* Matthew Portner, Ashland University’s director of auxiliary services, was recently named to a three-year term on the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) Education Foundation Board of Directors.

NACAS is the world’s largest auxiliary services support organization that serves higher education. NACAS includes colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. NACAS provides professional development and leadership opportunities necessary for its members to be successful as they support higher education through auxiliary/campus services in an ever-changing environment.

The Education Foundation works to fund new professional development programs, assists in improving technology, provides research funds and supports scholarships. The Education Foundation was formed to support and promote the auxiliary services profession through NACAS.

Portner has been a member of NACAS for several years and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation.

* During the holidays, we reflect on loved ones who have touched our lives and hearts. In 2003, Christine Wilson and four of her friends perished in a tragic arson near the campus of The Ohio State University. To honor her precious life, the 12th Annual Christine’s Christmas will be presented. The Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Capital Theatre, Vern Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the Christine Wilson Burn Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The concert features pianist Mark King who, inspired by his friend Christine, performs Christine’s Christmas. He is joined on stage by special guests including Broadway actress and Columbus native Jessica Grové, vocalist Willie Grové, the Dublin Jerome High School A Cappella Choir, the CMC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. The performance focuses on the true meaning of the season with traditional Christmas carols coupled with elaborate jazz and solo performances.

Guests will enter the Capital Theatre lobby to find a wonderland of fabulous silent auction items, hors d’oeuvres from Milo’s Catering and a unique “Wine & Whiskey” Pull. After the concert, guests will experience an elaborate dessert buffet in the Theatre lobby overlooking the breathtaking view of the Capitol building.

The event is presented by Macy’s and underwritten by numerous committed sponsors including Dublin Cleaners, Eastway Supplies, and Old Trail Printing.

VIP Tickets are $100 for adults and $35 for students/children. General Public tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for students/children. To make reservations, please visit www.ChristinesChristmas.org.


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