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2014-2015 Holiday Closing Reminder

Ashland University will be closed for the holidays beginning at 5pm on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  AU will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, January 2, 2015.

During this period all buildings on campus will be closed aside from those designated for residential stay.  Safety Services will be fully operational and can be reached at 419.207.5555 (ext. 5555) in case of an emergency.

Ashland University wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Ashland University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Guest Speaker

An Ashland University Community Celebration as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19, 2015, will feature guest speaker Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in John C. Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus.

The Community Celebration, sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, will host Rev. Vivian who will speak on the topic of “Civil Rights in the New Millennium.” The MLK event is free and open to the public.

Eurhythmics Workshop for General Music & Choral Classrooms Slated for Jan. 10 at Ashland University

Ashland University Department of Music and the American Eurhythmics Society (AES) will present a Eurhythmics Workshop for General Music and Choral Classrooms on Saturday, January 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashland University's Redwood Hall.

The workshop will feature Brian Sweigart, chair of the Eurhythmics Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with presentations by Jayne Wenner, The Ohio State University, Dr. Marla Butke and Rowland Blackley from Ashland University.

Cleveland Community Leader Joins Ashbrook Board

Samuel H. Miller, co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. has joined the Board of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

“I am pleased to join the effort to educate the next generation about what makes America great,” Miller said.

Miller is actively engaged in the Cleveland community and has served on the board of trustees of the following organizations: WVIZ, Jewish National Fund, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, and John Carroll University.

Ashland University Posts Interactive 2014 Electronic Christmas Card

Millions of people across the globe have captured the Christmas spirit each year thanks to the electronic Christmas cards that have been distributed by Ashland University since 2001.

Each year, Ashland University releases a new holiday e-card to all of its students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and the larger community around the world. This year’s card, titled “The 12 Days of Christmas at Ashland University,” was posted on the AU website and YouTube on Dec.3.

Ashland University Campus Store Receives National Grant

Ashland University Campus Store received notice early this week that they were awarded a $1,000 Walmart LCC Grant. Ashland University Campus Store has been applying and receiving similar grants from Walmart for the past 10 – 12 years.

Every Walmart has a local care giving committee that reviews applications and awards grants in varying monetary value. Many of the grants cater towards education geared towards youth and literacy. This program is specific for each local Walmart and shows how much the Ashland Area Walmart would like to give back to the community that they serve.

Ashland University's Instrumental Ensembles Offer a Variety of Free Concerts

The Department of Music at Ashland University is presenting four very different instrumental concerts the week after Thanksgiving, which are all free and open to the public. From two recitals each featuring multiple student chamber ensembles to the annual TubaChristmas and concluding with the Winter Festival Band Concert, music fans can enjoy live music performances all week.

Beginning on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, the first recital of the student chamber ensembles will present a clarinet trio under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, as well as brass, string and trumpet ensembles instructed by Michael Metcalf, Jane Reed and Gary Davis, respectively. On Wednesday, December 3, the featured ensembles will include a saxophone quartet directed by Dr. Reed along with a Jazz combo and the percussion ensemble led by Jeff Neitzke.

Ashland University Receives Grant to Help Other Institutions Replicate and Sustain Benefits Realized through Innovative Nursing Scholarship Program

Ashland University is one of nine higher education institutions to receive grants to share and build upon the lessons learned through an innovative and highly successful scholarship program for second-career nurses, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN). NCIN was created eight years ago by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by providing scholarships to people from groups underrepresented in nursing to earn accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degrees in nursing. Schools of nursing that received NCIN grants to provide these scholarships report great success in recruiting and retaining minority and male nursing students and making their institutions more diverse and inclusive.

The new grant program, Innovations in Accelerated Nursing Education, funds teams of nursing schools that have received NCIN grants. Each team received $10,000 to develop and enhance an educational project to implement innovative approaches to accelerated nursing education that can be taken to scale and replicated in a variety of educational settings.

Area Community Members Cast in AU’s Production of The Wizard of Oz

Bob Russell, director

With auditions held in August, Ashland University Theatre is buzzing with anticipation for its February production of Frank Baum's beloved musical "The Wizard of Oz." Not only were thirty University students cast, almost twenty community youth and adults will join the show on the Hugo Young Theatre stage. Canine auditions for Toto are slated for next week to finalize the cast.
Just in time for the holidays and consideration as wonderful gifts, tickets are now on sale at the Ashland University Box Office for the performances slated for February 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and February 15 at 2 p.m.

With direction by guest director Bob Russell and musical director Ron Blackley, Professor of Music, sophomore integrated language arts major Ariel McCleary (Stow, Ohio) portrays little Dorothy Gale of Kansas who dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world where she is joined by the Scarecrow (Nick Seemann, Bath, Ohio), the Tinman (De'Andre Peterson, Garfield Heights, Ohio), and the Cowardly Lion (Jake Riley, Wooster, Ohio) as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. They are guided on their travels by Glinda (Marley Lieberman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio) while trying to avoid the Wicked Witch (Andrea Disch, East Liverpool, Ohio). While searching for the Wizard of Oz (Scott Hudson, Assistant Professor of Theatre), they meet several interesting characters including the Emerald City Guard (Deric Dove, Newark, Ohio), the Ozians and the Munchkins.

Winter Festival Jazz Concert Presents Holiday and Big Band Favorites

Scott Garlock, director

The award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will be hosting a free Winter Festival concert in Hugo Young Theater on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, professor of music, the concert will feature three sets of music including pre-concert music performed by Dr. Garlock's student jazz combo, a set of Christmas music for big band performed by AUJO, and closing with the Jazz Orchestra performing big band music in several styles.

The Jazz Orchestra’s first set will include holiday favorites such as “The First Noel,” “Coventry Carol," "Baby It's Cold Outside,” and "Jingle Bells." AUJO’s final portion of the concert features Al Horney's "Hipper By the Dozen," Mark Taylor's arrangement of Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," Wyche and Watts' "Alright, Okay, You Win," followed by Myles Collins' arrangements of "Belly Roll" and "Avenue C."


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