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Fall Class of 2013 to be celebrated
UA will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to the members of the Fall Class of 2013 at commencement ceremonies scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. President Luis M. Proenza will deliver the commencement address at each ceremony.
Nearly 1,500 degrees will be awarded this fall.
Three students are being singled out for an additional honor— speaking on behalf of their fellow classmates at commencement ceremonies. Shelby Torre, who will receive a B.S. in Nursing, magna cum laude, will speak at Friday's ceremony. Victoria E. Barrientos, who will be awarded a B.A. in Business and Organizational Communication, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday Jordan T. Pana, who will receive a B.B.A. in Marketing Management and Integrated Marketing Communications, summa cum laude, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Torre, (at left), an Akron native who is the first person in her family to earn a college degree, is a STEM Scholar and member of the Honors College. Torre has worked as a nurse technician at Akron General Medical Center since 2012, and will begin her nursing career there, working with oncology patients. She plans to be back on campus this fall, working toward her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Read more.
Pana, (at right), who has been active in campus organizations throughout his years at UA, has worked with fellow business students to create the S.T.R.I.V.E. Scholarship — Success Through Resilience, Initiative, Values and Endurance — as their honors project. The scholarship is designed to help other business students who need just a little financial aid to finish their degree work and graduate. It is one of the few student-initiated scholarships in UA history. Read more.
Barrientos, a student-veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been active in UA's Military Veterans Association and most recently served as its president. She is one of 66 student-veterans being awarded degrees this fall. UA's graduating student-veterans are given red, white and blue honor cords in recognition of their service to the United States. To the headlines.
UA hosts corrosion experts
for workshop this week
The late American poet Hart Crane wrote of the Brooklyn Bridge, "And we have seen night lifted in thine arms."
But no bridge can stand for long, let alone lift the weight of night and traffic when corrosion cripples its foundation. And corrosion cripples the nation's infrastructure at a cost of $400 billion a year.
UA is addressing the nation's failing infrastructure by bringing together many of the greatest minds in corrosion engineering and related fields. They will work to devise solutions during a workshop on corrosion management for sustainable bridges today through Dec. 12 at the Student Union Ballroom.
Workshop co-chair is Joe Payer, chief scientist of UA's National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP), and an internationally recognized expert in corrosion engineering. He says that "corrosion costs are huge," and that "we need sound strategies to reduce costs, effective programs to realize savings and action to implement these programs." Story continues online
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Supporting Student Success Series
to continue through the spring
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Teaching and Learning will continue to offer the Supporting Student Success Series during spring semester. Geared toward faculty, staff, contract professionals and teaching assistants, the series explores what we can do to better support the success of our students.
Two “In the Classroom” discussions are scheduled:
“Writing Assignments are Key to Student Success,” presented by Janet Bean, associate professor of English, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Leigh Hall 414.
“Language Difference Matters in the Classroom: African-American Language,” presented by Dr. Arthur L. Palacas, linguist and professor of English; Telsha Curry, graduate student in English; and Michael Davis, a senior honors English major, Thursday, Jan. 30, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Leigh Hall 414.
The “Outside the Classroom” strategies session is:
“Motivating Students Through High Standards,” presented by Jim Tressel, vice president, strategic engagement, Tuesday, Jan 21, 9:55 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Leigh Hall 414.
Please visit the ITL website
often for information on upcoming topics and to register to attend sessions at the ITL Online Registration
. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stellar speakers for 'Rethinking Race'
Rethinking Race will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 14, with an stellar lineup of speakers scheduled to appear. Chief among them:
- Michele Norris, the NPR correspondent, will lead her thought-provoking exercise “The Race Card Project.”
- Family physician and epidemiologist Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (bio) will present “Racial Disparities, Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity.”
- Educator and writer Tim Wise (website) will present “The Pathology of Privilege.”
Dates, times and the full Rethinking Race schedule will be announced soon in the Digest. To the headlines.
Save the date: MLK Activities Fair is Jan. 20
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair hosted on campus enables the community to mark the holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off.” It also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families.
The celebration has been very well received and attended, and the children enjoy the activities and excitement of being on a college campus. Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage nonviolence, civic responsibility, respect for differences and the importance of education.
Please save the date for the upcoming “day on” — Monday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. For additional information, contact the Multicultural Center at ext. 7008. To the headlines.
