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Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

The Ashland University 2017 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the AU Art Department, on April 20, at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception.

Alicia Jones was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU Art Department faculty. Jones’ artworks bring light to the stigmas of difficult topics that many face or fear facing and the taboo nature of the individuals going through them to talk about them.

Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and the Women’s Chorus will present a spring choral concert program of an eclectic mix from American compositions to spirituals and a cappella pieces during a “Choral Collage Concert” on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir and Chamber Singers. After its spring tour in Germany and a concert with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, the University Choir has prepared three great works by American composers for its final concert of the year. The selections include Randall Thompson's The Last Words of David (text from Biblical book of II Samuel), Z. Randall Stroope's Amor de mi Alma (text by 16th century poet Garcilaso de la Vega) and Eric Whitacre's With a Lily in Your Hand (text by 20th century poet Garcia Lorca).

AU Music Presents a Variety of Recitals to Close Spring Semester

AU Music Presents a Variety of Recitals to Close Spring Semester

The Department of Music at Ashland University announces a variety of recitals to close the spring semester including small ensembles such as brass, saxophone, string and jazz combos, as well as vocal soloists and the semi-annual Jazz at the Nest. All of the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Recitals are performed in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, with the exception of Jazz at the Nest, which is held in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

On Wednesday, April 19, several student ensembles will perform in a joint recital including saxophone, brass and string ensembles under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, Michael Metcalf and Jane Reed, respectively. In addition, Jeff Neitzke will lead the jazz combo on the program.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery and the AU Art Club to Host Student Run Benefit Art Pop-Up Shop

Coburn Gallery and the AU Art Club will host Student Run Benefit Art Pop-Up Shop

Just in time for spring, the Coburn Gallery and the AU Art Club will host a student run one-day Benefit Art Pop-Up Shop in the Center for the Arts building on Thursday, April 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. All sale proceeds will benefit the Kiana Ziegler Leukemia Fund. Kiana is an AU art major from Ashland, Ohio, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The monies raised will help offset her travel and medical expenses.

Customers can browse the artful hand crafted items created by Ashland University art students and faculty. “We’re thrilled to host a unique and temporary pop-up experience for art lovers in our own backyard while raising funds to benefit Kiana,” said Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery.

Ashland University Lectures to Feature Bestselling Author Joshua Charles

Bestselling author and historian Joshua Charles will give two presentations on the topic of “Myth Busters” as part of Ashland University’s inaugural Faith and Society Lecture Series to be held Wednesday, April 26, in Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Charles will speak April 26 on “Myth Busters: Religion and a Free Society” at a 3:30 p.m. session, and will speak on “Myth Busters: Dispelling Misconceptions of the Founders” at a 7 p.m. session that evening.

Ashland University Lectures to Feature Bestselling Author Joshua Charles

Spring Band Concert Celebrates Senior AU Band Members

Ashland University Department of Music presents its final band concert of the 2016-2017 academic year on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 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. Admission to the concert is complimentary and open to the public.

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) will open the concert with Prelude on an Old English Hymn op. 67 by Robert Sheldon, which is based on the famous hymn All Creatures of Our God and King; followed by Vincent Persichetti's Pageant, a commissioned piece for the American Bandmaster's Association. The Community Band will then be joined by guest clarinetist Dr. Thomas Reed to perform Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella Solo for Clarinet and Band. AACCB will close their portion of the concert with the Nathan Hale Trilogy by James Curnow, which was inspired by three significant points in the life of this legendary American hero from the Revolutionary War.

Spring Band Concert Celebrates Senior AU Band Members

AU College of Arts and Sciences’ Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

AU College of Arts and Sciences’ Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium that will feature the works of over 60 students from 15 departments in the College.

According to Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, trustees’ distinguished professor of chemistry, the April 11 symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. The symposium will feature oral presentations, performances, poster presentations and art exhibitions.

AU Hires New Director of Online Criminal Justice Program

Ashland University Hires New Director of Online Criminal Justice Program

Ashland University has hired Dr. Mark Rubin as the new director and professional instructor of the Online Criminal Justice program. He began in this position on March 1.

“We are thrilled to have someone like Dr. Rubin join our team,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Rubin's blend of law enforcement and academic experience make him an ideal person to direct our adult online program in criminal justice.”

AU Holds Lecture to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Interdisciplinary Science Course

AU Holds Lecture to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Interdisciplinary Science Course

A lecture presented by Dr. Allan M. Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, was held on the AU campus March 29 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of an Interdisciplinary Science Course at Ashland University.

Dr. Brandt spoke to an audience of nearly 250 people on the topic, “The Tobacco Pandemic and Global Governance: Historical and ethical perspectives on the persistence of smoking in the 21st century.” Brandt holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.

Winner of AU’s River Teeth Award Wins Major PEN Writers Award

Winner of AU’s River Teeth Award Wins Major PEN Writers Award

The 2014 winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award, a prize book series initiated by two Ashland English professors and published by University of New Mexico Press, reaped a major PEN literary award at ceremonies in New York City on Monday, March 27. Angela Morales, whose The Girls in My Town was selected by bestselling author Cheryl Strayed as a River Teeth winner from five finalists chosen by AU English Professors Joe Mackall and Dan Lehman, won the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay. Morales’s PEN award carries a $10,000 prize.

In citing the River Teeth book series winner, PEN judges stated: “The Girls in My Town is the work of a masterful writer who is adept at the art of implication. The elegantly structured essays in The Girls in My Town illuminate the politics of everyday life with quiet wit and real humanity. Angela Morales writes with nuance, humility, and bold feminism about life and death, love and anger, and striving to find a place to belong.”

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