Natalie Helenthal

Natalie Helenthal

Alumna

Class of 2018

Being part of the track and field team was an incredible experience. Building those relationships with my teammates and Jud Logan opened up a lot of opportunities for me. In high school I was just a small town kid who only had offers from D-III schools. But Jud let me walk-on at Ashland and gave me the chance to prove myself, to become a team captain and a four-time All-American. I’m blessed to have the family I have here at the university.

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Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Katie Nageotte

Katie Nageotte

Alumna

Class of 2013

My favorite memory from my time at Ashland was either winning the national championship title or breaking the D-II record at the conference meet at home. Both moments were really special and set me up for future success. I learned a lot of things here that I took with me as I competed and won the gold medal in pole vaulting at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Many of the lessons I learned at Ashland have followed me throughout my career. I’ve stayed close with my coaches, teammates and even competitors. There’s such a sense of community—and it’s the kind of community that doesn’t end when you graduate, but instead stays with you over the years. Ashland is a special place.

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Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Jim Phelps

Grant Marzio

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Kenna Cline

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Jim Phelps

Jim Phelps

Alumnus

Class of 1992

The coolest part of my Ashland experience was that I graduated in 1992 and my son currently attends here. I played tennis back then, and now he’s on the tennis team. He now lives in Kilhefner on the same floor I lived on during my undergrad years. The relationships I built with the professors here were incredible. I was a Spanish major and I’m still in regular contact with Barb Schmidt-Rinehart, who has had a big influence on my life.

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Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Grant Marzio

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Kenna Cline

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Grant Marzio

Grant Mizino

Student

Class of 2024

I came to Ashland primarily to play tennis. I love the coach and the atmosphere. The coaches and my teammates are great. What has stood out to me most about my time here is the one-on-one relationships I’ve built with the faculty. Those connections are a big part of what makes this place so special.

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Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

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Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Jim Phelps

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Kenna Cline

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

Arline Alli-Gray (Left)

Alumna

Class of 1980

As a student at Ashland, I was cheerleader in the late ‘70s. At the time, we had to cheer on a mud track. When we tumbled, we would have to pick dirt from our clothes, hair and skin. Back then there was no athletic trainer, so when someone would get hurt, the youngest girl on the team had to run to the concession stand for a bag of ice. The current squad is blessed to have everything they have now, but we made a lot of memories during our time at Ashland.

Sherrill Beckswith (Burley) (Right)

Alumna

Class of 1982

My best memory of Ashland was meeting my husband here. And now, our sons Brian and Adam have decided to go to Ashland. It’s been a wonderful experience for all of us.

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Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Jim Phelps

Grant Marzio

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Kenna Cline

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Tiffany Sims

Tiffany Sims

Student

'24, RELIGION, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND THEATER

Coming from Texas, Ashland University has been an incredible experience. My faith is really important to me, I was on the debate team in high school and my parents run an independent film company back home: I couldn’t decide which of these three things outweighed the others, so I’m currently a triple major in Religion, Political Science and Theater. I’ve had a really unique learning experience all around. It’s a beautiful time in a really interesting place.

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Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Jim Phelps

Grant Marzio

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Kenna Cline

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Kenna Cline

Kenna Cline

Student

'24, HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Ashbrook Scholar Program first drew me to Ashland. The people I’ve met here have made it feel like home. The scholarships I’ve received have been a huge opportunity for helping me get a great education. Through the Ashbrook programming, I’ve been able to meet a lot of prominent people – politicians, political leaders and other really important people. Finding your place here and having a ton of opportunities to learn and grow make Ashland a great place to spend your college years.

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Margaret Pomfret | Drive for Ashland

Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Jim Phelps

Grant Marzio

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Zander Throckmorton

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Zander Throckmorton

Zander Throckmorton

Student

'24, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps and run my own company. The smaller classes here help you focus and the one-on-one attention from the professors has made a huge difference as I prepare to own and run a business. My favorite AU moment so far was walking on to the soccer team freshman year. One of the goalies broke his arm and they needed a replacement. I tried out, got the nod and I’ve been part of a great team ever since! If you’re into connecting with people, engaging in on-campus opportunities and are into great food, Ashland is the place for you.

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Margaret Pomfret | Drive for Ashland

Abby Sanders & Sadie Vanderzyden | Drive for Ashland

Trevor Bassitt | Drive for Ashland

Dustin Ness | Drive for Ashland

Shawn Orr | Drive for Ashland

Jacob Moss | Drive for Ashland

Debbie Karl | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Mason Posner | Drive for Ashland

Dr. John Fraas | Drive for Ashland

Olivia Plank | Drive for Ashland

Dr. Lucille Ford | Drive for Ashland

Fred & Carlos | Drive for Ashland

Kevin Blann

Natalie Helenthal

Katie Nageotte

Jim Phelps

Grant Marzio

Arline Alli Gray and Sherrill Beckswith (Burley)

James Firestone

Tiffany Sims

Kenna Cline

Veronica Eckroth

Samantha DeVerna

Ron Violante

Pat Sheridan

Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem

Maddy Klinger

Leighann Rotsinger

Kayla Pitts

Jourdan Swett

Joseph Meredith

Gracie Wilson

Ellie Richardson

Carolina Amparo

Camille Ringot

Caden Morris

Ashley Bowker

Amanda Baker

Alexa Forse

Maria Dehne

James Harris

Susan Alley

Brad Follett

Kylie Anne Shansley

Lily Boldman

Nicholas Reimund

Veronica Eckroth

Veronica Eckroth

Student

Class of 2024

As an athlete interested in actuary science who really loves snow and coming from Georgia, Ashland University felt like a perfect situation for me. I’ve since switched to education and I love the idea of inspiring others to learn and grow. Orientation was a great moment here...meeting new people and collecting canned food door-to-door, it was a lot of fun. I’ve made real, lasting connections with professors during my time at Ashland and it’s encouraging how much they want to help you succeed.