Ashland University Slates Baccalaureate Service

4/24/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University will hold a baccalaureate service on Friday, May 4, the evening prior to its commencement exercises on Saturday.
Planned by graduating seniors involved in Ashland University’s Student Senate and Religious Life ministries, the service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 4, in the University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is open to all students and their parents, as well as interested members of the public.
The service will feature an address by Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga, associate professor of history and political science, titled “Whatever Things are Noble.” Sikkenga, who joined AU in 1997, also is an adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia.
Sikkenga has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law and is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular.
The service will incorporate the talents of a number of graduating seniors. Organist Kyle Gould, a music academic study major from New Philadelphia, Ohio, will provide the opening and closing voluntaries. Dave Thomas, a political major from Bethel Park, Pa., will extend the welcome. Jenna Beadle, a political science major from Jewett, Ohio, will offer the invocation.
Special music will be performed by vocalist Chanae Curtis, a music major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio; clarinetist Jonathan Barko, a music education major from Concord, Ohio; and pianist Kara Mitchell-Mumea, an music major from Ashland. Pianist Edward Carney, a music education major from Madison, Ohio, will provide the accompaniment for the hymns.  
Mike Flerchinger, an integrated social studies major from Macedonia, Ohio, will provide the Scripture reading, while Cory Smith, a religion major from Oak Hill, W.Va., will offer the prayer.
Kim Coates, a political science major from Brunswick, Ohio, will introduce the speaker. Robert Mahaney, an integrated social studies major from North Canton, Ohio, will conclude the service with the benediction.
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.