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Fall Class of 2013 to be celebrated Dec. 13 - Dec. 31
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UA will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to the members of the Fall Class of 2013 at commencement ceremonies scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. President Luis M. Proenza will deliver the commencement address at each ceremony.

Nearly 1,500 degrees will be awarded this fall.

Three students are being singled out for an additional honor— speaking on behalf of their fellow classmates at commencement ceremonies. Shelby Torre, who will receive a B.S. in Nursing, magna cum laude, will speak at Friday's ceremony. Victoria E. Barrientos, who will be awarded a B.A. in Business and Organizational Communication, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday Jordan T. Pana, who will receive a B.B.A. in Marketing Management and Integrated Marketing Communications, summa cum laude, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Torre, (at left), an Akron native who is the first person in her family to earn a college degree, is a STEM Scholar and member of the Honors College. Torre has worked as a nurse technician at Akron General Medical Center since 2012, and will begin her nursing career there, working with oncology patients. She plans to be back on campus this fall, working toward her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Read more.

Pana, (at right), who has been active in campus organizations throughout his years at UA, has worked with fellow business students to create the S.T.R.I.V.E. Scholarship — Success Through Resilience, Initiative, Values and Endurance — as their honors project. The scholarship is designed to help other business students who need just a little financial aid to finish their degree work and graduate. It is one of the few student-initiated scholarships in UA history. Read more.

Barrientos, a student-veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been active in UA's Military Veterans Association and most recently served as its president. She is one of 66 student-veterans being awarded degrees this fall. UA's graduating student-veterans are given red, white and blue honor cords in recognition of their service to the United States.

Commencement ceremonies to be carried liveDec. 13
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Once again, UA will broadcast this weekend's commencement ceremonies live at

Students from the School of Communication's ZTV will produce the broadcasts of the three ceremonies.

Location: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

No Zipmail on Dec. 27Dec. 20
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Due to the Holiday Break, the last Zipmail for 2013 will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 20. If you have an item for this issue, please submit it by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

There will be no Zipmail issue distributed on Friday, Dec. 27.

Regular issues of Zipmail will resume on Friday, Jan. 3.
UA services available over the holidaysDec. 23 - Dec. 31
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The University will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 for the Holiday Break. For information on what is available, see UA services available over the holidays.
Akron's 34th annual TubaChristmas is Dec. 21Dec. 21
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Hundreds of tubas trimmed with tinsel, garlands and lights will fill the stage of E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall for the 34th anniversary of Akron's beloved TubaChristmas on Saturday, Dec. 21.

There are two performances scheduled, at noon and 2:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public as a holiday gift to the community from the School of Music and Thomas Hall.

Dave Lieberth, Akron's retired deputy mayor, is the guest soloist. Tucker Jolly, founder of Akron's TubaChristmas and emeritus professor of music at UA, conducts the holiday carols and sing-alongs with guest conductors Robert Jorgensen and Andy Larson.

Akron's TubaChristmas is free for the audience while the musicians pay a $10 registration fee to participate. Low brass musicians who want to play can register on the day of the performances in the ticket lobby of Thomas Hall, accessible from the parking deck, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. A rehearsal will be held from from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

For more information about performing, contact ext. 8301 or For audience information, call ext. 7570 or visit

Location: E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St.

Contact Information:
Kaylee Janes

MLK Day of ServiceJan. 20
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join serveAkron for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Make it a day on, not off, by serving at a local nonprofit agency, First Glance. First Glance is a youth center that offers teenagers and young adults a safe place, fun activities and learning. Recreational nights, a young adults program, a skate night, and Young Mom programs are offered to serve teens in the Kenmore/Akron area.

Participants will meet in the Student Union Commuter Lounge at 10:15 a.m. Free food, a water bottle and transportation will be provided!

To RSVP, go to

Location: SU Commuter Lounge

Contact Information:
Stephanie Zende

Additional Information
Let's Play Guitar!Jan. 14 - Dec. 31
6:05 pm - 7:45 pm
Guitar Styles (18981)
7500 368-801
2 credit

Take a fun class this Spring!
All levels welcome! All you need is a guitar!
Learn the basics of Blues, Fingerstyle, Folk, Jazz and Rock.

Tuesdays 6:05pm-7:45pm
Guzzetta Hall room 137

Instructor: James Marron

Location: Guzzetta Hall room 137

Contact Information:
James E Marron
One Credit Course in Political MarketingFeb. 22 - Dec. 31
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Are you looking for a 1 credit course for next semester?

Are you interested in politics and digital marketing? The Department of Marketing and the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing are offering a Professional Workshop in Marketing titled The Use of Direct-Interactive Marketing in Politics. It is being taught by the director of creative strategy at InfoCision.

The workshop is intended to help students develop a familiarity and understanding of how candidates and political advocacy groups utilize direct marketing in their campaigns. Learn how President Barack Obama used tried and true direct and interactive marketing techniques to win the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

The course will be offered as a 1 credit workshop on Feb. 22 and March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

To register for the course, it can be found under 6600 491 - Professional Workshops in Marketing, section 983-LEC(15894).

Location: CBA

Contact Information:
Jacob Farrar
Leadership Development GroupsFeb. 3 - Dec. 31
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Leadership Development Groups or LDGs is a 12 week program that meets one hour per week. Open to all students, regardless of major. Students will be placed into groups, and will be given a workbook to complete with their group. All groups are also given an executive Mentor to meet with over the course of the semester.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

LDGs contain 6 students and are led by those students
LDGs meet one hour per week
LDGs will be provided an executive Mentor
Participants will engage in individual and group activities that create Authentic Leadership Identity

Sign up at

Want to learn more? Contact Brittany Eberts at 330.972.8115 or

Location: TBD

Contact Information:
Brittany Eberts
Sport Management and Coaching Education Club Night at "The Q"Feb. 5
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join the members of the University of Akron Sport Management and Coaching Education Club at The Q on Wednesday, February 5th to cheer on the Cavaliers as they welcome the LA Lakers to town. Before the game participants will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and an opportunity to network with Cavaliers executives. Tickets start at just $24. To register please follow the link below or stop by the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education located on the 3rd floor of InfoCision Stadium. Deadline for registration is Friday, January 17th.

Sign up today to get the best possible seats!!

Location: Quicken Loans Arena

Contact Information:
Daniel Crish

Sponsored by: Sport Management and Coaching Education Club

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