Students put classroom learning into practice
Members of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences' Family Homelessness class helped to create a festive harvest dinner last month for homeless students in the Akron Public Schools and their families. Hosted by the Salvation Army and organized by Project RISE, the event drew more than 150 people and featured arts and literacy activities, a Thanksgiving dinner, giveaways and entertainment. (Pictured above at the harvest dinner are Debra Manteghi and UA students DeOntae Moore, Je/Nae Dozier and Jerome Lane.)
Taught by Debra Manteghi, the class focuses on the causes and effects of homelessness as well as laws surrounding the issue. In addition to volunteering at the dinner, students worked with Project RISE staff to get an in-depth look at how the organization helps children and families experiencing homelessness. Manteghi is an assistant lecturer in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She also works for Akron Public Schools as the program manager for Project R.I.S.E. and is the district's homeless education liason.
Project RISE, federally funded through the Ohio Department of Education, is a collaborative program of the Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community. It provides supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. During the 2012-2013 school year, Project RISE Identified and served more than 1,200 Akron students who were experiencing homelessness. To the headlines.
Pie Factory will do your holiday baking
Too busy to bake this season? Let the Pie Factory do it for you. Cookie trays are available to order and pick up through Dec. 20. Choose a tray of 36 for $20.99 or a tray of 60 for $35.99. All trays include an assortment of holiday cutouts, seasonal favorites and even Zippy cookies! Call ext. 7492 to place your order. To the headlines.
Reminder: Free tickets to Jingle Jazz
concert with Boston Brass
Wrap a jazzy bow around the holidays with the highly acclaimed Boston Brass on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Faculty and staff can receive up to two free VIP tickets per valid Zip Card for the Jingle Jazz concert at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office through Friday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. (No refunds on previously purchased tickets.)
Joining the Boston Brass will be trumpeter Jack Schantz, pianist Joe Augustine, vocalist Patty LaNasa and more musical merrymakers from the School of Music.
Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. The Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble will be performing during a festive holiday reception in the Robertson Lobby, where David Szalay, assistant professor of graphic design, will sign First Night posters. Szalay created the artwork featuring a green owl surrounded by fireworks for the family friendly event that is held each New Year's Eve in downtown Akron. Reception gift bags will feature a 2013 First Night pin, Thomas Hall pen and more. Parking is free.
The event is part of the UArts Initiative. The reception is being hosted by the Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Thomas Hall and the School of Music. The concert is presented by the School of Music's Kulas Concert Series and Thomas Hall. To the headlines.
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Springboard course cleanup under way
In November, we initiated the process of cleaning up courses in Springboard. We are currently on Step 1 of the process in which courses that will be deleted have been identified and labeled. We will archive these courses on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Before we archive them, we highly recommend that you make your own backup of any courses that you wish to keep.
More information, including steps for archiving and frequently asked questions, can be found on the Springboard Course Cleanup information page. To the headlines.
Commercialization of new polymers
is focus of PAM Lecture
“Commercialization of a New Polymer – Design, Synthesis, Scale‐up and Application Development” will be presented by Toshio Suzuki, Ph.D.,
as part of the Polymer and Advanced Materials Lecture Series on Friday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Goodyear Polymer Center Auditorium, Room 229.
Suzuki is vice president of research and development at Kuraray America, Inc., located in Houston, Texas. The Japanese company manufactures polymers, specialty chemicals, fibers and materials. Learn more. To the headlines.
Please complete Campus Usage Survey
for Parking and Transportation Services
Parking and Transportation Services has conducted onsite vehicle counting to determine the usage patterns on the main campus. In addition to this vehicle data, we ask you to take part in an online survey as an opportunity to provide your personal feedback on your parking lot usage.
Please follow this survey link
to an internal campus survey. Instructions are provided at the beginning of the survey. Thank you for your time and feel free to contact email@example.com
if you have questions or concerns. To the headlines.
Attend Wellness Wednesday to learn
how your outlook impacts your health
“Change Your Thoughts: Improve Your Health” will be presented by Susan Fee of Impact Solutions at the next Wellness Wednesday talk on Dec. 11 in Student Union 312.
The Wellness Wednesday speaker series is presented by Talent Development and Human Resources, and all sessions are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m.
Reservations requested. Reserve your seat now. To the headlines.
Fall 2013 final grades submission
Final grades submission of graduate and undergraduate grades for the 2013 fall semester via My Akron is quickly approaching. The My Akron icon can be found at the top of the UA homepage
- Final grade rosters will be available beginning Friday, Dec. 6.
- Access to final grade rosters will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, the deadline for submitting all final grades.
