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Winners Listed for AU’s Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition

Winners Listed for AU’s Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition

The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2019 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition that will run through March 28 in the University’s Coburn Gallery.

This exhibition offers $1,000 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, People’s Choice Award and the AU Permanent Art Collection Award. The award winners were announced at the opening reception of the exhibition on March 14, 2019. The People’s Choice award will be announced on the Coburn Gallery’s Facebook page on March 26, 2019.

AU Junior Recital to Feature Soprano Rebecca Young on March 24

Ashland University Junior Recital to Feature Soprano Rebecca Young on March 24

Ashland University Department of Music presents a junior recital with soprano Rebecca Young accompanied by pianist Deb Logan on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Rebecca is a vocal music and history major from Sherwood, Oregon, and she studies voice with Sandra Ross. The program for her recital will consist of classical pieces by Haydn and Faure; as well as selections from operas and musical theatre such as The Merry Widow, Princess Ida, Firefly, Have a Heart and She Loves Me.

Ashland County Middle School Musicians Honored at AU Concert

Ashland County Middle School Musicians Honored at AU Concert

In Celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Ashland University Department of Music will host the annual Ashland County Middle School Honors Band on Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The Ashland University Symphonic Band will be the featured guest ensemble. Joseph Lewis Jr., Ashland University director of Bands, will serve as conductor for both ensembles.

Consisting of 72 members, the Ashland County Middle School Honors Band includes seventh and eighth grade students from Ashland, Crestview, Hillsdale, Loudonville-Perrysville and Mapleton Schools. Members of the Ashland County Band Directors Association met with Lewis to plan the program. The committee of band directors selected the honors band members based on merit and instrumentation needs of the band. Students meet at Ashland University on March 21 and 23 to rehearse and present this program with music ranging from classical selections to traditional marches.

Ashland University English Professor to Give Book Reading

Dr. Deborah Fleming, professor of English at Ashland University, will be reading from her most recent book, “Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape,” on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

Fleming’s book, “Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape,” is an impassioned call for recognizing and preserving the ecological wonders of the Allegheny Plateau.

Ashland University English Professor to Give Book Reading

Ashland University to Host 59th Annual Mohican District Science Day

A total of 219 students from 36 schools are expected to converge on the Ashland University campus Saturday, March 23, for the 59th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

According to Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, professor of Chemistry at Ashland University and Science Day director, all projects displayed at the district fair have received superior ratings in local school district science fairs. The students participating will represent high schools, junior high/middle schools and fifth and sixth grades in eight different counties: Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne.

Ashland University Foreign Language Professor to Give Talk

 Ashland University Foreign Languages Professor to Give Talk

Dr. Barb Schmidt-Rinehart, professor of Foreign Language at Ashland University, will give a talk titled “El Camino De Santiago: The Journey of a Lifetime” on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Ronk Lecture Hall located in the Schar College of Education.

Schmidt-Rinehart will talk about her journey last summer when she walked the last 100 kilometers of the St. James Trail in Northern Spain, a pilgrimage that has been done by people for thousands of years.

40th Annual Maplerock Jazz Festival Slates Five Guest Artists; Ten area school jazz bands perform in afternoon

40th Annual Maplerock Jazz Festival Slates Five Guest Artists

Ashland University’s award-winning jazz program is proud to present the 40th Annual Maplerock Jazz Festival slated for Friday, March 22. Along with free performances by 10 area school jazz ensembles from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event presents a main stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre that features five professional jazz artists.

The Jazz Festival’s evening concert will open with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock. The concert program will headline guest jazz artists: Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Mike Tomaro (sax), Pat Harbison (trumpet), Sean Parsons (piano) and John Viser (drums).

What Can a Zebrafish with No Blood Cells Tell Us about Blindness?

The cloche mutant zebrafish

An Ashland University biology professor and his team of undergraduate students have asked how a type of zebrafish, used for years to study the cardiovascular system, develops eye lens cataracts, a disease that continues to be the greatest source of human blindness worldwide.

While previous work suggested that these zebrafish produced less of one crucial lens protein, triggering cloudiness in their lenses, Dr. Mason Posner and his students used two techniques that measure levels of gene expression to suggest that this might not be the case.

Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Ohio Dragonflies

Ashland University’s 27th annual Environmental Lecture Series featuring the theme of “Ohio Citizen Science” continues on Thursday, March 21. MaLisa Spring, state coordinator for the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership, The Ohio State University, will speak on the topic of “Ohio Citizens and Dragons: Documenting threatened species with iNaturalist.” This is the third and final event in this year’s series.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending will learn more about dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio. Ohio is home to some 170 species of dragonflies and damselflies, with 23 listed as state threatened or endangered. These ferocious aerial acrobats are important for managing insect populations and can serve as indicator species. Learn how people can help these winged predators by documenting them in backyards as well as land management strategies to support dragons.

Environmental Lecture Series to Focus on Ohio Dragonflies

Three Ashland University Vocal Ensembles Perform March 17

The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus present a concert to relieve cabin fever on Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The eclectic program will offer everything from Elizabethan madrigals, to an organ Mass from Haydn, spirituals, contemporary a cappella, folk songs and lullabies. 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 Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass” for choir, small string orchestra and organ. The Mass’ lovely and extended “Benedictus” will feature soprano Rebecca Young, junior music major from Oregon, and university organist Dr. Timothy Guenther. Brian Le, senior political science major, will intone the beginning of the Gloria accompanied by Dr. Guenther.

Three Ashland University Vocal Ensembles Perform March 17

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