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TODAY'S NEWS

Graduate on Time! But wait…there’s more!

Watch University of Akron pitchmen, Willy and Chris, unleash their irresistible selling skills as they demonstrate "Finish in Time" -- a revolutionary new product at UA that works best when students take up to 16 credit hours per semester. Finish in Time helps UA students graduate on time -- while allowing them to save stacks of dimes!

Visit Finish in Time to watch their pitch and learn more.


New holiday and summer schedule

At the April 23 Board of Trustees meeting, members approved the following holiday schedule for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

  • Independence Day, Friday, July 4
  • Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1
  • Veterans' Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 (staff holiday -- classes held)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27
  • Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28 (in honor and in lieu of Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014)
  • Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25
  • Friday, Dec. 26, (in honor and in lieu of Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015)
  • New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan.  19, 2015
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer hours are scheduled for Monday, May 12, through Aug. 22, 2014. This schedule includes a workday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch.


2014 Speech Competition winners chosen

Put your money where your mouth is -- five students did just that, winning a combined $1,500 in the School of Communication's third annual speech competition on April 23. It was sponsored by Pearson Learning Solutions and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

  • Brian Beckett received first place and a prize of $500 for "Heart Disease in America."
  • Julia Smagacz's "The Dangers of Food Additives" won second place and a prize of $400.
  • Andrew Wuellner received third place and a prize of $300 for his "Our Lack of Financial Education and the Price We Pay" speech.
  • Scott Thompson won fourth place and a prize of $200 for "Saving for Retirement: Better Now than Later."
  • Alexandria Schall's "The Truth about Water Fluoridation" received fifth place and prize of $100.

Speech faculty nominated close to 100 students enrolled in the Gen Ed courses Introduction to Public Speaking and Effective Oral Communication in this year's competition.


Late April software updates announced

Information Technology Services is deploying Microsoft and third-party updates, including Adobe AIR Runtime, on Monday, April 28. These updates will become mandatory on Friday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. 

Depending on which updates are needed by your computer, you may be required to restart after the updates are installed. To install the updates, click on the system tray icon in the lower right corner when it appears. 

If you have problems or questions, please call the Zips Support Center at ext. 6888.


Upcoming concerts in Guzzetta Recital Hall

Over the weekend, a variety of free musical performances are planned in Guzzetta Recital Hall. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.

  • Trombone Studio Recital, under the direction of trombone professor, James Albrecht, with solo performances by the Trombone Studio on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m.
  • Tuba Ensemble, Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. 
  • Concert and Chamber choirs will perform Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Composers, including Brahms and Elgar, will be featured as part of the concert's theme of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
  • UA Men's Chorus, Sunday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. The program will include works by Palestrina, Hammerschmidt, Mozart, Brahms, Whitacre, Richards and more. It will be directed by Zack Richards, with accompaniment provided by Angelica Fulop and Kevin Klemm.
  • Flute Ensemble and Northeastern Ohio Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jane Berkner, will perform on Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The ensembles will play selections by Ian Clarke, Vincenzo Sorrentino and Kathleen Mayne. Featured will be piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass and contrabass flutes.

A night of jazz

The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, directed by Jack Schantz, will be in concert on Monday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. 

The Jazz Ensemble will perform two works by pianist/composer Lyle Mays. "F.M." features guitarist Michael Vincent and pianist Theron Brown, and "The Continuing Adventures of Supertonic," a three-movement suite, features bassist Lizz Hough, Theron Brown, flutist Clark Rice and a battery of percussion played by Matt Edick and Lewis Turndick.

The Lab Band will perform a new arrangement of the Charlie Shavers classic, "Undecided," and "Blue Skies.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.


Brass Choir to perform April 29

The Brass Choir will perform on Tuesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The repertoire will include works by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Johann Pezel, Paul Shahan and Henry Fillmore. Additionally, the entire brass choir will be featured in a special arrangement of the first movement of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

An arrangement of the American folk tune "Shenandoah" will close the concert, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.


University Singers concert April 30

University Singers presents its last concert of the semester on Wednesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. 

The program includes Pergolesi's "Glory to God in the Highest," Fonseca's "Muie Rendera," Verdi's "Requiem Aeternam," Handel's "Hallelujah, Amen," Walker's "Now Let Us Sing!" and the traditional Gregorian chant, "Lux aeterna." The program will be directed by Dr. Bryan Nichols.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.


Discount tickets for ‘Mamma Mia!’ available

Special discount tickets of $26.50 have been announced for faculty and staff to see "Mamma Mia!" at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall for two performances --May 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office for selected seats only. Bring your valid Zip Card. This discount is not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. 

Seen by more than 42 million people around the world to date, "Mamma Mia!" is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old family and new family found. It was inspired by the storytelling magic of songs by the group ABBA -- from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money"  and "Take a Chance on Me."


Repeated News Items Follow


RSVP by Friday for Founders Day
and retiree celebration

In commemoration of Founders Day and in celebration of those retiring from The University of Akron, President Luis M. Proenza and the Board of Trustees invite you to a reception and luncheon recognizing this year's faculty and staff retirees, as well as the 2014 outstanding faculty, staff and administrator award recipients.

Hosted annually, this year's event will take place Friday, May 2, at 11:30 a.m. at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field on the 5th floor Club Level. Cost to attend is $20 and the deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 25. Current retirees and award recipients and their guest are complimentary.

You may RSVP by calling the Office of the Alumni Association at ext. 7270 or confirm your attendance online.


Newkome to present ‘Research
is the Door to Tomorrow’

Dr. George R. Newkome, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School will present "Research is the Door to Tomorrow" from 9:55 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Leigh Hall 414

Research is a very individual topic, but then is it? Are there common ingredients that make some inventive endeavors more workable than others? How can you be successful in the long-run? STEM vs. STEAM -- which is better, or is there an even better acronym? How can "We" help?

Register for this session online at Institute for Teaching and Learning Seminars.


Special lecture hosted by polymer science

Professor Zhonghua Peng, a visiting scientist from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Chemistry, will present a special lecture in the Goodyear Auditorium, Room 229 of the Goodyear Polymer Center, on Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m.

His talk is titled "Functional Dendrimers, Conjugated Polymers and Organic-Inorganic Hybrids." Peng is being hosted by Dr. Tianbo Liu, the A. Schulman Professor in the Department of Polymer Science. For further information, please contact Marj Parrish, administrative assistant, mericca@uakron.edu.


Spider silk is biology colloquium topic

This week's biology colloquium speaker is Dr. Jessica Garb from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She will speak about "Discovering spider silk and venom evolution with comparative transcriptomics and genomics" today, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Auburn Science and Engineering Center B202.

Please join us for the presentation. Coffee and cookies will be available.

Read more about Garb's research online.


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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