9/26/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will celebrate the 141st anniversary of Ashland College/University as it renews the annual tradition of Homecoming and Family Day with a week full of activities slated to begin Oct. 6.
Highlights of the event include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game between the Ashland Eagles and Davenport University Panthers, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the All-Alumni Party and the new Celebration of Every Individual event.
“We are always excited to welcome alumni and friends back to campus and this is especially the case over Homecoming weekend. Alumni from all over the country come back to reconnect and reminisce about their days on campus,” said Jeff Alix ’01, ’16, director of alumni engagement. “Our signature event this year is the Celebration of Every Individual on Saturday night and it will offer a fun, interactive way to share, tell and experience stories of Ashland. It will be a wonderful opportunity to illustrate the common bond that is Ashland University.
The week of student activities will include a window painting competition in which student organizations compete to decorate the student center with images of school spirit; the annual Banana Splittin’ competition on College Avenue at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9; and a powder puff football game on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.
On Friday evening, Oct. 11, the curtain will rise on the Ashland University Department of Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s “An Enemy of the People” at the Hugo Young Theatre. Adapted from the Henrik Ibsen play, the story centers on a small Norwegian town that has just begun to find fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters when a doctor discovers the waters are poisoned and attempts, at great personal cost, to warn the citizens. Tickets for the production, which opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m., are available through the box office at 419.289.5125 from noon-6 p.m. or online at www.ashland.edu/tickets.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the AU Recreation Center will be open free of charge to all alumni from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pool inside the Rec Center will be open from noon to 9 p.m., while the climbing wall will be open from 3 to 8 p.m.
Also on Saturday, walkers and runners will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 5K Fun Run, the start for which will be set up in front of the Recreation Center on King Road. In lieu of an entrance fee, walkers and runners are asked to bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank. Registration is required and those interested should contact Rec Services at 419.289.5440 or sign up the day of the race beginning at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Rec Center.
A Legacy Visit Day for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland also has been set for Saturday, Oct. 12. These prospective students will check in at the Student Center Piano Lounge at 10:15 a.m. and will attend an admission presentation in the Student Center Auditorium at 10:30 a.m., followed by a student-led campus tour at 11 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch will be held in the Faculty Room at Myers Convocation Center. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 419.289.5441 or online at stories.ashland.edu/hall-of-fame.
Eight people have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University and will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Alanna Buurma Bedingfield, class of 2004, basketball; Morris Furman, class of 1992, football; Josh Gaub, class of 2004, baseball; Bill Goldring, athletic director, 1998-2014; Reggie Johnson, class of 1983, wrestling; Brian Vickers, class of 2007 and 2010 MBA, track and field; and Lynsey Warren, class of 2008 and 2010 MBA, volleyball and basketball. Mary Miller, class of 1971 and 1984 MBA will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award. The AU student athletes of the year – class of 2019 Kylie Asmus (softball), and senior John Duldner (soccer) -- also will be honored at the event.
At 10 a.m. the Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and Master of American History and Government programs and all other interested parties. This reception will provide an update on Ashbrook’s work as well as a discussion on current events. Light refreshments will be provided and those interested in attending can make a reservation at www.ashbrook.org/events.
The football chapel will be held from 10 to 10:15 a.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. Come and celebrate a football team tradition as the coaches and players hold a chapel service prior to the big game.
At 10:15 a.m., a Game Day Send Off will be held between the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel and Founders Hall, where AU fans are welcome to join the band and cheerleaders as they send off the football team to a victory against Davenport University. Members of the football team will bring pieces of the Founders Hall foundation from the chapel as a way to honor the history and traditions of Ashland.
At 10:30 a.m. AU President Dr. Carlos Campo will host the President’s Coffee in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Stop in for a light breakfast and an opportunity to talk to Dr. Campo and his wife, Karen. Dr. Campo will provide a campus update at 11 a.m.
The Sixth Annual WRDL Tailgate Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Jack Miller Stadium lawn with the AU campus radio station playing music and providing giveaways leading up to the Homecoming game.
At 11:30 a.m., the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and students will be held on the lawn between the Recreation Center and the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, with many Ashland pizzerias going head-to-head serving your favorite pizza. This celebration will include cotton candy, bounce houses for kids, face painting and more
Kickoff for the Eagles vs. Davenport University Panthers football game at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $10 for general seating, $15 for reserved and $5 for seniors and school-aged children. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will be at halftime.
The All-Alumni Party will be held this year from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Fellow alumni and friends will celebrate Ashland while enjoying the music of Tom’s Kitchen Table, along with food from Ashland’s award-winning catering and a free photo booth.
At the same time, the Eagles’ Landing in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center will host “The Impact of ‘Accent on the Individual’.“ Current students, faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about Ashland’s new Occupational Life Calling courses, designed to help students discover their passions, talents and opportunities for growth as they plan for both their careers and the next chapter in their lives.
The Celebration of Every Individual will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue through 9:30 p.m. at the John C. Myers Convocation Center. A special event for AU alumni, faculty, staff and friends, the event includes dinner a cash bar and immersive storytelling experiences. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at campaign.ashland.edu/celebration.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., the 2019 “Dumbo” will be shown as part of Movie Night in the Student Center Auditorium.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, 5 Stones Community Church on the AU campus will open its doors for services at 10:30 a.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. And at 1 p.m., the women’s soccer team will host Ferris State at Ferguson Field as part of the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex.
For more information, contact the AU Alumni Office at https://advancement.ashland.edu; at 419.289.5082; or toll-free at 1-866-GO-TUFFY.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###