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Ashland University Featured as National College of Distinction

Ashland University Featured as National College of Distinction

Based on its excellence in engaging students, its great teaching, a vibrant campus community and its successful outcomes, Ashland University has been named as a College of Distinction for 2017.

“We are very pleased to be identified as a College of Distinction and believe that this recognition illustrates some of the things that we do best on this campus,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We focus on great teaching as well as placing an emphasis on engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom with exciting living and learning environments, and that is drawing some attention.”

Ashland University Nursing Program Recognized by Credentialing Center

Ashland University Nursing Program Recognized by Credentialing Center

Ashland University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) certification eligibility requirements.

“This means that students completing the Ashland University FNP Doctor of Nursing Practice program have met the educational requirements to sit for the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination, provided they meet ANCC's other eligibility requirements,” said Dr. Lisa Young, interim director of the DNP program.

Ashland University Faculty Receive Promotions and/or Tenure

Ashland University Faculty Receive Promotions and/or Tenure

A number of Ashland University faculty members received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees at its winter meeting. The promotions are effective at the beginning of the institution’s 2017-2018 academic year.

Those promoted to the rank of full professor at the University are Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis in Initial Programs in the Schar College of Education; Dr. Jason Brent Ellis in the Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs in the Schar College of Education; and Dr. David Foster in the History and Political Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ashland University to Hold Nursing and Health Professions Open House

Ashland University to Hold Nursing and Health Professions Open House

Ashland University will hold an open house to showcase its nursing and health care majors on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. The event will begin at 1 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus.

“This event provides a comprehensive overview of the nursing and health programs available at Ashland University and allows our guests to see our facilities and interact with faculty, staff and current AU students,” said W.C. Vance, director of admissions at AU. The event also includes a campus tour and hands-on learning opportunities.

Ashland University Recreation Center to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University Recreation Center to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University’s Annual Fit Fest – the NIRSA Recreational Sports and Fitness Day -- will be held Feb. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Ashland University Recreation Center. The event will include a triathlon, Mr. and Mrs. Fit competition, Sample Group X classes, vendors, prizes and food.

The event, which is free except for the triathlon, will be open to the public for the first time this year. All proceeds from the event will go to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty and staff members were honored during the University’s 31st annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 27. 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 Nicole Dyer, assistant dean of Student Affairs and director of Student Life; Dr. Karen Estridge assistant professor of Nursing; Dr. Mason Posner, professor of Biology; Dr. Beth Patton, associate professor of Health Sciences; Dr. Ramona Rogers, adjunct professor of Criminal Justice; Dr. Brenda Rosler associate professor of Early Childhood Education; Linda Walther, adjunct professor of Foreign Languages; and Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, professor of Chemistry.

Ashland University Master of Science Program Receives Recognition

Ashland University Master of Science Program Receives Recognition

Ashland University’s master of science in applied exercise science degree program has been accepted into the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).

“This news means that our program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as meeting all of the NSCA requirements in strength and conditioning,” said Dr. Randy Gearhart, program director for the undergraduate exercise science program and the Master of Science program at Ashland University. “Most importantly, we are the only MS degree program in the state of Ohio to hold this recognition.”

Faculty, Staff and Students Invited to Participate in ‘AU to Main Street’ Event on Oct. 28

Faculty, Staff and Students Invited to Participate in ‘AU to Main Street’ Event

Ashland University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an “AU to Main Street” event on Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event was rescheduled for today following a rain out on Oct. 21.

The event will involve AU faculty, staff, and students meeting in front of the Rec Center at 4 p.m. and being led by Tuffy in the estimated ½-mile walk to Ashland’s Main Street. Once in the downtown area, AU employees and students are asked to visit the many merchants and get a passport stamped at those locations. Those with five stamps can enter a drawing to win prizes.

Ashland University Sees Large Freshman Class for 2016-17 and Overall Strong Enrollment

Ashland University Sees Large Freshman Class for 2016-17 and Overall Strong Enrollment

Ashland University has started the 2016-2017 academic year with one of the largest freshman classes in recent years and one of the largest total enrollments in AU’s 138-year history.

“We have 740 new freshmen and transfers making this year’s new student class one of the largest classes in recent years,” said Michael Hollenbaugh, vice president for enrollment management. “In addition, our total enrollment with graduate programs and off-campus centers has reached 6,579, which is the third highest total enrollment ever recorded at the university.”

Ashland University Works to Assist Students Impacted by ITT Closing

Ashland University Works to Assist Students Impacted by ITT Closing

Ashland University officials are reaching out to the thousands of students impacted by the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute, letting them know that AU is ready to review their credits and will work with them to help them transfer to Ashland.

“Many of the credits they’ve already accumulated at ITT would transfer to Ashland University for a variety of our programs and we are willing to work with them to ensure that the hard work and time they have put into their education will not be lost,” said Dr. Michael Hollenbaugh, vice president of enrollment management at Ashland.

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