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Northwestern Mutual’s Shawn Phelps named to AU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor Shawn Phelps has been named to the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Phelps earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) and Master of Business Administration degree (summa cum laude) from Ashland in 1997, then went on to complete an additional master’s in trusts and estate planning from Bowling Green State University.

AU “Best of the Nest” team earns second place in business strategy competition

Four AU Dauch College of Business & Economics students were awarded second place for Best Overall Performance in their “world” at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, hosted by California State University--Long Beach.

The competition finals originally were to be conducted in California but were moved to an online platform in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it included virtual decision rounds, opening and closing ceremonies, team meetings, advisor meetings and informal and formal judges meetings, as well as team presentations from all across the US, as well as Hong Kong.

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths is recipient of AU’s Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, professor of communication studies and director of the online Communications Studies Program in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of AU’s 2020 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award.

Finalists for the award were Dr. David McCoy, associate professor of journalism and digital media, and Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, associate professor of doctoral studies and advanced programs.

Ashland University offers podcast series for educators navigating in a COVID-19 world

The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a time of unprecedented change and nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of elementary and secondary education.

And that change is what sparked Ashland University to begin a series of podcasts, offering opinions and analysis from leaders in the field. Already, 25 episodes of the AU Professional Learning Podcasts are available for free via iTunes and Listen Notes.

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.