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Budget forum is at 1 p.m. today

All are invited to the budget forum today at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

President Luis Proenza will open the session. Chief Financial Officer David Cummins will be joined by University Council Budget and Finance Committee members Dr. Ali Hajjafar, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Matthew Lee, chair of the Department of Sociology, to provide background on the University's financial condition and the context of the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Meeting materials will be posted to the budget site after both forums are completed.

Rachel Tecca signs free agent contract
with WNBA's Washington Mystics

Senior forward Rachel Tecca has signed a free agent contract with the Washington Mystics, one of 12 franchises in the Women's National Basketball Association.

By signing the contract, Tecca has accepted an invitation to participate in the team's preseason camp in Washington, D.C., where she will play to earn a spot on the team's final roster. The Mystics' camp will begin on April 28, with a total of 15 players eligible to be in camp at any one time. The team's final roster will be made up of 12 players.

Tecca is the first women's basketball player from the University of Akron to compete in a WNBA training camp.

"I am extremely grateful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to play at the next level," Tecca said. "To be able to play against the top competition in the country is an honor and a dream come true. I am looking forward to getting to camp and making an impact." Story continues online.

Annual Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment forms due April 30

The 2013-2014 Conflict of Interest form, its accompanying disclosure forms, and other documents are now available online. The form(s) must be printed, signed and submitted to the employee's immediate supervisor.

All University of Akron full-time employees, as well as students identified as investigators on externally funded grants or contracts, are required to complete a Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment Disclosure Form annually.

Full-time employees without access to a computer and printer should request a printed packet from their immediate supervisor.  Supervisors are encouraged to print blank forms for those employees who do not have access to a computer and printer during their work shifts.

Questions or concerns regarding these matters should be directed to department chairs, school directors, deans, or the Office of General Counsel.

Wellness Wednesday:
Improving communication between genders

"He Said, She Said....Understanding Gender Differences in the Workplace and Beyond," will be the title of the next Wellness Wednesday session on April 23. It will be presented by Kelsey Loushin of Impact from 11 a.m. to noon in Student Union 312.

"Men talk to give information or report, while women talk to collect information or gain rapport," says Loushin, who will: 

  • Explore brain similarities and differences between men and women. 

  • Highlight other bio-psycho-social differences. 

  • Help you understand how to improve communication between genders.

The Wellness Wednesday speaker series, which is presented by Talent Development and Human Resources, will focus on a variety of topics during the spring semester, including financial literacy and retirement income planning.

Reservations requested. Reserve your seat now.

Coming up:

  • April 30: "Transitioning from Career to Retirement," Lindsey Corneille, TIAA CREF, 11 a.m. to noon, Student Union 312.
  • May 14: "Facts of Retirement for Women," Michael Clayton, Capital Planners, Inc., 11 a.m. to noon., Student Union 312.

Faculty workshop on competitive scholarships
and fellowship advisement

A consortium consisting of UA and Hiram College as well as John Carroll, Walsh and Malone universities will host a faculty workshop to introduce our various faculty members to the Goldwater Scholarship and the student Fulbright awards on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Common Room of the Honors Complex (enter through north end doors).

Don Visco of UA and Laura Van Wormer of Hiram will speak about the Goldwater Scholarship, while Karl Kaltenthaler of UA will speak about the student Fulbright Award. We plan to make this workshop as interactive as possible, so that questions, comments and additional expert opinions will be welcomed. Students are also invited to this event. Refreshments will be available.

Faculty who have an interest in helping our students attain nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are urged to attend. 

Equipment inventories due May 30

The annual Equipment Inventory Report will be sent to departments Friday, April 18. The report is sorted by building and room number. The University only verifies equipment with a purchased value more than $5,000. These inventories are required to continue to receive federal grant funding, and are an important part of UA's annual financial report audit.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Verify all items listed on your report are assets that belong to your department. If an item does not belong to your department, make a note next to the item explaining that it is not in your possession and has never been assigned to your department.
  • If an item has been moved, please indicate the new building and room number.

