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Registration deadline approaching
for our Black Male Summit

For a sixth year, UA will host national experts who will discuss how to encourage more black male success in the classroom and the community. 

The Black Male Summit, held April 12-13, will draw more than 600 individuals from all walks of life (the event is not only for black male students).

The two-day event is free to UA students, faculty and staff. The public may attend for $50.

Nationally recognized keynote presenters include:

  • Roderick Gillum, chairman of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
  • Dr. Steve Perry, author, television host and prep school principal;
  • Brian Heat, director of the Diverse Male Student Academy; and
  • Dr. Joseph White, psychology professor at the University of California Irvine.

More about the keynote presenters.

In addition, education leaders, experts and students will lead workshops and address topics such as:

  • “Science is Not a Color: STEM May Be for You,”
  • “Coaching Black Males into Academic Champions,”
  • “Let me Introduce Myself: How Clothing Becomes Your Hello,” and
  • “Can Black Women Raise Black Boys to be Strong Black Men?”

Conference topics include networking, race relations, self-esteem, healthy relationships and strategies for personal and professional growth. Full conference agenda.

Triangle Register online now. Registration deadline is April 8.

Direct any inquiries to 330-972-7008 or

Our Rec Center is among nation's best

UA has one of the 25 best recreation centers in the nation, according to the website Best College Reviews.

Our Student Recreation and Wellness Center is ranked 14th nationally, and Akron is one of only three Ohio schools — Ohio State and University of Cincinnati are the others — to made the cut.

Of our center, the site said, "Akron is a smaller MAC school, but they punch above their weight class with their world class student recreation facilities. The University of Akron recreation complex is 295,000 feet and features a 56-foot rock climbing wall, a leisure pool, a spa, and a lazy river. So you’ve got an indoor water park basically bolted onto a killer gym included when you attend Akron. Just the thing needed to wait out the cold Ohio winters."

Jim Walczyk, director of student recreation and wellness services, said the Rec Center remains a popular draw. "As the facility approaches its 10th anniversary, it continues to impress, as we frequently receive compliments from students, prospective students and parents.

"A lot of that attests to the quality of our employees," he added. "They work hard daily to ensure that we're providing great programming and services in a clean, safe and welcoming environment. Everything we do supports the success of our students, faculty, staff and community." Story continues online.

Nominations open for CPAC

The Contract Professional Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for 2013-2016 members. Here is a list of the criteria:

  • No self-nominations.
  • Each contract professional is allowed to nominate one contract professional.
  • Only full-time contract professionals are eligible.
  • Nominees are required to serve a three-year term on the CPAC.
  • Nominees may be asked to serve on University Council.

This is a great way to represent your constituents on campus and have an opportunity to become engaged in the decision making process that affects all contract professionals.

If you would like to nominate a contract professional, please first determine that they are willing to commit the time (the committee meets once a month), and then send the nominee's name and contact information to

All nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 5. All nominees will be announced in E-Mail Digest and voting will take place from April 9 through April 16.

Services announced for Irene Stallings

Irene C. Stallings, a building services worker certified, died March 24. She was 54.

A lifelong Akron resident who graduated from East High School in 1977, Stallings worked at St. Thomas Hospital for many years before joining UA’s Department of Physical Facilities in 2005. 

Stallings is survived by daughter, Tanishia Stallings; son, Darshaun Stallings; grandchildren, Jason Campbell and Jaida and Jaionna Stallings, and other family members.

A service will be held Friday, March 29, at noon at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 825 Buchtel Ave., Akron. Friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. A full obituary is available online at

‘Learning and the MOOC’

The Institute for Teaching and Learning and Instructional Services invite you to attend some or all of the “ELI Online Spring Focus Session: Learning and the MOOC” one-hour presentations scheduled between noon and 5 p.m. on April 3 and April 4. All sessions will be held in Leigh Hall 414, with discussion opportunities available in Leigh Hall 416.

To register for a specific session (or a full half day), visit to the ITL Seminar site. To learn more, here is the ELI Online conference description.

Osher Scholarship deadline is April 12

Please share with any adult students you know that applications are being accepted through April 12 for The Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship for Adult Students.

The scholarship was established by The Bernard Osher Foundation to provide assistance to adult learners who otherwise might not be able to afford a college education. It offers a financial incentive, as well as important recognition, for the most qualified students to work toward degree completion and, ultimately, fulfill their career objectives.

