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Business students cash in on supply chain management

The law of supply and demand has caught up with the field of supply chain management. For business majors at UA, that means more career choices and higher pay.

Supply chain managers choreograph the complex dance that puts a gem on your finger, a jar of jelly in your pantry or a car in your driveway. They do everything from sourcing raw materials to inventorying parts to warehousing finished products and shipping them to the point of sale.

As companies look for every cost-saving efficiency in order to compete, demand for supply chain talent is soaring, according to both industry and government. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent growth in supply chain jobs from 2012 to 2022.

The field's rapid growth is reflected in the number of undergraduate majors in the College of Business Administration's nine-year-old supply chain/operations management program, which has nearly doubled since 2012, to 102 students. Additionally, the college this fall began offering a new graduate-level management degree with a supply chain focus. Full story online.

(Pictured above are the members of the UA team of supply chain/operations management majors that took first place in the Mid-Atlantic District Student Case Competition in February. That win earned the team a trip to the International Student Team Competition in New Orleans last weekend. From left to right are Annie Nelson, Courtney Ou, Patti Bailey Roach, Christopher Cesta, Mark (Xiao) Sun,Nicholas Waggoner and Dr. Jeong Hoon Choi, faculty advisor.)


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.


Tech Talk Tuesday: Panoptic and Explain Everything

The Tech Talk Tuesday series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a session on lecture capture solutions Panoptic Focus and Explain Everything in Leigh Hall 414 from noon to 1 p.m. 

Panoptic Focus easily integrates with Springboard and permits students to scribe searchable notes and to revisit past lectures. Explain Everything is a mobile application that allows instructors to record anything from narrated PowerPoint to handwritten notes in a fully editable format that can then be shared with colleagues for collaborative lesson creation.

You may register for this brown bag session at ITL Seminars


Best Practices for Conducting an Education Job Search Workshop set for students

Please tell your education students that a Best Practices for Conducting an Education Job Search Workshop is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballrooms. This is event will bring multiple school districts from Northeast Ohio to campus to share with you information you need to stand out as a teaching candidate.

The Career Center strongly recommends that students come early in their academic careers to get a head start on preparing for their future careers.

Here is the agenda:

  • 4 to 4:45 p.m. -- Panel of education administrators will present on best practices in a job search, rsum writing and interviewing.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. -- Rsum critiques.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. -- 25-minute mock interviews (must be prescheduled).
  • 5:30 to 6 p.m. -- Breakout Session: Networking and Professionalism Presentation.
  • 6 to 6:30 p.m. -- Breakout Session: Education Interview Portfolio Presentation.

Students do not need to pre-register for the panel, rsum critiques, or break-out sessions. However, they do need to pre-register and select a time for a mock interview. They can visit Career Link and enter School Job ID Best Practices to schedule an interview.


Graduate chefs to dish up delectable delights

Graduate chefs return to campus Saturday, Nov. 1, to cook up a culinary celebration. The gourmet dinner will include such courses as roasted butternut squash soup, honey-sriracha glazed salmon with mesclun mix greens, butterscotch pies, with wine pairings and cider-and-sage sorbet servings in between courses. This annual sellout event, the Graduate Chefs Dinner, takes place at the Crystal Room Bistro in Gallucci Hall, with hors d'oeuvres beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the meal at 6 p.m. Event tickets cost $50. Reservations can be made by calling ext. 6615.

All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Culinary Artists Club, funding student participation in ice-carving competitions, vegetable-carving events, workshops and other educational activities, including one-on-one training with renowned chefs.

"Not only is this the biggest fundraiser we have, it's what sets Akron's culinary arts program apart from other schools in the area," says hospitality management student Caleb Landis, president of UA's Culinary Artists Club. "There are great culinary schools out there, but having an event like this, where students and alumni have to put their own time into it, makes them able to stand out with their own skills and talents and showcase what they have done." Read full story online.


Sign up for Floor Hockey and Kin Ball

Deadlines are approaching for Intramural Floor Hockey and Kin-Ball, which both close registration on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The cost for Floor Hockey is $30 per team and games will be played in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center 2-Court Gym on Tuesday evenings. Floor Hockey is played with six people per team and is an open league, so any combination of males and/or females may participate.

The cost for Kin-Ball is $15 per team and games are held on Thursday evenings in the Central Hower Gym. Kin-Ball is played with four people per team (also an open league), and can best be described as "the crazy game that involves that giant pink inflatable ball." To learn more about Kin-Ball, watch our video.

All registration takes place online via IMLeagues.com/UAkron. All currently enrolled students and SRWC faculty and staff members are welcome to participate. Please contact the OASIS Office with any questions at ext. 6956 or intramurals@uakron.edu.

The next sport to look forward to is our Volleyball Tournament, which has a registration deadline of Nov. 5.


Dancing Wheels to bring message of acceptance to free campus performance

"Daring to be Dumbo" will be performed by members of the Dancing Wheels Company and School on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Dancing Wheels is a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with, and without, disabilities.

