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Grab an instrument and join the AACCB

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band continues its 27th season with weekly rehearsals beginning Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall at Ashland University.

Under the direction of AU Director of Bands Joseph Lewis Jr., AACCB is for those who loved playing in band in high school or college and want the opportunity to play again. Spring performances for the ensemble include a performance at AU with the Ashland University Symphonic Band on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m.

Eight AU faculty, administrators receive Academic Mentor Awards

Eight Ashland University faculty and administrators were honored during the University’s 34th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 31. The program recognizes faculty whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student, were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Awards were presented to the late Dr. Iyad Ajwa, Professor of Computer Science, awarded posthumously to his wife Nadia; Dr. Dolly Crawford, Associate Professor of Biology; Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Nicole Dyer, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Life; Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor and Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation; Dr. Mark Rubin, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice; Dr. Stefan Swanson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music; and Dr. David Aune, Associate Professor of Religion

Money Therapy founder and CEO to speak at AU’s Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch

Noted entrepreneur, Mansfield native and Money Therapy founder and CEO Ellie Thompson will be the speaker at Ashland University’s 2020 Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch on Monday, Feb. 24, at 11:45 a.m. at the Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The event, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public.

Thompson is the founder of two successful Washington, D.C.-based startups, Venyou and Money Therapy. The former is a platform that creates curated events through the use of historic and residential spaces, while Money Therapy was founded on the belief that financial education and action should live together. She recently has returned to the area to join as the third generation of TASCO, her family’s metal stamping business, where she is the vice president of business development.

AU Signs Corporate Partners agreement with Jonathan Alder Local School District

01/27/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has entered into a three-year Corporate Partners agreement with the Plain City-based Jonathan Alder Local School District.

The district, which has 2,600 students in five buildings, is the 12th K-12 school district to sign a Corporate Partners agreement with Ashland University within the past several years.

AU’s Mamma Mia! slated for Valentine’s Day opening

Ashland University Theatre continues its 2019-20 Season of Stories of Courage with the musical, Mamma Mia!, featuring ABBA's greatest hits, opening on Valentine's Day, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 16 in the Hugo Young Theatre.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, with music direction by Deborah Logan, the show uses the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs which propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sunny and funny story unfolds on a Greek island paradise on the eve of Sophie Sheridan's (Macy Campbell, Genoa) wedding. She is on a quest to discover the identity of her father and brings three men -- Harry, Bill and Sam (Nathan Roblin, Mansfield; Will Taylor, Fairborn, and Tristan Peterman, Canton, respectively) to the island. They last visited the island 20 years ago with Sophie's mother, Donna (Mia Kardotzke, Clyde).

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6

Paige Webb, administrative director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and managing editor of publications at Ashland University, will give a poetry reading Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

Webb’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Portland Review, Vinyl and on the Academy of American Poets website. Her chapbook, Tussle, was recently released by dancing girl press.

Retired U.S. diplomat to discuss peace between nations at Feb. 29 Stratton Conference

Retired senior diplomat Philip Shull will present The Eagle and the Dragon: Different Views, Common Challenges as part of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence’s Sixth Annual John D. Stratton Conference on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Shull, a Wooster native, completed 31 years of foreign service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including assignments in Korea, Argentina, Hong Kong, the Philippines and three postings to China. The 1 p.m. keynote address is free and open to the public and will be held at the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus.

Petry’s found objects, including hair, part of AU Art + Design faculty exhibition

Cynthia Petry keeps her art supplies in tubs.

But inside those tubs you won’t find brushes or paint tubes. Instead, the Ashland University professional art instructor and Coburn Gallery director stashes away found objects – 19th century photographs, buttons, pieces of string, words on paper, human hair.

Yes, human hair.