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AU Commencement Outside at Miller Stadium

Ashland University’s Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony for today will be held OUTSIDE at Miller Stadium in the Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street on the northwest side of campus. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. with the procession to begin at approximately 9:55 a.m. No tickets are needed for the ceremony held at the Stadium.

Graduating students and faculty who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9 a.m. at the soccer field and track located just southwest of the football stadium. Handicapped parking for those attending the ceremony will be located in parking lot E, which is lot located next to the John C. Myers Convocation Center and Amstutz Hall.

AU’s Outdoor Commencement Option Being Moved to Miller Stadium

AU’s Outdoor Commencement Option Being Moved to Miller Stadium

Because of the soft ground and the forecast for more rain this week, Ashland University administrators have decided to move the outdoor location back to Miller Stadium for the May 5 Commencement. The location had been scheduled for the front lawn of Founders Hall as part of the 140th anniversary celebration of the University.

“It has been an unusually wet and cold spring and the ground is still saturated,” said Rick Ewing, vice president of operations and planning. “We are worried that with the wet conditions of the front lawn and the forecast for more rain, the lawn will be too soft to accommodate the ceremony.”

Grant Leads to Development of Sensory Rooms in Ashland University’s College of Education and Elyria Campus

Grant Leads to Development of Sensory Rooms in Ashland University’s College of Education and Elyria Campus

Ashland University’s Department of Teacher Education in the Dwight Schar College of Education received a $216,093 curriculum development grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children last fall and this grant has allowed the department to create dual licensure programs between early childhood, middle grades education and K-12 intervention specialist.

“The new curriculum proposals are under review with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and, as part of this grant, two active sensory rooms -- one on main campus in the Dwight Schar College of Education and one on the AU campus of Lorain County Community College in Elyria -- have been completed,” said Jason Ellis, principal investigator for the grant and professor of teacher education at AU.

Dr. Lucille Ford Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

Dr. Lucille Ford Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

Ashland native Dr. Lucille Ford was selected as a 2018 inductee into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Hall of Excellence and she attended the induction ceremony held in Columbus last week.

An emeritus trustee of Ashland University, Dr. Ford served the University as provost, dean and professor, and also received a degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1995. Ford, who was nominated by Ashland University, was one of two inductees into the Hall of Excellence this year.

Ashland University, Gosh Enterprises Collaborative Gives Employees New Pathway to College Degree

Ashland University, Gosh Enterprises Collaborative Gives Employees New Pathway to College Degree

Ashland University and Gosh Enterprises Inc., which operates Charleys Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill, announced today a tuition discount and corporate matching scholarship plan that gives thousands of the restaurant concepts’ employees access to AU’s top-ranked, online education.

The program, titled Leaders Making Leaders, opens the door to potential life-changing career advancement possibilities for many of the company’s workers nationwide who wish to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The collaboration empowers eligible employees to enroll in one of several undergraduate or graduate programs delivered online through Ashland University.

Ashland University Program Named One of Top 10 in Country

Ashland University’s online Associate in Criminal Justice Degree Program has been named one of the Top 10 programs in the country by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.

“I am very pleased that OnlineSchoolsCenter.com has recognized the success and value of our online Associate in Criminal Justice degree program by ranking us in the Top 10 programs in the nation,” said Dr. Todd Marshall, associate provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies.

Ashland University Program Named One of Top 10 in Country

Local Groups to Hold Public Forum on Opioid Epidemic

Local Groups to Hold Public Forum on Opioid Epidemic

2/6/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Center for Civic Life at Ashland University (CCL), in cooperation with the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County (MHRB) and the Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ACCADA), will hold a public forum titled, “What Should We Do about the Opioid Epidemic?”

The forum is free and open to the public and is being held at the Ashland Public Library on Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stockwell Room.

Ashland University Director Writes Books as Part of Series

Dr. David Silverberg, director of the Telego Center for Educational Improvement at Ashland University, has written two books as part of his Changing the Light Bulb series.

The first book, titled “Empowerment at the Tower: Leadership & Identity in Higher Education,” focused on the issue of Leadership and Identity and was released right around the first of the year, while the second book, titled “Institutional Change from Within: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education,” focuses on issues of teaching and learning and was just published.

Ashland University Director Writes Books as Part of Series

Ashland University Online Programs Receive Recognition

Ashland University Online Programs Receive Recognition

Two of Ashland University’s online programs were recognized with high rankings in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2018.

AU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online Program was ranked as the second best online private program in Ohio and 131st ranked program nationally among the Best Online MBA Programs, while AU’s Online Bachelor’s Program was rated as the second best online private program in Ohio and the 153rd ranked program nationally among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

Ashland University Columbus Center Receives Neighborhood Partnership Grant

Ashland University Columbus Center Receives Neighborhood Partnership Grant

Ashland University’s Columbus Center, in partnership with Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus and Life Skills North, received a $4,000 Neighborhood Partnership Grant. The Neighborhood Partnership Grants Program is made possible through the generous support of the City of Columbus Department of Development, PNC, the Columbus Foundation and United Way of Central Ohio.

The grant project paid for the painting of colorful stencils on the playground areas of two parking lots – one located on the northeast auxiliary parking lot of Ashland University and the other the north parking lot of Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus, immediately adjacent to a small playground.

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