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Celebrating 140 years of Ashland 2018 HOMECOMING




3 Message from the President 4 A  shland University: 140 Years of Shaping Lives 10 Online Criminal Justice Alumnus Appointed Chief of Police

12 Esports Gains National Attention 14  Homecoming 2018 Schedule of Events

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Accent Magazine is published for alumni, parents, friends and donors of Ashland University. Compiled by the Marketing & Communications Department of Ashland University. Third class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Steven Hannan Managing Editor Director of Public Relations

Mike Ruhe Art Director Director of Graphic Design Services

Allison Waltz Photography | EagleEye Photography Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.289.5082 or Alumni interested in submitting articles can send information to

On the Cover Members of Ashland College’s Class of 1910 pose with college banners on the porch outside of Allen Hall, the dormitory that housed both men and women in the early years. Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.



DEPARTMENTS 18 Academic & Campus News AU Students Testing the Waters Professor Honored with Taylor Teaching Award Dr. Posner Receives Excellence in Scholarship Award Grant Leads to Development of Sensory Room ATS Receives $993,000 Grant from Lily Endowment Inc. Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for AU Spring Graduates AU Online Program Named One of the Top 10 in the Country AU, Gosh Enterprises Collaborative AU Receives $587,997 Grant from National Science Foundation AU Signs Agreement for Joint MBA Program in Entrepreneurship with University of Haifa (Israel) AU and Ohio State Mansfield Sign Nursing Articulation Agreement

24 Athletic News Women’s Basketball’s Record Streak Ends with Title Game Loss: Pickens Named Head Coach Athletic Teams Complete Historic Weekend Spring Sports Wrap-up

26 Class Notes

 General Alumni Info and In Memoriams

31 Students Benefit from Day of Giving







n his recent “farewell letter,” journalist Charles Krauthammer wrote: “I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking.” At Ashland University, we share Mr. Krauthammer’s view and aspire to be a place where the life of the mind is nourished through a relentless pursuit of truth. As colleges and universities face continued criticism for focusing on various agendas and bowing to cultural trends, we will work to stay above the fray and “teach self-government in a culture of love and respect.” That last quote was first found in an Ashland catalog some 80 years ago, and is perfectly suited for this edition of Accent Magazine. We are celebrating 140 years’ worth of great tradition, and you will be reading about how those traditions have shaped the Ashland of today and tomorrow.

KEEPING OUR MISSION STRONG Back in 1878, the year of our founding, 10 percent of college applicants in the U.S. were rejected because of a lack of proficiency in Greek. Only 20 percent were women, and there were only about 800 schools in total. Ohio ranked third in the nation for total student enrollment, and many schools—including AU—opened their doors to both men and women. Today, there are over 4,000 colleges and universities, and more women attend than men. At AU, we are about to welcome a freshman class of more than 600, with some coming to launch women’s lacrosse and even esports, a gaming competition that is a team sport and has drawn interest from all over the U.S. and beyond. Types of competition may be changing at AU, but what is most important remains constant. Our mission to provide a “transformative learning experience” will not change. Our athletic teams will stay competitive on the field as they focus on academic success. Our caring faculty and staff will continue to place the “Accent on the Individual” on students they educate to success every day. And you, our alumni, will continue to make us proud by your accomplishments, working with integrity as you live out our mission wherever you are. Thank you for all you do to keep our mission strong, and please stay connected to your alma mater so that we can continue to thrive in the future. Many of you have admitted that it has “been too long” since you have last visited campus. Well, make this 140th year the year you make it back. There is no better time to come to campus than homecoming, and this year’s lineup of events will give you that nostalgic view of the past and also a peek into Ashland’s future. Don’t miss it. We look forward to seeing you there, as we celebrate together our 140 years of great friendships and traditions that make AU “someplace special.”

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Ashland University 140 Years of Shaping Lives

THE BEGINNING From the beginning, members of the German Brethren understood the value of taking a risk. They were willing to leave their homeland to immigrate to America at the invitation of William Penn and to settle in Germantown, Pa., where they founded the first church and held their first official service on Christmas Day 1723. From Germantown they migrated on the Lincoln and National highways to the “wilderness� of Pennsylvania and Ohio, to Ashland, founding many academies, normal schools, colleges and universities. In Ashland on June 28, 1877, a town meeting was Classes opened at Ashland College on Sept. 17, 1879, with

held where the citizens of Ashland were to consider

somewhere between 55 and 75 students and eight faculty

a Brethren proposal to establish an institution of high

members, who were garnered from the few college graduates

education. The Ashland Press reported that the citizens

who were members of the church and community.

were promised the college would locate there, if their city would raise $10,000.

The community fund raising campaign was a success. On Feb. 17, 1878, a meeting was held at the Maple Grove Church north of Ashland to add up their campaign funds and make final plans. The success of the campaign was announced, the college was chartered and a churchrelated, co-educational institution was established. A board of incorporators and a board of trustees were elected. The first president of the college was Elder S.Z. Sharp, who served in the position from 1878 to 1880.

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In April 1878, the board of trustees decided to purchase the “most desirable plot in town, 28 acres on the hill.” The first buildings to be constructed were Founders Hall and Allen Hall, constructed from bricks made on the site. Classes opened at Ashland College on Sept. 17, 1879, with somewhere between 55 and 75 students and eight faculty members, who were garnered from the few college graduates who were members of the church and community. The first faculty was comprised of President Sharp, who taught mental and moral science; a professor of Latin, German and French; a teacher of Greek; a specialist in natural sciences; a professor of mathematics; an instructor to head the business department; a professor of music; and an instructor in common branches. The school held its first formal commencement on June 22, 1881, graduating four male students. The first student to complete his

This photo shows the original Founders Hall (left) and Allen Hall,

college work was Eliot Wigton, who commuted daily by horse and

the first buildings to be constructed on the campus.

buggy from Loudonville.

main part of the structure and a spectators’ balcony that surrounded

The new institution grew slowly during the first two decades

the floor. Both floor and balcony were heated by an open gas burner

as policies - academics, financial and ecclesiastical - were being

located in a pit in the southeast corner of the floor.

established. In 1888, the college was re-chartered, this time as Ashland University, and the trustees began the campaign to pay off the $41,000 debt. There were 14 presidents from 1878 to 1896; the lack of sufficient finances consumed these presidents and the faculty, and the doors were closed in 1896. Dr. J. Allen Miller, a trustee, leader, scholar and a person of total commitment, became the 14th president and reopened the doors in 1898. Dr. Miller and his wife, Dr. Clara Worst Miller, bowed in the midst of blackberry bushes and weeds on the campus and pledged their lives in fashioning a strong academic institution. President Miller served Ashland with distinction from 1898 to 1906; and in 1906, he assumed leadership of a newly formed theological division for the training of ministers. Dr. J. L. Gillin then became the

In 1902, enrollment more than doubled to 191, and the vision was becoming a reality. From 1908 to 1924, enrollment was held at around the 200 mark despite the throes of World War I. Dr. W. D. Furry, an outstanding scholar and philosopher, became president in 1911 and served until 1919 when Dr. E. E. Jacobs assumed leadership. Dr. Jacobs led the dream for a larger campus, erecting two buildings - a library named Miller Hall and a gymnasium during his tenure. More important, however, was his quest for North Central accreditation, which was first achieved in 1930. Dr. Jacobs continued to teach sociology at the college until 1946. In 1923, the board of trustees approved a resolution giving them the privilege of calling the institution an academy, college or university. At this time, they chose the

president and carried on the tradition of quality academic leadership

name college. As the 1923-24

with personal emphasis upon the student and his whole interests –

year opened, a resurgence in

the freedom of the mind, the person and the church.

educational interest resulted

In 1901, Ashland’s physical plant consisted of the two original

in 456 students enrolling in

buildings, Founders Hall and Allen Hall, and a newly constructed,

the college.

dirt-floor gymnasium, built across the driveway southwest of

A restriction against football

Founders at a total cost of $4,500. Eighty-nine students were

exacted in the will of Lydia

enrolled for classes.





Founders Hall contained the classrooms and laboratories. English

lifted, and the sport gained

and mathematics were on the east side of the first floor, while


science, including chemistry, physics and biology, were located on

Ashland. The land east of King

the west side on the first and second floors. The second and third floors were used for music and business classes and oratory, while the third floor was devoted to literary societies and storage. Allen Hall served as a dormitory for students coming from a distance and it housed both men and women, with the rooms heated by small coal stoves. The gymnasium featured a playing floor that occupied the

A restriction against football was lifted in the 1920s and land east of King Road was improved in order to provide space for a playing field.



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Then in 1950, President Clayton, with the same dreams and visions of his forefathers, presented a 10-year plan including new buildings and student growth. The board of trustees, chaired by Myron Kem, endorsed the plan. More than buildings, the plan included additional faculty, curriculum advancement and financial endowment. Construction of the new chapel, a long-time dream of the church and college, began in 1950 at the northwest corner of the campus. The project was funded by the National Women’s Missionary Society of the Brethren Church, led by Mrs. U.J. Shively of Nappanee, Ind. The building was completed in 1952 at a cost of approximately $176,000. On a cold night in October of 1952, Founders Hall was destroyed by fire. This climatic event changed Ashland College forever. Within a week, the president and the trustees agonized in an all-night meeting This photo shows the Ashland College debate team from around 1910.

as to the future of Ashland. Some trustees wanted to give up, but the president with leading trustees and church leaders envisioned a new future fulfilling the dreams and visions - the heritage, the freedom of

By 1924, the bursar’s report listed the college’s endowment at nearly

the mind, the freedom of the person and the freedom of the church.

$300,000. Tuition fees had increased to $120 per year, and the college year was changed from three terms to two semesters.

