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Winner of AU’s River Teeth Award Wins Major PEN Writers Award

Winner of AU’s River Teeth Award Wins Major PEN Writers Award

The 2014 winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award, a prize book series initiated by two Ashland English professors and published by University of New Mexico Press, reaped a major PEN literary award at ceremonies in New York City on Monday, March 27. Angela Morales, whose The Girls in My Town was selected by bestselling author Cheryl Strayed as a River Teeth winner from five finalists chosen by AU English Professors Joe Mackall and Dan Lehman, won the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay. Morales’s PEN award carries a $10,000 prize.

In citing the River Teeth book series winner, PEN judges stated: “The Girls in My Town is the work of a masterful writer who is adept at the art of implication. The elegantly structured essays in The Girls in My Town illuminate the politics of everyday life with quiet wit and real humanity. Angela Morales writes with nuance, humility, and bold feminism about life and death, love and anger, and striving to find a place to belong.”

Rob Portman to be Speaker at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from the state of Ohio, has been named the speaker for AU’s Spring Commencement that is set for May 6 at 10 a.m.

The event will be held at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex’s Miller Stadium, which is located off Broad Street on the northwest side of the AU campus. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center.

Rob Portman to be Speaker at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

Ashland University Designated as Best Value School

Ashland University has been designated as a “Best Value School” by University Research & Review, a website that lists higher education institutions that offer quality educations at an affordable cost and are highly regarded, especially by students.

“I am thrilled that Ashland University is receiving national recognition for providing such extraordinary value to its students. We made a conscious effort to reduce our tuition several years ago and we have kept increases minimal since that time,” 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 attention.”

Ashland University A Cappella and Musical Theatre Troupes Join Forces for Concert

Ashland University Departments of Music and Theatre present a double-feature concert showcasing the musical theatre revue troupe Drop of a Hat Players and the contemporary a cappella group Surround Sound. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Although the performance is free and open to the public, audience members are encouraged to reserve a free ticket through the Ashland University box office to guarantee a seat.

The Drop of a Hat Players will take the stage first with their program titled "Identity." Featuring over a dozen songs from various Broadway musicals, selections include solo and ensemble performances of pieces from Disney's The Lion King, Cinderella, Wonderland, Les Miserables, Little Women, La Cage Aux Folles, Kinky Boots and more.

 Ashland University A Cappella and Musical Theatre Troupes Join Forces for Concert

Writer and Journalist to Speak at Ashbrook Dinner on April 20

Writer and Journalist to Speak at Ashbrook Dinner on April 20

British writer and journalist Daniel Hannan will be speaking on the topic of “How Brexit Can Benefit Everybody” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Tickets for this dinner and lecture event are $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carrie Clever at 419-289-5411 or cclever@ashbrook.org or order online at www.ashbrook.org. Additional opportunities to sponsor a table at the event are available.

Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote to Give ‘Last’ Lecture at Ashland University

The Religion Department at Ashland University will celebrate its graduating seniors and close out the year with a final lecture by long-time Ashland Theological Seminary Professor Dr. Paul W. Chilcote on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in AU’s Miller Chapel at the corner of King Road and College Avenue.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Deep, Abiding Connection to God.” This is the third annual last lecture, which is an invitation for a speaker to address the graduating class of Religion majors as if it were their last time to do so.

Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote Gives ‘Last’ Lecture at Ashland University

AU Instrumentalists Present Junior and Senior Recitals

AU Instrumentalists Present Junior and Senior Recitals

In April, Ashland University Department of Music will present two senior recitals and a junior recital by instrumentalists Eileen Navratil, Cody Henderson and Chanel Bluntschly, respectively. All of the concerts will be held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., junior environmental science major and music minor Chanel Bluntschly (Ashland) will perform on alto saxophone with pianist Susan Gregg. Her program will include Georg Philipp Telemann's Fantasia in A minor, Tableaux de Provence (Picture of Provence) by Paule Maurice, Laughing Gas by Jascha Gurewich, Valse Sonia and Saxophobia by Rudy Wiedoeft as well as Aleksandr Glazunov's Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 109.

Ashland University Social Work Program Boasts 100 Percent Pass Rate

Ashland University Social Work Program Boasts 100 Percent Pass Rate

For the second time in three years, 100 percent of Ashland University’s social work graduates who took the Association of Social Work Board exam passed the exam on their first attempt.

“I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Mike Vimont, associate professor and program director of the social work program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.”

Area Residents Compete at Mohican District Science Day at Ashland University

Area Residents Compete at Mohican District Science Day at Ashland University

Many area residents were among the more than 200 students from 37 area schools competing March 25 at Ashland University, for the 57th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event was held in the Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. A total of 186 projects were submitted to this year's science fair, including 16 team projects.

For school awards, Mapleton High School had the most superiors (4) and also had the highest percentage (80 percent) of superiors for the high school division.

A Cabaret of Opera from Mozart to Sondheim

Ashland University Department of Music will present two evenings of opera scenes in a cabaret format with vocalists and pianist Deb Logan that will take audiences on a journey through operettas and musical theatre from Mozart to Lerner & Lowe. The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at Ashland University.

With songs from over 20 different musical productions, the program includes a mix of classic operettas as well as golden age and contemporary musical theatre from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Strauss' Die Fledermaus, to Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady and Brigadoon, as well as Ebb and Kander's Cabaret and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

A Cabaret of Opera from Mozart to Sondheim

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