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AU Vocal Ensembles Perform Choral Concert of Latin American Music

AU Vocal Ensembles Perform Choral Concert of Latin American Music

The Ashland University choral program collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference to present a concert of a variety of Latin American musical selections for voices. Featuring the Ashland University Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus and the student a cappella group Surround Sound, the concert will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Spring Honors Recital Showcases Semester's Exceptional Musicians

Spring Honors Recital Showcases Semester's Exceptional Musicians

The Ashland University Department of Music presents the best of Spring 2014 at the Honors Recital on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building). Students who accomplished exceptional musical work during the semester will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents.

Featured instrumentalists include Jaylynn Buchmelter, trombone; Emily Minns, flute; Katie Metz, trumpet; and Rachel Crow, piano. Vocal performances will feature sopranos Katie Mounts and Kelsey Bowens, mezzo-soprano Samantha Diemer, tenors Caleb Stout and Jacob Poiner, and baritones Deric Dove and Andrew Shaffer.

Ashland University Alumnus Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

Ashland University Alumnus Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

Dwight Schar, a 1964 Ashland University graduate and chairman of NVR Inc., was inducted into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Hall of Excellence at an “Evening of Excellence” held April 16 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks said Schar is a perfect choice to receive the prestigious OFIC honor.

“This induction of Dwight Schar -- an Ashland alumnus, friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist – is well deserved,” Finks said. “Martha and Dwight are incredible human beings with a great passion and desire to make a difference. My life and the lives of AU students and alumni and future alumni are immensely impacted by the man we honor tonight and the strong woman who stands behind him, Martha Schar.”

AU Faculty and Students Attend Conference

AU Faculty and Students Attend Conference

Ashland University education faculty members and students recently attended the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Annual Conference held in Columbus, Ohio.

Nineteen Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event. These students were Melisa Strausbaugh, Emily Tice, Jessica Brown, Madeline Garnica, Alyssa Angie, Sara McCune, Alison Green, Ariana Ortiz, Savannah Moore, Brittany Hennes, Emily Harrington, Ahmed Aldarei, Lauren Doyle, Karley Hogan, Jill Holland, Crystal Wise, Alexis Thomas, and Sydney Adkins.

Ashland University Jazz Orchestra Presents Jazz at the Nest

Ashland University Jazz Orchestra Presents Jazz at the Nest

Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, professor of music, the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra will perform a wide variety of selections at a free public concert on Tuesday, April 22, in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles' Nest at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are welcome to grab a snack, enjoy a beverage and relax to the live music of AUJO at the Nest.

Pieces in the program include Bob Florence’s “Be Bop Charlie,” Benny Carter’s “Miss Missouri” and “Jackson County Jubilee,” and Matt Wilson’s “25 Years of Rootabagas.” Other possible tunes include “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Willow Weep for Me” and “Deedles’ Blues.”

Ashland University Commencement 2014 to be Held at Miller Stadium on May 10

Ashland University Commencement 2014 to be Held at Miller Stadium on May 10

Ashland University’s 2014 Commencement will be held on May 10 at 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium, located in the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street. The speaker for the event will be Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center. If the ceremony is held indoors, tickets will be required for the event and each student will receive three tickets per graduate. To accommodate additional family members if the ceremony is moved indoors, the ceremony will be streamed live at www.ashland.edu and broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium.

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University faculty member Merrill Tawse is the recipient of AU’s 2014 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on Sunday (April 13) in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by former Jeromesville residents the late Edward and Louaine Taylor as a way of supporting high quality teaching at Ashland University.

Ashland University MBA Program Establishes New Specialization in Business Analytics

Ashland University MBA Program Establishes New Specialization in Business Analytics

Ashland University’s MBA Program works hard to prepare its MBA students to meet present and future needs of the business world and it has added a new specialization in business analytics in an effort to do this even better.

“The job market for business analytical skills is strong and growing,” said Steve Krispinsky, executive director of the MBA program at Ashland University. “We see this as a major job growth area and we want our Ashland MBA students to be exposed to it.”

Ashland University’s Dr. Scott Van Loo Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Ashland University’s Dr. Scott Van Loo Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Dr. Scott Van Loo, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Ashland University, is one of only 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of independent colleges or universities.

Ashland University Names Executive Director of Religious Life

Ashland University Names Executive Director of Religious Life

Jason Barnhart has been named executive director of religious life/campus chaplain at Ashland University and he will begin his duties on June 1.

“I am excited and honored to step into the role of executive director of religious life at Ashland University. I was greatly impacted by the religious life community while a student at Ashland a decade ago,” Barnhart said. “I am honored to return and follow Dr. Dan Lawson who has done tremendous work and am grateful to work alongside Nate Bebout, a dear friend, and the countless others who make religious life the impacting movement that it is on campus."

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