Mandatory arrest laws may hurt domestic violence victims
Law designed to protect victims may be backfiring, according to recent research by two sociologists.
New work by French choreographer on program for UA Dance Company
The performances will also feature original works choreographed by UA dance faculty.
Art students learning career lessons for this summer and beyond
Sherry Simms created and teaches the new “Boston Mills Experience” course at The at UA's Myers School of Art.
UA Terpsichore Dance Club presents ‘Spring Into Dance’
The student-orchestrated production showcasing the works of seven student choreographers will be presented April 2-4.
‘Lifeboat’ tells harrowing true tale at UA Daum Theatre
Two public performances of “Lifeboat” are April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. in Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall on the UA campus.
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Research Spotlight: History
Professors Rewrite Ohio History, Creating a “First-rate” Reference
Book based on new interdisciplinary scholarship, published by Wiley Blackwell
Drs. Kevin Kern and Gregory Wilson, associate professors of history at UA, turned to the latest scholarship in geology, archaeology, history and political science to produce Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State. It was published this fall by Wiley Blackwell of Boston.
Economics student earns State Department scholarship to study in China
The University of Akron’s Benjamin Nypaver, a senior economics major, will spend two months in Guangzhou, China, as one of the 550 national recipients of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.
The scholarship, intended to increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian, provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.
Nypaver, who is in the Honors College, will leave for China on June 13. He is one of the 20 students nationwide selected to take courses in Mandarin from Chinese instructors in Guangzhou.
“Knowing Chinese languages is very useful in our global economy,” Nypaver says. “It definitely makes me more marketable to be able to go abroad for companies and negotiate.”
Nypaver, who could neither speak nor read a word of Mandarin before taking courses as a freshman, proved a quick study, attributing his success with the tonal language to his musical background.
“I’m good at mimicking sounds and have a good ear for tone, which I attribute to my years playing piano, saxophone and woodwinds,” he says.
But more than anything, Nypaver credits his 10-month stay in 2012 in Kaifeng, China, through UA’s Confucius Institute study abroad program, an experience that taught him about much more than language.
Benefits of studying abroad
“You learn so much, not just about the country and language, but about yourself,” he says. “You learn to adapt and react. And you gain a lot of confidence. If you can deal with being dropped in another country, and having to learn to another language, then everything here seems easier. I can’t stress enough how glad I am that I did this. I had to delay graduation a year, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.”
Each year the Confucius Institute, a partnership between UA and Henan University in China, offers Chinese language and culture immersion trips to Kaifeng. It also hosts “China Week” each fall, a celebration of diverse aspects of Chinese culture.
“There are so many great opportunities offered by the Confucius Institute,” Nypaver says, “which students don’t seem to be aware of. I encourage everyone to study abroad. I think the University should make it mandatory, in fact.”