Ashford University Professor Publishes 14th Book

Ashford University Professor Publishes 14th Book



(June 29, 2009) – “Long Dark River Casino,” Ashford University Professor Dr. Gary Heath’s 14th book, has just been published by AuthorHouse of Bloomington, Indiana.

Heath said the book was “inspired by Clinton, Iowa and Ashford University,” though he used the fictional names “Quinlan, Iowa” and “Quinlan University.”

The book's dedication reads: “For the students, faculty and staff of Ashford University, one of the finest academic communities in the United States.” The cover photo of a Clinton lighthouse is by Dr. Carl Robinson of Ashford’s English Department.

The novella probes the soul of the fictional Mississippi River community by flashing vignettes revealing telling facets of its collective life. Dr. Gary Klemetson, Sociology Professor at Quinlan University, goes on a vision quest on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota as Ralph Kilen and Kim Nevins try to establish a new casino, the Long Dark River Casino, in Quinlan. Subsequently, there is much action in downtown Quinlan and on the Quinlan University campus, and the Manitou (spirit) of the Red Hawk brings the feathers of their activities together in insights into the human condition. After a horrific murder on campus and a baffling death during a Midewiwin ceremony of the Ojibway, the reader is offered a surprise ending.

Serving as Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Ashford University since 1988, Heath holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

He is the author of Harper and Row’s bestselling textbook, “The New Teacher.” His volume of short stories, “Meskwaki Burial Mounds and Other Stories from Quinlan, Iowa,” is available in most Iowa libraries.

A book signing event will be held at the University later in the fall.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.

(June 29, 2009) – “Long Dark River Casino,” Ashford University Professor Dr. Gary Heath’s 14th book, has just been published by AuthorHouse of Bloomington, Indiana.

Heath said the book was “inspired by Clinton, Iowa and Ashford University,” though he used the fictional names “Quinlan, Iowa” and “Quinlan University.”

The book's dedication reads: “For the students, faculty and staff of Ashford University, one of the finest academic communities in the United States.” The cover photo of a Clinton lighthouse is by Dr. Carl Robinson of Ashford’s English Department.

The novella probes the soul of the fictional Mississippi River community by flashing vignettes revealing telling facets of its collective life. Dr. Gary Klemetson, Sociology Professor at Quinlan University, goes on a vision quest on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota as Ralph Kilen and Kim Nevins try to establish a new casino, the Long Dark River Casino, in Quinlan. Subsequently, there is much action in downtown Quinlan and on the Quinlan University campus, and the Manitou (spirit) of the Red Hawk brings the feathers of their activities together in insights into the human condition. After a horrific murder on campus and a baffling death during a Midewiwin ceremony of the Ojibway, the reader is offered a surprise ending.

Serving as Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Ashford University since 1988, Heath holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

He is the author of Harper and Row’s bestselling textbook, “The New Teacher.” His volume of short stories, “Meskwaki Burial Mounds and Other Stories from Quinlan, Iowa,” is available in most Iowa libraries.

A book signing event will be held at the University later in the fall.

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.