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TODAY'S NEWS

More scholarships for more students

The University of Akron has committed more dollars this year to providing more scholarships to more students. Changes in how students are permitted to use refunds of scholarship dollars were announced in January and February to students, staff and faculty. Still, questions continue and it is apparent that individuals who are expressing criticism are perhaps unaware of the reasoning behind these changes or how they are intended to benefit as many students as possible and strengthen The University of Akron.  

Scholarship dollars distributed by UA are designed to help students pay for their education and on campus expenses -- specifically classes, general fees and on-campus room and board. University administration and our Board of Trustees recognize that more and more students need scholarship dollars to pursue their studies and earn a degree. The best way to make scholarship dollars available to more students is to ensure that the dollars available are used for educational purposes. Students can still use ALL scholarship dollars they earn for tuition and fees and on-campus housing and meal plans. We know that on-campus housing contributes to student academic success. And even if students choose to live off campus at their own expense, they can still apply scholarship dollars toward a campus meal plan.

This policy applies uniformly to all undergraduate scholarship recipients as well as tuition remission recipients who also receive UA scholarship dollars. UA tuition remission recipients are beneficiaries of an employee benefit, receiving free tuition for unlimited credit hours and they pay no general service fee.  This generous benefit, which amounts to about $10,000 per year for a student enrolled in a full-time course load, applies to unmarried dependents of UA full-time employees (as well as spouses and same sex domestic partners) regardless of ACT, SAT, high school GPA, or subsequent academic performance at UA. Tuition remission recipients also are eligible to receive UA scholarships. When scholarships are added to tuition remission, some students are receiving nearly $20,000 yearly to offset the cost of college. This far exceeds the value of merit scholarships provided to students who do not have access to tuition remission (for example, a student with a 4.0 GPA and 36 ACT could receive maximum scholarship support of $9,500 in the coming year).

Any university must make difficult decisions on the best use of limited resources. As state and taxpayer support to public education declines, programs and staffing have been reduced across campuses, and more of the burden falls to students to pay tuition and fees. More students need our support to pursue their dreams, and taxpayer dollars supporting higher education should benefit as many students as possible.

If you have any questions regarding individual scholarships and refunds and how they can be applied, please contact finaid@uakron.edu


Distinguished Honors Alumni Awards April 25

The Honors College will recognize the four recipients of the Distinguished Honors Alumni Award on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of InfoCision Stadium. To attend, RSVP online by Friday, April 18. The cost is $25 per person.

The honorees are:

Jason D. Braddock,who graduated with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and education in 2006 and a master's in education in 2011, is the instructional consultant and STEM coordinator for middle and high school mathematics for the Mahoning County Education Service Center of Youngstown.

Steven Brubaker, who earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 1992, is chief of staff at InfoCision Management Corporation. 

Theresa Morelli, who received her bachelor's in education in 1984 and Juris Doctor in 1989, is managing counsel of residential management at Forest City Enterprises.

Allison Tillinger, who earned bachelor's degrees in art history and history at UA in 2002, develops events and activities to engage prospective donors at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Read more about them.


Budget presentation is posted

The "Budget Forum" presentation from Chief Financial Officer David Cummins has been posted to the budget website, where you can also submit questions and comments about fiscal matters.


Final exam schedule now posted

The spring 2014 final examination schedule is now available for viewing via My Akron.  

Instructors can check their exam schedules by logging into My Akron. Click on the Faculty/Staff tab and then Faculty Center. You will see your exam schedule directly below your teaching schedule. 

A one-page chart for the spring 2014 exam schedule may also be found on the University Registrar’s website.

Any questions regarding the final exam schedule should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar at either classroomsched@uakron.edu.


Alumna returns to share real world experiences

Sanja Drobniak, a double major in French and accounting who graduated in 2012, returned to campus in early April to speak to current language majors about her work and travel experiences.

Drobniak, a staff internal auditor with RPM International Inc., gave a presentation, in French, about the truly global company, based in Medina. More and more companies are hiring graduates proficient in world languages, and Drobniak said her strength in French was instrumental in her being offered a position that requires frequent travel to French-speaking countries. She told her audience of students that she takes advantage of her business trips to explore different cities and learn more about the culture and language she studied at UA.


Changes to surplus property process

In an effort to streamline the capturing of capital assets, Central Stores, in conjunction with Property Accounting and Special Services, has developed a new process for the disposition of capital assets. Departments declaring capital assets (items with a value more than $5,000) as surplus are required to fill out a Capital Asset Surplus Property Release Form (CASPR form).

Departments declaring other items as surplus (furniture, supplies, etc.) are required to fill out a Surplus Property Release form (SPR Form). Both forms are located on the Central Stores Surplus Property Web page. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Nicole Cook at ext. 5251.


Parking lot updates through April 25

Lot 28, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, will be closed the following days at 2 p.m. for events that evening. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be available in Lot 27, by Guzzetta Hall, as well as Lot 26 - North Campus Parking Deck.

  • Monday, April 21, for the Susan Graham and Brian Zeger concert.
  • Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23, for the Blue Man Group.
  • Friday, April 25, for the Akron Symphony Pops Concert.

Lot 18, at the Student Union, will be partially closed on Wednesday, April 23, for a meeting in the Student Union. Alternate parking for visitors will be available at the remaining metered spaces.

Lot 24, the north portion closest to Central Hower High School, will be closed Wednesday, April 23, until 2 p.m. for an event. Alternate parking for UA commuters will be available in the south portion of Lot 24 as well as Lot 26, the North Campus Parking Deck.


