Thursday, December 5, 2013

Your FAVORITE Faculty Member & Symposium!

Two exciting opportunities!

Consider nominating one of our faculty members in the Department of Foreign Languages for the 
Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award!

This way the entire university can learn about the amazing classes you take!!

The Provost is pleased to announce an invitation for nominations 
for the Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. The Taylor
Excellence in Teaching Award is the University's most prestigious teaching award and is awarded each spring during the Academic Honors Convocation. Faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students and department chairs may nominate faculty who epitomize high quality instruction. Faculty members eligible for nomination include tenure-track faculty, full-time professional instructors and clinical instructors with a minimum of three years full-time teaching experience with Ashland University.  Please consider nominating faculty members from the attached list of eligible faculty. 

Please use the survey link below to nominate and write a brief letter of support for each candidate nominated. Nominations are to be submitted by Friday, December 13, 2013. 



It is time to showcase the work you do in the Department of Foreign Languages! 

Please talk to one of your professors about the possibility of presenting at our very own undergraduate symposium.

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Fifth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  (Please note: All CAS classes beginning before 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2014 will be cancelled that day for the Symposium.)  All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to participate in this year’s Symposium.  Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or a performance.  All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples include, but are not limited to summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

I am contacting you today not only to inform you of this event, but to ask you to encourage students in your classes and departments to consider submitting an abstract to present at the Symposium.  All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work.  At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is.  The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract.  In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready.  Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.  

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at  Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

 A complete submission must include ALL of the following:
A. Name of Student Presenter(s)
B. Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
C. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
D. Name of Faculty Sponsor
E. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
F. Title of the Presentation
G. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
H. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
I. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
J. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/01/13 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)

Students who would like to see examples of acceptable abstracts may view abstracts from the prior years’ events on URCA blog (  Additionally, these submission instructions and helpful hints for preparing submissions will be archived on the blog.  The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop in January in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts.  In the meantime, should you or your students have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks, and we look forward to reading students’ submissions again this year!


Diane B. V. Bonfiglio, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ashland University
401 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

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