College briefs

Ashland University 2019 Football Roster

ASHLAND— The following students are members of the football team at Ashland University.

Alex Nees of Piqua is a member of the football team at Ashland University. Nees is majoring in integrated social studies. He is the son of William and Velvet Nees of Piqua. Nees is a 2016 graduate of Piqua High School. Nees, a redshirt junior, is a corner back for the Eagles.

Hayden Schrubb of Piqua is a member of the football team at Ashland University. Schrubb is majoring in business management. Schrubb is a 2018 graduate of Piqua High School. Schrubb, a redshirt freshman, is a wide receiver for the Eagles.

The Ashland University football team competes in NCAA Division II, and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles are led by head coach Lee Owens, now entering his 16th season. The Eagles play their home games in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field on the Ashland University campus. The Eagles finished last season at 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC. As a team, the Eagles were ranked No. 23 in the AFCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Eagles host their next game of the season on Homecoming, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. vs. Davenport. For more information, please visit the Ashland University football webpage at

Courtney Hollenbacher Participates in UF’s White Coat Ceremony

FINDLAY — Courtney Hollenbacher, of Minster, was among 52 other students at the University of Findlay who recently received a crisp white lab coat at the College of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony.

The ceremony signifies the students’ entrance into the third year of the six-year program, which is the first year of professional courses in the College of Pharmacy.

Located in Findlay, Ohio, the University of Findlay is known not only for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, but also for cultivating the next generation of business leaders, educators and innovative thinkers through a dedication to experiential learning, both in and outside of the classroom. Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Counsel and the City of Findlay, the University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 11 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees. More than 3,800 students are enrolled at Findlay, and the University is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Christian Starrett Joined Thousands of New Bruins for City-Wide Service During Orientation at Belmont University

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Christian Starrett, a Piqua native, joined 2,000 other new Belmont University freshman and transfer students during Towering Traditions orientation this year for SERVE, an opportunity to complete community service together throughout the greater Nashville area.

Many of the local metro schools, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, Legacy Mission Village and nearly 50 other local organizations received aid from Belmont students during the annual Welcome Week program.

Each year, new students at Belmont University are provided with the opportunity to volunteer their time and dive into the special community of Nashville with more than 200 upperclassmen student leaders accompanying them. Students spent the day helping with tasks such as organizing hospital supplies, applying fresh paint to buildings and picking up trash in multiple areas.

Before departing for their service sites, Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher and Nashville Mayor David Briley addressed the group. As an institution committed to serving others, both speakers led into the meaning of community service as it pertains to Nashville and more specifically, Belmont.

“As Nashville has grown and changed, one thing remains consistent,” said Briley. “Folks here want to take care of each other. We are counting on you to continue that tradition. Today, we start off in that endeavor.”

Journey After School Program Director Tim Mwizerwa from Legacy Mission Village shared, “We need a large number of qualified volunteers to accomplish our mission. Our partnership with Belmont has really been an incredible resource for us and for the students we serve. We love our Belmont volunteers.”