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PRSSA Virtual Event Focuses on Human-Centric Media Design

Jan Almasy from Apex Communication Network ready for virtual PRSSA meeting with camera.
December 10, 2020

The University of Akron PRSSA chapter hosted the first event of the year virtually on Sep. 28. where guest speaker, Jan Almasy, a local entrepreneur and co-founder of Apex Communications Network, spoke...

Campus Changes Now In Effect: Summit County is Level Purple

Campus Changes Now In Effect: Summit County is Level Purple
December 8, 2020

Although The University of Akron has implemented changes to campus operations already due to COVID-19, Summit County’s recent designation as a purple county has led to more changes in campus operation. The...

UA Moves Courses Completely Online to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

The University of Akron has developed a Keep Learning webpage to provide students with assistance in online learning.
November 17, 2020

As of Nov. 16, The University of Akron moved all courses previously taught in-person or hybrid to online in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s Nov. 11 statewide address and to prevent the spread of COVID-19...

Free Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Available Across Campus

Student Health Services is located in the Rec Center and requires appointments to maintain social distancing.
November 17, 2020

On Oct. 9, The University of Akron Health Services announced they would begin random testing for COVID-19 across the campus in order to be proactive in finding new cases and keeping the campus community...

ZPN Hosts Successful First Drive-In Movie Event

Drive-In movies are making a resurgence during the pandemic and ZPN brought the trend to UA.
November 16, 2020

Zips Programming Network (ZPN) hosted a successful first drive-in movie event on Oct. 16, with several socially-distanced people in attendance, in Lot 70. ZPN showed the hit Disney Channel Original...

ZTV’s 2020 Election Night Special: Educational, Informational

The ZTV Election Night Special team group photo in the studio at Kolbe Hall University of Akron after the end of production.
November 16, 2020

On Nov. 3, States officially closed their polls and started counting ballots for the 2020 election. ZTV was ready to cover this big event with their ZTV’s Election Night Special streamed live on The...

Tips, Tricks for Success in Online Learning

Students’ desk setup look very different due to learning at home and COVID-19.
November 16, 2020

Are you someone that thrives in a structured, on-campus learning environment, but is struggling to set deadlines at home and keep up with online learning? Associate Professor of Practice Julie Cajigas...

UA Celebrates 150th Anniversary via Social Media, Socially Distanced Events

Zippy joined in on the festivities for UA’s 150th anniversary.
October 19, 2020

The University of Akron celebrated its 150th anniversary through social media and specially planned events to meet social distancing standards on Saturday, Oct. 10. Students, alumni, faculty, staff...

Dashiell Tools & Materials Award Available for Art Majors at UA

Senior Myers student Kayla Weinman is pictured with two pieces she created for her Intermediate Drawing class this semester, which are currently on view in the lower atrium of Folk Hall.
October 19, 2020

Created in 1997, The Malcolm J. Dashiell scholarship fund was dedicated by Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband. Dashiell, who helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at The University...

Spin Scooters Provide Affordable, Sustainable Mode of Transportation in Akron

The Spin scooters available on campus and throughout downtown Akron are bright orange for easy finding.
The City of Akron and The University of Akron partnered with Spin, a dockless scooter-share company to provide a new transportation option.
October 19, 2020

The University of Akron and the City of Akron have partnered with Spin to help provide an alternative, sustainable, low-cost mode of transportation for students and Akron residents. Spin is a dockless...

UA Announces Dates for Postponed Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony

After several months of waiting, Spring 2020 graduates finally have news regarding a commencement ceremony.
The Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies were unable to take place in May due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.
September 29, 2020

Almost five months after The University of Akron postponed the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, graduates now will have the opportunity to walk across the stage in E.J. Thomas in one of two ceremonies...

Career Services Hosting Virtual Career Fair for Students, Alumni

Before the pandemic, students and alumni met face-to-face with potential employers during career fairs.
As job searching has moved online due to the pandemic, the career fair will help with the search via Handshake from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.
September 29, 2020

The University of Akron Career Services is hosting a virtual career fair, open to all students and alumni, via Handshake from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30, then from 2-6 p.m. on Oct 1. With...

PRSSA ‘A Human-Centric Media Model’ Event Featuring Local Media Expert

This event is free and open to students at The University of Akron.
Jan Almasy, co-founder of Apex Communications Network, will speak to students about the future of marketing and more.
September 27, 2020

As their first event of the 2020-2021 year, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at The University of Akron is hosting “A Human-Centric Media Model” on Monday, Sept. 28,...

UA, CSU Announce Potential Law School Merge through New Joint Exploratory Working Group

A unification of The University of Akron School of Law (left) and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law would be the only one in the U.S. to be part of two different urban public research universities.
A partnership between the two law schools would expand course opportunities available to students and more.
September 21, 2020

The University of Akron (UA) and Cleveland State University announced a potential partnership between the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and UA’s School of Law through the formation of a Joint Exploratory...

How is Online Education During a Pandemic Different for Students?

Students’ desk setup look very different due to learning at home and COVID-19.
As many classes have switched to online instruction, are students missing the structure and socialization required to succeed?
September 21, 2020

In the midst of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many college students have found safety and peace of mind in having the option to work and study in the comfort of their own homes. A...

UA Student Rocket-Design Team Places Fourth in Annual NASA Competition

The Akronauts and their rocket in Amherst, Ohio, in February for the vehicle test launch and payload demonstration for the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition.
The University of Akron’s Akronauts worked for eight months on their rocket for the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition.
September 21, 2020

The Akronauts, the student rocket-design team at The University of Akron, received fourth place overall in the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition out of 54 total teams who participated this year. According...

