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Work hard, dream big and serve, EDWINS founder tells AU Winter Commencement audience

Brandon Chrostowski said he “just had to dream big enough and work hard enough” to make EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute a reality.

And working hard and dreaming big is the same advice Chrostowski -- whose business gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry -- gave to Ashland University’s graduates, who received their degrees Saturday at AU’s 2019 Winter Commencement inside Kates Gymnasium.

Live Link Provided for Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Ashland University’s Winter 2019 Commencement will be held on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center on the Ashland University campus. The speaker for the event will be Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, founder, president and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, which provides formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry whole providing a support network necessary for their long-term success.

No tickets will be required for the event, which is open to the public. The ceremony will be streamed live at – -- and also broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium. Faculty and students who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Conard Field House located just west of the Physical Education Center.

Ashland University releases 2019 Christmas e-card

Millions of people across the globe have captured the Christmas spirit each year thanks to the electronic Christmas cards that have been distributed by Ashland University since 2001.

Each year, Ashland University releases a new holiday e-card to all of its students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and the larger community around the world. This year’s card was posted on the AU website and social media on Dec. 13

Spon will be AU’s McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series speaker

Retired Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Spon will be the next speaker in Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

Spon’s presentation, “A Life Worth Living”, is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 115 of the Dauch College on the AU campus.

Festival of Lights holiday service set for Dec. 8

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the 29th annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 8 in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Avenue.

The 7 p.m. candlelight service, which is free and open to the public, symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include Scripture readings by Rob and Kim Pool, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Seminary invites community to Christmas Chapel service

12/02/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Ashland community is invited to join the Ashland Theological Seminary for its annual Community Christmas Chapel. The event, titled "Prepare the Way: A Christmas Celebration in Story and Song",  will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 11:15 a.m. – noon in the seminary's Ronk Memorial Chapel on the seminary campus at 910 Center St.

A cookie reception will follow the service.

Winter Festival Band Concert showcases world premiere, xylophone soloist

The Department of Music at Ashland University will present its annual Winter Festival Band Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joseph Lewis Jr., the concert will feature the Ashland University Symphonic Band and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. The concert will offer a program of classic compositions for concert band, along with some holiday favorites.

TubaChristmas Returns to Ashland on Dec. 7

TubaChristmas, a local holiday favorite, returns to Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 7 at noon. The concert is free and open to the public and area tuba, euphonium and baritone players are invited to perform. Musician registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by rehearsal at 10:20 a.m.

In addition to the volunteer performers, the event also showcases a "Celebrity Tubist", which this year is going to be a surprise guest and will be revealed at the concert by event organizer Dr. Scott Garlock.