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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…

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MBA from Ashland University shifts trajectory of Ambur Banner's career in social work

Ambur Banner says her Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University really shifted the trajectory of her career.

“Most people don’t think of a social worker as a seasoned business leader – but here I am,” said Banner, who was recently named the acting director of the Unified Government Public Health Department in Kansas City, Kansas.

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AU grad John Wurm credits his professors for passing the CPA exam, internship success

John Wurm said he probably wouldn’t have passed all four parts of the CPA exam on his first try without the help of one of his Ashland University accounting instructors, Timothy Hinkel.

“He went out of his way on many occasions to help me succeed long after I had graduated AU,” said Wurm, a December 2021 AU grad. “One out of every five test-takers will pass four parts of the CPA exam…

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AU partnering with Special Olympics Ohio, Cavs Academy to host unique basketball clinic

ASHLAND, Ohio – Special Olympics Ohio Unified Champion Schools® (UCS) and Ashland University, in collaboration with the department of recreation and wellness and the Dauch College of Business and Economics at AU, have partnered to host a basketball skills clinic featuring staff from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cavs Academy Camps & Clinics on Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Arthur L. and Maxine Sheets Rybolt Health Sciences and Recreation…

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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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AU’s Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch to feature Richard Seaman

ASHLAND, Ohio – Richard Seaman, chairman of Seaman Corporation, author and board chairman of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, will be the speaker at Ashland University’s 2023 Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch on Monday, March 20, 2023. The event is free and open to the public with advanced registration and will begin at 11:45 a.m., in the John C. Myers Convocation Center (820 Claremont Ave.).

Seaman will present “A Vibrant Vision: The…

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Four faculty achieve emeritus status

ASHLAND, Ohio – Four former Ashland University faculty members have received emeritus status, as announced by the Office of the President. Emeritus faculty status can be granted to faculty members who completed at least 15 years of full-time service at AU.

Receiving emeritus status recognizes the individual’s long-term contributions to AU in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service, and it takes effect immediately.

Those granted…

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Ambitious AU accounting student turns Promise Award into internship opportunity

Haven Farson did something few students do as college freshmen.

“She was eager to learn about internships during her first semester in the accounting program, and
usually students don’t even start learning about the process until their junior year,” said Timothy Hinkel,
assistant professor of accounting at Ashland University. “In addition, Haven was proactive in seeking
information about accounting careers, clubs at AU, as well as…

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AU sports management and MBA students working NFL Experience event in Arizona

ASHLAND, Ohio – A sizable contingent representing Ashland University’s sports management and MBA programs is in Arizona gaining valuable experiences this week, highlighted by the unique opportunity to work the NFL Experience event as part of Super Bowl LVII.

Leading the undergraduate and graduate students on the eight-day trip is Lance Kaltenbaugh, interim associate dean of the Dauch College of Business Economics and associate professor of sports…

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Nixon credits AU MBA program for his ascent up corporate ladder

Without the training provided through Ashland University’s MBA program, Jim Nixon said he doesn’t
think he would have had the skill set to accelerate his career path as quickly as he has.

Nixon was recently named Quanex’s first vice president of innovation and new markets, following 21
years as the general manager of LMI Custom Mixing, a leader in custom polymer compounding based in
Cambridge, Ohio, that Quanex Building…

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