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Ashland University Students Participate in Pay It Forward Campaign

Ashland University Students Participate in Pay It Forward Campaign

Ashland University students from the Occupational Life Calling class and Public Relations courses participated in the Ohio Campus Compact Pay It Forward Campaign during the spring semester 2019.

The Ashland University students in these two courses volunteered more than 250 hours with six local non-profit agencies or organizations -- The Ashland Pregnancy Care Center, Ashland County Fairgrounds, Park Street Brethren Church, No Pawz Left Behind, RePlay for Kids and the Salvation Army Kroc Center -- while also conducting research, completing in-depth case studies and then advocating for grant funding.

Ashland Native Wins Top Ashland University Art and Design Award

Ashland Native Wins Top Ashland University Art and Design Award

The 2019 Senior Art and Design Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the Ashland University Art and Design department, on April 23 at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception and Ashland native Kiana Ziegler was selected as the Senior Exhibition Art Award recipient by the AU art and design department faculty.

Kiana Ziegler will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a painting concentration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art, with a graphic design concentration. Ziegler is the youngest child of Alma and Charles Ziegler of Ashland. She grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 2015.

Final AU Choral Concert This Sunday

Final AU Choral Concert This Sunday

The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus present their final choral concert of the 2018-2019 academic year on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. From Mozart to the Beatles and Pentatonix, the concert program celebrates the coming of spring and offers a preview of the University Choir’s upcoming tour to Chicago. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir in a performance of Benjamin Britten's Time from “Choral Dance from Gloriana,” along with the Kenyan folk song Wana Baraka, Mendelssohn's The Hundredth Psalm and Jack Halloran's arrangement of Witness.

AU’s Spring Band Concert Takes a Musical Journey at Home and Abroad

AU’s Spring Band Concert Takes a Musical Journey at Home and Abroad

Ashland University Department of Music presents its final band concert of the 2018-2019 academic year on Sunday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Spring Band Concert. Admission to the concert is free and open to all.

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB), under the direction of Leonard Salvo, and the Ashland University Symphonic Band directed by Joseph Lewis Jr., will perform a program themed "At Home and Abroad" as it features compositions from various cultures from American marches and a southern hymn to English and Korean folk songs as well as a fiesta. The event also will recognize the senior AU Band members for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Hosts Second Senior Art and Design Student Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Hosts Second Senior Art and Design Student Exhibition

Each spring, the Ashland University Coburn Gallery hosts the Senior Art and Design Exhibition that features the capstone experience for graduating art majors at Ashland University. The second group of graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design will show their artwork on Tuesday, April 23, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus.

In addition, the senior art awards will be announced at 5 p.m. at the April 23 reception. This year’s exhibitions, which will run through May 4, include graphic design, illustration, digital art, painting and ceramics.

Drop of a Hat Performs Miscast Musical Theatre Songs

Drop of a Hat Performs Miscast Musical Theatre Songs

Ashland University Department of Theatre presents the annual showcase concert by the musical theatre revue troupe Drop of a Hat Players on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Although the performance is free and open to the public, audience members are encouraged to reserve a free ticket through the Ashland University box office at 419.289.5215 to guarantee a seat in the intimate performance venue. Audiences are also advised that some songs contain adult language and content.

"Miscast" is the theme for this year's showcase which will feature the performers singing and performing musical theatre songs in which they would never be cast. For example, senior theatre major Kathleen Thompson Parker will perform "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka; and freshman political science major Bethany Double will portray King George III in Hamilton's "You'll Be Back."

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’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.”

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