Information Systems Management
team secures a victory

The three members of the College of Business Administration's Information Systems Management team triumphed with their second place finish in one of four tracks in the recent Association for Information Systems (AIS) Student Chapter Conference and Competition in Tempe, Ariz.

Finalists from 28 schools across the U.S. and elsewhere were invited to participate onsite in this international competition after successfully completing an earlier virtual competition round. The student teams presented their cases, developed during the virtual round, to a panel of corporate and academic judges.

UA's team of Johnny Gless, left, Mark Mast and Sean Blasko, seen here being congratulated by a State Farm Insurance representative, took second place in the Information Technology Service Management Track. The three competed against teams from Temple University, which placed first, and Villanova University, which placed third, along with Georgia State University and the University of Michigan -- Dearborn. Story continues online.


'Gratitude and Graduation' will be Monday

Zips Spirit Zips Speech, a registered student organization, will host Gratitude and Graduation on Monday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

The event is designed to celebrate our gratitude toward the University community. Every entity here makes a contribution to a successful graduation. We will recognize all the entities involved, and all the people in the front end and back end providing support throughout the graduation process. We want to recognize every contribution that was made toward the student community.

The event is focusing on graduating students from our University. However, it is open to all students and staff. Your presence will be a great experience for the students. We are grateful to all of you for facilitating our student career here at UA through your service. To educate our students about your departments' accomplishments this year, we would love to get a brief list of highlights to include in the presentation in our program. If your department would like to be recognized, please write to Shamima Jahan at sj68@zips.uakron.edu.


Sport Science Summer Kids Camp

Sport Science Academy Youth Sport camp is back for summer 2014, and registration is now open. 

Camps will be held the weeks of June 9, 16 and 23. The early bird discount is $160 per week, and faculty and staff receive an additional $10 discount with registration. When registering, you will need to input a special code to receive the $10 discount. The code is UAKRON all in caps.

During Week Three of the camp, we will take a field trip to the RubberDucks game for Splash Day on Wednesday June 25. (There will be a maximum of 50 campers for this week, so sign up now.)

Visit the Sport Science Academy website for more details and to register.


RubberDucks to host sport studies conference

The 2014 Spring Sport Studies Career Conference begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25. This year, the Akron RubberDucks will host the event at the new Duck Club at Canal Park, 300 South Main St. The event is organized by the Sport Science Academy in the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education. 

Great speakers will provide guidance with students' career development. Here are the options for UA students, faculty and staff: 

  • Come for free! Meet speakers and enjoy the scenery in the new Duck Club.
  • $7 will get you a ticket for the baseball game after the conference
  • $13 will get you lunch with a speaker
  • $20 includes lunch and a ticket to the baseball game

To RSVP, contact Brock Cline with the RubberDucks, at 330-253-5151 ext. 279. For more information, contact Brian Armelli in the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education at smcec@uakron.edu.


Repeated News Items Follow


Tressel, Dennison to team-teach coaching course

Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success, and former Walsh University and UA football coach Jim Dennison are joining again to team-teach a course about effective leadership and coaching principles. Seven local college coaches will join them.

The course, "The Winner's Manual for Leadership and Coaching," will be offered at six sites, including Main Campus in late May.

Credit and noncredit options are available. Learn more and register.


Faculty field trip
to battered women’s shelter

Tour the new Battered Women's Shelter facility in Akron and explore the various ways UA students can work with the facility through service-learning projects. Shelter staff members are looking forward to expanding their relationship with UA students and faculty from many different disciplines.

For example, within the next year, the shelter will transition to a residential complex and will begin to operate a commercial kitchen. Potential projects include designing all aspects of a commercial kitchen and meal plans for residents; creating various educational programs; and designing donor and sponsor recognition displays.

Those interested in touring the facility will meet at the shelter at 3 pm. on Monday, April 21. The shelter is located at 974 East Market St., Akron.

The field trip is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Teaching and Learning. To participate, register online at ITL Seminars.


Share your ideas on program assessment

"Program Assessment 101" will be the topic on Wednesday, April 23, from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m. in Leigh Hall 414. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

This session will provide practical advice on implementing your department's program assessment plan. Also under discussion:

  • How are other departments collecting and assessing artifacts?
  • What are some models for handling data and structuring assessment sessions?
  • How can data analysis lead to program improvement?

Bring your department's assessment plan and be ready to share ideas with colleagues. David Steer and Stephane Booth, co-chairs of the University Assessment Committee, and Janet Bean, committee member, will lead this interactive session.

Register online at ITL Seminars.


Outdoor rock climbing

Join Outdoor Adventure for an Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing trip to the local climbing area Whipps Ledges on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. The cost of the trip is $15 for students, and $20 for faculty, staff and the community.

Register in the OASIS office in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center by Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m., or call ext. 6956 for more information.


Women’s basketball summer camps

It's that time again, and the 2014 MAC Champions will hold their annual summer camps in June.

The Individual Girls Basketball Camp is being offered June 23-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for girls ages 9-14. The cost is $140 per camper, however, a $30 early bird registration discount is available if registered on or before May 16.

The Lil Zips Day Camp is being held Tuesday, June 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. for boys and girls ages 3-8. The cost is $30 per camper.

There are also group rates and employee discounts available. For more information, please visit the Women's Basketball Camps online or contact Candace Smith at ext. 8274 or clw23@uakron.edu.


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