Students selected to be Osher Scholars will:

  • Be between 25 and 50 years of age
  • Have been away from school for a minimum of 5 years
  • Be working toward the completion of first baccalaureate degree
  • Be enrolled full-time (carrying at least 12 hours)
  • Have a minimum of one semester completed at The University of Akron with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Eligible adult learners can apply online or obtain an application in the UA Adult Focus Office in Schrank Hall North 260. For more information, visit the UA Adult Focus website or call ext. 5793.

‘Navigating the Practice of Law
in the Wake of Ethics 20/20’

The School of Law Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will hold a symposium on April 4 and 5 at Quaker Square Inn titled “Navigating the Practice of Law in the Wake of Ethics 20/20: Globalization, New Technologies and What it Means to be a Lawyer in These Uncertain Times.” 

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 has undertaken a comprehensive review of the profession’s current ethics rules in light of major changes to the practice of law, including new technologies and the globalization of the delivery of legal services. This intensive review has taken more than three years. The first set of the commission’s recommendations was adopted by the ABA in August 2012. The Ethics 20/20 and Uncertain Times Symposium will not only assess the work of Ethics 20/20 – in terms of both process and substance – but will also examine the current landscape for the delivery of legal services in the United States and elsewhere.

International and national experts in the professional responsibility field, including persons involved in the Ethics 20/20 Commission’s work, ABA staff counsel and a diverse group of lawyers, in-house counsel, academics and judges will present papers assessing the commission’s work and examining related questions.

The symposium is chaired by Frank E. Quirk, director, and Jack P. Sahl, faculty director. Cost to attend is $150 and $125 for School of Law alumni. A $125 group rate is available for two or more attendees from the same organization. Register online, e-mail or call ext. 6363.

UA adds to veteran-friendly initiatives

The University of Akron continues to build on its reputation of caring for students who have returned from active duty to begin or resume their studies. Last fall, thanks to a gift from the Blair Family Foundation, UA established an emergency fund that provides interest-free loans to student-veterans. The loans can be used for any unexpected event – such as a car repair or a housing deposit – that threatens to disrupt or prevent a student-veteran’s college education.

Currently, the campus community includes approximately 1,300 student-veterans, along with 135 faculty and staff members who are military veterans. Over the years, UA has made a concerted effort to develop a veteran-friendly culture, and Crain’s Cleveland Business recently called the University a “standout” for its offerings, which include the high-tech Musson Veterans Lounge, a fast-track two-year degree, and a partnership with the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to provide specialized therapies and clinical services.

The Blair Family Foundation was established by Faye Blair and her late husband, Tom, a Korean War veteran, Marine infantryman and local business leader who attended UA. The foundation has a long tradition of demonstrating its appreciation for men and women in all branches of the military, especially those who have returned from active duty to continue their education at UA.

In addition to the emergency loan fund, the foundation has provided financial support over the years to create and maintain a Korean War memorial on campus, and to establish the Musson Veterans Lounge, where student-veterans can relax, connect and attend programs of special interest to them.

Military service members interested in applying for this loan should contact the Military Services Center at  or call ext. 7838. If you have questions, please contact Mary Rossett at ext. 7382.

Retirement reception for Debra Keller

Debra Keller, professor of computer information systems, is retiring after 31 years of service. An open house in her honor will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Polsky Building, Conference Room 339 (enter through the Advising doors). Please join her colleagues in celebrating her final days at the University.

ASCE Student Chapter receives award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter was chosen from a field of 281 as the winner of the 2013 Robert Ridgway Award, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award, which is based on the chapter's activities and accomplishments, was presented to UA for the chapter's collaboration on special projects and activities with other organizations, including involvement in such projects as Adopt a Highway, FIRST LEGO League District Tournament and E-Week events.

Check out local trails for running

Are you tired of running on the treadmill, pavement or track? Do you want to challenge yourself and your running? Join us on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m., starting April 4, and continuing to May 2 as we run some of the finest local trails. There is no charge for students and faculty and staff members of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

We will start off with easy to moderate trails and progress to more challenging trails as the series unfolds. We will provide transportation to the trailhead and back to the SRWC. For more information, contact Ashley Mowen at ext. 6956 or

Outdoor climbing trip set April 13

As the weather gets warmer, the Outdoor Adventure Center will take climbing outside for some real outdoor fun. Our first trip is Saturday, April 13, to Logtown, and our second trip will be Saturday, April 27, to Whipps Ledges.

Each trip offers a full day of climbing. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff members of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Contact Ashley Mowen at ext. 6956 or for additional information.

