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TODAY'S NEWS

UA receives funding for corrosion lab equipment

UA was one of just eight Ohio universities and colleges to receive a portion of the $200,000 Dominion Foundation Higher Education Grant for 2014. The grants focus on programs that help prepare students for technical positions in Ohio's growing energy production and other industries.

Lori Kraft, an associate professor of general technology in the Department of Engineering and Science Technology, received $25,000 to purchase new corrosion laboratory equipment to provide hands-on training for students in the future Corrosion Technology program. Students in the program will have the opportunity to use the equipment and learn about corrosion testing applications.

Pictured above with Dr. Lori Kraft, center, are Scott Miller, left, vice president and general manager of Dominion East Ohio; Larry Shubat, chair and professor, Department of Engineering and Science Technology; Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, interim associate dean, College of Applied Science and Technology; and Megan Hopper, director, Department of Development.


Services announced for Dan Peters

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Paquelet Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road NE, Massillon, for Dan Peters. The former director of basketball operations lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Oct. 27. Full story online.

A funeral mass will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road in Green, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Full obituary.


‘The Ebola Crisis: Preparation, Response and Ethics in Summit County and Beyond’

A panel of public health professionals will discuss how Summit County reacted to the recent Ebola situation during a lunch presentation by the Akron Press Club on Monday, Nov. 17, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Quaker Station. This event is co-sponsored by UA's Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy, and its Public Health Law and Science Center.

"The Ebola Crisis: Preparation, Response and Ethics in Summit County and Beyond" panelists are:

  • Terry O'Sullivan, director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research at UA.
  • Donna Skoda, Summit County public health assistant health commissioner.
  • Katherine A. Van Tassel, director of the Public Health Law and Science Center and Health Law Program at UA.

The panel will be moderated by M.L. Schultze, Web editor and reporter at WKSU-FM. There will be the opportunity for questions.

Ticket information and reservations are available online. Or, contact Lianne Fowler at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com.


More flu clinics added on campus

The Nursing Center for Community Health has added several flu shot clinics for faculty and staff throughout November. All clinics will be held in Mary Gladwin Hall, Suite 116. No appointments are necessary. Please wear a short sleeve shirt, sweater or blouse so clinicians can easily administer vaccinations.

You must present your University insurance card at the time of the vaccination. The vaccinations are free for adults who are enrolled in UA benefits. The charge for those not on UA's benefits is $30, payable by cash or check. 

Questions? Contact the Nursing Center for Community Health at ext. 6968.

Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

Parking and traffic updates through Nov. 8

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, is Fall Campus Visit Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be prepared for a higher volume of traffic than usual in the center and south sides of campus. Lot 36 - South Campus Parking Deck, and Lot 39 - East Exchange Street Deck, will be the parking areas primarily affected by the 500 to 700 guests expected.
  • Lot 24, at Central Hower, will have 50 additional guests parking on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a special event. Those who wish to park in a north campus lot Tuesday afternoon should plan accordingly, due to this event and the home football game at 8 p.m.
  • Lot 27, west of the North Campus Parking Deck, will be partially reserved on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the Conquer Chiari Research Conference. Alternative parking for commuter vehicles will be available in Lot 26 - North Campus Parking Deck.

Please contact Parking and Transportation Services for additional information at parking@uakron.edu.


Parking lot closures for Nov. 4 football game

On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 11 p.m., the following parking areas will be closed in preparation for the home football game vs. Bowling Green:

  • The west portion of Lot 6, at InfoCision Stadium, will be designated for television equipment.
  • All of Vine Street, north of the stadium, is designated for Zipfest setup, along with the parallel parking spaces on the west side of Lot 10, by Stile Athletics Field House.

All vehicles must vacate these parking areas by 11 p.m. or be towed at the owner's expense. These areas will remain closed until the conclusion of the game on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at midnight. Alternate parking for vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Parking Deck, and Lot 36 - South Campus Parking Deck on E. Exchange Street.

On Monday, Nov. 3, at 11 p.m., the following parking areas will be closed:

  • Lot 6 at InfoCision Stadium
  • Lot 9, south of the stadium and Spicer Residence Hall
  • Lots 8 and 10, east of the Stile Athletics Field House and Ocasek Natatorium
  • Lot 13, north of Ocasek Natatorium on Carroll Street

These areas will remain closed until the conclusion of the game on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at midnight. Alternate parking for vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Parking Deck, and Lot 36 - South Campus Parking Deck on E. Exchange Street.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the following areas will have parking attendants in place to restrict access to authorized personnel only:

  • 6 a.m. -- parking lots 6, 9, 8, 10 and 13
  • 8:30 a.m. -- intersection of Vine Street at Spicer Street
  • 2 p.m. -- Lot 2 next to James A. Rhodes Arena

At 4 p.m., parking attendants will be present to begin collection for pay-to-park areas. Those with a valid UA permit will be permitted to park in general pay areas but not the restricted areas listed above. Those working on the east side of campus, attending classes, or visiting the Student Recreation and Wellness Center should park in either Lot 1 - East Campus Parking Deck, or Lot 36 - South Campus Parking Deck on E. Exchange Street.


Hospitality Club to host ‘Salute to Veterans Brunch’

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Hospitality Club will host a "Salute to Veterans Brunch" on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crystal Room Bistro in Gallucci Hall.

The menu includes omelets, stuffed French toast, fruit and yogurt, roast beef, mashed potatoes, house fried chicken, baked ziti, chicken noodle soup and chili, assorted desserts, beverages and more.

Proceeds from the donation amounts listed here will help subsidize educational tours for Hospitality Club members:

  • adults: $18
  • students and seniors: $15
  • veterans and active personnel: $14
  • children (ages 3-12): $10
  • children 3 and under: free

For reservations, call ext. 6615. If you reach a voicemail, please leave your name and number, and your call will be returned promptly. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and valid Zip Cards are accepted.


