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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

Coburn Gallery to Hold Student Art and Design Exhibition

The Ashland University Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition opens on Thursday, March 14, in the Coburn Gallery with a reception to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This exhibition, which runs from March 14-29, will offer $550 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean’s Award, AU Permanent Collection Award and the People’s Choice Award. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 14.

Coburn Gallery to Hold Student Art and Design Exhibition

Ashland University Social Work Program Receives Top Recognition

Ashland University’s Social Work program has been recognized by the Human Services Education Organization as being one of the two most affordable private social work programs in the state of Ohio.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition from this organization,” said Dr. Michael Vimont, associate professor of social work. “This recognition in the 2019 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) rankings shows that we offer a quality program of social work at a cost significantly lower than the average of other private schools in the State of Oho.”

Ashland University Social Work Program Receives Top Recognition

AU Religion Professor Contributes Chapter for Book

Dr. Peter Slade, professor of Religion at Ashland University, has contributed a chapter to the book Can I Get a Witness?: Thirteen Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice.

The book, which presents “the compelling stories of pioneers for social justice who engaged in peaceful protest and gave voice to the marginalized, working courageously out of their religious convictions to transform American culture,” will be published by Eerdmans Publishing Co. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

AU Religion Professor Contributes Chapter for Book

Washington Post Journalist to Speak at Ashbrook Center Major Issues Lecture Series Luncheon

Washington Post Journalist to Speak at Ashbrook Center Major Issues Lecture Series Luncheon

Robert Samuelson, a journalist who writes a twice weekly syndicated column on business and economics issues for The Washington Post, will speak on the topic of “Spoils Society” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 12, at 12 noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Tickets for this lunch and lecture event are $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carrie Clever at cclever@ashbrook.org or 419-289-5411.

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty and administrators were honored during the University’s 33rd annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Feb. 1. 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 Roger Beckett, awarded posthumously to his wife Danielle and daughter Sydney; Dr. Patrick Maloney, deputy director of the Ashbrook Program; Dr. James Chapple, professional instructor for field experience and internship placement coordinator and faculty mentor; Dr. Dennis Gruber, chair of Health Sciences Department and clinical assistant professor; Dr. Jackie Owens, associate professor of nursing, director of the RN to BSN track and chair of the CONHS curriculum committee; Dr. Juanita Reese Kline, chair of the nursing department, director of the traditional nursing program and associate professor of nursing; Jill Solis, adjunct clinical education instructor; and Sadie Zegarac, assistant director of Christian Ministry.

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