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Ashland University’s online MBA – entrepreneurship specialty ranked No. 7 by Master’s Program Guide

Ashland University’s online Master of Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Specialty has been ranked as one of the nation’s Best Online Master’s Programs in Entrepreneurship by Master’s Program Guide.

AU was No. 7 on the list, which took into consideration the resulting earnings potential to be derived as a result of the completion of the program, as well as its affordability and student satisfaction and the school’s selectivity. Ashland was one of only two Ohio universities to appear in the guide’s top 20.

Smart Business Network’s Koury to speak at AU’s Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business series

Smart Business Network co-founder Fred Koury will be the featured speaker at The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business at Ashland University on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center, 638 Jefferson St.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the event, which is free and open to the public, with lunch served at noon. Parking is available in University lots E and J. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Nov. 8 to

AU, NCSC sign multiple articulation agreements

Ashland University undergraduate Allyson Vinson can attest to the success of articulation agreements between AU and North Central State College, where she began her higher education journey.

The criminal justice major started taking NCSC courses through the College Credit Plus program while still a student at Clear Fork High School in Bellville. She had amassed 53 credit hours before ever setting foot on the Ashland campus, where she is in her first year but already has sophomore standing.

Three vocal ensembles join together for fall choral concert Oct. 27 at Ashland University

The Ashland University Choir, Women's Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus will present a fall choral concert with an eclectic program centered around the theme of hope, happiness and security, including Handel's "Sing unto God," Duruflé’s Requiem, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and much more. The concert will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir with accompaniment by Dr. Timothy Guenther. Their portion of the program will include “San’bonani,” a traditional IsiZulu welcome song arranged by Michael Barrett; the festive music of Lloyd Pfautsch and the joyful poetry of Joseph Addison together in the choral fanfare “Consecrate the Place and Day;” and “Behold, How Good” by Michael John Trotta.

'You came to save a life': 273 take advantage of hands-only CPR training

There was no way, Ashland University mens’ basketball coach John Ellenwood said, he could have known what was about to happen Nick Bapst that day two years ago during a scrimmage at the University of Findlay.

Bapst, then a junior and a projected starter for the Eagles, was in great shape, better than most, Ellenwood told a crowd of students, staff and community members gathered Wednesday morning in the University’s Recreation Center. “There was no way the healthiest guy you’ve ever coached could go into cardiac arrest,” he said.

Sangre mía / Blood of Mine editors to share message of peace as part of AU Symposium Against Indifference

On Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, the editors of the anthology Sangre mía / Blood of Mine will share a message of peace in their presentation and reading from their bilingual collection of 53 poets whose verses denounce violence committed against women along the U.S. – Mexico border region of Ciudad Juárez – El Paso, Texas.

The event is presented as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference which is focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility." Co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Language, the event is free and open to the public.

Poet Maggie Smith to give reading in Ronk Lecture Hall

Award-winning poet Maggie Smith will present a free public reading of her works on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall, 340 Samaritan Ave., on the campus of Ashland University.

Smith, a Columbus native, is the author of three books of poetry -- Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017), The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (2015) and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005) – as well as three prize-winning chapbooks. Her works have appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, Tin House, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery hosts “COMPASSION: The Art of Healing” exhibition

The national juried exhibition, "COMPASSION: The Art of Healing" will have its opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 22, at The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University.

The theme of the exhibition, which will be on display at the gallery from Oct. 11 through Nov. 13, focuses on the humanitarian nature of the healing process as seen through the arts. Health care professionals and caregivers have played an integral part in the healing process throughout history and this exhibition hopes to highlight these contributions, as well as the process of patient restoration and wellness.

The opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. and will coincide with the Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in cooperation with the Rho Nu-at-Large, Fall Scholarly Meeting in the Hugo Young Theatre.

AU book discussion topic is The American Dream in Crisis

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will host a book discussion of Robert D. Putman’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, 401 College Ave.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include thoughts from Nancy Udolph, professor of Social Work, and Dorothy Stratton, retired professor of Social Work and ACN Steering Committee member.

Copies of the book are available in the campus bookstore, online at Amazon or through the local library.