Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jones Achieves Advanced Low on ACTFL

Congratulations to Spanish major Lindsey Jones for achieving Advanced Low on her ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test in Spanish.

Community Youth & AU Auditions for Seussical, Oct. 22

Ashland University Department of Theatre announces auditions for their upcoming production of the most performed show in America - Seussical. Auditions for youth in grades 2 - 8 will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. University student auditions will be held on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. MORE INFO

Sgt. of Columbus Sexual Assault Unit Visits AU

Sgt. Pelphrey of the Sexual Assault Unit at the Columbus Police Department spoke to Criminal Justice students about the Special Victims Bureau. He discussed the various units that are a part of this bureau and what each of their roles are in investigations. Sgt. Pelphrey concluded his presentation by discussing the different employment and internship opportunities the Columbus PD offers, and discussed what qualities they are looking for when recruiting. READ MORE

First Open Mic Night a Success

On October 4, a group of Ashland University students met in Eagles Landing for the first Open Mic Night. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, Open Mic Night is a monthly gathering of students to read their creative work. Four students read their creative works. Three read short stories that they wrote and one shared a poem. Students are invited to join us for the next Open Mic Night on November 1 at 9pm in Eagles Landing. READ MORE

Thursday, October 12, 2017

AU Alumnus Exhibits 'Opioid Trail' Exhibit in NYC

Ashland University alumnus Andrew D. Ringler's exhibition titled "The Opioid Trail " is on view from October 4-22 at Gallery OneTwentyEight in NYC. Ringler's work is a stirring visual exploration of the people and places throughout rural America affected by a dismal outbreak of despair and drug abuse. READ MORE

Nesbitt Shines at WVMC Internship

This past summer, senior journalism and digital media major Tom Nesbitt worked more than 100 hours for his internship at WVMC in Mansfield, Ohio. Tom explains, "my internship at WVMC provided me with experience that shall be valuable to my future career, especially working in multiple formats and genres." READ MORE

Biology Major Interned in Croatia

Senior biology and health and risk communication major Hannah Wiles is planning to become a physicians assistant after graduating in the spring.  This past summer Hannah interned for two weeks in a hospital in Pula, Croatia as part of a program called Gap Medics. FULL STORY

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rinehart Lecture: The Virtues of a Christian Teacher

Ashland University Lecture to Center on ‘The Virtues of a Christian Teacher’ This year’s Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology will feature Dr. Wesley Null, vice provost for Undergraduate Education and professor of Curriculum at Baylor University in Texas, speaking on the topic of “The Virtues of a Christian Teacher.” The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Jack and Deb Miller Chapel and is free and open to the public. READ MORE

Byndas Passes Exam C

Congratulations to Michael Byndas for passing Exam C: Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models, of the Actuarial Science exams.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Le Studies Abroad in Seoul

Brian Le, a history, political science and international political studies triple major and Ashbrook Scholar, is studying abroad this semester at Handong Global University in South Korea. He’s studying lots of American legal and constitutional thought as well as Korean foreign policy and even some Chinese political theory. READ MORE

100% Pass Rate for Integrated Language Arts

The English Department is pleased to announce that 100% of the test takers in the Integrated Language Arts and Bachelor's Plus programs passed both exams required for licensure by the state of Ohio in the 2016-17 academic year. READ MORE

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bastian Added to OhioLINK ETD Center

Congratulations to Ryan Bastian, whose thesis has been added to the OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations Center.  Ryan's is the 27th Ashland University Honors Thesis to join the more than 90,000 dissertations and theses in the OhioLINK ETD Center. READ MORE

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homecoming to Feature Gershwin Concert

As part of its Homecoming celebration, the University will host a tribute concert featuring vocalist Cathi Muckle that will take the audience back to another era as she sings selections from the Gershwin songbook. Muckle will be accompanied at the event by AU Music faculty, alumni and current students including Thomas Reed, Scott Garlock, Steve Berry, Paul Martin, Nik Psota and Derek Rangel. The concert will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Myers Convocation Center. General admission tickets are $10 and $5. A VIP package at $25 per ticket will include a private reception with the artist. VIP sales end Oct. 6. READ MORE

PSG Recognized by Math Horizon

The Ashland University Problem Solving Group received credit in the Math Horizon, September 2017 issue for a correct solution to Problem 351. Grace McCourt, May 2017 graduate, was the primary author of the solution.