THE MIDDLE YEARS During the succeeding years, Ashland College prospered under the leadership of several noteworthy presidents. President Charles L. Anspach served the college from 1935 to 1939. Under his administration, the Ashland Plan of Education was conceived; wherein the roots of Ashland’s present “Accent on the Individual” philosophy was laid. Dr. E. G. Mason assumed the office from 1939 to 1945. His determination kept the college operating even though World War II summoned male students and faculty members into armed services or jobs with industry. During the war, college enrollment was reduced to a mere 100 with male enrollment dropping by one-third. Following World War II, a large number of veterans headed back to college on the G.I. Bill. Dr. Raymond W. Bixler assumed the presidency in 1945 and led the college for three years during the veteran boom before retiring to join the faculty to teach history. In September of 1948, Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, a 37-year-old history professor, became the youngest man to assume the presidency of the college. When he arrived on campus, Ashland had four buildings – Miller Hall, the original Allen and Founders halls, and the gymnasium. In addition to the main campus, F. E. Dr. Glenn L. Clayton

Myers family gave the beautiful family

The rebuilt Founders Hall as it looks today.

By March of the next year, the construction of the Student Union was begun and it was ready for use by October. The new Founders Hall, incorporating the foundation stones and chimney from the old building, was completed in 1954. Student housing consisted of surplus barracks erected west of King Road on Glenn Haller Court, the present site of the grassy area in front of the physical education center. Under various “Programs for Quality” directed by President Clayton and the board, Ashland changed from a commuter college to a residential campus.

mansion at the corner of Center Street

New buildings were built across the campus with amazing speed:

and College Avenue for a music building. Enrollment was nearly

Edwin E. Jacobs Hall in 1956; Kate Moore Myers Hall in 1958; the

300 students, mostly commuters, and the college assets totaled

second library, now known as the Patterson Technology Center, in

approximately $2 million.

1961; Bixler Hall in 1962; the Charles F. Kettering Science Center in

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1963; the Glenn L. Clayton residence hall and Redwood Dining Hall in 1964; Clark and Kilhefner halls in 1966; Physical Education Center, Sarver Field and Conard Field House in 1967; Fraternity Circle and Andrews Hall in 1968; and the Arts and Humanities Building, Kem and Amstutz halls, and Myers Convocation Center in 1970. The beautiful current library was completed in 1972. The construction of these buildings was financed in part by capital campaigns but mostly by private capital investments. In 1958, the theological seminary moved from the college campus to the John C. Myers Home on Center Street. Dr. Joseph R. Shultz became its dean in 1963 and inaugurated the seminary’s dreams and visions for the future. With the accreditation of the seminary by the Association of Theological Schools in 1969, its enrollment grew from 18 to 460 students by 1979. The seminary developed an accredited

The Ashland Theological Seminary moved from the college

doctor of ministry program in 1976.

campus to the John C. Myers Home on Center Street in 1958.

The college’s “Programs for Quality” saw a significant growth in enrollment. In 1965, Ashland College had formulated its “Accent on the Individual,” actually a culmination of the founding fathers’ philosophy,



program and its belief in the individual. From its inception, it was the school’s philosophy to judge students by more than grades. In 1970, the largest freshman class




1,000 students, was enrolled. However, the overwhelming rush of students to Ashland College classrooms ended in An early logo using the “A” and

1972, and the school joined

The master of education program began in 1976 and the master of business administration program was established in 1978. Both have reached phenomenal growth. The enrollments in these graduate programs, together with the seminary, comprised almost 50 percent of the total enrollment. A primary reason for this growth was the establishment of branch campuses. The seminary began its first satellite extension in 1970, and the college followed with a number of satellites for a combined total of 19. Faculty members were willing and the administration was aggressive in establishing these centers, which created a new Ashland College. Since 1979, a financial program was put in place to eliminate the plaguing short-term debt, the significant reduction of the longterm debt, the beginning of a number of faculty endowed chairs, the growth of the financial endowment and many additional faculty. A second capital campaign, “Partnership in Excellence,” was

other private colleges facing

immediately begun to provide the financial resources for the future.

declining enrollments. Factors

In 1988, the North Central Association reaccredited all programs.

in the decline included an increasing rate of unemployment and a

The Board of Regents reviewed the new satellite programs and

precarious economy. The college was faced with a financial crisis.

facilities and gave them all the stamp of approval. At this same time,

“C” for Ashland College.

President Arthur L. Schultz succeeded Dr. Clayton, who retired in 1977, and was met with continued financial instability. Dr. Joseph R. Shultz became the 25th president of the college in 1979. An Academic Advisory Council was formed, which reorganized the academic programs from 19 struggling departments into four schools: School of Arts and Humanities; School of Business Administration, Economics and Radio/TV; School of Education and Related Professions; and School of Sciences. In 1981, the School of Nursing was added to the academic structure. A capital campaign, “A Time of Opportunity,” for $7.7 million was inaugurated in 1980 and concluded with $10.6 million in 1985. Additional faculty were hired, the campus renovated and the undergraduate and graduate enrollments increased.

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the college experienced the largest freshman class in a decade, a

Under the guidance of Dr. Benz, 1995 saw the construction of the

record year of giving, much campus beautification and a renewed

first campus building since the AU Library was completed in 1972.

commitment to excellence. Dr. Chandler, president of the American

On April 21, a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new

Association of Colleges, summarized, “Ashland College has grown in

Hawkins-Conard Student Center. In 1996, the Ashland campus

enrollment, and in prestige.”

officially joined the internet with the introduction of the World

The dreams and visions of Ashland reached another mile stone with the Board of Trustees’ vote on May 12, 1989, to change the name of

Wide Web. Another notable change to come that year was the replacement of the old pedestrian bridge over Claremont Avenue

the institution to Ashland University. This decision followed a yearlong study and was a logical step based on the fact that Ashland had advanced to the point where its programs and characteristics were more like a small university than a college.

THE RECENT YEARS The renaming of Ashland University from Ashland College in 1989 led the way for many more changes to come. These changes would include new campus buildings as well as changes in leadership for the institution. Some of these changes in 1990 can still be seen today. In that year, the lower level of Memorial Chapel was renovated to provide worship and office space. In March of that year, the old 1927 gym was razed to

The old pedestrian bridge over Claremont Avenue was replaced

provide additional parking near Clayton Hall. At that same time, the

with a new covered bridge in 1996.

brick patio near Clark and Kilheffner Halls was completed. This area used to be the location of old Redwood Stadium, which is where all local and college football games were played from 1923 to 1964. In 1992, Dr. Joseph R. Shultz announced his retirement as president of Ashland University, a position he held since 1979. During his years a number of programs were begun, such as

President Ronald Reagan inaugurates the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs on his visit to campus in May of 1983.







rally when Bob Dole brought his campaign to the campus in November of that year. That year also saw the closing and renovation of the old Patterson Student Center into the current Patterson Technology Center and the dedication of the new Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Also that year, the former governance structure of Ashland University was changed from five Schools to three Colleges – Education, Business and Economics, and Arts and Sciences. As Ashland University continued to grow, it saw the establishment of the Doctor of Education degree program in 1998 as well as the construction of the new Massillon Program Center building. A student initiative brought the new Senior Apartment Complex to campus in 2001. The coming of 2002 and 2003 saw the beginning of a campus-



wide fund raising campaign, “Building On Strength: A Shared

highway with the advent

Commitment” for the new schools of business and education as well

of computer technology

as a student recreation center. In 2001, the U. S. Congress approved

on the Ashland campus,

a $1 million dollar grant award to assist with the renovation of the

program and the Master of Business Administration graduate degree programs. In that year, Dr. Walter Waetjen was named as interim president until December 16, 1992, when Dr. G. William Benz was named as the 27th president of Ashland University. In 1993, one of the biggest changes to the Ashland campus was the renovation of the former Convocation Center. This building opened in 1970 and remained

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In 1997, Ashland University played host to a national Presidential

the beginnings of the

and the introduction and growth of both the Master of Education

unchanged until that year.

with the new covered bridge opening on Oct. 10.

Kettering Science Center. In 2003, Ashland University celebrated its 125th anniversary. Various events included time capsule burials, a large homecoming parade and special celebrity guests for homecoming and commencement. In 2006, after serving as president since 1996, Dr. Benz announced his intention to retire. In December of that year Dr. Frederick Finks, former Ashland Seminary president was appointed as the 28th president of Ashland University. Under his leadership,

several notable changes were to happen on the campus. In his first

Near the end of December 2010, the former Miller Hall was razed.

year, work was completed on the renovation and expansion of the

This well-known academic building had initially served as the

Kettering Science Center.

library and administration building for Ashland University in 1923. Over the years, the building would be used for many purposes, the last being the School of Business. National attention came to Ashland University in March 2013 when the AU Eagles Women’s Basketball Team won its first ever NCAA Division II National Championship with a 71-56 victory over Dowling College in San Antonio, Texas. In 2013, Dr. Frederick Finks announced his intention to retire as the 28th president of Ashland University and Dr. William Crothers would serve as interim president during 2014. On June 1, 2015, Dr. Carlos Campo was appointed to serve as the 30th president for Ashland University and he was inaugurated on Oct. 16, 2015. In those 140 years, Ashland has gone from two original buildings

A new sports complex for football, soccer and track off Broad

to 48 buildings on the main campus; from 18 acres to a 135-acre

Street was dedicated in April of 2010.

main campus and 217 total acres; from a few majors to more than

By 2007, fundraising efforts were underway to complete a new

70 academic majors and four academic colleges – the College of

sports complex for football, soccer and track to be located off Broad Street. In 2009, the former Grant Street that ran through the east side of campus was closed and converted to a pedestrian walkway. The dedication for the completed Athletic Complex was held April 23, 2010.

The women’s basketball team celebrates its first ever national championship in March of 2013.

Arts & Sciences, Dauch College of Business & Economics, Dwight Schar College of Education and Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences – as well as a Founders School of Continuing Education and a College of Graduate, Online and Adult Studies; This new College of Nursing facility located in Mansfield was dedicated in October of 2012.

