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Ashland University moves to some virtual instruction in advance of Thanksgiving break

11/19/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University faculty are transitioning most of their courses from face-to-face to a virtual online format as soon as possible to allow students who can return home to do so in advance of the Thanksgiving break.

The move comes in light of the state’s surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as Gov. Mike Dewine’s request to focus on COVID-19 mitigation. “As always,” said President Carlos Campo, “Ashland University’s first priority is the health and safety of our campus community.”

AU art graduate Joshua Risner makes history with work at Michigan State Capitol

It was an interesting mix of skills that landed Joshua Risner in a job that required just that.

Risner, who worked as a sign painter and owned his own design firm before coming to Ashland University with an idea he might like to study graphic design, ended up as a decorative painter and portrait painter who currently serves as the Michigan State Capitol Artist in Residence and State Capitol Master Decorative Painter.

Aguasaco’s 'The New York City Subway Poems' marks two firsts for Ashland Poetry Press

There’s a common thread that ties stories from New York’s subways to the Ashland University campus.

That thread is poetry, or more specifically, the Ashland Poetry Press.

Now heading into its second half century, the editors’ desire to diversify the press’s content has brought the APP two firsts this year: its first publication of poetry in translation and its first author of color.

Ashland University adopts test-optional policy

Due to the continuing challenges presented by COVID-19, Ashland University is now offering on-campus undergraduate applicants the opportunity to be considered for admission without ACT, CLT, or SAT or scores. This change in policy applies to the 2021-22 academic year only and is intended for students coming directly from high school or who have been out of high school fewer than three years.

AU Theatre’s production of “Twelfth Night” opens at Hugo Young Theatre Nov. 6

Ashland University Theatre continues its current season exploring the wonder of human connection with William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, which will be performed Nov. 6-8 at the Hugo Young Theatre on the AU campus.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets are available -- $2 for AU students and $5 for all other patrons -- only at the Ashland University Campus Store. Face masks must be worn on campus, including in the theater, which will be set up for social distancing. All live performances are dependent on campus and county COVID-19 levels and are subject to change.

AU Board of Trustees extends President Campo’s contract through May 31, 2024

The Ashland University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to extend the contract of President Carlos Campo through May 31, 2024.

“The Board of Trustees is grateful for the leadership of Dr. Campo during the last five years,” said Board of Trustees Chair Jim Hess. “Dr. Campo has moved Ashland University forward through challenging times. We fully expect he will continue to lead the university in providing a transformative educational experience for all students.”

Jack W. Liebert Military & Veteran Resource Center is dedicated

In the Ashland University family, Columbus resident Deborah Liebert Karl is known as a member of the Board of Trustees, an alumna and generous benefactor.

But her mother, Evelyn, says Karl “is a product of her father,” Jack Liebert, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II and enlisted to fight in the Korean War. AU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Margaret Pomfret said Thursday that although she’d never met Liebert, who died in 2012, she knows Karl must be like him.

“She’s optimistic,” Pomfret said. “She’s impatient at times but she also focused on what’s important.”