UA’s Robotics Team Works Virtually Through COVID-19 Pandemic

The Express Building where the Robotics Team typically meets throughout the semester.
The award-winning team is preparing for next year’s big competition at NASA, despite the cancellation of this year’s event.
May 14, 2020

The University of Akron’s Robotics Team was getting ready for the NASA Robotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center scheduled for later in May, when their plans were brought to a halt by the global...

New Ceramics Club at UA Encourages Students to ‘Seize the Clay’

Student Union.
May 14, 2020

Students with a passion for pottery at The University of Akron have banded together to form a new club called ‘Seize the Clay’ based in Folk Hall, the arts building on campus. The new club welcomes...

Love Your Melon Akron Continues to Send Love to Child Cancer Patients

The University of Akron chapter of Love Your Melon table in the student union.
This organization continues to meet virtually to make cards for Akron Children’s Hospital.
May 9, 2020

Can you imagine being in the hospital during this pandemic? Not only that, can you imagine not being able to have family visit because they fear spreading the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to you? According...

UA’s Campus Focus Helps Connect Students to Jesus

Throughout the semester, signs for Campus Focus could be seen in different locations at The University of Akron.
May 9, 2020

Campus Focus is a student ministry organization at The University of Akron that can sometimes be overlooked, but strives to provide students with a place to learn more about having a relationship with...

Pre-Law Society Provides Certainty During an Uncertain Time

The Akron School of Law is one of a few Ohio law schools to now accept GRE scores as an alternative to LSAT scores.
April 27, 2020

While the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought uncertainty, times are even more uncertain for political science major Abigail Siegfried as she graduates from The University of Akron and...

LGBTUA Helps Reform Campus Policies to Create Inclusive Environment

LGBTUA now meets virtually on Tuesdays due to the pandemic.
April 27, 2020

LGBTUA is a student organization at The University of Akron, which purpose is to provide an open and affirming group for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. The organization was first founded in 2011...

Zips for Haiti Sponsors Haitian Student to Study at UA

Zips for Haiti coffee is roasted by the Akron Coffee Roasters.
The student organization raised money to sponsor Rilouvinxx Isaac from Ouanaminthe, Haiti, by starting their own coffee business.
April 27, 2020

Zips for Haiti is a student organization at The University of Akron encouraging student engagement through fundraising initiatives to bring about long-term change in Haiti and immerse students into Haitian...

Psychology Student Organization’s Road to Success Halted by Coronavirus

The newly revamped Psi Chi National Honor Society held its first induction ceremony in several years in 2019.
Psi Chi kicked off the semester with an induction ceremony to celebrate new members, but nothing could prepare them for what would happen next.
April 26, 2020

Have you heard of Psi Chi? If not, you’re not alone. In past years, Psi Chi has not been a well-known organization around campus, according to its President, Kayla Maximovich. The Psi Chi student...

Students Express Mixed Feelings Toward Shift to Online Learning

The University of Akron has developed a Keep Learning webpage to provide students with assistance in online learning.
Some students feel that they will be able to succeed in online coursework, while others are concerned about the changes to the curriculum.
April 22, 2020

Students at The University of Akron are facing an unprecedented situation, as President Gary L. Miller informed the campus community that all instruction would be moved online for the rest of the semester...

Deadline for Switch to Credit/No Credit Grading Option is May 3

Several offices for members of the administration reside on campus in Buchtel Hall.
As UA moves all classes online, students can opt for the credit/no credit option in place of a letter grade.
April 13, 2020

As part of the transition to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, The University of Akron is offering expanded credit/no credit grading options for students. On March 16, President...

Process for Moving Out of UA Dorms During COVID-19 Pandemic

A student and their parent during the moving process at
April 7, 2020

With campuses closing down across Ohio due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), students are being asked to move out of their dorms and return home. The University of Akron is one of these campuses,...

Several Changes to Campus Operations Announced in Response to Evolving COVID-19 Situation

Additional information on actions taken by The University of Akron can be found online.
March 17, 2020

In response to estimates that cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will peak in late April or early May, The University of Akron President Gary L. Miller announced several key decisions impacting...

Campus Cupboard Provides Assistance for Students Facing Food Insecurity

The Jean Hower Taber Student Union “grab-and-go” location.
Four locations on campus provide students with access to non-perishable food and hygiene items.
March 13, 2020

According to a survey from The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, 45% of 86,000 college students described themselves as “food insecure.” ZipAssist is helping students at The University...

UA Suspends All Instruction Through March 29 in Response to Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control created this image to show the structure of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
All instruction will move to an online format after spring break on March 30.
March 10, 2020

In response to recommendations from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, The University of Akron Present Gary L. Miller announced that all face-to-face instruction has been suspended and will begin again in an online...

Students Help Produce ‘The Forgotten Dead’ in EXL Unclass

A group of students working during the Unearthing Akron’s Past, The Forgotten Dead of Schneider Park unclass.
The documentary, produced by Joshua Tree Productions, will share the truth about Schneider Park and the several lives now beneath it.
March 9, 2020

Through one of the Experiential Learning (EXL) Center’s unclasses, students are gaining real world experience by helping Joshua Tree Productions create “The Forgotten Dead,” a documentary about Schneider...

20-Year UAPD Veteran to Assume Duties as New UA Chief of Police

Officers from The University of Akron Police Department routinely patrol different areas of campus.
March 9, 2020

On July 1, University of Akron Police Major Dale E. Gooding Jr. will assume duties as the Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President of Campus Safety. Current UAPD chief James P. Weber is set to retire...

‘Public Spaces, Early Learning Internship’ Open for Students

Interns working at the Exchange House along with volunteers during the summer of 2019.
This paid internship gives students a chance to give back to the community while developing skills for future careers.
March 9, 2020

For a second year, ArtsNow, Summit Education Initiative, First Serve and The Experiential Learning (EXL) Center will work with four interns to develop installations in the North Hill neighborhood to...

