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Devin Pirko and Ashley Gibbs with one of their sensory play kits

Ashland University grad student and best friend start business of sensory play kits for children

Ashley Gibbs decided to start taking graduate classes at Ashland University in 2021 for a lot of the same reasons she started a business of sensory play kits for children last fall with her best friend.

“I liked that it was all online, as I have two little ones at home and am constantly on the go,” said the Canfield High School biology teacher, who added that she also chose AU because…

Mindy Duncan

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…

Steve Paramore

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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Marsha Curry-Nixon to give commencement address at AU’s May ceremony

ASHLAND, Ohio – Marsha Curry-Nixon, the founder of a flourishing ministry, will be the keynote speaker at Ashland University’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. The ceremony, which honors both undergraduate and graduate students, will take place at the Niss Athletic Center (905 Moss Hill Drive) and begins at 10 a.m.

No tickets are required for commencement. It will be streamed live at…

Gwendalyn (Smith) Boyer

National veterans organization recognizes military-connected Ashland student-teacher

While Gwendalyn (Smith) Boyer enjoyed her first job after leaving the Air Force at a home improvement store, it just didn’t feel quite right.

“I remember feeling as though so much of the hard work I had poured into my military career had become less than useful,” said Boyer, a public affairs specialist during her 4 ½ years of service.


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AU hits record mark during Day of Giving

ASHLAND, Ohio – The office of institutional advancement at Ashland University reported a record Day of Giving, which was held during a 36-hour window on March 23-24. More than $350,000 was raised—the most ever for the eighth annual event—for a variety of initiatives, all of which support student success.

The record amount came from 679 donors, comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. Each donor had the option to…

Neil Gupta

Gupta praises AU for helping him on his career path to superintendent job

Neil Gupta says his career wouldn’t have advanced as successfully as it has without Ashland University.

“All the jobs I’ve gotten have directly been related to what AU prepared me for,” said Gupta, whose recent job advancement was being named superintendent of the Oakwood school district in the Dayton area.

Not only has Gupta earned a…

Payton Block

AU student Payton Block 'doing a wonderful job' student-teaching in Shelby

Payton Block always loved learning in school and had some really influential teachers who inspired her to be the best student she could be.

“With that, my high school French teacher was the first to suggest teaching after I developed a lesson plan for one of her assignments, and I had a lot of fun with it,” said Block, a senior education major at Ashland University

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Three AU faculty awarded promotion to full professor, four to associate professor, and five granted tenure

ASHLAND, Ohio – Three faculty members at Ashland University were awarded promotion to full professor—Chris Chartier in the department of psychology, Hilary Donatini in the department of languages and literatures and Patricia Saunders in the department of biology and toxicology—following the action of the board of trustees at a recent meeting.

In addition, Jonathan Naylor in the department of health sciences, Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss in educational…

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