News Releases

Ohio Lieutenant Governor to speak at Ashbrook luncheon on Oct. 22

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted will speak on “Remembering What Made America Great” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Tuesday, Oct. 22 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

Jazz at the Nest returns Oct. 15

Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, Professor of Music, the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra will present a free public concert Tuesday, Oct.15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Eagles Nest at the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, 1010 King Road.

Audience members are welcome to grab a snack, enjoy a beverage and relax to the live music in the venue’s relaxed, club-like atmosphere.

Ashland University honors Norrises for their role in Black Fork Wetlands development

Laverne Norris choked up a little as he recalled the wonderful times he spent with his wife of 70 years, enjoying watching all manner of animals – from deer to bald eagles – venture into their backyard from the wetland area they owned just beyond the lawn

“We’ve had some good years out here,” said Norris, who lives on Bowen Road in Mifflin Township, just a stone’s throw from the Richland-Ashland county line.

OSU’s Roth to speak as part of Ashland University’s Symposium Against Indifference

Randolph Roth, professor of history and sociology at The Ohio State University, will speak about "Inequality and the Quality of Life: A Global View" on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center. 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 Ashland Center for Nonviolence, the event is free and open to the public.

Roth will present his findings on the causes and consequences of inequality, globally and within societies, with special attention to the question of why inequality has risen so rapidly since 1980 in the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia, but not in the rest of the affluent world. The answer bears heavily on the question of liberty versus responsibility.

Fact or Fake News: AU hosts panel discussion relating recent events to Arthur Miller's drama

On Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. on the set of Ashland University Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's An Enemy of the People in Hugo Young Theatre, AU faculty representing the disciplines of journalism, history, business and chemistry will join the show's director to relate recent headlines and world events to the timelessness of the play. The panel discussion at the theater, located at 331 College Ave., is free and open to the public and is presented as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference which is focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility."

An Enemy of the People was originally written in 1882 by Henrik Ibsen, then adapted in 1950 by Arthur Miller, and produced by AU Theatre in 1980 and now 2019. Every version of the script and show present audiences with “moral conundrums” of the specified time period.

Ashland University Theatre opens season with “An Enemy of the People"

Ashland University Theatre opens its 2019-20 “Season of Courage” with Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People on Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.

Directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, Associate Professor of Theatre, the show is being produced in conjunction with The Arthur Miller Society's 13th International Conference, which is being held at Ashland University Oct. 18-20.

Eye Care tech inventor Bailey to speak at Ashland U. “Lab to Marketplace” seminar

Eye care technology inventor Dr. Melissa Bailey will speak on the topic, “Vision for the Future”, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall at the Schar College of Education at Ashland University.

The talk is the third annual presentation of the “Lab to Marketplace” seminars sponsored by the Science Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The seminars are designed to bring speakers to the AU campus who are engaged in research that uses scientific knowledge to develop new technologies and other applications.

Ashland U. slates 2019 Homecoming, Family Day activities

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumni and students will celebrate the 141st anniversary of Ashland College/University as it renews the annual tradition of Homecoming and Family Day with a week full of activities slated to begin Oct. 6.

Highlights of the event include the Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football game between the Ashland Eagles and Davenport University Panthers, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game, the All-Alumni Party and the new Celebration of Every Individual event.

AU Campus Wellness hosts free hands-only CPR training

Ashland University Campus Wellness will host the American Heart Association and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation as the two organizations team up to offer FREE hands-only CPR and AED training as part of a mobile tour that will stop at the University’s Rec Center on King Road Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To pre-register for one of the 30-minute training sessions, go to The first 250 participants will receive a hands-only CPR Anytime Training Kit that they can use to extend this life-saving skill to family and friends. In addition, each session will include a question-and-answer segment with prizes and other giveaways.

Philosopher Beckwith speaks as part of Faith and Society series

Philosopher, professor and author Francis J. Beckwith will speak on the topic, "A Heartbeat Away?: The Supreme Court and the Future of Roe v. Wade" on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at Ashland University.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University’s Faith and Society Lecture Series, sponsored by the Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation.