Zipmail Home - December 7, 2012
Extended study hours in Student UnionDec. 9 - Dec. 31
9:00 pm - 3:00 am
The Student Union is once again becoming the STUDY UNION for exam week.

The building will be open until 3:00 AM Sunday through Wednesday of exam week.

Stop by for free coffee and snacks, or just a warm place to study.

Location: Student Union

Contact Information:
Beth Waltrip
Important Residence Hall Winter Break Info for StudentsDec. 16 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a
The residence halls will close at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 for winter recess. Resident students are asked to vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last exam, or by 7 p.m., Dec. 16. Residence hall students have the option to stay on campus during any portion of the winter recess. If you wish to stay, you must obtain approval by submitting the online request by Wednesday, Dec. 12 at

We look forward to welcoming students back to the residence halls for spring semester beginning at noon, Friday, Jan. 11. Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The first meal served after recess will be breakfast on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

The Department of Residence Life and Housing will be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2013. Should an emergency arise, please contact the University Police 9-1-1 (from campus telephones only), or 330-972-7123/330-972-2911 to contact the staff member on call.

Location: Residence Life and Housing

Contact Information:
Residence Life and Housing

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Dining Plan Participants 
End of semester update:
All dining plans will be removed from Zip Cards on Sunday December 16th. If you have a Gold plan in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, your balance, up to $400.00 will be credited to your Spring 2013 dining plan charge. If you have a Gold plan in the Fall and request a Traditional plan for spring, your Dining Dollar balance, up to $400.00 will be added to your Zip Card Dining Dollar account at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Dining Administration Office @ 330.972.6905
Or you may also stop into any Zip Card Office for assistance.

Location: Dining Admin Office
Intramural Registration Opens Next Week! 
Intramural Sports is pleased to bring you another exciting season of programming for the Spring 2013 semester! Registration for Spring Intramural Sports will open on Monday, December 10th at 8:00am. For complete details and to register, please visit More information can also be found on the ZipsRec website at Please feel free to call the OASIS Office at 330-972-6956 or email graduate assistant, Andy Boehnlein, at for more information or if you have any questions.

Location: SRWC

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UA's marketing group seeks a photographer and a PR assistant 

The Institutional Marketing Department at UA manages the public relations, advertising, publications, graphic design and digital content needs for the University.

We're looking for two undergraduates to fill important positions in our department:

  1. Student photographer
  2. Integrated marketing and communications student assistant

The department's website.

Apply today!

Sponsored by: UA's Department of Institutional Marketing
Rethinking Race 2013: Save the dates! 
Rethinking Race 2013 will take place on the UA campus Feb. 1-15 and will include a broad range of speakers, performances, films, and other events. Many faculty will include events of Rethinking Race 2013 in their spring syllabi, requiring attendance at events as class assignments. During 2012, 129 UA professors assigned their students to attend RTR events.

More than 9,000 students and others attended Rethinking Race events in 2012.

Among the scheduled activities for 2013:

•Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness, will speak about her book at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm.

•Ezra Escudero, former executive director of the Ohio Commision on Hispanic and Latino Affairs will speak on “Latinos in Ohio: Who are we, why are we here and where are we going?” Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Theater

•Step Afrika, a professional step dance group, will perform Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall

•TJ Leyden, former skinhead, will speak Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater about the shadowy underworld of white supremacist groups
•Rethinking Race film series, featuring documentaries and feature films including American History X, Good Hair and Yo Soy Boricua, pa que tu lo sepas

•Face2Face Conversations About Race on topics ranging from Native Americans to researching your ancestry to being biracial and multiracial in the US.

For more information, go to the Rethinking Race Facebook page, check the calendar at or email

Location: Various

Contact Information:
Amy Dreussi
Leadership Development Course 6100:350 - sign up today! 
A Course that gets you out of class!

1 Credit Hour
2 Days of Class
3 Options for Class Times

Day One:
Students will be bussed to Camp Ravenna for an out of the classroom, hands-on learning experience. They will build teams and develop relationships in a fun, interactive environment which will put leadership into a whole new perspective.

Day Two:
Students will reflect on their day one experiences through an interactive discussion, learn new terms and leadership topics, and meet and hear from leaders in our community.

Scheduling Options:
2/2/13 & 2/16/13 - (Saturdays)
3/2/13 & 3/16/13 - (Saturdays)
3/26/13 & 3/28/13 - (Tues. & Th.)

Location: Camp Ravenna

Contact Information:
Kevin Smith
Do you work hard enough to earn a 3.4 GPA or higher? 
If you earn a 3.4 GPA or higher and are in the top 10% of your class, you may be eligible to join NSCS and be recognized for your achievements! Early in the Spring Semester be on the lookout for invitations to join, coming through your e-mail and home address.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

Want to learn more? Visit or find us on Facebook and OrgSync!

Or you may contact UA NSCS President, Megan Davis for more information.

