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Fairy Tales, Comedy & Tragedy at AU’s 2019 Opera Scenes

Every spring the Ashland University Department of Music offers audience members a chance to experience live opera through a variety of scenes from a collection of well-known titles. In 2019, the two evenings of opera scenes will be performed on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the intimate Studio Theatre at Ashland University. The performances are free and open to the public.

The variety of this year's scenes range from a fairy tale to comedies and a tragedy with many of them featuring story lines of love and romance. One similarity among all four of the operas is the idea of hidden and mistaken identities or masks. Also, all four of these operas are written by well-known composers (Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, and Humperdinck) and their titles (The Marriage of Figaro, La traviata, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, respectively) are cornerstones of the opera world.

Fairy Tales, Comedy & Tragedy at AU’s 2019 Opera Scenes

Ashland University ‘Last Lecture’ to feature Mark Nation

Ashland University ‘Last Lecture’ to feature Mark Nation

On Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus, the Religion Department will celebrate its graduating seniors; induct new members into Theta Alpha Kappa, the religion honors society; and close out the year with lecture by Mark Thiessen Nation, emeritus professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and co-author of Bonhoeffer the Assassin?: Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking (Baker, 2013).

The lecture, titled “Bonhoeffer and a New Call to Discipleship” is free and open to the public. This is the fifth annual “last lecture,” which is an invitation for a speaker to address the graduating class of Religion majors as if it were their last time to do so.

Jazz at the Nest, Spring Honors & Student Ensemble Recitals Announced

Jazz at the Nest, Spring Honors & Student Ensemble Recitals Announced

The Department of Music at Ashland University will host a variety of recitals to close the 2019 spring semester including Jazz at the Nest, the semi-annual Honors Recital showcasing the exceptional work by selected vocalists and instrumentalists, and a small ensembles recital that will feature brass, string and woodwind ensembles as well as a jazz combo. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

The best of Spring 2019 will be showcased at the Honors Recital on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Students who accomplished exceptional musical work during the semester will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as selected by their private teachers. Performers will include vocalists Michael Cowan, Maggie George, Alli Lange, Maya Rickard and Rebecca Young; while instrumentalists are Kailyn Buyok (violin), Ariane Hill (flute), Jed McFadden (piano), Jacob Moses (clarinet), Christine Shelton (piano) and Eric Watts (composer, tuba).

Ashland University Schedules Summer Young Chef Camp

Ashland University Schedules Summer Young Chef Camp

Is your dream to become a chef? Do you love to cook? Come join Ashland University’s talented team of chefs for AU’s sixth annual Young Chef Camp.

The camp takes place in the John C. Myers Convocation Center kitchen this summer on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the instruction centered on three areas – Flippin’ Out with Eggs Everyway: learning various types of cooking techniques utilizing eggs; Dough Madness: learning the skills to turning basic dough into cinnamon rolls, Calzones, pizza and more; and Southwest Fusion: combining meats, spices and produce to create popular dishes of the Southwest.

Ashland University’s Student-Run Radio Station Holding ‘Vinylthon’

Ashland University’s Student-Run Radio Station Holding ‘Vinylthon’

Ashland University’s student-run radio station, 88.9-FM WRDL, will be holding a “Vinylthon” this weekend on Saturday, April 13.

“Similar to last year, WRDL will be playing 24 hours of nothing but vinyl records,” said Derek Wood, general manager of WRDL. “WRDL was one of 26 radio stations in the entire country to go 24 straight hours of vinyl music on that day last year and we are going to do the same again this year.”

Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery to Hold Summer Art Camp

Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery to Hold Summer Art Camp

Ashland University’s Coburn Art Gallery will hold a Summer Art Camp that will offer an intensive and creative one-week session on June 17-21 on the Ashland University campus.

Students from ages 8 to 13 will learn how to use many art media and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. They will develop a cultural appreciation and aesthetic awareness as they explore different art forms as well as developing their own talent for self-expression.

Ashland University Health Sciences Department to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University Recreation Center to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University’s Annual Fit Fest – the Health Sciences Department (Athletic Training, Dietetics and Exercise Science) annual fundraiser -- will be held Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. starting at Redwood Hall and the Quadrangle behind Founders Hall on the Ashland University campus. The event will include a Fit Fest Challenge, Sample Group X classes, vendors, prizes and food.

The event, which is free except for the Fit Fest Challenge, will be open to the public. All proceeds from the event will go to Project Outrun, which is “putting custom running shoes on kids battling pediatric cancer.” The project goal this year is to raise $2,000. In the event of severe weather, the Fit Fest will be moved inside Redwood Hall.

AU Student Senate Members Visit Ohio Statehouse

AU Student Senate Members Visit Ohio Statehouse

Six Ashland University Student Senate members visited the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on April 3 as part of Independent College Day 2019. Sponsored by the Association of Independent College and Universities of Ohio (AICUO), AU participants were joined by 25 private institutions and 125 students as they met with members of the Ohio House and Senate. The AU senators discussed local and state issues impacting higher education, state labor shortages and the biennial budget.

The AU students also met with AU alumnus, current Master of American History & Government student and State Rep. Joe Miller (District 56).

Ashland University Lecture to Feature Timothy Knight

Ashland University Lecture to Feature Timothy Knight

The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business at Ashland University this year will feature a lecture by Timothy Knight, founder of Knight & Associates Consulting and a prior executive of Sherwin-Williams Co.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 11, at noon in Redwood Hall off King Road on the AU campus. Ashland University and In His Steps Foundation are sponsoring the event, which is hosted by AU’s Richard and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics.

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Talk on North Korea

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Talk on North Korea

Dr. Merose Hwang, associate professor of History and coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor and Peace Corps Prep Program at Hiram College, will discuss the Korean peace process in her talk “Understanding North Korea through its Modern History” on April 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus. The event, which is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, is free and open to the public.

According to Hwang, Americans have a responsibility to try to understand how the United States is historically connected to North Korea through the history of U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Hwang hopes that this presentation will help Americans exercise their responsible role as global citizens by considering three watershed moments from the North Korean perspective: the Sino-Japanese War (1894), Japanese colonialism (1910), and the Korean War (1948).

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