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Explore the food, culture and politics of China

A physics lesson in table tennis, a view of China through American eyes, a reassessment of Confucianism and feminism, and a host of other lectures, demonstrations and events will be here during China Week, Oct. 8 to 15.

Jon Huntsman, (at right) former presidential candidate, U.S. ambassador to China and governor of Utah, headlines the week with the keynote address, "U.S. – China Relations in an Election Year," Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. While China Week delivers the local community at large insight into Chinese culture, it underscores the University's commitment to providing globally relevant and distinctive programs.

The weeklong lineup ranges from a Tai Chi session at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, on Buchtel Common to a wide variety of presentations and the traditional Chinese dumpling party, to be held this year from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 12, at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill.

Just announced as a guest speaker is John Tang, (at left) who will deliver a lecture titled “A Tale of Two Chinas: Changing Political and Legal Environment” from 1:10 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Student Union Ballroom B.

Tang is the managing partner of the Shanghai office of Brennan, Manna & Diamond a business law firm that also has locations in Akron and Jacksonville and Bonita Springs in Florida. His practice focuses on international trade and transactions, especially with China and Southeast Asia. After earning an undergraduate degree in science at the University of Michigan Tang earned a Juris Doctor at Case Western Reserve University with a focus on business associations.

Also new on the China Week schedule is Julie Yuhua Zhao, (at right) director of the IDEAs Program in the College of Engineering. She will deliver a lecture titled “Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics at The University of Akron” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Student Union Ballroom C.

Visit China Week 2012 online for a complete schedule of events, or call ext. 7570 for ticket information for the Jon Huntsman lecture.

Employee Health and Wellness Fair is Oct. 16

Find your Zip Zen and create a Healthy U at the 2012 Employee Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Faculty, contract professionals and staff employees are invited to attend this event at the Quaker Square Grand Station Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Highlights of the day include flu shots, biometric screenings, music, giveaways, door prizes, demonstrations, exercise workshops, and presentations on physical and financial wellness topics. The flu vaccinations are free for employees enrolled in the University's SummaCare plan. The cost for employees not on the plan will be $25.

For flu shots and biometric screenings, preregister here. To register for seminars, please visit Training Seminars.

Come join the fun and bring your family, too. For more details, please visit Healthy U online.

A Flu Clinic also is scheduled on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Administrative Services Building 120. No appointment is needed — just bring your SummaCare card. The cost for employees not on the plan will be $25.

Notice about erct system availability

The ecrt (Effort Certification and Reporting Technology) system will be unavailable at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct 5, for approximately two hours for maintenance.

Parking lot closures for Saturday, Oct. 6

Lots 2, 13, 8, 10, 9, 9B, 14, 15 and 6 will be closed all day Saturday, Oct. 6, for Homecoming festivities, including the Zips vs. Bowling Green football game at 2 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field. The lots will close at midnight on Friday, Oct. 5. Vehicles must vacate these lots by then or they will be towed.

Healthy U — a wellness program for employees

Healthy Eating – Healthy U is a nutrition-based wellness program offered to employees at minimal cost. This program is ideal for anyone wanting to improve their health, maintain a healthy weight, improve their food choices and gain sound nutritional knowledge. Program highlights include individualized nutrition assessment, one-on-one visits with dietitians and weekly nutrition tips. 

To enroll in the program or schedule an initial one-on-one visit, contact the Nutrition Center in Schrank Hall South 210 at ext. 2836 or nutritioncenter@uakron.edu. Learn more.

State Teachers Retirement System updates

There are Legislative Update and Retirement Countdown 2012 webinars being offered by the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio. Dates and instructions can be found on the Counseling and Seminars page of the STRS website.

You will also see other various meetings scheduled around the state. The webinars are a convenient way to receive the necessary information while at home or in the office.  They are held from 5 to 6 p.m. and the member must register by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the session.

Free flu shots available
with your SummaCare card

The Nursing Center for Community Health in the College of Health Professions has scheduled a series of flu vaccination clinics in October and November in Mary Gladwin Hall (MGH). The flu vaccinations are free for employees enrolled in the University's SummaCare plan. The cost for employees not on the plan will be $25.

Here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2-4 p.m., MGH 101F
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, MGH 116
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, MGH 116
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m., MGH 101F
  • Friday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-noon, MGH 116

Parade of Homecoming-themed offices

Take a stroll around campus and visit the offices that participated in the 2012 Homecoming Office Decorating Competition. Decorations will be up through Friday, Oct. 5.

