TODAY'S NEWS

UA email system to become cloud-based

The University will soon migrate its email system from on-premise to a cloud-based version. Overall, there will be no difference to the look and feel. Here's what to expect:

  • Functionality is largely consistent
  • Email addresses will remain unchanged, as will the desktop/laptop client
  • Storage capacity will increase multifold to 50 GB for each user

Notification will be provided before the change occurs, but migration to University-owned computers will be seamless, though mobile devices will need reconfigured.

To learn more, you can attend an Exchange Online Migration – What to Expect presentation:

  • Tuesday, March 31, 9 to 10 a.m. in Student Union 335, or
  • Monday, April 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Student Union 312

More information about the project and training materials on how to update your mobile devices is located at Exchange Migration Project.

Please contact the Zip Support Center at ext. 6888 with questions.

Photo of the Day: Building a reef in NC

ASB volunteers in North Carolina gathering and bagging oyster shells

As Alternative Spring Break Week continues for UA volunteers, it is all about the environment for the team based in Manteo, N.C., to work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation. On Day 2, half the team built a rain garden at a local high school while the other half, seen here, gathered and bagged oyster shells that will be used to create a reef. Learn more.

Last day to vote for Shawn Barber — he’s a finalist for Sullivan Award

pole-vaulter Shawn Barber in action

Junior pole-vaulter Shawn Barber is one of six finalists for the prestigious 85th annual AAU James E. Sullivan Award.

The other finalists are Olympic figure skating gold medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, Duke University basketball player Jahlil Okafor and USA Swimming National Team’s Katie Ledecky.

"It's a great honor for me to be named a finalist for the Sullivan Award," says Barber. "This feat in itself feels like quite the accomplishment for me, and I know I couldn't have done it without the efforts and support of the staff at The University of Akron as well as my family, friends and amazing fans! Go Zips!"

"What a tremendous honor for Shawn and for Akron," notes Akron track and field head coach Dennis Mitchell. "What a great job the Akron community did in coming out and voting for him. He truly deserves this award and support."

Online voting, open to everyone, continues today, March 25, until 11:59 p.m. to help determine the winner of the 2015 Sullivan Award. The finalists will be honored in New York City, April 18-19, with the winner named April 19 at 2 p.m. Story continues online.

Art students learning career lessons for this summer and beyond

Real-world lessons being learned now by 12 art students in a new course will carry over into this summer’s Boston Mills Artfest — and into the students' careers as professional artists.

Associate Professor Sherry SimmsThe juniors and seniors are investigating the best ways to produce artworks — jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, handmade prints, wearable art and more — that will appeal to shoppers during the nationally recognized fine art and craft show at Boston Mills Brandywine in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Through the "Boston Mills Experience" course, they are also learning about branding, pricing for wholesale and retail markets, packaging, writing artist statements, engaging customers, and designing displays.

Associate Professor Sherry Simms, pictured here, created the experiential-learning course and is teaching it with help from other UA art faculty. Full story online.

King tabbed as a WBCA All-Region selection

Sina King in action

Senior Sina King has been selected as an All-Region nominee for the 2015 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division I Coaches' All-America Team.

"I'm very happy for Sina to earn this prestigious honor," says Akron head coach Jodi Kest. "She has worked extremely hard this past year and a half to get back to where she was before she was sidelined with a blood clot. We are really going to miss her next season and all the little things that she has done for us that sometimes go unnoticed."

The selection committee will choose the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team from among 52 candidates. The team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. ET Saturday, April 4, during the NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. Full story online.

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