Tuesday Night Blackout: Four students will win free spring tuition

The Zips' upcoming Blackout football game will put four UA students in the black, as current students who attend the Zips' football game on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. against Bowling Green can win free tuition for the 2015 spring semester.

All UA students who enter InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on Tuesday evening before kickoff using their Zip Card automatically will be entered into a drawing to win free tuition for the 2015 Spring Semester. The names of two students will be announced at every media timeout throughout the game, and they will have 10 minutes to identify themselves (with their Zip Card) at the bottom of section 119. From that group of finalists, three Zip Cards will be drawn between the third and fourth quarters for the three winners of free tuition. The students must be present to win the tuition, which is for the amount of the undergraduate in-state Ohio resident tuition rate for 12 hours to 16 hours on UA's main campus. See all the details on the ZipsBlackout page.

"We are investing in our student body to thank them for their ongoing support of Coach Terry Bowden and our team, and we hope this promotion encourages them to attend this huge, nationally televised game in record numbers," said Tom Wistrcill, director of athletics. "I can't wait to congratulate the four Zips who will walk out of InfoCision Stadium with their spring tuition bill paid for and thank them for supporting our football program." Full story online.


Repeated News Items Follow


Natatorium fitness equipment to move

Since opening in 2004, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center has provided innovative fitness experiences in a dynamic facility. 

Usage rates at the Rec Center have remained high over the decade. Not surprisingly, however, we have observed a marked decrease in the use of the second floor fitness area in Ocasek Natatorium over that same period. In fact, fewer than 25 people have used the natatorium's cardiovascular and strength equipment in the last year. 

To best focus our services and resources, we are planning to relocate the natatorium's cardiovascular and strength training equipment to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Nov. 1. The natatorium's pool and racquetball court areas will remain available.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center memberships are available to faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Membership information is available online.


Comment period opens for draft Remote Proctored Testing Policy

The Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) invites your input regarding the Remote Proctored Testing Policy proposed by the Distance Learning Review Committee.

You are invited to read and comment on the proposed policy and submit your feedback in writing to Laurel Rooks at lrooks@uakron.edu before Nov. 3 so that CRC can consider any suggested modifications before bringing a policy recommendation to the Faculty Senate.


CSU professor to discuss economics paper

Vasilios Dr. Vasilios "Bill" Kosteas, associate professor of international and labor economics at Cleveland State University, will present his paper "Exercise and Time Preference" on Friday, Oct. 31, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the College of Arts & Sciences Building, Room 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, contact Dr. Zheng Fang at zfang1@uakron.edu


Springboard annual course cleanup

As in previous years, Information Technology Services will soon begin removing older courses from Springboard. This year, those older courses will be from 2011. Deleting older courses helps to keep the system running smoothly and efficiently, and reduces the amount of clutter on Springboard home pages.

The process has three steps:

  • Step 1: By Nov. 1, 2014, ITS will identify and label all 2011 courses to be deleted. (Faculty will have an opportunity to back up the courses).
  • Step 2: On Jan. 5, 2015, ITS will archive the courses for 60 days, until March 1, 2015. (Faculty will have another opportunity to back up the courses).
  • Step 3: On March 1, 2015, ITS will delete the courses.

More information, including frequently asked questions, may be found on the Springboard Course Cleanup information page.


Discount book sale at Cummings Center

Do you like bargain books? Then this sale is for you. Starting today through Friday, Oct. 31, visit the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology for deals on a wide range of topics, including psychology, philosophy, ethics, history, biology, science, biographies and more. The sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Wear a costume on Halloween and be entered to win prizes! Books are priced to sell at 50 cents each, or fill a bag for $5.

The Cummings Center is located on the corner of College and Mill streets. Call ext. 7285 or email Gruich@uakron.edu with any questions.


'Employee of the Game' nominations sought

The Department of Athletics would like to thank UA faculty and staff for all they do for students and student-athletes by recognizing one individual as the "Employee of the Game" on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the football game against Bowling Green.

The winning UA employee will receive a gift courtesy of Taylor Made Jewelry and two club seats to the football game. 

To register or nominate an employee, please e-mail a name, department and phone number to Roger Jones at roger.jones@img.com with the subject line: "Employee of the Game." All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. The winner will be notified on Monday, Nov. 3.


Get a blackout shirt at Nov. 4 football game

Cheer on the Zips football team against Bowling Green on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. The first 5,000 attendees will receive a long-sleeved blackout shirt The first 500 attendees will receive free Thunderstix noisemakers.

To purchase tickets, call ext. 6920 or visit the Chima Athletics Ticket Office (located at Gate 1 of InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.


World War II the topic for next UA retirees meeting

"WWII and the MAPS Museum" will be the topic at the Association of The University of Akron Retirees' meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12. This session of the Dr. Robert E. Ferguson/AUAR Luncheon Series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quaker Station.

Guest speakers will be Kim David Kovesci, executive director of the Military Aircraft Preservation Society Museum, and Ralph Lynn, a veteran of World War II. Those attending will hear about the war from a personal perspective and learn how the society has collected and maintained World War II articles.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person and includes stuffed pasta shells, salad, vegetable, rolls and butter, assorted cookies or brownies, and beverages. Lunches must be ordered in advance by contacting Chris Franz in the Alumni Office at cfranz@uakron.edu or ext. 7271 no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 7.

Payment is due upon your arrival at the luncheon. If you order and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; but please RSVP to Franz for an accurate count for seating purposes. Those bringing lunches are asked to pay $1 for beverages.

Parking is available in Lot 70, located between Quaker Station and both north and south of Mill Street. Guests are welcome.


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