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Ashland University Student Art Exhibition to Open March 12

Ashland University Student Art Exhibition to Open March 12

The Ashland University Juried Student Art Exhibition will open on Thursday, March 12, in the University’s Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This exhibition will offer $1,300 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Everett S. Caldemeyer Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and awards in each of the seven art areas: painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, graphic design, drawing and ceramics. The awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Ashland University MFA Faculty Member Wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Ashland University MFA Faculty Member Wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Angie Estes, an Ashland University faculty member in the low residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for best book of poems published in the previous year.

“That is fantastic news for Angie and Ashland University,” said AU Interim Provost Dr. Douglas Fiore. “This speaks not only to Angie Estes's work, but to the quality of our entire MFA program.”

Ashland University Department to Hold French Film Festival

Ashland University Department to Hold French Film Festival

Ashland University’s Department of Foreign Languages will hold a Tournées Film Festival in March that will feature five recent French films and one classic film.

The festival, which will take place March 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public. The festival is presented in collaboration with AU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2015 Reading Series that will feature a poetry reading by J. David Cummings on March 23, a nonfiction reading by Tom Montgomery Fate on March 30 and a fiction reading by Michelle Herman on April 20.

All three readings will take place in the Ronk Lecture Room of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. The readings will begin at 4 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Kari Lindecamp at 419.289.5110 or at klindeca@ashland.edu

Iron Toys Quartet Schedules CD Release Concert

Iron Toys Quartet Schedules CD Release Concert

The saxophone/woodwind quartet Iron Toys will hold a public release concert and party to celebrate its new CD on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Happy Grape Wine Bar in Lexington, Ohio.

Founded in 2004 in Cleveland Ohio, the woodwind quartet features the accomplished and highly respected musicianship of Howie Smith, Rich Shanklin, Tom Reed and George Shernit. With a diverse repertoire exploring classical music, jazz and related styles composed or arranged by members of the quartet, this recording also presents Jim McNeely’s engaging and challenging composition “Three Conversations.” Major funding for the project was made possible by the Ashland University Faculty Development program and the Ashland University Department of Music.

Center for Nonviolence Institutes Scholarship Program

Center for Nonviolence Institutes Scholarship Program

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence has instituted a Scholarship Program that will begin in the fall of 2015 and the center is taking applications now for its first cohort.

“At ACN, we've always been committed to helping build the next generation of peacemakers,” said Craig Hovey, executive director of the center. “With our new scholars program, we're really taking this commitment to a new level.”

George Washington Topic of Ashbrook Luncheon Lecture

George Washington Topic of Ashbrook Luncheon Lecture

Dr. Douglas Bradburn, founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, will speak at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on March 18 at noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. Bradburn will speak on “The Power of Character: George Washington and the Art of Leadership.”

Tickets for this luncheon/lecture event are $20 per person or a table of eight for $160. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Ormiston at (419) 289-5411 or lormiston@ashbrook.org or order online at www.ashbrook.org.

Ashland University Group Sponsors Public Lecture

Ashland University Group Sponsors Public Lecture

Ashland University’s Alexander Hamilton Society will sponsor a public lecture that will feature Dr. Jakub Grygiel from Johns Hopkins University speaking on “Russia's War in Ukraine: The American Response.” The event will be held Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public and food and drinks will be provided. A question-and-answer session will be held following the talk.

Ashland University Professor to Give Talk on Recent Book

Ashland University Professor to Give Talk on Recent Book

Dr. Richard Gray, assistant professor of French at Ashland University, will give a talk based on his recently published book titled "Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History since the 1960s." The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education on the AU campus.

Gray’s talk, titled “Beyond Francophone African Poetry and Drama,” will discuss “Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History since the 1960s,” which provides an ethnic, linguistic and gender history of poetic literature produced in the former French colonies of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 29th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 30. The program recognizes faculty or staff whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Award recipients are Dr. Theodore Avtgis, chair and professor of communication studies; Chuck Bryant, instructor of finance; Brenda DeHaan, professional instructor of nursing; Dr. Emily Hess, visiting instructor of history/political science; Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology; Terri Jewett, professional instructor of early childhood education; Dr. Joe Mackall, professor of English; and Dr. René Paddags, assistant professor of political science.

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