A National (Dis)Ability Awareness Month Program, the performance is being presented by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and the Akron Community Foundation. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the free performance, which also will be attended by nearly 200 students from several Akron area middle and high schools.

"Daring to be Dumbo" is a teenage girl's story, which unfolds to reveal the trauma and triumph she experiences when bullied and ostracized for her differences. It is not until she and Dumbo meet in a fantastical pink elephant dream sequence that she embraces her differences. This program explores themes of (dis)ability, bullying and acceptance through theatrical performance.

Visit The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio online to learn more.


School of Music to hold Concerto Competition Finals

This concert on Monday, Oct. 27, will features student finalists from the School of Music Concerto Competition performing for the opportunity to solo with the UA Symphony Orchestra. Performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St., Akron, to accommodate an organ finalist, and then resume at 7 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

The winners of the Concerto Competition will be featured as soloists with the UA Symphony Orchestra in the spring semester. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.


Tuba/Euphonium ensemble to perform chamber works

The Tuba/Euphonium ensemble will finish out the second annual OcTuba fest with a series of chamber works in Guzzetta Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. The program will include works by Cheetham, Susato, Fillmore, Dvorak, Bruckner and more. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call ext. 8301 or e-mail concerts@uakron.edu.


Guest guitarist Robert Gruca performs here Oct. 30

From Cleveland, Robert Gruca is an up and coming guitarist and winner in leading guitar competitions across the United States. His performance on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall will include standards from the classical guitar repertoire.

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


Recycled Percussion and 'The Midtown Men' at Thomas Hall

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall will provide the setting for two varied musical performances next week. Tickets are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office and Ticketmaster, unless noted otherwise. 

  • Recycled Percussion will perform its junk rock music on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The group rose to prominence with its success on "America's Got Talent" in 2009.
  • They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all time, and now the four original cast members of "Jersey Boys" have reunited for a new production, "The Midtown Men." They will be on stage Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. singing their favorite '60s hits from such groups as The Beatles, Motown and The Four Seasons.

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How to add experiential/hands-on learning to your classes

Students from a variety of disciplines are engaged in service-learning projects throughout the community this semester. Research has shown that students involved in experiential/hands-on learning demonstrate improved learning, sense of belonging, motivation and ultimately retention.

Join us for workshops to learn more about some really exciting projects that are coming up, and how you can add one of these projects to your class.

  • Service-Learning in STEM fields: Teaching for Meaning -- Monday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Leigh Hall 414.   
  • Using Service-Learning to Improve Student Success -- Friday, Oct. 31, 11: a.m. to noon, Leigh Hall 414.    
  • Service-Learning and Philanthropy -- Teaching Your Students to 'Pay it Forward' Through a Philanthropy Project -- Monday, Nov. 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Leigh Hall.

To see the schedule and register to attend, go to Institute for Teaching and Learning Seminars.


Cybercrime: Are the criminals winning?’

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Information Technology Executive Exchange meeting on Friday, Nov. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in College of Business Administration Building 258 (Murphy Room).

The topic for the day is "Cybercrime: Are the criminals winning?" Ganpat 'Gunner' Wagh, the supervisor special agent for Squad 3 in the Cleveland FBI office, will make a short presentation. Part of the division's charter is to inform organizations about cyber security threats.

RSVP to Rimma Avanesyan at raa57@zips.uakron.edu.


Women' Soccer Faculty Appreciation Day

Akron Women's Soccer hosts the Ball State Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 26, at noon at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. The team will be celebrating Senior Day and Faculty Staff Appreciation Day. UA faculty and staff, as well as their family members, can purchase tickets for half price -- $4.


Faculty and staff appreciation night at men's soccer

Details about Faculty & Staff Apprecation Night


Kulas Concert Series presents brass quintet

The Gaudete Brass Quintet will be in concert on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Founded in 2004, the Chicago-based Gaudete Brass Quintet will present "Deep Roots," including works by Michael Praetorius, Joan Tower and Cleveland native Eric Ewazen.

Generously supported by the Cleveland-based Kulas Foundation, the Kulas Concert Series is the UA School of Music's foremost series and features guest artists, faculty and students. Tickets for this concert are $12 for general admission and $6 for non-UA students. It is free for UA students with Zip Cards.

For more information, call ext. 8301 or email concerts@uakron.edu.


'Vagina Monologues' audition dates set

UA faculty, staff, students and members of the Akron community are invited to audition for UA's 2015 V-Day Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Auditions will be held in the Multicultural Center and Women's and Gender Resource Center in Schrank Hall North, Room 58. Audition pieces and applications will be available at the front desk. Auditions are scheduled Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The performance is planned as a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. All proceeds will benefit the V-Day Organization and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties. The Multicultural Center, Women's & Gender Resource Center, Office of Inclusion & Equity, Women's Studies Program, Liberation In Progress (L.I.P.) Service and E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall are sponsors of the event. For more information, call ext. 7008.


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