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4 Board Approves Campaign 5 AU Choir Tours Germany 8  Dietetics Professor Works with Students to Create Supplements

10  Teacher Education Students Collaborate with Local Company 12  Ohio’s Most Unique MBA Program Launched at AU 14  Homecoming 2017

Schedule of Events for Oct. 13-15

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12 Accent Magazine is published for alumni, parents, friends and donors of Ashland University. Compiled by the Communications & Marketing 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 This issue of Accent Magazine centers on the theme of Academics and the cover features photos from some of the different academic areas on campus, including the science labs in the Kettering Science Center and the Eagle Investment Group’s trading room in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, to a student teacher in the classroom and students in the Simulation Lab in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.

18 Academic News  Nursing NCLEX Exam Scores Rank High

Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country Nursing Program Recognized by Credentialing Center AU Offers New Academic Program in Partnership with Cleveland Clinic Social Work Program Boasts 100 Percent Pass Rate Psychology Department Graduating Students Excel on Exam Doctoral Program Boasts Tremendous Success Rate Educational Leadership Program Restructured Eagle Investment Group Sees Continued Success Dauch College Applies for AACSB Accreditation

22 Campus News  Prayer Garden Established on Campus Sen. Rob Portman Speaks on Ohio Values at AU Commencement Professor Honored with Taylor Teaching Award Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence Established

24 Athletic News Apple Follows Fast Track From Ashland to the NBA Spring Sports Wrap-up

26 Class Notes

 General Alumni Info and In Memoriams






Dear Alumni, Friends and Partners of Ashland University, Aristotle famously said that “those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” Here at Ashland University, we would quibble a bit with the ancient philosopher, as we find that both parents and teachers play a crucial role in producing adults who have learned the art of living well. Yet, Aristotle’s quote highlights a fact we all know: Good teachers play a significant role in making us who we are. At AU, we promise students a “transformative learning experience,” and our faculty are the most important part of that transformation. In the pages that follow, you will read about the emphasis we place on academics at AU. Every one of us can identify a teacher who profoundly changed our lives, and at Ashland University, our investment in academic excellence pays dividends by producing graduates who “discern their life calling and thrive.” History affirms the transformative power of great teaching. A twenty year-old teacher named Anne Sullivan would later be called a “miracle worker” by Mark Twain, as she transformed the life of none other than Helen Keller, unleashing one of the most powerful voices of our time.


Maria Montessori, the only female in an all-boys school, would later found an educational movement that has transformed how we think about the way students learn. More recently, Bolivian-born Jaime Escalante would transform an unknown Garfield High into an incubator for mathematics excellence, leading to national recognition and the title “World’s Greatest Teacher.” Ashland University has, and has had, its share of transformative teachers. I have been reading a beautiful book of poetry by former AU teacher Richard Snyder, and wishing I could have known the author whose words have touched me deeply. In the book’s introduction, AU professor Robert McGovern writes of his remarkable colleague Richard Snyder, “He gave some eight and a half generations of college students the sense of the possibilities of language and literature.” Snyder, like so many AU teachers, was an agent of transformation, expanding students’ sensibilities about what is possible. Whenever Karen and I travel and speak to alumni, we always hear about the power of teachers in the lives of our graduates. One said, “Dr. Lucille Ford changed the way I thought about economics. I always thought it was a dull, dry subject, but she used the kaleidoscope of her knowledge to help me see it a new way.” Another commented: “I was sure that I was destined for the ministry, but met Dr. Don Rinehart, and he helped me see how God had gifted me in other ways. I became a doctor, and will never forget his wise counsel.” Still another spoke of current AU History assistant professor Chris Burkett, saying, “When I first met Dr. Burkett, I wasn’t sure I was coming to Ashland. Then he picked up a book from a nearby shelf, cracked it open and reverently bent his face into the pages, inhaling deeply. ‘Ahh,’ he said. ‘Just smell that. Nothing like the smell of a good book.’ After that, I knew I was coming to Ashland!” Our award-winning faculty continue to inspire students, helping them realize the fullness of the collegiate experience, preparing them for work and for life. We tell students that the two most important days of their lives are the day they are born and the day they realize why. Our faculty help with that discovery, the discovery of the power of truth in a life of learning. We are proud of the way our faculty are perpetuating the legacy of great teaching at Ashland University, and we know that as you read about their work and accomplishments in this issue of Accent, you will only be more committed to supporting our future vision to impact the lives of students.

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Without gifts for teachers, there would be no Mrs. Koussa for Mrs. Koussa’s sixth-grade class. Without gifts that promote health, there would be fewer nurses caring for young patients and the not-so young. Without gifts that support the Arts and Sciences, there would be no student research or performances. Without Eagle Investment Group donors, hundreds of investors would never have been born. Without international travel support, Ashland students would still be awaiting take-off. Without the generosity of our alumni and friends, there would be no Dwight Schar Athletic Complex or Jack Miller Stadium for football, marching band, track & field and soccer…the place where the crowd shouts “Go Eagles!” Without our mission trips, the impoverished would have no homes, the hungry would not be fed and the sick would not feel the hands of a nursing student. Without generosity from Ashland alumni and friends, thousands of students would never have graduated. There would be no “Accent on the Individual.” Thank heavens for philanthropy! At Ashland University, we stand together for something greater. We stand for the “Accent on the Individual” that binds us together and for a commitment to our values that compel us to do more. At Ashland,

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we take the academic experience beyond the classroom. Retiree Guy Krueger states, “Ashland takes each student where they are.” Alumnus Paul McKnight reminds us that it’s simple – “Accent on the Individual” is what differentiates Ashland from other universities. Once on campus, our newest Eagles deserve an education that is as exceptional as it is affordable. Our students expect it. And we expect it of ourselves. In May 2017, the Board of Trustees approved an aggressive fundraising campaign to seek support so that we may build on Ashland’s many strengths now and in the future by invigorating our student body, investing in our talented faculty and programs, and improving student access through scholarships. Over the next two years, we are committed to “Ashland Rising: Educating Students for Life, One Value at a Time.” Our goal is $15.2 million in those two years -- $9 million for endowment; $4.2 million for the Ashland Fund, Academics, Athletics and Student Support; and $2 million for new programs. There is tremendous power in every gift and within everyone who supports our cause. With the Ashland family working together, we know we can reach our goal. And it is only possible if each of us takes action, shows our support and makes a contribution. Who we are in the days to come depends on what we do today. How far we go will depend on how hard we are willing to push. Generations of future Ashland students are counting on the actions we take right now.

Every Alumnus. Any Amount. Support our Eagles.


very four years, under the direction of Director of Choral Activities Dr. Rowland Blackley, the Ashland University Choir elects to spend their spring break on a European tour. Blackley emphasized, “There

are many reasons that the University Choir travels to Europe every four years, but one of the most important is that the students get to sing choral music in the types of venues where it sounds best, and where it was meant to be performed.” “ Choir is more than just the music…Choir is about the friendships and

For eight days in early March, the 2017 destination

relationships just as much. Getting to experience such a fairy tale trip

was Northern Germany to correlate with the

in the country where my family heritage lies with my friends was a life

observance of the 500th anniversary of the

changing trip.”

Protestant Reformation. With the Reformation – Jacob Poiner Music Education Major

primarily beginning in Wittenberg by Martin Luther, many sites important to Luther and the early Reformation were included in this tour along

with visits to other historical and cultural sites such as the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial and cities influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. Accordingly, the choir performed in Berlin, Wittenberg, Eisleben and Leipzig.

From the Motor City to the Old Country With a flight from Detroit to Frankfurt on the first day, the second day began with a short flight to Berlin for a two-night stay. “All the students on the trip were born after the Berlin Wall fell, so the tour guide emphasized and expanded on that history and its impact on everyone at the time,” Blackley explained. | 5

the center of the Reformation when Luther affixed his famous 95 theses to the door in 1517. The day concluded with a visit to the Melanchthon House, former home of the humanist, reformer and editor of the Augsburg Confession. As chance would have it, AU Choir alumna Stephanie Rickel Woods (B.A. Religion, 2011) was in Wittenberg at the same time as the choir. It is apparent that Ashland University had a major impact on her life, not the least of which, was meeting her future husband, David Woods (B.Ed. Integrated Mathematics, 2012) in choir, after talking to him when they served together at the annual Madrigal Feaste. Now in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Church History at Boston University (BU), Stephanie was travelling as a teaching assistant with a seminar group through BU that was visiting Reformation sites. When her group was in Eisleben, she saw a poster for the AU Choir performance later in the week. She emailed Dr. Blackley for their itinerary and arranged for the entire BU group to attend the Stadtkirche concert. Stephanie then joined the AU group for the rest of their Wittenberg tour. “Seeing the AU choir in Germany, I was intensely proud of my alma mater. When you go to a small school in the Midwest like Ashland, The AU Choir poses with the Martin Luther statue outside of Stadtkirche

you don’t expect to see or hear big things about your school nationally

(Town Church) in Wittenberg.

or internationally. No one in my group had ever heard of Ashland, so they were ambassadors for a great school. Moreover, the sound of

On the first day in Berlin, the group visited the Reichstag (meeting

the choir resonating in the Stadtkirche was glorious. I had heard a

place of the German parliament), the Brandenburg Gate, the famous

concert there two days before and it didn’t compare to the beauty

“Checkpoint Charlie” (best-known crossing point between East and

of the AU choir. I have always been incredibly thankful for my time

West Berlin during the Cold War) and the Berliner Dom (Cathedral).

at Ashland, and seeing these students represent us so well made me

They also enjoyed a river cruise of Germany’s dynamic capital.

even more proud. Sitting in the audience, I had multiple Germans

On day two in Berlin, the choir toured Museum Island, a vast

come up and ask me where the group was from, and I enjoyed being

museum complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site including the Pergamon Museum, which contains three world-class art collections. They saw the Nikolaikirche, the oldest church in Berlin, the Holocaust Monument and then had some free time on the Unter den Linden, the best-known and grandest street in Berlin. The choir performed their first concert in Germany that evening at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a famous landmark of western Berlin. It was built between 1891 and 1895, but badly damaged during a bombing raid in 1943. The current structure was attached to the damaged spire and grand floor of the old church.

