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Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency Sessions Open to the Public

Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency Sessions Open to the Public

Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Summer Residency Program will be held July 16-29 and will feature afternoon craft talks and evening readings on the AU campus. These sessions will be free and open to the public thanks to support from the Ohio Arts Council. All events will be held in Room 138 of the Schar College of Education building near the corner of College Boulevard and Samaritan Avenue.

This year’s featured visiting writers include J. Allyn Rosser in poetry, Steve Almond in fiction and Gretel Ehrlich in creative nonfiction.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host ‘Ohio New Photography’ Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host ‘Ohio New Photography’ Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will hold a regional juried exhibition titled “Ohio New Photography,” which will feature the works of 20 professional photographers and 14 youth photographers from the state of Ohio.

The “Ohio New Photography” exhibition opens on Sunday, June 26, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Awards will be announced at the opening at 3 p.m. The exhibition will run from June 26 to July 31 in the Coburn Art Gallery.

Ashland University Event to Feature Presentation by Coordinator with Ohio Arts Council

Ashland University Event to Feature Presentation by Coordinator with Ohio Arts Council

The Coburn Gallery and the Ashland Community Arts League will co-host a presentation by Kathy Signorino, coordinator for Artist Programs and Percent for Art Office from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), on Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium at Ashland University.

The presentation will provide information on the Individual Excellence Award program, the OAC's online grant application system and other individual artist services provided by the state agency. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer period. The event is free and open to the public.

Ashland University’s Actuarial Science Program Listed as One of the Top 40 in the Country

Ashland University’s Actuarial Science Program Listed as One of the Top 40 in the Country

Ashland University has been identified as having one of the best values in Actuarial Science programs in a recent ranking by Online Accounting Degree Programs. AU is one of only three schools in Ohio to make the top 40 list of actuarial degree programs in the country.

“We examined all of the Bachelor of Actuarial Science programs in the United States and then ranked them based on graduation rate, quality of curriculum, student appeal, net price, and having been named a ‘Center for Actuarial Excellence’,” said Laura Kilmartin, online relations for Online Accounting Degree Programs.

Ashland University MAHRC Program Graduates First Class

Ashland University MAHRC Program Graduates First Class

The first graduating class of the Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication (MAHRC) program received their diplomas during spring commencement in May. All five graduating students attended the ceremony.

Content covered in the Health and Risk Communication program can be applied to a multitude of fields from private and public organizations to non-profit and government agencies. Topics within each course focus on many health, safety, risk, and crisis factors that organizations and agencies encounter locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Ashland University Toxicology Alumna Receives Ph.D.

Ashland University Toxicology Alumna Receives Ph.D.

Ashland University alumna Daphne Guinn, a 2011 graduate with a degree in toxicology, was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Ohio State University in May. Her Ph.D. dissertation research was focused on chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Guinn was specifically concerned with how alterations in Bruton’s tyrosine kinase affect the transcriptional profile and phenotype of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. She has contributed to three publications based on her research.

AU’s Dr. Mason Posner Receives Research Grant from National Institutes of Health

AU’s Dr. Mason Posner Receives Research Grant from National Institutes of Health

Ashland University’s Dr. Mason Posner, professor and chairperson of the Department of Biology and Toxicology, has received a $305,000 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue his research program using the small zebrafish to investigate the causes and prevention of lens cataract.

The grant will provide stipends for summer undergraduate research students, as well as funds for supplies, small equipment and travel to conferences.

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.

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.

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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