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Board action taken today regarding new downtown arena

The Board provided unanimous support today to an arrangement with Summit County, the City of Akron and the Development Finance Authority for the creation of a new downtown arena. Though details remain to be finalized, the Board of Trustees endorsed a preliminary term sheet that allows the community partners to move forward in the creation of a new arena.

The City of Akron and The University of Akron would be providing parcels of land owned or used by each entity located across the street from Canal Park. The University would have no financial obligations to contribute to the construction of the facility so the new arena would not increase the University's debt.

Under this arrangement, the University would receive a new home for the Zips basketball program. The new arena would also be the location for many other sporting and entertainment events.

The University's action, taken today, was required for the project to move forward.

In other Board action:

  • The Board approved a recommendation by President Luis M. Proenza to accept in full the recommendations of the Faculty Senate and its Academic Policies Committee on the suspension and continuation of academic programs and tracks that have been under review. The Report of the Academic Policies Committee to the Faculty Senate, identified 29 programs/tracks for suspension of admissions and eventual elimination; 20 programs/tracks for suspension of admissions with the expectation of revisions/additional resources that would be necessary to resume admissions; and 13 programs originally considered for suspension to be continued for the 2014-15 academic year.  Of the 29 programs/tracks for suspension and eventual elimination, the Faculty Senate recommended 7 programs/tracks that were not on the original list of 55 presented to the Board in February.  Students currently enrolled in programs recommended for suspension and eventual elimination, or for suspension of admissions, will still have an opportunity to complete their degree.  In addition, any students seeking admission to such programs will be advised immediately of the Board decision, and advisors will help them identify suitable alternatives at UA.  The Board, as per its resolution, also expects that faculty will revise curricula for programs identified as needing significant revisions in order to become viable.
  • The Board approved a 2% increase in tuition and the general service fee for undergraduate students enrolled on the main campus for the 2014-15 academic year. This will raise tuition per semester (for 12-16 credits) by $84.48 and general fees per semester by $8.40. The tuition/general service fee increase also applies to baccalaureate programs at Summit College.   There is no increase in tuition or the general service fee for associate degree-seeking students at Summit, and no increase in tuition/general service fees for undergraduates at the Medina, MCUC or Wayne College campuses.  Additionally, the Board approved a transportation fee increase of $10 per term for students at the main campus and Summit College.  Board members also approved a 6% increase in room rates and a 2% to 5% increase in meal plan rates.
  • The Board praised the commitment and contributions of Dr. Stephen Cheng, who is stepping down as Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering but will remain at The University of Akron in a newly created position as the Frank C. Sullivan Distinguished Research Professor.  Dr. Cheng, who has been at UA since 1987 and became Dean in 2007, has an international reputation in polymers and advanced materials and has attracted millions in research dollars and opened pipelines for student recruiting.  Rather than take a paid professional leave to prepare to return to the faculty, common for administrators who step down from their administrative position after a prolonged term of service, Dr. Cheng will begin immediately his new research faculty position. In his new role, he will have the opportunity to expand his research group and acquire equipment necessary to significantly enhance the innovations that have become a hallmark of the College.  Dr. Cheng, who holds eleven patents (five of which are licensed to industry), will also keep his current titles of Trustees Professor and Robert C. Musson Professor, Polymer Science. 
  • The Board approved an agreement between the University and the Communications Workers of America Local 4302 for a 2% across-the-board wage increase, covering July 1, 2014 through June 30. 2015. Currently 245 employees are members of Local 4302.
  • The Board approved additional assignments for Nathan Mortimer, Associate VP for Institutional Effectiveness, who will also take on the title and duties of Interim Chief Technology Officer as he manages the University's centralized information technology operations.  Jim Sage will remain at UA until October, working on special assignment to Provost Mike Sherman to advance the University's online initiatives.
  • Wilson Huhn of the School of Law and Dr. Lu-Kwang Ju of the College of Engineering were awarded the rank of distinguished professor, and 42 other faculty members received tenure or promotion. See the list.

You’re invited: Campus reception for Dr. Proenza

Join The University of Akron campus community at a reception honoring Dr. Luis M. Proenza as he concludes his 15-year tenure as president. Under his leadership and with your support, the institution has achieved national distinction through innovative programs in research and education.

The reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2, at the second floor lounge in the Student Union, near Starbucks.

We hope that you will be able to join us on May 2 to thank Dr. Proenza and wish him well!

information sessions planned

University Libraries and University Press announce IdeaExchange@UAkron: Akron's Digital Gateway to Innovative Knowledge -- an Internet site that will showcase the research-based information generated here.

Ten colleges, departments, or schools were chosen by a faculty committee and the Office of Academic Affairs to initiate the site. They are:

  • Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies
  • Mary Schiller Myers School of Art
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Department of Biology
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Department of Public Service Technology
  • Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • School of Law
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of History

The backbone of the service, Bepress' Digital Commons, is used by institutions around the country. Over the summer, IdeaExchange@UAkron will be expanded to include the full slate of Digital Commons' functionality. These features will enable you to:

  • create faculty pages optimized for Google searching
  • publish online journals
  • publish open-access textbooks
  • manage conferences and events
  • store data sets
  • create image galleries
  • create digital spaces for institutes and centers

Informational sessions will be held on April 29 and 30 in Bierce Library. See the schedule of events. For questions, please contact Thomas Bacher at bacher@uakron.edu or 6202, or visit Bepress online.