Home of the Reformation and an AU Alumna On day four of the tour, the choir traveled to Wittenberg for a guided walking tour with a visit to the Lutherhaus (home of Martin Luther for most of his adult life), and then to the Stadtkirche (considered the mother-church of the Reformation) where the choir gave a mid-

The highlight of the tour was singing at St. Thomas in Leipzig

day concert. They also visited the Schlosskirche, which became

where Bach served for most of his career.

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able to tell them about Ashland. It was also an incredible taste of

Detour to Frankfurt

home in a foreign country. Hearing the choir made me feel like I was

The scheduled itinerary for the final full tour day in Germany included

at home even in a foreign country.”

Magdeburg, where Luther lived for some time as a schoolboy and

From Luther to the Masters of Classical Music The next day began with westward travel to Eisleben to visit Luther’s birthplace, as well as the house where he died in 1546. The choir performed that afternoon at the St. Petri-Pauli-Kirche (St. Peter and Paul Church), which is the church where Martin Luther was baptized in 1483. After the concert, the tour continued on to the

later preached important sermons in St. John’s Church, to be followed by a flight to Berlin for the final night of the tour. However, due to an employee strike at the Berlin airport that canceled all of its flights, the tour company arranged for the choir to depart directly from Frankfurt instead. Although there was no time at the beginning of the trip to tour Frankfurt, this opened the door for students to complete their souvenir shopping, enjoy another

The choir poses with the Bach statue ouside of St. Thomas.

musical city of Leipzig for a guided walking tour of the Old Town

river boat cruise and visit more historical sites in one of Germany’s

Hall, the Market Square, the Gewandhaus concert hall and the

major cities. It was an unexpected change with a positive benefit,

Bach Museum prior to the tour’s most exciting event at St. Thomas

and a great finale to a rewarding and life-changing journey for the


choir and everyone that they reached.

While the choir sang in four beautiful churches, all of historical

As summarized by music education major Jacob Poiner of

significance, the high point was St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. This

Wellington, Ohio, “Choir is more than just the music…Choir is about

was where Johann Sebastian Bach composed, directed and taught

the friendships and relationships just as much. Getting to experience

music for most of his career. On this sixth day of their tour, the

such a fairy tale trip in the country where my family heritage lies

University Choir performed a concert, including a major work by

with my friends was a life changing trip.”

Bach, in St. Thomas where Bach wrote most of his church music.

For more photos of the tour and to view a video of Dr. Guenther

Following the Choir’s performance, Dr. Timothy Guenther, adjunct

playing the Bach-organ, visit the website at or

instructor of music and University organist, had the amazing

the Facebook page at

opportunity to play a half-hour recital on the pipe organ in St. Thomas where Bach was the organist for 27 years.

Tricia Applegate Communication Coordinator for College of Arts and Sciences | 7

Dietetics Professor Works

with Students to Create Supplements S

tudents in Ashland University’s Dietetics program are receiving some “real world” handson experiences working with the formulation and manufacturing of dietary supplements

for AU student-athletes as well as the public. The students have worked with Ashland University Director of Dietetics and Associate Professor Dr. David Vanata to form Vantrition, “Ashland University’s Dietetics Program has been recognized as one of the top nutrition programs in the United States and this project is just one of the reasons why we think our program is one of the best in the country.”

an Ashland company that formulates and manufactures dietary supplements for elite and serious athletes. Vantrition LLC officially started on Jan. 24, 2012,

– Dr. David Vanata

and the formulation and production of Vantrition

Director of Dietetics and Associate Professor

LLC nutritional products is conducted within a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

registered manufacturing and distribution facility located in the city of Ashland. The company’s line of sports nutrition supplements consist of protein and amino acid blends that are sport specific for athletes in baseball, football, triathlons, cross-fit, basketball, soccer and paintball. During the 2017 season, several professional baseball players from the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals have been using Vantrition’s Pitcher’s Fuel and Pitcher’s Recovery supplements.

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Dr. Vanata, a resident of Wooster, Ohio, serves as the company’s

Another unique service that Vantrition LLC offers to teams and

founder and president. With advanced degrees in human nutrition,

athletes is the ability to assist them with computerized dietary

a board certification in sport dietetics and a dietician’s license, he

analysis and credentialed health-professional evaluation of their

leads Vantrition forward with the development and manufacture of

individual dietary intake. This helps athletes to focus on specific

protein and amino acid supplements for athletes.

areas within nutritional guidance.

On campus, Dr. Vanata also serves as a counselor for a number of the athletic teams. “Ashland University’s Dietetics Program has been recognized as one of the top nutrition programs in the United States and this project is just one of the reasons why we think our program is one of the best in the country,” Vanata said. In addition to athletic teams, Vantrition LLC also offers custom protein and amino acid formulations for businesses and universities/ schools, and its staff of scientists has expertise in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology combined with an understanding of the sport specific requirements of athletes. “Working with head coaches, strength coaches, athletic trainers and personal fitness trainers, we are able to design a formulation specifically for individual athletes to maximize their nutritional status, training load and athletic performance,” Vanata said. The company has even created a product specifically for Ashland University, called the Eagle Pro Blend. This product is specifically

Dr. David Vanata, third from left, talks with AU football coach Lee Owens

formulated for athletes at Ashland University.

at the Vantrition booth at AU’s annual Fit Fest.

Dr. Vanata said he is most pleased that Vantrition LLC is dedicated to working with AU dietetic students to provide them with real-

Vantrition LLC products are currently being used by athletes and

world experience. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for our

teams at the high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic levels,

students to get involved by applying some of their knowledge and

as well as at fitness and training facilities throughout the U.S. That

seeing real world application rather than just looking at a textbook,”

includes the Lake Erie Crushers, a professional baseball team in the

he said.

Frontier League.

Vantrition LLC also offers paid internship opportunities through

As of now, Dr. Vanata is interested in working with more departments

Career Services to university students majoring in fields such

within the university. He hopes to utilize Vantrition LLC in creating

as dietetics, exercise physiology/performance, business and

future opportunities for the company and the students who work

psychology. This is done through the Career Ready Grant Program,

with them.

which has some eligibility requirements.

“We are proud to say that Ashland’s undergraduate degree program

The program also allows students to work alongside individuals with

in dietetics offers a very challenging curriculum and is a program

expertise in exercise physiology, nutritional product development,

designed for the more serious student,” Vanata said. “There are only

and sport-specific athletic consultants for product testing,

about 10 accredited programs in the state and we are one of only four

development and evaluation, as well as credentialed registered

private schools in Ohio offering this type of accredited program.”

dietitians/nutritionists. “It helps get them experience that is unique. Part of advancing with

Shante Harding ’19 Public Relations Office Assistant

internships or jobs is being a unique candidate,” Dr. Vanata said. “Grades are grades, but it’s those other experiences that make you stick out.” | 9

Teacher Education Students Collaborate with Local Company S

ix Ashland University teacher education students were involved in a project this year that resulted in them helping to design splash parks for children with special needs.

Drs. Jason Ellis and Carla Abreu-Ellis, both associate professors of education in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, were leaders of a project that led to the undergraduate students collaborating with Rain Drop Products LLC on making their products more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Rain Drop is an aquatic play manufacturing company located in Ashland. “ Through this experience, I was able to see how other disciplines use

Four of the AU students – Kayle Timura, Hollis Coldwater, Olivia Chudanov and Abigail

inclusion in their work. It was neat to be able to use the knowledge I have

Chandler -- are Intervention Specialist majors

gained in the education field to bring awareness to other professionals. It

(K-12 – mild to intensive disabilities), while

was also great to be able to experience how other disciplines work and

Alexa Moore, an Early Childhood Education Intervention Specialist major, and Austin

broaden my horizons beyond education.” – Alexa Moore Early Childhood Education Intervention Specialist major

Borton, an Early Childhood Education major, were Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) participants on a project called “Accessing

Carioca Culture through the Lens of Disability.” They studied the accessibility of the metro system while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “This group of students had the expertise to effectively collaborate on inclusive play with an industrial setting,” Dr. Abreu-Ellis said. “These students went through the list of products

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manufactured by Rain Drop and provided suggestions on how to make them more inclusive to children who may have sensory needs. They also trained their staff and sales people on person-first language and terminology used in the field of special education. This allowed the company to begin to change their paradigm in order to produce and sell products that will meet the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities.”

work alongside them on such a remarkable project,” she said. Abbie Chandler said, “Working with Rain Drop Products was an incredible experience. Being able to create a product with universal design in mind for all children to use will make a huge impact on water play. Hopefully other companies realize that universal design is the way to go and we see much more of it in the future.”

