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Fresh S.T.A.R.T. Service Program Offered to New Students at Ashford University
Service event will benfit non-profit organizations in the Clinton area

New students at Ashford University will have the opportunity to learn more about the Clinton area’s non-profit organizations during the second annual “Fresh S.T.A.R.T. (Serving to Achieve Results Together)” event planned for Saturday, Aug. 16.

The event is part of Ashford’s new student orientation. According to Audra Adams, manager of service learning at Ashford, “The event focuses on getting students into the community to make a positive statement, while allowing them to feel they are a part of our community.” Groups of students and staff members will serve at various non-profit locations throughout Clinton from 10-11:30 a.m.

In 2013, students helped with yard work, hosted a car wash, cleaned horse stalls, hosted a children’s kickball game, cleaned out storage, and painted, among other activities.

“What better way to connect our students to the Clinton community than through service?” Adams said. “There is something about working hard for someone else that can really bond a group. Our goal is to welcome students from all over the world to Ashford and to our community. Fresh S.T.A.R.T. is a great way to begin that process. We are looking for non-profit groups that want to get involved in welcoming our students, while getting some work done at the same time.”

Non-profit organizations interested in hosting a group of students at their location on August 16 should contact Adams at or at 563.242.4023 ext. 7242.

The Fresh S.T.A.R.T. event is just one component of Ashford’s new student orientation program being held during the second week of August.



About Ashford University

Achievement belongs to all of us at Ashford University. By offering a traditional college campus as well as online degree programs, Ashford meets the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives and in their communities. Students may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree online, while campus students in Clinton, Iowa may earn a bachelor’s degree. Whether on campus or online, Ashford students enjoy the same supportive community. For more information, please visit,,, or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.