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Rob Swindell

Former student and wildlife enthusiast helps establish a tower to track birds in Lorain County

Attending the 2020 Ohio Bluebird Conference in Ashland turned out to be a very good decision for Rob Swindell. He not only visited his former college, but also discovered the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. “I got the chance to see the campus and reminisce,” said Swindell, who played baseball at Ashland in the 1980s when it was Ashland College. “I drove around and looked at the new facilities, the baseball field. If the conference had been held somewhere…

Founders Hall in the spring with Dogwood blossoms

AU Dean’s List for spring 2024 includes more than 1,000 students

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is pleased to announce its Dean’s List honorees for the 2024 spring semester. More than 1,000 students earned the distinction. In order to be eligible for the Dean’s List at Ashland, one must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the university and receive a grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester. The students and their hometowns can be found here.

Michelle Robinson

AU graduate returns to Ohio from Florida as president of Mount Notre Dame High School

Ohio feels like home to Michelle Robinson almost as much as Florida, where she grew up and worked the past 20 years. That’s why she’s looking forward to returning to the Buckeye State to begin a new job in Cincinnati as president of Mount Notre Dame High School on July 1. Robinson first called Ohio home in the late 1990s when she attended Ashland University. “I am immensely thankful for the enduring friendships I formed at Ashland,” said Robinson, a married…

Randy Spade is presented with ESGR Patriot Award

AU Director of Admissions Randy Spade selected as a Patriot Award recipient by ESGR

ASHLAND, Ohio – Randy Spade, the director of admissions at Ashland University, was recognized with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Patriot Award during a ceremony at AU’s Jack W. Liebert Military and Veteran Resource Center on May 17. An ESGR Patriot Award is awarded to individual supervisors who contribute to “national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and…

1993 photo of G. William Benz

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:

Bruce R. Willingham Jr.

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…

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

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 children.…

John Clague’s Auriculum sculpture in front of the library

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…

Shane Rue, Richie Delaney, Ryan Kern and Zach Balo

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,”…

Maj. Jeremy Ditlevson and Adriane (Blewitt) Wilson

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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