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund Gives Students Real Experience in Investing

Members (left to right) Trevor Sidewand, Anne Wagner, Antony Filing, Niki Hirani, Faith Rush and Victor Wells after a recent NEOSVF meeting.
March 9, 2020

Have you ever watched the show “Shark Tank” and wondered how the five investors choose which idea to invest in and how much money to offer? The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) is a...

Kenyette Tisha Barnes Speaks About Oppression, Activism

Kenyette Tisha Barnes spoke about her role in the #MuteRKelly movement.
Barnes is the co-founder of the #MuteRKelly movement, which protests the singer’s abuse of women and girls.
March 8, 2020

In an event hosted by The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program, Kenyette Tisha Barnes spoke about the #MuteRKelly movement on Mar. 3 in the Jean Howard Taber Student Union. Barnes is a...

Several UA Students, Faculty, Alumni Receive ADDYs at American Advertising Awards

A group of students and faculty with their awards at the 2020 American Advertising Awards.
During the 75th American Advertising Awards, the Myers School of Art was well represented by recipients of the ADDYs.
March 8, 2020

Nearly 30 students, faculty and alumni from The University of Akron Myers School of Art received ADDY awards during the local round of the annual American Advertising Awards. Presented each year by...

Turning Point USA Teaches Students Fiscal Responsibility, Activism On Campus

Members of The University of Akron's Turning Point USA tabling in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.
March 8, 2020

Created in 2012, Turning Point USA (TPUSA) is a non-profit organization that aims at teaching students the importance of free markets, capitalism and financial responsibility. The University of Akron’s...

College Democrats Engage UA Students in Politics through Several Events, Activities

Several members of the College Democrats at the University had the opportunity to visit Iowa during the Iowa Caucus.
As one of three political-based student organizations at UA, the College Democrats are one way students can get involved in Politics.
February 27, 2020

Editor's Note: The Buchtelite previously provided coverage of the College Republicans organization at The University of Akron. Students have the opportunity to get involved with politics on a local...

Akron Law Professor Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Modernizing Internet Copyright

New School of Law Professor Mark F. Schultz is seen here testifying at the Feb. 11 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearing.
After joining Akron Law in January, Mark F. Schultz was one of eight experts to testify on updating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
February 26, 2020

In the first of several hearings to modernize the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Akron Law Professor Mark F. Schultz testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual...

Taking Care Week 2020 Promotes Physical, Mental Health During Midterms

During Taking Care Week 2018, students wrote “Get Well” cards for Akron Children’s Hospital patients while relaxing with the therapy dogs.
Sponsored by the Counseling and Testing Center, this week of events will begin on Feb. 24 and end on Feb. 28.
February 20, 2020

The Counseling and Testing Center is sponsoring Taking Care Week 2020 with a variety of events across campus to help students engage in positive physical and mental health activities. Dr. Juanita Martin,...

Students Encouraged to Submit Research for Second Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium

Students who present during the symposium have the chance to improve interpersonal communication and gain knowledge from peers outside their field.
The theme of this year’s UA-IS is “Nurturing the Seeds of Innovation” and the submission deadline is Feb. 21.
February 19, 2020

Both undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are invited to submit their research for the second-annual University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium (UA-IS) through Feb. 21. According...

Alpha Phi Hosting Annual Red Dress Gala for Women’s Heart Health

The 2019 Red Dress Gala raised over $9,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation.
All proceeds from the event and ‘Go Red Week’ go to the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women’s cardiac care.
February 18, 2020

The Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi at The University of Akron will be hosting its annual Red Dress Gala on Feb. 29 to benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women’s heart health and cardiac care. Alpha...

Students Enjoy Comedian Routine During RHPB 9:09 Event

Several students enjoyed taking a break from homework and responsibilities during the event.
Sammy Obeid, a California native, has appeared on television shows such as “Conan” and “America’s Got Talent.”
February 18, 2020

Continuing their 7:17 and 9:09 series, the Residence Hall Program Board and Residence Hall Council had comedian Sammy Obeid perform on Jan. 29 in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union. According to his...

University Travel Restrictions Implemented Due to Coronavirus Despite No Cases in Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control created this image to show the structure of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Although there are no COVID-19 cases in Ohio, The University of Akron implemented travel restrictions due to nationwide travel warnings.
February 12, 2020

On Jan. 31, students at The University of Akron received an announcement through Zipmail with an update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and new travel restrictions being enforced in the United...

‘Hair Love’ Wins Best Animated Short Film at 92nd Academy Awards

Actress and writer Mindy Kaling announced “Hair Love” as the Best Animated Short Film during the 92nd Academy Awards.
A project that began as a Kickstarter in 2017 is now an Academy Award winning animated short film.
February 9, 2020

The University of Akron alumni Matthew A. Cherry (2000-03) once tweeted in 2012 that he would be nominated for an Oscar one day. I'm gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claiming it —...

Alumnus Matthew Cherry Discusses ‘Hair Love’ Short Film, Book Award Nominations, UA Impact

“Hair Love” follows the story of an African-American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
With two award nominations for “Hair Love”, Matthew Cherry tells how being a Zip impacted his career and the inspiration for his book and short film.
February 5, 2020

When he learned his seven-minute short film “Hair Love” was one of the five nominees for the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award, UA alumnus Matthew A. Cherry (2000-03) was filled with joy. “We...

Students Can Win Free 1-Year PRSSA Membership at First Pitch Contest

PRSSA is a student organization that helps students make connections and gain skills in the professional public relations field.
February 5, 2020

The University of Akron’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its first pitch contest in Kolbe Hall Room 103 on Feb. 6 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Student participants...

UA’s Teacher Prep Program Ranked Top in Nation, Best in Ohio for Reading Instruction

Zook Hall houses the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education.
In a report by the National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ), UA’s program includes exemplary coursework in teaching literacy.
February 4, 2020

The University of Akron’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program is one of the best in the United States for preparing educators to teach children reading. According to the January 2020...

