News for faculty and staff


Employees earn degrees in December

Congratulations to the 12 University employees who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees as part of the Fall Class of 2015.

  • Christa L. Adams, assistant lecturer in history, Department of History, Ph.D. in History.
  • Joshua A. Boley, engineering technician senior, Department of Engineering and Science Technology, MBA in Management.
  • Keren P. Childers, coordinator/recruiter, employment services, Talent Development and Human Resources, M.A. in Communication.
  • Pamela J. Duncan, administrative assistant senior, Department of University Communications and Marketing, Associate of Arts.
  • Paul W. Earp, computer support assistant, College of Applied Science and Technology Dean’s Office, B.S. in Organizational Supervision. 
  • Rebecca E. Geer, student account counselor, Student Accounts/Bursar, Associate of Arts and B.S. in Organizational Supervision.
  • Ahmad A. Ghashmari, visiting instructor, English Language Institute, M.A. in Education – Educational Foundations-Instructional Technology.
  • Rachel C. Grof-Rice, fiscal administrator, Office of the Associate Vice President and Controller, MPA in Public Administration.
  • Donna L. Lusk, assistant lecturer, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences – Clothing, Textiles and Interiors.
  • Kathleen M. Rex, administrative assistant senior, Department of Athletics, Associate of Arts.
  • Joshua R. Widlits, department computer support assistant, Hardware and Operating Systems Services, Wayne College, B.S. in Computer Information Systems – Networking Option.
  • Cheryl A. Zaber, student enrollment counselor, Office of Admissions, BBA in Human Resources Management and BBA in Supply Chain/Operations Management.

Rethinking Race 2016: ABC reporter John Quiñones among the featured speakers

Nineteen years ago, President William J. Clinton chose UA as the setting to host his first Town Hall Meeting on Race. Now, each February, the University provides Rethinking Race as a forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood.

Diversity in the workplace, racism in higher education and cultural revolutionaries are just a few of the topics explored during Rethinking Race. The upcoming events for this year’s Rethinking Race will include a cultural film festival, face-to-face conversations, and lectures from authors, filmmakers and media personalities.

2016 events Feb. 1 - 12:

  • Speakers include John Quiñones, the host of “What Would You Do?” — an ABC news program; Shammas Malik, son of the late Rethinking Race co-organizer Dr. Helen K. Qammar; Grande Lum, Director of the Community Relations Service with the Justice Department; Dr. Elaine Richardson, tenured professor at The Ohio State University; and Dr. Lisa A. Newman, MD, director, Breast Oncology Program at the Henry Ford Health System.
  • 17 Face-2-Face events
  • 8 films in the Film Festival
  • Michele Norris' "Race Card Project"

Rethinking Race website


Brand toolbox includes refreshed PowerPoint, stationery and other goodies

The Department of University Communications and Marketing has revised UA’s brand standards and refreshed many visual elements to reflect the designation of The University of Akron as Ohio’s Polytechnic University.

Items recently added to the toolbox include:

Looking for something? Send a note to ucm@uakron.edu.

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