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Variable Winds Band Concert Set for Sunday, May 3

Variable Winds Band Concert Set for Sunday, May 3

Ashland University Department of Music concludes an eventful 2014-2015 academic year on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Variable Winds Band Concert.

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Leonard Salvo and the Ashland University Concert Band directed by Kenneth Will 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.

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University Professor of Music Dr. Christina Fuhrmann is the recipient of AU’s 2015 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Interim Provost Dr. Doug Fiore presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 19, in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by former Jeromesville residents the late Edward and Louaine Taylor as a way of supporting high quality teaching at Ashland University.

Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus And A Cappella Ensemble Present Final Spring Concert

Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus And A Cappella Ensemble Present Final Spring Concert

The Ashland University Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus and a cappella ensemble Surround Sound present their final spring concert on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the Chamber Singers as they perform The Seasonings by fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach. This famous oratorio is a musical satire of Joseph Haydn's The Seasons. The piece will feature soloists as well as common and uncommon instruments.

Ashland University Professor Publishes National Article; Interviewed on Public Radio Show

Ashland University Professor Publishes National Article; Interviewed on Public Radio Show

Matt Tullis, associate professor of journalism at Ashland University and adviser to the AU student newspaper, The Collegian, published “The Ghosts I Run With,” a piece of memoir on running and childhood cancer on the national sports website SB Nation Longform on April 15.

The article focuses on the children and other cancer patients that Tullis knew when he was battling childhood leukemia as a teenager, most of whom did not survive, and how he often finds himself thinking about them when he goes on long runs.

Ashland University Groups to Sponsor Debate on Torture

Ashland University Groups to Sponsor Debate on Torture

Three groups on the Ashland University campus -- The Alexander Hamilton Society, the Political Science Department and the Philosophy Club – are sponsoring a debate on the topic of “Is Torture Wrong?”

The event, which will feature Elbridge Colby from the Center for a New American Security, will be held April 21 at noon in the Conference Rooms of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Food and drinks will be provided at the event.

Opera Scenes Feature Fairy Tales This Year

Opera Scenes Feature Fairy Tales This Year

Ashland University Department of Music presents two evenings of opera scenes that will feature scenes from fairy tales and more. The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Stephanie Sikora, professor of music and head of the Voice Area in the Department of Music at Ashland University, this annual event features vocal performances from student singers. This year's female cast includes sopranos Abigail Brady, Rachel Gollhardt, Maria Cardona, Fatima Imani Smith, Grace Keller and Hannah Wise along with mezzo-soprano Sarah Napier. Male singers include tenor Corey Turpin, and baritones Deric Dove, DR Haught and Jake Riley.

2015 Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

The 2015 Senior Art Exhibition awards

The 2015 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Dr. Wendy Schaller , associate professor of art, on Thursday, April 9, at the Coburn Art Gallery's opening reception on the Ashland University campus.

Shauna Spiesz was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU art department faculty. Spiesz's artworks use the human figure to explore trauma and its emotional states, struggles and empathy in the aftermath of such events in people's lives. Spiesz is a double major -- BFA with a concentration in Painting and BS in Art Education -- and is from Bay Village, Ohio.

AU Event to Feature C.S. Lewis Papers and Lewis Scholar

AU Event to Feature C.S. Lewis Papers and Lewis Scholar

A series of letters exchanged between novelist C.S. Lewis and former Ashland College professor Tom VanOsdall will be displayed on the Ashland University campus and accessible to the public as part of an event set for May 7 at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Dr. Michael Peterson, a Lewis scholar from Asbury Theological Seminary, speaking on “C.S. Lewis, Evolution & Intelligent Design.”

Ashbrook Center Colloquia Scheduled in April

Ashbrook Center Colloquia Scheduled in April

The Ashbook Center will hold two colloquia during April that are free and open to the public. Both will be held in the Ashbrook Center located on the top floor of the AU Library.

On April 17 at 3 p.m., Don Devine, senior scholar at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., will speak on “Ronald Reagan’s Constitutional Solution,” while on April 24 at 3 p.m., Lucas Morel, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, will speak on, “Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages.”

Ashland University Professor Receives Award to Participate in Summer Institute

Ashland University Professor Receives Award to Participate in Summer Institute

Dr. Jayne E. Waterman, associate professor of English, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award to be a participant in the NEH Summer Institute on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History. This program, which will be held in Columbus from July 13-31, will consider Dunbar’s literary work, life and legacy.

In the three-week long Institute, Summer Scholars work with the Project Scholars and participate in a wide-range of activities that are designed to help “develop strategies to engage the historical complexities of race and dialect” in Dunbar’s texts, and “enhance classroom pedagogy as well as future research projects” on Dunbar.

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