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Call for feedback on Focused Visit Report

HLC logoIn 2013, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmed the University's accredited status with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation due in 2022-23. 

The Institutional Actions Council of the HLC required a "focused visit" in the spring of 2015, to monitor the areas of assessment of student learning and governance. A first draft of the University's Focused Visit Report is complete. Before the draft is finalized and submitted to HLC, campus input and feedback is requested.

Please visit the HLC website to download the report. 

Please send comments to

All comments must be received no later than Dec. 3. 

The final document will be submitted in December, in preparation for a site visit by a focused visit team scheduled for Feb. 16-17, 2015.

Today is the last day for open enrollment

This is the last day of the open enrollment period to make your benefit elections for 2015. Please take time to review the information on the Benefits site, then log into My Akron if you wish to make changes. You will need to make those changes via My Akron by 5 p.m. today, Nov. 21.

Please remember that if you wish to participate in the medical or dependent care flexible spending accounts for 2015, you MUST complete a new enrollment. If your spouse is covered under the UA benefits plan, you will need to complete a 2015 working spouse form and return it to the Benefits Office.

Your group insurance benefits are an important part of your total compensation.

Financials upgrade begins today

The PeopleSoft Financials application will be off-line and unavailable from Friday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, Nov. 25. During this period, departments may contact the Department of Purchasing at ext. 7340 should an emergency procurement issue arise.

All PeopleSoft Applications as well as My Akron will be unavailable for approximately one hour or less between 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 23, while technicians perform critical Oracle database security maintenance. EmpCenter and other non-PeopleSoft applications will be unaffected.

Photo of the Day: Double take!

Ricardo Loza, a graduate assistant in the Outdoor Adventure Program, shared on Instagram this double take of the archway entrance outside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Loza, who is pursuing a master's degree in sports administration, took the two photos three weeks apart.

Calling hours today at Rhodes Arena for fallen officer

James A. Rhodes Arena is the setting for both calling hours and the funeral service planned for slain Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner, who earned an A.A. in Criminal Justice Technology here in 2004.

Winebrenner, 32, was off-duty at Papa Don's Pub, which is owned by his fiance's family, at the time he was shot on Nov. 16. See Akron Beacon Journal story.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 21. The funeral is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Due to the large number of people expected on campus to pay their respects, including law enforcement officers from around the country, the following arrangements have been announced for parking on Friday and Saturday.

  • Lot 2, east of Rhodes Arena, will be closed all day today, Nov. 21, for use by family, Akron Police Department members and dignitaries.
  • Lots 2, 4, 13, 8, 10 and 6 will be closed at 11 tonight, Nov. 21. The lots must be clear of vehicles.
  • Carroll Street, from the intersection at Spicer Street west to the Rhodes Arena circle, will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 22.
  • The Roo Express shuttle service will operate normally today, Nov. 21.
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic along Carroll Street on both Friday and Saturday.

Following the service, there will be a funeral procession from Rhodes Arena to Holy Cross Cemetery on Waterloo Road in Akron. Processional route.

Tech Talk Tuesday topic is Springboard features

The Tech Talk Tuesday series continues on Tuesday, Nov. 25, with a Springboard session on its lessor known functionalities and capabilities in Leigh Hall 414 from noon to 1 p.m.

This session will demonstrate how to utilize Springboard to its fullest potential. Features to be explored include how to automate courses based upon student performance on assessments, how to see the frequency that students access courses, etc.

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

UA Press announces annual Faculty and Staff Sale

The annual Press Faculty and Staff Sale runs from Friday, Nov. 21, until Dec. 24 at the General Store in Quaker Square.

A selection of the Press's books can be purchased at significantly discounted prices. Among the books for sale are "Cleveland's West Side Market," "Famous Chefs: Fabulous Recipes," "Ohio Wine Country Excursions," and "Walks Around Akron." Most titles are priced at $10 or less. Quantities are limited.

For a complete list of the sale books, email us at To order titles, call ext. 8829. If you have questions, please call ext. 6953.

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Department of Economics to host guest lecturer

Gregory J. Madonia, a Ph.D. student at University of Colorado at Boulder, will present a paper titled "Alternative Compensation and Performance: Evidence From Staking in Online Poker" on Tuesday Nov. 25, at 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., in the College of Arts & Sciences Building 438.

This talk is part of the Department or Economics Fall 2014 Seminar Series. All are welcomed to attend. For a copy of the paper please contact Dr. Fang at

Explore beyond the exterior with new exhibit

The exhibition "Facade," developed from a medley of themes of corruption, censorship, filters and layers, will be on view Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 in the upper and lower atrium and Projects Gallery of Folk Hall -- home to the Myers School of Art. (Pictured at right is "Liquid Layers" by Ling Pan.)

The free opening reception is Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Organized by the Advanced Graphic Design class, "Facade" features student interpretations of the relationships between exteriors and internal substance. Guided this fall by Markus Vogl, an assistant professor, the art students designed the show's theme and content, as well as their individual displays.

The exhibition and parking are free. For more information, contact ext. 6030 or

Two performances of Fall Opera scheduled

The School of Music will present the Fall Opera on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Dr. Frank Ward, the UA Opera Lyric Theatre will present the one-act opera "The Worst One Ever" by Gary Belshaw. Also included are opera scenes from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," "La Rondine," "Die Fledermaus," "Porgy and Bess," "The Marriage of Figaro" and extended excerpts from "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang A. Mozart. Scenes will be performed in English as well as the original language.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UA students and free for UA students with valid Zip Cards. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail

Hower House to present 'Holiday Legends'

UA faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a complimentary tour, along with household family members, at Hower House on Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to 3:30 p.m. and/or Sunday, Nov, 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Each faculty and staff member must present a valid Zip Card to participate in this free offer.

The rooms of the Victorian mansion on campus at 60 Fir Hill have been decorated with a "Holiday Legends" theme by volunteers for the holidays. This year, we are offering an entirely self-guided holiday season; guided and group tours are by prior appointment.

Following your tour, complimentary wassail and cookies will be available to you in the parlor of the Cellar Door Store, where you may wish to do a bit of holiday shopping. Faculty and staff receive a 15 percent discount on all regularly priced items (excluding consignment and previously discounted prices).

The holiday festivities continue through Dec. 28. Visit Hower House online for more information, or contact ext. 6909 or

Pie Factory taking orders for Thanksgiving desserts

It's that time of year again -- place your Thanksgiving pie orders at The Pie Factory at Quaker Square. Available flavors are pumpkin, caramel apple walnut, cherry, chocolate cream and mince for $8.99 each. You can also get pumpkin rolls for $7.49, and turkey or pumpkin cutout cookies for $10.99 a dozen.

To order, call ext. 7492. Orders must be picked up at The Pie Factory by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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