One major addition to Ashland University occurred in August 2010 when AU acquired the MedCentral College of Nursing from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio. This former nursing school would be merged with the Ashland University Department of Nursing, which had existed at Ashland since 1976. At the same time, fundraising efforts were begun with a lead gift of $1.85 million federal grant to construct a new College of Nursing facility to be located in Mansfield.

from eight faculty in its beginnings to 183 full­-time faculty and 309 adjunct faculty, from one undergraduate degree to 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees, from enrollments of between 100 and 400 to an enrollment of more than 6,650 total students; and from the initial graduating class of four to a graduating class of 757 students (256 graduate and 501 undergraduate) awarded in the spring 2018 ceremony. Steve Hannan Director of Public Relations David Roepke University Archivist | 9

Online Criminal Justice Alumnus Appointed Chief of Police


lumnus Steve Maynard is the newest chief of police for the city of Fairfield, Ohio. After 19 years of dedication and working his way up through the ranks, Maynard was promoted

on Feb. 26, 2018. He was the top choice among five candidates for the position. Setting his sights on achieving his goal of becoming the chief of police, which often requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field, Maynard “I have been very successful in my career and accomplished a lot at

decided to finish his degree. Speaking with his

a very young age. I am often asked what has been the key to my

fellow officers, he discovered Ashland University

success. Although many things have played a role in my success, my education and training have been instrumental.”

– Steve Maynard

Chief of Police, city of Fairfield

and its online options. He graduated summa cum laude from Ashland University’s online Criminal Justice program in 2016. “Online learning was new to me, but the instructors and support staff did an excellent job

getting me acclimated to the process. The program itself was great; I really enjoyed the group discussions because it gave me a platform to bounce ideas off some of the other officers in the program,” he reflected. Maynard joined the Fairfield Police Department as a patrol officer in June 1999. After five years of patrol, in June of 2003 he was promoted to detective. As a detective, Maynard was assigned to the Investigations Unit to assist general and specialized investigations, where he also led undercover sting operations involving vice crime. He also conducted background

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investigations and interviewed potential job candidates. As a

officers, as well as provide training. As for the community, Maynard

representative to the community, Maynard spoke with community

plans to continually look for ways to engage with and strengthen

groups about various topics, including drug addiction, and assisted

ties with the community. He wants to grow the department’s use of

with crime prevention programs.

social media as a means of communication and engagement.

Maynard spent five years as a detective before being promoted to

From a young age, Maynard showed interest in the fast-paced,

sergeant in August 2008. In this role, he took on a more managerial

exciting world of law enforcement. Nineteen years ago, when he

role, acting as the third-shift supervisor. As such, he worked on

started with the department, he discovered how his chosen career

crime prevention strategies, supervised the Fairfield K-9 program,

could positively impact others. As he steps into his new position of

managed the department’s vehicles, investigated allegations of

chief of police, he reflects upon the things that got him there.

police misconduct and worked closely with the community. During his time as sergeant, Maynard received the Police Medal for bravery and exceptional leadership in a dangerous tactical situation. After eight years as a sergeant, he was selected for lieutenant in April of 2015. As lieutenant, he was in charge of the operations division. His duties included implementing and administering departmental policies and procedures, tracking and balancing the budget, purchasing equipment and developing training programs. Throughout his career, Maynard has had various other opportunities with the Fairfield Police Department. He served as a field training officer and firearms instructor and led the Hamilton-Fairfield SWAT team for 10 years. He also had the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy, a world-renowned professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. According to the FBI website, the only way to attend is through invitation vetted through a nomination process.

Fairfield Police Department cruiser sits in parking lot. The department managed over 1,000 violent and property crimes in 2017 (Fairfield Police Department, 2018).

“Being chosen was an honor and an opportunity that I was not going to pass up,” said Maynard. In September 2016, Maynard graduated

“I have been very successful in my career and accomplished a lot

from the FBI National Academy, after 10 weeks of coursework in

at a very young age. I am often asked what has been the key to my

various law-enforcement-related subjects.

success. Although many things have played a role in my success, my

As of February of this year, after only three years as lieutenant,

education and training have been instrumental.”

Maynard was promoted to chief of police. Maynard’s promotion

Maynard plans to help transition the Fairfield Police Department

comes at a time with a lot of change.

into a new period, drawing from his education, training and

“I have worked hard throughout my career to prepare myself for this role, and I am excited to put those many years of preparation to work. Currently, we are a department in transition. We have had

experience that led him to advance through the ranks, strengthening the department’s relationship with the Fairfield community and improving the department’s technology and practices.

many retirements including several senior leadership positions. We have recently promoted several new supervisors and command staff officers and will be working to get them trained and up to speed,”

Erynn Franks Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

commented Maynard. As chief of police, Maynard’s focus will be on his department and on the community. He aims to better the technologies that benefit the | 11



n Feb. 1, 2018, Ashland University announced it would be adding esports as its 23rd intercollegiate varsity sport, and since then the program has been in a whirlwind of

recruiting, preparing a new gaming center and taking on numerous national and international media requests. The esports industry is booming with viewership and participation in various gaming titles reaching tens of millions, many of them

“We want to offer players the chance to continue honing their craft and

teenagers aiming to earn a college degree. That

improving their skills, while also having the chance to earn an exceptional

was where Ashland fit in. The University is

education as they look forward to their post-college careers.”

offering scholarships of up to $4,000 to students

– Josh Buchanan Esports, Head Coach

who meet the academic and competitive requirements. “It’s been great getting the program started,

but we’re especially excited to have our players arrive on campus in the fall and begin competition,” said Josh Buchanan, who will serve as head coach for the team. Buchanan and his assistant coach, Travis Yang, have worked to build the program from the ground up, starting with the recruitment of students who will participate in games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Fortnite, Overwatch and Hearthstone.

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Things were rolling along nicely for Buchanan as he recruited students to play those games, but that took a major upward trend when he approached Ashland’s director of athletics Al King with the idea of adding a Fortnite team to the program. Fortnite, since its initial launch last year, has become a cultural phenomenon that has captured the devotion of competitive and casual gamers alike. Ashland became the first school in the world to offer scholarships in the title, which earned AU national and international media attention beginning with a visit from TV’s Good Morning America, which aired a piece featuring AU’s esports program on April 24. Buchanan also appeared on Sunrise, the leading morning news program in Australia. The news was also picked up by national outlets like the Associated

JOSH BUCHANAN Esports, Head Coach

Press, ESPN, The Washington Post, Variety and Business Insider. This media coverage generated ad equivalency of approximately $2 million. Said Will Burns, a contributor to, the online outlet for Forbes Magazine, “This university was already in front of most schools by establishing an esports program at all. But now it’s on the bleeding edge offering this Fortnite scholarship. That took some vision and some risk tolerance. But think about what it says to prospective students. It’s like a parent pushing the Beatles on a kid back in 1963. Suddenly

“We want to offer players the chance to continue honing their craft and improving their skills, while also having the chance to earn an exceptional education as they look forward to their post-college careers,” says Buchanan. “Much like the other sports on campus, esports provides a great combination of mental and physical skills, teamwork and organization that are crucial in meeting the standards of post-college life and making an impact in the world.”

Ashland is the cool school pushing the kids’ favorite

Ashland is one of 70-plus members of the National

game on them.”

Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), which is

All the media attention has not only helped Buchanan broaden his recruiting scope, but it has also helped the program secure sponsorship opportunities. OPseat, one of the industry leaders in producing gaming

the governing and organizational body of collegiate esports. The AU esports team will compete against those other member institutions in the various gaming titles.

chairs, is providing 30 chairs for use in a sterling

“As hectic as it has been getting the program launch-

gaming center under construction on the lower level

ed, that is what we’re really looking forward to,” says

of the AU library. The center will include 24 state-of-

Buchanan. “We want to compete at the highest level.”

the-art gaming stations complete with tables, chairs, gaming PCs, keyboards, mouse pads and headsets. Buchanan says adding esports to the university setting makes perfect sense.

Brendan Bittner Director of Athletic Communications

2018 HOMECOMING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 An Evening with Cathi Muckle

Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run!

7:30 p.m. | Hugo Young Theatre

The first 100 registrants receive a free

“An Evening with Cathi Muckle” will take us back to the Golden Age

giveaway. Prizes will be awarded to the first

of American jazz and feature Cathi Muckle, a professional singer and

male and female to finish the race and all

educator living in Las Vegas. Cathi is the daughter of Betty Clooney and

who participate will be entered into a raffle for a prize pack. Official results will not be

the niece of Rosemary Clooney. Cathi actually toured with her legendary aunt and even recorded “The Coffee Song” with Rosemary. Cathi Muckle is also the sister of Ashland University president Carlos Campo, who is slated to emcee the event. Rumor has it that the president will join his sister for a song or two! As part of AU’s 140th Anniversary Celebration, this will be a free community concert and no tickets will be required.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Welcome Station

recorded. Please, no pets. The Rec Center will be open at 9 a.m. to change and shower before and after the race. For questions, call Rec Services at 419.289.5440.

Recreation Center – Open to Alumni 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Complimentary Pool: Noon – 9 p.m. | Climbing Wall: 3 - 8 p.m.

Legacy Visit Day 10:15 a.m. | Check-in at Hawkins-Conard Student Center Piano Lounge 10:30 a.m. | Admissions presentation in the Student Center Auditorium

8–10:30 a.m. | Lobby of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center

11 a.m. | Campus Tour (tour will include outside walking -

Stop in the lobby of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center and grab a cup

of coffee to kick-start your Homecoming celebration! You’ll be greeted by

Noon | Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest (optional)

members of the Ashland University Alumni Association and get a sneak

peek at gift baskets for the Silent Auction!

1 p.m. | Football Game (optional)

Campus Tours Tours begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m Lobby of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Revisit some of your favorite spots on campus and see the new and exciting additions during a 45-minute student-led tour! Meet in the lobby of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Golf carts will be available.

5K Fun Run

please dress accordingly) (Parking lot near Amstutz Hall & Athletic Complex)

Reservations required | More information about the Legacy Event can be found at or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5052 or at Join us for our Legacy Visit Day! Exclusively for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland, this event provides a University overview and campus tour. After the event, stay and enjoy the Homecoming activities throughout campus.

Hall of Fame Induction Brunch

Registration required.

9:30 a.m. | Faculty Room, Upper Convocation Center

Please visit to register.

$20 per person | Reservations required at

8:30 a.m. | Check-in begins in front of the Rec Center

or contact Athletics at 419.289.5441.

