The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 3, 2014

Excellent grad ready to 'celebrate'

CLINTON — When Ashford University came calling four years ago, Emily Ramsey didn’t know if she wanted to play sports and had different ideas about what degree to pursue. She knew she wanted a smaller campus and individualization with her professors.

When the Elgin, Illinois, native chose AU, Ramsey said she was hoping for personal growth. And on the eve of obtaining her Bachelor in the Sciences of Health Administration, her Magna Cum Laude, 3.78 GPA are just a couple of the many experiences she has to show for her time. Tapping into mission trips, student government, commercial spots for AU, general student life opportunities, even meeting Gov. Terry Branstad all helped enrich her four-year stay.

“The scholarship program initially got me here,” Ramsey said. “But I stayed because of a lot more reasons than just the scholarship. Individual attention in the classroom, there’s a lot of opportunities for personal development.”

Now, she joins the largest graduation class in the history of the school and is ready to celebrate. This weekend, Ashford will welcome 1,300 students to campus — both online grads and traditional, on-campus students — to partake in commencement. Events begin today at 10 a.m. with a slew of activities: food, family, presentations and appreciation. On Sunday, commencement and many college careers will conclude with a graduation ceremony at Moline, Illinois’ iWireless Center.

Among the speakers will be Sgt. Keni Thomas, whose career as a U.S. Army Ranger helped inspire the book and movie “Black Hawk Down.” University President Dr. Richard Pattenaude and, for the first time, students will also deliver addresses.

As Student Government Association president, Ramsey has a lot to say about her time, and she will be among the speakers.

“The main point of my speech is just celebrating the campus students,” she said. “We were the largest class ever at Ashford and it’s just exciting that we all get to celebrate together, and we really left the campus better than when we found it. There’s more student leadership, creativity, our athletics have excelled over and over again. In many aspects the students’ lives have been impacted greatly by our class.”

Text Only
  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.