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Historic day: Investiture is this afternoon!

Investiture images

Today's Investiture will open with brief performances by pianist Theron Brown (top), the University Symphonic Band (middle) and dancer Erica Piper (bottom), all pictured at last night's dress rehearsal. Solaris, the faculty woodwind quintet-in-residence, will also perform.

More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and civic leaders are expected to attend. The event is free and open to all. No tickets are required, but we ask that you reserve a seat.

The hour-long event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. A community reception will begin at 3:30. Join us!


UA celebrates Chinese culture, language

A Chinese dragon race at the Sept. 27 Akron Marathon Kids Fun Run and morning t'ai chi at The University of Akron's Buchtel Commons give just a couple of clues to what UA's Confucius Institute has in store for its sixth annual China Week, Sept. 26 to Oct. 3. (Pictured above is martial arts master Gary Harris, who will lead t’ai chi 8 to 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, to Thursday, Oct. 2. at Buchtel Common.)

In celebration of global connections and opportunities, China Week presents events on and off campus and is open to community members. Along with outdoor tai' chi sessions and the Chinese dragon run, other events include Chinese kite flying, panel discussions, lectures and music performances. Story continues online.

EmpCenter unavailable briefly on Sunday

On Sunday, Sept. 21, EmpCenter will be down for maintenance, beginning at 3 a.m. and lasting for approximately an hour. During this maintenance window, all EmpCenter services will be unavailable. 

Time clocks will remain operational and will continue to record swipes. However, employee time will not be reflected on timesheets during the maintenance window. Time sheets will be automatically updated once the maintenance is completed.

Tech Talk Tuesday continues with Web 2.0 Tools

The Tech Talk Tuesday series continues on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with a session on Web 2.0 in Leigh Hall 414 from noon to 1 pm.

Web 2.0 describes a set of interactive Web-based tools and technologies. Sites using Web 2.0 typically focus on interactions with site visitors and provide for a social networking experience. Depending upon your classroom goals, Design & Development Support staff can help you select and embed a variety of Web 2.0 tools and technologies into your course through custom widgets and the course home page. Examples include, but are not limited to, blogs, RSS feeds, online polling, photo sharing, interactive maps, social bookmarking, social networking and wikis.

You may register for this brown bag session online at ITL Seminars.

Help our international students feel at home here through Cultural Partner Program

The Office of International Programs will host its Cultural Partner Program this fall to pair international students and scholars with U.S. students, faculty and staff. The program provides opportunities for international students to learn more about United States culture and to practice speaking conversational English. U.S. participants can learn more about other cultures, exchange perspectives and make friendships across national borders.

Individuals interested in participating are asked to complete an online form by Tuesday, Sept. 30, and will then be paired with a partner. The partners can then meet regularly at a time they choose for conversation and sharing.

Visit the Cultural Partner Program online to sign up to participate. For more information, contact Soyeong Kim at

Walking with Weights class begins Oct. 2

Student Recreation and Wellness Services is pleased to offer a progressive class for faculty and staff members who want to get up and get moving. You will get your blood flowing, build stamina and increase your energy levels.

The class will meet every Thursday, starting Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (Studio A), where participants will grab weights and get moving. Classes will include outdoor activity and will remain indoors during inclement weather. The class will end Dec. 18.

Please contact Stacey Adams at ext. 8382 or for additional information.

Symphony Orchestra to perform with faculty violinist Alan Bodman

Alan Bodman, professor of violin and viola, will perform Borodin's beautiful Nocturne for Violin and Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. with the UA Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Guy Victor Bordo conducts. Other works presented on this first concert of the season include those by Part, Bartok and Tchaikovsky.

The concert is free and open to the public at a special venue -- First Congregational Church, 292 East Market St., one block north of campus. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail

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Last chance to apply to NSF I-Corps Sites Program

Are you working on research that has commercial potential? Would you like to learn how to get your technology to market? Would you appreciate meeting like-minded people and receive support from industry mentors? Do you wish that your graduate students were more knowledgeable about how their research can be put into practice?

UA's National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites Program is looking for inventive and entrepreneurial students and faculty who might qualify for $2,500 in grant funding to turn their technology into a marketable product or service. The I-Corps program convenes teams of faculty, students and mentors and teaches them the principles of talking with potential customers, identifying channels to market, and developing revenue-generating strategies.

Faculty from all colleges are encouraged to apply. For more information, email the I-Corps Sites Program at Applications are open through Sept. 19.

Alumnus to share views on media use and effects

The School of Communication will welcome home one of its alums on Friday, Sept. 19.

Dr. Paul Haridakis will kick-off the Fall 2014 Communication Colloquium Series with "The Need to Understand the Media User in Order to Understand Media Use and Effects" from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in Kolbe Hall 56A.

Haridakis, who earned a B.A. in Communication and a Juris Doctor at UA, is the director of the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. He is a media specialist and conducts research on media uses and effects, law and public policy, new communication technologies and sports communication. His recent work has focused on the role of YouTube and other social media in political campaigns and interpersonal communication, user-generated content, mediated interactivity and First Amendment issues related to the regulation of content in various media, such as the Internet and television.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Graham at ext. 7855 or

Learn about emergency action plan for Polsky Building

An updated emergency management action plan for the Polsky Building will be presented during informational meetings next week for all full-time and part-time faculty, staff and students who are in the building. There is a choice of sessions.

Here's the schedule:

  • Monday, Sept. 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Polsky 313
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10 to 11 a.m., Polsky 313

Mark Beers, UA's emergency management coordinator, will present the plan, which covers what to do in the event of an emergency, including fire, tornado, earthquake, black outs, or other threats to University employees, students, or property. Please attend if you are available.

For more information, please contact Juanita Ward at or ext. 7342.

Education professor to discuss Confucian ethics and feminism

Dr. Huey-Li Li, a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the College of Education, will present "Does Gender Matter? A Critical Examination of the Convergence of Confucian Ethics and Feminism" on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m.

Li publishes research articles on critical pedagogy and environmental ethics. Her pedagogical praxis centers on transformative learning and teaching that could re-claim professional educators as ethical agents.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Women and Gender Resource Center.

Register at ITL Seminars.

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