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President outlines a vision for UA during City Club speech today
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National Center for Choreography launching here at UA
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Students encouraged to check their summer 2015 course schedules via My Akron
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New grads share commencement weekend photos
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Get professional advice on resumes and interviewing from Verizon!
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Recent Positions Posted on Career Link
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Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 Academic Year
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Parking updates through May 21
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President outlines a vision for UA during City Club speech today May 15
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In a forthright and compelling speech at the venerable City Club of Cleveland, President Scott L. Scarborough today outlined a vision for The University of Akron that includes a distinction as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University.” He described the genesis of the idea and clearly defined what it means:

President Scott L. Scarborough “Career-focused. Connected to industry. Experiential. Technology-infused. In both the Sciences and the Arts. It is what some have called the merger of the practical arts with the liberal arts. It is who we are, and who we will aspire to be—in increasing measure.”

Scarborough explained that shortly after assuming the presidency last July, he was given a directive from the UA Board of Trustees: to elevate the reputation of the University to attract more students, faculty and research dollars; to ensure financial strength and sustainability; and to develop a strategy for growth and distinction. He noted in his speech that it is crucial to build a university’s perceived brand identity in the public’s mind, and then continually strengthen that brand identity by being true to that identity in both word and deed.”

During his half-hour speech, he built the case for repositioning the University. He cited research that predicts half of all U.S. colleges and universities will cease to exist in the next 50 years. He compared universities to hospitals, saying that many state regional universities are destined to suffer the fate of community hospitals. And he outlined the continuing challenges facing universities, including declining enrollments and decreasing government support, too much debt, increasing regulation, “new competitors everywhere, unhappy faculty, worried trustees, fearful administrators, and a political system that reduces state funding for higher education, then expresses outrage over tuition increases!”

In a forward-looking and optimistic view of the future, Scarborough also predicted that UA would thrive by fully embracing its identity as a polytechnic university and creating new programs that “give our students even more of a competitive advantage in the job and business markets after they graduate from college.”

He announced the development of new centers, including:


  • Jeff Hoffman and Mario Garzia Center for Data Sciences and Information Technology that would help UA become the go-to university for information technology professions, led by former Microsoft partner, executive and UA alumnus Mario Garzia.

  • Center for Experiential Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Civic Engagement to connect more of our students to internships, service learning, study abroad and business start-up activities, led by Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com and author/entrepreneur.

  • National Center for Choreography in partnership with DANCECleveland, to provide a home for innovative dance makers to create new works in a technologically enriched environment, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The center would offer students expanded opportunities to work with professional companies and artists as they experience both the artistic and business aspects of dance.


Scarborough said the vision he put forth was shaped by months of thoughtful conversations that took place on campus and in the community with stakeholders who have a deep passion for The University of Akron.

“What I am talking about is a fundamental transformation that will take place, not by becoming something we are not, but by embracing what we already truly are. We’re going to have to reallocate resources to do this well.  But the point is that we can do this well. We can be Ohio’s Polytechnic University and thereby help grow the regional economy of Northeast Ohio in an exceptional way.”

Read President Scarborough’s speech in its entirety. Watch the rebroadcast of the speech on Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on WVIZ television and listen to the radio rebroadcast at 7 a.m. on WCPN on May 17.

Listen to many individuals who participated in conversations with President Scarborough over the last several months discussing the vision in videos on the UA website — what it will mean to students, the University community and the regional economy. 

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National Center for Choreography launching here at UA May 15
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The University of Akron and DANCECleveland announced May 14 that they will launch a new center for choreography – only the second in the nation – where the country’s finest dance professionals will create new work.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will provide $5 million to support the center, under an agreement being finalized.


“The next generation of great American choreographers needs space and time to develop the craft and to explore the full potential of the creative process,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation. “The new National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron will fill that need, building on the resources of northeast Ohio to create the works that inspire tomorrow’s audiences.”

The new center, to be located on the University’s campus, will select national choreographers and dance companies, providing them full access to the world-class facilities of the University’s Center for Dance and Theatre. The advanced technology available in seven dance studios and in E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall will provide dance makers with a full array of resources, from studio space to on-stage rehearsal time to create new work. In addition, University of Akron students will benefit from the presence of professional artists on campus through creative and intellectual exchange.

