Ashland University Department of Communication Studies Receives Gift For Program Development and Enhancement

Dr. Theodore Avtgis, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University

8/29/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Department of Communication Studies has received a $2,000 gift from Kendall Hunt Publishing Company for program development and enhancement.

Paul Carty, director of Publishing Partnerships for Kendall Hunt Publishing, said “we believe in supporting forward thinking and innovative program development and we see what the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University is planning for the future as the very types of programming that will lead the field into the next decade.” 

Dr. Theodore Avtgis, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University, was very pleased with the gift.

“We are very thankful to Kendall Hunt Publishing as this generous gift can be utilized to enhance our students’ experiences and serve as a way to move us forward in the creation of our Health and Risk Communication major that we are hoping to launch in the fall of 2013,” Avtgis said.

Carty also commented on the department’s plans for a new major.

"When coupled with the innovative Sport Communication Program that they currently have, their development of the Health and Risk Communication major will clearly make them a leader in terms of being innovative and at the forefront of what will surely be a highly successful program,” Carty said. “We are pleased to support the Department of Communication Studies in this building effort."

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.