9:30 a.m. Walkers | 10 a.m. Runners

The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of

In lieu of an entrance fee, we ask that you bring a canned good to benefit

intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University, either by virtue of their per-

the Ashland County Food Bank.

formance on its athletic teams or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the

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athletic program. In return, the University will bestow on them induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Football Game AU Eagles vs. Northwood University Timberwolves

Brandon Cornell ’05 | Baseball (HOF Class of 2017; Induction year 2018)

1 p.m. | Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field

Vince Cashdollar ’08 | Football

General Seating: $10 | Reserved Chair Back Seating: $15

Mary Kate Glowe ’08 | Volleyball Casey Jirsa ’07 | Baseball Jackie Mason ’05 | Women’s Basketball Chris Peretti ’03 | Wrestling Bob Potter ’76 and Tony Daniel will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award 2017-18 Student Athletes of the Year Andi Daugherty ’18 | Women’s Basketball Dominic Giunta ’18 | Football Matthew Wilcox ’18 | Football

Ashbrook Reception 10 a.m. | Ashbrook Center

Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3  Tickets may be pre-ordered online at - click on the ticket icon at the bottom of the website. You may also purchase in advance at the Business Office in 202 Founders Hall or you may purchase them at the gate on game day.

Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion 3:30-5:45 p.m. | Purple Eagle Silent Auction 3:30-7 p.m. | All Alumni Reunion Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center | Complimentary Free photo booth…a DJ…Free food from Ashland’s Award Winning Catering…Cash Bar…and best of all – you and your fellow alumni and friends can celebrate your time at Ashland as you support the grand

The Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook

tradition of the Alumni Association’s Purple Eagle Silent Auction!

Scholar and MAHG programs and all other interested parties. An

The Silent Auction is the perfect place to get reacquainted with old

update on Ashbrook’s work will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. Those interested may make a reservation by going to

Football Chapel 10-10:15 a.m. | Jack and Deb Miller Chapel Come and celebrate a football team tradition as the coaches and

friends. More than 300 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are expected to attend! The Auction is an Ashland University Alumni Association fund-raising event held during Homecoming Weekend where over 250 items are silently auctioned to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the Auction support the Legacy Scholarship Program, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming.

players hold a chapel service prior to their football game with

The All Alumni Reunion will take place during the Auction, so you will

Northwood University.

be free to bid on items while you reconnect with your fellow alumni and friends. Plenty of food and seating will be available and a cash bar will be

Game Day Send Off

available for the over 21 crowd.

10:15 a.m. | Sidewalk from Jack & Deb Miller Chapel to Founders Hall Free AU t-shirt to the first 100 fans! Join the band and cheerleaders as we send off the football team to a Homecoming Day victory against Northwood University! Members of the football team will carry pieces of Founders Hall foundation from the Chapel as a way to honor the history and traditions of Ashland.

President’s Coffee 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Eagles’ Nest, Hawkins-Conard Student Center Complimentary | AU Raffle items – must be present to win Make plans to stop in the Eagles’ Nest for a light breakfast and an opportunity to talk to Dr. Carlos Campo and his wife, Karen. Dr. Campo will provide a campus update at 11 a.m.

Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest 11:30 a.m. | Amstutz Hall Parking Lot and lawn area | Complimentary Bring your family and join us at this free jam-packed tailgate! Ashland pizzerias are going head-to-head to serve you your favorite pizza. Along with this variety of pizza, there will be bounce houses for the kids (weather permitting), face painting, give-a-ways and more!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 5 Stones Community Church 10:30 a.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel

Women’s Soccer – Ashland Eagles vs. Purdue Northwest Noon | Dwight Schar Athletic Complex, Ferguson Field

HOMECOMING 2018 EVENT CONTACT INFORMATION Cathi Muckle Concert Box Office | 419.289.5125 | Opens Sept. 4

5K Fun Run – Registration required To register, visit Rec Services | 419.289.5440

Legacy Visit Day – Registration required Office of Admission | 419.289.5052

Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch – Registration required Athletics | 419.289.5441 | or online at:

Ashbrook Reception Carrie Clever | 419.289.5430 | Ben Kunkel | 419.289.5431 |

Football Game Tickets: Adam Bracken | 419.289.5297 |

Silent Auction/All Alumni Reunion Jill Charlton | 419.289.5040 |

All other events, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement 419.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy |

Did you know? In 1983, the first Purple Eagle Silent Auction was held in Redwood Hall with two eight-foot tables displaying 25 items. Since then, the Auction has grown to more than 250 items each year, raising more than $380,000 in support of legacy scholarships, building campaigns, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming. Stop in after the game and join us at the Auction…and BID HIGH, BID OFTEN! (See Homecoming Event Listing for complete event details) Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @ashlandalumni

AU BOOKSTORE HOURS Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: Stadium Store, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 3 p.m.

AUAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-19 James Croskey ’07 Holmesville, OH

Emily Day ’12 Columbus, OH

The mission of the Ashland University Alumni Association (AUAA) is to engage alumni with Ashland University where “Accent on the Individual” is a lifelong experience. The value of Ashland has long been the individual attention you receive inside and outside the classroom from faculty and staff who truly care about you as a person. We believe this should not end when you receive your degree. Your alumni association is here to continue that philosophy through various activities, events and programs such as Homecoming and the Future Eagle Legacy Program along with student recruitment and alumni and student networking opportunities. We want you to be interested and informed in today’s Ashland. I encourage you to visit the AUAA website,, for information on alumni programming and news on Ashland University. Remember, you’re a student for a short time but an Eagle for a lifetime. Go Eagles! Robyn (Rhodes ’02) Minnear President, AUAA Board of Directors

Rachel Hanna Day ’86 Millersburg, OH

Austin Erb ’13 Columbus, OH

Jen Dague Ferguson ’94 Holmesville, OH

Jessica Davisson Garton ’10 Wadsworth, OH

Lew Hollinger ’64 Fairfield, OH

James Hudson ’03 New London, OH

Terry Kozma ’75 Strongsville, OH

Stephanie Rankin Kromer ’14 Gahanna, OH

Tyler Lecceadone ’93 Rockford, MI

September Long Coyne ’15 Columbus, OH

Sam McCartney ’94 Hinckley, OH

Mark McIntyre ’95 MBA Blacklick, OH

Robyn Rhodes Minnear ’02 Mansfield, OH

Steve Oster ’88 Mansfield, OH

Keona Padgett ’07 Sunbury, OH

Doretha Pendleton ’85 Ashland University’s Future Eagles Legacy Program, which recruits and recognizes children, step-children and grandchildren who are the descendants of Ashland alumni, is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the country. Initiated in the 1980s, our Legacy Program has grown to where it now boasts more than 250 legacy students on campus. When children, step-children or grandchildren apply to Ashland University, they will receive a $1,000 alumnus award scholarship, and this grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress. The offices of Alumni and Admission wish to have a lifelong relationship with your family. We look forward to congratulating them on exciting milestones in their lives. Legacies are recognized at birth and again on their 5th, 12th, 16th and 17th birthdays. To enroll your children, step-children or grandchildren in the AU Legacy Program, visit and click on the “Benefits” tab. The child’s birthdate and home mailing address are required to receive recognition.

Cleveland, OH

Sherri Hall Richter ’90 ’08 Mansfield, OH

Lois Ann Ridgway ’69 ’93 Lexington, OH

Kate Brickner Rossman ’15 Blacklick, OH

Curtis Rutt ’12 Strasburg, OH

Sheri Akermann Ryals ’92 ’05 Danville, OH

Sarah Strohminger ’11 Mansfield, OH

Emily Pettigrew Tully ’05 Dublin, OH

Irina Yakhnitskiy ’07 Columbus, OH | 17


Ashland University students Shelby Reutter, Alexis Lough, Maria Kern and Natalie Kracker (pictured left to right) pose at the Black Fork Wetlands, the site for water testing.



Ashland University students and faculty have been involved in AU’s Water Quality (AUWQua) Monitoring Program where student-led field teams collect water from pre-determined sampling sites for testing. The students involved in the research with faculty member Dr. Jenna Dolhi, visiting assistant professor of Biology, are senior Natalie Kracker, senior Elizabeth Takacs, junior Alexis Lough, junior Alexis Flagg, sophomore Maria Kern and sophomore Shelby Reutter. Dolhi said, “The idea for the project came when I started at AU as a faculty member in Fall 2016. I have interests in water quality, especially nutrient pollution, and fortunately, AU already had active research and education programs established at the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve. During this time the Provost also offered an Innovation Grant to fund innovative and creative education projects. So all the pieces came together to allow us to build off past successes at the Wetlands Preserve and to acquire new equipment to get this exciting project off the ground.” The Black Fork of the Mohican River and the Black Fork Wetlands have been receiving monthly “check-ups” since July 2017 from the AUWQua Monitoring Program. The student-led field teams collect water from predetermined sampling sites for nutrient analysis in the lab and use a multiprobe to measure water temperature, pH, salinity, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. March marked the first check-up in 2018, as water quality data continues to be collected, analyzed and used to shape

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the club’s understanding of local water health. According to Dolhi, these measurements are important in determining the current health of the water and enhance the understanding of the organisms that can live there. This type of project is especially informative in agricultural areas, as nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, which can contribute to algal blooms, are tracked. Large quantities of algae have caused concern in other nearby aquatic systems. In recent years, harmful algal blooms (HABs), caused by toxin-producing algae, have occurred in Lake Erie, Buckeye Lake and even the Ohio River. Armed with the baseline data being collected by the AUWQua Monitoring Program, the club can begin to coordinate efforts to maintain or improve best practices to protect water quality. The students are very passionate about their involvement in the club and as Alexis Lough, a member of the club, said, “I know others, as well as myself, are excited and hope to be able to incorporate others into taking samples, whether it be K-12 students or interested citizens in the community. It would also be major step in the right direction even to get a nonstudent interested so we can help provide knowledge of local water quality and environmental factors to local residents, as well as to the scientific community.” For more information about AU’s Water Quality Monitoring Program, go to: Camille Pollutro ’20




