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Ashland University students spend an 'impactful' spring break in the Dominican Republic

Dealing with eye deformities, foot wounds and pus-filled lumps on peoples’ bodies doesn’t sound like a very fun spring break. For Ashland University student Bethany Graham, it was the most enriching and inspiring spring break she has ever taken. “It was without a doubt the most impactful way I could’ve imagined spending spring break,” Graham said about a mission trip to the Dominican Republic from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 10. Being part of AU’s…

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High school students find AU's Nursing Summer Camps to be a "cool" experience

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Cool, fun and wow – Ally Elkins used these words often throughout the first Experience Ashland University College of Nursing Summer Camp on Friday, July 14. And several times she rose her arms in the air and enthusiastically responded, “Yes,” when she was allowed to try something in the simulation center. “This is a lot more hands-on,” Elkins said when comparing AU’s nursing camp with another one she attended earlier this summer. That camp…

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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

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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 designate…

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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…

Brooke Larson with her triplets

Ashland University helps prepare Mansfield woman for nursing career and premature triplets

While nothing could really prepare Brooke Larson for having triplets, her time at Ashland University helped quite a bit. First, she met someone when she was at AU who is playing a very important role with her daughter and two sons who were born in December. “While in nursing school, I met a really good friend, Claire, and we went to eat at the old Buffalo Wild Wings right next to the college,” Larson said. “She had posted it on Facebook that she was going,…

Commencement speaker Kristen Maurer

Hundreds of graduates learn about “golf balls of life,” join AU alumni family

ASHLAND, Ohio – Kristen Maurer used an unusual prop, a glass jar she termed the “golf balls of life,” to illustrate one of the tips she offered to the hundreds of Ashland University graduates in attendance during Saturday morning’s 2022 Winter Commencement ceremony inside the Niss Athletic Center. Maurer, the 2022 Milken Educator Award recipient for the state of Ohio and a 2014 AU alumna, was the keynote speaker before six doctorate degrees, 211 master’s…

Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Christmas tree

AU's Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences sponsors Christmas tree at Kingwood Center

When Wendi Bigelow visited Kingwood Center’s Christmas exhibit a few years ago, the decorated trees sponsored by area businesses caught her attention. The administrative assistant at Ashland University’s College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Mansfield thought it would be nice if AU could be part of the annual event. With approval from Carrie Keib, College of Nursing dean, Bigelow and fellow administrative assistant Anita Wheitner went ahead with the…

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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 creates new…

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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. Launched in June 2022 by a small group of faculty and staff from…

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