Dr. Jason Ellis noted, “Employers complain that graduates, and in particular millennials, from professional programs have difficulty applying the formal knowledge acquired through their professional programs once employed. For the student group involved in consulting in this process, the benefits were clearly the ability to apply the knowledge gained through their professional program to a completely different environment: industry and business.” Several of the AU students commented on the project. Alexa Moore said that inclusion, in its simplest form, is being included or integrated into a group, and is a topic well discussed in the education field when it comes to individuals with disabilities. “In the field of education, inclusion refers to the type of setting or classroom a student with a disability should be placed; in broader terms, including everyone and every form of disability,” she said. “In other professions, and particularly in the design of aquatic play areas, inclusion mostly takes the form of wheelchair accessibility, however, to be fully inclusive, designers need to consider all forms

Ashland University Intervention Specialist education majors Abigail

of disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorder and other

Chandler, Kayle Timura and Ally Moore along with their education


professors Carla Abreu-Ellis and Jason Ellis recently toured the manu-

Moore continued, “Through this experience, I was able to see how

facturing company, Rain Drop, and their production facility to see how

other disciplines use inclusion in their work. It was neat to be able to use the knowledge I have gained in the education field to bring awareness to other professionals. It was also great to be able to experience how other disciplines work and broaden my horizons beyond education.” Olivia Chudanov said she worked these past two months on inclusive play with Rain Drop. “Through that time I was able to

their knowledge from the classroom was used to help inspire and create inclusive splash park equipment for children with special needs. Rain Drop president Mark Williams, who initiated the collaborative effort, led the tour along with vice president Ross Kette and industrial animator and graphic designer Heather Meade. Those pictured are: (left to right): Heather Meade, AU students Abigail Chandler and Kayle Timura, Ross Kette, Mark Williams, AU student Ally Moore, Carla Abreu-Ellis and Jason Ellis.

apply the knowledge I had gained from my inclusive classes here at

Kayle Timura said, “After having an entire class dedicated to Sensory

AU to the real world, which was an amazing experience! It is a really

Processing Disorder, I was able to solidify and apply the knowledge

remarkable thing to apply classroom lessons and teaching into the

I learned to help include all children in an environment that hasn’t

real world to help change something to make it better for everyone.

previously encountered this type of accessibility. This project

This project allowed me to step out of the classroom and into the

allowed me to practice breaking down concepts and ideas to educate

real world of inclusion. It was an experience I will never forget, and

individuals in this field. This opportunity helped me practice and

luckily I can do it again in the fall. I’m so passionate about this field

learn important skills, such as advocacy, and apply them in real

and am so thankful that Rain Drop allowed me the opportunity to

world situations.” | 11

Ohio’s Most Unique MBA Program

Launched at AU Dauch College of Business and Economics Dean Dr. Elad Granot has been in the business education world for many years, and has witnessed just about every type of MBA program. Most MBA programs were merely copying each other, with few differences between them. Dean Granot wanted to see Ashland University change all that, so he and his team worked to develop the highly unique Ashland One-Year International MBA Program.

“Traveling abroad with my program cohort and faculty was an enriching

The One-Year International MBA Program allows students to graduate in less than 12 months, while

experience. Learning from world business leaders, experiencing Czech

giving them the opportunity to see the world on

culture and making memories with my cohort I will cherish for life

not just one, but two international study tours.

make me very thankful to be a part of Ashland’s One-Year International

The cohort beginning in August 2017 will be

MBA program.”

visiting Vietnam and Hong Kong in November, – Ashley Smith

and Czech Republic and Spain the following

MBA Student

May. Why are these international study tours a priority for this new MBA program? According

to Granot, international experience is a valuable asset to any organization. “The global perspective students receive on these tours will give them a unique toolset that is highly sought after. The first international tour is meant to raise awareness of global business operations, with students touring leading multinational companies, participating in case studies and speaking directly with world-class CEOs,” he said. “Toward the end of the OneYear program, it is time for the student’s second tour. This time, they’re already seasoned

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global travelers and have the ability to take what they’ve learned in class and see it applied in the real world.” The program first launched in January of 2017 at AU’s Columbus MBA Center with a total of 20 enthusiastic students. These students have found the Saturday-only classes to be helpful when balancing a full-time job along with completing their MBA degree. The students returned from Prague, their first of two international study tours, in March. Some students raved about the opportunity to visit international corporations such as Parker Hannifin and Google, while others could not stop talking about the beautiful and historic city center of Prague. Feedback was very positive, and everyone agreed the most special part of the tour was bonding with fellow students. Current One-Year


International MBA student Ashley Smith says, “Traveling abroad

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with my program cohort and faculty was an enriching experience.


Learning from world business leaders, experiencing Czech culture and making memories with my cohort I will cherish for life make me very thankful to be a part of Ashland’s One-Year International MBA program.” The buzz and demand for the One-Year International MBA Program was so large that Ashland University is now offering it in a second location. Classes at Ashland’s state-of-the-art Cleveland MBA Center, located at 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard just off Rockside Road, will begin in August 2017. The program is growing quickly, yet it still offers rolling admission with flexible start dates at both the Cleveland and Columbus locations. This allows students to apply to the program at any time and pick a start date that best fits their schedule. For example, if the August start date is too soon, a student

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This program was created with the full-time professional in mind. Classes are taught one day per week, Saturday, at both the Columbus and Cleveland MBA centers. Students take what they learn each Saturday and can apply it to the real world on Monday. Every faculty member teaching the program brings a lifetime of real, industry experience. In addition to the international travel, this unique MBA program is ACBSP accredited and a member of AACSB. For students interested in applying, GMAT/GRE waivers are available. Besides the ability to see the world from a global business perspective, what can students expect from an Ashland One-Year International MBA? According to a Fall 2016 survey, on average, Ashland MBA alumni experience a 46 percent salary increase along with 100 percent satisfaction after completion of their MBA degree. Do you know someone who is looking to learn more, travel more and earn more? Visit to get more program details, or contact our MBA Programs Office at 419.289.5214.


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HOMECOMIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Prayer Garden Dedication 11:30 a.m. | East side of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 5K Fun Run Registration required.

Ashland University, along with members of the AU Women’s Auxiliary,

Please visit to

invites you to join in the dedication of the new Prayer Garden.

register. 8:30 a.m. | Check-in begins in front

Theater Production

of the Rec Center

“Leveling Up” | By Deborah Zoe Laufer

9:30 a.m. – Walkers | 10 a.m. Runners

7:30 p.m. | Studio Theater, Center for the Arts $12 Adult | $10 Alumni, Senior Citizens, Faculty/Staff $8 Groups 10 or more | $5 Non-AU Students $2 AU Students

In lieu of an entrance fee, we ask that you bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run! The first 100 registrants receive a free giveaway. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to

Three twenty-something roommates are glued to their video games.

finish the race and all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a

While they are masters in the virtual world, they are not as successful in

prize pack. Official results will not be recorded. Please, no pets. The Rec

the real world. When one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with

Center will be open at 9 a.m. to change and shower before and after the

the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, online

race. To register, visit and click on “Homecoming”

battles begin to have real consequences.

in the Events section. For questions, call the Rec Services Office at

For tickets or more information, please contact the Box Office at


419.289.5125. (Box Office opens September 11) Tickets can be purchased online at

An Evening with Cathi Muckle 7:30 p.m. | Upper Convocation Center

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

“An Evening with Cathi Muckle: Singing Selections from the Songbook of

10:15 a.m. | Check-in at Hawkins-Conard Student Center Piano Lounge

George and Ira Gershwin” will feature Cathi Muckle, a professional singer

10:30 a.m. | Admissions presentation in the Student Center Auditorium

and educator living in Las Vegas. Cathi is the daughter of Betty Clooney and 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. The event will include a Jazz Trio, and recreate a bygone era featuring the most memorable songs of “The Greatest Generation.” Tickets will be available through the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125 or starting September 11.

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

please dress accordingly)

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

(Parking lot near Amstutz Hall & Athletic Complex)

1 p.m. | Football Game (optional) 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.

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President’s Coffee 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Eagles’ Nest, Hawkins-Conard Student Center Complimentary | Free AU Bam-Bam Sticks the first 100 attendees 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

Hall of Fame Induction Brunch 9:30 a.m. | Faculty Room, Upper Convocation Center $20 per person | Reservations required Contact Athletics at 419.289.5441

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

or tickets may be purchased online at:

this variety of pizza, there will be cotton candy, bounce houses for the

The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of

kids (weather permitting), a face painting clown and more!

intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University, either by virtue of their performance on its athletic teams or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the

Football Game | AU Eagles vs. Michigan Tech Huskies

athletic program. In return, the University will bestow on them induction

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

into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The following alumni will be inducted:

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

Heather Lefford Edborg ’95 (posthumously) | Softball Amber Rall Groves ’07 | Women’s Basketball

Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3  Tickets may be pre-ordered online at - click

Timothy Houseman ’94 | Football

on the ticket icon at the bottom of the website. You may also purchase

Kelly Jacobs ’99 | Women’s Soccer

in advance at the Business Office in 202 Founders Hall or you may

Roger Lyons ’74 | Men’s Basketball

purchase them at the gate on game day.

Mark Smithberger ’02 | Baseball Mark McClintock ’69 will be recognized with the Eagle Forever Award

Ashbrook Reception

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

10 a.m. | Ashbrook Center

Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center | Complimentary

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

Free photo booth…a DJ…Free food from Ashland’s Award Winning

Scholar and MAHG programs and all other interested parties. An update

Catering…Cash Bar…and best of all – you and your fellow alumni and

on Ashbrook’s work will be provided and discussion on current events.

friends can celebrate your time at Ashland as you support the grand

Light refreshments will be provided. Those interested may make a reser-

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

vation by going to

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

Women’s Tennis | AU Eagles vs. Grand Valley State Lakers 10 a.m. | Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex

Football Chapel 10-10:15 a.m. | Jack and Deb Miller Chapel

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. There will also be a raffle with two prizes offered: $500 or $250. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and the winning tickets will be drawn during the Auction.

