News Releases

Ashland Center for Nonviolence hosting scholar on Jim Crow laws March 30-31

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence and the Ashland University Department of Religious Studies will welcome J. Russell Hawkins to campus on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30-31, for a pair of presentations centered on the history of white churches and their understanding of race during the era of Jim Crow. The events are free and open to the public.

Ashland alumna, faculty member each honored by Ohio Arts Council

ASHLAND, Ohio – An Ashland University alumna and an AU faculty member were recognized by the Ohio Arts Council with Individual Excellence Awards, a peer recognition program for a creative artist’s body of work. Ashley Bethard ‘08 (pictured left), who was recently promoted to editor and chief content officer of the Dayton Daily News, and Kelly Sundberg (pictured right), an assistant professor of English, were both honored for their work in the non-fiction category.

Ashland University to host 61st annual Mohican District Science Day on March 26

ASHLAND, Ohio – A total of 132 students from 16 area schools are expected to converge on the Ashland University campus Saturday, March 26, for the 61st annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event will be held at AU’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

Local artists win several awards at AU's Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition

ASHLAND, Ohio – The majority of awards from the Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition at Ashland University went to local student artists, it was announced by Cynthia Petry, director of AU’s Coburn Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 23.

More than $1,100 was distributed to the winners across a variety of categories, while the People’s Choice award will be announced on the gallery’s Facebook page on March 23.

With generous donations, Ashland University surpasses fundraising goal

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s comprehensive, five-year fundraising initiative, entitled The Campaign for Every Individual, has well surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $50 million, with more than $84 million given so far making it the most successful fundraising effort in the university’s 144-year history. The university has received 17,082 gifts and amassed 4,455 new donors in the process.

AU names Vernon-Dotson as dean of College of Education

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is pleased to announce that Lisa Vernon-Dotson will be the new dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education. She will officially begin her leadership of the college on July 1, taking over for Steve Denney who served as interim dean during the 2021-22 academic year.

“We are very excited to welcome this very accomplished scholar-leader to Ashland University. We expect Dr. Vernon-Dotson will enhance the meaningful work of the Dwight Schar College of Education,” stated Amiel Jarstfer, provost at Ashland.

Next Faith and Society lecture to feature Christian Miller on March 25

ASHLAND, Ohio – Christian Miller, the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, will be the guest at the next edition of Ashland University’s Faith and Society lecture series. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, March 25, at the College of Education’s Ronk Auditorium at 3 p.m. A complimentary reception will follow the program.

Maplerock Jazz Festival set for Friday, March 18

ASHLAND, Ohio – The 41st annual Maplerock Jazz Festival, an educational and entertaining event that features the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra mixing with internationally-recognized jazz luminaries as well as regional scholastic groups, will take place this Friday, March 18, on the campus of Ashland University. All performances are at the Hugo Young Theatre inside the Center for the Arts (401 College Ave.).

Chrysalis performing free concert on Monday at Hugo Young Theatre

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Department of Music will present a concert by Chrysalis, a duo consisting of Lindsey Goodman (voice, flute) and Robert Frankenberry (voice, piano), on Monday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Hugo Young Theatre inside the Center for the Arts (401 College Ave.).

“First Lines” by Amy Williams and “Duo for Flute and Piano” by Aaron Copland are among the selections to be performed.

Ashland M.Ed. alumna receives highest U.S. recognition for science and mathematics educators

ASHLAND, Ohio – Stephanie Nowak, who completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University in 1997, is a recent recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching from the U.S. government. Nowak was one of 102 teachers who were recognized this year.

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