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Three lead donors make new Niss Athletic Center a reality for Ashland University

Thanks to the generous gifts of three lead donors, Ashland University stands ready to break ground on a first-class, 125,000-square-foot indoor athletic and activity center adjacent to the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex.

The concept for the Niss Athletic Center was driven by AU parents Dan and Brenda Niss, as well as alumni Jack and Deb Miller and Jerry Ruyan. Completion of the center is anticipated in late spring of 2021.

AU President outlines University initiatives to foster diversity and inclusion, confront racism and bias

AU President Carlos Campo has referred to the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis as “a watershed moment for our world and our campus,” and pledged that as a university “we will confront our biases and commit ourselves to ongoing education and action to bring about meaningful, lasting change.

Since that time, AU academic, executive and student affairs leadership have met regularly with campus constituents to develop some strategies for doing exactly that. Among them, President Campo is working to establish an advisory council of Black leaders and pastors who will work with him to help ensure that AU is being responsive to issues around systemic racism. In addition, university leadership will meet with City of Ashland leaders about maintaining an open dialogue about how these issues affect the greater Ashland area.

AU Career Services, Occupational Life Calling Office merge to empower students on career-life journey

07/10/20 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Career Services Center and the Occupational Life Calling Office have merged to create the Career Center for Life Calling, with a mission to “empower students to successfully navigate their career-life journey through relationship building and skill development.”

52 Ashland University student athletes will keep scholarships, thanks to Karl and nearly 200 donors

Thanks to the generosity of Ashland University alumna and trustee Deborah Liebert Karl and several other donors, scholarships for 52 of the university’s student athletes will continue.

Earlier this year, the AU Athletic Department found it needed to reduce scholarships by $133,000 as a result of the financial pressures being felt all across higher education. That’s when department fundraiser Kyle Vaughn went to work, connecting with alumni and supporters for help.

A statement from AU President Carlos Campo on George Floyd and racism

Friends,

Our Ashland University community has been shaken by the murder of George Floyd. The image of a white man in a position of authority with his knee on the neck of a black man pleading for his life has been seared into our minds and souls. We condemn it and the racism and hatred behind it.

At these times, we look to AU’s core values to find a path forward through the darkness. Our Accent on the Individual requires our “collective efforts to challenge and encourage” one another.

And now we collectively challenge the scourge of racism in our culture.

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