Come and celebrate a football team tradition as the coaches and players

Proceeds from the Auction support the Legacy Scholarship Program,

hold a chapel service prior to their football game with Michigan Tech.

the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming.

Game Day Send Off 10:15 a.m. | Sidewalk from Jack & Deb Miller Chapel to Founders Hall Free AU stadium cushion to the first 100 fans.

The All Alumni Reunion will take place during the Auction, so you will 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 available for the over 21 crowd.

Join the band and cheerleaders as we send off the football team to a Homecoming Day victory against Michigan Tech! Members of the football

Theater Production

team will bring pieces of Founders Hall foundation from the Chapel as a

“Leveling Up” | By Deborah Zoe Laufer

way to honor the history and traditions of Ashland.

7:30 p.m. | Studio Theater, Center for the Arts Please see Friday’s events for complete program description and ticket information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 5 Stones Community Church 10:30 a.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel

Women’s Tennis AU Eagles vs. Ferris State Bulldogs 1 p.m. | Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex

Theater Production “Leveling Up” | By Deborah Zoe Laufer 2 p.m. | Studio Theater, Center for the Arts Please see Friday’s events for complete program description and ticket information.

HOMECOMING 2017 EVENT CONTACT INFORMATION Theater/Cathi Muckle Concert B  ox Office | 419.289.5125 | Opens Sept. 11

5K Fun Run – Registration required T  o register, visit and click on “Homecoming” in the Events section. Rec Services | 419.289.5440

Legacy Visit Day O  ffice of Admission | 419.289.5052

Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch – Registration required

HOMECOMING INFORMATION For parking details and more information, visit and click on “Homecoming 2017.” We encourage you to register your attendance online at where you can see who else is coming by clicking the “Attendee List.” Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @ashlandalumni

A  thletics | 419.289.5441 | or online at:

Ashbrook Reception C  arrie Clever | 419.289.5430 | Ben Kunkel | 419.289.5431 |

Football Game  ickets: T Adam Bracken | 419.289.5297 |

Silent Auction/All Alumni Reunion J  ill Charlton | 419.289.5040 |

All other events, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement 4  19.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy |

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.

EAGLES’ NEST HOURS Located on the first floor of the Student Center Saturday: 8 - 11 a.m. Beverages and Grab & Go food only; grill closed

AUAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-18 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.

Rachel Hanna Day ’86

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.

James Hudson ’03

Go Eagles! Jim Hudson ’03 President, AUAA Board of Directors

Sam McCartney ’94

Millersburg, OH

Jessica Davisson Garton ’10 Wadsworth, OH

Lew Hollinger ’64 Fairfield, OH New London, OH

Michelle Druso Koussa ’05 ’10 Strongsville, OH

Terry Kozma ’75 Strongsville, OH

September Long ’15 Columbus, OH 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 Cleveland, OH

Sherri Hall Richter ’90 ’08 Mansfield, OH

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.

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

Cathi Sherman ’96

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.

St. Clair Shores, MI

To enroll your children, step-children or grandchildren in the AU Legacy Program, visit The child’s birthdate and home mailing address are required to receive recognition.

Dublin, OH

Sarah Strohminger ’11 Mansfield, OH

Emily Pettigrew Tully ’05 Irina Yakhnitskiy `07 Columbus, OH | 17



EXAM SCORES RANK HIGH Based on the exam scores for the Nursing NCLEX that are posted on the Ohio Board of Nursing site, Ashland University’s College of Nursing is ranked as one of the top schools in the state. “The Ohio Board of Nursing posts the scores on their website and our passage scores were 92.5 percent for the calendar year 2016, which was one of the highest percentages for any school,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “While they do not actually rank schools, you can do the ranking yourself by looking at the scores of four-year institutions.” Grund said this passage rate reflects the hard work that students are doing to be successful in their chosen career. Additionally, the outcomes reflect the dedicated work of faculty, who are challenging students to reach for success in their studies. “Although NCLEX results are critically important to the reputation of the graduates, most importantly, graduates are being recognized by employers as well prepared in the soft skills important to the profession,” Grund said. “Employers seek graduates who possess these soft skills that are reflected in the College’s I CARE values -- Integrity, Caring, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. Faculty work diligently with students to facilitate their development of these values in their practice.”

ACCELERATED NURSING PROGRAM NAMED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Degree Program has been named as one of the top 20 programs in the country by GeriatricNursing. org, a leading online resource for providing information on nursing schools and programs that offer geriatric nursing education.

Dr. Juanita Reese Kline, chair of the Nursing Department, reported that this summer, the program will enroll its largest cohort to date with 66 students. The Ashland program includes face-to-face classes, labs and clinicals with some online classes.

“We are very pleased to have our Accelerated BSN Program identified as one of the top 20 in the country,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Geriatric Nursing website announced its “Top 20 Online Accelerated BSN Programs” in April 2017.

Patti Clayburn, director of the Accelerated Second Degree program, stated, “Our accelerated second-degree nursing program allows students a more expeditious path to a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is available for students who have a degree in another field and are seeking to pursue a career in nursing.”

“We are glad to announce that your school’s program has been considered one of them. Congratulations,” said Meredith Rogers of Geriatric Nursing. “We understand that it takes lots of effort to maintain high standards and dedicated staff to provide the best nursing education out there, so you should all feel extremely proud of your hard work.”

NURSING PROGRAM RECOGNIZED BY CREDENTIALING CENTER Ashland University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) certification eligibility requirements. “This means that students completing the Ashland University FNP Doctor of Nursing Practice program have met the educational requirements to sit for the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination, provided they meet ANCC’s other eligibility requirements,” said Dr. Lisa Young, interim director of the DNP program. “We are proud to be recognized by ANCC for our commitment to continuous improvement in the nursing field and the highest quality continuing education for nurses,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The ANCC accreditation gives nurses assurance that by choosing Ashland University, they will receive the best nursing education available.”

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Ashland University will offer a new academic concentration in Medical Laboratory Science this fall that will allow students in the biology program to complete a fourth year at Cleveland Clinic’s School of Medical Laboratory Science and become eligible for certification as a medical laboratory scientist. “We are pleased that The Higher Learning Commission approved this new concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Biology major. This program will start in the fall and we expect it to be very popular,” said AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang. “This partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premiere medical institutions, is just another example of AU’s ability to develop strategic partnerships that enhance our educational mission.” According to Dr. Paul Hyman, associate professor of biology/ toxicology, the new concentration will provide students with a biology degree and, with the completion of the extended senior year, eligibility for certification as a laboratory scientist. “Certified medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals and other

clinical laboratories, processing patient samples and performing tests essential for doctors to properly diagnose and treat patients,” Hyman said. “With increasing numbers of aging persons requiring more medical care in the United States, medical laboratory science is an expanding field with an excellent employment rate for graduates, especially those with the appropriate certifications.” Hyman said the AU program would be structured as a “3 plus 1 program” with the first three years spent at Ashland University completing most requirements for a biology major as well as all core requirements.



For the second time in three years, 100 percent of Ashland University’s social work graduates who took the Association of Social Work Board exam passed the exam on their first attempt. “I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Mike Vimont, associate professor and program director of the social work program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.” Over the last three years, the passing rate for Ashland University graduates has been 97 percent and Vimont noted that AU social work students scored much higher than both the state and national pass rate averages. “The national first-time pass rate for bachelor’s degree students in 2016 was 70 percent, while the pass rate for those in Ohio was 80 percent,” he said. Vimont went on to say that all of the 2016 AU graduates were successful in seeking employment or going on to graduate school in advanced standing. “We are very happy to note that our graduates are getting jobs in their field,” he added.



This past spring, graduating seniors in the Psychology Department scored in the 80th percentile on the PACAT exam. This is an exam taken by nearly 6,000 psychology graduates across the country that measures student competency in a variety of different content areas. The national average on this exam is the 50th percentile, so the AU students far outperformed that average this year. AU’s psychology department has continued to see a shift in the focus of its students in recent years, with more undergraduate students than ever being involved in research and attending regional and national conferences. “We started seeing this change in the department and the faculty have done a great job of helping to get students involved and promoting this culture,” said Dr. Mitchell Metzger, chair and professor of psychology at Ashland University. “Students are getting involved in research activities as early as second-semester students in their first year, and there is an enthusiasm from students in our program for these kinds of scholarly activities.” | 19



OUTSTANDING GRADUATION RATE the program offers courses in a hybrid format allowing for both faceto-face instruction and online learning. COHORT LEARNING - Each year the program accepts a new cohort of students giving students the opportunity to learn and grow together. The camaraderie within cohorts sustains everyone’s momentum and provides a valuable network well after graduation.