Jazz to Debut Holiday CD & Take Donations for Puerto Rico

The Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will present a free public concert on Tuesday, October 10, in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m. The event will offer sales of the ensemble's new holiday CD recording, which features vocals by Cathi Muckle and is titled "AUJOy to the World." CDs are $15 each. In addition, AUJO will accept freewill donations for the Puerto Rico relief efforts. READ MORE

Glitter in the Dirt

By Emily Wirtz

Gathering around the sweet and warm-hearted Israeli woman, the group of 41 adventurous Ashlanders chose their playground seats. Swings, slides, stumps, and low brick walls supported our tired bodies as we sat in the heat to listen to the tragic story of modern Israel...FULL STORY

English Major Strives for Balance in Student-Athlete Life

By Sophia Davis, English major

For some, sports consume our entire being. Whether watching, coaching, refereeing, or competing, some students become so involved in their sport(s) that they compromise time in other aspects of their lives. Though the collegiate level of sports is demanding, coaches make an effort to make sure their athletes maintain the “student-athlete” mindset over the “athlete-student” mantra. Maureen McKeown, a fellow graduate of Wooster High School, is a freshman here at Ashland and is competing on the Cross Country Team under the freshly positioned coach, Jacob Sussman...FULL STORY

Monday, October 2, 2017

AU Students Launch 1girl Chapter

On October 10, AU History Visiting Instructor Dr. Emily Hess and AU students Halle Hershberger, Katie Fossaceca, and Morgan Miller, will launch a local chapter of the afterschool program 1girl at Ashland Middle School.  Lead by facilitators, 1girl "empowers middle school girls to develop the skills they need to be successful" including public speaking, creative problem solving, critical thinking, goal setting, and conflict resolution skills. READ MORE

Jamal Rahman & Interfaith Dialogue, Oct. 4

Popular Islam, Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations speaker Jamal Rahman will present a lecture titled “Dialogue, Practices & Laughter in Challenging Times” on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University’s Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium; as well as a workshop titled “Inviting the Stranger” on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Eagles’ Landing at the Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public. MORE DETAILS

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AU Theatre Opens Season Navigating Between Real & Virtual Worlds

The Department of Theatre opens the 17/18 season with Deborah Zoe Laufer's 21st century American drama, Leveling Up. Directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, performances run for one week with 7:30 p.m. performances on Wednesday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 14, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 15, in the Studio Theatre. Audiences are advised that this production includes adult language and content. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

‘Working for Women’s Rights in Mexico’ Public Lecture, 9/26

The Religion Department, the International Peacemakers Program of the Presbyterian Church and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence are co-sponsoring a public lecture by Lydia Cordero Cabrera on the topic of “Working for Women’s Rights in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. READ MORE

Pre-Law Society Meeting Sept. 26

The Ashland University Pre-Law society will meet on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Dauch 116 and will continue meeting every other Tuesday. The group plans to bring in lawyers/law professors, do a law school visit to Akron, and host several Logic Game Seminars with Dr. Louis Mancha to help with LSAT preparation. For more info, contact Logan Alexander,

Glisson/Tucker Events Rescheduled for Jan. 30/31

The CAS Symposium Against Indifference is pleased to announce that the events with Dr. Susan Glisson and Charles Tucker, the partners and co-founders of Sustainable Equity, LLC, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