Career Services Hosting Internship & Career Fair for Students, Alumni

Resumes and professional dress attire are required for both the Feb. 11 and 12 events.
The event is free and open to those looking for internships and long-term employment, along with those looking to network.
January 29, 2020

The University of Akron’s Career Services will be hosting an Internship and Career Fair for students and alumni on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student...

New Leadership Rebuilding UA’s Campus Habitat for Humanity

Students involved with Campus Habitat for Humanity pose after participating in winter build trip.
After a rough transition in leadership, new members are working to improve the student organization.
January 29, 2020

Throughout its history, Campus Habitat for Humanity has participated in a variety of activities on and off campus to improve the surrounding community and get students involved with those improvements. According...

LGBTUA Advocates for Equality, Inclusivity on Campus

Members of LGBTUA watching videos on a computer.
UA’s largest LGBTQ club offers a support network for students and works to create a welcoming environment for everyone.
December 11, 2019

On April 30, 2019, members of The University of Akron’s largest LGBTQ club gathered to paint the rock on campus in bright rainbow colors. Painting the rock has been a campus tradition since the 1960’s,...

‘Planned Parenthood: Generation Action’ Student Organization Looks Forward Despite Challenges

Members of PPGenUA include (left to right) Kaitlyn Rafferty, Calli Onest, Amy Quitter and Madison McKinney.
UA’s chapter of the national organization focuses on educating students about sexual health and reproductive justice.
December 10, 2019

A small group of young women gathered in Student Union Room 310 on a Friday morning for a meeting and an educational presentation titled “Vaginas and Pleasure.” The University of Akron chapter of...

UA Students Network With Professionals at PRSA Student Day 2019

PRSA Student Day 2019 featured panels of Public Relations professionals in order for students to get a better understanding of the profession.
December 10, 2019

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) hosted their annual Student Day at Eaton Corporation on Nov. 15, where students from several universities could first hand advice from professionals in the...

Yvette Nicole Brown Inspires Communication, Media Students Before Receiving UA Alumni Honor Award

Yvette Nicole Brown told students to build a foundation under themselves in order to stay stable when they make it big.
As a graduate from The University of Akron, this actress, game show host and voice over artist gained her first media exposure through WZIP.
November 19, 2019

Cleveland native Yvette Nicole Brown is well-known for her role as Helen in the hit series “Drake & Josh” and her role as Shirley Bennett on NBC’s comedy series “Community.” One thing...

Students Split Over Decision to End Five Star Fridays

Five-Star Fridays was first implemented by former UA
President Matthew Wilson.
UA leaders have announced the elimination of the short-lived four-day class schedule due to numerous factors.
November 19, 2019

Students at The University of Akron are left with mixed opinions as several campus leaders announced that Five Star Fridays will be gradually coming to an end in the coming semesters. Five Star Fridays...

Zippython Raising Money, Creating Support, Showing Love for Akron Children’s Hospital

Members of Zippython pose with members of the Comma Club while holding shirts showing the importance of commas in sentences.
This group is one of three college chapters, including Kent State University and Walsh, dedicated to supporting the local hospital and kids.
November 18, 2019

Founded in 2013, Zippython is The University of Akron’s miracle network dance marathon chapter dedicated to raising money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals. The first dance marathon...

ZPN Root Beer Kegger Inspires Student Safety

Students participating in the Root Beer Pong Championship during the kegger event.
November 18, 2019

On Oct. 29, the Zips Program Network (ZPN) at The University of Akron hosted a root beer kegger in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union in honor of alcohol awareness week. The kegger took place from 8...

College Republicans Give Students Opportunities to Engage in Politics

Members of the College Republicans pose as a group in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.
November 18, 2019

Editors Note: The Buchtelite will also be providing coverage of the College Democrats organization at The University of Akron. Students at UA have the opportunity to get involved and learn about...

Students at UA Determined to ‘Make a Difference’ Despite Transportation Issues

The logo used for this year's Make a Difference Day at The University of Akron.
No transportation made it difficult for student volunteers to complete service projects in the Akron community, so they completed their own on campus.
November 6, 2019

On Oct. 25, students from The University of Akron filled the Jean Hower Taber Student Union at 9 a.m. ready to volunteer for Make A Difference Day. Two different shifts were available for students to...

School of Nutrition, Dietetics Offering New Minor in Nutrition

The School of Nutrition and Dietetics is one of seven schools within the College of Health Professions.
Students can now gain background knowledge for personal use from this new minor.
November 5, 2019

Interested in the field of nutrition but don’t want to major in it? The University of Akron School of Nutrition and Dietetics is now offering a minor in nutrition. According to the school’s website,...

UA Student Team Wins Third Consecutive Insurance Collegiate Challenge

Dr. Jinjing Wang, left, is pictured with the team — Zachary Nolan, Tyler Hornbeck, Rebecca Matty, Nicholas Milich and Kyle Whyte.
Organized by Fundación MAPFRE, the challenge introduces students to different roles in insurance industries.
November 5, 2019

For the third straight year, students from The University of Akron Risk Management and Insurance degree program won the Insurance Collegiate Challenge. This challenge introduces students to different...

President Gary L. Miller Announces Interim UA Executive Vice President, Provost

The University of Akron has experienced several changes in leadership over the past five years.
Dr. Joe Urgo will fill the position during the national search for this position.
October 29, 2019

President Gary Miller recently announced Dr. Joe Urgo as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, pending approval from the Board of Trustees (BOT). This announcement comes two weeks after President...

Office of Accessibility Sponsors Disabilities Awareness Week with New Events, Activities

The Office of Accessibility’s window decorated with Zippy and characters from the movie “Up” to inspire students on campus.
Running from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, a wide variety of events will be available for campus community members to participate in.
October 29, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Accessibility, Disabilities Awareness Week is returning to The University of Akron with a variety of events from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 to promote inclusiveness and education about...

Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing Holds Career Fair for Marketing Students

Students meeting with companies after the “speed dating round” to network with professionals.
October 29, 2019

On Friday Oct. 18, The University of Akron Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing held a career fair specifically for marketing students. Within the Taylor Institute, 20 companies attended the career...

Public Listening Sessions Set as Beginning of National Search for New UA Provost

The office of the President and other administrative members are housed in Buchtel Hall.
These sessions will provide the campus community a way to directly interact and share ideas with members of the search committee.
October 22, 2019

During his first Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 9, President Gary Miller proposed a plan to begin a confidential national search for a new Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Akron. This...

Parsons Dance Visits UA to Teach Master Classes, New Techniques

Dance students from levels V-VIII along with Parsons members during the week the company took residency at The University of Akron.
Dance students at The University of Akron got the opportunity to learn new styles in new ways.
October 22, 2019

In association with DANCECleveland, The University of Akron invited Parsons Dance to teach master classes ranging from modern and hip-hop to contemporary from Oct. 7 to 11. Each semester, UA’s dance,...

President Gary L. Miller Discusses Future of UA With Student Media Representatives

President Gary L. Miller speaks with student media representatives from The Buchtelite, ZTV and WZIP.
UA’s new president answered questions from students and shared his hopes for the future in a press conference on Oct. 11.
October 15, 2019

On Oct. 11, The University of Akron’s new president, Gary L. Miller, sat down with representatives of the student media groups on campus for a press conference to answer questions from students and discuss...

Akron Law Accepting GRE Scores From Applicants as Alternative to LSAT

Renovations to the C. Blake McDowell Law Center began in December 2015 and ended in September of 2017.
In hopes of making legal education more accessible, faculty unanimously voted to accept the GRE as part of application materials.
October 15, 2019

After a unanimous vote by faculty, The University of Akron School of Law will immediately start to accept GRE scores as an alternative to the LSAT scores from applicants. Christopher J. Peters, dean...

UA Financial Planning Program Ranked 11th in Nation

The College of Business Administration offers 13 majors from accounting to human resource management.
Out of the 67 total programs assessed, The University of Akron’s program ranked within the top 15.
October 15, 2019

In their 2019 rankings released last week, Wealth Management ranked The University of Akron’s Financial Planning Program as 11th in the United States. For this ranking, a total of 67 on-campus, full-time,...

Several Study Abroad Opportunities Available to UA Students

Elena Ewing during her trip to Spain to finish her Spanish minor.
There are four different programs students can choose to participate in for a unique learning experience.
October 14, 2019

Studying in another country doesn’t have to be just a dream at The University of Akron, with the Education Abroad Office. Education Abroad is a service that allows students to spend time in a foreign...

UA School of Communication Hosting Fall 2019 Advising Fair

Room 110 of Kolbe Hall, where several faculty offices are housed, is located on the first floor.
Students in the School of Communication are invited to the advising fair on Oct. 29 and 30, no appointment needed.
October 8, 2019

To help students prepare for the spring semester, The University of Akron School of Communication is hosting a fall advising fair in room 110 of Kolbe Hall on Oct. 29 and 30. Only for students in a...

Akron Army ROTC Celebrates 101st Year with New Alumni Lecture Series

The Akron Army ROTC provides scholarships to students in the program no matter what their degree is.
The new series, titled “Army ROTC Legacy of Leadership Lecture Series” is set to begin on Oct. 16.
October 8, 2019

To mark its 101st year on The University of Akron Campus, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is launching a new alumni lecture series. This new series titled the “Army ROTC Legacy of Leadership...

Counseling, Testing Center Sponsoring National Depression Screening Day on Campus

Free and open to students, the Counseling & Testing Center is located on the third floor of Simmons Hall.
Free screenings for depression and other mood disorders will be available in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union or Polsky.
October 2, 2019

The Counseling & Testing Center will be providing free screenings for depression and other mood disorders in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union and the Polsky Building on Oct. 3. In honor of National...

Akron Early College Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School

The Akron Early College High School is housed within the Polsky building on campus.
The United States Department of Education awarded AECHS for its “overall academic excellence” for the second time in 12 years.
October 1, 2019

The Akron Early College High School (AECHS), a program located in the Polsky Building at The University of Akron, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on...

West Campus Parking Deck Construction Set to Complete in Early November

One of the several signs indicating a potential hazard area in the West Campus Parking Deck.
September 30, 2019

As construction on the West Campus Parking Deck continues into the sixth week of the semester, Capital Planning at The University of Akron may have a completion date set. With 1,493 spaces in the deck,...

Several Resources Available on Campus, in Community For Those in Need of Support

The Counseling & Testing Center and ZipAssist are based in Simmons Hall on campus.
After the passing of a campus member, The University of Akron wants students to know that there are resources available dedicated to helping alleviate stress, depression and more.
September 26, 2019

All members of The Buchtelite would like to offer their condolences to the friends and family of the student and fellow Zip we all lost too soon. In light of this tragedy, The Buchtelite would like...

Students Share Hopes, Wishes for Campus in Response to New President

Students had the opportunity to meet President Miller and his wife during a meet-and-greet on Aug. 15.
As President Miller is set to take office on Oct. 1, several students have different visions for the future of The University of Akron.
September 26, 2019

In response to the Board of Trustees selecting Gary L. Miller as the 18th President of The University of Akron on Aug. 14, several students share their hopes and visions for the future of UA. Prior...

