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Free admission buttons for First Night Akron

First Night Akron is now in its 19th year of offering a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts on New Years' Eve and we have some FREE admission buttons available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just stop by the front desk in Buchtel Hall to pick up buttons for you and your family. (Children under 10 are admitted free when accompanied by a button-wearing adult.)

Two UA organizations -- the Steel Drum Band and the Confucius Institute -- will be part of the programming and UA's A Cappella Nuance group will help lead the crowd during the Countdown to the New Year. So come on out for a fun-filled night, complete with fireworks at midnight!


Payroll instructions for the Holiday Break

Employee time sheets for the week of Dec. 15 to Dec. 21 must be completed and approved by supervisors by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and time sheets for Dec. 22 to Dec. 28 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, so kindly plan accordingly to ensure those very sensitive deadlines are met.

Additionally, refer to the timesheet instructions which are summarized within the document titled "Instructions for December Time Sheets" located on the Payroll Office website. Those instructions will inform employees and supervisors how time worked and taken-off should be reported during the Holiday Break.

Your cooperation will help to ensure you are paid accurately and timely. 

Contact the Payroll Office at ext. 7205 if you have questions.


Decking the campus in its holiday best

Thank you for sharing all your impressive holiday decorating. Campus has never looked so good! See the roundup of your photo submissions.


Holiday movies with a UA-twist!

This year, we spread joy across social media by parodying a much-loved winter tradition: watching countless holiday movies! We crafted 12 original(-ish) posters that poked fun at everything from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to "Home Alone," giving each one a UA-twist. It all culminated in a new movie trailer, starring everyone's favorite marsupial, Zippy

Visit our Happy Holidays page online to see the movie trailer and all the movie posters.

On Facebook? Share your favorites with your own network of Zip friends and family.


UA services available over the holidays

To see what will be open and what is happening on campus over the holiday break, visit the UA services available over the holidays website. As a reminder, the University will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 4.


Rethinking Race calendar grows with more than 25 new events

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate Rethinking Race events into their spring syllabi.

  • Guest lecturers from Webster, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton and NEOMED.
  • Free historical trolley tours by the Summit County Historical Society.
  • More than a dozen Face-2-Face sessions.
  • A free film festival, and so much more.

See the full, and growing, schedule on the Rethinking Race website.


Students devising theatre festival piece based on reactions to social issues

Six students from the Theatre Program are spending part of their holiday break from classes developing a new performance for the Devised Theatre Project at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) regional festival at Cleveland State University, Jan. 2-6.

Under the guidance of James Slowiak, professor of theatre arts, the students are working from an array of sources -- poetry, current events, songs, myths and personal experience -- to devise a 20-minute performance that communicates their response to this year's project prompt: "Sometimes it's easier to hear if we whisper."

The students will present an open rehearsal of their work on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m., at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch St., Akron. Admission is free and open to the public. Story continues online.


Parking and traffic updates through Jan. 7

  • Tuesday Dec. 30, parking lots 2, 4, 8 and 13 will be utilized for the men's basketball game vs. Marshall at 7 p.m. Parking attendants will be present in these lots at 2 p.m. to restrict access to authorized personnel only. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Saturday, Jan. 3, parking lots 2, 4, 8 and 13 will be utilized for the men's basketball game vs. Coppin State at 7 p.m. Parking attendants will be present in these lots at 2 p.m. to restrict access to authorized personnel only. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Lot 18, at the Student Union, will be partially reserved on Monday, Jan. 5, for a luncheon from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alternate parking for visitors will be at the remaining open meters in Lot 18 and the visitor meters in Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street.
  • Lot 2, at Rhodes Arena, will be closed Monday, Jan. 5, at midnight. All personal vehicles must vacate these lots or be towed at the owner's expense. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Tuesday Jan. 6, parking lots 2, 4, 8 and 13 will be utilized for the men's basketball game vs. Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Parking attendants will be present in these lots at 1 p.m. to restrict access to authorized personnel only. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Wednesday Jan. 7, parking lots 2 and 8 will be utilized for the women's basketball game vs. Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Parking attendants will be present in these lots at 2 p.m. to restrict access to authorized personnel only. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.

Digest on hiatus — Happy Holidays!

With the upcoming Holiday Break, today is the last regular distribution of the Digest for 2014.

The University is closed Thursday, Dec. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 4. The first regular edition of the Digest in 2015 will be sent on Jan. 5.

Happy Holidays!


Repeated News Items Follow


Zipfit Challenge begins Jan. 12

Start your New Year off right with the Student Recreation and Wellness Center's 11th Annual ZipFit Challenge!

ZipFit is an individual and team-based challenge in which faculty, staff and student participants complete a variety of fun and exciting activities related to health and wellness to work toward a weekly goal of set points. Teams are two to six participants.

Register online now!

ZipFit continues from Jan. 12 to March 20. The cost for SRWC members is $7 per person for teams and $10 for individuals. For nonmembers, the cost is $17 per person for teams and $20 for individuals -- the cost includes membership at the SRWC for the duration of program.

Each participant will receive a ZipFit Challenge T-shirt and be eligible for prizes.


Women's basketball team to host special event

Zips fans, come out to the Susan B. Anthony Networking Event at the women's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Rhodes Arena. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the women's basketball team lounge, with the game against Bowling Green starting at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 and include the networking event, a dinner from Old Carolina BBQ and a ticket to the game. To purchase tickets, call ext. 6920.


‘Zips in the Pros’ men's soccer reunion Jan. 6

The Department of Athletics will host a "Zips in the Pros" reunion for its men's soccer program on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The reunion will be held as the men's basketball team hosts its Mid-American Conference opener against Western Michigan at 7 p.m. in James A. Rhodes Arena.

The reunion will feature several soccer alumni now playing professional soccer, including Chad Barsons, Evan Bush, Scott Caldwell, Robbie Derschang, Blair Gavin, Chris Korb, David Meves, Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff, Aodhan Quinn, Kofi Sarkodie (pictured at right), Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Steve Zakuani and Ben Zemanski. (Player availability and schedules may change).

As part of the event, all of the men's soccer alumni in attendance will be recognized during halftime and will be available for an autograph session. Fans will receive a limited edition "Zips in the Pros" poster featuring all 24 former men's soccer players currently playing with pro teams.

Tickets can be purchased online at GoZips.com/Tickets, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling ext. 6920 or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, 375 E. Exchange St., near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at E. Exchange and S. Union streets. Note: The ticket office will be closed from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, to 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.


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