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Seminary awarded major grant to help establish Pathways for Tomorrow initiative

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary, a graduate division of Ashland University, has been awarded a $999,776 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Pathways for Tomorrow initiative. This is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the U.S. and Canada, as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face in preparing pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the…

Orr named dean of eAshland

ASHLAND, Ohio – After conducting a national search, Ashland University has appointed Shawn Orr as the new dean of eAshland, effective immediately. The eAshland academic unit offers non-credit-bearing programming, professional learning services, workforce development, English language learning and the dual-enrollment College Credit Plus program. She will also provide oversight of the Center of Innovation and Teaching Excellence and LearnAU, while remaining…

AU’s VP for enrollment management earns prestigious honor

ASHLAND, Ohio – Keith Ramsdell, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Ashland University, received the Distinguished Service Award from NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management. The honor is NAGAP’s most prestigious award and is presented to an individual who has contributed progressive leadership and exceptional service to the association and to the graduate enrollment management profession.

“I’m honored…

Seminary to present “Archaeology Through the Eyes of a Potter” on June 26

ASHLAND, Ohio – “Archaeology Through the Eyes of a Potter,” an interactive lecture and pottery demonstration by Julie Ward, will be held at the Ashland Theological Seminary (910 Center St.) on Sunday, June 26, from 3-4:30 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Ashland University Department of History and Political Science.

Pair of Ashland alumnae win Milken Educator Awards

ASHLAND, Ohio – Two Ashland University alumnae—Kristen Maurer (pictured right) and Jamie Karaffa (left)—received Milken Educators Awards, dubbed as the “Oscars of Teaching,” this spring. Maurer graduated from AU with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2014, while Karaffa earned a master’s degree in American history and government in 2021.

An initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, Milken Educator Awards provide recognition…

Ashland a member of first class of Collegiate Purple Star campuses

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been awarded a Collegiate Purple Star, as announced Thursday morning by the Ohio Department of Higher Education during a video conference call. Ohio became the first state in the nation to adopt a Collegiate Purple Star designation, and Ashland was one of nine independent colleges and universities (33 total, including public colleges and universities) in Ohio to earn the honor.

The Collegiate Purple Star…

Ashland a 2022 Best College, according to Money’s detailed and practical analysis

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University was selected as one of Money’s 2022 Best Colleges, a practical college ranking analysis that was released on May 16. Money’s detailed study sought to determine which four-year colleges in the United States are actually worth their price and resulted in a group of 623 that offer students a quality education at a comparatively affordable price.

Money developed 24 data points to compile its rankings, with those…

“Time Will Tell” exhibition at AU’s Coburn Gallery until July 24

ASHLAND, Ohio – A national juried exhibition, “Time Will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” is on display at the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University now through Sunday, July 24. The exhibition features a collection of 34 artworks that embody the creativity and innovation of artists 50 years and older spanning all levels of artistic endeavor. A closing reception is scheduled July 24 from 2-4 p.m.

A major renovation and several beautification projects coming to AU campus

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University will complete a major renovation to one of its largest residence halls this summer and also undertake a series of campus beautification projects that together will transform the main campus into a safer, more accessible and more picturesque environment. These enhancements are being made possible by two significant financial gifts, totaling nearly $20 million, from Dwight Schar ‘64.

“This investment in our…

Sense of newness the theme of AU’s Spring Commencement, as 834 join alumni family

ASHLAND, Ohio – While graduation celebrations at Ashland University have taken place biannually for several decades, there was a sense of newness to the 2022 Spring Commencement edition when 834 total degrees were awarded Saturday morning.

For one, it was held inside the Niss Athletic Center for the first time due to the wet weather that hovered over northern Ohio Friday and early Saturday morning. The spacious facility, which officially opened…

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