AU’s Joan Berry Kalamas, professional instructor in business management in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, is the recipient of AU’s 2018 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on April 22 in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by former Jeromesville residents the late Edward and Louaine Taylor as a way of supporting high quality teaching at Ashland University. Chang praised the selection of Kalamas as the 2018 Taylor Teaching Award recipient, noting that she is highly deserving of this recognition. “I am pleased to see Professor Kalamas earn this well-deserved recognition for her teaching excellence. She clearly exhibits passion and love for teaching,” said Chang. Following the award presentation, Kalamas spoke about her philosophy surrounding the teaching of students in an address titled “It Depends.” Kalamas told the audience that serving in the business world for almost 30 years has strongly influenced her teaching philosophy. “I have learned that things do not always appear as they first seem or as they

are shared, and that there is a need to ask questions to determine and consider the relevant variables and critically think before responding to a given situation. Questions need to often be responded to with an answer of, “It depends” she said. “I feel it is critical to provide students with knowledge and skills where they will not just accept a situation at ‘face value’ but instead ask questions, probe for relevant information and challenge their own assumptions,” she added. “Preparing my students to be equipped with the confidence they will need to successfully secure a position after they graduate and to be able to perform well in that position is key.” Kalamas said she believes it is important to create a classroom environment where students can genuinely be themselves, ask questions so that class discussions are relevant and helpful to them, feel confident enough to answer questions that are posed and to state their opinions, even if they have a different view point. “My overall goal is to have laid a strong foundation and provide my students with the interpersonal and technical skills, knowledge and competencies they will need to be successful in their lives and in their given careers,” she said. “When my students demonstrate their knowledge and skills and that they understand that things do not always appear as they first seem without further investigation, they have made a key accomplishment. In fact, I love it when they answer my questions to them with an ‘it depends’ answer and go on to explain what additional information they need to be able to answer the questions effectively. That makes me so proud of them.”



Dr. Mason Posner, professor of biology at AU, has been selected as the University’s third recipient of the Ashland University Excellence in Scholarship Award. Posner was recognized at AU’s Honors Convocation on April 22, and he received a medallion and stipend. In addition, he will speak at the Provost Luncheon during the AU’s Faculty College in August. The Ashland University Excellence in Scholarship Award recognizes Ashland University faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship. AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang spoke highly of Posner, noting he has served Ashland University for nearly 20 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology/Toxicology and clearly has a love for his subject of biology. “While working at an undergraduate institution instead of a research-focused university, Professor Posner’s work is having a sustained impact on the field of vision research,” Chang said. “He has consistently involved students in his work, carrying through to presentation and publication of this research in prestigious peer-reviewed forums. He also has had sustained extramural support of his research from the National Institutes of Health during his career at Ashland University.” | 19



IN AU’S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND ELYRIA CAMPUS two active sensory rooms -- one on main campus in the Dwight Schar College of Education and one on the AU campus of Lorain County Community College in Elyria -- have been completed,” said Jason Ellis, principal investigator for the grant and professor of teacher education at AU. According to Ellis, a total of $15,122.38 was allotted for each sensory room. “The active sensory rooms have equipment that stimulate the senses such as a swing, ball pit, interactive software that offers games that react to movement, and other equipment that enhance motor planning, balance and overall sensory integration,” he said.

College of Education faculty members and students posing in the new active sensory room located in the Schar College of Education include, front row, left to right: Olivia Chudanov, Alexa Moore and Carla Abreu-Ellis; and second row, left to right: Abigail Chandler, Kayle Timura, Hollis Coldwater, Sarah Burr, Emma Fredle and Jason Brent Ellis.

AU’s Department of Teacher Education in the Dwight Schar College of Education received a $216,093 curriculum development grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children last fall, and this grant has allowed the department to create dual licensure programs between early childhood, middle grades education and K-12 intervention specialist. “The new curriculum proposals are under review with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and, as part of this grant,

Carla Abreu-Ellis, co-principal investigator and professor of teacher education at AU, noted that the new sensory rooms will become an integral part of the curriculum as the Department of Teacher Education offers a class on sensory motor integration. “This class is taught in collaboration with occupational and physical therapists to demonstrate the importance of collaboration in the field of education and to enhance the sensory experiences of PreK-12 grade students,” she said. “Ideally, the new facility will enhance the collaboration between the Dwight Schar College of Education and our community partners.” Abreu-Ellis said when approved, the new curriculum will allow for an additional 15 clinical hours associated with the sensory motor integration class. “It is our goal to fully prepare our teachers to collaborate with therapists and families to address the sensory needs of PreK-12 students,” she said.



Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) has received a grant totaling $993,514 as part of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and mentors to guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. The Endowment is providing more than $20 million in grants through the Thriving in Ministry Initiative. This grant will support the ATS Thriving Church Ministries certificate program that was developed with the purpose of improving the Seminary’s ability to create opportunities and conditions for pastors to thrive by facilitating development of leadership competencies, collegiality bonds, and capacity for healthy self-and family-care practices. The focus of the program is to identify new, assistant, associate, early career and co-pastors in pastoral ministries to provide them with opportunities for exploration and discovery through experiential learning. Participants will be guided through peer education, mentoring, and opportunities to form collegial bonds with peers to help them develop and transform personal and ministry practices to thrive.

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Tracy Ringo, a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, challenged Ashland University graduates to maintain a positive attitude in life in her address at AU’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5. The commencement was held outside under partly sunny skies at Jack Miller Stadium in the University’s Schar Athletic Complex. Ringo recently opened a new solo practice in Garfield Heights, Ohio, called Exclusively Skin, and her focus in this practice is on diseases of the skin. In her speech titled “Pursue Positive,” Tracy told the AU graduates that a lot of people do not “take time out to enjoy our accomplishments. I want to impress upon you that you do that today, because this is truly an accomplishment.” “In this world today, we are bombarded with things that are not positive – the internet, television, radio. We have to demand a change – we want to see things that are positive,” she said. “A lot of time we can make things that are not positive go viral. And my charge and challenge to you today is to hashtag ‘Pursue Positive’ and make that go viral.” Tracy asked that graduates showcase people doing good works and doing good things. “All the graduates have a common foundation as they sit here on this campus at this university. Ashland University is where you all blossomed. I challenge you all as you leave this University, to pursue positive and be a beacon of light for those that are around you,” she said. “Some doors may close for you but you know what the saying is – another one will open; it always does…maybe not in our timing but always in God’s timing. You may have to go around the back door to get in or you may just have to kick down the front door. But in the process – pursue positive.” “This is my prayer for you graduates – for you to go out into the world

and pursue positive. Be that successful person that I know you can be. Help others along the way and know that we are all proud. Enjoy this day, enjoy your family and good luck,” she concluded. AU’s spring commencement this year celebrated the 140th anniversary of the University, and, following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by President Dr. Carlos Campo and Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang. A total of 757 degrees (256 graduate and 501 undergraduate) were awarded in the spring 2018 ceremony, including 3 doctor of education, 9 doctor of nursing, 110 master of education, 113 master of business administration, 18 master of arts, 3 master of science, 82 bachelor of arts, 2 bachelor of fine arts, 1 bachelor of music, 92 bachelor of science, 4 bachelor of science in athletic training, 58 bachelor of science in business administration, 84 bachelor of science in education, 70 bachelor of science in nursing, 12 bachelor of science in social work, 95 associate of arts and 1 associate of science.



Ashland University’s online Associate in Criminal Justice Degree Program has been named one of the Top 10 programs in the country by “I am very pleased that has recognized the success and value of our online Associate in Criminal Justice degree program by ranking us in the Top 10 programs in the nation,” said Dr. Todd Marshall, associate provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies. Ashland’s program was ranked as the 10th best in the nation and information about the program can be found at: According to, the data and information for the rankings are derived from the National Center for Education, official college and university websites, and other college ranking sites such as U.S. News & World Report. The top 20 list by is available at: | 21



GIVES EMPLOYEES NEW PATHWAY TO COLLEGE DEGREE This agreement was signed by AU President Dr. Carlos Campo and Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang and two officials from the Columbusbased company -- Charley Shin, founder and chief executive officer, and Elizabeth Dennis, vice president of culture – during a meeting on the AU campus. All Gosh, Charleys Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill employees who work over an average of 20 hours per week and meet university admission requirements can enroll in the program. This hybrid-instruction model will provide tablets for employees to access AU’s Blackboard system for online course delivery and allows Columbus locations access to face-to-face learning.

Signing the agreement between Ashland University and the Columbusbased Gosh Enterprises were: (l-r) Elizabeth Dennis, vice president of culture for Gosh Enterprises; Charley Shin, founder and chief executive officer of Gosh Enterprises; AU President Dr. Carlos Campo; and AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang.

Ashland University and Gosh Enterprises Inc., which operates Charleys Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill, announced in March a tuition discount and corporate matching scholarship plan that gives thousands of the restaurant concepts’ employees access to AU’s top-ranked, online education. The program, titled Leaders Making Leaders, opens the door to potential life-changing career advancement possibilities for many of the company’s workers nationwide who wish to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The collaboration empowers eligible employees to enroll in one of several undergraduate or graduate programs delivered online through Ashland University.

The company also will offer employees a 10-badge system that allows those completing all 10 badges to earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies or take four additional courses for an Associate of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in business. Students can then further their study at AU to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. “As a national leader in online education, Ashland’s programs enable working adults to engage in a cutting-edge learning environment that offers the same quality education that AU’s oncampus students receive,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We’re excited to work closely with Gosh Enterprises and its employees to offer this pathway to a college degree.” Other businesses and organizations interested in learning more about AU’s Corporate Partners Program can call 419.207.6745 or email



Ashland University has received a $587,997 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “Advanced Technological Education for 2 Year Colleges (ATE-2YC).” The three-year project starts April 1, 2018, and ends March 31, 2021. “This award brings to more than $1.45 million that the National Science Foundation has invested in projects at Ashland University since the beginning of 2017,” said Scott Savage, former director of Foundation and Government Relations at AU and lead grant writer for the application to NSF. The project, which is under the direction of AU Provost Dr. EunWoo Chang (Principal Investigator) and Kathleen A. Alfano, professor emeritus, College of the Canyons, proposes support to follow and build upon the writing-workshop model used in the

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current Ashland University grant project funded by NSF, with the goal of helping two-year college faculty gain the knowledge and skills required to successfully obtain advanced technological education funding and in doing so create lasting institutional change. “The key outcome of this project will be an increase in the number of competitive advanced technological education proposals submitted by two-year college faculty,” said Dr. Chang. “The project design addresses the barriers to participation in advanced technological education competitions faced by two-year college faculty and will address the low number of two-year college applicants and awards made from the program.”