Roo Express Riders at UA Adjust to Fall 2019 Changes

Some students have been skeptical of the decision to switch the Roo Express from three shuttle routes to one loop.
Jared Coleman, Director of Parking and Transportation Services at UA, has some helpful suggestions for students unfamiliar with the new route.
September 26, 2019

Students at The University of Akron are adjusting to the recent changes made to the Roo Express, a free shuttle around campus, and the route in which it operates. Since the Spring 2019 semester, Parking...

Student Accessibility Group at Akron Acts as Social Networking, Advocacy Organization

Those at the first S.A.G.A. meeting include (left to right) Jack Wolf, Ekena Poole, Breanna Sprenger, Kathleen Kulick, USG Senator-at-Large Isaiah Smith and Megan Parker.
This group was created by the Office of Accessibility in response to a situation last semester involving a student with disabilities.
September 26, 2019

Editor’s Note: Megan Parker was elected President of the Student Accessibility Group at Akron. This article was written strictly based on information from other group members. The Office of Accessibility...

‘Make Campus Great Again’ Initiative Launched at UA

As the 2020 Presidential Election comes close, political campaigns are increasing their efforts to influence voters.
The Republican National Committee and the Trump Victory Committee created this program to increase support of re-electing Trump in 2020.
September 26, 2019

Focused on increasing voter registration and supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee and the Trump Victory Committee launched the Make Campus Great Again...

New Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center Opens on Campus

UA balloons made the celebration of the opening of the new Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center hard to miss.
The University of Akron and the College of Business held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new building on Sept. 9.
September 17, 2019

Built to help students in the College of Business Administration develop their skills through a one-stop training spot, The University of Akron opened the new Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development...

USG President, Vice President Working Toward Campus Sustainability, Student Wellness

A fun fact about Mark Okocha and Morgan Booker is that based on the Harry Potter series Okocha is a Slytherin and Booker is a Hufflepuff.
As the newly elected leaders of the Undergraduate Student Government, Mark Okocha and Morgan Booker are hoping to help students learn more about their governing body.
September 16, 2019

Undergraduate Student Government President Mark Okocha and Vice President Morgan Booker have been working hard on campus toward several goals of sustainability, student wellness and improved campus relations. Currently,...

Interim President Green Announces Continued Academic Investments

The office of the President and other administrative members are housed in Buchtel Hall.
Just weeks before he is due to step down as Interim President, John Green announced his plans for new faculty and administrative hires.
September 13, 2019

Interim President John Green announced The University of Akron is looking to hire 17 new faculty members and begin national searches for five administrative positions in order to continue its focus on...

Faculty Senate, Akron-AAUP Leaders Share Response to New President, Search Process

Faculty Senate at The University of Akron held their first meeting of the 2019-20 academic year in a new campus location.
As part of the non-board members on the presidential search committee, these constituency group leaders share similar feelings.
September 9, 2019

Editors Note: The Buchtelite will provide an additional article on students’ response to these topics. Leaders from two key constituency groups on campus, Faculty Senate and the Akron-AAUP, share...

Changes Made to Roo Express Shuttle Routes for Fall Semester

The Roo Express used to be comprised of three routes that have been combined to create the Campus Circulator route.
Parking and Transportation Services has changed the shuttle’s routes by combining them into one circulatory route around campus.
September 8, 2019

Parking and Transportation Services at The University of Akron has changed the route of the Roo Express, a free shuttle for students on campus, from several routes to one circulatory route for the Fall...

Students Share Experiences, Advice after Start of New Semester

One popular spot for students at UA is the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.
UA students share their experiences during the first weeks of classes and give some advice to students.
September 8, 2019

With two weeks of the Fall 2019 semester complete, students at UA are sharing their advice for new students based on a variety of different experiences during these first weeks of classes. Jaquie McAninch,...

Goodyear CEO Set as 2019 Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum Keynote Speaker

The College of Business Administration at The University of Akron is a partial sponsor of the 2019 Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum.
This year’s forum includes a local leader from a successful organization to share firsthand experience from the world of business with students.
August 30, 2019

Richard J. Kramer, chairman, CEO and president of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will be speaking at The University of Akron’s annual Goodyear Executive Leadership Forum on Sept. 17. Kramer’s...

President-Elect Names Wayne Hill as New UA Chief of Staff

Several offices for members of the administration reside on campus in Buchtel Hall.
Dr. Gary Miller’s first publicly announced appointment as president-elect gives UA a new vice president and chief of staff.
August 26, 2019

On Aug. 21, President-elect Gary Miller and Interim President John Green named Wayne Hill as chief of staff and vice president of The University of Akron. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Hill...

UA Dining Services Makes Several Changes to Different Campus Locations

Aramark first took over The University of Akron’s dining services in 2015 in order to improve the food options available to students.
In order to adapt to declining enrollment and varying student preferences, Aramark has made changes to dining options at The University of Akron.
August 22, 2019

The University of Akron’s Dining Services, which is controlled by Aramark, has announced changes were made to the dining locations across campus. According to a UA press release, the Steak ‘n Shake...

UA Board of Trustees Select Gary L. Miller as New President

President-elect Gary L. Miller thanks those who participated in the search process for trusting him to lead The University of Akron.
The University’s search for leadership ended Aug. 14 with the current Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.
August 14, 2019

After a unanimous decision at the Aug. 14 Board of Trustees meeting, Gary L. Miller, Ph.D., has been named the 18th President of The University of Akron. President-elect Miller, 65, is currently Chancellor...

UA Students Increase Child’s Mobility with Modified Toy Truck

Nathan Ramey gives older brother, Trent, a ride in his newly adapted Power Wheels vehicle.
Biomedical engineering students adapted a Power Wheels Truck for a boy with Down Syndrome.
May 1, 2019

Since September 2016, 4-year-old Nathan Ramey has attended occupational, physical and speech therapy at Akron Children’s Hospital.   Nathan has Down syndrome and is currently in remission from...

