AU Sophomore and Mansfield Resident Attends Utah Workshop

AU Sophomore and Mansfield Resident Attends Utah Workshop

10/24/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University sophomore Jackson Schultz attended a three-day workshop this summer in Bryce Canyon, Utah. Schultz attended as co-editor for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UReCA) journal, which is associated with the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Schultz, who has a dual major in creative writing and geology at AU, is from Mansfield, Ohio, and is the son of Dollie and John Schultz. Schultz is a member of AU’s Honors Program, which is tied to the journal publication.

“Our team of 18 editors and three faculty advisers met in Bryce Canyon, Utah, for a three-day workshop, also referred to as the UReCA Bootcamp,” Schultz said. “The retreat is a valuable part of the UReCA experience, solidifying the team and setting up the success of the next issue. The team tent-camped, hiked and spent long hours reviewing and fine tuning UReCA to maintain momentum and improve systems such as soliciting, marketing, Web site design, selection rubrics and the editorial process.”

Students arrived at the Bootcamp full of questions and on the first day, after getting to know one another, dove right to establish a general plan of how to produce the next issue. Students bonded through lively exchanges and camp meals cooked by adviser Johnny Maclean.

In addition to camping and brainstorming, students took advantage of beautiful Bruce Canyon, taking a scenic hike on the second day. Each day ended with a group reflection held at the Canyon’s edge.

The students, including Schultz, will gather again at NCHC’s national conference in Boston on Nov. 7–11 to celebrate the new issue of UReCA, which will go live Nov. 1, and to spread the word for submissions and recruitment of next year’s group. To view the journal, visit Submissions are welcome from all currently enrolled undergraduate students and to submit work to the journal, follow the submissions link on the Web site.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, 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. ###