Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Honors Program Announces 2015 Graduates

On Friday, May 8th, the Honors Program held its spring Cording Ceremony to honor the 2015 Honors Program graduates. Faculty capstone mentors spoke on behalf of the students or sent a speech to be read on their behalf.

Honors Program graduates proudly don their Honors cords after the Cording Ceremony. Pictured (from L to R): Alexis Berdine, Amanda Mayes, Jaclyn Horn, Alaina Berry, Mary Moeller, Zac Hoffman, Garrett Tresch, Mollie Jeck, Leslie Johnson, Will Horn, Emily Bosley. (not pictured: Joe "Scott" Glorioso)
Our impressive array of graduates completed their degrees in a wide range of subjects, from Psychology to Finance to Chemistry.  These students were also highly involved on campus as leaders in a variety or organizations, including the Ashbrook Scholar Program, the TKE fraternity, Eagle Investment Group, AU GIVS community service organization, the dance team, varsity cheerleading, Alpha Phi and Delta Zeta sororities, Marching Band, math club, academic tutoring, the American Chemical Society student chapter, and many others.

The Honors Program would like to proudly congratulate the following graduates for 2015:

Alexis Berdine
Capstone Title: Click for the Campus Store: Development of an Online Public Relations Campaign for the AU Campus Store
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Minor: Speech Communication

Alaina Berry
Capstone Title: The Effects of Code-switching: How the Novel Bless Me, Ultima Reinforces the Importance of the Chicano Culture
Majors: English and Spanish

Emily Bosley
Capstone Title: The Long-Term Viability of Equity Crowdfunding
Majors: Finance and Entrepreneurship

Joseph (Scott) Glorioso
Capstone Title: Constant Speed or Constant Effort: Which is the more efficient way to run?
Majors: Chemistry and Mathematics
Minors: Physics and Religion

Zachary Hoffman
Capstone Title: Not a Killer, Soldier, or Subject: Frederick Douglass and American Citizenship
Major: History
Minors: Political Science and Philosophy

Jaclyn Horn
Capstone Title:  Excellence and Envy: Plutarch on the Difficulties of Leading the People
Majors: History and Political Science
Minor: Economics

William Horn
Capstone Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Resorcinarene-Core Polylactide/Polyethylene Glycol Star Block Copolymers
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics

Mollie Jeck
Capstone Title: Smart Meets Social: Teachers' Perceptions of Interactive Whiteboards and Interactions
Major: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist with Reading Endorsement

Leslie Johnson
Capstone Title:  An Analysis of The Altman Z-Score: An Application to the Airline Industry
Major: Finance
Minors: Accounting and Mathematics

Amanda Mayes
Capstone Title: The Affective Forecasting Error: Predicting Negative Affect
Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology

Mary Moeller
Capstone Title: Factors that Influence Peer Grading
Major: Psychology
Minors: Creative Writing and Spanish

Garrett Tresch
Capstone Title: Sieve Bootstrap-Based Prediction Intervals within GARCH Processes
Majors: Mathematics and Actuarial Science

We wish you all the best of luck in your future pursuits!

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!