UA's reaccreditation—how you can get involved!
Please attend one of two open forums next week to learn how you can participate in the successful reaccreditation of our University.
During the HLC visit from March 3-6, the reaccreditation team will meet with campus groups, conduct interviews and hold open discussion sessions. The reaccreditation team will focus onbthe University's self-study, which was prepared by representatives from various campus groups over the last 18 months.
At two open forums next week, you'll learn about the HLC visit, some of the challenges facing UA and how we are addressing them, and how your participation before, during and after the site-visit is vital. These open forums will be held in Simmons 111 on:
- Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10-11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Please be a part of shaping our future by attending one of these open forums. There will be a brief presentation about the HLC process and some highlights of our self study, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Deadline is March 1 to nominate colleagues
for their outstanding contributions
Faculty members and contract professionals are eligible for the award for Outstanding Faculty-Mentor for First-Year Students. Contract professionals and staff are eligible for the Award for Exemplary Service.
The Office of Academic Affairs and the University's Research Foundation support these awards, which are presented during the spring semester.
Students, faculty, staff, or alumni may make nominations. Consider nominating a colleague for this recognition.
Nominations must be made by Friday, March 1. Here are the forms:
Spring 2013 interim grade rosters
available for regular session courses
Interim grades are submitted in the same manner as final grades via My Akron. Instructions on how to enter interim grades can be found at Entering Interim Grades.
Once an interim grade is entered and saved, they will be viewable to students in My Akron. Interim grades can also be updated throughout this time. The interim grades submitted are advisory grades and not recorded on the students' permanent academic record.
Questions regarding the process for interim grades may be directed to the Office of the University Registrar at email@example.com.
Fedearia Nicholson to receive
Stubbs Humanitarian Award
Nominations sought for SEAC election
The first step in the election process is collecting nominations. Staff employees may each submit one nomination, and they may not nominate themselves. You will be asked to enter both the first and last name of your nominee.
Staff employees who receive at least five nominations and who accept their nomination are asked to submit a brief bio prior to the election.
During the election, each staff employee may vote once and select up to five candidates. After the election is closed and the president makes his appointment, the new members will be notified. The first SEAC meeting with the new members will be April 18.
Nominations are open now through Friday, Feb. 15. Here are useful links:
Thank you for your involvement in this important process.
Akron Roundtable: 'The Art of Leadership'
Strickland is president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). He develops and implements major fundraising plans of action; working with boards of directors and industrial advisory boards; and encouraging participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations.
The Pittsburgh native has been honored for his contributions to the arts and the community. In 2002, Strickland was sworn in as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He also serves as a consultant, grant evaluator and mentor in the field of arts and arts education, community development, and vocational training. Strickland was chosen by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010.
Members of the campus community may purchase tickets to the luncheon by calling 330-247-8682 or visiting the Akron Roundtable website. Please encourage students pursuing degrees in biology, economics, and political science as well as in the Myers School of Art, School of Music, School of Communication, College of Health Professions and the College of Business Administration to attend. At the conclusion of Strickland's presentation, there will be time for questions. To ensure parking for those attending, you are urged to walk or to ride the Roo Express shuttle to Quaker Square.
Find free software downloads
and more in My Akron
- Training Services
- Atomic Learning
- Home Use software downloads
- Software request form
- UA virtual Labs
- Support Wiki
- Support request Link
If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6888.
McAfee Security to be deployed to all
University-owned Macintosh computers
If you experience any issues related to the McAfee Security for Mac, please e-mail the Support Desk at email@example.com or call ext. 6888.
Guest lecturer from Yale to deliver
Biology Colloquium Seminar
Harvey's seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the faculty host, Dr. Qin Liu, at ext. 7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A reception twill follow in the Department of Biology atrium.
Researchers from Scotland to deliver talks
On Feb. 18, Dr. Ashleigh J. Fletcher will give a talk on “Adsorption Processes in Novel Porous Materials.” Fletcher has 15 of experience in leading edge adsorption dynamics research. Her work focuses on the determination of flexible responses in porous media and hydrogen adsorption and trapping, as well as the complimentary fields of liquid adsorption, and materials synthesis and characterization. Read the abstract for her talk.
On Feb. 19, Dr. Siddharth V. Patwardhan, will present “Green Nanomaterials with Applications.” With more than 10 years of international experience in materials at biointerface, Patwardhan has pioneered bioinspired green routes to silica-based porous and nanostructured materials. Read the abstract for his talk.
Host for the seminars is Dr. Hendrik Heinz, associate professor of polymer engineering, ext. 7467.
