Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Study Abroad Italy Trip Slated for Summer 2016

Did you miss out on the Honors Italy trip this time around, but would still love to go?  Well, here is another opportunity to travel to this beautiful country!  All interested students are encouraged to attend to receive additional information.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honors Students Receive Departmental Awards


On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Ashland University held its annual Academic Honors Convocation in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.  This event is a yearly opportunity for 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 2014-2015 Academic Honors Convocation saw a number of Honors Program students who received special awards:

Department of Biology/Toxicology
Isabella Steiner, Sophomore Award
Alyssa Predota, Junior Award

Department of Chemistry/Geology/Physics
Alexander Kaple, Junior Award

Department of English
Emily Kaiser, Sophomore Award
Marissa Willman, Junior Award

Department of History/Political Science
Kelly Ranttila, Junior Award

Department of Psychology

Emily Shrider, Junior Award
Mary Moeller, Senior Award

Department of Economics/Finance
Austin Williams, Sophomore Award
Leslie Johnson, Senior Award

Department of Educational Foundations and Instruction
Kali Bolen, Sophomore Award

Department of Health Sciences
Jessica Brown, Sophomore Award

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



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honors Students Present at URCA Symposium

On April 8, 2015, some of Ashland University's best and brightest Arts and Sciences students participated in the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium. This symposium allows undergraduate students to present their original research or creative work that they have developed alongside a faculty mentor or collaborator in a professional conference setting.



The Honors Program is proud to have had a number of students involved in the 2015 URCA Symposium:


  • Senior Amanda Mayes presented The Affective Forecasting Error: Predicting Negative Affect, sponsored by psychology professor Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
  • Senior Garrett Tresch presented Sieve Bootstrap-Based Prediction Intervals for GARCH Processes, sponsored by mathematics professor Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe
  • Sophomore Emily Cardwell presented Intellect and Satire: The Role of Mrs. Selwyn in "Evelina," sponsored by English professor Dr. Hilary Donatini
  • Junior Emily Shrider, along with fellow student Ashley Keres, exhibited Many Labs 3: Time of Semester Effects, sponsored by psychology professor Dr. Christopher Chartier
  • Junior Alexander Kaple exhibited Investigation of the Chemistry of Red Maple Foliage, Acer rubrum L., sponsored by chemistry professor Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
  • Senior Mary Moeller presented The Effects of Essay Topic, Gender, and Education Level on Peer Grading, sponsored by psychology professor Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
  • Senior Joseph Scott Glorioso presented Constant Speed or Constant Effort: Which Is the More Efficient Way to Run?, sponsored by mathematics professor Dr. Gordon Swain
Congratulations to all students who participated in the symposium on a job well done!

To read the student abstracts and see photos from the event, go to: http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com/

Pie-a-Prof for St. Jude's



The students in the Honors Program at Ashland University spend a great amount of time giving back to their various communities.  From spring break trips with Habitat for Humanity to spending time with our local elderly populations, our students are consistently found in and around our community helping others.

This spring was no exception.  The Honors Society decided to try its hand at a new event, and "Pie-a-Prof" came to be.  Ashland University professors volunteered to have their faces put on a jar to raise money for St. Jude's in a competition-style fundraiser, with the winners being pied in the face at a men's basketball game.


Both students and professors stepped up to the plate!  Professors gave class incentives and students donated their funds, raising a total of $441.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

And the two lucky profs?  Dr. Bergosh of the Chemistry/Geology/Physics department and our own Dr. Swanson, Director of the Honors Program and Mathematics professor.  Their kids were very excited to be the ones to wield the pies!

Dr. Bergosh with Brandon and Hailey

Dr. Swanson with Paige and Parker


Thank you to the members of the Honors Society for all their hard work and to all of the folks who donated!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

News from Dr. Rev. C.T. Vivian's Speech

Each year, Ashland University Honors students have the opportunity to attend lectures and events in order to interact with some great leaders of our time.

The event on Monday, January 19th was no exception.  On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Ashland University Center for Nonviolence, in partnership with the Honors Program, Religious Life, and Multicultural Student Services, were proud to welcome Dr. Rev. C.T. Vivian to campus.  

Dr. Vivian has dedicated his life to working towards civil rights and eliminating social injustice.  His accolades include earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed on him by President Obama; serving as an adviser for the the United Nations and five different presidential administrations; and, of course, working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Birmingham and Selma.

Dr. Vivian's appearance on campus was also picked up by a local news station:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AU in France Program Meeting


Honors Students, are you interested in studying abroad in France this summer?  Come to the Global Education Meeting and hear more about this excellent opportunity!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Civil Rights Leader to speak as part of MLK Day Program

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence has arranged to bring civil rights legend Rev. Dr. CT Vivian to campus for MLK Day (Jan 19) and the Honors Program is co-sponsoring the event. Rev. Dr. Vivian is truly a living legend, and this may be a chance of a lifetime opportunity for students to meet one of the original civil rights leaders (he is 88 years old). Dr. Vivian was friends with King, was into nonviolence before King was, organized some of the very early protests, and recently was awarded a presidential medal of honor by President Obama.


You all are invited to partake in this incredible opportunity!