University of Akron Student Petitions for Campus Community Garden

UA student Valerie Rado petitions outside the Taber Student Union, offering fresh fruits and lollipops to passersby.
April 29, 2019

Inspired by a project in her English composition class, University of Akron student Valerie Rado sought out to start a community garden on campus.   On a sunny Spring morning, Rado, along with several...

Interim President Green Discusses Plans for ‘Brighter’ UA Future

Interim President John Green wears a University of Akron tie to show his campus pride.
The University of Akron has several ideas in motion to improve the budget issues and for student success through faculty changes.
April 24, 2019

With the spring semester ending soon and growing questions about the plans moving forward, Interim President John Green spoke with The Buchtelite about the future budget and faculty buyouts at The University...

Former UA President Recounts Contributions Before Transition to New University

Former President Matthew Wilson hopes his success at The University of Akron will influence his career at Missouri Western State University.
As Matthew Wilson prepares to leave Akron for a new career in St. Joseph, Missouri, he discusses his contributions to the law school and University as a whole.
April 23, 2019

As The University of Akron currently searches for its fourth leader since 2014, a former UA president has been chosen as the fifth president for Missouri Western State University.   Through a 5-0...

Changes Coming to 2019 SpringFest

Changes Coming to 2019 SpringFest
April 23, 2019

The University of Akron is hosting a newly-imagined SpringFest on May 3, 2019, with several changes announced, including making it a student-based festival.   The changes to SpringFest were announced...

Akron Against Cancer to Host Annual Relay For Life

After finishing the Luminaria Ceremony lap at the 2018 Relay For Life, participants add glow sticks to the
Akron Against Cancer is leading to fight for the University and greater Akron communities against cancer by raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
April 22, 2019

As a crowd holding glow sticks sits and listens to an Akron Against Cancer representative speak on stage, relationships between immediate family, extended family and friends are read.   Each time...

NASA Selects UA Engineers to Test Technology for Astronauts

As part of the Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (S.U.I.T.S.) Challenge, the seven-member team traveled to Houston, Texas.
April 19, 2019

For the second year in a row, NASA has invited a team of students from the College of Engineering and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences to travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, from...

UA Hosts First Annual Student-Led Research Symposium

Cortney Rosekelly, Paul Collins, Craig Dilworth and Sydney Bornstine share the market research they conducted for NORKA Beverage Company, an Akron-based craft soda producer.
When two graduate students at The University of Akron felt there were not enough opportunities to present research, they took matters into their own hands.
April 16, 2019

The first-ever University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium (UA-IS), an event for students to showcase their research, took place in the ballroom of the  Taber Student Union on April 9 from 8 a.m....

University of Akron Employee, Alum to Appear on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

Derek Daily on the set of
This will be Derek Daily’s third appearance on a quiz show, as he has appeared on “Academic Challenge” and Game Show Network’s quiz show “The Chase.”
April 10, 2019

An employee and alumnus from The University of Akron will appear as a contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” hosted by Chris Harrison Thursday, April 11, 2019.   Derek Daily is currently...

Multiple UA Departments Respond to Disabled Student Evacuation Incident

Simmons Hall, where the Office of Accessibility is Located.
After a social work student, Hannah Laudo, was left in her dorm during a fire alarm, departments at UA respond to help resolve the issue.
April 8, 2019

This article is part two of a two-part series.  Part two covers the response from different departments at The University of Akron. Part one covers the incident from the perspective of the student.   After...

Rape Crisis Center to Host Annual Walk of Heroes

Zippy looks at a table with items from the Rape Crisis Center.
April 8, 2019

The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is hosting their annual Walk of Heroes this year on April 26, from 6-8 p.m.   In the past, there have been delays due to the weather, so this...

Akron Law Students Competing for Cash Prize at Intramural Trial Competition

On April 6, eight teams of students will participate in the school’s 10th annual competition sponsored by Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.
April 3, 2019

Eight teams from The University of Akron School of Law will be competing for a cash prize in the school’s 10th annual intramural trial competition on Saturday, April 6.   This competition is sponsored...

University of Akron Seeking Book Donations for Local Youth

University of Akron Seeking Book Donations for Local Youth
With two separate programs asking for book donations to local children, UA encourages people to think twice before throwing your old books away this spring.
April 1, 2019

Through April 5, ZipAssist and serveAkron are hosting a book drive asking for new and gently used children’s books in support of Bright Star Books, a local nonprofit working to increase the access to...

UA Student Rocket Design Team Heading to NASA Competition

The Akronauts will compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition to improve research and development for the Space Launch System and to gain hands-on experience in the field.
April 1, 2019

The University of Akron’s student rocket-design team, the Akronauts, will be competing in NASA’s 2019 Student Launch Competition in Huntsville, Alabama from April 4-6.   Founded in 2014, the...

Designing Independence: UA Students Modify Power Wheels for Children with Disabilities

Sophomores Hanna Mackey (left) and Megan Bruns contributed work to all eight adapted Power Wheels vehicles, each one needing to fit specific needs and capabilities. For the vehicle pictured here, Mackey and Bruns built a desktop with a push-button that controls the vehicle. It was customized for a child named Oscar (center).
Students from the Biomedical Engineering Design and NASA Robotics teams worked with Inclusioneers to provide children with toy car adapted to their physical capabilities.
March 24, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once asked, “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”   Students from the Biomedical Engineering Design and NASA Robotics teams at...

Fifth Annual Zippython Raising Money for Akron Children’s Hospital

In 2018, Zippython raised over $11,000 in funds to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.
The goal for the Miracle Network Dance Marathon chapter at The University of Akron is to raise $50,000 this year.
March 24, 2019

The fifth annual Zippython, a dance marathon held to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital, will take place in Central-Hower High School's gymnasium on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Zippython...