Golf tournament supports
hospitality management scholarship

The 11th annual Hospitality Scholarship Golf Tournament to support the Donald L. Patterson Hospitality Scholarship will be held Friday, May 9, at J.E. Good Park Golf Course, 530 Nome Ave., Akron, The shotgun start begins at 10 a.m.

The tournament is hosted by the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Proceeds help fund scholarships for students in the Summit College Hospitality Management program.

The registration price of $60 per person includes lunch, refreshments, 18 holes of golf and golf cart use. The reservation deadline is Friday, April 25.

"Each semester we award two $500 scholarships, which are made possible through this golf tournament," says Jamal Feerasta, professor of hospitality management. "Community support is important to keep the event going and to provide students scholarships for career success."

For information, contact ext. 6601 or jamal@uakron.edu.

Custom Apparel is at Quaker Square

Need custom clothing for your department? Looking for inexpensive uniforms for your staff? Need a personalized gift for a family member? Look no further than Custom Apparel at Quaker Square, which provides silk screening, direct to garment printing and embroidery.

Easily accessible via Roo Express, Custom Apparel can print directly on T-shirts, hoodies, mouse pads and more. Custom Apparel is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Do you need an estimate for an upcoming printing project? Contact Daniel Hughes, manager, at ext. 8380.

Track lands seven on Academic All-MAC Team

Seven members of the track and field program were named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team for the 2014 Indoor season by the league office on April 22. (Pictured above is pole vaulter Ariane Beaumont-Courteau.)

Of that group, five honorees come from the Zips men's team, including a trio of distance runners in Kyle Cochrun (3.84 GPA, English), Jake Hiltner (3.52, integrated social studies) and Aaron Howkins (3.80, biomedical engineering), and multi-event athletes Bryan Jones (3.56, middle level education) and Alex McCune (3.43, geology). Representing the women's squad are pole vaulters Ariane Beaumont-Courteau (3.99, dietetics) and Claire Lucas (4.00, corporate finance). Story continues online.

Youth Football Camp set in June

The Zips football coaching staff will conduct a youth camp from June 16 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium and Stile Athletics Field House. Cost of the camp for faculty and staff is $90. The fee includes instruction, T-shirt, lunch daily and a certificate.

To receive the discounted price, you must request a flyer from the football office and submit the registration form and payment (cash or check) to the football office. If you have any questions, please contact the football office at ext. 7466.

Flutist George Pope in April 25 recital

Guzzetta Recital Hall will provide the setting as George Pope performs a recital of his own music, as well as one piece from pianist Eric Charnofsky on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. The recital also will include music by Carl Riley, Roger Zahab, Nancy Daley and Joseph Makholm.

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

Repeated News Items Follow

Time's up! Use vacation in excess
of 44 days before June 30

Remember to use your vacation! 

Employees are expected to use their accrued vacation annually. Any accrued and unused vacation leave, up to a maximum of 44 days (352 hours), may be carried forward to the following year. However, vacation leave in excess of 44 days (352 hours) shall be forfeited on June 30 of each year in accordance with University Rule 3359-11-03.

Full-time, 12-month faculty, contract professionals and exempt staff can find their current vacation balances in EmpCenter. If you are unsure how to do this, please review the bank balance tutorial.

If you have any questions, please contact EmpCenterHelp@uakron.edu or UnivOfAkron_Benefits@uakron.edu, or call ext. 7090.

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. 

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

On Sunday, April 27, Stile Athletics Field House will provide the setting for the first University of Akron Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. The UA Campus Walk is one of more than 300 Out of the Darkness Walks being held nationwide. More than 100,000 walkers will participate nationally, and nearly $10 million is expected to be raised for suicide prevention, research and educational programs. All money raised at the UA Campus Walk will stay in Ohio.

Check in for the UA Campus Walk begins at noon and the walk will begin at 1 p.m. The School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Living Learning Community is co-hosting the walk with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Other participating student organizations include Alpha Phi and Phi Delta Theta. UA's Counseling and Testing Center will have an information table at the Field House during the time of the walk.

Dr. Scott Palasik, assistant professor in the School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and faculty advisor of the SSLPA LLC, is co-chairing the event with student Olivia Tennison and Maria Ruane, a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. To learn more, register, or donate, visit The University of Akron Campus Walk. A story about the walk appears in the Akron Beacon Journal.

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.

Evening of music by Concert Band

The Concert Band performs its final spring concert on Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The program includes Mennin's "Canzona," Bryant's "Idyll," Grafulla's "Freischutz Quickstep," Arnold's "Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo," Anderson's "Blue Tango" and Gillingham's "No Shadow of Turning." Professor Joe Witkowski conducts.

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

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