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Ashland University art education graduate Mindy Duncan earns award at Mansfield Senior

Mindy Duncan has never forgotten how much Ashland University helped her career as an art teacher.

“It helped immensely,” said Duncan, who has been teaching art for 29 years at Mansfield Senior High School. “I feel the close relationships with the very caring and excellent staff at AU helped foster my artistic and educational pursuits. Even after I graduated, there was continued support…

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Advanced degrees from AU help Steve Paramore become Ashland City Schools' superintendent

Among the hundreds of graduate-level education students he taught during his nearly 15 years with Ashland University, Robert Thiede said Steve Paramore was one who stood out.

“You knew he was going to do well as an educational leader,” said Thiede, who retired in 2021.

Paramore, who earned two master’s degrees from AU in curriculum and…

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AU selected as a Best Graduate School for education by U.S. News

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been recognized as a 2023-24 Best Graduate School for education by U.S. News & World Report, as announced Tuesday by the publication that is widely respected for its education rankings.

Designed for prospective students who are seeking a doctorate in education, U.S. News used a distinct and data-driven methodology in building its Best Graduate Schools rankings. Categories that were assessed included…

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AU Symphonic Band, Ashland Area Community Band presenting “Star Wars and Stripes”

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Symphonic Band and the Ashland Area Community Band will present “Star Wars and Stripes” during their annual combined Spring Band Concert this Friday, April 28. The free concert will take place at Hugo Young Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

The program will feature John Williams’ famous theme song from Star Wars, as well as a series of familiar patriotic numbers. Among the selections will be “American Salute,” a military…

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Ashland University STUNT team making a name for itself on way to national tournament

Ashland University’s STUNT team will be making its first national tournament appearance April 27-29 at the University of Texas at Dallas beginning against … what’s that? You don’t know what STUNT is?

Don’t worry you’re not alone.

“It’s still so new that a lot of people have no clue what it is,” said Denise Farnsworth, AU’s STUNT head coach since the university started it during the 2019-20 academic year. “It’s so easy to understand once you…

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AU launching new academic program in industrial and systems engineering

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is launching a new academic program—industrial and systems engineering—which will be housed in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The bachelor’s program has been in development for almost two years and is enrolling students for this fall after recently being approved by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

“We are grateful to Bob and Jan Archer for helping us…


Students, alumni showcase their varied interests and scholarly work during URCA Symposium

Tiffany Sims enjoyed combining three of her interests into one presentation.

Jacob Owens liked sharing about a business he hopes to start.

And Phillip Wages loved giving back to his alma mater.

Those were just a few of the many reasons about 40 students and a couple of alumni from Ashland…

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Spring Choral Concert on April 30 to be dedicated to the late Timothy Guenther

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s annual Spring Choral Concert will be Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m., and features the AU Choir, the AU Chamber Singers and the Ashland Area Chorus. The event, which takes place at Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, is free and open to the public.

Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities and professor of music at AU, will conduct all three ensembles, and Deborah Logan will serve as the accompanying pianist throughout…

AU’s student-run radio station celebrating “Vinylthon” April 22-23

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s award-winning, student-run radio station, 88.9 FM WRDL, will be participating in the annual “Vinylthon” celebration this Friday and Saturday, April 22-23.

“This year, WRDL will be celebrating its sixth anniversary of ‘Vinylthon’ and will be playing 48 hours of only vinyl records,” explained Derek Wood, faculty advisor and general manager of WRDL. “In years past, WRDL has played 24 consecutive hours of vinyl…

Brittany Hennessy

Criminal justice graduate makes history as first female sergeant with Grove City Division of Police

During the fall semester of her senior year at Ashland University, Brittany Hennessy received a conditional offer to work for the Grove City Division of Police.

Hennessy said she is forever grateful to AU, especially professors Russell Craig and Jeffery Spelman, for allowing her to finish her criminal justice degree in 2011 and start her career before graduating.

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