  • Academic Achievement Programs, Goodyear Polymer Center 203
  • Developmental Programs, Polsky Building 334
  • Nursing Student Affairs, Mary Gladwin Hall 313
  • Off-Campus Student Services, Student Union 135K
  • School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Schrank Hall South 210
  • Student Life, Student Union 211 and 130
  • Transfer Student Services Center, Simmons Hall 211

Congratulations to the three winning offices:

  • First place: Off-Campus Student Services
  • Second place: School of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Third place: Developmental Programs

Homecoming T-shirts available

Be sure to purchase your 2012 Homecoming T-shirts for $5 each. They are on sale through Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union Concourse. They also can be purchased Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Homecoming festivities on Coleman Common, and will be available through Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Student Union Information Center.

Librarian appointed regional editor for journal

Dr. Jodi Kearns of the Center for the History of Psychology has been appointed North American regional editor of Emerald, Inc.'s Reference Reviews. The journal publishes scholarly reviews of new reference materials written by librarians for librarians.

Kearns, who joined UA in 2008, serves as digital projects manager at the center. For more information, visit Reference Reviews online.

Effort certification training sessions scheduled

The ecrt system (effort reporting/certification) is a Web-based technology that facilitates UA's effort certification process. There are three individual ecrt seminars available this month —all will be held in Computer Center 141. 
  • Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, overview for effort coordinators who will be using the Web-based Effort Certification System.
  • Oct.  18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Certify GA-Support Staff Effort
  • Oct. 31, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Certify Your Own Effort
For further details and to register for each of these seminars, visit Training Seminars.

'Anti-Etiquette Coffee Klatch' to meet Oct. 11

The Graduate Committee for Research on Women and Gender cordially invites all those interested in women's and gender studies to its first event of the 2012-2013 academic year. The “Anti-Etiquette Coffee Klatch” will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Leigh Hall Library (Room 416). Come to meet and mingle with students and faculty interested in research and service in women's and gender studies. Please bring your own coffee or tea and we'll provide freshly baked fall goodies for snacking.

For more information, please contact faculty advisers Dr. Jenn Milam at jenn.milam@uakron.edu, or Dr. Sandra Spickard-Prettyman at ssandra@uakron.edu, or Natalie Hall-Hiles at nah28@uakron.edu, Grad-CROW(G) president. Hope to see you there.

Qualtrics to replace Checkbox survey tool

The Checkbox survey tool was retired and support discontinued in September 2012. A newer, more robust survey tool named Qualtrics has been licensed for campus-wide use. Information on the capabilities of Qualtrics and directions on how to use it are available on the Instructional Services website.

Please create all new surveys using Qualtrics. Assistance with migrating existing Checkbox surveys to Qualtrics is available through Design and Development Services. Effective Nov 1, 2012, the Checkbox survey tool will no longer be available.

Online course design is workshop topic 

Quality Matters in Online Course Design is a four-week, online workshop that is appropriate for instructors who are interested in developing fully online or hybrid courses. The course, which begins on Monday, Oct. 22, provides a foundation for planning, designing, producing and managing online instruction. Use this opportunity to learn practical techniques for online teaching and how to implement quality standards for excellence in online course design.

Learn more about Quality Matters in Online Course Design. For questions, contact Jill Phipps at phipps@uakron.edu. Please register for this workshop at ITL Online Registration. There are only 20 slots available for this cohort.

Cuyahoga Falls' history
the topic at retirees' luncheon

“High Bridge Glens & Caves: Summit County's Forgotten Amusement Park” is the title for a talk by Mary McClure, author and historian, for the Association of The University of Akron Retirees 2012-2013 Dr. Robert E. Ferguson/AUAR Luncheon Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will be held in the Martin University Center South Ballroom on the first floor from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Relive the days when Cuyahoga Falls was one of the leading tourist destinations in the state – thanks to the beautiful High Bridge Glens & Caves Park that operated along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the late 1800s. McClure will share a slide presentation on the Glens and copies of her newly published book will be available for purchase and signing. A short general membership meeting will follow the presentation.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person and includes baked cod, rice pilaf, vegetable, salad, rolls, dessert and assorted beverages. Lunches must be ordered in advance by contacting Chris Franz in the Alumni Office at cfranz@uakron.edu ext. 7271 no later than noon on Monday, Oct. 8.

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 brown bag lunches are asked to pay $1 for beverages.

Upcoming Counseling Center workshops

The Counseling Center is offering the following workshops in Simmons Hall 306 next week:
  • “I'm Undecided and Don't Have Time, or Money, to Decide” – Monday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.
  • “Coming Out” – Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon
  • “Managing Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity in the Workplace” – Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.
Visit the Counseling Center webpage for additional information about these workshops and comprehensive psychological services.

