News Releases

Ashland University FCA hosts NFL veteran Ray McElroy on Nov. 19

The Ashland University Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host former NFL defensive back Ray McElroy, who will share his testimony Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. in the Lower Chapel of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, 456 College Ave. The event is free and open to both students and the public.

McElroy spent six seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions and currently serves as team chaplain for the Bears. A Chicago native who still holds track records at Proviso West High School, McElroy is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, where he was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Panthers and a third team All-American before being drafted by the Colts in the fourth round.

Veterans for Peace members to offer “Erasing the Battle Lines” program at AU

Veterans for Peace members Mary Reynolds Powell and Ian Y. Yee will present “Erasing the Battle Lines: Finding a Path to Peace” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the John C. Myers Convocation Center at Ashland University. This event is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include a selection of letters from those who have been impacted by American wars: friend and foe, civilian and military. Following this, Powell and Yee will share their personal journeys from their military experiences to Veterans for Peace. A question-and-answer period will follow.

AU alumnus, poet Logan Fry to offer public reading Nov. 15

Poet and 2010 Ashland University alumnus Logan Fry will read selections from his book, Harpo Before the Opus, when he visits Ashland University Friday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall, 340 Samaritan Ave.

Harpo Before the Opus is the winner of the 2018 Omnidawn 1st/ 2nd Book Prize, selected by Srikanth Reddy, author of Voyager.

Ashland University FCA to host Nov. 12 benefit concert with Kid Kulture and The Trio

The Ashland University Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host Kid Kulture and The Trio for a benefit concert and sharing of testimonies Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 8-10 p.m. in the Upper Chapel of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, 456 College Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, though a freewill offering will be taken for students who plan to participate in the Dominican Republic Sports & Services Mission Trip in May.

AU 2019-20 Environmental Lecture Series to focus on ‘Environmental Laws in Ohio’

The director of the National Center for Water Quality Research will open the 2019-20 Environmental Lecture Series at Ashland University on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education, 340 Samaritan Ave.

Dr. Laura Johnson’s presentation, "The effects of phosphorus management in the Lake Erie watershed from 1969 to today," is free and open to the public.

Fox News politics editor Stirewalt to speak at Ashbrook luncheon Nov. 14

Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt will speak on “Our Populist Moment” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 14, at noon in Myers Convocation Center, 638 Jefferson St., on the Ashland University campus.

Tickets for this luncheon/lecture event are $20 per person or a table of eight for $160. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carrie Clever at (419) 289-5411 or email or order online at

American Heart Association recognizes AU for workplace health achievement

Ashland University recently earned bronze level recognition in the American Heart Association’s 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs.

Ashland U's 24-hour Theatre Project performance is Nov. 9

The Ashland University Department of Theatre and Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society are producing another 24-Hour Theatre Project this fall. The performance of an original script written and produced within 24 hours will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University's Studio Theatre.

A limited number of tickets are available for this free public performance. Patrons can secure their seat by calling the Ashland University box office at 419.289.5125.