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AU to receive $630,000 in grants for nursing, dietetics programs

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been awarded $630,000 through the Choose Ohio First (COF) program, as announced by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) on Monday. COF is an initiative to develop and strengthen the state’s workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This marks the fourth round of grants for the COF program under the Gov. Mike DeWine - Lt. Gov. Jon Husted administration and…

Psychological Science Accelerator, founded by AU professor, wins Einstein Foundation Award

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), which was founded by Chris Chartier, associate professor of psychology at Ashland University, was selected for a 2022 Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research, as announced Dec. 1. The international honor is presented in three categories—PSA won the institution…

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Soon-to-be AU grad and middle school teacher makes hundreds of Christmas shoeboxes in free time

Ever since she was a little girl, Jessica Barnes has wanted to be a teacher, growing up drawing diagrams of her future classroom and coming up with homework ideas.

“I’ve just always loved learning and I feel it is a way to use my creativity to give back,” said Barnes, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in education during Ashland University’s winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 17.

Because the 22-year-old has always wanted to help…

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AU introduces Ukrainian Freedom Scholar program, offers safe haven to students from Ukraine

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has offered full scholarships to five high school graduates from Ukraine who were displaced or unable to enroll in higher education institutions in their home country due to the Russia-Ukraine war. The first four recipients of this inspiring new initiative—the Ukrainian Freedom Scholar program—will begin their undergraduate studies at Ashland in January 2023.

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Jazz concert on Dec. 8 will feature three ensembles

ASHLAND, Ohio – Three jazz ensembles, headlined by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO), will be performing on Thursday, Dec. 8, inside Hugo Young Theatre. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m.

First, Krawlspace Combo will take the stage and play some original arrangements of jazz standards, including “Well, You Needn’t” and “All of Me.”…

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AU’s annual Festival of Lights, featuring three choruses and scripture readings, is Dec. 11

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Festival of Lights, a collaboration between the choral music program and the Office of Christian Ministry at Ashland University, will be held the evening of Sunday, Dec. 11, at Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Ave. The 31st edition of this celebrated event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

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AU’s 17th edition of TubaChristmas set for Saturday

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s version of TubaChristmas will be taking place this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Hugo Young Theatre. The concert, featuring traditional holiday favorites, is free and open to the public and will start at noon.

Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of TubaChristmas events take place throughout the world. The first such concert was held in 1974 and now…

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AU grad Jennifer Winkler creates unique school art program in Smithville

“Thank you for allowing me to come into your awesome classroom. You should be so proud of the teacher you have become, evolving to meet the interests/needs of your students. I was so inspired.”

This is one of several notes hanging on the bulletin board in the classroom of the high school and middle school art teacher at Green Local Schools, Jennifer Winkler, a 2012…

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AU’s Coburn Gallery to host senior art exhibition, opening reception set for Dec. 1

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will be hosting a semester-closing “Senior Art + Design Exhibition” from Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 17, featuring the capstone experience for graduating art and design students Nathan Langdon, Joel Steiner and Bo Haoran. On Dec. 1, there will be an opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the gallery, located in the Center for the Arts building on the AU campus.…

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Award-winning educator to give AU’s commencement address for December graduates

ASHLAND, Ohio – Kristen Maurer, Ohio’s 2022 Milken Educator Award recipient, will give the keynote address at Ashland University’s Winter 2022 Commencement, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Niss Athletic Center. The ceremony, for both undergraduate and graduate students, will begin at 10 a.m. No tickets are required.

Commencement will be live streamed…

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