Location: N/A

Sponsored by: National Society of Collegiate Scholars

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Study Abroad in Spain this Summer! 
The Department of Modern Languages offers a summer study abroad program in Spain for all Spanish students. It is a 6-credit, one-month Spanish immersion program in Valladolid, Spain. You have the choice of studying during either the month of June or the month of July. (There is also an option to study for both June and July and receive 12-credit hours.) You will live with a Spanish family and study at the University of Valladolid. In the evenings and on weekends, there are trips to cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Ávila, Salamanca, Segovia, Santander, Leon and Burgos.

Participants in the program must have successfully completed two (2) semesters of college Spanish (equivalent to Spanish 102 level at UA). If you have completed Spanish 102, credits earned in Spain may fulfill the Intermediate Spanish 201 and 202 General Education requirements.

If you have completed Spanish 202, you will receive 6 credit-hours of 300-level Spanish electives that will go toward a Spanish Major or Minor. For a minor in Spanish, you only need to take 4 courses after Intermediate 202. After studying for a month in Spain, you will only need to complete two more courses to have a minor in Spanish.

Click on the link "Additional information" to see the blog from last summer:

Contact Amanda Ritchie or for more information on how you can be part of this program this summer!

Location: Olin 306

Contact Information:
Amanda L Ritchie

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Open Senate PositionNov. 5 - Dec. 31
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Looking to get involved? Looking to make a change in student's lives? Then look no further! USG is looking for a Senator at Large, who represents the campus as a whole!

As a Senator at Large, you will be expected to attend weekly Senate meetings which occur Thursday nights at 5PM as well as weekly committee meetings. Senators are also required to hold a minimum of four office hours per week. Finally, all USG members are required to be in good academic standing with the University of Akron, maintain at least 12 credit hours, and at least a 2.0 GPA.

Applications can be submitted electronically at and are due by December 14th at 5PM. Just remember to choose Senate as your area of interest, and then send a cover letter and resume to the given email. Interviews will be held the following week and an applicant will be chosen from among those interviewed. Feel free to email with any questions!

Location: USG Office

Contact Information:
Turner Anderson

Sponsored by: Undergraduate Student Government
ABIA WEP: Entrepreneurship Awareness EventDec. 7
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Women's Entrepreneurship Program Awareness Event

December 7, 2012 - Polsky 5th Floor


3:00 — 3:30 pm Meet & Greet
3:30 — 4:00 pm WEP overview by Prof Robert Chalfant
4:00 — 4:30 pm Q&A with WEP Faculty
Light Refreshments will be provided

Graduate students can earn credit for a CBA course taken spring 2013: 6500:690 ST: Women’s Entrepreneurship.



This program is not only for Women. Men can apply as well! Teams will be comprised of technologists and MBA candidates, both of whom will use their unique talents to per-form feasibility analysis on their technologies and then construct a commercialization plan.


Each team will be assigned a mentor who will work with the team in workshop like weekly sessions. The mentor will guide each group through the phases of the program.
Teams will develop clearly defined business plans which they can then submit to either business plan competitions or to pre-seed funds such as GLIDE.


Each team will attend networking events where they will interact with their peer groups across the NE Ohio Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, as well as, receive exposure to social media strategies which they can use to market their startup.

For More Information

Location: Polsky 5th Floor

Contact Information:
Robert Chalfant
Jingle Jazz at E.J. Thomas HallDec. 9
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Santa only has elves. Join us Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. with Jack "Frost" Schantz, "Jingle" Joe Augustine, "Peppermint" Patty LaNasa, and more music merry-makers in a jazzy start to the holidays.

This concert is part of the Kulas Concert Series and will be held at E.J. Thomas Hall’s Main Stage located at 198 Hill St. Tickets for this concert are $12 general admission, $6 Non-UA students, and free for all UA students with ZipCard. For more information call 330-972-8301 or e-mail

Location: E.J. Thomas Hall
ACCESS benefit concertDec. 9
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A benefit concert to raise funds for the homeless in Akron co-sponsored by the Student Art League. Live folk music and dinner included in the minimum suggested donation, door cover charge of $10. The event supports homeless women and children in Akron to provide health care, life skills training, as well as a place to stay. Emily Fatkins and Zach Hamlin opening on guitar. The Troubadors of Divine Bliss, a lovely folk band from Kentucky are headlining the event. 100% of the funds raised will benefit the homeless shelter.

The event will be held at my yoga studio, Embrace Your Essence Yoga LLC, which is located at 499 B Portage Lakes Dr. Akron, OH 44319.

There is an event invite on my studio's facebook page where people can RSVP for the event.

Location: Embrace Your Essence Yoga LLC

Contact Information:
Emily Fatkins

Sponsored by: Student Art League

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Go Green: Recycle Unneeded Semester Paper!Dec. 7 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a
Civic Engagement Programs and Keep Akron Beautiful agency, are working together to collect unneeded semester paper and notebooks and we want YOU to help in the effort to be more green and keep our campus and city beautiful!

