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Clubs to watch out for 9-15-16

September 15, 2016

Akronauts Rocket Design Team This club is a high-powered, sub-sonic group. The team designs, innovated, builds, and even launches experimental sounding rockets. Its most recent project was a rocket...

Akron students to take first ride on record-breaking coaster at Cedar Point

Mentor Reese March with his Family Foundation mentees.
May 2, 2016

A lucky group of students from The University of Akron will get to experience the very first ride on Cedar Point’s new record-breaking roller coaster thanks to the LeBron James Family Foundation. On...

Students use crowdfunding to pay for research

May 2, 2016

Two innovative University of Akron graduate students recently decided to skip the typical methods of research funding, opting instead for a more modern approach: crowdfunding. The students, Angela M....

Fewer visiting, more full-time faculty

In 2011, the total number of faculty at UA was 2,001. Each year since, that number has declined to its 2015 total of 1,680. This trend, broken up into the four types of faculty at UA, is illustrated above. There is no projected figure for part-time faculty in 2016 because that statistic is dependent on enrollment, which is not yet known.
Temporary lecturers' contracts not to be renewed next fall
April 27, 2016

For next fall, The University of Akron administration is trying to cut back the number of visiting lecturers to make room for more full-time, bargaining-unit (union) faculty. There are about 100 temporary...

An apostrophe to Zak

April 21, 2016

Under the tender remembrance and hopeful charity of yesterday’s food-packaging event held in memory of Zak Husein, the UA student arbitrarily shot and killed last December, lies the quiet disclosure...

New GenEd Core off to rough start

April 18, 2016

In the original version of this article, it was incorrectly reported that 16 percent of fall 2015 students in a GenEd Core course decided not to take an additional GenEd Core course in the spring. In...

The race to break down barriers of education

April 18, 2016

A brand new 5k race, organized by DreamAKRON, is raising money in order to establish scholarships for high school students on May 7. The race is a community event that involves people from the Akron...

Away from the main

The Board of Trustees held its last meeting on Feb. 10 on the third floor of the Student Union, pictured here.
This week’s Board meeting moved to Wayne College; first time in eight years
April 11, 2016

Not since eight years ago has The University of Akron Board of Trustees held a meeting anywhere other than main campus. Yet the Board’s next meeting, slated for this Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m.,...

Slacklining pro to appear on campus

April 6, 2016

Famed for flipping, twisting, and tricking in the air—all on a two inch thick rope—Red Bull sponsored slackliner Alex Mason will visit UA’s campus this Monday, April 11, at 12 p.m. If weather...

Bridging STEM fields

April 6, 2016

Over the weekend, The National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM Middle School hosted its sixth BEST (Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology) Medicine Engineering Fair. This event, orchestrated...

Paintball team headed to nationals

From left to right: Jash Smith, Thomas Hoster, Matt Berger, Scott Michaud, Jackson St. Clair.
April 4, 2016

You might not have heard that The University of Akron’s paintball team is headed to the national championships this April. The team, which was founded in February of 2011 and now has 15 members,...

UA senior wins ‘Woman to Watch’ award

UA senior wins ‘Woman to Watch' award
March 16, 2016

Yesterday, University of Akron senior Tyeal Howell was honored with the Woman to Watch Award by the Women’s History Project (WHP) of Akron, which is a program of the Summit County Historical Society. Howell...

Faculty gather to reassure prospective students

From left to right, Professor Pam Schulze, Associate Professor Michelle Byrne, Associate Professor Kevin Kern, Professor Constance Bouchard, and Professor Steve Harp.
February 17, 2016

In an effort to show their support for a fair contract, and to send a positive message to prospective and current students, faculty members from the Akron American Association of University Professors...

Professionalism in the workplace

February 10, 2016

“Strive to be your best, most professional self when you are in your working life,” stated Tony Alexander, executive-in-residence of UA’s College of Business Administration (CBA), during his Tuesday...

Key issues on the table

Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 14, 2015.
Trustees to consider no-confidence resolution, 'proposed course fees,' and more
February 8, 2016

According to University spokesman Wayne Hill, the "proposed course fees" mentioned in this article are for law students in the UA School of Law's international program in Asia, and for Fire and Hazardous...

Big gift, new name

UA alumni Pamela and Gary Williams give introductory remarks at yesterday's Honors College ceremony.
Williamses' pledge expands to $10 million, comes on verge of possible no-confidence vote in faculty senate
February 3, 2016

Yesterday, UA announced plans to change the name of its Honors College after receiving a $3 million gift from alumni Gary and Pamela Williams. The gift expands the Williamses’ $7 million bequest given...

Fewer headed to UA?

Applications – Prospective students who have filled out an application to attend UA. 

Admittance – Prospective students who have the proper requirements, and have been offered admittance to UA. 

Confirmations – Prospective students who have paid the $145 online admissions fee, and confirmed their intent to enroll at UA.
Early numbers show decline in freshmen likely to enroll
February 1, 2016

Freshman applications to UA were down 6 percent in mid-January from the same time last year, as the number of admitted students who had confirmed their intent to enroll in fall 2016 were down 32 percent,...