UA dance program​The center builds on the success of The University of Akron and DANCECleveland’s long-standing partnership, which offers one of the strongest dance residency and performance programs in the country. Since 2006, they have provided extended campus and community access to acclaimed professionals and companies, including BalletX, Paul Taylor Dance Company, LINES Ballet, MOMIX and others.

“The University of Akron is already known around the nation and the world for its excellence in areas including polymer science and engineering,” said UA President Scott Scarborough. “With the addition of the choreography center, we will become one of few institutions with a national presence in both the sciences and the arts."

Story continues online with video and images.

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Students encouraged to check their summer 2015 course schedules via My Akron May 8
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Students are encouraged to check their summer 2015 schedules via My Akron.

• Log into My Akron with your UANet ID and password.
• Click on the “My Experience” tab, and then select “Student Center.”
• Information on course meeting times, days and room location is given in real-time; in other words, all information is up to date as it is retrieved.

The Office of the University Registrar sends an e-mail to the instructor of record and all enrolled students’ UANet e-mail address when there is a classroom change made in the course(s) they are enrolled. It is recommended that instructors and students check their UANet e-mail often for any important messages from the University as this will be the official means of notification used by the Office of the University Registrar.

Students may access a computer from many locations on campus, including:

• Simmons Hall – Lobby
• Student Union – Laptop Check Out and Kiosks
• Residence Halls – Computer Labs
• Bierce Library – Computer Labs and Laptop Check Out
• Polsky Building – Room 192
• Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences building – Computer Lab Room 103B and Kiosks in Atrium
• College of Business Administration Building – Room 102

Questions regarding your course schedule may be directed to the Student Services Center at ssc@uakron.edu


Location: https://my.uakron.edu
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New grads share commencement weekend photos May 15
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Zippy with new 2015 spring graduates


Never camera-shy, Zippy had a great time posing in her cap and gown with UA’s newest graduates at commencement ceremonies last weekend.

To see more of the festivities, visit UA’s Spring 2015 Commencement Facebook page, or check out what our grads have shared on social media at #ForeverAZip! and with the Alumni Association.

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Get professional advice on resumes and interviewing from Verizon! May 20
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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On Wednesday, May 20, an HR representative from Verizon will be available to provide resume reviews, mock interviews and career advice in the Career Center in Student Union Room 211, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feel free to “walk-in” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 330-972-7747 ahead of time to schedule an appointment!


Location: Student Union 211

Contact Information:
Career Center
Career@uakron.edu
330-972-7747
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Recent Positions Posted on Career Link
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Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 100 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

• Attorney General of Ohio–BCI Special Agent
• GOJO Industries–Benefits Coordinator
• Honda of America Mfg., Inc.–Engineering Student Associate (Also open to Engineering Technology)

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or visit the Career Center in Student Union 211!

Follow us on Twitter @CareerCenter_UA


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Contact Information:
Career Center
Career@uakron.edu
330-972-7747
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Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 Academic Year
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Please don't forget to check MyAkron for any required or incomplete documentation for financial aid for 2015-2016. If you filed a FAFSA and the Office of Student Financial Aid has requested additional information from you, please submit it as soon as possible. Check MyAkron for your status. Our office experiences extremely high volume in July-August. Beat the rush and submit your documents today!

If you haven't filed your 2015-2016 FAFSA yet, watch for new changes! The US Department of Education has changed the electronic signature process from a 4-digit PIN to a username and password. You can create your new username and password by going to any of the Federal Student Aid websites (www.fafsa.gov, www.studentloans.gov, www.studentaid.gov, etc.).

Financial aid award notifications will begin for continuing students in early June.


Location: Simmons Hall
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Parking updates through May 21 May 15 - May 21
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Lot 18 south, at the Student Union, will continue to be closed through the conclusion of a repair project. Alternate parking for visitors will be the remaining open meters in Lot 18 west and the visitor meters by Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street.