River Teeth Essays on Best American Essays List

Congratulations to the authors of the four River Teeth essays listed on this year's Best American Essays list of Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction for 2016:
  • "If Woman Is Five" by Sonja Huber (Spring 2016, vol. 18.1) 
  • "Thieves" by Jerald Walker (Spring 2016, vol. 18.1)
  • "Five Autobiographical Fragments or She May Have Been a Witch" by David Lazar (Fall 2016, vol. 18.2) 
  • "Unpinned" by Heather Gemmen Wilson (Fall 2016, vol. 18.2)
And to River Teeth Associate Editor and Beautiful Things co-editor Sarah Wells whose essay "The Body Is Not a Coffin" (Under the Gum Tree, April 2016) also appeared on this year's list.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ACM Meetings Begin 9/20

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) will meet Wednesdays, from 7 - 8 p.m. in Patterson 211 for the Fall 2017 semester, starting Wednesday, September 20. All students are welcome. There is no membership fee. If you are interested, please come by and check it out. For more information, email Dr. Iyad Ajwa at

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cowan Receives UPE Award

Congratulations to Michael Cowan for receiving the 2017 UPE Scholarship Award.

Mondal Publishes Scholarly Article

Dr. Sharleen Mondal’s article, “Hindu Widows as Religious Subjects: The Politics of Christian Conversion and Revival in Colonial India,” has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s History, a publication that accepts only 8% of the manuscripts submitted and is considered to be one of the top journals in its field. READ MORE

Thy Neighbor Art-making Session

 Art Club, the International Club and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence are hosting an art-making session which is open to all AU students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. in Room 346 of the Center for the Arts. Art supplies and refreshments are provided. All completed works will be exhibited as part of the upcoming Thy Neighbor Mail Art Show at The Coburn Gallery in October.

AU Psychology Majors Are Going Places!

Recent psychology graduates Melanie Ward and Muslimah Williams are beginning their graduate studies in Europe this fall. Melanie is attending Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Muslimah is enrolled at Swansea University in Wales. Both students will be working toward Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology.

Madrigal Sales Begin 9/25

Tickets for the 42nd Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, September 25 at 12 p.m. Ashland University Department of Music produces the annual Madrigal Feaste which is slated for Wednesday through Sunday, November 29 - December 3, 2017. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall. Patrons are reminded that this is a very popular event and the box office will be incredibly busy. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the box office, by phone at 419.289.5125 or online at MORE INFO

Friday, September 15, 2017

17-18 AU Theatre Season Building Bridges from Greeks to Seuss

Ashland University Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season themed "Building Bridges." Each of the three mainstage shows in the season will provide opportunities to better understand ourselves and others with performances that encourage dialogue about challenges in our world today. From the modern play Leveling Up which follows twenty-year-old roommates as they navigate the blurry line between the virtual and real worlds; to Euripides' The Trojan Women, a timeless story about the victims of war; and Seussical, the fantastical, magical musical extravaganza based on our favorite Dr. Seuss characters -- audiences will be reminded to think of, respect and care for others and those who may not be like ourselves. FULL STORY

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Announcing the International Collaboration Research Center

The new International Collaboration Research Center (AUICRC) gives further evidence that AU is emerging as a leader in the growing trend of collaborative social science. This is an exciting opportunity for psychology students to get further involved in the research process, and we congratulate Dr. Chris Chartier for leading the charge! READ MORE

JDM First to Use Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence Classroom

JDM's Maggie Cogar and her JDM 307: Advanced Reporting and Editing class were the first to use the newly designed Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence Classroom. Maggie felt that the collaborative work space and flexible technology was a great fit for her advanced journalism course.

