4/4/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – A total of 140 Ashland High School juniors toured the Ashland University campus and participated in a number of classroom sessions on Tuesday, April 4, as part of the Ashland High School Day on the AU campus. In addition to the AHS students, the Ashland High School principal, assistant principal and guidance staff also participated in the special day on the AU campus.
“We wanted to show our local Ashland High School students what we can offer them here at Ashland University,” said W.C. Vance, director of undergraduate admissions at AU. “These students may be close by, but many of them have not had the opportunity to see different parts of our campus or meet our dynamic faculty members.”
Vance said the students and staff participated in four separate tours of campus.
"Students were exposed to many academic disciplines via presentations from AU faculty in Business, Education, the Natural Sciences and Journalism and Digital Media,” Vance said. “The AU professors shared how their majors supported other academic disciplines, as well as supporting the core curriculum.”
Dr. David McCoy, associate professor of journalism and digital media, noted that “since we are all consumers of media, it is important for all college students to have an understanding of this discipline, regardless of what a student plans to study in college."
McCoy brought in two Ashland High School alumni – AU junior Bree Gannon and AU freshman Shannon Galleher – who are now part of the AU JDM program and these students shared some of their experiences at AU. Gannon and Galleher host a radio show on WRDL–FM and also produce a Main Street show on AU TV-20.
Vance said the students received information regarding internships as well as research and study abroad opportunities, which allow students who are going to a college near their home to “get away” for a number of student experiences.
“We want to make sure that the local students know they can come back to campus to visit any time, but especially at 3:30 p.m. on any Monday through Friday where we can make an appointment to cover their specific interests, have them take a campus tour and have dinner at the Convocation Center. And they won't even need to take a day off school,” he added.
“There are advantages for those students living in the area, for example, they can pick up work hours on campus with campus jobs when most other students are gone,” Vance said. “And campus life can be just as vibrant for those living in the area as it is for residential students. And those who live in Ashland County can live on campus if they wish.”
Vance said that commuting students also are encouraged to eat at least some of their meals in the Convocation Center in order to meet and get to know other students on campus.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###