A Q&A With the USG Presidential, Vice Presidential Candidates

A display of all candidates for various positions in USG stands near the east entrance of Taber Student Union.
The candidates running for Undergraduate Student Government President explain their platforms and respond to different questions about UA actions.
March 18, 2019

Voting for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Student Government Elections is currently underway.   According to USG Election Rules, the general elections are held within the first 11 weeks of the spring...

UA Chemistry Professor Receives $1.9 Million Grant for Asthma Research

Dr. Sailaja Paruchuri.
Dr. Sailaja Paruchuri is one of only a dozen other recipients who have received this grant at the University.
March 18, 2019

As a respiratory condition that impacts several people on a daily basis, asthma is an important topic within research. One professor at The University of Akron understands its importance through her research.   Dr....

Great Lakes Science Center Exhibits Cars from Zips Racing

Members of Zips Racing with the 2017 model race car that will be on display at the entrance of the Great Lakes Science Center’s Vroom! A Car Adventure exhibit where visitors can get in the driver’s seat for a photo. Team members are (from left)  Maria Hatzis, team captain Ezra Malernee, Jacob Greer, Clayton Brown, David McVan, faculty advisor Dr. Daniel Deckler, Ph.D. and Sidney Mingle.
Visitors will be able to see a new exhibit featuring three race cars designed, built and driven by the student members of Zips Racing.
March 13, 2019

Three open-wheel race cars designed and built by members of Zips Racing will be featured in an exhibit focusing on Formula One racing at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland starting on March 15...

Akron Ph.D. Student Receives Research Grant, Fellowship Award for Eye Research

While she does not have connections to blindness, Katelyn Sondereker has researched how human eye cells relate to diseases such as glaucoma.
March 13, 2019

As one of the most important organs in the human body, the eye helps people navigate the environment around them through seeing objects color, form and shape.   Katelyn Sondereker is a fourth-year...

2nd Annual Dodgeball Charity Tournament Sign-Ups Open

Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
Want to enjoy a tournament of the childhood classic sport with a team of friends, all for a good cause? Sign up today.
March 13, 2019

The University of Akron Residence Hall Council is hosting Zippy’s Let’s Dodge Cancer Classic on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, courts four and five.   In...

Disabled UA Student Left in Dorm Room During Fire Alarm

Hannah Laudo (left) tells copy editor Megan Parker (right) about her experiences with accessibility at The University of Akron.
Hannah Laudo, a senior at The University of Akron with Cerebral Palsy, was screaming for help when the fire alarm went off in Spanton Hall. No one came.
March 11, 2019

This article is part one of a two-part series. Part one covers the incident from the perspective of the student. Part two covers the response from different departments at The University of Akron.   A...

ZipCon 2019 Brings More Than 2000 Attendees

Throughout the duration of the day at ZipCon, the vendors area remained full with people hanging out or viewing the various items available in each booth.
With plans to grow in the future to accommodate the increasing number of attendees, the Akron Anime Club has already begun preparing for ZipCon 2020.
March 4, 2019

The Akron Anime Club recently hosted its sixth annual ZipCon at The University of Akron on Feb. 23 and are already starting preparations for next year’s event. ZipCon is a one-day convention primarily...

Rethinking Race Conversation Tackles Heroes, Race

The events for this year’s Rethinking Race Series began Feb. 25 and will end on March 8.
The upcoming event will encourage people to evaluate their idea of what race a hero should be and how there has been a recent shift toward diversity in the film industry.
March 4, 2019

As the events of Rethinking Race seek to inspire discussion about the roles given to a race in society, various subjects about how the different races are viewed also come up. On March 4 from 11:45 a.m....

UA Speech & Debate Team Secures Fourth Consecutive State Championship

Team members in the front row, from left, are Karris McCollum, Anna Kruse and Ryan Longoria. In the middle row, from left, are Graham Hess, Emily Glovas, Nathan Hill and Nick Golina. In the back row, from left, are Mark Rittenour, Adi Rajiv and Parker Codding. Not pictured is Taylor Mills.
Winning 10 out of the 15 individual events, the UA students led their team to victory with an overall score of 337.33 points.
February 25, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Buchtelite would like to apologize to The University of Akron’s Speech and Debate team for the original story “Speech, Debate Renaissance Sweeps Across UA, Rivals.” The story...

Graduation Can Be Confusing; Academic Advisers Are Here to Help

Terry Vance and Sophie Kus, advisers at the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
February 25, 2019

Graduating can be a difficult task as it is a transition from the academic world to the professional world. However, advisers from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Akron...

A Closer Look At UA’s Free Speech Policy

With a microphone in hand, Kaitlin Bennett engages in discourse with UA student.
While figures such as Kaitlin Bennett visit UA, some may wonder what policies allow them to come to campus.
February 25, 2019

In recent months, Kaitlin Bennett, a figure known for her strong and sometimes controversial stance on Second Amendment rights, has twice visited The University of Akron. During both of her visits, Bennett...

Counseling & Testing Center Announces ‘Taking Care Week’ Events

Counseling & Testing Center Announces 'Taking Care Week' Events
From Feb. 25 to March 1, there will be various events on campus for the eighth annual Taking Care Week.
February 21, 2019

Have you started to feel those mid-semester blues? With midterms right around the corner, students' wellness and mental health may not be in the best state. Luckily, the Counseling and Testing Center...

New STEM Center at UA Supports Urban Education

Interim President Dr. John Green welcomes guests at an open house for the Urban STEM Education Center on Tuesday.
The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is partnering with local organizations and schools in creating a new STEM Center.
February 21, 2019

In support of growth in STEM education, the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is collaborating with organizations and schools in the region to establish the Urban STEM Education Center. According...

Akron School Superintendent Joins Board of Trustees

APS superintendent David James.
February 21, 2019

The University of Akron Board of Trustees has appointed Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James as an advisory trustee, the Board announced last Wednesday. The board unanimously voted to appoint...

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