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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.

5 questions for: Alex Trotter

Ashland University senior Alex Trotter will present his senior recital Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Assisted by Eric Watts on bass trombone and Branden Barber on trumpet, Trotter will present the recital in the form of a jazz lecture, introducing each piece and explaining the techniques he used to create the arrangement. In addition to his performance on the piano, Trotter has done his own arrangements and also will debut his original composition, “Great to be Me”. The concert is free and open to the public.

Here he answers five questions about what’s ahead:

AU Art + Design faculty featured in Coburn Gallery show opening Jan. 23

01/17/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Coburn Gallery announces its upcoming art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art + Design Department Faculty.

This annual exhibition highlights the two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of the current faculty as professional artists exhibiting in their prospective areas. The Art + Design department faculty members pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors. The exhibition opens on Thursday Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 23.

Symposium continues with May’s presentation on improving air quality measurements

01/17/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Dr. Andrew May, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, will present details about his work in improving the measurements of local air quality on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall of the Ashland University Schar College of Education.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to speak at Ashbrook luncheon on Jan. 28

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will speak at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Tuesday, Jan. 28 beginning at noon in the 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

Three of Ashland University’s online programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report

Three of Ashland University’s online programs have been ranked in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2020.

AU’s Master of Business Administration Online Program has been ranked first among Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredited programs in Ohio, second for private online programs in Ohio as well as sixth in Ohio overall among Best Online MBA Programs. It was the 131st ranked program overall nationally among Best Online MBA Programs, while AU’s Online Bachelor’s Programs were rated as the best private online programs in Ohio and the 143rd ranked programs overall nationally among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. In addition, AU’s online Graduate Education Program was ranked as the 152nd best Online Graduate Education Program in the nation.