LIFE Awards presented to those who go ‘above and beyond’

Diane Christensen, instructor in the School of NursingThe LIFE (legacy, integrity, fellowship, excellence) Awards, which are presented annually by the Department of Student Life, honor students, faculty and campus organizations that have demonstrated the LIFE values.

Among the honorees at this year’s event, held April 15, are:

Diane Christensen, left, instructor in the School of Nursing, was presented the Pioneer Award by members of Mortar Board to recognize an outstanding woman, either from The University of Akron or from the greater Akron community, who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the betterment and advancement of women.

Nino Colla, assistant director of new student orientationNino Colla, right, assistant director of new student orientation, was awarded the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity Student's Choice Award. The honor is presented annually to an outstanding faculty or staff member who excels in working with their students inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Harold Foster, senior lecturer in Curriculum and Instructional StudiesDr. Harold Foster, left, senior lecturer in Curriculum and Instructional Studies, was recognized with the Faculty Engagement Award. It is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member who has gone out of his or her way to engage students inside and outside the classroom to create an enhanced learning environment. This award highlights a faculty member who has gone above and beyond the normal student-teacher interaction and has thus shown a personal interest in the growth of his or her students’ lives.

Carin Luli, director of development,Carin Luli, right, director of development, was awarded the Club Sports Advisor Excellence Award. Student Recreation and Wellness Services presents the annual award to one club sport individual for their outstanding achievements and exemplary service in their sport. Luli is advisor to both the Western and English Equestrian Clubs.

Outstanding employees, soon-to-be retirees will be honored at Founders Day

In commemoration of Founders Day and in celebration of those retiring from The University of Akron, President Scott Scarborough and the Board of Trustees invite you to a reception and luncheon recognizing this year’s faculty and staff retirees as well as the 2015 outstanding faculty, staff and administrator award recipients.

Hosted annually, this year’s event will take place Friday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. at InfoCision Stadium on the FirstMerit Foundation Club Level, fifth floor. Cost to attend is $20 and the deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 24. Current retirees, award recipients and their guest are complimentary.

You can RSVP online or call the Office of the Alumni Association at ext. 7270.

Civic-minded individuals sought for fellowship

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and 880 Cities have announced the 2015 K880 Emerging City Champions Fellowship. This program provides a unique opportunity for civic-minded individuals who have new and innovative ideas to come together with other champions and share those ideas on how to make our cities more viable, safe and successful.

  • The benefits of becoming an Emerging City Champion include:
  • $5,000 grant to implement idea
  • Connections with a diverse network of peers from across the country
  • Interacting with a professional mentor and 880 Cities staff for support and advice throughout the program
  • Practical training from established civic leaders
  • Participation in the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto in June 2015

Interested members of the UA community will find additional information and requirements online at Emerging City Champions. Applications will be accepted until May 8. 

Proposed fall 2015 Roo Express Shuttle schedule

Parking and Transportation Services is interested in your feedback on the proposed redesigned routes for the Fall 2015 Roo Express shuttle schedule.

The Roo Express Proposed Route Plan link will show you a map and an area to leave your comments. This will be available until April 26.

CAST students capture second place in national surveying competition

Steven Cappelli, left, Walter Young, Zach Hayes and Joshua Matejin

Four Surveying and Mapping Program students were awarded second place in the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ 14th annual competition on April 13 in Crystal City, Va. Akron’s surveying students have competed in 11 of the national competitions, winning first place five times and second place five times. Seven teams competed in all, with first place honors going to the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, and third place going to Penn State University.

Taking part in the poster session and oral presentation were Steven Cappelli, Zachary Hayes, Joshua Matejin and Walter Young. Survey fieldwork was performed in January and February and the research paper was completed in March. Other students supporting the team with their research and field survey efforts were Jon Anderson as well as Luiz Receputi, Felipe Lafaiete and Lara Lopes, who are studying surveying here through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. (Pictured above are team members Steven Cappelli, left, Walter Young, Zach Hayes and Joshua Matejin preparing for the poster session.)

Student teams conducted two field surveys as part of a detailed “Error Study of Topographic Mapping Methods.” Akron’s team performed a Robotic Total Station survey using a robotic instrument provided courtesy of Robert Cappelli, P.S. In addition, students conducted a Global Navigation Satellite System Real-time Kinematic survey using UA’s survey-grade, satellite receivers. The Akron team also used a Light Detection and Ranging method with aerial survey provided by Kucera International of Willoughby as its required third-party data set for the study.

Recent positions posted on Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 121 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • Walmart Stores, Inc. – summer management Intern
  • Akron Citicenter Hotel LLC – hotel and event marketing
  • Goodyear – human resource specialist-retail

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or, visit the Career Center in Student Union 211, or call ext. 7747. Follow us on Twitter @CareerCenter_UA.

Concert Band to perform April 22

The School of Music will present the Concert Band on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The concert will feature Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-Flat” and other works by Clifton Williams, Dan Forest, Boris Kozhevnikov, Robert Spittal and Johan de Meij.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email

‘South Pacific’ coming to Thomas Hall stage

“South Pacific” posterThe Akron Symphony Orchestra will present a staged production of “South Pacific” on Saturday, April 25, at 7:05 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

This Broadway musical treats themes of love, war and race with sensitivity and power. It will be performed fully staged, with the original 1949 orchestrations. Christopher Wilkins will conduct.

Tickets are $55-$25.

Pianist Philip Thomson joins Symphonic Band for concert

pianist Philip Thomson

Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” will be performed by the Symphonic Band with pianist Philip Thomson at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is presented by the School of Music’s Kulas Concert Series.

Tickets are $12, $6 non-UA students, and free to UA students with valid Zip Cards.Tickets for all performances are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office. For more information, visit

Who will be the SpringFest performer on May 1?

2015 SpringFest video

We’ve teased some clues, but the time has arrived to officially unveil our performer! See who will be entertaining at this year’s SpringFest in our exclusive artist reveal video.

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Final solo recital planned by Stephen Aron

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Brass Night set for April 19

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BassoonaRoo offers classic to modern fare

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‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to Guzzetta Hall

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Woodwind Night is April 21

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