Ashland University Schedules Martin Luther King Events, Including Convocation

1/6/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University will hold its 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Jan. 16. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the corner of King Road and College Avenue.

The convocation, which is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Student Services and the Center for Religious Life, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Walter Jordan of Oasis of Love Church, as well as musical selections by the University Choir, One Church Choir and the Mansfield Community Choir.

Jordan has served as senior pastor at Oasis of Love Church in Mansfield since 2004. He received a doctorate in divinity from the University of St. Thomas in 2006. He is a graduate of Madison Comprehensive High School.

“We have a number of events scheduled as part of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and we are asking those in the Ashland and Mansfield communities to join us in remembering the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Charles (CJ) Harkness, director of the Office of Institutional Diversity at Ashland University.

Harkness said the other events that will be part of Ashland University’s Celebration of Martin Luther King Day include:

· the Jan. 13-14 trip to the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

· a Mansfield area Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 6 p.m. at the Oasis of Love Church in Mansfield, Ohio, on Jan. 15.

· an MLK Service Project at 9 a.m. at Associated Charities in Ashland on Jan. 16.

· a Day of Unity to be held Jan. 18 at noon on the Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus. This event is co-sponsored by OSU Mansfield, North Central State College and Ashland University.

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.