Catch the dream at Thomas Hall

Faculty and staff can catch the dream and take advantage of the discount ticket price of $26.50 when the new production of "Dreamgirls" hits the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall stage on April 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Tony and Academy Award-winning musical tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. 

Discount tickets must be purchased in person at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office with a valid Zip Card on selected seats only. The discount is not valid on previously purchased tickets. For more information visit

Repeated News Items Follow

Faculty: Retirement planning advice from STRS

Shara Bailey, a higher education retirement plan coordinator at STRS Ohio, will present a 90-minute seminar titled "Retiring with Confidence" at noon, Tuesday, April 2, in Room 245 of the Rec Center.

Among other topics, Bailey will discuss important decisions you need to consider before retirement. Reserve your seat now. |

April 3 campus forum for library dean candidate

Meet Michele M. Reid, candidate for dean of University Libraries, at an open campus forum on Wednesday, April 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Bierce Library 154. For a copy of the position advertisement and Reid’s application materials, please e-mail Kaye Ketcham at

Clicker demonstrations on campus in April

We invite your attendance and encourage your feedback in April as five vendors of audience response systems (“clickers”) visit campus to demonstrate the features of their products. Here is the schedule for the remaining presentations, which will be held at 10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. on these dates:

  • Monday, April 8, Turning Technologies, Student Union 316
  • Tuesday, April 9, eInstruction, Student Union 316

UA has used clickers for more than nine years, both for credit courses and for administrative and special events. Instructors use clickers as a pedagogical tool to emphasize inquiry, dialogue and debate in the Socratic tradition; as a formative tool to provide immediate feedback on concept attainment; and as a classroom management tool to encourage student engagement and monitor student performance and attendance. Clickers are also used on and off campus for guest lectures, presentations, and anonymous audience surveys and votes.

With the availability of virtual clicker systems that allow participants to use wireless mobile devices for responding, UA has arrived at a crossroads in implementation and support. Currently, such devices are not interoperable with the system in use at UA. Therefore, we have invited five vendors, including our present vendor, to demonstrate systems that would allow the use of virtual devices. Virtual technology could also enable real-time participation by remote distance learning students (attending at a connected distance learning class or through a desktop connection). 

The invited vendors responded to an RFP written by an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate, consisting of longtime clicker users joined by three members of Instructional Services. You can view the faculty resolution on the website of Instructional Services.

Please announce rescheduled
Student Trustee information session

Undergraduate Student Government is asking that faculty members please announce that an information session on the upcoming opening for a Student Trustee on The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees now is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in Student Union 310. The session previously was planned for March 21.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to become further involved with their University, to gain leadership and managerial experience at a high level, and to shape the future of The University of Akron.  Attendance at an information session is not required, but highly encouraged for potential applicants.

The Student Trustee position will become available on July 1, 2013, for a two-year term that ends on July 1, 2015. Interested and qualified UA students must complete an application and return it to the Undergraduate Student Government office by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Applications are available from Undergraduate Student Government, SU 133, or online at Undergraduate Student Government.

Five nominees will be selected from the applicant pool and submitted to President Luis Proenza, who will review and forward nominee applications and resumes to the Governor of Ohio, who has sole authority to make the final appointment decision.

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Clemons at ext. 7003.

Charles M. Knight Lecture is April 2

The 27th Charles M. Knight Lecture will be presented by Dr. Anthony J. Arduengo on Tuesday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Mary Gladwin Hall 111 — “The Lotus Elise. Fast agile cars and their chemistry.” Arduengo is the Saxon Professor of Chemistry at The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. Arduengo will present a second lecture on Wednesday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. in Mary Gladwin Hall 111 titled “Stable Carbenes: The development of an amazingly vast research area.” Both lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For additional information, please contact the Department of Chemistry at ext. 8385.

Whitby Lecture Series to feature
speaker from Tokyo

Dr. Kyoko Nozaki will deliver two presentations for the Department of Polymer Science Whitby Lecture Series on April 4 and 5 in Goodyear Polymer Center Auditorium, Room 229. Nozaki is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology in the School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo.
  • Synthesis and Properties of Linear Ethylene/Polar Monomer Copolymers, Thursday, April 4, 2 p.m.
  • Synthesis of Sterecontrolled Polymers Made of Carbon Monoxide or Carbon Dioxide, Friday, April 5, 11 a.m.

Read the abstracts for the lectures online.