Study Skills Lab available to assist students

Do you know of students who could use help with study skills and strategies? The Study Skills Lab, located in Polsky Building 342, is available to help these students. The Study Skills Lab offers students free assistance with:
  • studying more effectively for tests;
  • developing strategies to help remember content and information;
  • test-taking strategies;
  • dealing with test anxiety;
  • taking better notes in class;
  • summarizing and outlining;
  • reading textbooks more efficiently and effectively;
  • time management; and
  • organizing for success.

Highly trained tutors are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students should make an appointment by calling ext. 7046. Please refer any student in any subject area who you feel could benefit from these services.

2012 Zippy Sink or Swim Aquatic Challenge

The Student Recreation and Wellness Services Aquatic Program is hosting the fifth annual Zippy Sink or Swim Aquatic Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 27. Grab your friends and form a team. This is a fun swim meet for all, even nonswimmers, offering such events as a racecar relay, penny dive and inner-tube racing.

Visit the Rec Center website to download a flyer/registration form or pick one up at the SRWC. For more information, contact Jess Ewald at ext. 8280 or aquaga@uakron.edu.

UA Symphonic Band to perform Oct. 7

Professor Robert Jorgensen will conduct the Symphonic Band on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall as it performs Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story." This concert is free and open to the public.

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

2013 'Vagina Monologues' auditions

The 2013 “Vagina Monologues” auditions are here. We would like to encourage faculty, staff and students to come and audition at the Women's Resource Center in Schrank Hall North 58, on the following dates: 

  • Oct. 11-12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 15-18, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Volunteers or interns also are needed to assist with this program. For additional information, please call ext. 7008.

The 2013 V-Day benefit performances of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues” will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Stage Door in E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for UA students. All proceeds will benefit Vday.Org and the Rape Crisis Centers of Summit and Medina counties to help end violence against women, celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences.

This program is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, Women's Studies Program and Thomas Hall.

Oct. 7 benefit concert cancelled

The “Jersey Dreamin'” benefit concert to raise funds for local charitable veterans organizations on Sunday, Oct. 7, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. To attend the Saturday, Oct. 6, show in Mentor, call 866-967-8167.

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Discount book sale continues today

October is American Archives Month and the Center for the History of Psychology kicks it off with a huge book sale that continues today, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are lots of titles from which to choose in many different categories. Books always make great gifts for any occasion, so stop by and stock up for the upcoming holidays.

Hardback books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. You can also fill a bag for a $10. Cash and checks are accepted. To learn more, visit the Center for the History of Psychology online.

Research for Lunch: Dr. Martha Santos

“The Gender of Slavery: Enslaved Women, Work and Motherhood in the Hinterlands of Northeast Brazil, 1813-1884” will be presented by Dr. Martha S. Santos, associate professor of history, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Seminar Room in Leigh Hall 414.

With the support of a Summer Stipend Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Santos spent a month in Brazil this summer doing archival research on the topic of gender and slavery there in the 19th century. She found that much of the literature uses the gender-neutral term “slave” to describe slave life and fails to focus on how men and women experienced enslavement in different ways. Far from being employed only as “household servants,” enslaved women performed backbreaking labor in agriculture and other productive activities for their masters, along with the childbearing and child-rearing labor that was responsible for the reproduction of the slave work force at the provincial level.

Bring your lunch and meet Santos, learn about her research endeavors and show support for one of your colleagues. RSVP to Mary Dingler in the Office of Research Administration at mdingler@uakron.edu or ext. 7774.

Education Abroad Fair is Oct. 10

Representatives from international programs on- and off-campus will be available to discuss the benefits of studying, teaching or interning abroad when the Office of International Programs hosts the annual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Ballroom A on the third floor of the Student Union. Take a break and stop by any time.

Study abroad prizes will be awarded, but individuals must be present to win.

For additional information about the program, visit Education Abroad online, like the "The University of Akron Education Abroad" on Facebook, or stop by Polsky Building 483.

Career Center to help students
prepare for Oct. 18 Career Fair

Career FairSumma Health System, Goodyear, Verizon Wireless, and Oriana House are among the variety of employers expected at the All-Campus Career Fair, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Student Union ballrooms.

Sponsored by the University's Career Center, the fair is open to all UA students and alumni. Professional dress and resumes will be required for entry. The event is free.

“Alumni and students from all majors are encouraged to attend and meet these employers,” says Mike Kulick, associate director of the Career Center, which is sponsoring the fair. “This is a great opportunity to search for full-time and part-time positions as well as internships.”