AU’s Doctorate in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines theory and practice with individual mentoring and applied research to train a new generation of reflective, ethical and effective leaders in P-12 schools, higher education, government, industry and human service organizations. “High-quality academic content is paired with individualized mentoring — both on and off campus, through workplace partners — stand as the hallmarks of our doctoral program in leadership studies,” said Dr. James Olive, associate professor and co-chair of the Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs. “The program’s 82 percent graduation rate far surpasses the average national graduation rate of 50 percent for doctoral students.” The Leadership Studies program offers: A HYBRID MODEL OF TEACHING AND LEARNING - In an effort to facilitate the work-life balance of our professional students,

MENTORSHIP AND REAL TIME PROBLEM SOLVING – Most of the doctoral students work full time, so each student completes a 12-15 month action research/change project on the job or in their community as a component of the program’s required field experience. This provides each student with real-world experience implementing the leadership theories and practices they learn in the classroom. AU graduates have continued their careers in a variety of areas including superintendents in school districts of all sizes, public and private; college deans and professors; and business executives. With a doctorate in leadership studies from Ashland University, the possibilities are endless. The Schar College of Education also plans to offer a Doctorate in Leadership Studies out of the Columbus Center beginning in May 2018. The program will consist of the same content but will be completed in an “Executive Doctorate” format where students take courses on the weekends and the entire degree can be completed within two years. For more information about AU’s Doctoral Program, visit https:// or contact Olive at 419.207.6643 or



With the start of the spring semester 2017, the Educational Leadership program has restructured its administrative licensure program for the summer of 2017 and its M.Ed. program for the fall of 2017. The creation and implementation of a new Educational Leadership program allows AU to more effectively train administrators for the demands of 21st-century education. Courses featuring the most up-to-date content and instruction from preeminent thought leaders and practitioners in the field of educational administration will allow AU grads to be among the best educational leaders of the future. Critical content areas such as school climate, professional ethics and school safety will provide graduates of the Educational Leadership program with skills and dispositions that other university programs simply do not offer. Opportunities for online and face-to-face instructional experiences, along with flexible options for program completion, will better meet the needs of our students. The new Educational Leadership program will provide a variety of tangible benefits to students whether they are seeking a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, or taking courses to acquire administrative licensure at the district or building level. It has been clearly established, through both research as well as experience, that safety and crisis response issues are on-going concerns in schools throughout the United States and the world, and AU’s new Educational Leadership Program is one of only a few in the United States to address school safety issues with the addition of two school safety modules as part of the administrative preparation program. For more information about the new Educational Leadership program, call 419.289.5081 or email




One of the most popular academic programs within the Dauch College of Business and Economics is the finance major, which has been bolstered by the success of the Eagle Investment Group (EIG). Students in EIG manage and analyze approximately $1.4 million of Ashland University’s $45 million endowment. Membership in EIG is selective and comprised of finance majors and minors who are undergraduates in their junior or senior year or in the MBA program at Ashland. Management of the portfolio is accomplished through students who are sector managers. Their responsibilities include buy and sell side analysis of stocks in their respective sectors. EIG prepares students to become capable finance professionals through fundamental analysis with the utilization of Morningstar Direct® software. In addition, membership in this elite group prepares students for designations that are sought out by finance professionals such as the Series 7, CFP and CFA® designations. “I am very proud of these students’ achievements and professor Rumker’s professionalism and dedication,” said Dr. Elad Granot, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. “The EIG is one of the five strategic priorities for the Dauch College, with AACSB accreditation, MBA, Morgan Center and development being the other four.”

is the primary reason for the growth in this major.”

The Eagle Investment Group’s home in the Dauch College is the stateof-the-art trading room with Wall Street-style workstations and wallmounted displays with market news.

Students in Ashland’s Eagle Investment Group were first offered the chance to gain practical experience by managing the University’s investments in January of 2000 and have managed a portion of the University’s investment portfolio ever since.

“The number of finance majors continues to increase and there is more and more interest in becoming part of this group,” said Terry Rumker, assistant professor of finance and director of the Eagle Investment Group. “In 1998 we had 12 finance majors in the College, and we had 73 majors in the fall of this year. I think the success of our Eagle program

In 2008, the University’s Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees approved a second fund of $370,000 to add to the initial investment fund of $250,000, and, in 2010, a third fund, named Eagle Financial Fund, provided an additional $250,000 for the Eagle Investment Group to manage.


 DRIVE FOR THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACCREDITATION On May 22, 2017, AU President Campo signed the application for AACSB initial accreditation for the Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE). The accreditation will cover both the college’s undergraduate and graduate degrees. AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, has the goal to create the next generation of great leaders and COBE has applied for initial accreditation to have its mission of fulfilling this goal recognized. COBE Dean Dr. Elad Granot and Associate Dean Dr. Ray Jacobs as well as chairs and faculty, have attended seminars and conferences to prepare for AACSB accreditation and improve the College of Business and Economics. Granot states, “This accreditation will place a quality seal on Ashland University’s business programs and allow our programs to be ranked, which will support our continuous efforts for improvement and increased reputation.” The AACSB accreditation is one of the five strategic pillars that Dean Granot and COBE faculty are working on. AACSB accreditation adds to the college’s already existing ACBSP accreditation and the new accreditation will help the college grow stronger and better reach and teach students. Granot said the College is eager to take the necessary steps to gain full AACSB accreditation. The College plans to make improvements by hiring additional faculty members while continuing its legacy of providing an intimate quality education for students. | 21



NEW PRAYER GARDEN executive director of Christian Ministry. Barnhart shared his vision to provide a place for prayer, peace and quiet among the busyness of campus life. Karen Campo, representing the AU Women’s Auxiliary organization comprised of spouses of past and present AU Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership, desired to bring a meaningful project to the Auxiliary women that they could support and see through to fruition. After hearing Barnhart’s heart and vision, she felt a Prayer Garden would be the perfect collaboration between the Women’s Auxiliary and the Office of Christian Ministry.

Painting of the Prayer Garden

As part of Ashland University’s Homecoming in October of 2017, a formerly grassy area near the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel will be officially transformed into a quiet and serene oasis on campus. On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Ashland University Women’s Auxiliary “turned the dirt” for a proposed Prayer Garden on the east side of the Miller Chapel and the auxiliary will hold a dedication service for the garden on Friday, Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m. The Prayer Garden began as a discussion in 2015 between AU’s First Lady Karen Campo and Rev. Jason Barnhart, former

Toby White, supervisor of grounds at AU, created a garden design, and the Auxiliary commissioned a full-color rendering by AU graduate and graphic artist Cecelia Maxwell. After seeing the visual presentations, the Auxiliary enthusiastically voted to move ahead. “This garden needs to happen,” said Auxiliary member Lani McKnight. Inspired by the artwork, Lani and her husband, Paul McKnight, gave the lead gift for the Prayer Garden and other Women’s Auxiliary members and friends followed with their support. The Auxiliary members committed to raising $15,000 as a group, as well as a commitment to financial responsibility: the Prayer Garden groundbreaking would not happen until the initial goal was reached. Contributions received over-and-above the cost will be used for ongoing garden maintenance.

Ashland University’s Dr. Lisa Young, assistant professor of nursing in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the recipient of AU’s 2017 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award.

CENTER UNDERGOES REDEVELOPMENT The Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CITE) on the AU campus underwent a major physical space redevelopment and an open house celebration was held this past spring. “The new Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence encompasses a physical teaching and learning space collaboratively designed and technologically advanced to foster the scholarship of teaching and learning,” said Shawn Orr, director of faculty services for the College of Online and Adult Studies and director of Faculty Development. “The center was made possible through a Provost Innovation Grant and funding from the College of Online and Adult Studies. The development of this innovative space is based on the latest research on how active learning spaces and technology support an evolving pedagogy.”

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The mission of programming within CITE is to cultivate the growth and learning of faculty, advancing their development as teacher-scholars by providing and coordinating support, resources and collaborative programs. By offering opportunities for faculty development, the Center sustains extraordinary learning experiences for students. The 532-square-foot center features whiteboard walls, modular plug and play furniture for both collaborative lounge-type seating and movable table and desk seating, a coffee-bar station and the latest technology for teaching and training including a short-throw projector with Collaborative White-boarding Solution with touch, and a LED touch-screen TV.



Ohio Sen. Rob Portman spent much of the morning on the AU campus on May 6 and spoke about Ohio values and incredible Ohioans during his speech to graduates at Ashland University’s spring commencement ceremony in Kates Gymnasium. In his address, Portman said he talked with some of the students before the ceremony and he is glad to hear that many of the graduates are going to stay in Ohio. “We need you here. And because some of you are Ohioans and are going to stay in Ohio, I am going to give you a couple of reminders of the Ohio values and talk about a few famous Ohioans who I think exemplify those values,” he said. Portman first addressed work ethic, noting “here in Ohio we are known for our work ethic. I see a lot of hard workers here. You wouldn’t be here graduating if you did have that work ethic. But it is something to be reminded of because I do think that is one of the issues in our society today -- this notion that somehow we aren’t holding up the dignity of work and hard work.” Portman said one of his favorite sayings is – “the harder I work, the luckier I get. And I say that because some people will tell you getting ahead is somehow out of your control. That it is a matter of luck. I don’t believe that. I believe you have the ability to be able to chart your own course. Hard work, of course, is the ingredient of success over which you have the most control. Circumstances and conditions will change all the time but one thing that won’t change is the role you can play in your success. By the way, that is as true in the classroom as it is in the boardroom, as it is true on the shop floor as it is on the Senate floor.” Portman then used the example of the Wright brothers to exemplify hard work. He said they grew up in a house without electricity, without a telephone, without running water, got around in horse and buggies, neither of them had a high school diploma, but they did have that Ohio work ethic. “They had full-time jobs running a bicycle shop and yet they took the time to pursue their passion,” he said. Portman addressed “determination” as the second Ohioan value. “Let’s face it, no matter where you are in life or where you go, you’re going to have some challenges, right? Given there will be bumps in the road you are going to be challenged to respond to that one way or another. Giving up is sometimes easy. Giving up sometimes seems to make the difficulties go away but it is also the quickest way to fail,” he said. Portman then used the example of Thomas Edison to exemplify determination. He said Thomas Edison grew up nearly deaf, his teachers told his parents that he was either inattentive or unintelligent, and he left school at age 14 and started selling newspapers. “He also started tinkering with things because he had this mind that was racing – he wanted to be an inventor. When he was 22 he made his first invention, it was a vote counting machine that he tried

to sell to the United States Congress. But he failed there. His first attempt at inventing was a total failure. It was rejected but he was persistent – he did not give up. He kept tinkering and by the time he was 31 that nearly deaf kid who struggled in school had invented the phonograph, making some of the first sound recordings in history. After he invented the phonograph he went on to work on everything else, including the incandescent light bulb.” He used the example of John Glenn as one who put public service first and was a war hero before even going into space or serving in Congress. Portman said Glenn believed that happiness in life comes from serving others in some way. He said Glenn believed in serving a cause greater than yourself and he was an example of one who never stopped finding ways to serve. “So in the next chapter of your life I hope these incredible Ohioans will inspire you,” Portman said. “Work hard, like the Wright brothers, and when difficulties come as they do for all of us, keep fighting, like Thomas Edison, and following John Glenn’s example, find fulfillment in serving others in a way that fits you.” Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by President Dr. Carlos Campo and Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang. A total of 679 degrees (206 graduate and 473 undergraduate) were awarded in the spring 2017 ceremony, including 5 doctor of education, 2 doctor of nursing practice, 101 master of education, 75 master of business administration, 21 master of arts, 2 master of science, 93 bachelor of arts, 2 bachelor of fine arts, 3 bachelor of music, 117 bachelor of science, 5 bachelor of science in athletic training, 67 bachelor of science in business administration, 93 bachelor of science in education, 79 bachelor of science in nursing, 8 bachelor of science in social work, and 6 associate of arts. | 23