AU President Dr. Carlos Campo and Dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics Dr. Elad Granot in March signed an academic collaboration agreement with officials from the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. Campo and Granot entered into an agreement with University of Haifa President Ron Robin and Rector Gustavo Mesch that will establish a joint MBA program in entrepreneurship. The opportunity to study at an Israeli campus is expected to generate significant interest among the student body of Ashland University. “We are excited about signing this memorandum of understanding with University of Haifa,” said Campo. “This agreement will provide increased opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to interact with a world-class university that aligns with many of our objectives and values.” The collaboration calls for the joint recognition of research, study and teaching projects and programs at both universities, namely through: 4 Exchange of scholars 4 Joint research projects 4 Joint teaching and/or supervision of students 4 Joint participation in workshops and/or conference days 4 Student mobility and prospective exchange of students 4 Participation of students in Study Abroad programs hosted by each institution. According to Vice Provost Gad Barzilai, head of the University of Haifa International School, the partnership with Ashland University will initially focus on the study of business and management. “This

Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo and University of Haifa Rector Gustavo Mesch sign an academic collaboration agreement for a joint MBA program in entrepreneurship between AU and the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel, while AU Dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics Dr. Elad Granot (at left) and Vice Rector Gad Barzilai (at right) look on.

MOU will allow students and scholars to exchange ideas in a way that will generate innovative explorations and advancement for the benefit of future generations in Israel, the U.S. and around the world,” Barzilai said.



Officials from Ashland University (AU) and Ohio State University Mansfield (OSU) renegotiated a 2+2 articulation agreement for the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and held a signing ceremony in January on the OSU-Mansfield campus that included AU President Dr. Carlos Campo, AU Provost Dr. EunWoo Chang and former AU Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dr. Faye Grund, representing Ashland University, and Interim Dean and Director Dr. Norman Jones and Vice President for Business and CFO Geoffrey Chatas, representing Ohio State University-Mansfield. The two universities signed the updated nursing articulation agreement that provides an opportunity for students to enroll and complete degree requirements at OSU-Mansfield and then transfer directly to the nursing program at Ashland University. “This academic agreement between the two institutions provides the opportunity for students to transition seamlessly between the

two institutions and complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ashland University,” Dr. Chang said. “What I think is so important is that the students in this articulation agreement are clearly at the center. This is an exemplary partnership between a public institution and a private institution with the exact same goal – to provide the best educational opportunities for the students in the region.” The agreement allows OSU-Mansfield students to obtain a minimum of 50 credit hours of core coursework at state college tuition rates, then, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, transfer to AU at junior status to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “We’re just delighted to be renewing this agreement and moving forward in this direction with the Ohio State Univesity-Mansfield Campus,” Dr. Grund said. “We have state-of-the-art facilities here and we are looking forward to bringing more students into the program.” | 23



PICKENS NAMED HEAD COACH The 2017-18 season saw Ashland go 36-1 overall and 20-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Eagles made GLIAC history by becoming the conference’s first women’s basketball program to win both five regular-season and five tournament titles in a seven-year period, and they made NCAA history by scoring more points than any women’s hoops team at any level in a single season (3,644). Ashland also played host to the Midwest Regional tournament for the third straight year and fifth time in seven years.

The old saying goes – “All good things must come to an end.” Such was the case for Ashland University’s women’s basketball team, as the longest winning streak in NCAA Division II basketball history at 73 games was snapped Coach Kari Pickens on March 23 in the national championship game – a 66-52 loss to Central Missouri. “We talked in the locker room after the game, one game doesn’t define us,” Ashland Head Coach Robyn Fralick said. “The things and our purpose are bigger than winning and losing. Being good at basketball doesn’t make you a role model. Being good at basketball does give you a platform to impact. I’m proud of them.” The championship-game defeat came after the Eagle women ran off the fifth-longest NCAA basketball winning streak in history. Only Connecticut and Washington-St. Louis have won more games in a row among NCAA women’s hoops programs.

Senior forward Laina Snyder ended her career as the program’s most prolific player in points (2,295), rebounds (1,207) and steals (372) and was a three-time All-America and two-time Academic AllAmerica. Fellow senior forward Andi Daugherty became the first student-athlete in Ashland athletics history to earn three Academic All-America awards. She also was a three-time All-America and became the third member of the Ashland 2,000-point club (2,015). Sophomore guard Jodi Johnson will enter 2018-19 as the reigning Division II National Player of the Year and is the first sophomore in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau (1,134). Senior forward Julie Worley became the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points (1,003), and, prior to the Elite Eight, she earned the tournament’s Elite 90 award, presented to the studentathlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. Over the past seven seasons, Ashland’s women have been to the Division II title game four times, winning twice (2013, 2017), and have a cumulative record of 217-24 (.900). On April 3, Associate Head Coach Kari Pickens was elevated to head coach after Fralick was named the head coach at NCAA Division I Bowling Green. Dusty Sloan ’99, Director of Athletic Communications

ATHLETIC TEAMS COMPLETE HISTORIC WEEKEND It was quite a weekend for the Ashland University Division II athletic program in mid-March. On Saturday, March 10: 4 the AU men’s indoor track & field team placed fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, with junior Myles Pringle winning the national championship in the 400-meter dash. 4 the AU wrestling team placed fifth as a team at the 2018 Division II Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with redshirt sophomore Bret Romanzak and redshirt senior Luke Cramer being crowned national champions. 4 in the second 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional semifinal at Kates Gymnasium, the Lady Eagles basketball team won its 70th straight game by defeating Grand Valley State, 80-68, to move on to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years, and the fifth time in program history.

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Yet another highly successful AU athletic campaign concluded in the spring of 2018 with two national championships in outdoor track and field. At the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., Eagle junior Myles Pringle won his fourth consecutive men’s 400-meter dash national title, while Pringle joined freshmen Channing Phillips, Trevor Bassitt and T.J. Elliott in bringing home the championship in the men’s 4x400 relay. Pringle’s winning time of 45.35 seconds in the 400 dash makes him the eighth-fastest men’s outdoors 400 runner in D-II history. As a team, Ashland’s men’s outdoor track and field team placed second, tied for the program’s highest finish at the Division II level. Seven athletes combined for eight All-America citations, as the Eagle men finished either second or third in the nation outdoors for the fifth time in the last six years. Also at outdoor nationals, Ashland’s women’s track and field team finished in a tie for 24th in the country, as a young group was paced by senior Megan Tomei, who finished fourth in the shot put in her final event as an Eagle.

BASEBALL Ashland’s baseball team returned to the Division II postseason following a one-year absence, qualifying for the Midwest Regional tournament and finishing with a 33-22 overall record. An infusion of transfer and freshman talent resulted in a sevengame winning streak on the Eagles’ annual Florida spring trip, then a nine-game winning streak to start the month of April. Senior outfielder Connor Barleben and sophomore designated hitter Carson Mittermaier each were all-region performers.

WOMEN’S GOLF The Eagle women made their 10th consecutive D-II postseason appearance, once again qualifying for the East Regional. Sophomore Krystal Hu parlayed her performance at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich., into an individual qualification for the D-II Championships in Houston, Texas.

MEN’S GOLF Ashland’s men caught fire at the end of the spring, winning back-to-back tournaments hosted by Ohio Valley and Ohio Dominican going into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. In those team victories, junior Austin Kondratick and freshman Ben Jones each earned medalist honors.

SOFTBALL Former Eagle All-America pitcher Emlyn Knerem took the reins of the program, and a young team wasn’t helped by spring weather which at one point forced the team to play 10 doubleheaders in a 13-day period. Ashland reached the GLIAC Tournament for the 22nd time in 23 seasons in the conference. In all, the 2017-18 Ashland athletic year featured five national championships, as well as five teams that finished in the top 10 in NCAA Division II on the fields of competition.


notes 1950

Horace ’50 and JoAnn Hanna Huse celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2018. They were married on July 5, 1953.

1951 James L. Oberlander ’51 will celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 7.

1958 George Giovas ’58 has been volunteering around the town of Mansfield, Ohio.

1960 Donald J. Grabach ’60 celebrated his 80th birthday in 2017. Abby McLean ’60 celebrated her 80th birthday with her husband, two daughters, granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

1963 Wilbur F. Ritzhaupt ’63 reported that granddaughter Jean was just accepted into the AU Nursing Program. His great-granddaughter Julie Ann Marie was born on Halloween Day 2017.

1964 Robert E. Swick ’64 was inducted into Appaloosa Trail Ridge Hall of Fame. Mary Kalb ’64 has been a business owner for 39 years.

1965 As a hobby, Connie Pastor ’65 works with fused glass and one of her creations was in the Ashland University National Art Exhibit “Ode to Degas,” and another piece was in the Mansfield Art Center’s May show.

Creatively and pictorially illustrated by professional artist Kathleen Dillon, each animal is depicted in large format so that children can not only identify with each but also color the creatures according to the descriptions in the tabloid. Volkmann originally started his writing career by working for the Ashland Times-Gazette back in the late ’60s while attending college. After graduating, he was employed by the Galion Inquirer, North Electric Co. and three other newspapers. The book can be ordered through book websites as well as Volkmann’s website –


Gary Ebert ’72 has been named law director for the city of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, while celebrating 32 years as the law director for Bay Village, Ohio.

1974 Walter Klimaski ’74 retired July 1 as president of Lima Central Catholic High School, where he spent 41 years in Catholic education.

1975 Robert Kopp ’75 retired after 35 years of teaching, and is now serving God, playing golf and enjoying his grand kids.

