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Ashland Theological Seminary Confers 119 Degrees

Ashland Theological Seminary Confers 119 Degrees

The Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah delivered the commencement address titled “Hope Through Present Suffering” during the Ashland Theological Seminary’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. The Seminary conferred 118 degrees to the members of 2018 graduating class at the ceremony held in the John C. Myers Convocation Center.

Soong-Chan is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., and the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, a commentary on the book of Lamentations (IVP Books, 2015); The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010); and co-editor of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson, 2012). He is the co-author of Return to Justice (Brazos, 2016); and Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014).

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Exhibition Opens May 18

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Exhibition Opens May 18

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has scheduled the opening of a national juried exhibition titled “Ode to Degas,” which will run from May 18 to June 17, 2018, in the Coburn Gallery. The exhibition is family friendly and admission to the reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is a collection of works that embody the concepts of movement explored by Edgar Degas, most specifically in his dancers. The exhibition features 20 artworks from artists across the United States selected by juror Robert Robbins. Robbins received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University and his BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Robbins is the chair of the Art Department at Miami University of Ohio.

Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Host Summer ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

 Ashland University Environmental Studies Center to Host Summer ‘Naturalist on Duty’ Program

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will host six “Naturalist on Duty” events on one Saturday a month this summer and fall. All six events are free and open to the public.

The informal, come-when-you-can style programs are short and flexible. Each provides an opportunity for those of all ages to learn about “Seasonality and Change.” Each open-house style event will be held between 10 a.m. and noon. Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for Ashland University Spring Graduates

Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for Ashland University Spring Graduates

Tracy Ringo, a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, challenged Ashland University graduates to maintain a positive attitude in life in her address at AU’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

The commencement was held outside under partly sunny skies at Jack Miller Stadium in the University’s Schar Athletic Complex. Ringo recently opened a new solo practice in Garfield Heights, Ohio, called Exclusively Skin, and her focus in this practice is on diseases of the skin.

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.

Choir Tour 2018, May 7-12: Shelby, Painesville, Williamsville NY & Toronto

Choir Tour 2018, May 7-12: Shelby, Painesville, Williamsville NY & Toronto

All alumni and friends of Ashland University are cordially invited to attend one of the University Choir's upcoming concerts as they travel close to you. The 2018 tour presents concerts scheduled at various churches and high schools in northern Ohio, western New York and Toronto. The following performances are free and open to the public.

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.”

Ashland University Recreation Center Holds Summer Camps

Ashland University Recreation Center Holds Summer Camps

The Ashland University Recreational Services Department is again providing recreation and sports programming to the surrounding areas during the 2018 summer season. Sports and activities youth camps for ages 5 to 12 run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there are a number of sessions this summer.

Youth Camp Session 1 will be held June 11-15 with a registration deadline of June 6, while Youth Camp Session 2 will be held June 25-29 with a registration deadline of June 20 and Youth Camp Session 3 will be held July 16-20 with a registration deadline of July 11.

Ashland University Spring 2018 Commencement to be Held on Jones’ Terrace

Ashland University Spring 2018 Commencement to be Held on Jones’ Terrace

Ashland University’s Spring 2018 Commencement will be held on May 5 at 10 a.m. on Jones’ Terrace, on the front lawn of Founders Hall. The speaker for the event will be Dr. Tracy Ringo, who is a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Ohio Army National Guard.

Ringo is a native Clevelander who graduated from Bedford High School where she was inducted into the Bedford High School Hall of Fame in 2003. She went to the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; fulfilling a dream of becoming a doctor that she had since the age of 12.

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.

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