News Releases

AU continues its Symposium Against Indifference into spring semester

The 10th Biennial Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference continues its theme of "Liberty & Responsibility" with a full slate of events for the Spring 2020 semester, beginning Jan. 23. The full schedule of events is available online at

The spring events include:

* an environmental science lecture on low-cost improvements to measuring air pollutants in Columbus;
* a panel discussion about corporate social responsibility;
* a living history performance of Carrie Chapman Catt's woman's suffrage story; and
* a 4-part series on the Victims of Communism, including a personal story from a North Korean defector, a film screening of The Lives of Others which follows an East German surveillance, lessons learned on the downfall of the Venezuelan democracy from a Venezuelan dissident and a lecture on Havel's Rhetoric of Truth through Communist Czechoslovakia

Ashland University to host OPCICA honors concert, jazz band performances

The Ashland University Department of Music is honored to host the 2020 Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association Honors Festival, culminating with a free, public concert on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The 2020 OPCICA Festival is organized by association President John Packard of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, along with Ashland University hosts Joseph Lewis and Dr. Scott Garlock.

OPCICA represents the instrumental music programs in Ohio's private colleges and universities, whose primary purpose is sponsoring an annual honors festival. This year's festival will involve 111 student musicians and 25 band directors representing 17 schools including Ashland University, Bluffton University, Case Western Reserve University, The College of Wooster, Defiance College, Heidelberg University, Kenyon College, Malone University, Marietta College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Northern University, Otterbein University, the University of Findlay, Wittenberg University and Walsh University.

Ashland Area Chorus announces membership requirements, rehearsals and concerts

The Ashland Area Chorus, under the direction of Libby Moore Slade, announces its spring schedule, including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 13, AAC rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Ashland University Center for the Arts, 331 College Ave. This semester, the Chorus will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for its "Ode to Our 50th" concert on April 18 at Archer Auditorium.

6 French films to be screened at AU as part of Tournees Film Festival

Ashland University’s Department of Foreign Languages will hold a Tournées Film Festival in January featuring five recent French films and one classic film. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place each evening at 7 on Jan. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education.

The festival, which is presented in collaboration with Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was made possible by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange received by Dr. Richard Gray, associate professor of foreign languages, who organized the festival. Gray is the only professor in the Midwest to have received this grant six of the last seven years.

2019 saw Syme earn two degrees, plus gain CMA and CPA designations

You could say it’s been a big, alphabet soup-kind of year for Jessica Syme, but that would be an understatement.

Syme, who graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ashland University in the spring, has also been able to accomplish what only a very few do: she has passed on the first try both sections of the Certified Management Accountant exam and all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam.

Work hard, dream big and serve, EDWINS founder tells AU Winter Commencement audience

Brandon Chrostowski said he “just had to dream big enough and work hard enough” to make EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute a reality.

And working hard and dreaming big is the same advice Chrostowski -- whose business gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry -- gave to Ashland University’s graduates, who received their degrees Saturday at AU’s 2019 Winter Commencement inside Kates Gymnasium.

Live Link Provided for Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Ashland University’s Winter 2019 Commencement will be held on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center on the Ashland University campus. The speaker for the event will be Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, founder, president and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, which provides formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry whole providing a support network necessary for their long-term success.

No tickets will be required for the event, which is open to the public. The ceremony will be streamed live at – -- and also broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium. Faculty and students who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Conard Field House located just west of the Physical Education Center.

Ashland University releases 2019 Christmas e-card

Millions of people across the globe have captured the Christmas spirit each year thanks to the electronic Christmas cards that have been distributed by Ashland University since 2001.

Each year, Ashland University releases a new holiday e-card to all of its students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and the larger community around the world. This year’s card was posted on the AU website and social media on Dec. 13

Spon will be AU’s McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series speaker

Retired Richland County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Spon will be the next speaker in Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

Spon’s presentation, “A Life Worth Living”, is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 115 of the Dauch College on the AU campus.