Chiari Malformation is seminar topic
The seminar will be held in the First Energy Auditorium at ABIA, which is located at 47 North Main St., in Akron. Free parking is available.
Diagnosis and treatment of Chiari Malformation is complex and has a great degree of variability. At the seminar, there will be a discussion of the difficulties in diagnosis and treatment of Chiari Malformation and an effort to initiate collaborations to help understand these difficulties.
The seminar will be presented by Dr. Bryn A. Martin, director of the Conquer Chiari Research Center, with Dr. Frank L. Douglas, president and CEO of ABIA, serving as the moderator of a panel discussion. Panelists will be
- Dr. Tsulee Chen, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Akron Children's Hospital
- Dr. Dane J. Donich, neurological surgeon at Donich Neurosurgery & Spine
- Dr. Francis Loth, F. Theodore Harrington Endowed Chair in UA's Department of Mechanical Engineering
To register, contact Rita Filer at email@example.com or 330-572-7553.
Chemistry professor to deliver guest lecture
Delivering the lecture will be Dr. Adam W. Smith, an assistant professor in UA's Department of Chemistry.
Fluorescence microscopy is a powerful tool for imaging proteins in phospholipid membranes. Yet it remains challenging to quantify the assembly and dynamics of protein complexes, especially in a live-cell context. I have performed two-color fluorescence microscopy with time-correlated single photon counting to measure the oligomerization state of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) in live cells. Using a pulsed interleaved excitation scheme, it is possible to quantify the monomer-dimer population of EGFR in live cells with high accuracy. This approach represents a powerful experimental platform to measure protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions in live cells.
Learn more about Smith's research interests.
COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop is Feb. 27
Those in attendance will learn about the software's capabilities, functionality, features and graphical user interface. A live demonstration will offer a fundamental base for working with COMSOL. The Model Builder, which provides great functionality to efficiently modify and adapt models, will be examined. A simulation example also will be shown, demonstrating both the speed and ease of the workflow.Registration is required. Please visit COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop online to register.
Vocational Identity Status
Assessment is lecture topic
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP Mary Tabatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to join us.
Visit the Department of Statistics online to see the schedule of spring colloquiums.
Conversation Partners Program
Through this program, the ELI pairs an international student who is learning English in our program with an American partner for one hour of informal conversation per week. ELI students come from all over the world and bring with them a wide variety of educational, political, cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds. This program is a wonderful opportunity to learn about another country and culture AND to make an international student feel welcome here in Akron.
Please announce this program to your classes as well! The Spring 2013 Conversation Partners Program will begin soon. You can submit an application online or stop by the ELI Office in Olin Hall 302. Call ext. 7544 for more information.
Free tax preparation help available
The program is sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government, Department of Student Life, DocuZip and Parking Services.
Those interested in attending should visit the Undergraduate Student Government website and click on the “AARP Tax Preparation Information” to learn more about the required documentation needed during the tax preparation.
This walk-in program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis – there are no reservations. You must be present when called and your space in line will not be held. If you have any questions, please call the USG office at ext. 7002.
Career Center offers information sessions
Trombone Choir to perform in Guzzetta Hall
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Sports Hall of Fame induction
ceremony is Feb. 15
Honorees in the Class of 2012 are:
- Michael Andy (football)
- LeShaunte Edwards (track)
- Russ Klaus (football)
- Ken MacDonald (administration)
- Julie Bias Pratt (softball)
- Ken Pryor (soccer)
- Michelle Rizzo Wardle (cross country, track)
Also being recognized will be Kenneth "Red" Cochrane Meritorious Service Award recipient Ted Curtis, UA's vice president of capital planning and facilities management, and Karl Schwarzinger, recipient of the Mike Krino Varsity "A" Achievement Award. The nine honorees will take the total in the Hall of Fame to 362.
The 2012 Class also will be presented at halftime of the Akron vs. Bowling Green men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Repeated News Items Follow
Workplace Wisdom: 'Crossing Cultures'
Her topic will be “Crossing Cultures as an International Student: What can we do to support them in our workplace?” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Student Union 312.
The talk is free and open to the campus community.
Talent Development and Human Resources is the series sponsor. For more information, call ext. 6583.
Nominations sought to fill openings on
University Council Standing Committees
- UC Budget, Finance, and Benefits Committee (one faculty seat, non-senator)
- UC Public Affairs and Development Committee (one faculty seat, non-senator)
Nominees must be faculty members who are not current senators. Nominations and self-nominations may be submitted through the University Council Committee Appointment Request form on the Faculty Senate website. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please verify the individual's willingness to serve if appointed before making the nomination.
