Friday, June 26, 2015

How to Run A University

We all know how difficult it is to turn down a raise, but for the third year in a row, President Santa Ono of the University of Cincinnati has rejected his annual bonus of $200,000.  Instead, he has asked that his bonus be given to 14 scholarships and charities.  Click on the link below to read the full story:

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Value of Philosophy

"Philosophy departments face many challenges.  Philosophy is perceived by some as “less practical” and so less choiceworthy a course of study.  Most entering students have not taken philosophy courses and do not come to college thinking about studying philosophy. Philosophy is unfamiliar, its critical element can scare away some students, and it has a reputation among undergraduates as being hard. The result of this appears to be lower enrollments, and an increased threat to the survival of philosophy departments from budget-conscious administrators and legislators."

For a different view, you can visit the Daily Nous pages.  There, you'll get a balanced perspective.  We all know that studying philosophy is valuable not only for its own sake, but for the skills that one develops when doing it, for the attitudes it encourages, and many other reason.

Click here to visit the Daily Nous Value of Philosophy Pages.  The purpose of VPP is to provide a centralized, highly visible, and up-to-date resource for those seeking information about the benefits of studying philosophy and those seeking to disseminate such information. It is intended for a wide range of users, including: students making choices about their studies, departments trying to attract students and majors, faculty and administrators looking for arguments and data with which to defend philosophy’s place in the college curriculum, teachers seeking to learn about the value of philosophy outreach programs, and so on.

The purpose of VPP is to be an easy-to-find resource for those who may be interested in creating and maintaining such sites, and for people the world over to share new relevant material.

Some of the information on VPP is data regarding test scores and salaries. There is also room on VPP for essays and passages that discuss the intrinsic, or at least less directly pragmatic, value of studying philosophy.

Click here for more information!

Philosophy: Meaning and Love

We here in the Philosophy Department at AU are proud of our graduates!  As part of the SOAR program, Career Services has put together some promotional videos for us.  Check them out:

Nate Bebout is an Ashland University alumnus from the class of 2007, with a degree in philosophy and religion. Learn how he followed his passions and found a meaningful career in campus ministry!

Michael Donatini is a 2003 Ashland alumni. He majored in three different departments, which included Philosophy, Political Science and Journalism!

2015-16 Phi Sigma Tau Inductees

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, based on significant academic achievement.  We would like to present the new members for the 2015-2016 academic year:

 Lauren Brumbaugh
James Coyne

Logan Darsee
Steven Forbush
Christopher Hassman
Aaron McKinney
John Osborne
Jacob Westfall

Congratulations to our newest (and returning) members!