ASHLAND, Ohio -- Did you notice the WKYC morning team has been using Ashland University coffee mugs all week?

It’s all part of our morning ‘mugshots’ honoring local colleges and Universities.

Ashland has more than 6,600 students, and is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of AU's MBA program. The school is ranked among the top tier of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report, and have produced some famous alumni including CNN Headline News morning anchor, Robin Meade (Class of ’91) and Chairman of LG Electronics, and Bon-Moo Koo (Class of ’72).

Here are some other fun facts you may not know about Ashland University.

  • Ashland University’s 135-acre campus is dotted with cast iron purple eagles guarding the campus. The tradition started in the early 1940s when students got the eagles from J.I. Case Company tractor dealerships as a symbol to represent Ashland University’s athletic teams - the AU Eagles. Today, there are 20 of the four-foot purple eagles that are still a part of campus life, with students depositing coins in the slots of their heads for good luck on exams. Also, the eagles remain a favorite target of photos for students and campus visitors.
  • Ashland University's John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs has hosted two sitting presidents -- Ronald Reagan and George Bush; a former president -- Gerald Ford; and a prime minister -- Lady Margaret Thatcher, in addition to a host of other political leaders.
  • Our women's basketball team has won 68 straight games, including the Div. II national championship last year. The team has been ranked No. 1 in Div. II this entire year and is hosting the Midwest Regional Tournament this weekend with hopes of advancing to the Elite Eight in South Dakota later this month.
  • Voted the country’s best college food service by the National Association of College and University Food Service for a number of years, Ashland University offers a food court second to none. Each day, students can choose from multiple entrees; at least two health food entrees; items from the grill or deli; made to order omelets and eggs; international dishes; a pizza, pasta or taco bar; a 50-foot salad bar; and a host of desserts. Ashland is famous for its chocolate-chunk cookie, which is made on campus and given to prospective students as a way to promote the school’s food service.