National Decision Day — how you can help

The May 1 National Decision Day is fast approaching. This is the day that admitted students for the upcoming school year notify us if they have selected The University of Akron as their school of choice.

Now is the time to get our fall 2015 applicants to commit to UA. A personal, handwritten note or phone call from individuals at the University can go a long way to help these prospective students realize that UA is the best place for them to achieve their American Dream.

Your letters and phone calls certainly made a difference last year as part of our campus-wide recruitment efforts. You helped us attract a robust fall 2014 freshman class that posted the highest grade point average (3.37) for first-time, full-time freshmen in school history!

Will you consider reaching out to prospective students who live in your community, or with whom you share an interest? We will make this easy for you, providing sample notes and conversation starters for phone calls, as well as the contact information you would need.

If you would be available to volunteer outside of your regular working hours to connect with admitted students, fill out this short form and we will be in touch to get you started.

Nominate your colleagues for their outstanding contributions

The University values your teaching, research and service to students, the campus community as well as the greater Akron community, and higher education. Nominate your colleagues for their contributions that make the University community a rich environment for teaching and learning.

Full-time faculty members (instructor through professor) employed by UA for at least five years are eligible for consideration for the Outstanding Teacher Award and Outstanding Researcher Award.

Faculty, contract professionals and staff are eligible for the Diversity Award, Community Engagement Award and the Student Success Award.  Faculty members and contract professionals are eligible for the award for Outstanding Faculty-Mentor for First-Year Students. Contract professionals and staff are eligible for the award for Exemplary University Service.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Administration support these awards, which will be presented during the spring semester.

Students, faculty, staff, or alumni may make nominations. Consider nominating a colleague for this recognition. Nominations/applications must be made by Monday, March 3.

The nomination forms:

Lee Gill appointed to hospital board

Lee Gill, J.D., associate vice president for inclusion and equality and chief diversity officerLee Gill, J.D., associate vice president for inclusion and equality and chief diversity officer at UA, is among the individuals most recently appointed to the Akron General Medical Center Board.

“Through my board appointment I am pleased to support Akron General, an institution with a long-standing mission of improving the health of our community,” says Gill, who joined UA in 2008. “The University of Akron and Akron General are deeply involved in improving lives and this appointment provides new opportunities to create meaningful synergies leading to positive outcomes for our community.”

Office of Research Administration: Research for Lunch

Don’t forget to RSVP for our upcoming Research for Lunch presentations. Bring your lunch and learn about your colleagues’ research.

Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend. For more details, visit the Office of Research Administration blog.

Science Olympiad tournament is March 14 — volunteers needed

Science Olympiad is a national science competition for grade school and high school students. On Saturday, March 14, about 575 students from six surrounding counties will be on campus for the Time Warner Cable Akron Regional Science Olympiad. The students will compete in 46 contests of science, technology, engineering and math skills.

The University is seeking volunteers for the day to help with supervising events, grading tests, evaluating or timing at constructed device events, device inspection, score keeping and logistics.  We have volunteer positions that range from two to seven hours. We hope to provide a Subway meal to each volunteer. We will provide personalized, signed volunteer-hour certificates.

For event descriptions and to sign up, please visit Science Olympiad Volunteers online. For more information, contact John Fellenstein at .

Lawrence Brownlee in concert tonight

Lawrence Brownlee Tuesday Musical presents operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee tonight, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Please join Tuesday Musical for a preconcert lecture, beginning at 6:30 p.m. by Eric Kisch at WCLV-FM.

Tickets for the performance are $45 to $25 and are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office. For more information visit

School of Music to host weekend concerts

Duo Damiana

A variety of musical styles will be featured at performances this weekend in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email Here’s the schedule:

Youngstown State University Professor of Piano Caroline Oltmanns will present a recital on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Schumann’s “Carnaval” and “Ghost Variations.” Also included on the program will be works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Crumb and UA Professor James Wilding.

Solaris, the Faculty Wind Quintet, will perform new and standard works on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. The quintet will be joined by guest artist Tom Reed, a professor of clarinet and saxophone at Ashland University and bass clarinetist of the Akron Symphony. The program will include works such as the “Chorale and Fantasy” by Mark Flugge, “Mladi” by Janacek, and the “Romantic Suite, Op. 57” by LeFebvre. Also featured is the world premiere performance of “Quintet No. 3” by UA faculty composer Nikola Resaonovic.

Join the members of Duo Damiana — Molly Barth, flute, and Dieter Hennings, guitar, (pictured above) as they present a cutting-edge repertoire for this unique ensemble configuration on Sunday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. An Oregon-based ensemble, the duo have commissioned numerous new works from composers such as Chen Yi, David Lang, Jean-Michel Damase and Toru Takemitsu

Parking updates through March 5

Lot 2, at Rhodes Arena, will be closed Thursday, Feb. 26, at midnight through the conclusion of the men's basketball game the following day, or about 10:30 p.m. Lot entry will only be permitted to authorized vehicles. Alternate commuter parking will be Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.

  • Lot 4, Lot 8 and Lot 13 will be closed Friday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. through the conclusion of the men’s basketball game that evening, or approximately 10:30 p.m. Lot entry will only be permitted to authorized vehicles. Alternate commuter parking will be Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Lot 6, at InfoCision Stadium, will be partially reserved on Friday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon for a special event. Alternate parking for visitors will be at the remaining open meters in the lot and commuters may park in Lot 9, south of the stadium.
  • Lot 70, near Quaker Station at Quaker Square, will experience very high traffic volume on Tuesday, March 3, from 8 through 11 a.m. for an Akron Press Club special event. The event is expected to draw nearly 300 guests, which will require most of the parking in and around Quaker Square. Alternate parking will be available in Administrative Services Building Lot 71 and Lot 40 for event participants and commuters.
  • Lot 2, at Rhodes Arena, will be closed Wednesday, March 4, at 2 p.m. through the conclusion of the women’s basketball game that evening, or approximately 9 p.m. Lot entry will only be permitted to authorized vehicles. Alternate commuter parking will be Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.


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