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Brand toolbox includes refreshed PowerPoint, stationery and other goodies

The Department of University Communications and Marketing has revised UA’s brand standards and refreshed many visual elements to reflect the designation of The University of Akron as Ohio’s Polytechnic University.

Items recently added to the toolbox include:

Looking for something? Send a note to ucm@uakron.edu.

Related: UA's polytechnic site


Zook Hall to reopen in April

Zook Hall rendering

Construction on Zook Hall, home of the College of Education, is on track for completion by February 2016. With the installation of furniture and technology, it is expected that the newly renovated building will be occupied by faculty, staff and students by April 2016, reports Capital Planning and Facilities Management.

July 15 photo of Zook Hall construction from save view as renderingThe renovation project on the 52-year-old Zook Hall first began in May 2014 with the construction of temporary space for the college on the third floor of Central Hower STEM High School. The college was relocated to this temporary “swing” space prior to the start of the fall semester.

Construction began on a completely new Zook Hall within its existing envelope following interior demolition and hazardous material abatement. The state-of-the-art facility now orients the building around a central core — providing faculty, staff and students with a variety of social and individual and group study spaces. A three-story glass addition on the north side of the façade will showcase specialized teaching laboratories. A unique outdoor terrace, open to all, will be located just outside the third floor. (Both features are seen prominently in the artist's rendering above. Seen in the picture above, taken July 15, is the north side of the facade under construction.)