¡Felicidades Justina!

Monday, May 22, 2017

AU Theatre Alumni on NYC Production Crew

Congratulations to Ashland University Theatre alumni Brittany Hartman ('12) and Kelli Lennox ('14) on the opening of Venus, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Lear deBessonet, at NYC's Signature Theatre Company as Assistant Wig Designer and Wig, Hair & Makeup Supervisor, respectively. READ MORE

AU Music Releases Promo Video

Enjoy and share the new promotional video for Ashland University Music featuring the Ashland University Band performing the Ashland University Battle Song.

Biology Major Receives Grant from Ohio Biological Survey

Biology major Olivia Widenmeyer recently received a $500 grant from the Ohio Biological Survey to purchase additional transmitters for her field research investigating populations of two rare bird species at Ashland University's Black Fork Wetlands. Olivia and her faculty research mentor, Professor Merrill Tawse, have identified the Sora and Virginia Rails at our wetlands preserve. By attaching radio transmitters to the birds she is able to determine how they use their habitat. READ MORE

Friday, May 19, 2017

Theatre Alum Stars in Chicago Musical

AU Theatre alumnus Evan Tyrone Martin is starring as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Chicago's Paramount Theatre through May 28.

"In the role of Jesus, Evan Tyrone Martin is “stunningly beautiful” with the largest eyes I have ever seen on a stage and a voice that will send shivers up and down your spine." --Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago LEARN MORE

Coburn Exhibition Opening, May 19

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University opens a juried exhibition on Friday, May 19 with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m.. The exhibit features 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League including painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media. The reception will feature live entertainment by "Rock Salt & Nails," and coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 35th Annual Spring Dance Concert entitled Cinderella.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cardwell Wins Prizes for Senior Thesis

Emily Cardwell's senior thesis, "To Dissolve the Barbarous Spell": The Significance of Female Education in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, won two prestigious campus prizes: the Howard O. Rowe Scholarship from the Honors Program, and the Charles E. Parton Award from the Ashbrook Program. FULL STORY

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Psychology Major Presents at the 31st Annual OUPRC

Emily Civittolo presented at the 31st Annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference hosted by John Carroll University. Her presentation was titled, "College Students' Attitudes Towards Mental Illness", and Dr. Curt Ickes was her faculty sponsor.  This was Emily's third research presentation of the semester, as she also presented at the Ashland University's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium and at the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

Cardona Wins 2017 Department Creative Writing Award

Maria Cardona won the 2017 English Department Creative Writing Award. Below she reflects on her four years at AU and what the future holds.

The Creative Writing program was the reason I decided to come to AU when I was seventeen. I still remember walking into Dr. Brown’s Comp 101 class and being terrified of my assignments because I’d never had to write a “real” paper before. Coming from Puerto Rico, I had never written very many papers in school. My English classes were mostly focused on vocabulary, reading, and speaking. I’d written a few essays for other classes but never anything big. FULL STORY

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Guenther Guest Soloist for Ashland Musical Club

Featuring Ashland University organist Dr. Timothy E. Guenther as the guest soloist, the Ashland Musical Club will present its spring Scholarship Benefit Recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center Street in Ashland. The program is “A Celebration of Lutheran Organ Music” in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the constituting of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. FULL STORY

AU Theatre Says Farewell to Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to AU Theatre's five graduating seniors: Logan Baker, Elizabeth Grace Davis, Andrea Disch, Anthony Nicholson and Ceyanna Stasick.

Attorney Whitney Visits Criminal Justice Class

In conjunction with their chapter study on Defense Attorneys, CJ-235 guest speaker Attorney Rolf Whitney to the classroom. Attorney Whitney, who practices criminal defense law in multiple jurisdictions, spoke to the class about the broad range of cases he handles, ranging from traffic cases to death penalty cases. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fox 8's Todd Meany Visits AU

WJW news anchor and reporter Todd Meany visited AU's JDM Department on Friday, April 28.  JDM majors and minors were able to attend a talk by Mr. Meany regarding his broadcasting career and his advice for JDM students.

Psychology Majors Present Research in Chicago

Eleven Psychology majors recently presented their research at the 89th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.  Ashland University was well-represented by Derek Baker, Danielle Bruno, Kate Budzik, Emily Civitollo, Elizabeth Kemp, Danny Lawson, Lydia Smith, Morgan Snyder, Melanie Ward, Muslimah Williams, and Emily Wirtz.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mackall Interviewed on Literary Website

"'We Read to Discover What Meaning the Writer Has Made': A Chat With Joe Mackall, Editor of River Teeth" has appeared on the literary website The Review Review. READ HERE

Wirtz and Bruno Win Regional Research Award

Congratulations to Emily Wirtz and Danielle Bruno who were presented with a "regional research award" from Psi Chi at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on April 20th!  Their research project, titled The Effects of Aggression on Ability, was one of 20 award winners out of 600 research abstracts that were submitted to the MPA conference.