Class conundrums

Joe Minocchi, an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, speaks with a student about scheduling classes.
What to do when they are dropped
January 25, 2016

Imagine being in college, but a class cancellation threatens to keep you in school longer than expected.   This is the situation that Dani Jackson, a sophomore majoring in French, found herself in...

In June, a ‘literal political campaign’ to change UA’s name by January 2016

December 7, 2015

It started early this year as a post on a zipsnation.org forum. Since, the topic of a UA name-change — a rebranding, a new slogan, a marketing tagline, whatever one might call it now — has been...

Business council formed to advise Scarborough and Board of Trustees

Prominent Akron business leaders signed a full-page Akron Beacon Journal ad urging readers to give the University's changes some time.
November 30, 2015

In spite of extensive dissatisfaction from other constituents, at least one group puts hope in the direction of UA: Akron’s business executives.   On Sunday, Nov. 29, seven prominent Akron businessmen...

Faculty Senate committee formed to consider lack of confidence vote on Scarborough

Senate Chairman William Rich says decision might come in February; Burns calls it 'not unexpected'
November 9, 2015

University President Scott Scarborough might soon receive a formal “lack of confidence” expression from the UA Faculty Senate. A resolution “to create an ad hoc committee to consider proposing...

Former Federal Reserve CEO returns to alma mater

Sandra Pianalto gives a lecture in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Pianalto recounts past, encourages students to take risks
November 4, 2015

In most fields, taking risks is usually said to have a negative connotation, but in the eyes of Sandra Pianalto, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, it is the stepping stone...

UA students, alumni head east to see Pope Francis

September 28, 2015

A group of more than 100 University of Akron students and alumni witnessed Pope Francis this past weekend on his first official visit to the United States in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The individuals...

Religious provokers return

UA was the second stop on the group's month-long college circuit.
September 16, 2015

Students react peaceably when told they are going to hell. At least they did on Tuesday, when three men from an independent Christian church in Ohio took up positions outside Leigh Hall to proselytize....

ASEC library could close

ASEC library could close
September 14, 2015

UA’s Science and Technology Library, located in the Auburn Science and Engineering Center, could close. The library’s operations—supporting students in the “health and life sciences, engineering...

USG seeks transparency with ‘Town Hall’ series

USG seeks transparency with 'Town Hall' series
Starts forum to connect students to administrators, explain recent changes
September 14, 2015

Last Thursday, Sept. 10, UA’s Undergraduate Student Government gathered at the Student Union Starbucks lounge to discuss a summer of radical changes, questionable cuts, and concerns over a lack of administrative...

An open letter: USG to President Scarborough

July 13, 2015

The following is an letter addressed to The University of Akron President Scott Scarborough,  written and signed by the UA Undergraduate Student Government's president and vice president Taylor Swift...

Open carry walk on Saturday

Open carry walk on Saturday
Firearm-wielding group to move through campus, downtown
April 22, 2015

Don’t be surprised to see a group of people openly wielding firearms on UA’s campus this weekend.  Jeffry Smith, a National Rifle Association Certified Firearms Instructor and Life Member, organized...

Knight Foundation announces $250,000 grant

Following $120,000 to E.J., $20,000 for service-learning projects
April 13, 2015

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is at it again. Last Wednesday, April 8, the Knight Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to The University of Akron. UA can use the grant for whatever...

School of Law hosts conference

Entrepreneurs, business owners gather to learn about online startups
April 13, 2015

Online companies might be the way of the future, and UA is at the helm of the movement.   NEXTOhio, a conference about online startups, took place at Quaker Station on Thursday, April 9. It was...

Starbucks: to renew or not to renew

April 1, 2015

The end of The University of Akron’s contract with Starbucks is stirring debate on campus; students are concerned with whether it will stay or get replaced.  The contract between UA and Starbucks...

Fair helps students get involved on campus

March 9, 2015

The spring involvement fair transformed the Student Union into a hub of extracurricular opportunity last Thursday, March 5.   UA holds four involvement fairs a year to promote organizations’ upcoming...

Towpath will extend to campus

Akron residents gathered at Akron Civic Theater to give their input on the iTowpath project on Thursday, March 5.
Further improvements being proposed
March 9, 2015

Amidst the streets of downtown Akron lies a part of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, one of Ohio’s longest and most scenic bikeways used by over 2.5 million people. 41 miles of the trail are...

ASLA brings more than signs to silent weekend

Students as they compete in the pie eating contest at silent weekend.
March 9, 2015

  Freddy’s Silent Weekend attracted more than just The American Sign Language Association from UA, but professors and other schools as well.   Every semester Fred Palchick hosts a weekend...

What to consider when renting or leasing

Graphic by Michael Schwartz and Ted Boyer
March 5, 2015

Students confronted for the first time with finding a place to live have many things to take into account, both when looking for and at a potential residence. Rentals and leases are nearly the same;...

Bierce to renovate, promote 3D printer

3D printer on the first floor of Bierce Library at the User Support Services desk.
March 2, 2015

Many improvements are being made to Bierce Library to help students study more efficiently and to make the library more accessible. Stephanie Everett, manager of marketing communications at Bierce,...

An argument for handwriting

February 23, 2015

To hell with practicality. Good handwriting, or “chirography,” is a dying art. Its decline began when that first email was sent in the early ‘70s. Since, the art has regressed continuously, disappearing...

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