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Reminder: Zips Assistance Pantry is today, April 9
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During visit, state officials praise UA's veterans’ services
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Reminder: Zips Assistance Pantry is today, April 9 April 9
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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The next Zips Assistance Pantry is scheduled today, April 9, in Simmons Hall 208 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Students who are in need of daily hygiene items are encouraged to visit the pantry and take the items they need.
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During visit, state officials praise UA's veterans’ services April 9
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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (above) and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey were on campus Monday to see firsthand how The University of Akron has become a leader in providing comprehensive academic and support services to veterans as they prepare for their next careers. Their visit also served as the occasion for two important announcements that will further strengthen veterans services -- UA will now have its own American Legion Post, and a new scholarship has been established to help veterans finish their degrees.

The visit to the UA campus was sparked by a desire to see UA's best practices, which have earned the Military Friendly Designation from G.I. Jobs magazine for five consecutive years, replicated at campuses across Ohio.

With approximately 900,000 veterans -- Ohio has the sixth-largest population of veterans in the U.S., -- Gov. John Kasich and others in state government are putting a big priority on services for this group. At the top of the list is making the transition from military to civilian life as smooth as possible for veterans, especially for those who choose to use their education benefits to earn college degrees.

"Our veterans have great skills to meet any of the demands in our job market today," noted Taylor, a UA alumna, during an early afternoon press conference in Musson Military Veterans Lounge in InfoCision Stadium with UA administrators, students and other state officials. "We need to replicate what you have done here so that we can streamline the process for transferring experience and training into college credit across all campuses so that our veterans can transition to working an economy that's growing." 

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UA students honored for 'Making a Difference' April 8
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The national spotlight was on The University of Akron this weekend as one of the Make a Difference Day Award recipients featured in USA Wekend Magazine, which appears in Sunday newspapers across the country, including the Akron Beacon Journal.

UA is the only college among several organizations and individuals being honored for the community service projects organized for Make A Difference Day -- America's largest day of volunteering. The annual event is held the last Saturday in October and is sponsored by USA Weekend, Points of Light and Newman's Own.

In UA's nine years of participation, more than 5,800 students and staff have dedicated more than 21,400 hours of service to Summit County, says Alison Doehring. The alumna, who coordinates UA's Make A Difference Day as well as other service opportunities as assistant director of student life, never missed volunteering each October during her undergrad years.

"As a one-day program, the goal of Make a Difference Day at the University is to engage students in community service activities and continue to develop partnerships with local nonprofits," adds Doehring. "By exposing UA volunteers to the variety of needs within our community, this program also introduces students to many different nonprofit agencies within Summit County and the importance of always being engaged in the community around you -- a very important component of Vision 2020."

This past October, for example, more than 700 students took on 60 community projects -- everything from repairing park benches and weatherproofing a home for veterans to enlarging a community garden and doing trail clean up in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

On Thursday, April 10, the University will be one of 10 national honorees to receive $10,000 from the Newman's Own Foundation at the Make A Difference Day Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. This gift will be donated in UA's name to the United Way of Summit County's 2013 Annual Campaign. 

On hand to accept the award will be Anne Bruno, executive director of the Student Union, and Thad Doyle, senior associate director of student life.

You can read about UA and the other honorees online at USA Weekend Magazine, and at winners. To learn more about UA's efforts, visit its Make a Difference Day page.

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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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