- To ensure that your final grade rosters will be available to you when you need them, it is recommended that you access My Akron as soon as possible to verify that an electronic class roster is presently available for each class/section that you are a primary or secondary instructor of record. If a class roster is not available for each class/section that you teach, please contact your department immediately to correct the instructor-of-record information.
- The assignment of an I (incomplete) grade “indicates that the student has done passing work in the course but that some part of the work is, for good and acceptable reason, not complete at the end of the term.” Visit Grade Policy and Credit.
- The assignment of an IP (in progress) grade “indicates that the student has not completed the scheduled coursework during the semester because the nature of the course does not permit completion within a single semester, such as work toward a thesis. An IP grade should be assigned only in graduate courses.” Visit Grade Policy and Credit.
- Instructors are strongly encouraged to enter a student's last date of attendance, if applicable, for those students receiving an "F" or "NCR" (no credit) grade. The Software Training and Technological Services website provides documentation on this process, as well as an online tutorial.
- All grades entered and saved will be posted to the student’s academic record nightly. Once a final grade (A – F or CR/NCR) has been posted, grade changes cannot be made electronically. In the event that you discover an error in the assignment of a final grade that has already been posted, you will need to complete and submit an official Change of Grade to the Office of the University Registrar. The Change of Grade form is available in My Akron through the Faculty/Staff tab. Posted grades of I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress) or NGR (No Grade Reported) may be changed online via the applicable grade roster in My Akron at any time after the I, IP, or NGR has been posted.
- Please take a moment to view the online “Record Grades” tutorial, which will provide you with instructions for entering grades.
Please direct technical questions about online grade entry to the Technology Learning Support Center at ext. 6888. If you have any questions regarding the timeline for grade entry, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the University Registrar at ext. 8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To the headlines.
How to help a student who is having difficulties
Services for students during Finals Week
A variety of services are planned to lower the stress level as students prepare for finals. Please remind your classes that University Libraries
has extended hours, along with Dining Services
and the Student Union.
At the Student Union, free snacks will be passed out from 10 to 11 p.m., and free coffee will be available from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday. Rob’s Café will host a Pancake Study Break on Monday from 9 to 11 p.m. The food is free for all students with valid Zip Cards. To the headlines.
Training sessions scheduled
for supervisors of students
Did you know that more than 2,400 students are employed by UA? Come to a student supervisor training session to gain valuable knowledge or to be refreshed on the ins and outs of our student employment program.
- “Level 1 Training: Nuts and Bolts of Student Employment,” Monday, Dec. 16, 10 to 11 a.m., Student Union 321. "Nuts and Bolts" will cover the basics of hiring a student employee —
from advertising student positions and hiring paperwork to work-study procedures and much more. It will also provide you with vital information regarding the rights and responsibilities of both the student and the employer.
- “Level II Training: Interviewing, Training and Managing Student Employee,” Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Student Union 321. This session will focus on how to find the best student for the job; developing a successful training program; and how to motivate, evaluate, manage and deal with student employee issues. In addition, participants will learn tips for providing quick feedback, the benefits of using goal setting and recognition ideas.
Visit Training Seminars to register. To the headlines.
Faculty and students to present
on making technologies profitable
We are looking for inventive and entrepreneurial students and faculty who might qualify for $2,500 in grant funding to develop a great idea into a marketable and successful product or service. With funding from the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Sites Program
, we are putting together teams of faculty, students and mentors to help commercialize ideas coming from any type of research (faculty from all colleges are encouraged to apply).
Teams are taught the principles of marketing and product development (talking with potential customers, identifying channels to market, developing revenue-generating and partnership strategies).
For more information, contact the I-Corps Sites Program via e-mail at email@example.com. Applications are open through Jan. 31, 2014. To the headlines.
Quality Matters in Online Course Design
Two new cohorts have been added to the offering of Quality Matters in Online Course Design co-hosted by Instructional Services and the Institute for Teaching and Learning. COHORT 24 will begin on Feb. 10, and COHORT 25 will begin on March 31. Each cohort will run four weeks.
The Quality Matters in Online Course Design online workshop is appropriate for instructors who are interested in developing fully online or hybrid courses. The course 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. Visit Quality Matters online to learn more.
Please register for one session only at ITL Online Registration. To the headlines.
Can you accept that gift?
It's the season for giving. Here's what you should know about the state's ethics laws as they pertain to gifts.
In general, Ohio's Ethics Laws prohibit public employees from either soliciting or accepting “things of value” from parties with whom they do business or from parties seeking to do business with a public entity.
