Monday, September 19, 2016

Meet the 2016-2017 Incoming Honors Program Students!

The Honors Program would like to extend a warm welcome to our Fall 2016 incoming students! We are looking forward to seeing all that you will accomplish throughout your time at AU!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Honors Program Students Participate in URCA Symposium

The seventh annual Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCA) took place on April 12, 2016. This event allows students to present their original research and/or creative work in a professional conference format. These outstanding students begin their careers already contributing in their particular fields.

This year, a number of Honors Program students presented at the URCA symposium:

Honors Program senior, Emily Shrider, addresses the audience.
(Photo credit: Allison Waltz, Eagle Eye Photography)
  • Senior student Emily Shrider presented: Tacit Coordination: The Profile of a Coordinator
  • Senior student Stephanie Julian presented: Exploring Factors Impacting the Decision to Disclose Sexual Orientation: A Qualitative Study of Older Gays and Lesbians in Ohio
  • Junior student Josh Frey presented: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and the Compromise of 1850
  • Senior student Ivan Larson presented: How to Interpret the Constitution: Justice Scalia and the Founders
  • Junior student Alyssa Predota presented: Dietary Iron and Fat Levels in Relation to Metabolism in Mice
  • Junior student Allison Brosky presented: Sacred and Secular Law: Frederick Douglass's Religious and Constitutional Defense of Abolition
  • Sophomore student Grace McCourt presented: Cover Pebbling Numbers

Congratulations to all of the students from the Honors Program who presented at the URCA Symposium!

To read the student abstracts and see photos from the event, go to:

Honors Program sophomore, Grace McCourt, waits as a question is asked.
(Photo credit: Allison Waltz, Eagle Eye Photography)

Monday, April 25, 2016

2015-2016 Academic Honors Convocation

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, Ashland University held its annual Academic Honors Convocation in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.  This event is a yearly opportunity for members of the university to gather in order to recognize outstanding students and faculty members who have shown excellence in their respective academic fields.

Similar to past years, the 2015-2016 Academic Honors Convocation saw a number of Honors Program students who received special awards, and senior student Ivan Larson, Student Senate Representative for Academic Affairs, gave the "Student Response" address.

The award winners were as follows:

Department of Art
Danielle Smith, Sophomore Award

Department of Biology/Toxicology
Amy Shuster, Senior Award

Department of History/Political Science
Joshua Frey, Junior Award

Department of Journalism and Digital Media

Thomas Nesbitt, Sophomore Award

Department of Math and Computer Science
Emily Law, Sophomore Award
Ryan Bastian, Junior Award

Department of Psychology
Emily Shrider, Senior Award

Department of Religion
Lydia Smith, Senior Award

Department of Accounting
Hannah Wittkopf, Sophomore Award

Department of Economics/Finance
Alec Temple, Junior Award

Department of Educational Foundations and Instruction
Kelly Crowl, Senior Award

Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners
Kayle Timura, Junior Award

A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all of the students honored at this event for your hard work and continued academic excellence!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Alpha Lambda Delta Induction Ceremony

On Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, a number of freshmen were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta.

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that encourages superior academic achievement among students in their first semester in institutions of higher education to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.

Honors Program 4th floor ladies who were inducted into ALD for 2016

The Honors Program would like to congratulate the following Honors students who were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta this weekend:

Kaitlyn Bailey
Tonya Beachy
Kristine Blackburn
Corianna Borton
Destiny Camp
Noah Cloonan
Abigail Culver
Jacob Dingus
Grace Ecenbarger
Samantha Eron
Katherine Franze
Emma Garver
Ashley Jenks
Jordan Lint
Emily Martin
Abigail McMaster
McKenzie Metzger
Alexis Mount
Emily Nicholls
Molly Rajewski
Audrey Saler
Brianna Sargent
Jessica Shrider
Lainy Spies
Grace Stockert
Kiana Ziegler

In addition, the Outstanding Senior Award, which is given to the Graduating Senior Member with the highest GPA, went to Kelly Crowl, who will be graduating from the Honors Program this May.  Kelly is a Middle Grades Education major with Math and Language Arts concentrations, and has been a member of the Honors Program for four years.

Finally, we would like to congratulate Alpha Lambda Delta officers who are also in the Honors Program.  2015-2016 Vice President David Grim and Public Relations chair Brittany Ehlert, and 2016-2017 Vice President Grace Ecenbarger and Historian Kiana Ziegler.

Our Honors Program students are consistently part of making all facets of Ashland University great and we love seeing how involved they are across all areas of campus!

Monday, March 21, 2016

AU Honors Program Students Earn Art Accolades

From the Ashland University news release:

"The award winners have been announced for the Ashland University 2016 Juried Student Art Exhibition that will run through April 1 in the University's Coburn Gallery.

This year's exhibition offered $1,100 in awards to student artists, including Best in Show, Bernini Award, Dean's Award, People's Choise Award and awards in each of the five art area: painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital art and design, drawing and ceramics."

The Honors Program is proud to share that two Honors Program students received special awards at this exhibition.

"The Bernini Award, presented to Kiana Ziegler of Ashland, Ohio, for her mixed media work titled "Amor." The $100 award was sponsored and selected by Dr. Wendy and Scott Schaller."

Kiana Ziegler, with her work, "Amor"

"The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award, presented to Danielle Smith of Warren, PA., for her wire sculpture titled "Strong Elegance." The $200 award was sponsored and selected by Dr. Dawn Weber, Ashland University's Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences."

Danielle Smith with her sculpture, "Strong Elegance"

Please join the AU Honors Program as we congratulate Kiana and Danielle on their excellent work! We encourage you all to visit the Coburn gallery to view this exhibition, which will be available through April 1st.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pie-a-Prof, Round 2!

For the second year running, the Honors Society Officers decided to host the Pie-a-Prof event.  This unique event is a great way to get students and professors connected on campus, and also serves as a fundraiser for a charity organization.

Last year, the student body raised money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and this year, proceeds went to the Gary M. Levine Benevolent Fund.  Dr. Gary Levine was a professor in the English Department at Ashland University who passed away this fall after his battle with stage 4 Glioblastoma.

Students recruited 5 professors to have their pictures put on jars to see which could raise the most money.  The two winners would be pied at halftime of the AU Men's Basketball game.

This year, professors Dr. Jason Ellis and Honors Program director Dr. Christopher Swanson "won" the Pie-a-Prof contest.  Dr. Ellis was pied by his CMLA (Collegiate Middle Level Association) students and Dr. Swanson was pied by a math student and an Honors Program student, and money was raised for another excellent cause.  The Honors Society plans to make this event a yearly tradition, as it seems to be an excellent combination of fun and service.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to the Incoming Honors Program Students!!

The Honors Program would like to extend a warm welcome to the Honors Program incoming students who are joining us this year!  

These students come to us from seven different states and with a wide variety of majors.  We are so pleased to have them all as part of the program!