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Pickering follows father into first responder career, adjusts to serve during pandemic

When other children were out on the playground or building blanket forts, chances are a young Travis Pickering was hanging out at the firehouse.

When your dad’s a firefighter, said Pickering, that’s just the kind of thing you do.

Fast forward to 2020: Travis Pickering is still in the firehouse, only now he’s a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

AU’s Fleming wins prestigious PEN America Literary Award for 'Resurrection of the Wild' essay collection

When Deborah Fleming tells her creative writing students to persist, she speaks from experience.

The long-time Ashland University English professor sent her essay collection, Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscapes, to 50 different publishers, to no avail. The collection eventually was published by the Kent State University Press, but only after two unsuccessful submissions.

And now that book is the winner of the prestigious PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay, one of the annual PEN America Literary Awards.

Face-to-face instruction suspended for remainder of spring semester

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation over the past several days. These are challenging times and we will persevere together as One Ashland.

After much consideration, Ashland University including Ashland Theological Seminary is suspending face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Online instruction, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 18, will continue through the end of the spring semester. Students currently enrolled in labs, clinical experiences, studios, internships, student teaching, etc., will receive specific instructions from their respective academic programs. Details related to dropping off or picking up materials from academic buildings also will be provided to students through individual programs.

AU courses will move online until March 30 in wake of COVID-19 recommendation from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University will suspend all face-to-face classroom instruction as of Monday, March 16 and will move those classes to an online format beginning Wednesday, March 18.  Normal face-to-face instruction is suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Courses normally offered through an online format will continue as scheduled.

Ashland University team emerges as finalist in Ethics Case Competition

A team of Ashland University students emerged as a finalist at the recent Intercollegiate Ethics Case Competition, sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Emily Mark, Victoria Baker and Tristan Reichelderfer attended the competition at Cleveland State University, in which collegiate teams were charged coming up with analyses and recommendations related to illegal hiring, data theft and cheating at Big 4 accounting giant KPMG. The overriding question was “Is the damage to KPMG’s reputation and the impact on the profession even more costly?”

CANCELED: Ashland University hosts second annual Re-Entry Summit

EDWIN’S Leadership and Restaurant Institute founder and CEO Brandon Chrostowski will be the keynote speaker on Friday, March 20, as the Ashland University Correctional Education Program partners with the Securus Foundation and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to offer their second annual Re-Entry Summit at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Redemption: Overcoming Adversity”. The event begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and will continue with panel discussions and presentations until 3:45 p.m. Registration is free and can be completed at and a box lunch will be provided.