Lot 6 and Lot 36, near InfoCision Stadium and Lee Jackson Field, will experience increased traffic volume on both Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, from 3 p.m. through the conclusion of the baseball games that afternoon, or approximately 6 p.m. Alternate parking for commuters will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck or Lot 9, south of the InfoCision Stadium.

Lot 70, near Quaker Station at Quaker Square, will be partially reserved Friday, May 15, at 8 a.m. through 9 p.m. for the Akron Roundtable, UA School of Law, and NEOMED events. Please observe the signs and cones placed in the reserved spaces. Alternate parking will be available in Lot 70 just north of the Mill Street Bridge.

Lot 6, Lot 9, and Vine St, near InfoCision Stadium, will experience increased traffic volume on Monday, May 18, from 6 a.m. through the conclusion of the Senior Olympics Track and Field events that afternoon, or approximately 3 p.m. Alternate parking for commuters will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck or Lot 9, south of the InfoCision Stadium.

Lot 70, near Quaker Station at Quaker Square, will experience very high traffic volume on Monday, May 18, from 4 p.m. through 9 p.m. for a special event. The event is expected to draw nearly 300 guests, which will principally require most of the parking in and around Quaker Square. Alternate parking will be available in the Grounds Services Lot 40 and the Administrative Services Building Lot 71 for event participants and commuters.

Lot 34, at the School of Law and the Computer Center, will be reserved Tuesday, May 19, at 6 a.m. through the conclusion of a College of Engineering event that afternoon, or approximately 4 p.m. Lot entry will only be permitted to authorized event vehicles. Access to accessibility spaces and visitor parking meters will be maintained throughout the event. Alternate commuter parking will be in Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street, and Lot 39 - E. Exchange Deck on Carroll St.

Lot 70, near Quaker Station at Quaker Square, will experience very high traffic volume on Wednesday, May 20, from 1 p.m. through 7 p.m. for a special event. The event is expected to draw nearly 200 guests, which will principally require most of the parking in and around Quaker Square. Alternate parking will be available in the Grounds Services Lot 40 and the Administrative Services Building Lot 71 for event participants and commuters.


Location: UA Main Campus

Contact Information:
Parking and Transportation Services
parking@uakron.edu
330-972-7213


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Easy Money For Helping Other UA Students
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Are you interested in getting paid for notes you already take? Sign up to be a notetaker for the Office of Accessibility!

Notetakers are students enrolled in the same course as the student eligible to receive the notetaker services. Notetakers simply provide their notes to the student to whom they are assigned.The Office of Accessibility will provide you with the necessary materials for notetaking, such as a copy card or instructions for uploading notes. It is very easy!

Benefits of being a notetaker include:

• $100 on All Campus Zip Card Account per class you are assigned as a notetaker
• Priority Registration*
• Enhance your resume
• Satisfaction from helping another student

*For further details please visit http://www.uakron.edu/access/notetakers/.

INTERESTED?

Register online with your UANet ID and password through the Student Testing and Accommodation Request System (STARS) with your class schedule.
https://andes.accessiblelearning.com/Akron/

For more information, visit http://www.uakron.edu/access/notetakers/ or contact the
Notetaker Coordinator, 330-972-7928 or msimmons@uakron.edu.


Location: Office of Accessibility, Simmons Hall room 105
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SUMMER INTRAMURAL SPORTS May 20
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Intramural Sports will again offer summer leagues in softball and sand volleyball. Each sport will have two separate seasons — the first occurring May 26 - July 1, and the second July 7 - Aug. 12.

All currently enrolled students (in any academic summer session) and full-time staff/faculty will be eligible to participate. Students returning for fall 2015 who are not enrolled in summer classes may either purchase a full SRWC summer membership, or simply purchase a $5 Summer Intramural Pass to play in these leagues.

Registration is NOW OPEN and closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, for Season A, and on Wednesday, July 1, for Season B. Space is limited so be sure to register and pay online through IMLeagues.com/UAkron as soon as possible. Please call the OASIS Office at 330-972-6956 or email intramuralga@uakron.edu with any questions, or for more information.


Location: SRWC

Contact Information:
OASIS OFFICE
intramuralga@uakron.edu
330-972-6956
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How to Get Your Information In Zipmail
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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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