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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dr. Rodriguez receives Mentor Award for 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Rodriguez who received the Mentor Award for 2016. On January 28th, eight faculty and staff members were honored with this award during the 30th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony. This award is given to faculty and staff whose academic leadership for their students extends beyond the classroom. Each mentor was nominated by an Ashland University student and was presented an engraved silver plate during the ceremony.

Dr. Rodriguez was nominated by Megan Salatino. Salatino is a senior triple majoring in Health and Risk Communication, Public Relations and Strategic Communication, and Sport Communication. Students nominated faculty or staff members using the criteria of history of their relationship, how they benefited academically, how their personal development has been enhanced by their mentor, and what impact the mentor has had on the student's progress at the University.

Dr. Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in Sport Communication.  She joined the Department of Communication Studies in the fall of 2012.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Publishes Book Chapter

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, published a book chapter titled "Navigating Courses: The Impact of Visual Impairment on the Teacher-Student Relationship in Communication Classrooms." 

Her co-author, Kelsey Nicolay, graduated from Ashland University in 2013, double majoring in Communication Studies and French. The book, titled Discourse of Disability in Higher Education: Narrative-Based Research for Social Change, was edited by Dr. Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and Dr. Mary Ashlock (University of Louisville) and published by Peter Lang.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Internship Spotlight: Alayna Anderson Interns with Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY)

Alayna Anderson spent her summer interning with a company called Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) as the Assistant Prevention Educator intern.  This company is a nonprofit community coalition that educates adults on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the youth.

Alayna's duties at her internship were to develop and execute campaign plans.  She also had to constantly update the social media pages, and she even created a new Facebook page for the organization.  Alayna also maintained the agency website and disseminated information about their services.

Alayna states that she learned how to successfully implement a health campaign from beginning to end.  She also says she has learned how to think outside of the box in order to create new relevant campaign and educational tool ideas.  She says that a number of these skills were developed while learning about new prevention based health behaviors.

Alayna is a Biology major with a minor in Health and Risk Communications and states that taking the classes Health Public Relations and Health Communications helped her to succeed in her position at the internship. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DOCS student Kylie Shober wins $1,000 Scholarship from AU Gridiron Club

Kylie Shober recently won the $1,000 AU Gridiron Club Scholarship award. The Gridiron Club gives out raffle tickets to each student at every home football game of the season. During halftime of each home game, a winner is announced, and on the last home game of the season, one of the winners is chosen at random to receive the scholarship. The AU Gridiron Club gives students the opportunity to win a scholarship just for attending football games!

This years winner was Kylie Shober. Shober is a junior double majoring in Health and Risk Communication and Public Relationships and Strategic Communication.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Internship Spotlight: Bethany Meadows Interns at The Ohio State Reformatory

Bethany Meadows recently completed an internship with The Ohio State Reformatory as the Public Relations Intern. At her internship, Meadows managed the social media platforms, which included analyzing current data on the social media platforms and creating daily posts and new content for their pages.

Throughout her internship, Meadows says she learned how to overcome trails and tribulations. She also states how taking the class Introduction to Public Relations helped her tremendously with her daily tasks and knowing how to compose certain social media posts.


Meadows is an English Major with a Creative Writing and Public Relations Minor.

 A favorite quote of Meadows that comes from the movie Shawshank Redemption, which was filmed at The Ohio State Reformatory is, "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."




Friday, September 4, 2015

Randall-Griffiths Publishes Chapter in Health Comm Book

​Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, had a chapter published in Rachel Silverman and Jay Baglia’s book Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for ChangeThis volume is part of a health communication series edited by Gary L. Kreps.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Internship Spotlight - Heather Marsh Interns with Ashland's Board of Developmental Disabilities

Heather Marsh's profile photoHeather Marsh recently completed an internship with the Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Her duties included working with people with disabilities or their caregivers to determine areas of unmet needs. She collected data of current needs as well as projections of needs that could arise over the course of the next five years. She then organized the information, analyzed the information, and created summaries. These reports will be used by case workers to meet the needs of the individuals.

In this position, Marsh utilized skills she learned in Health Public Relations such as data collecting, recording and formatting and how to implement these into the organization's software.

Marsh is a senior and is majoring in Health and Risk Communication.