URCA 2018 Slated for April 11

Save the Date for the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium for Wednesday, April 11.

Math/Computer Science Study Break

Math and Computer Science students are invited to take a break from finals and enjoy some refreshments on Monday, May 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Patterson 204/211.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jones Awarded Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship, Again

Delaney Jones, Spanish and Political Science major with a minor in French, has been awarded a scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society for the second year in a row. She is the first student from Ashland University to apply for a Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship and this is the second consecutive year in a row that she's been awarded this prestigious international recognition.

Jazz at the Nest, April 25

Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, Professor of Music, the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will present a free public concert on Tuesday, April 25 in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m. The Just Friends jazz combo will provide pre-concert music beginning at 7 p.m. Join us as our amazing seniors perform their final AUJO concert. The concert will also premiere Dr. Garlock's Second in Line for Pumpernickel.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Senior Art Exhibition Awards

The 2017 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the art department, on Thursday April 20 at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception. Alicia Jones (Bellevue) was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU art department faculty. Honorable Mention Senior award recipient was Ahmed Bondagjy, a Sadi citizen living in Ashland, Ohio. READ MORE

Spring Honors Recital, April 24

Tonight's 2017 Spring Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall showcases the following performers:

Vocalists: Andrea Disch, Gracie Fumic, Elisha Hofer, Sarah Napier, Rebecca Young

Instrumentalists: Chanel Bluntschly & Michael Byndas (saxophone), Alex Trotter (piano), Jaylynn Buchmelter & Cody Henderson (trombone)

2017 MAA Leo Schneider Mathematics Competition

The 2017 MAA Leo Schneider Mathematics Competition results are in. There were 21 teams who competed with the Newton's 2nd Team (Grace McCourt, Emily Law and Michael Woode) finishing in 7th place, the Alge-Bros (Kyle Puhl, Aaron Arnold and Bret Romanzak) finishing in 11th place and the Inte-girls (Ashlyn Smith, Emily Martin and Jessica Shrider) finishing in 12th place.

Gun Culture Conference Opened My Eyes

By Jessica James

Going into the fields of both social work and criminal justice, in some sort of manner I will have to deal with guns on a daily basis. Whether I get a job where I will be permitted to open carry a weapon or even if I have to deal with a suicidal patient who has a cabinet full of guns at home, I knew in some sort of fashion, firearms and guns would always play a part in my life. And this is one of many reasons I wanted to attend the Ashland Center for Nonviolence conference about Understanding our Gun Culture. This conference opened my eyes to a lot of issues relating to gun rights and gun control. FULL STORY

Ashland Poetry Press Author Wins Award

Congratulations to Ashland Poetry Press author Daneen Wardrop! Her collection Life As It has won the Gold Medal in Poetry in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Wardrop's manuscript was the winner of the 2015 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, selected by contest final judge David St. John. The book was published this past fall and may be purchased through Ashland University's bookstore, SPD Books, or Amazon. READ MORE

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Band Concert Celebrates Senior AU Band Members

Ashland University Department of Music presents its final band concert of the 2016-2017 academic year on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Spring Band Concert. The Ashland Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Leonard Salvo, and the Ashland University Concert Band directed by Gary Ciulla will perform and senior Concert Band members will be recognized for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program. Admission to the concert is complimentary, and open to the public. READ MORE

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Senior Art Exhibit II & Art Pop-Up Shop, April 20

The 2017 Senior Art Exhibition II will open on Thursday, April 20, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Art Gallery. The senior art awards will be announced at 5 p.m. at the reception. Artists include Ahmed Bondagjy, Abigail Nye, Dana Reed, Alicia Jones, Isaac Waterman and Kailah Saunders. In addition, the Art Department, Coburn Gallery and AU Art Club will be hosting a Pop Up Art Shop to benefit fellow art major Kiana Ziegler's GoFundMe account to help offset her medical and travel expenses due to a recent illness.

Dr. Randall-Griffiths Quoted by Ohio Humanities

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Associate Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program, was quoted by the Ohio Humanities in its coverage of Ashland Chautauqua, noting the significance of 2017 for the Chautauqua and of the importance of the Chautauqua's relationship with Ohio Humanities:
Earlier this year, Ashland Chautauqua received the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce award for “Culture and Recreation.”  Accepting that award validated our many years producing the annual five-day event that brings history to life, Chautauqua style. None of this, not the award and certainly not the many years of scholarly performances and workshops, would have been possible without Ohio Humanities. Our community is enriched each year by Ohio Humanities. They help us see the present through the past and expand our notion of what it means to be human.         
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Two Week Tour of the Eastern Front in WWII

Dr. John Moser is leading a 14 day tour of the Russian Front in WWII next spring, in conjunction with his course HIST 364: World War II (enrollment in the course is not needed for the trip). This trip will focus on the Eastern Front with visits to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Poland, Germany, and more. An information meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 4:30 pm in Andrews 102.