Lindecamp Earns Degree; Reception Planned

Kari Lindecamp, Administrative Assistant for the Departments of English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, and Religion, has earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology from the College of Education. We will celebrate in the second-floor faculty lounge in Bixler Hall on Monday, October 2 at 3 p.m. READ MORE

Monday, September 11, 2017

POSTPONED: 9/12 & 9/13 Symposium Events

Due to constraints put on travel for Dr. Glisson and Mr. Tucker from the hurricane, Tuesday and Wednesday's Symposium Against Indifference events are postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Communication Studies Visiting Instructor Named Fellow

Amanda Weed was named a Kopenhaver Center Fellow of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at the 100th Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Chicago. Weed is among 47 women from colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to be a Kopenhaver Center Fellow and participate in the seminar on professional leadership and team building, “Women Faculty Moving Forward: A Pathway to Success in the Academy.” READ MORE

Alumna is Postdoctoral Fellow in Regulatory Science Guinn (Toxicology '11) earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from The Ohio State University, working in the chronic lymphocytic leukemia laboratory.  Currrently she works as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University in the Program for Regulatory Science and Medicine. Daphne is working on a research project focused on using real world data collected with electronic health records to inform research studies that can improve efficacy and reduce the cost of clinical development for drugs benefitting patients with rare diseases. READ MORE

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017-2018 Arts Guide Released

The College of Arts & Sciences at Ashland University has released its annual Arts Guide which highlights multiple arts events for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Arts Guide offers a comprehensive view of the Ashland University Theatre season, Department of Music recitals and special events, and Coburn Art Gallery exhibitions. Arts patrons are encouraged to use the Arts Guide as they plan their cultural events as a one-stop reference guide which includes events from August 28 to May 18. View Arts Guide Online

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Symposium Against Indifference Kicks Off Sept. 12

Organized by the College of Arts & Sciences, the biennial Symposium Against Indifference returns in 2017-2018 with the theme of “Building Bridges Through Dialogue.” In particular, this year's events seek to elevate the level of discourse to civil discussion of diverse perspectives.

The series will kick off with presentations by Dr. Susan Glisson and Charles Tucker, the partners and co-founders of Sustainable Equity, LLC, who will share stories of dialogue, understanding and trust within divided America.

Glisson and Tucker will present a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and an interactive workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. with both events being held in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center. With co-sponsorship by the Department of Religion, these programs are free and open to the public. READ MORE

Fall 2017 AU Theatre Auditions Announced

Auditions for the Fall 2017 AU Theatre productions begin on Tuesday, August 29. All Ashland University students are welcome! Details HERE

Ashland Area Chorus Rehearsals Begin Monday

Image may contain: 15 peopleBeginning Monday, August 28, the Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), under the direction of Libby Slade invites area singers to their fall season with rehearsals held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts. Details HERE

Theatre Interest Meeting, Aug. 28

All Ashland University students are invited to the annual theatre interest meeting on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Find out how you can get involved on stage, backstage and front of house from performing to building sets and costumes, operating lights and sound, or ushering.

MFA Intern Finds Creative Community at Summer Residency

By Julia Swanson-Hines, Creative Writing and English major

...I buy a notebook within the first few days simply to allow all that I’m learning to find a home for good because the file cabinets in my head are simply overwhelmed. I write poetry at the end of each day, so filled with creativity and the demand to create after the craft seminars that give me tools to expand characterization or ponder point of view choice--after being surrounded by people who care about the same thing as me; we all want to create a piece of decent creative work, whether it be nonfiction, poetry, or fiction... FULL STORY

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Choir Tour to Germany Featured in Accent Magazine

The 2017 spring choir tour to Germany is featured in the fall issue of the Ashland University alumni publication, The Accent Magazine. View the article online at

Geology Alumna Studies Lead Corrosion

AU Geology alumna Jennifer Miller Tully ('11) is conducting research to understand lead pipe corrosion to help reduce problems such as occurred recently in Flint, Michigan due to the corrosion of lead water supply lines. Her lab was featured in a recent NOVA PBS special on the problems in Flint, and Jennifer appears in the video shortly after the 51 minute mark. Watch HERE

Call for Papers for Nonviolence Conference

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted using the online submission form linked here no later than October 15, 2017. Presenters should plan on a 35-minute paper or presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome panel proposals. READ MORE

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 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