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Experts to hold conversation about Gun Violence and Social Trauma

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence and the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board are co-hosting a conversation on Gun Violence and Social Trauma on Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon in room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“We all know there’s a huge debate about gun rights and access to guns going on in this country,” said Dr. Craig Hovey, executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. “Some of that discussion is about restricting gun access among people who are thought to be a danger to themselves or others.” Hovey said there are a number of important questions surrounding gun violence, trauma and what society calls mental illness. “We decided we needed to hear from experts representing a wide variety of fields,” he said.

Becker goes from AU Spanish classes to the “end of the world” and then co-authors its dictionary

Betsy Becker has all the hallmarks of a modern-day adventurer.

She is curious, unafraid and she knows there’s a whole lot of world out there beyond her native Ashland.

Just months after her 2004 graduation from Ashland University, Becker went off to be a stranger in a strange land, yet made it her home. She spoke not one word of its language, yet ended up writing a dictionary.

Panelists at AU event will discuss corporate social responsibility

As an essential component of the free market, do corporations have any social responsibility beyond maximizing profits? Is it enough that they simply do no harm to society? Or do they have a responsibility to do some good?

Together with the Foundation for Economic Education and Conscious Capitalism, the Ashland University Political Economy Program will host a panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is presented as part of the Environmental Lecture Series and the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference, both of which are focusing on the theme of "Liberty and Responsibility." The event is free and open to the public.

Grab an instrument and join the AACCB

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band continues its 27th season with weekly rehearsals beginning Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall at Ashland University.

Under the direction of AU Director of Bands Joseph Lewis Jr., AACCB is for those who loved playing in band in high school or college and want the opportunity to play again. Spring performances for the ensemble include a performance at AU with the Ashland University Symphonic Band on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m.

Eight AU faculty, administrators receive Academic Mentor Awards

Eight Ashland University faculty and administrators were honored during the University’s 34th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 31. The program recognizes faculty whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student, were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Awards were presented to the late Dr. Iyad Ajwa, Professor of Computer Science, awarded posthumously to his wife Nadia; Dr. Dolly Crawford, Associate Professor of Biology; Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Nicole Dyer, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Life; Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor and Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation; Dr. Mark Rubin, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice; Dr. Stefan Swanson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music; and Dr. David Aune, Associate Professor of Religion

Money Therapy founder and CEO to speak at AU’s Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch

Noted entrepreneur, Mansfield native and Money Therapy founder and CEO Ellie Thompson will be the speaker at Ashland University’s 2020 Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch on Monday, Feb. 24, at 11:45 a.m. at the Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The event, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public.

Thompson is the founder of two successful Washington, D.C.-based startups, Venyou and Money Therapy. The former is a platform that creates curated events through the use of historic and residential spaces, while Money Therapy was founded on the belief that financial education and action should live together. She recently has returned to the area to join as the third generation of TASCO, her family’s metal stamping business, where she is the vice president of business development.

AU Signs Corporate Partners agreement with Jonathan Alder Local School District

01/27/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has entered into a three-year Corporate Partners agreement with the Plain City-based Jonathan Alder Local School District.

The district, which has 2,600 students in five buildings, is the 12th K-12 school district to sign a Corporate Partners agreement with Ashland University within the past several years.

AU’s Mamma Mia! slated for Valentine’s Day opening

Ashland University Theatre continues its 2019-20 Season of Stories of Courage with the musical, Mamma Mia!, featuring ABBA's greatest hits, opening on Valentine's Day, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 16 in the Hugo Young Theatre.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, with music direction by Deborah Logan, the show uses the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs which propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sunny and funny story unfolds on a Greek island paradise on the eve of Sophie Sheridan's (Macy Campbell, Genoa) wedding. She is on a quest to discover the identity of her father and brings three men -- Harry, Bill and Sam (Nathan Roblin, Mansfield; Will Taylor, Fairborn, and Tristan Peterman, Canton, respectively) to the island. They last visited the island 20 years ago with Sophie's mother, Donna (Mia Kardotzke, Clyde).