Zipmail Home - August 8, 2014
Share A Coke Tour on campus todayAug. 8
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Coca-Cola, a sponsor of UA, will be on Buchtel Common, near Bierce Library, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, Aug. 8, for a stop on its Share A Coke Tour.

As part of the company's summer campaign, it is replacing its iconic logo with 250 popular names. You can visit Share A Coke to see if your name made the list. If not, you can still get a personalized can for yourself, and one for a friend, by stopping by one of the two kiosks that will be on Buchtel Common.

You can take a selfie with your "one-of-a-kind" Coke can and share on social media, if you like, at the hashtag #ShareCoke.

Location: Buchtel Common

UA extends a warm welcome to Gay Games participantsAug. 9 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a

UA is preparing to welcome hundreds of Gay Games 9 participants to campus next week, including a 99-year-old woman who is expected to take part in the track and field events we're hosting.

Cleveland and Akron are jointly hosting the games, with up to 30,000 participants and guests from more than 65 countries expected.

"This is a big deal for Cleveland and Akron," says Todd Shaver of Off-Campus Student Services and a volunteer on the GG9 Akron task force. "We're hosting between Cologne, Germany (the 2010 host) and Paris (2018), so for us to be able to land this says a lot about our region."

Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, Gay Games 9 is one of the most inclusive sports and cultural festivals in the world. Participation is open to all, no matter their sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, religion, nationality, political convictions, athletic abilities, age or physical condition. Story continues online.

Location: Campus

Driving to 10 a.m. Commencement on Aug. 16? Leave home early 

UA is a host for some of the Gay Games 9 events next week, including the marathon on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Runners participating in the marathon will be on the roads near E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall from 6 a.m. to noon. Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

While minimal traffic delays are expected, we recommend you leave for commencement 15 to 30 minutes early, just to be safe. The doors to Thomas Hall will open at 9 a.m.

Traffic will be maintained both ways on all roads that are part of the marathon route. Police will be stationed at every major intersection near campus to help you get to Thomas Hall efficiently.

To see a map, and for more information, visit Tips for motorists online.

Location: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

Additional Information

Graduate Student Government — 4 senate positions now openJuly 21 - Dec. 31
8:01 am - 5:00 pm
GSG is seeking exceptional students to help make this the year GSG becomes a true, visible player in UA student community. We are calling for dedicated, outgoing and organized individuals to serve on the GSG Senate in one of four openings currently available — College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Health Professions and the College of Education.

Are you enrolled in Graduate School with at least one academic year left to complete? Are you interested in representing your department/college on the Graduate Student Government Senate?

Though these are traditionally elected positions, due to graduating students, these positions are now open, and there will be no elections for these officers, though they will be afforded all privileges and responsibilities as their elected counterparts.

Members of the senate interact with students within their college or department, alerting them to GSG opportunities and representing their needs or requests. GSG also does a great deal of work building bridges from UA to the Akron community, both as a whole and for individuals.

Senators focus their reliability, management skills and academic prowess in order to capably represent their respective student community, and truly make a difference for those who share the same academic pursuits. Each senator plays a very significant role in forming GSG policy for the academic year in which they serve, and each holds a senior level position on the Central Committee (as well as having other committee opportunities and appointments), allowing their ideas and concerns to directly impact the lives of UA’s nearly 4,000 graduate students.

In addition, as the GSG’s primary ambassadors to their respective academic communities, members of the senate also identify leaders within their college or department, so that communication and representation is as inclusive and effective as possible. Members of the senate then request feedback from these deputies and relay it to the central committee, being the direct link to GSG operations and policymaking during the academic year.

Finally, GSG senators enjoy a significant experience they can include on their resumes or CVs — because fulfilling such a position demonstrates to potential employers a clear commitment to leadership, project management and responsibility.

Please send a resume, with cover letter, to Stewart Blessing, GSG vice president, at Also indicate your college and why this position interests you.

The hiring period for these positions continues to Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted the weeks of Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

Location: online

Contact Information:
Stewart Blessing

Sponsored by: Graduate Student Government

Additional Information
GSG directors of outreach — 4 positions availableJuly 21 - Dec. 31
8:01 am - 5:00 pm
GSG is seeking exceptional graduate students for four senior level positions — with student organizations, international students, alumni and the Akron community.

Are you enrolled in UA Graduate School with at least ONE ACADEMIC YEAR left to complete, and are interested in serving in a senior position in Graduate Student Government?

We are calling for strong, outgoing individuals, to serve as directors of outreach, which concentrate on four different parts of the UA graduate experience, and thus you can choose the one area that most impassions you.

Directors of outreach interact with various areas of the University that affect the graduate student body experience, both as a whole and individually. They focus their creativity and organizational skills on that particular area of the student community, and truly make a difference. Whether it is to the student organizations, alumni, international students, or the Akron community surrounding our campus, serving in these positions allows one to open up opportunities for students like never before.

Directors of Outreach play a significant role in forming GSG policy for the year going forward, and serve on the Central Committee (as well as having other committee opportunities and appointments), allowing their ideas to directly impact the lives of UA’s nearly 4,000 graduate students. As GSG’s primary ambassadors to their respective communities, directors are links to GSG operations and opportunities. Having this position on a resume illustrates to employers a clear commitment to leadership and project management.

Please send a resume, with cover letter, to Ian Schwarber, GSG president, at Also indicate the area for which you are applying and why this position interests you.

The hiring period for these positions continues to Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted the weeks of Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

Location: online

Contact Information:
Ian Schwarber

Sponsored by: Graduate Student Government

Additional Information
New fee to service personally owned computersAug. 8 - Dec. 31
Time: n/a
Effective Aug. 1, 2014, University students, faculty and staff will be charged a $25 fee to work on personally owned computers. The charge is required to help cover rising administrative costs. Payment will be made using your Zip Card when you drop off your computer for service.

The fee is for service only and does not cover other costs (e.g., parts etc.,). Additionally, parts and hardware remain the responsibility of the computer owner to order and then provide to InformationTechnology Services.

Computer Repair Services, located in the Computer Center, is available to anyone affiliated with the University. Students must be currently enrolled, or, during summer break, scheduled to return in the fall.

More information about Computer Repair Services is available online.

If you have questions, contact computer repair services at 330-972-7626.
Baseball Walk-On Tryouts Information 
The University of Akron baseball program will hold walk-on tryouts for the 2015 season, head coach Rick Rembielak has announced.

Students interested in trying out for the team must attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Stile Athletics Field House, where they will be directed to a room upon arrival. Students will need to bring a proof of physical/sickle cell test or signed waiver (found here) to the meeting, and tryout forms and information will also be given out at that time.

The walk-on tryouts will then begin on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact assistant coach Fred Worth via e-mail at

Location: Stile Athletics Field House

Additional Information
Campus Focus: Connecting people to God 

The tag line of Campus Focus is Connecting People to God. That is why we exist, and that is what we do.

We understand that people come from a variety of backgrounds, systems of beliefs and experiences. It is our desire to be a place where people of all walks of life can come and ask difficult questions, experience the love of Christ and discover the God who created them. We are not a perfect group so we acknowledge that we will not always get those things right. But, we hope that we can still assist you on your journey.

Campus Focus meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in The Chapel’s main auditorium and we also have small groups that meet throughout the week. For more information. please visit us online at Campus Focus.

Location: 135 Fir Hill, Akron

Sponsored by: Campus Focus

Additional Information

Comedian Josh Blue here Aug. 22Aug. 22
9:09 pm - 10:09 pm
Come on down to E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on Friday, Aug. 22, at 9:09 p.m. for a FREE comedy show to enjoy the comedic genius that is Josh Blue.

He was the 2006 winner of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing," and has appeared on many television show, including "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and various Comedy Central specials.

Come see this award-winning, nationally recognized comedian while he’s on our campus.

Location: EJ Thomas Hall

Contact Information:
Aysen Ulupinar

Sponsored by: RHPB, RHC
Free Learn to Sail ClassAug. 13
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The UA Sailing Club will host a free on-campus, learn-to-sail class on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to RSVP, contact or join the sailing club on orgsync.

This is a classroom-based event. The sailing club has sailboats and participates in sailing regattas with other schools as well. On-the-water participation will be discussed and planned for those who want to try sailing.

Location: On-campus - TBA

Sponsored by: Sailing Club

Location: TBA

Sponsored by: Sailing Club
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