  • If you have items that are tagged, but do not appear on the printout and should be included (value of $5,000 or more), please list them with the University tag number, name, serial number, room number and any other pertinent information.
  • Review the "Description" of each item listed. If there is a more specific way to describe the piece of equipment, please do so. For example, a description of a camera on your annual inventory report reads only "item #45899." Please write "camera" next to the description on the annual inventory.
  • If an item has been deleted, please check the "Deleted" box, add the date sent to surplus property, and attach a copy of the surplus property form when returning report. Please note: fully depreciated items will remain on your inventory report until moved to surplus. All items MUST remain on the inventory regardless of current value. Only when it is physically removed to surplus can it be removed from the department's inventory.

Please write your changes legibly. If you have any questions, or require some assistance, please call Mark Brunty at ext. 7202.

Please return Annual Equipment Inventory forms to Property Accounting, Administrative Services Building, Zip 6205 no later than Friday, May 30. The printout should be signed and dated by your department head.  

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UA Horn Studio recital

Hear solo performances by the UA Horn Studio under the direction of professor Karl Kramer-Johansen. The concert will take place in Guzzetta Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.

BGSU professor to present
'Streakiness in Home Run Hitting'

Dr. James Albert, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Bowling Green State University, will present a colloquium on April 24, from 2-3 p.m. in the College of Arts & Sciences Room 109.

The topic will be "Streakiness in Home Run Hitting."  Refreshments will be served.  Please R.S.V.P. to mary2@uakron.edu.

Online course evaluations go mobile

Departments and instructors that have chosen to use the online version of the course evaluation survey in spring 2014 will notice new functionality to make it easier for students to complete the survey.

The online course evaluation website is now mobile-friendly, meaning students can access and complete the evaluation using their smartphone or tablet devices (iOS or Android). Learn more about online course evaluations through Instructional Services.

‘Wanna Tri!' Sprint Triathlon April 27

"Wanna Tri!" Sprint Triathlon -- Student Recreation and Wellness Services Aquatics Program will host the eighth annual "Wanna Tri!" Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, April 27. Online registration is available at Sprint Triathlon.

The race consists of a 500-yard indoor pool swim, 12-mile indoor stationary bike ride and 3.1-mile outdoor run. You can sign-up as an individual or as part of a relay team. The individual race fee is $10 for Student Recreation and Wellness Center members and $20 for nonmembers.

DJs wanted for SpringFest

The SpringFest Committee is looking for three current students, faculty or staff, or alumni disc jockeys to showcase their talents at SpringFest 2014 on Friday, May 2, from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Coleman Common.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 18.  Learn more and apply.

American Red Cross
Wilderness First Aid training

Wilderness First Aid, sponsored by Outdoor Adventure, is a certification course for individuals who like to take trips in the outdoors and want to be prepared for a medical emergency. 

It will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Classroom. The cost of the course is $70 for students, $80 for faculty and staff, and $90 for community members. Register in the OASIS office located in the Rec Center by Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m., or call ext. 6956 for more details. 

Crate stacking competition April 30

Join Outdoor Adventure for a unique and fun competition -- crate stacking in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. This event tests your balance as you stack milk crates one on top of another and climb them as you go. No previous experience is needed and anyone has a chance to break the current record of 23 milk crates. You will be in a climbing harness, roped and belayed as you participate.

This is a free event on Wednesday April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is on-site. Please call ext. 6956 for more information. The event will be held either at the Rock Wall or in the 2-court gymnasium.

Mountain Bike Series 3:
Intermediate Outdoor

Outdoor Adventure's Mountain Biking Series ends with an intermediate trip to the Medina Huffman Trail on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. The cost of the trip is $15 for students, $20 for faculty, staff and Student Recreation and Wellness Center members, and $25 for the community.  

Register in the OASIS office located in the Rec Center by Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., or contact ext. 6956 or outdoorga@uakron.edu for more details. 

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