See 50-year-old film featuring Malcolm X,
Martin Luther King and James Baldwin
In the spring of 1963, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark (at right), a professor of psychology at the City College of New York, interviewed separately Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and author James Baldwin about the racial climate of America. This thought-provoking film depicts the varying perspectives of three passionate, powerful leaders in the Black community.
The film was produced by WGBH Boston and aired on educational channels in the spring and summer of 1963. The center will project the 16mm film with permission from the Public Broadcasting Service.
Parking lot closures for Feb. 15-16
ORA introduces newsletter
Please direct questions regarding the newsletter to Kathryn Watkins Wendell, ORA director, at ext. 6764, or Mary Dingler at ext. 7774.
Internship in social networking available
Please encourage them to apply for the student internship position that is now available to assist with social networking for the Akron Experience. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 15. The full job description is available online.
Polymer Engineering to host lecture
Reminder: Faculty 180 deadline is Feb. 15
The next deadline for faculty to review and approve the data in Faculty 180 is Feb. 15.
The process for adding information to Faculty 180 is available online through the Office of Academic Affairs in the Faculty & Staff Resources section. Go to Faculty 180. From there, select Faculty 180 Login or Faculty 180 Training. The training is necessary for those entering the information or maintaining it in the future.
Faculty 180 is the new Web-based faculty credentials and activity reporting system. The training information also provides an excellent overview of Faculty 180.
Nancy Stokes provides access to the system. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need assistance with Faculty 180, contact the Support Center at ext. 6888.
Department of Polymer Engineering lecture
Fedder is director of the Institute of Complex Engineered Systems, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor in The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include microsensor and microactuator design and modeling; integrated MEMS manufactured in CMOS processes and structured design methodologies for MEMS.
Dr. Xiong Gong, assistant professor of polymer engineering, is the host.
Learn important lifesaving skills
Please join us for one of the 45-minute sessions scheduled. You can register at Training Seminars. All classes will be held in Student Recreation and Wellness Center 245.
- Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.
- Friday, March 22, at 1 p.m.
- Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m.
If your department would like a session, please contact Diane Weaver at email@example.com or ext. 7172 to make arrangements. If you have any questions, contact Chuck Kunsman at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5985, or Weaver.
Visiting printmaker to work with art students
Randy Bolton, head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, will be printing an edition of mixed-media (four-color screenprint and relief) prints with the assistance of printmaking students and faculty next week, Feb. 11-15.
The subscription memberships begin at $200. Members will receive a print from the edition produced by Bolton. Contact Charles Beneke, associate professor of art, at email@example.com for membership information.
Bolton will give a lecture on his work on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon in Folk Hall 165. The public is invited to stop in the print shop in Folk 121 to watch the progress of the edition between 9 a.m. and noon, or 1 and 5 p.m. next week. There will be an open studio reception on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Folk Hall 121.
Join in to support this invaluable educational experience, follow the production of an original print and collect engaging new works or art.
ZipLift competition is Feb. 22
Come test various components of your strength for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Arnold Classic Fitness Expo in Columbus March 2-4. Participation is free and awards will be given to the male and female winners of each event. The events include:
- Bench Press 1-rep Max (awards given for best overall and best relative to bodyweight)
- Deadlift 1-rep Max (awards given to best overall and best relative to bodyweight)
- Pushups (max reps)
- Pullups (max reps)
No preregistration is necessary, but you can stop in the Wellness Suite during SRWC open hours to fill out a registration form early if you like.
For questions, contact Joe Schillero at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at ext. 8373.
Upcoming School of Music performances
- Cello Day, will be held in the Choral Room, 05 in Guzzetta Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. There will be a master class with the Cleveland Orchestra's Martha Baldwin, a cello "jam session" and individualized instruction. Erica Snowden, UA's newest cello instructor, will be on hand. For more information or to register for the free event, contact Guy Bordo at email@example.com.
- The Student Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Jack Schantz, will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.
- On Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m., guest pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Jeri-Mae Astolfi will perform works by Bartok, Ravel, Lutoslawski, Leatherbarrow, Perttu, O'Riordan and James Wilding, (at right) associate college lecturer, in Guzzetta Recital Hall.
Joe Augustine's 'Piano Valentine'
Those interested can purchase Augustine's just-released "Remembering You: the Music Book" — all proceeds benefit the School of Music's All-Steinway campaign.
This performance is part of the Kulas Concert Series. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for non-UA students and free for UA students with Zip Cards. Call ext. 7570 or visit uaevents.com for more information.
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Get a pie for Valentine's Day
Get discount tickets for STOMP
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