8/23/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will celebrate the 140th anniversary of Ashland College/University as it renews the annual tradition of Homecoming and Family Day with a week full of activities slated for Sept. 19-23.
Highlights for the Homecoming and Family Day celebration include a free concert in Hugo Young Theatre on Friday night, the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game, the Division II football game between the Eagles and Northwood University, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction and All-Alumni Reunion.
“Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the sense of community that continues to make Ashland a special place after 140 years,” said Jeff Alix ’01, ’16, director of alumni engagement. “We anticipate alumni coming to campus from coast-to-coast to reconnect with roommates, classmates and friends. We love that no matter how much things change, it still feels like home when people step foot on campus.”
The week of student activities will include a window painting competition as student organizations compete to decorate the student center with images of school spirit; the annual Banana Splittin’ competition on College Avenue at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19; and a powder puff football game on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field. Check out the other student activities for the week at tinyurl.com/auhc2018.
On Friday evening, Ashland University will open its doors to those throughout the area for a free concert as part of the “140 Years of Ashland” Homecoming celebration. This event will feature Cathi Muckle taking the audience back to another era with selections from Frank Sinatra in a concert titled “Cathi Muckle Sings the Sinatra Songbook.”
The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, will feature Cathi Muckle, the daughter of Betty Clooney, who is Rosemary Clooney’s sister. Muckle, a professional singer and educator who lives in Las Vegas, actually toured with her legendary aunt and even recorded “The Coffee Song” with Rosemary Clooney, and has sung over 300 commercial jingles. Muckle will be accompanied at the event by a Jazz trio that will also feature AU Professor of Music Dr. Thomas Reed.
The event is open to the public and will be a free concert. Doors for the concert will open at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the AU Recreation Center will be open free of charge to all alumni from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pool inside the Rec Center will be open from noon to 9 p.m., while the climbing wall will be open from 3 to 8 p.m.
Also on Saturday, walkers will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 5K Fun Run followed by the runners at 10 a.m. The start will be set up in front of the Recreation Center off King Road. In lieu of an entrance fee, walkers and runners are asked to bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank. Reservations are required and those interested should contact Rec Services at 419.289.5440 or sign up the day of the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Rec Center.
A Legacy Visit Day for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland has been set for the morning of Sept. 22. These prospective students will check in at the Student Center Piano Lounge at 10:15 a.m. and will attend an admission presentation in the Student Center Auditorium at 10:30 a.m., followed by a student-led campus tour at 11 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, at 9:30 a.m., the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch will be held in the Faculty Room at Myers Convocation Center and reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 419.289.5441 or going online at goo.gl/RSWvqv.
Six people have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University and will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. These include: Brandon Cornell, class of 2005, baseball; Vince Cashdollar, class of 2008, football; Mary Kate Glowe, class of 2008, volleyball; Casey Jirsa, class of 2007, baseball; Jackie Mason, class of 2005, women’s basketball; and Chris Peretti, class of 2003, wrestling. Both Bob Potter, class of 1976, and Tony Daniel will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award. The AU student athletes of the year -- senior forward Andi Daugherty (women's basketball), and senior center Dominic Giunta and senior wide receiver Matthew Wilcox (football) -- will also be honored at the event.
At 10 a.m. the Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and Master of American History and Government programs and all other interested parties. This reception will provide an update on Ashbrook’s work as well as a discussion on current events. Light refreshments will be provided and those interested in attending can make a reservation at www.ashbrook.org/events.
The football chapel will be held from 10 to 10:15 a.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. Come and celebrate a football team tradition as the coaches and players hold a chapel service prior to the big game.
At 10:15 a.m. a Game Day Send Off will be held between the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel and Founders Hall, where AU fans are welcomed to join the band and cheerleaders as they send off the football team to a Homecoming Day victory against Northwood University. Members of the football team will bring pieces of the Founders Hall foundation from the chapel as a way to honor the history and traditions of Ashland. A free AU T-shirt will be given to the first 100 fans attending.
At 10:30 a.m. AU President Dr. Carlos Campo will host the President’s Coffee in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Stop in for a light breakfast and an opportunity to talk to Dr. Campo and his wife, Karen. Dr. Campo will provide a campus update at 11 a.m.
The Fifth Annual WRDL Tailgate Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amstutz Hall parking lot with AU campus radio station playing music and providing giveaways leading up to the Homecoming game.
At 11:30 a.m., the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and students will be held in Amstutz Hall parking lot and lawn area, with many Ashland pizzerias going head-to-head serving your favorite pizza. This celebration will include cotton candy, bounce houses for kids, face painting and more. Please note that Broad Street between Walnut Street and Jefferson Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because of the activity in that area.
Kickoff for the football game with the Eagles taking on the Northwood University Timberwolves at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $10 general seating and $15 for reserved. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will take place at halftime of the game.
Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 35th annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 250 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle for five baskets. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and will feature an Ohio State basket that includes Ohio State-Michigan football tickets. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Program, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming.
The All Alumni Reunion will be held at the same time as the auction and will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Convocation Center. Those attending the reunion can bid on items as they reconnect with alumni and friends. There will be plenty of food and seating available as well as a cash bar for those attending the reunion.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., a movie titled Sherlock Gnomes, will be shown as part of Movie Night in the Student Center Auditorium.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, 5 Stones Community Church on the AU campus will open its doors for services at 10:30 a.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.
At noon, the women’s soccer team will host Purdue Northwest at Ferguson Field as part of the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex.
Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the AU Alumni Office at the website, https://advancement.ashland.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, 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. ###