Gifts, meals and entertainment are included in “things of value” if their value has a “substantial” and “improper” influence upon the public employee in the performance of his/her duties.
UA has a parallel provision in its Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment policy whereby a university employee may not “give or accept anything of value that may substantially or improperly influence him or her with respect to his or her university duties.” Whether a gift, meal, entertainment and other things of value could have a “substantial” and “improper” influence upon a public employee depends on the facts and circumstances.
If you would like further guidance, please contact the Office of General Counsel at ext. 7830. | To the headlines.
Learn to develop an online course
Design and Development and the Institute for Teaching and Learning will host “Designing and Developing Your Online Course: A 40-hour Hands-on Workshop” from Feb. 3 to April 16. It will meet every Monday and Wednesday in Leigh Hall 208
from 2 to 4 p.m.
Design and development staff will demonstrate all of the steps needed to move your content to an online delivery format. Demonstrations will be followed by hands-on time to implement the information into your own course. Each participant will be assigned an instructional/curriculum designer to guide him or her through the process. Participants will leave with a variety of resources, including templates, handouts, samples and completed course content.
Registration is required. As a prerequisite, participants should be very comfortable using the basic features of Springboard. You will need to bring materials with you for the course you will be developing during the workshop. Register at ITL Seminars. To the headlines.
SEAC hosting Giving Tree
The Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) is sponsoring a Giving Tree to collect items for Summit County Children’s Services Holiday Toy Room. The tree will be set up in front of DocuZip (during its hours of operation) in the Student Union from Wednesday, Dec. 4, to Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The Holiday Toy Room is a place where foster parents, caregivers and client families “shop” for toys and gifts to give to their children. No money is exchanged – everything is available at no cost to eligible agency client families. Donations of toys and gifts for all ages of children, especially infants and teens, are needed. Please feel free to hang hats, gloves, scarves and small gifts right on the tree. Children’s Services has provided a list of age-appropriate gift items.
All collected items will be delivered to Summit County Children Services by Friday, Dec. 15. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Semilia at ext. 7087. To the headlines.
New minimum wage rate begins Jan. 1
The state of Ohio has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2014, the new minimum wage rate in Ohio will be $7.95 per hour. The Student Employment Office, Human Resources and the Payroll Office will work together to apply the 2014 minimum wage increase automatically to those employees and student assistants currently earning less than $7.95 per hour. Lists of the employees and student assistants affected will be distributed to department chairs and directors before Dec. 20.
For student employees only:
- For all student assistants currently being paid $7.85-$7.94, the pay rate will be automatically increased to $7.95 by the Office of Student Employment. No paperwork is necessary on the part of supervisors.
- Student assistants working on Dec. 30 or 31 who are affected by this increase will have their compensation adjusted by payroll to reflect the accurate rate of pay for that pay period.
For questions regarding student employees, please contact Anna Bahvala, assistant director of student employment, at Bahvala@uakron.edu
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Akron Roundtable: Focus on the arts
A panel discussion featuring Akron’s newest arts leaders will be presented at the next Akron Roundtable on Thursday, Dec. 12, at noon in the Quaker Station Ballroom. Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs is the luncheon sponsor.
Moderated by Dave Lieberth, Akron's retired deputy mayor, the panel will include Mark Masuoka, executive director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum; Paul Jarrett, executive director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra; and Jarrod Hartzler, executive director of the Tuesday Musical Association.
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 in the School of Music, the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration, and Myers School or Art to attend. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for questions. To ensure parking for those attending, you are urged to walk or to ride the Roo Express shuttle to Quaker Square. To the headlines.
Tickets are still available
to see Art Garfunkel Dec. 11
Singer, poet and actor Art Garfunkel is coming to the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall Stage Door on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
Be a part of "An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel" as you join an acoustic performance with songs, anecdotes, prose and a unique audience Q&A session.
Tickets are $65 and are available at Ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at ext. 7570.
For more information, call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at ext. 7570 or visit UAevents.com. To the headlines.
Zip Card offices have gift cards available
Gift cards are always available at our Zip Card offices. You can choose from a variety of different dining locations on campus or get one card that can be used at all dining locations. These on-campus cards make a great holiday gift for co-workers or student employees.
Please stop by one of our Zip Card offices today to pick up some holiday gift cards. Offices are located in Honors Complex 142, Simmons Hall 106, or at the Polsky Building by the food court on the third floor, Visit Zip Card Office online to learn more, or call ext. 5637. To the headlines.
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Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is noon the day before distribution.
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Zipmail is the weekly e-newsletter for students. Submit an item for Zipmail.
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