To help attendees get the most out of the career fair, the Career Center will hold two preparatory seminars:

  • Monday, Oct. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union 335.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union 316.

See more about the Career Fair, including a list of employers participating.

Partner with us – connect your students
to Peer Mentoring Services

The Office of Multicultural Development partners with faculty, staff, contract professionals, academic advisers and other UA community members to provide a variety of academic programs and services to help support the University's goals of recruiting and retaining multicultural students, and promoting a culture of student success.

One of the important ways you can partner with us is to encourage students to sign up for a peer mentor. Peer Mentoring Services strives to provide students with a welcoming and supportive environment that models and encourages inclusive excellence. Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship between an experienced student (mentor) and a first-year student (mentee). 

This relationship develops over a one-year period with clearly defined roles and expectations. Mentees will be paired with a dedicated upper-class student mentor who is knowledgeable, experienced and willing to share his/her time, energy and talents. Through regular meetings and activities, mentors will help their mentees discover the potential within themselves to succeed in their personal, academic and professional endeavors.

Please share this information with students you believe could benefit from this program. Students can sign up to get a Peer Mentor online or by visiting Simmons Hall 124. For questions, contact Autumn Frampton at autumn@uakron.edu or ext. 8660.

Power Breath Workshop for veterans
and their families to be hosted on campus

Project Welcome Home Troops, with support from Congressman Tim Ryan, will conduct a Power Breath Workshop from Oct. 15-19 on campus. The five-day program of mind-body resiliency training is being provided at no cost to service members, veterans or their spouses. Follow-up will also be provided.

For 26 years these tools have been taught to individuals in many types of settings to help them heal trauma, stress, anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.

"This workshop training is an interactive, mind-body, resiliency building program,” says Odyl Wittman Smith, project manager for Project Welcome Home Troops. “You'll learn practical tools that decrease stress, anxiety (including test anxiety), and sleep problems. Other techniques you'll learn will help build brain plasticity, bring deep mental and physical relaxation, and can reduce symptoms of anger and depression. Tools you'll use for the rest of your life."

For more information, contact Mary Rossett in the Military Services Center at ext. 7382, or visit the Project Welcome Home Troops website. Register here.

Press launches book about
Cleveland's West Side Market

To mark the release of “Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking,” the University Press will hold a Book Launch and Press Party on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. at the West Side Market Café' located at 1979 West 25th St., Cleveland. 

The book's publication coincides with the market's centennial celebration, which kicks off with a parade on Sunday, Oct. 7, and ends with a Centennial Gala on Saturday, Nov. 3. The book will be available after Oct. 10 at the General Store in Quaker Square.

For further information or details about the book launch event, contact Thomas Bacher at bacher@uakron.edu.

Free demo-performance and lecture
by Trey McIntyre Project

Student groups as well as others from the campus and community who are interested are invited to learn about contemporary dance on Friday, Oct. 5, at a Preview Demo-Performance and Lecture by the Trey McIntyre Project. The free event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

No registration is required. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to contact ext. 5196 or cyndee@uakron.edu.

The Trey McIntyre Project will perform at Thomas Hall on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $11.50 to $46.50. Call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at ext. 7570

The Friday program and Saturday performance are presented by DANCECleveland, Thomas Hall and UA's Dance Program

Visit the Trey McIntyre Project online.

Faction of Fools presenting
performance and workshop

The commedia dell'arte troupe Faction of Fools will perform “Commedia Romeo and Juliet” at Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Earlier that day, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Faction of Fools will also present a public workshop on the commedia style in the Albrecht Studio of Guzzetta Hall. The performance and workshop are both free and open to the public as part of the annual Paul A. Daum Lecture Series. For more information, call ext. 7895. Faction of Fools is the recipient of the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. The Washington Post has described the company as "cheerfully rough-hewn with capering, rough-housing physicality." “Romeo and Juliet,” the classic story of two young lovers divided by a family feud, borrows heavily from the tradition of the Italian comedy. Faction of Fool's high-octane, one-hour version featuring five actors brings spectacular physicality to Shakespeare's poetry and highlights tragedy by juxtaposing it with humor.

Milk crate stacking challenges

How high can you climb? 

While being belayed with a rope system, climb as high as you can on a single vertical stack of milk crates. This unique and popular challenge requires no experience.

So come join the Outdoor Adventure program on Monday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center two-court gym to try it out!. 

The cost is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Mackenzie Yates at outdoorga@uakron.edu or ext. 7443.

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