Ashland University Slates 2017 Homecoming Festivities

Ashland University Slates 2017 Homecoming Festivities

9/12/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will be renewing the annual tradition of Homecoming with a week full of activities slated for Oct. 11-15.

Highlights for the Homecoming celebration include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game, the Division II football game between the Eagles and Michigan Tech Huskies, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction and All-Alumni Reunion.

“Homecoming is a wonderful tradition for alumni all over the country, coast-to-coast, to ‘come back home’ to reminisce and reconnect with roommates, classmates and friends. To interact with current students, see improvements to campus and realize even though the physical elements of campus may have changed over the years the spirit you feel walking on campus remains the same,” said Jeff Alix, director of alumni engagement.

The week of student activities will include a window painting competition as 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. 11; and a powder puff football game on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.

There are many other events and activities beginning on Friday.

At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, a Prayer Garden dedication will be held on the east side of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. AU officials, along with members of the AU Women’s Auxiliary, will join together to dedicate what was a grassy area near the Jack and Deb Miller Memorial Chapel into a quiet and serene oasis on campus.

On Friday evening, AU Theatre will feature the show “Leveling Up” by Deborah Zoe Laufer. This production will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts. The cost is $12 for adults; $10 for alumni, senior citizens and faculty and staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; $5 for non-AU students and $2 for AU students.

Also on Friday, Ashland University will host a tribute concert titled, “An Evening with Cathi Muckle,” that will take the audience back to another era by featuring selections from the Songbook of George and Ira Gershwin. The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus, will feature Cathi Muckle, the daughter of Betty Clooney, who is Rosemary Clooney’s sister. Muckle, a professional singer and educator who lives in Las Vegas, actually toured with her legendary aunt and even recorded “The Coffee Song” with Rosemary Clooney and has sung over 300 commercial jingles. Muckle will be accompanied at the event by a Jazz trio that will also feature AU Professor of Music Dr. Thomas Reed.

The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for senior citizens, students and AU employees. In addition, a VIP package at $25 per ticket will include a private upscale cocktail reception with the artist preceding the performance at 6:30 p.m. VIP package sales end Oct. 9.
Those with questions or wanting tickets can contact the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125 or go online at Doors for the concert open at 7 p.m. and a cash bar will be available at the event.

The AU Recreation Center will be open free of charge to all alumni on Saturday, Oct. 14, 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 will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 5K Fun Run followed by the runners at 10 a.m. The start will be set up in front of the Recreation Center off 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. Reservations are required and those interested should contact Rec Services at 419.289.5440.

A Legacy Visit Day for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland has been set for the morning of Oct. 14. 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

Also, at 9:30 a.m., the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch will be held in the Faculty Room at Myers Convocation Center and reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 419.289.5441 or going online at

Six people have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University and will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. These include: Heather Lefford Edborg, class of 1995, posthumously, softball; Amber Rall Groves, class of 2007, women’s basketball; Timothy Houseman, class of 1994, football; Kelly Jacobs, class of 1999, women’s soccer; Roger Lyons, class of 1974, men’s basketball; and Mark Smithberger, class of 2002, baseball. Mark McClintock, class of 1969, will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award.

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  

Also at 10 a.m., the women’s tennis team will play against the Grand Valley State Lakers at the Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis complex off Broad Street.

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 welcomed to join the band and cheerleaders as they send off the football team to a Homecoming Day victory against Michigan Tech. 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. A free AU stadium cushion will be given to the first 100 fans attending.

At 10:30 a.m. AU President Dr. Carlos Campo will provide a 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. and free AU Bam-Bam sticks will be provided to the first 100 attendees.

The 4th Annual WRDL Tailgate Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Jack Miller Stadium Lawn.

Join AU’s campus radio station for some pre-game fun. This year, WRDL will be in front of Jack Miller Stadium right up until kickoff providing free food, plenty of giveaways and a live pregame show including interviews leading into the Homecoming game.

At 11:30 a.m., the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest for alumni and students will be held in Amstutz Hall parking lot and lawn area, 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. Please note that Broad Street between Walnut Street and Jefferson Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because of the activity in that area.

Kickoff for the football game with the Eagles taking on the Michigan Tech Huskies at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $10 general seating and $15 for reserved. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will take place at halftime of the game.

Following the game, the public is invited to attend the 35th annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room in Myers Convocation Center. This popular event will feature more than 250 items on which bids will be taken as well as a raffle with two cash prizes of $500 and $250. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and available from the Alumni Office at Ashland University and during the auction. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the Legacy Scholarship Program, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming.

At 7:30 p.m., the theatre production of “Leveling Up” will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts. See Friday’s listing for ticket information.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, 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.

At 1 p.m., the women’s tennis team will host the Ferris State Bulldogs at 1 p.m. at the Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex.

At 2 p.m., a matinee theatre production of “Leveling Up” will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts. See Friday’s listing for ticket information.

Those interested in further information about Homecoming activities may contact the AU Alumni Office at the website,; at (419) 289-5082; or toll-free at 1-866-GO-TUFFY.

To see an online list of Homecoming events or a list of the Purple Eagle Silent Auction items, go to:

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.                                                                                ###