Recycle bins will be located on the first floor of the Student Union by Barnes and Noble Bookstore and on the second floor by the Information Center.

Please direct questions to Ali Doehring, Coordinator, Civic Engagement, at

Location: Student Union Barnes and Noble and Information Cen

Contact Information:
Alison Doehring

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Pancake Study Break!Dec. 10
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Date: Monday December 10, 2012
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Robertson Café

It’s that time of year, time to take a break from studying, enjoy some friends, and come out to Rob’s and get FREE pancakes!!

FREE to residence hall students with a valid University of Akron ID!!

This FREE Event is Sponsored by RHPB, RHC, NRHH, Sigma Lambda, and Robertson Café

Location: Rob's Cafe

Contact Information:
Aysen Ulupinar-Butzer

Sponsored by: RHPB, RHC, NRHH, Sigma Lambda, and Rob's Cafe
History of Engineering Psychology from the First-Person PerspectiveDec. 12
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Join us at the Center for the History of Psychology on Wednesday, December 12 at 1pm as the fall colloquium series wraps up with Dr. Richard Pew, Principal Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies since 1974. Dr. Pew will discuss the history of human factors engineering and his own experience as a second generation student in that field. Pew will outline the work of important historical figures in the field, including Paul Fitts, Arthur Melton, and Alphonse Chapanis.

Dr. Pew received his BEE in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1956, M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Michigan. He has 45 years of experience in human performance and experimental psychology as they relate to systems development.

This event is free and open to the public, and a Q & A with light refreshments will follow in the lobby. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Location: Center for the History of Psychology, Roadway Buil

Contact Information:
Dorothy Gruich

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Stories of the KindertransportDec. 12 - Dec. 31
8:00 pm
This play, directed by Alex Funk and adapted from the works of Diane Samuels, Mark Harris, and Deborah Oppenheimer, is about the 10,000 children who survived the Holocaust by being sent away on the Kindertransport. The Kindertransport was the British rescue effort to save Jewish children from Nazi Germany before the start of WWII. This remarkable story is told by the children as they share with the world their journeys and how they adapted to new homes and lives in England.

December 12, 13, and 14 at 8:00pm
December 15 and 16 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

Tickets are $5 for students, and $7 for non-students

Location: Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall

Sponsored by: Theatre Guild
Guitar Lessons Beginning to AdvancedJan. 14 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a
Classical Guitar
(12154) (16048)
7520 x22-002/4
2 or 4 credits TBA
Guzzetta Hall rm 319

Private instruction. No experience necessary. One half hour lesson per week (2 credit) or one hour lesson per week (4 credit). Student must have access to a guitar. Lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

Location: Guzzetta Hall rm 319

Contact Information:
James E Marron
Guitar Jam!Jan. 14 - Dec. 31
6:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Guitar Styles
7500 368-001
2 credits
Tuesday 6:30pm-8:10pm
Guzzetta Hall rm 137

A hands on group guitar lesson introducing Blues, Country Flat-Picking, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock and Fingerstyle guitar playing. Appropriate for the intermediate student with some experience playing chords. Student must have access to a guitar.

Location: Guzzetta Hall rm 137

Contact Information:
James E Marron
Think Spring!! Join serveAkron for an Alternative Spring Break Experience!Jan. 15 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is designed to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through educational and volunteer focused opportunities and provide a variety of low cost, 3 or 5-day service experience.

All ASB 2013 trips will travel during the week of Saturday, March 24 and all trips cost $250.00 and include: food, lodging, transportation, and recreation activities!

See what past participants have said about ASB or download an application on our website:!

For more information and an application, attend one of our Information Sessions:
15: 11am
17: 1pm
23: 10am
29: 1pm


Location: Student Union Room 323

Contact Information:

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It's a Day ON not a Day off!! Join serveAkron for MLK Day of ServiceJan. 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
On January 21st, serveAkron will volunteer at the Nazareth Housing Development doing construction projects that require interior and exterior construction/demo work and landscaping done!

Make this a Day ON not a Day OFF by committing to work 2 hours! Reservations are now being accepted by email to Space is limited so act fast!

Location: Meet at the Student Union Commuter Lounge at 10:30

Contact Information:

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Spain: May 2013 FIXED Cost!May 15 - Dec. 31
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Travel for 11 days to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, and Barcelona. Go to the Prado, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral by Antonio Gaudi and more . . . A 3 day extension may be possible. NO MAJOR REQUIRED; OPEN TO ALL.

Sponsored by the Interior Design Program, the trip may be taken for purely cultural study or may include 1-3 UA credit pending crediting department approval. Any university credit will require a UA application, registration for the course, and payment of course fees.

Click Additional Information for the presentation that shows the trip day-by-day and explains all particulars and costs.

Location: Spain

Contact Information:
John Vollmer

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How to Get Your Information In Zipmail 
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

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.