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Ashland University Holds Graduation at Mansfield Correctional Institution

Ashland University Holds Graduation at Mansfield Correctional Institution

The first three graduates of Ashland University’s “Second Chance Pell Program” received their associate’s degrees on Monday, June 19, at a Commencement ceremony held at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

“These three are the first from the Ashland University Pell program to graduate since its inception in the summer of 2016, and to our knowledge the first in the country among higher education schools who received this grant,” said Jim Cox, who serves as site director for AU’s program at Mansfield Correctional Institution.

Ashland University Receives 2017 Best of Columbus Award

Ashland University has been selected for the 2017 Best of Columbus Award in the Universities & Colleges category by the Columbus Award Program.

Each year, the Columbus Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbus area a great place to live, work and play.

Ashland University Receives 2017 Best of Columbus Award

Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Host 2nd Annual ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Host 2nd Annual ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands Preserve, 2638 Ashland Road, will again this summer host a “Naturalist on Duty” program. All five Saturday events are free and open to the public.

The informal, come-when-you-can programs provide an opportunity for explorers of all ages to learn about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitats.” Each event will be held between 10 a.m. and noon and program dates are June 24, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14. Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Terry Tempest Williams to open 2017 Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency Reading Series

Terry Tempest Williams to open 2017 Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency Reading Series

Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will welcome a host of talented writers to the AU campus for its Summer Residency Program that will be held July 15-29. Evening readings and afternoon writing classes for the program will be open to the public, thanks to support from the Ohio Arts Council.

The first visiting writer on this year’s schedule is Terry Tempest Williams, author of several books including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and her most recent publication, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams’ reading is scheduled for Sunday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Education Ronk Lecture Hall. The reading will be followed by a book signing. She also will present a lecture and Q&A session on writing Monday, July 17, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Schar College of Education Ronk Lecture Hall.

Ashland University to Host Open Houses for One-Year MBA Program in Columbus and Cleveland

Ashland University’s one-year international master of business administration (MBA) degree program in both Columbus and Cleveland will host informational open houses in both locations.

On Saturday, June 10, from 9 to 10 a.m., an open house will be held at the AU Columbus Center located at 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus, while on Saturday, June 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. an open house will be held at The Cleveland MBA Center, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd. in Cleveland.

Ashland University Students Partner with Local Businesses

Ashland University Students Partner with Local Businesses

Ashland University students of the Communication 474: Public Relations Campaigns course, led by Visiting Instructor Amanda Weed, partnered with local Ashland businesses and university organizations in the spring semester as part of the capstone course for the Ashland University Public Relations and Strategic Communication major.

Student agency teams designed and implemented public relations campaigns for their clients to provide positive outcomes for each organization. The student team for Associated Charities of Ashland County managed a donation event that gained more than 500 donations for the Kids Closet program, which provides clothing to local families-in-need. The student’s campaign nearly doubled Associated Charities clothing inventory in just one day. "Our team did an outstanding job from start to finish. They saw what our need was and away they went with it. Their ads on social media were right on target with the goal,” said Shirley Bonfiglio, Assistant Director and Events Coordinator for Associated Charities.

Ashland University Designated as a 'Best Value School'

Ashland University has been designated as a “Best Value School” by University Research & Review, a website that lists higher education institutions that offer quality educations at an affordable cost and are highly regarded, especially by students.

“I am thrilled that Ashland University is receiving national recognition for providing such extraordinary value to its students. We made a conscious effort to reduce our tuition several years ago and we have kept increases minimal since that time,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We focus on great teaching as well as placing an emphasis on engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom with exciting living and learning environments, and that is drawing attention.”

Ashland University Designated as a 'Best Value School'

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Locals to Sing in Abbreviated Summer Session

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Locals to Sing in Abbreviated Summer Session

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), a non-auditioned mixed choir of 40-60 participants, invites local singers to join them for the short summer session and to perform with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. The four-week rehearsal schedule meets for four consecutive Mondays on June 5, 12, 19, 26. Each rehearsal is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Ashland University in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts (formerly the Arts and Humanities building). The session will conclude on Sunday, July 2, with a live performance of light, popular and patriotic tunes with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for the Pops In the Park concert at Brookside Park Band Shell.

The Chorus is open to the entire Ashland community and beyond, with previous singers traveling from Richland, Medina, Wayne, Holmes and Crawford counties. Previous choral experience is helpful and encouraged. While there are no strict age limits, singers under 18 must be approved by the director. There is no cost to the singer for the summer session.

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery Announces Awards

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery Announces Awards

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced the awards for the regional juried exhibition featuring 18 members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The juror for the exhibition was Cathy Welner, watercolorist from Richfield, Ohio.

An opening reception was held on Friday, May 19, with $450 in awards announced, including Best in Show that went to MP Marion for an acrylic painting titled “Inside and Through”; first place to Mary J Ferretti’s digital print on metal titled “Faith”; second place to Nancy Pierce for her Prismacolor pencil drawing titled “Ghost Dancer”; and six Juror Honorable Mentions to Janet Wells for her pastels titled “Mohican”; Cynthia Petry for her mixed media work titled “Blackness and Whiteness Relic 1”; Nancy Dupre’s digital photograph titled “Faux Fleur”; Marty Lee’s oil painting titled “Harvest Ghost”; Bea North’s fused glass titled “Triptych”; and Barb Morejon’s wool felted wool jacket titled “Make A Splash.”

Ashland University Catering Department Receives Award

Ashland University Catering Department Wins Award

Ashland University’s Catering Department has been named as one of the Gold Award recipients for the 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, given by The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

Named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

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