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Ashland University Professor Participates in Australian Research Partnership; Receives Award

Ashland University Professor Participates in Australian Research Partnership; Receives Award

Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, trustees’ distinguished professor of chemistry at Ashland University, has just returned from spending five months in Australia as part of an international research partnership through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt University.

Weidenhamer’s visit was funded by an Endeavour Research Fellowship through the Australian government. He was hosted by Professor Leslie Weston at Charles Sturt University.

Ashland University Foreign Language Department to Host Spanish Language Film Festival

Ashland University Foreign Language Department to Host Spanish Language Film Festival

Ashland University’s Foreign Language Department has received a grant to host a Spanish Language Film Festival on the AU campus during the month of September. The Spanish films with English subtitles will be held Sept. 4, 10, 15, 23 and 29 at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The festival, which is titled “Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema,” is made possible by a grant from Pragda and its Spanish Film Club, as well as support from The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.

Ashland University Theatre Announces Open Auditions for ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Ashland University Theatre Announces Open Auditions for ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Ashland University Department of Theatre announced it will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of the classic and beloved musical “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by guest director Bob Russell with musical direction by Dr. Ron Blackley.

Auditions for community and youth ages 10 years and older will be held in Hugo Young Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Rehearsals for the production will begin Jan. 4, 2015, and performances are scheduled for Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

Ashland University Involved in Research Showing Lead Released from African Cookware Contaminates Food

Ashland University Involved in Research Showing Lead Released from African Cookware Contaminates Food

Lead levels in foods prepared in aluminum pots from Cameroon exceed U.S. guidelines for lead consumption according to a new study published this month. A typical serving contains almost 200 times more lead than California’s Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day.

Two Ashland University professors as well as an AU undergraduate student were involved in the research, which included testing 29 samples of aluminum cookware made in Cameroon.

Ashland Area Chorus and Community Concert Band Announce Fall Schedules

Ashland Area Chorus and Community Concert Band Announce Fall Schedules

Two community music ensembles at Ashland University -- Ashland Area Chorus (AAC) and Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) -- announce their fall schedules including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts. Initially meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Community Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host a ceramic sculpture exhibition titled “Sculptural Snapshots” that will feature artworks created by Ohio artist Allison Elia.

The exhibition will run from Aug. 21 through Sept. 21, with an opening reception planned for Thursday, Aug. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. After the reception, Elia will be giving an artist talk at 7 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. The artist talk is free and open to the public.

Ashland University MFA Graduate Sets Record with 12th Graduate Degree

Ashland University MFA Graduate Sets Record with 12th Graduate Degree

On Aug. 9, 2014, Dr. Benjamin B. Bolger will earn his first Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Ashland University and his 12th graduate degree, setting a record for the most number of graduate degrees from the most number of graduate schools in the United States and England.

Originally homeschooled, Bolger began college at age 12. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, while still a teenager and went on to complete graduate degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, Columbia, Teachers College, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Brandeis and Skidmore. He earned his doctorate from Harvard.

Ashland University English Department Sponsors Lecture

Ashland University English Department Sponsors Lecture

The English Department at Ashland University is sponsoring a lecture titled “Redemption through the Feminine in ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ or Why Rita Hayworth Belongs in the Title” by Tony Magistrale, a professor of English at the University of Vermont.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education on the AU campus. The 45-minute talk by Magistrale will include time for questions after the lecture. The event is co-sponsored by the Journalism and Digital Media Department and Hospitality Management Department at Ashland University as well as the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Shawshank Trail.

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