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Ashland University Women’s Auxiliary Breaks Ground for New Prayer Garden

Ashland University Women’s Auxiliary Breaks Ground for New Prayer Garden

By Ashland University’s Homecoming in October of 2017, a formerly grassy area near the Jack and Deb Miller Memorial Chapel will be transformed into a quiet and serene oasis on campus. On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Ashland University Women’s Auxiliary “turned the dirt” for a proposed Prayer Garden on the east side of the Miller Chapel.

The Prayer Garden began as a discussion in 2015 between AU’s First Lady Karen Campo and Rev. Jason Barnhart, executive director of Christian Ministry. Barnhart shared his vision to provide a place for prayer, peace and quiet among the busyness of campus life.

Ashland Theological Seminary Names Dr. Mignon R. Jacobs Dean and Chief Academic Officer

After an exhaustive national search, Ashland Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Mignon R. Jacobs, Ph.D. has accepted the invitation to become the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Ashland Theological Seminary. She will also hold the title of Professor of Old Testament Studies.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jacobs become a member of our seminary family. She brings a wealth of academic and leadership experience to this new role. As the Dean and Chief Academic Officer, she will provide leadership for academic affairs, faculty, and administrative oversight of the Columbus Center location,” stated Dr. Mark Harden, President of Ashland Theological Seminary.

Ashland Theological Seminary Names Dr. Mignon R. Jacobs Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Ashland Seminary to Hold Commencement on May 20

Ashland Seminary to Hold Commencement on May 20

Ashland Theological Seminary will confer 134 degrees to the members of 2017 graduating class at the commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. This year's Commencement Speaker is the Rev. Efrem Smith.

Rev. Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development for churches, educational institutions and other organizations.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Feature Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Feature Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will hold a juried exhibition featuring 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The exhibition opens Friday, May 19, and the works on view will range from painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media.

The juror for the exhibition was watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

Ashland University Administrator Named to National Advisory Board

Ashland University Administrator Named to National Advisory Board

Ronald Mickler Jr., director of academic support at Ashland University, has been named a member of the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Advisory Board for Private Institutions. The board consists of senior enrollment leaders at private institutions from across the United States who possess a wealth of experience in enrollment management.

“You have been hand-selected as an experienced enrollment leader who will be a valuable addition to the Board,” said Frank Bevec, vice president and senior consultant for Enrollment Services at Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL), in a message to Mickler. “We know the importance of seeking out fresh perspectives from experienced enrollment leaders.”

Sen. Rob Portman Speaks on Ohio Values at AU Commencement

Sen. Rob Portman Speaks on Ohio Values at AU Commencement

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman spent much of the morning on the Ashland University campus on May 6 and spoke about Ohio values and incredible Ohioans during his speech to graduates at Ashland University’s spring commencement ceremony in Kates Gymnasium.

In his address, Portman said, “This is called a commencement for a reason. This is a new beginning for you. So you are launching the next chapter of your lives here.”

Portman said he talked with some of the students before the ceremony and he is glad to hear that many of the graduates are going to stay in Ohio. “We need you here. And because some of you are Ohioans and are going to stay in Ohio, I am going to give you a couple of reminders of the Ohio values and talk about a few famous Ohioans who I think exemplify those values,” he said.

AU’s Commencement Moved Inside

AU’s Commencement Moved Inside

Due to the inclement weather, today's commencement ceremony has been moved inside to Kates Gymnasium, which is located in the Physical Education Center on the AU campus. Tickets will be required to attend this ceremony. Each undergraduate and graduate student received four tickets for the indoor event when they picked up their cap and gown. The event will begin at 10 a.m.

Ashland University’s Dr. Eun-Woo Chang Selected for National Program that Prepares Leaders

Ashland University’s Dr. Eun-Woo Chang Selected for National Program that Prepares Leaders

Ashland University’s Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents.

The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as college and university presidents to clarify the alignment between their personal and professional values and goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. With a wave of retirements of university presidents on the horizon, it is especially important that individuals who become new presidents are well suited to the culture of the institution. The program aims to produce presidencies that are long lasting, highly effective, and satisfying to both the individual and the institution.

Ashland University Students Receive Award at Conference

Ashland University psychology students Emily Wirtz and Danielle Bruno received a regional research award from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on April 20.

Their research project, titled The Effects of Aggression on Ability, was one of 20 award winners out of the 600 research abstracts that were submitted to the MPA conference. In addition to being recognized at a banquet in Chicago, they were awarded a certificate and $400.

Ashland University Students Receive Award at Conference

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