Jean (Warner ’69) Kafer completed her certificate in Gerontology at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., focusing on her work with Alzheimer patients.

Fred D. Conti ’75 reports that he worked many years as a clinical laboratory scientist, including several years in Canada as a technical support manager for a biomedical company. He retired from clinical chemistry support with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in 2015. He is now enjoying retirement in Virginia Beach near his daughter and two granddaughters. He notes – “Looking Back... ASHLAND was one of my smartest decisions.”



Pamela (McMullen ’69 & ’85) Beachler’s granddaughter Ashlynn Beachler is the third generation Beachler to attend AU. She was valedictorian of her 2017 high school class.

Elizabeth A. Servello ’72 is reporting she will retire as of July 1, 2018, after 43 years as an educator, principal, school counselor and teacher. Dr. R. Scott Foltz DDS ’72, a third generation dentist, will celebrate the 115-year anniversary of Foltz Dentistry in Canton, Ohio, in September 2018.

Linda M. Navorska ’76 received the Southeast Regional Director of the DKG Society International award. Jonathan R McKnight ’76 retired after more than 38 years of employment with Time Warner Cable in charter communications.

Class of 1968 Holds 50th Class Reunion

1966 Gary ’66 and Jacqueline (Smith ’66) Quine continue to enjoy retirement from teaching. They are active in church music and bagpiping and with family and friends. They would love to make contact with Ashland classmates and friends. Patricia (Johnson ’66) Beane and her husband, attorney Frank L. Beane, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2017.

1967 Paul J. Volkmann ’67 has recently published a book, A Talk with Delbert and Other Creatures of Southwestern Pennsylvania. For children and adults alike, the book is said to be fun, entertaining and informative. Written fictitiously but factually, Volkmann goes through the woods of his hometown – Latrobe, Pa. – and nearby wilds and interviews 10 animals as to their behavioral habits, characteristics and environment threats that may exist.

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This photo of the Ashland College Class of 1968 was taken during the class’s 50th reunion held on April 14 on the Ashland University campus. Pictured are: front row: Vi Turcsanyi McMonigle, Sue Byers Myers, Martha Wise Timman, Mary Drake Skelton, Rex Skelton and Karen Talaba McKeon; second row: Susan Koon Rhodes, Janice Fields Hearst, Colleen Smith, Carol Stearns Blocksidge, Bettina Mayhew Hrbek, Helen McCullough Dusthimer and Susan Hamilton Gelman; back row: Roger Yoder, David Mickley and Doug Dickson.

1977 Kevin B. Whitmore ’77 and his wife, Cherie, celebrated their 40th anniversary in December 2017. Kevin is the pastor of Buck Creek Church in Mooreland, Ind. He is an original member of “Hoosier Shakes,” a semi-professional Shakespearean theatre company in central Indiana. In the company’s first season, he portrayed Antiochus the Great in “Pericles” and several roles in “Twelfth Night.”

Dawn Mighton ’96 is the president and owner of Smylies LCC.

1997 Katharina Becker ’97 just published a book, The Artist’s Devotional, and it is available on David W. Hanes ’97 received the 20-year CST Award and was promoted to Lead Tech.



Karen Vuranch ’79 is now director of the Theatre Department at Concord University in Athens, W. Va.

David Mischick ’98G is living in a new house, and enjoying traveling and spending time with his 10 grandchildren.

1982 Ray E. Kahl Jr. ’82 has been married for 21 years to Janice, and they have three daughters and three grandsons – Kade, Kole and Brady.

1985 Scott Armstrong, Ph.D. ’85 retired from Olivet Nazarene University as chair of the Department of Exercise & Sports Science and as associate athletic director.

1988 Dr. Tom Williams ‘88 has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Arkansas, effective July 2. Williams is currently associate dean of the School of English, Communication, Media & Languages at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Before that role, Williams served Morehead State as chair of the department of English. He was also an associate professor and chairman of the humanities department at the University of Houston-Victoria, an associate and assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University and an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Ashland University in 1988, a master’s degree in English from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston.

1993 Bob Hughes ’93 recently began as a digital media executive with WDVM-TV, an independent television station in Hagerstown, Md. Carol Tisdale ’93 has returned to teaching at Riverwatch Middle School in Suwanee, Ga., and is teaching enrichment classes.

1996 Lisa Lang ’96 was elected as North Central Ohio Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter President for 2018-2020 and will be representing the chapter at the Phi Mu convention in Las Vegas.

2000 Brian Howard ’00 became the sports information director at Grambling State University in August 2017 and was involved in the promotion of the football team to its second conference championship and the Celebration Bowl appearance.

EKU Cross Country and Track Coach Announces Retirement After 39 years of unprecedented success, Eastern Kentucky University cross country/track and field head coach

Kristy (Fritinger ’00) and Russell Hoeflick were married in July of 2013. They have two boys – William Arthur born May 2014 and Benjamin Russell born in December 2016.

Rick Erdmann ’65 has announced his

Jennifer (Allen ’00G) Groman was hired at AU in August 2017 as an assistant professor in charge of Talent Development Education.

championships and 70 OVC Coach of the


In all, Erdmann has won 31 OVC

Jimmy Fedevich ’01 welcomed daughter Harper Wren Fedevich on Oct. 21, 2017.

women’s cross country titles – including

Rhiannon (Newbeck ’02) and John Priestas ’01 welcomed son Wyatt Ronald Priestas on Aug. 3, 2016. John was promoted to Divisional Sales Strategy Manager at Chase.

the past 12 – 23 OVC men’s cross country

2002 Charlie Gray ’02 was promoted to senior director of finance at Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio. Loren (Woodruff ’01) and Michael St Peter welcomed Connor St Peter on June 19, 2017. Big sister Elizabeth (now 2) is enjoying her new role and helping care for her baby brother.

retirement, effective June 30. Erdmann concludes his distinguished career having won 73 Ohio Valley Conference Year awards.

19-straight from 1981 to 1999 and 11 of titles – including the last 12 – nine OVC women’s outdoor track and field titles, four OVC women’s indoor track and field titles, five OVC men’s indoor track and field titles and one OVC men’s outdoor track and field title. “I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful people and coaching many very talented and successful student-


athletes here at EKU,” Erdmann said.

Luke ’04 and Ashley Loboda adopted 3-year-old Eliana from Bulgaria in December 2017.

A native of Ligonier, Penn., Erdmann

2005 Jenn (Maruschak ’05) and Stephen Nelson of Gastonia, N.C. were married in South Carolina on Nov. 17, 2017. They currently live near Columbia, S.C.

competed in track as a sprinter at Ashland xCollege, where he graduated in 1965 with undergraduate degrees in physical education and biology. He went on to earn his master’s degree in physical education from EKU in 1966. | 27





Evan Thomas ’07 is the athletic director at General Sherman Junior High School.

Taylor Woods ’15 accepted a position at Westfield Insurance as an ARC, Analyst 2.

Charles ’07 and Erin (Kerner ’07) Wilson welcomed their daughter, Clara Marian, on Dec. 14, 2017. She joins big sisters Emily, Sylvia and Alice.

Alyssa (Kohl ’15) and Paul Honigford ’15 were married on May 19, 2017. Cecelia Maxwell ’15 married Craig McIntyre on March 11, 2018, in Paisley, Scotland.

2008 Ashley Bethard ’08, ’10G was promoted to deputy digital director at Cox Media Group Ohio. She will lead a team focused on digital strategy and execution for social, email and off-site distribution of all TV, radio, newspaper and digital brands.

Amanda Crawn ’15 was married to Kevin Sharrock on April 7, 2018. Amanda and husband welcomed their son Cooper Nicholas Sharrock on Dec. 1, 2016.

Mary G. (Rickett) Keck ’56 4/24/2018 Lawrence G. Gatton ’57 2/19/2018 Bernard Sargent ’57 3/4/2018 Franklin Cates ’57 3/17/2018 Minnie V. (Davis) Lyda ’57 4/2/2018 Marion P. Zody ’58 5/27/2018 Nancy (Herman) Schelk ’59N 4/3/2016


Richard H. Osgood ’59 1/10/2018

Julianna Hritz ’16 has opened a new bakery named Vines Bakery and it is located near the AU campus.

Douglas W. Deane ’60 1/29/2018

In Memoriam

Edith L Heter ’60 3/12/2018

Rose Altomonte ’37N 4/30/2018

Lois A. (Berkshire) Belcher ’61 8/31/2017

Donna R. (Rupert) Stoffer ’43 12/28/2017

Jerry E. Nickles ’63 9/10/2016

Virginia E. (Sheets) Chrismer ’44 12/5/2017

David J. Henry ’64 11/9/2017

Marguerite (Elliot) Seif ’45N 1/1/2018

Shirley (Poff) Rickett ’64 1/27/2018

Mary E. (Zimmerman) Hamilton ’47 1/13/2018

Lee Ann Hyde ’65 4/2/2016

Vivian (Mentzer) Gages ’48N 1/20/2018

Lewis F. Bevington ’68 6/9/2018


Bonita (Bowman) Ronk ’50 9/25/2017

Richard T. Graham ’70 4/11/2018

Rebecca Tenbrook ’11 married Brandon Myers in October 2016.

Glad K. (Kinney) Bahr ’50 12/28/2017

Keith A. Garlough ’71 8/26/2016


Richard Sharr ’50 3/25/2018

Bon-Moo Koo ’73 5/20/2018 See separate article below.

Brittany T. Mackey ’08 welcomed a baby girl, Audrey Leighton on June 14. She joins big sister, Laurel. James Maleski ’08G is a North Ridgeville City Planning Commission member and he is earning his second master’s degree in history at Nebraska Kearney.

2009 Ashley Anderson ’09 started her Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Missouri and received the Creative Writing Fellowship Award.

2010 Janna Pearson ’10 earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walsh through the Accelerated Nursing Program in 2013. She continued her schooling at Youngstown State University earning her Master of Science in Nursing with a degree in Nurse Anesthetist in December of 2017. Janna currently works at Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio.

Andrew Over ’13 and Mercedes McGee ’14 were married on June 23, 2018. Julie (Rose ’13) and Rhett Hagans welcomed Chase Gregory Hagans on Oct. 23, 2017.


