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AU to Host Speaker and Sponsor Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

AU to Hold Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ashland University is hosting Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn from Cleveland State University to speak as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on the AU campus. In addition, AU G.I.V.S. is hosting a day of service in conjunction with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about food insecurity and provide food boxes to Ashland area seniors in need. During the day, AU students, faculty, staff have been invited to take part in a call to action for our Day of Service; A Day On Not A Day Off. AU G.I.V.S. (AU Gets Involved with Volunteer Service) will be hosting a MLK Day of Service centering around senior citizen food accessibility. That day, volunteers will be creating shelf stable food boxes and will then deliver them to 80 senior citizens in Ashland County that have been identified by the Council on Aging so that they have options in the event of inclement weather when the Council on Aging can not make their hot meal delivers. We anticipate 50 plus volunteers will be participating in this day of service, which will include an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to as an awareness activity; a keynote address from Captain Annalise Francis of the Ashland Ray and Joan Kroc Center; lunch provided by Domino's; and then our service of collating stable boxes, writing love letters to the seniors, and delivering them with a smile. Other community partners and sponsors have included Associated Charities, The Jay and Joan Kroc Center, Dominos, Ashland County Council on Aging, Ashtone Packaging, U of Promo and Campbell's Snyder Lance. To learn more about this day of service or to register as a volunteer, please visit: http://signup.com/go/jTuvqJN or call the Ashland University Office of Community Service at 419.289.5325.

The event featuring Dunn will take place Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the AU campus and Dunn will speak on the topic of “Racial Profiling: The Content of Their Character or the Color of Their Skin? In addition to the speaker, the event will feature musical selections by the Ashland University Chamber Singers with Alli Lange, student conductor. The event is free and open to the public.

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Singers to Rehearsals Beginning Jan. 7

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Singers to Rehearsals Beginning Jan. 7

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), under the direction of Libby Slade, announces its spring schedule including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements. Beginning Monday, Jan. 7, Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts.

Founded by Dr. Rowland Blackley in 1998, the AAC is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is open to all singers from Ashland and surrounding counties and includes Ashland University faculty, staff and students as well as other singers from the wider community. Though no formal audition is required for membership, AAC members must be pitch accurate (sing 'on key') and be able to learn and perform their parts successfully. Previous choral experience is helpful.

Ashland University to Hold Remembrance for Elizabeth Pastor

Ashland University to Hold Remembrance for Elizabeth Pastor

Ashland University will host a remembrance to honor the memory of Elizabeth Pastor on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The event will begin with a reception in the Coburn Gallery for campus and community members to gather in fellowship and celebrate Liz. The event will then move to the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall to share submitted remembrances and reflect on the full life of Liz through music, pictures and word.

Pastor, a retired professor of music at AU, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018. She taught piano at Ashland College/University from 1948 to 2015.

For anyone who plans to attend, please send an RSVP to Tricia Applegate, coordinator of Performing Arts Publicity & Events, at tapplega@ashland.edu or 419.289.5950 so accommodations can be made accordingly.

AU Mourns Passing of Women's Soccer Coach Danny Krispinsky

AU Mourns Passing of Women's Soccer Coach Danny Krispinsky

Ashland University is saddened to learn that women’s soccer coach Danny Krispinsky passed away late Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer. Krispinsky coached the Eagles through the 2017 season before stepping away from his duties last summer as he continued his health fight.

“As a student-athlete and then as a coach, Danny Krispinsky had a competitive spirit that set him apart,” said Al King, director of athletics at Ashland University. “The passion, determination and fire he brought to work every day made him an exceptional model for our staff, student-athletes and other coaches. He was everything an athletic director could ask for. I'm incredibly proud to say that he represented this university. The greatest tribute we can pay him is for all of us to show the same courage and fight he demonstrated throughout his life.”

Dauch College of Business and Economics Schedules Initial Lecture in McKnight Life Calling Series

Dauch College of Business and Economics Schedules Initial Lecture in McKnight Life Calling Series

Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics will hold its first lecture in the McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College on the AU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This initial lecture of the new series will feature Dr. Bryan Dik, professor of psychology at Colorado State University and also co-founder and Chief Science Officer of JobZology. Dik studies meaning and purpose in the workplace, calling and vocation in career development, and the intersection of faith and work. He has published widely on these topics and is a frequent speaker at conferences, on college campuses, and for organizations.

Graduate Flies from Louisiana to Ohio to Attend Winter Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Flies from Louisiana to Ohio to Attend Winter Commencement Ceremony

Kristen Haley Theriot of Baton Rouge, La., flew more than 1,000 miles one-way from Louisiana to Ashland, Ohio, in order to receive her Associate of Arts degree as part of Ashland University’s Winter Commencement ceremony on Dec. 15.

“To say earning a degree through Ashland was a goal, would be cutting the credit in half. It’s more than a degree, it surpasses any dream that I had for myself. Earning my G.E.D. was a dream, but to travel more than 1,000 miles and walk across the Ashland stage is like getting married or the birth of a child,” said Theriot, who took online classes while she was in prison in Louisiana.

Ashland University Offices to Close for Holiday Break

Ashland University Offices to Close for Holiday Break

Ashland University wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all and reminds everyone that Ashland University offices will be closed for the Holidays from the end of the day on Dec. 19 until 8 a.m. on Jan. 3. In case of an emergency, please contact Safety Services at 419.207.5555.

Staff members who work in the areas of admissions, course registration, advising, enrollment services and financial aid will be responding to time sensitive needs throughout the Holiday break. Please send an e-mail to the following offices if you need assistance in these areas:

Ashland University Receives Healthy Worksite Bronze Level Award

Ashland University was one of 73 Ohio employers recognized for healthy work site practices by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO). AU received the 2018 Healthy Worksite Bronze Level Award from the organization.

According to Ryan Hess, chair of the business council, this achievement demonstrates AU’s commitment to the health and well-being of its employees. “Your company’s exemplary efforts to provide employees with programs that encourage physical activity, better nutrition and the prevention or cessation of tobacco use are to be commended. As you know, these efforts will have far reaching implications not only for the health of your employees, but the health of your business as well,” Hess said in the congratulatory letter.

Ashland University Receives Ohio Healthy Worksite Bronze Level Award

Dauch College of Business and Economics Schedules Initial Lecture in McKnight Life Calling Series

Dauch College of Business and Economics Schedules Initial Lecture in McKnight Life Calling Series

Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics will hold its first lecture in the McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series on Jan. 31, 2019, at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College on the AU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This initial lecture of the new series will feature Dr. Bryan Dik, professor of psychology at Colorado State University and also co-founder and Chief Science Officer of JobZology. Dik studies meaning and purpose in the workplace, calling and vocation in career development, and the intersection of faith and work. He has published widely on these topics and is a frequent speaker at conferences, on college campuses, and for organizations.

Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for AU Graduates

Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for AU Graduates

Dr. Steven Fuller, professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, spoke on the topic, “Staying Human in the Twenty-First Century: It’s Harder Than It Sounds,” during Ashland University’s winter commencement ceremony held Dec. 15 in Kates Gymnasium.

As the commencement speaker for the event, Fuller posed the question, “So in what sense are all people created equal.”

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