Hundreds of first-year Honors College students walk in unison to leadership event

Earlier today, hundreds of incoming first-year Honors College students walked from the North Quad to the Akron Civic Theatre in celebration of the start of their college experience and to participate in an Honors Leadership Summit event, part of the College of Business Administration’s Institute for Leadership Advancement.

Mark T. Smucker, president of the Consumer and Natural Foods Division of The J.M. Smucker Co., was the featured speaker at the Civic.

The 2015 Honors entering student profile boasts tremendous academic credentials. As of Aug. 25:

  • Average ACT: 28.4 (national average score is 21)
  • Average high school GPA: 3.94
  • Women: 272 or 43 percent
  • Minorities: 57 or 8.9 percent
  • 637 entering students for fall 2015
    • 12 percent increase in enrollment from fall 2014 (571)
    • 80 percent increase in enrollment from fall 2013 (354)

The Institute for Leadership Advancement was founded in 2012 from a generous $1million gift from The J.M. Smucker Company. The program is designed to engage first-year Honors students in an intimate leadership learning community where students interact with high level executives, engage one another in group problem-solving, and develop personal visions while setting the foundation for a successful four years in college and beyond.

Law School, direct marketing and internships this week on 'UA to Z'

​​UA to ZThis week, Larry Burns, vice president for advancement, along with Willy Kollman, associate director of alumni and government relations, welcome:

  • Matt Wilson, dean of The University of Akron School of Law,​ will talk about the incoming class and some of their unique distinctions and initiatives.

  • Laura Carey, director of the Career Center at the University, ​will talk about services available to all UA students and upcoming events being hosted by the Career Center to help students find internships and career placement.

  • Dr. Terry Daugherty, associate professor of Marketing stops by to talk about the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, and other exciting things going on in UA’s College of Business Administration.

​UA to Z airs on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on 1590 WAKR-AM. To learn more about the show, the hosts, or to listen to previous broadcasts, visit “UA to Z” online. You can also follow the show on Twitter at @UAtoZ.

Eminent Caltech polymer scientist to discuss 'mega-supramolecules,' polymer end groups

Dr. Julie KornfieldDr. Julie Kornfield, professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, will discuss how polymers known as "mega-supramolecules" can lead to cleaner and safer fuels when she speaks at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Room 130 of the Polymer Engineering Academic Center, as part of the 2015 Bayer MaterialScience Lectureship.

Kornfield will also lecture on Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Goodyear Polymer Center, Room 229, about new phenomena and physical properties made possible through controlling interactions between polymer end groups.

Both talks are free and open to the public, though reservations are requested by those who are not faculty, staff or students at UA. Reserve your seat and receive a free parking pass at Abstracts of both lectures and an interview with Kornfield are at

Read the full news release.

Parking updates through Sept. 3

  • Lot 18 south, at the Student Union, will be reserved on Friday, Aug. 28, at 6 a.m. through 4 p.m. for meetings. Alternate parking for visitors will be available at the parking meters by Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street. 

Intramural Sports information session

Intramural Sports is offering a wide array of activities this semester! Join us for an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center classroom 245 to learn all about Intramural Sports at UA. Find out what's being offered, how to register, who can play, and much more. Don't miss out on getting involved because you're not sure where to start - we are here to help! This is your chance to get in the game!

​Registration for all Intramural Sports activities is currently ongoing and must be completed online at Please visit for complete details, or call the OASIS Office at ext. 6956 for more information.

Registration deadline approaching for several intramural sports

Registration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for soccer, tennis, sports trivia, and the backyard bonanza.

  • Soccer plays on Sundays, costs $35 per team, and has men's, women's and co-rec leagues.
  • Tennis plays on Sundays, costs $10 per team, and has men's singles/doubles, women's singles/doubles and mixed doubles.
  • Sports trivia is free to participate and involves teams of two testing their knowledge on Monday, Sept. 14, from 8-10 p.m.
  • Backyard bonanza costs $10, involves teams of two competing in a variety of backyard games, and will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 3-6 p.m.

All registration takes place online via Please contact the OASIS Office with any questions at ext. 6956 or

What's next? Intramural flag football, softball and sand volleyball.

Intramural registration now open for soccer, tennis, sports trivia, and backyard bonanza

Registration for all fall 2015 activities is now open. Our first registration deadline includes soccer, tennis, sports trivia, and backyard bonanza - all of which close on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Visit for complete details and to register (and pay) online. Remember all spaces are filled on a first-paid, first-confirmed basis. Please feel free to contact the OASIS Office at ext. 6956 with any questions.


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