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Commencement Speaker Challenges AU Graduates

Commencement Speaker Challenges AU Graduates

Hugh Hewitt, a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon, talked about gratitude during his speech to graduates at Ashland University’s spring commencement ceremony held May 14 in Kates Gymnasium.

In his address titled, “Get On With It,” Hewitt said, “Today is a day for gratitude, not only to your parents, but especially to your parents. I have been a parent at three of these and there comes with it a great joy in seeing your children fulfill such a thing but also a relief of writing no more tuition checks and there are others as well.”

Dr. John Shultz to Present Ashland Seminary’s Commencement Address on May 21

Dr. John Shultz to Present Ashland Seminary’s Commencement Address on May 21

Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) is pleased to announce that Dr. John Shultz will present the address at this year’s Seminary Commencement. Shultz, who was recently awarded the distinction, Professor Emeritus of Counseling, began his career at ATS as the first counseling professor in 1981 and will retire at the end of this academic year after serving as president of ATS since 2006.

The Ashland Seminary will confer 114 degrees to members of the 2016 graduating class at the commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. Shultz will speak on "Above All Else."

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Group Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Group Exhibition

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will hold an exhibition titled “Natural Tendencies,” which will feature a group exhibition of seven artists from the Cleveland area exploring the tendencies of our minds and emotional states with a vocabulary centering around the natural world.

The “Natural Tendencies” exhibition opens on Friday, May 20, with a reception from 6 to 7:30 pm and the event is free and open to the public. The reception event coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 34th Annual Spring Dance Concert titled “The Little Mermaid” at 7:30 pm at AU’s Hugo Young Theatre.

Former Eagle Wilson Gets Ohio Basketball Hall Of Fame Call

Former Eagle Wilson Gets Ohio Basketball Hall Of Fame Call

Kevin Wilson was born to be a basketball pacesetter, whether it be for Ashland College or Ashland University.

Almost 40 years ago, Wilson, a point guard, made the first basket at Kates Gymnasium. On May 21 in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Wilson will be the first Eagle basketball player to be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I was really shocked,” Wilson said of getting the call from the Hall. “There were some guys I knew that nominated me, but I never thought it was going to go anywhere. I said, ‘Well, geez, that would be nice.’ I was really shocked and surprised, but I am looking for it. I’m 67 years old, and been in sports for over 55 years. This will be the best day of my life.”

Ashland Seminary Student Awarded Counseling Fellowship

Ashland Seminary Student Awarded Counseling Fellowship

Mansfield resident Adam Hall, a student at Ashland Theological Seminary, has been awarded an $8,000 Counseling Fellowship from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation.

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, selected Hall for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). As an NBCC MFP-Y fellow, Hall will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth ages 16 to 25.

Ashland University to Graduate its First Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

Ashland University to Graduate its First Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences will graduate its first student from the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at AU’s Spring Commencement on May 14. Teresa Schneider of Wooster, Ohio, will be the first student to receive the DNP degree through AU’s program.

“The first cohort of the DNP program was admitted and began coursework in June 2014. Individuals who have a master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse enter the program to complete doctoral studies,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Those who are graduates of a bachelor’s degree in nursing program enter after one year of clinical experience and complete the BS to DNP program. These students are then eligible to test for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.”

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

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

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will host a “Naturalist on Duty” event every second Saturday this summer. All four events are free and open to the public.

The informal, come-when-you-can programs provide an opportunity for those of all ages to learn about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitats.” Each will be held between 12 noon and 3 p.m. on May 14, June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Upcoming ATS Fundraising Seminar Engages Community Members Within Academic Class

Upcoming ATS Fundraising Seminar Engages Community Members Within Academic Class

Ashland Theological Seminary will offer a “Fundraising for Kingdom Ministry: Academic Seminar” at its Independence, Ohio, campus location. The seminar will feature three separate events on June 11, July 16 and July 30 and will be held at 6500 Rockside Road, Suite 130, in Independence.

This three-day academic seminar equips ministry leaders to develop a biblically and theologically faithful philosophy of personal and organizational stewardship that is sensitive to each individual’s Christian tradition. This will include capacity building for resource development and cultivating donor relationships. This seminar also will orient participants to strategies for capital campaigns and planned giving.

Hugh Hewitt to be Speaker at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

Hugh Hewitt to be Speaker at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

Hugh Hewitt, a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon, has been named the speaker for AU’s Spring Commencement that is set for May 14 at 10 a.m. at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex’s Miller Stadium.

Hewitt, who also served as a panelist at four of the Republican debates during 2016, is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995.

Spring Band Concert Celebrates Senior AU Band Members

Spring Band Concert Celebrates Senior AU Band Members

Ashland University Department of Music concludes an eventful 2015-2016 academic year on Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Spring Band Concert. The Ashland Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Leonard Salvo, and the Ashland University Concert Band directed by Gary Ciulla will perform and senior Concert Band members will be recognized for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Ashland Community Concert Band will open the concert with selections including Alfred Reed's “A Jubilant Overture,” which is written in the natural exuberance of young spirits in springtime; Frank Ticheli's “An American Elegy,” which was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School and to honor the survivors; along with a medley of songs from the awarding winning musical Fiddler on the Roof. The Community Band will close their portion of the concert with “Castle Gap” by Clifton Williams, a march depicting the strength and vigor of the pioneers in dealing with a rugged terrain and climate.

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