Ashland University Panel Discussion to Center on Recent Scandals in Sports

1/10/12 ASHLAND, OH -- A panel discussion about the recent scandals in sports -- including Penn State football, Syracuse basketball and other high profile events that have shaken the foundation of sports and storied institutions -- will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre on the Ashland University campus.

The event, titled “Forum on Sport: Institutions under Siege,” will bring together Ashland University faculty and staff from across campus to discuss these issues from perspectives that include religion, communication, psychology, journalism and athletics. Those participating in the panel discussion include Dr. Diane Bonfiglio, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Daniel O'Rourke, associate professor of communication studies; Dr. Dan Lawson, dean of religious life; Matthew Tullis, assistant professor of journalism; and Al King, assistant athletic director for media relations.

Sponsored by the Ashland University Department of Communication Studies and the Sport Communication Club, the presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Tom Julian at 440-465-7660 or

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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.