APPLE FOLLOWS FAST TRACK  FROM ASHLAND TO THE NBA Ten years ago, Travis Apple graduated from Ashland University. Fast-forward a decade, and Apple’s career has taken him to five different locations in almost as many major professional sports leagues. His current stop, however, is the biggest – Senior Director of Team Marketing and Business Operations for the National Basketball Association. “There have been times where I’ve taken a step back and said, ‘Wow. Born and raised in Ohio, went to college at Ashland, and now I’ve lived in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Phoenix, and now I am moving to New York,”’ Apple said this spring while visiting campus and talking to students. “It’s definitely different. Definitely crazy, but it’s been good. It’s been fun. “If I graduated college in May of 2007 and said in February of 2017 I would be working in the NBA, traveling 135,000 miles a year, I’d have said, ‘Yeah right.’” Apple’s ability to take on a big work load was evident during his time as an Eagle. He triple majored in Sports Communication, Journalism and Electronic Media Production, was the sports editor for The Collegian for three years, was the sports director for then TV 2, did some shows on WRDL-FM 88.9 and was an intern at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. What made Apple shift from a potential journalism career to one in ticketing and sales? “Interns didn’t get paid at all,” he said of his time at the speedway. “One day, my boss came to me said, ‘Hey, do you want to make some money? Go sell these track-side banners. They are $1,000, I’ll pay you 10 percent.’ I had no training, I just went door-to-door. I would literally just walk in with a sheet and say, ‘Can I talk to you about advertising?’” Doing that for the speedway, in addition to working in sales for Thiel’s Home Solutions, put the bug in Apple to make the career-goal transition. “You need the media route to speak, to communicate, to write, to read scripts,” he said. “But I started making money, and I kind of fell in love with it. I fell in love with the competitive nature. I’ve always been super competitive.” After graduation, Apple began his professional sports journey with three titles with Atlanta Spirit, LLC, from 2007-09. Atlanta Spirit, LLC, was the parent company of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers.

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“I grew up in Northwest Ohio – Delphos, Ohio – small country town. Ashland is kind of a country town,” said Apple. “I graduated May 12, and May 13, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. So it was a culture shock, for sure.” That led to a near-four-year stint with Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates as manager of inside sales, then director of new business development. From there, Apple began his time in the NBA – first as senior director of ticket sales for the Orlando Magic for more than a year, then two years as vice president of ticket sales and service for both the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury (Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arena Football Arizona Rattlers and NBA D-League Northern Arizona Suns). Apple has been in the NBA office since October of 2016. His current position oversees ticket/premium sales for all teams in the NBA, WNBA and the now-NBA Gatorade League, formerly the NBA Development League, and his travel docket is extensive. And he has done all of that over the last decade without taking one marketing class. “The biggest thing, on the sales end, is you write proposals a lot,” Apple said. “So you may meet with a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and you’re going to present a suite lease for five years for $1 million over that time. A lot of the journalism comes into that. “In the sales world, a lot of the sales you are expected to make 100 phone calls a day minimum. It may not necessarily be public speaking, but your main goal when you get on the phone is to build a relationship. On the TV broadcast or in the newspaper, you are building a relationship.” Apple challenged the Eagle students he spoke with to get as much real-life experience as possible prior to entering “the real world.” “If I would have graduated my sophomore year, I probably would have tried to find a broadcast station, making $20,000 a year, and probably would still be there,” he said. “That’s why I would challenge each and every person, go out, get as much internship and real-life job-shadowing experience and figure out what you want to do. “I knew I wanted to be in sales, but I didn’t even know my business existed until February of my senior year.” So what does Apple see himself doing in another 10 years? “I love the sports business,” he said. “I’ve always thought about opening my own sports sales consulting company. Working for the league is a different beast. I think there’s a lot of opportunities to grow my career. Hopefully, I can become president of a team someday.” Dusty Sloan Director of Sports Information




Myles Pringle A 2016-17 Ashland University athletics season filled with championship performances ended with a 2017 spring season that saw two more national titles. At the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla., sophomore Myles Pringle (men’s 400-meter dash) and junior Daniel Roberts (men’s hammer throw) each won individual national championships, as the Eagle men’s team earned a tied-for-third-place finish. That came on the heels of Pringle’s 400-meter dash national title and a second-place team showing at 2017 indoor nationals in March. In all, Ashland’s men turned in 13 All-America honors at outdoor nationals – 11 first-team and two second-team. At the regional level, head coach Jud Logan was named men’s Coach of the Year, while Ernie Clark was named men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

SOFTBALL Head coach Sheilah Gulas’ 21st and final season leading the Eagles saw Ashland finish 30-23 and two wins away from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship. Gulas ended her tenure as AU head coach with 723 wins, and in her final season, earned GLIAC Co-Coach of the Year honors. Senior center fielder Ally Farrah earned first-team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors after the season, and third baseman Dayna Denner was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year.

WOMEN’S GOLF The Eagle women’s golf team earned a spot in the Division II postseason for the eighth consecutive year, and finished seventh at the Super Region 1 tournament in Canton, Ohio. Kaitlin Neumann landed first-team All-GLIAC honors after finishing third at the 2017 GLIAC Championships.

Daniel Roberts

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Three Eagle women competed at 2017 nationals, and two – junior Hannah Bartlome (first-team high jumper) and sophomore Natalie Helenthal (second-team hammer thrower) – came home with All-American laurels.

BASEBALL A season-ending six-game winning streak allowed Ashland to finish 2017 with a 20-29 mark. Earning all-conference recognition following the season were junior second baseman J.P. Sorma (second team), and senior left-handed pitcher Mike Gentile and freshman left fielder Vince Vanata (each honorable mention).

MEN’S GOLF Shortly after the Eagles tied for ninth as a team at the 2017 GLIAC Championships, head coach Darrin Jones announced his retirement following 13 years leading the program.

WOMEN’S TENNIS Ashland won its Senior Day match at the newly renovated and expanded Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex, 9-0, against Mount Vernon Nazarene to close out 2016-17.


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Doris (Doggett ’40) Smith celebrated her 98th birthday in December 2016. She has two children

Daniel ’70 and Vi (Turcsanyi ’68) McMonigle have been happily married for 47 years. Daniel is an aquarist with 1,500 gallons of tropical fish.

Robert Kopp ’75 retired in 2016 from a fabulous teaching career in American History after 35 years.

(Patti Smith Steiner ’74), six grandchildren (Jeffrey Steiner ’08) and 17 great grandchildren. Doris’ father, Node E. Doggett, also was an AU grad in 1925.

Lloyd Roberts ’70 welcomed his grandson, Asher Milas Gilland, on April 7, 2017.

1947 Barbara Jean Hulit Roland, salutatorian of the class of 1947, passed away on Feb. 24, 2017. She is greatly missed by her daughters, son-in-law, grandsons, their wives and her great-grandchildren.

1951 Lewis Fry ’51 just turned 88 and enjoys downhill skiing twice a week with four of his friends.


1971 Ronald Evans ’71 retired from Bentley University after being there from 1983-1988 as a staff psychologist. He also retired from Brandeis University as a staff psychologist from 1990-2015 and as a professor from 1990-2016.

Doug Theaker ’60 is the host of two TV shows on WMFD-TV – I Love My Job and Senior Living. Both shows can also be viewed on the Internet.

Linda (Lucas ’71) York’s daughter Amanda was married on May 1, 2016.


Jeffrey K. Elwell ’72 passed away on Feb. 14, 2017, with complications from cancer.

Jon Nicodemus ’61 wishes to honor Maurice Newkirk, Arthur Stunz, Alice Ferguson, Richard Snyder and Elizabeth Pastor – the wonderful professors who gave him his college education at Ashland College (1959-1961). Laura (Hudkins ’61) Riffle has been in assisted living in Ashland since Jan. 11, 2017.

1963 Wilbur Ritzhaupt’s ’63 wife of 56 years passed away on Nov. 20, 2016. She was 77 years of age.

1966 John Cover ’66, along with his mother, father, niece and grandniece, all of whom are AU alumni, welcomes another grandniece who is a current student at AU. John says with 50 nieces and nephews, who knows how many more alumni they might have. Peggy (Price ’66) Spellman continues her support of her Alma Mater and welcomes her granddaughter Kelcie to Ashland University as a student in the College of Nursing.

