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AU mourns passing of former president G. William Benz

ASHLAND, Ohio – G. William Benz, Ph.D., who served as president of Ashland University from 1993-2006, passed away in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 8. He was 88. Benz’s impressive career in academia was headlined by leading AU during a time of significant growth. Among the highlights of his 13-year administration were:

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Doctor of Educational Leadership degree helps AU grad earn superintendent job

While he wasn’t really looking for a new job, Bruce R. Willingham Jr. just couldn’t pass up the superintendent position at Kenston Local School District. “The Kenston Schools have a rich history of being a premier district in the state of Ohio,” Willingham said. “I currently live in the next town over from Kenston and, while I wasn’t actively pursuing a new position, the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing district, as well as the opportunity to spend…

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AU student teams excel in online business simulation

ASHLAND, Ohio – Three groups of Ashland University students rose to the top in their respective mock industries while participating against other colleges and universities in a GLO-BUS simulation during the 2024 spring semester. The competition included approximately 3,500 teams from 150 colleges and universities. GLO-BUS is a popular online business strategy simulation in which teams of students run companies that compete for global market position. AU…

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AU English instructor named writer-in-residence for Hemingway-Pfeifer Museum

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh, writer and Ashland University instructor, is obsessed with women left out of historical narratives. “Paula McLain did such a beautiful job imagining us into the lives of Hadley and Martha, Hemingway’s first and third wives,” said Kelly-Harbaugh, a Cleveland resident who teaches 100-level English courses for AU, including to incarcerated students. “Maggie O’Farrell broke my heart spinning stories about Shakespeare’s wife and…

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Coburn Gallery to present exhibition by Artists of Group 10, opening May 17

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Art Gallery at Ashland University will host a 10-week exhibition, featuring the Artists of Group 10, from Friday, May 17, through Friday, July 26. A reception will coincide with the May 17 opening from 6-7:30 p.m. The Artists of Group 10 is a cooperative group of professional artists, currently numbering 18, that was established in 2012 in Kent, Ohio. The group has grown from the initial 10 artists who came together with the idea of…

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AU hosting Peace and Communication Summer Camp for teens

ASHLAND, Ohio – This summer, Ashland University’s Ashland Center for Nonviolence (ACN) and Writing and Communication Center (WCC) will present the Peace and Communication Summer Camp, an enriching two-day experience designed for students aged 13-18, on Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The camp will take place at the WCC lab, located on the first floor of the Archer Library. The Peace and Communication Summer Camp aims to engage…

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Dorm Dudes Breaks, sports memorabilia selling business, really takes off for AU students

“All right everybody, who’s ready for the brand-new product from Just Break It?” Shane Rue excitedly asks TikTok viewers while filming a video to kick off a live stream as Richie Delaney pumps his first and then claps loudly with Ryan Kern. “We got Richie,” Rue says pointing to Delaney. Then pointing to Kern, “We got Kern, and we got Boss Man over there,” he adds turning his phone toward a smiling Zach Balo as he calls Balo by his nickname. “Here we go,”…

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While competing at Army Trials, Jeremy Ditlevson has unexpected reunion with fellow AU grad

Maj. Jeremy Ditlevson was almost 100% sure how he knew Adriane Wilson when he first saw her a few months ago at Fort Liberty in North Carolina. It took Wilson and his wife, Jeralyn, a little while longer to figure it out. He kept pointing at Wilson and finally got his wife to walk over to her with him. “He approached her to try to say he knew who she was,” Jeralyn said. “Jeremy has aphasia, which is the inability to speak, but he can get a few words out.”…

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Outgoing AU President Campo honored at commencement, then encourages graduates to “hold fast”

ASHLAND, Ohio – Every commencement exercise serves as a time of significant celebration, but Saturday’s ceremony at Ashland University seemed even more special. For one, some members of the Class of 2024 did not have a normal high school graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, those graduates were able to truly embrace the occasion with their loved ones after missing out four years ago. Secondly, this marked one of the largest classes in AU history…

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AU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling earns accreditation from CACREP

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that its Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree has been accredited through March 31, 2030, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The two-year, peer-reviewed accreditation process included a complete self-study of the program and the institution. The self-assessment CACREP requires of programs is focused on planning, goal…

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