Ashland University’s Mascot and Cheer Squad Participate in Mascot Day at Statehouse

Ashland University’s Mascot and Cheer Squad Participates in Mascot Day at Statehouse
AU’s mascot, Tuffy, poses with members of Ashland’s cheer squad -- (l-r) Alyssa MaQuate, Alexis Whitright, Jayden Graham, Destiney Nicole, Michaela Hennes, Rachel Ramsey, Megan Kucharski, Isabella Pitts and Sydney Beavers -- at the Mascot Day event at the Statehouse.

11/30/17 COLUMBUS – Ashland University’s mascot, Tuffy, and its Cheer Squad participated in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Mascot Day held Nov. 29 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

The event featured mascots and cheer squads from many of Ohio’s independent colleges and highlighted the school spirit, pride and diversity of the not-for-profit college community across the state.

During the event, the colleges and universities highlighted their unique mascots through performances and photo opportunities. Additionally, members of the Ohio General Assembly and other policy makers were invited to have their photos taken with mascots from their local area.

Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education John Carey was in attendance and met with the mascots. Independent college alumni in the area also were invited to visit with their school mascot and show their school spirit.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 51 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio independent colleges and universities. At the same time, the association works to promote the well being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation. 


Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply 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.                                                                                ###