1969 Byrl Shaver ’69 is semi-retired and remains the parttime pastor of two Brethren churches. Deborah (John ’69) Conklin started her 49th year in July of 2017 at Richland County Job and Family Services. She completed her field placement there her senior year at Ashland College and has been there ever since.

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Ted Emack ’72 and his wife Jeannie have four children and eight grandchildren. Howard Hockman ’72 has accepted the newly created position as sales manager, Columbus Training Center with Flight Safety International, a division of Berkshire Hathaway, while his peers are beginning to retire. Now he will leave the warm embrace of Dallas, returning to the vagaries of Ohio’s seasonality. Columbus Center trains pilots on 14 different models of corporate jet aircraft.

1973 James C. Emerson ’73 is enjoying his retirement while volunteering at the Veterans Common Pleas Court in Canton, Ohio, and volunteering as a disaster mental health worker with the American Red Cross.

1974 After 41 years in education, Walter Klimaski ’74 says he is looking forward to retirement. Chuck Hewett ’74 and his wife Beth spent 76 days hiking the 1,444-mile Ohio Buckeye Trail in 2016 (the nation’s longest loop-trail). They recently wrote “Wandering Ohio - A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike” recording their adventures, including Ohio History, canals, Indian ceremonial grounds, museums, interesting B&Bs, must see spots in Ohio and wonderful people they met along the way. The book is for both hikers and bikers, and is available on

Mindy (Robinson ’75) Bigelow retired after 38 years in long-term healthcare on May 15, 2017. Randy ’75 and Joni (Guthrie ’79) Peddicord celebrated the birth of their fifth grandchild, Hudson Ryan Strieby, on March 1, 2017. He joins his big brother Will.

1976 Linda (Freeman ’76) Navorska retired after 35 years in private and public education. She was elected southeast regional director for DGK Society International. Deborah Brosovich ’76M was appointed the clinical nursing director at the Digestive Disease Surgical Institute at the Cleveland Clinic on Oct. 1, 2016.

1977 Gregory Busby ’77 accepted the call to McClintock Presbyterian in December of 2016 as temporary pastor. He also has been working as a sickle cell ambassador with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in Charlotte.

1978 Phil Yale ’78 owns and operates Proforma Legacy, a branded merchandise company in Westlake, Ohio. In early 2017, he launched a business enrichment website (www. providing insight and direction for business owners and leaders.

1980 Reid ’80 and Terri (Miller ’79) Firestone have moved back to Ashland “Where it All Began,” after taking an early retirement. They enjoy travel, family and being involved in the Ashland community. Debra Biddinger ’80 began employment as an administrative assistant at the Ashland County Cancer Association in June 2016. She loves her duties, assisting Ashland County clients. Lorilyn Houston ’80 retired from teaching after 30plus years.

1984 Wilma McCurdy ’84 celebrated her 89th birthday, and retired after 35 years of teaching 2nd grade and music. Eric Johnson ’84 married Roberta Humm on Sept. 24, 2016. They now reside in Grafton, Ohio.


Marvin Founds ’97G was named director of Ohio Education Finance by Umbaugh Columbus Office.

Michael Wooden ’86, CEO of OnProcess Technology, boxed for charity at Haymakers for Hope, an annual boxing event that raises millions of dollars for cancer charities. Michael fought on May 18, 2017, in honor of his father who is battling cancer.


1998 Larissa (Loboda ’98) Betka and her husband Eric welcomed twins to their family on Aug. 19, 2016. Big sister Ella is joined by Maddie and Anna Betka.

Robyn (Albani ’89) Crews has retired from a wonderful teaching career (2015), and is now the director of activities at “The Good Life” Senior Assisted Living.

1990 Beverly (Clouser ’90) Iceman was named director of patient care services at UH-Samaritan Medical Care Services. Doug Seman ’90 retired after 26 years of service with rank of Lt. and position of a watch commander. Dean DePiero ’90 was appointed to the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees.

1992 Charles A. Stone ’92G joined HNTB Corporation as principal tunnel engineer on May 30. Stone will be based in the firm’s New York City office and work with clients nationwide.

1994 David K. Wells ’94G was named successor to Mark O. Eisle as vice president of finance, CFO and treasurer at Applied Industrial Technologies in Cleveland, Ohio.

1995 David Burke ’95G has retired from the Ohio Office of Insurance Liquidators.

1996 Vincent Colaluca ’96G was appointed superintendent of Mentor Schools. Previously, he was the superintendent for Austintown Schools.

1997 Bryan Barnard ’97 is partner in the Wooster-based law firm of Kennedy, Cicconetti, Knowlton and Barnard LPA. The firm recently opened an office in Ashland at 46 W. Main St. Bryan is a trial attorney with a practice focused on civil and criminal litigation. Kandice Hayes ’97 has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture in Fort Myers, Fla., as senior public relations specialist.

1999 John Chime (’99, ’07G, ATS ’15) was promoted to northern regional operations director for Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services. He also is a licensed professional counselor. Kenneth Scott Stewart ’99 marked one year completed in March 2017 in his new journey at Alert Public Safety Solutions after 20 years as a 911 telecommunicator.

2000 Carolyn (Schmidt ’78) and Nick Lamonds welcomed their son Luke Nichols on June 30, 2016. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long.

2001 Team Northeast Ohio has named Mindy McLaughlin ’01 as director of international business development. She joins Team NEO from JobsOhio, where she served as senior manager of global sales operations. Joseph Postell ’01 has recently published “Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State’s Challenge to Constitutional Government” with the University of Missouri Press. More information about the book can be found at Shannon (McWilliams ’01) and Cade Lang welcomed their second baby, Merlin Jagger Lang, on Jan. 30, 2017. He weighed 6 lbs. and 13 oz. and was 20 inches long. Pure joy!

2003 Shawndra (Thompson ’03) and Gary Russell ’04 released a press release about their new B Corporation, Mad Genius Studios. Mad Genius Studios strives to assist Asheville North Carolina’s goal to become a B Corp hub.

Scot Millhouse Records Album Scot Millhouse ’81, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Business, realized a longtime dream in January of 2016 when he traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to record his first album, “Where We Go from Here,” which is a compilation of songs that originated as “life and free time at the keyboard intersected.” Millhouse, an Illinois native, participated in Madrigals during their early days of existence at what was then Ashland College. He also was a member of the AC choir that represented the U.S. in an international choral competition in Austria in 1981. His journey to Nashville took him to “The Tracking Room” where he and his producer worked with some of the top studio musicians in Nashville and then on to Indiana to do the vocal tracks. The CD is available on, as well as iTunes, and locally from Millhouse, who donates the proceeds to national as well as local charities. The soft-spoken Millhouse began working at Ashland University in 1986 and is currently employed as supervisor of general trades within the Facilities Department. | 27


notes 2005 Emily (Pettigrew ’05) Tully was promoted to senior director at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. Ashland University graduate Jill Gosche’s ’05 first book, “If the Beam Could Talk” was published. The book documents the history of the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial. It shares how Tiffin citizens were impacted by the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and memorializes the two Tiffin police officers killed in the line of duty. “The citizens of Tiffin, although geographically distant from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were not immune to the heartbreak the rest of the country and world experienced on 9/11,” Gosche explained. Joan L. Frey, EdD, MSN (’05G) has been appointed academic president of Galen College of Nursing, a singlepurpose postsecondary institution with campuses in Louisville, Ky.; Cincinnati, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; and Tampa Bay, Fla.

2007 Gina Kovach ’07 started a new position in April 2017, as a high school intervention specialist at Ohio Connections Academy, which is a K-12 online public school. Jason Booth ’07G was hired as the new county administrator for Knox County, working for the Board of County Commissioners. Erica (Brindley ’07) Baker and husband Mike welcomed their second son, Sutton Whitfield Baker, on July 13, 2016. He joins big brother Rhett Calhoun, born in 2014.

John Sennhenn ’07 was promoted to manager of three funeral homes at Chambers & Grubb’s funeral homes in Northern Kentucky. He is an adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and he also welcomed his first child, Lennon Anne Sennhenn, on March 20, 2017.

2008 Julie Conlin ’08 was promoted to senior account manager at Sunday Group Management. Heidi (Lautzenheiser ’08) Martin and Stephen Martin, along with big sister Zoey, welcome a baby girl, Evelyn Victoria, on Jan. 30, 2017.

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Brittany (Piotrowski ’08) and Blake Mackey welcomed their first child, Laurel Elizabeth Mackey, on Aug. 21, 2016. A future Eagle!

Matt and Jennifer (Mills ’11) Koman welcomed twins, Franklin Thomas and Lucy Filamena, on Dec. 15, 2016.

2009 Amanda (Smith ’09) Mobley welcomed Lincoln Carter Mobley on Nov. 8, 2015. She also has started a new position as an agent at State Farm.

2010 Jacob Petkac ’10 and Teresa (Trucco ’13) Petkac welcomed their baby boy, Jordan Jacob Petkac, on Oct. 20, 2016.

2011 Dr. Beth (Frisbee ’11) Barnes completed Chiropractic College at Logan University, practiced in Naples, Fla., and opened her own Chiropractic Health Center, Turning Point Chiropractic, in west St. Louis. Natasha Cline ’11 celebrated her five-year anniversary with Boots Cosmetics. “I spend every day helping guests in aisle find the exact products they are looking for. It is a job that I truly adore and that’s why I’ve stayed with it for so long. I did not necessarily see myself doing a job like this while I was at Ashland. Yet, the education I received made me ready for whatever career path I chose.” Lauren (Yobbagy ’11) Rodgers is busy working with various theatres in Dayton and Columbus. She is currently applying to graduate schools to aquire her MFA in Directing, and was married for two years in May 2017. Daphne Guinn ’11 is currently working on a project that will use clinical data collected from electronic health records to inform the selection of diseases and clinical endpoints for a basket clinical trial design. She is working collaboratively, coordinating with a team of bioinformaticians and statisticians. She also has a primary mentor at Georgetown with consulting mentorship from FDA, Biogen and Genentech. She says it has been a great learning experience so far. Maria Balotta ’11G retired from school counseling at CMSD in June of 2015 to engage in writing. She is set to finish her first children’s book, “The Little Box of Truth: La Capita de La Verdad,” this spring. The book is dual language (Spanish and English) and it is about self-worth, acceptance, and diversity.