Student 'Drop-in Night' to be hosted
at the Akron Art Museum

Please announce to your students that as part of the uArts Initiative, University of Akron students will have an opportunity to drop in at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, April 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.   

Students may browse the art collections in the galleries at the museum as well as participate in an “Art History 101 lecture: Danny Lyon in Context.” See the Akron Art Museum calendar to learn more.

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Students should bring their Zip Cards with them.

Food for Fines continues through April 7

Did you return a book a little late? Forgot what time your laptop was due? Your chance to pay off those charges and help a good cause is here. Starting Monday, March 18, and continuing through April 7, University Libraries and the Law Library will sponsor their annual Food for Fines drive for the Akron-Canton Food Bank. You can bring in nonperishable food items to pay your fines. One food item equals one dollar toward your fines and there is no limit on the number of items you may donate. This offer cannot be used to pay for billed or lost items. The food goes to the Akron-Canton Food Bank for its Harvest for Hunger Campaign. Food may be dropped off at the Bierce Library Circulation desk, Science and Technology Library, or the Law Library.

Wayne College Career Expo is April 12

The 2013 Career Expo at The University of Akron Wayne College is planned Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Life Building, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville.

Wayne County Employment & Training Connection, and Wayne County Common Good Inc., will be on hand. Both are nonprofit organizations that offer public services to Wayne County and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit the Wayne College Career Expo online.

Reminder: March 31 the deadline to register
for engineering summer camps

Editor's note: This item includes the correct dates for the Summer Experience in Engineering (See UA) Summer Camp.

Women in Engineering will once again offer summer camps for girls in middle and high school interested in learning more about engineering as a career.

Multiplying Your Options (MYO) Summer Camp, will be offered Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost is $140 and includes lunch each day. A T-shirt and bag are included. Registration continues through March 31.

Girls entering the seventh and eighth grades will be introduced to biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering through hands-on activities and tours of local engineering firms. The students also will work as teams to design edible cars and compete against each other.

Summer Experience in Engineering (See UA) Summer Camp will be offered Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on June 14. Overnight camp dates are Sunday, June 9, to Friday, June 14.

SEE UA is a one-week residential summer camp for girls entering the ninth through 12th grades that immerses them in biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering with hands-on engineering activities in the morning, tours of local engineering firms in the afternoon and campus-wide activities in the evening.

The campers working as teams on engineering design projects or research projects and then compete against other camp teams at the end of the week. They live in residence housing located on campus, where the resident assistants are upper-class engineering students. Day camp is available for students that have evening obligations. The cost to attend the overnight camp is $450 (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) and $250 to attend the day camp (includes breakfast and lunch). A t-shirt and bag are included.

Visit Women in Engineering for more information and to register.

Upcoming Intramural Sports deadline

Registration for spring intramural tennis, dodgeball and kin-ball will close on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. While this is the deadline, sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to register early. All teams must be registered online and have paid the registration fee before the April 3 deadline. Log on to Intramural Leagues for more details and to register.

Please contact the OASIS Office with any questions at ext. 6956 or e-mail

'Dance Destination Akron' is April 4-5

Contemporary ballet, modern dance, surrealist art and elements of hip-hop are on the program when the UA Dance Company presents its Spring 2013 "Dance Destination Akron" concert on April 4-5 at 8 p.m. in E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Among the choreographers is Tom Evert, co-artistic director of Cleveland-based DANCEVERT. Also featured are works choreographed by dance faculty members Kara Stewart, Robin Prichard and Cydney Spohn. Stewart has choreographed a contemporary ballet piece inspired by a poem that reveals the fears of life and the challenges that come with those fears. Prichard's modern dance work takes the audience into the surrealist world influenced by artists who set the rules and redefined them. Rounding out the concert is Spohn's "Variations," which combines contemporary ballet with influences of modern dance and hip-hop. The dancers are students from the UA Dance Program, along with students from the UA Dance Institute's pre-professional dance program for children ages 3-18. Available in advance and at the door, tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors and UA faculty, staff and alumni, and $7 for students. Visit the Thomas Hall Ticket Office or call ext. 7570.

Easter buffet planned at Schumacher's

Join University Dining Services at Schumacher's restaurant, for an Easter buffet on Sunday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu choices include hand-carved honey glazed ham, stuffed chicken breast, sweet potatoes, and desserts from The Pie Factory. The cost is $18 per person, and $9 for children 12 and under. Call ext. 2982 to make your reservations.

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