Wyona (Conner) Copeland ’50N 5/5/2018 Thomas LaFrance ’51 4/7/2018

Cyrus Massoudi ’14 and Michelle

Alvin M. Buckeye ’52 12/4/2017

Andersen ’15 were married on Sept. 30, 2017. Other alumni in the

Eileen H. (Fackler) Miller ’52 3/21/2018

wedding party included Kirsten

Ruth E. (Benshoff) Barber ’53, ’54 4/19/2017

Logan ’14, Paige Trein ’15, Alyssa Szpalik ’15, Katie Addair ’16, Bryan Allman ’15 and Shane Priselac ’16.

Constance (Hostler) Delong ’56 1/22/2017 Mary Ann E. (Orosan) Gibson ’56 4/21/2017

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Denise L. (May) Laughery ’74 11/15/2017 Coleen Daugherty ’75N 3/25/2018 Gale Wickham ’75N 3/21/2018 Mark R. Woolford ’77 11/27/2014 Wendy (Sommer) Long ’78 6/10/2017 Lucetta M. (Stackhouse) Bartley ’79 1/23/2018

Russell L. Newburn ’81 6/28/2017

Joseph S. Durbin ’88G 1/30/2018

Carl D. Jones ’92S 9/28/2017

Kelly C. Miller ’83 5/5/2018

Jean L. Hignett ’88 1/27/2018

Jane Steel ’94N 1/19/2018

Dennis F. Roberts ’85 3/7/2018

Robert E. Tull ’88G 9/1/2017

Michael D. Jackson ’13S 12/23/2017

Kathleen A. Sackett ’88 2/15/2018

Albert N. Gaydosh ’92 9/24/2015

G – Graduate degree N – Nursing degree S – Seminary

Janet L. Rinehart ’59 ’79G Ashland alumna and long-time AU faculty member Janet L. Klingensmith Rinehart, 80, of Ashland, Ohio, passed away on June 14, 2018, eight weeks after being diagnosed with a Stage Three Brain Cancer. She attended Ashland College, graduating with a degree in education in 1959. She earned her Masters in Education from AU in 1979. In 2000, she joined the faculty at her beloved Ashland University where she supervised student teachers and taught elementary school methods, introducing hundreds of future teachers to the joy of teaching and the wonders of hatching quail eggs and butterflies, and the fun of archeology digs. Partnering with husband Don, she helped launch AU’s Germany Study Abroad program. Funeral services celebrating Jan’s life were held, Friday, June 22, in the Jack and Deb Miller Memorial Chapel at AU and interment was in Ashland Cemetery with her husband, Don. Donations can be made to the Ashland University Development Office, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Richard “Rick” Bonesteel ’82 was inadvertently listed in the In Memoriam section of the most recent Accent Magazine. Rick’s father, Richard S. Bonesteel passed away on November 7, 2017. We sincerely apologize to Rick and all of his family and friends for this mistake and for any worry or difficulty as a result.

BON-MOO KOO 1945-2018

One of Ashland University’s most influential graduates, Bon-Moo Koo, chairman of South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate LG Group, died Sunday, May 20, at the age of 73. He reportedly had two brain surgeries last year and was hospitalized due to side effects since early this year.

Koo was born in 1945 in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, as the eldest son of LG Group Honorary Chairman Koo Cha-kyung, the eldest son of group founder Koo In-hwoi. He went to Yonsei University in 1964 and then graduated from Ashland University in May of 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration before starting his MBA. In 1975, he joined the group through LG Chem, where he worked as a rank-and-file officer for years going through managerial training in accordance with the Koo family’s inheritance principles. After serving in LG Chem’s exports management department, Koo led the maintenance department of the chemical firm until 1980. Then, he moved to LG Electronics as a director and worked at its Tokyo office until 1984. It was in 1985 that he officially geared up for his future leadership as he joined the chairman’s office. He became chairman of the group in 1995 and took helm of the holding company LG Corp. in 2003. Throughout his years as the group’s top chief, Koo had widely been credited for managing the conglomerate in a stable manner, keeping a clear focus on personnel and technology research and development.

The William Emory Trainham Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Business Established at AU The William Emory Trainham Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Business has been established at Ashland University and AU alumni who knew the former chairman of the Business Administration Department are being asked to support the scholarship that is expected to advance the business analytics education program at AU. The scholarship was established by his step-son Dr. Tim Keyes and his wife, Jennifer, on behalf of the Trainham and Keyes families. Keyes is a 1983 graduate of AU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. “We established the William Emory Trainham Jr. Endowed Scholarship in honor of Dad, who passed away in 2016 at 94 years young, and to continue his legacy of multi-disciplinary scholarship and pragmatic education,” Keyes said. “Dad was a life-long learner, active for many decades as a minister, educator, consultant, civic leader and business owner who partnered in all activities with his wife and my mother, Brownie Trainham. Together, they were also avid music and art enthusiasts, and evangelized a many-faceted approach to educational development in their children, friends and colleagues.” Keyes said the WET Scholarship will continue in perpetuity assisting learners with their education endeavors in honor (WET Scholarship continued on next page)

WET Scholarship (WET Scholarship continued from page 29)



DR. FORD INDUCTED INTO OFIC HALL OF EXCELLENCE Dr. Lucille Ford was selected as a 2018 inductee into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Hall of Excellence at the induction ceremony held in Columbus in April. Ford, who was nominated by Ashland University, was one of two inductees into the Hall of Excellence this year. Ford is an emeritus trustee of Ashland University and served the University as provost, dean and professor, and also received a degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1995.


of his accomplishments, influence and legacy at Ashland University. “New since Dad retired is the introduction of Business Analytics to the curriculum at Ashland. Jennifer and I have had enriching careers in this area, and therefore are choosing to connect the WET Scholarship with the development of programs in this area, with the Business Administration Department taking the lead for other programs pursuing education in ‘analytics’,” Keyes said. “We are hopeful that this scholarship is the impetus for additional programmatic support, possibly funding a symposium and establishing a business analytics lab eventually,” said Keyes. “We’re hoping to see a joint venture between mathematics and business and economics as a potential path for more technical business and economics students and math, stats and actuarial students looking to have an applied area of endeavor.” Trainham was a member of AU’s Business Department for many years and served as chairman of the Business Administration Department from 1971 until his retirement and appointment as professor emeritus in 1992. During his tenure at Ashland, he and his wife, Brownie, established Trainham and Associates, a management counseling and education ministry to more than 60 businesses and industries throughout Ohio. According to the endowed scholarship stipulations, the scholarship will be presented annually to full-time undergraduate students with financial need who are pursuing a degree in Business Analytics Education or the equivalent. Preference will be given to students that also participate in the arts and music.

It was a special day on campus on Saturday, April 14, as the Ashland University Alumni Association honored seven outstanding alumni and friends at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. The following individuals were recognized at this year’s awards luncheon: back row, left to right: Dr. Herb Broda, Christopher Baker ’07, ’09, Dr. Tiffany Tynes Curry ’06 M.Ed. and Eric Wiedenmann ’73; and front row, left to right: James Simmermon ’49, Robert “Bud” Ingmand and Paul McKnight ’70.

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Those wanting to support the Trainham Endowed Scholarship or find out more information can contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 419.289.5024 or visit advancement.



The 2018 Day of Giving was coordinated by a student team. This team called together the Ashland community to show their pride and support for AU on March 22nd. While the funds raised support all students, the student team members are grateful for the unique opportunity the day provided them. Here are their personal reflections. Gaby, Class of 2018 Hometown: Amherst, OH Majors: Fashion Merchandise and Marketing “The most valuable experience I gained from working on the Day of Giving was with social media marketing. I was able to plan the social media strategy from start to finish. I conducted the research, and I executed the posts going out on the day. I was able to be part of the entire marketing campaign.” Susanna, Class of 2018 Hometown: Loudonville, OH Majors: PR, Health & Risk Communication and English “As a Public Relations major, I’ve worked on campaigns and in groups, but the people I’ve worked with have almost always been other Public Relations students. Working with individuals from various backgrounds with different areas of expertise is something professionals do every day, but it’s not always an easy experience to gain in college. I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to work on a team like this, and I know it is an experience I will take with me into my career.”

Makenna, Class of 2018 Hometown: Sandusky, OH Majors: Hospitality Management and Marketing “Working on this team, I feel more prepared for the professional work environment. I was able to exchange ideas and solutions with faculty and staff and gain a better understanding of the workings of a professional team. This gives me a greater confidence for life after graduation. Thank you for allowing students the opportunity to take their AU education to the next level. I am forever grateful for all that Ashland has given me.” Ashley, Class of 2018 Hometown: Macedonia, OH Majors: Hospitality Management and Marketing “The most valuable skills I’ve learned are definitely the email marketing and social media strategies. These are skills most of the job applications I am looking at require. It’s nice to have some experience under my belt and feel comfortable enough to talk about these skills on my resume.”

24 hours. 464 individual givers. $57,572.99 raised.


matches unlocked an additional $3,234


new donors AU alumni gifts from

54 different classes 1962-2022

43% Scholarships 15% College of Business and Economics 7% College of Arts and Sciences


6% College of Education 4% Athletics 3% Greek Life 3% College of Nursing and Health Sciences 10% Ashland Fund 9% Other

Percentage of students impacted


C  lass with highest participation 2018 – 30 donors C  lass with most dollars donated 1987 – $3,250

Givers from

16 of the 50 states

ThankYou – a thousand thanks to everyone who went #ashlandALLin on the Day of Giving. The day was a success and the results were truly outstanding.

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shland University will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in a grand way at an exciting Homecoming

celebration on Sept. 21-23. We hope you will plan to join us as we come together as current students, parents, alumni, friends, donors, and past and present faculty, staff and board members to celebrate all that has been achieved in the 140 years of Ashland’s history. Please see the middle section of this magazine for details regarding this special weekend.


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Accent Magazine | Fall 2018  

Official alumni magazine of Ashland University.

Accent Magazine | Fall 2018  

Official alumni magazine of Ashland University.