Explore the food, culture and politics of China
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
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.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
Parking lot closures for Saturday, Oct. 6
Healthy U — a wellness program for employees
State Teachers Retirement System updates
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
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
- 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
Librarian appointed regional editor for journal
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
- 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
'Anti-Etiquette Coffee Klatch' to meet Oct. 11
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Qualtrics to replace Checkbox survey tool
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
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Cuyahoga Falls' history
the topic at retirees' luncheon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- “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.
Study Skills Lab available to assist students
- 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
UA Symphonic Band to perform Oct. 7
2013 'Vagina Monologues' auditions
- 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
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Discount book sale continues today
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
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 email@example.com or ext. 7774.
Education Abroad Fair is Oct. 10
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8660.
Power Breath Workshop for veterans
and their families to be hosted on campus
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."
Press launches book about
Cleveland's West Side Market
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faction of Fools presenting
performance and workshop
Milk crate stacking challenges
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 email@example.com or ext. 7443.
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