AU in the News

2/22/17Ashland University's record-setting tight end Adam Shaheen, who will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft, is receiving much media attention. style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-family: cabinregular, arial;">The 6-7, 277-pound tight end has been the focus of numerous articles, including several from One expert even says Shaheen could be a surprise first-round pick. Watch the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27-29 to see Shaheen. See the articles:


1/31/17The Cleveland Plain Dealer and ran an article and photo about Ashland University's new academic concentration in Medical Laboratory Science this fall that will allow students in the biology program to complete a fourth year at Cleveland Clinic’s School of Medical Laboratory Science and become eligible for certification as a medical laboratory scientist.

“We are pleased that The Higher Learning Commission approved this new concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Biology major. This program will start in the fall and we expect it to be very popular program,” said AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang. “This partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premiere medical institutions, is just another example of AU’s ability to develop strategic partnerships that enhance our educational mission.”

According to Dr. Paul Hyman, associate professor of Biology/Toxicology, the new concentration will provide students with a biology degree, and with the completion of the extended senior year, eligibility for certification as a laboratory scientist.

“Certified medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals and other clinical laboratories, processing patient samples and performing tests essential for doctors to properly diagnose and treat patients,” Hyman said. “With increasing numbers of aging persons requiring more medical care in the United States, medical laboratory science is an expanding field with an excellent employment rate for graduates, especially those with the appropriate certifications.”

Hyman said the AU program would be structured as a “3 plus 1 program” with the first three years spent at Ashland University completing most requirements for a biology major as well as all core requirements.

“The final year would be completed at the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Laboratory Science, which will be certified as an Ashland University auxiliary campus,” he said. “In this last year, students will focus on clinical preparation and preparing to take the certification exam.”

Upon completing that final year, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology and will be eligible to take the certification exam in Medical Laboratory Science. 


1/27/17Thomas Sudow, director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, is writing a monthly article for Money Inc. The articles provide information on motivation and entrepreneurship. Sudow's first article, titled "The Entrepreneurs Transition: Flipping the Switch," appeared today on the Money Inc. website.

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1/27/17Many media, including WOIO-TV 19 in Cleveland, published the news article on Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer's participation in a study of aluminum cookware that shows high levels of lead and other toxic metals. Weidenhamer, who is trustees' distinguished professor of chemistry, published the results of the study. The study shows that aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognized health risk to millions of people. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California's Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day.

Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples of aluminum cookware made in 10 developing countries and more than one-third pose a lead exposure hazard. The cookware also released significant levels of aluminum, arsenic and cadmium. This cookware is common throughout Africa and Asia and is made from recycled scrap metal including auto and computer parts, cans and other industrial debris.

His study, "Metal exposures from aluminum cookware: An unrecognized public health risk in developing countries," is published in the February 2017 issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment.  

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1/25/ ran an article titled 25 Grassroots Marketing Ideas & Examples from the Pros and Thomas Sudow, director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, had example No. 8 on the list. See the article and Dr. Sudow's section at

1/20/17Christianity Today published an article by Dr. David deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. The article, titled “Trump Inauguration's Bible Reading Is Not in Your Bible,” was published Jan. 20 in Christianity Today.  

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1/15/17A number of media, including Newsweek, ran an op-ed that featured a Martin Luther King Day quiz by Emily Hess, visiting assistant professor of history at AU and academic adviser for the Ashbrook Center's Master of Arts in American History and Government program at Ashland University.

The quiz provided an opportunity for people to test their knowledge of Dr. King and the modern Civil Rights Movement as the nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16.

Some of the media that published the quiz were: 



12/27/16Former AU All-American defensive lineman Jamie Meder was featured in a number of articles after blocking a field goal attempt that led to the Cleveland Browns winning their first game this season. style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-family: cabinregular, arial;">Meder just finished his second full National Football League season, and his first as a starter for the Cleveland Browns.

Media that featured articles on Meder included:  
Terry Pluto from the Cleveland Plain Dealer doing a feature on Meder, quoting AU coaches Lee Owens and Tim Rose -

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AU release on Meder getting AFC Special Teams Player of the Week -

Meder completed the 2016 season with 48 total tackles (26 solo) and one sack. He earned Week 16 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors following a blocked field goal which helped Cleveland to its only win of the season on Dec. 24 at home against the San Diego Chargers.

In his first full NFL season in 2015, Meder came off the bench in all 16 regular-season games for the Browns as a key member of the defensive line rotation as both a nose tackle and a defensive end. He finished 2015 with 33 total tackles (16 solo) and a sack of Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota on Sept. 20.

Meder became the first former Eagle to play in a regular-season game for the Browns in Week 17 of the 2014 campaign at Baltimore, recording one solo tackle. He originally was an undrafted free agent with the Ravens two years ago, and spent more than two months on their practice squad before joining Cleveland.

Following in a long line of highly-decorated AU defensive linemen, Meder was a two-time All-American, Ashland's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year (2010), a two-time GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year (2012-13) and a four-time All-GLIAC first-teamer.

His collegiate career totals include 247 total tackles (96 solo), 35 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Meder is the eighth former Eagle to play in an NFL regular-season game.




12/26/16The Akron Beacon Journal ran an op-ed piece written by Thomas Sudow, director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The op-ed article was titled "Life After Chief Wahoo," and discussed the implications of the Cleveland Indians phasing out Chief Wahoo.


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