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Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Art Camp and Art Day

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Art Camp and Art Day

The Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University campus will be holding a Summer Art Camp, which will offer both an intensive one-week session and one day art experience for young artists.

Students of a variety of ages will learn how to use many art media and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture in these sessions. Those attending will develop a cultural appreciation and aesthetic awareness as they explore different art forms and develop their own talent for self-expression.

Time-Lapse Video of Ashland University Eagle Carving

Time-Lapse Video of Eagle Carving

Jack Riese and Andrew Wise from Lumberjack Chainsaw Art out of Dalton, Ohio, spent much of two days carving an eagle out of an old tree near the archway in front of Founders Hall along College Avenue on the Ashland University campus.

The tree that was carved is an old scotch pine that dates back to nearly 140 years ago when Ashland University was founded in 1878. The University had been trying to save the tree for years but it was taken down last fall.

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University’s Dr. Lisa Young, assistant professor of nursing in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the recipient of AU’s 2017 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 23, 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.

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).

Ashland University Inducts Students into Teacher Education Program

Ashland University Inducts Students into Teacher Education Program

Ashland University Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang and Dean of the Schar College of Education Dr. Donna Breault were in attendance Wednesday, April 19, when 23 students were officially inducted into the Dwight Schar College of Education’s Teacher Education Program at Ashland University. This represents students across five different education majors from Early Childhood to Music Education.

“It is a spectacular rite of passage for those inducted as they now become official members of our teacher education program and are well on the path to professional practice,” said Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, who teaches many classes in the undergraduate teacher education program. The evening’s keynote speaker was Mike Buttil from Ontario Local Schools, who spoke about pushing the limits in the teaching profession for the betterment of all students.

Ashland University's Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University Online Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Degree Program has been named as one of the top 20 programs in the country by GeriatricNursing.org, a leading online resource for providing information on nursing schools and programs that offer geriatric nursing education.

“We are very pleased to have our Accelerated BSN Program identified as one of the top 20 in the country,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Ashland University Prison Outreach Program Featured on NPR Station

Ashland University Prison Outreach Program Featured on NPR Station

A news segment on Ashland University’s Prison Outreach Program was featured April 18 on 89.7fm WGBH, Boston’s local NPR station. Ashland University serves one of the largest student populations in the Pell Second Chance pilot program.

Lydia Emmanouilidou, associate producer of On Campus for WGBH, came to the AU campus to interview AU officials and also talked with inmates in AU’s prison program at the Richland Correctional Facility in Mansfield.

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.

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