Jenna (Snyder ’11) Bauer welcomed her daughter, Yvonne Grace Bauer, born on Aug. 3, 2016. She and her brother William Michael (4) are best friends.

2013 Lauren (Goossens ’13) and Brien Conrad ’14, married on Sept. 17, 2016.

2014 Lindsay Cameron ’14 and Mitch Goossens married July 23, 2016. Cassandra Nix ’14 graduated from Oregon State University with a Master of Science in Toxicology in June 2017. Andrew and Elizabeth (Papantonio ’14) Flugher married on Sept. 24, 2016, in Beaver Falls, Pa. Other graduates in the bridal party included Laura Huntington ’12.

2015 Brittany Cermak ’15 received a new position as a registered dietitian at the Northwest Ohio Neighborhood Health Center in Cleveland. She started her own nutrition counseling business, Your Life Nutrition, because of her passion for helping others achieve their health goals. Christian Brown ’15 is the new marketing coordinator at Amerisource Bergen. Olivia (Gates ’15) Doughty married her husband Christopher Doughty on July 9, 2016. Cody and Chelsi (Howman ’15) Hickey welcomed their daughter, Cambri Maye Hickey, on Dec. 9, 2016.

2016 Brooke (Ridenour ’16) Alt married her high school sweetheart, Alex, on June 10, 2017. in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 5, 2015.

IN MEMORIAM Retired Ashland University tenured associate professor Dr. Priscilla Costich LeBrun of Canfield, Ohio, died on Aug. 20, 2016. She was a member of the chemistry faculty at AU for more than 15 years and had taught introductory chemistry, nursing chemistry, physical chemistry and freshman studies. She was active in faculty affairs having served on search and tenure committees, on department committees and on the Faculty Senate. She also was a long-time member and chair of the Religious Interest Committee. James Campbell ’56 June 8, 1996

Margaret (Novotny ’90) Buettner January 20, 2016

Ted Gardner ’92 April 29, 1997

Ruth (Applegath ’47) Delaney February 3, 2016

Rodney Levesque ’67 September 21, 1997

Mary Lou Dovenbarger ’86 February 18, 2016

Robert Williams ’67 July 3, 2004

Marjorie (Worner ’51M) Dailey June 8, 2016

Robert Baum ’50 March 13, 2007

Thomas Ferry ’70 July 1, 2016

Clarice (Black ’41) Luthy September 27, 2007

Shirley (Carroll ’91G) Swaney July 9, 2016

Martha (Sowash ’64) Drury February 16, 2008

W Trainham July 14, 2016

Adelaide (Heeley ’73) Jenkins February 19, 2012

Lois (Adams ’71) Sasser July 18, 2016

Ron Stephan ’89 August 29, 2012

Carroll Rinehart ’48 August 16, 2016

Bruce Huffman ’50 January 18, 2013

Ronald Reiner ’61 September 9, 2016

Elizabeth (O’Reilly ’92G) Weeks May 6, 2013

Patricia (Scott ’56M) Zimmerman September 21, 2016

(maiden name), class year

Louise Dabagia ’62M June 1, 2013

Audrey (Fisher ’53M) Moore October 9, 2016

Photos are also welcome.

Claudia (Somogy ’73) Brugge August 11, 2013

Doris (Spayde ’53) Woodworth October 14, 2016

Pamela (Moore’86) Chafin June 20, 2014

J Christopher Lawson ’71 October 19, 2016

Joshua Kirk ’00 June 28, 2014

Renee Fogle ’88G October 22, 2016

Shirley (Elser’64) Topovski July 8, 2014

Duane Abrams ’71 October 30, 2016

Julia Gemmato ’97G November 2, 2014

Laurel (Williams ’47M) Fisher November 12, 2016

Mary Stephenson ’95G May 8, 2015

Ronald Allison ’99G December 9, 2016

Barbara Mau ’03 July 9, 2015

Janet (Adams ’72) Walters December 9, 2016

Betty (Crumley ’43) Wohlgamuth July 25, 2015

Jacqueline (Davis ’69) Andrews December 9, 2016

class year and you will have all future

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Class of 1967 Holds 50th Class Reunion




June (Carpenter ’45) Davis December 26, 2016

H Dean McBurney March 26, 2017

Jean Griffith January 3, 2017

Gail Shatkus ’09G March 27, 2017

David Hearn ’52 January 5, 2017

T (Kreider ’44) Shumaker March 29, 2017

Robert Jona ’72 January 7, 2017

Eva (Brill ’69) Wonders April 8, 2017

Faye Baxter ’66 January 10, 2017

Phyllis (Long ’77) Algeo April 9, 2017

Thomas Hipp January 20, 2017

Michael Charman ’89G April 13, 2017

Renee Burnison ’11G January 21, 2017

Matthew Rainey ’93 April 13, 2017

Gabriel Cruz ’72 January 26, 2017

John Weygandt April 17, 2017

Helen Earley January 26, 2017

Marjorie (Stauffer ’33) Smith April 19, 2017

Arthur Kopp ’63 January 28, 2017

Merlyn (Lucas ’61) Howell April 21, 2017

Douglas White ’68 February 2, 2017

Mary (Cover ’65M) Bishop May 2, 2017

Beverly Bixler February 5, 2017

John Schweyer ’58 May 21, 2017

Jack Boeh ’51 February 8, 2017

Ruth (Cobbler ’62M) Gibbs June 27, 2017

Thomas McFadden ’97M February 10, 2017

Fayonna (Kinsey ’67) Rockenfelder July 4, 2017

Jeffrey Elwell ’72 February 14, 2017 Elaine (Morris ’94G) Mosier February 19, 2017

Members of the Class of 1967 gathered on campus to celebrate their 50th Reunion. The Class of 1967 also presented a check in the amount of $112,108 to the University. This “Gift of Support” represents the cumulative total donated by members of the Class of 1967 to Ashland over the last five years. Those attending were: top from left to right: Dr. Carlos Campo, Sanford Bowen, John “Jack” Howser and Bill Somers; and bottom from left to right: Nancy (Dean) Benko, Anna (Levering-Hartson) Carmel, Virginia (Coulter) Richter and Cheryl (Fair) Fulk.

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Team Meets With Alumnus

G – Graduate Program M – MedCentral

Donald Schmidt ’71 February 19, 2017 Eileen Crise ’80 February 23, 2017 Barbara (Hulit ’47) Roland February 24, 2017 Jane (Ekey ’73) Moore February 26, 2017 Robert Glasser ’61 February 27, 2017 Avis (Chaffin ’94G) Kinkead March 3, 2017 Samuel Arnold ’52 March 9, 2017 Mary (Goodnight ’60) Hayes March 11, 2017 Cassandra Twitchell ’83 March 13, 2017

AU alumnus Fred Visci ’67 sends a photo and reports that his Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brother Geoff Landis ’67 hosted the 18 student-athletes and four coaches of the AU track and field team for dinner in Bradenton, Fla., on May 23 when the team was in town for the men’s outdoor track and field nationals. The men’s team finished tied for third in the country at the outdoor nationals. Landis said, “I would like to think a good time was had by all. It was a beautiful, warm Florida evening so after dinner the students and coaches plunged into the pool and relaxed in the hot

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tub. A great night with great people.”



Award Winners

It was a special day on campus on Saturday, April 8, as the Ashland University Alumni Association honored eight outstanding alumni and friends at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon.

The 2017 Alumni Association Award recipients are: front row, left to right:

Karen (Carter ’81) Hagans, the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award Dick Steineman ’77, the Drushal Humanitarian Award Barbara Camp, the Honorary Alumnus Award back row, left to right:

Tony Magistro ’70, the Distinguished Service Award Tony Madalone ’07, ’09, the Young Alumnus Award Ron Alford ’76, the Outstanding Alumnus Award Rick Spreng ’70, the Special Achievement Award James Montaquila ’66, the Professor Raymond W. Bixler Award

Do you know a graduate or friend of the University… who is deserving of an award? Each year, your Alumni Association honors eight alumni and friends of the University. Visit at to learn more about the awards and to submit a nomination.

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING! 236 people gave a donation to the Ashland Fund on the Day of Giving!

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The Day of Giving raised $41,977.48 for the Ashland Fund! THANK YOU FOR GIVING!

“Like everything else we do at COBE, it’s all about the students. That was the main reason we participated. Additional reasons were the opportunity for us to unite as a community and work together towards a clear, common goal. It was great to see everyone at COBE participate and show such passion and pride.” — Dean Elad Granot

Grand Prize Winner! College of Business & Economics | 106 votes | $3,700 was raised for the Ashland Fund Winning $5,500 in prize money – the prize money will purchase new furniture for students studying, collaborating or relaxing in COBE’s student lobby. Thank you for voting for COBE!

Day of Giving – Results Greek Life | 94 votes | raised $2,727 College of Nursing & Health Sciences | 45 votes | raised $2,104 Athletics | 29 votes | raised $1,000 College of Arts and Sciences | 12 votes | raised $1,430 College of Education | 7 votes | raised $1,265 ...for the Ashland Fund!

Accent Mag Fall17  

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