Ashland University Students Create University's 2010 Electronic Christmas Card

12/14/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Two Wooster residents who are students at Ashland University spearheaded the creation of Ashland University's electronic Christmas card for 2010.

"Millions of people across the globe have captured the Christmas spirit thanks to the electronic Christmas cards that have been distributed by Ashland University since 2001," said Steve Hannan, director of public relations at Ashland University. "The 2010 card, which was posted the first week of December, is just the latest in this series of cards."

This year's card was created by three Ashland University sophomores -- Allen Kowal and Jim Huang from Wooster, Ohio, and Matthew Smithburger from Smock, Pa. The three spent countless hours designing this year's interactive card, which features special Christmas messages from each of the four University Colleges.

"The three of us were completely honored to be chosen to work on the Ashland University Christmas e-card for this year," Kowal said. "Knowing how prestigious of a project this was, and knowing that our work was going to be seen by thousands of people around the world, made the experience all that much more special to us. We are very proud of the fact that we were able to represent Ashland University with this e-card."

Kowal is the son of James and Rebecca Kowal, 2085 Normandy Drive, Wooster, and is a 2009 graduate of Wooster High School. He is majoring in graphics programming at Ashland University.

Huang is the son of Xianghuo and Yanwen Huang, 3798 Dornoch Drive, Wooster, and is a 2009 graduate of Wooster High School. He is majoring in computer science and international business at Ashland University.

To access this year's card, go to http://ecard.ashland.edu/. The cards from the previous years are also available through that link by clicking on the View Gallery option.

According to Hannan, the University sends the electronic card link to Ashland University alumni as well as admission office prospective students.

"We get thousands of replies from people all over the world who have viewed the cards and they vary from a simple 'thank you' to some remarkable stories of how the cards have brought back a special Christmas memory," he said. "The cards continue to circulate the world every Christmas season so millions of people across the globe continue to say 'Merry Christmas' through Ashland University's electronic cards."

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University 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.