App lets you see in real time the location of Roo shuttles

DoubleMap iconRoo Express riders can now track the shuttle buses online or via an app. The app is free and the service also is accessible through laptops, desktops and tablets.

The app, DoubleMap, offers many features, including:

  • Real time viewing of buses and expected arrival times.
  • Display of bus stop locations (locations are indicated by colored dots). View announcements including for delays, inclement weather cancellations, re-routes.
  • Provide feedback on services.

For information regarding DoubleMap, including downloading the mobile app, visit the Parking and Transportation Services site. DoubleMap also is one of the services available through the UA Mobile app.

Rethinking Race: Talking about difficult topics

Dr. Amanda Kemp“Mind, Body and Spirit in the Classroom: Strategies for Surfacing and Structuring Productive Conflict” is the title for a lunchtime session with Dr. Amanda Kemp. The writer, actress, activist and scholar blends theatre, history and spirituality in her advocacy of racial justice.

The session is open to faculty and graduate students only. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in College of Arts and Sciences 124. Lunch will be provided.

Kemp, who is visiting assistant professor of American and Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., has written and performs in many plays. Her work, "Sister Friend: Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine," which will be performed Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall.

To RSVP for this lunch session, contact Sheldon Wrice,, or Lisa Lazar, This event is sponsored by the Pan-African Studies Program, University Libraries for Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond, and Black History Month.

Bliss Institute study focuses on voter information in judicial races

The biggest reason Ohioans say they don’t vote for judges is because they don’t know enough about the candidates. These and other results from a survey of 1,000 registered Ohio voters were discussed in Columbus today at the annual Associated Press Legislative Preview by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

John C. Green, director of the Bliss Institute and a Distinguished Professor in Political ScienceThe survey, conducted last October by UA's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, focused on the drop off in votes cast in judicial races.
O’Connor has partnered with the Bliss Institute, Ohio State Bar Association, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Newspaper Association to better educate Ohioans about judges to increase voter participation.

“The results are revealing as to why voters are not voting for other candidates lower on the ballot, such as judges, and an overwhelming majority say they don’t know enough about the candidates,” said John C. Green, director of the Bliss Institute and a Distinguished Professor in Political Science. “Our task now will be to take what we’ve learned in this survey of 1,067 registered voters and develop accessible material to help all Ohioans become better informed about judicial candidates and thus increase participation in judicial elections.”

Scheduled to be launched in time for November’s election, the partners will use the survey results to build a one-stop shop judicial voter education website that will contain information on all individual judicial candidates in all jurisdictions, what judges do, and descriptions about the duties of different courts.

Visit the Bliss Institute online to learn more.

Tom Hanna named women’s volleyball coach

Tom Hanna, who guided Marist to back-to-back conference championships while earning Conference Coach of the Year honors twice, has been named the women's volleyball coach.

Tom Hanna, women’s volleyball coach

Hanna joins the Zips after nine seasons as the head coach at Marist College where he amassed a 139-134 overall record, including an 89-73 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The two-time MAAC Coach of the Year guided his student-athletes to 16 All-MAAC selections, 61 Academic All-MAAC honors, and 10 Academic All-District accolades. His squads earned AVCA Team Academic Awards for eight consecutive seasons.

"We're thrilled to have Tom, Kristin and their daughters join the Zips Athletics family," says Tom Wistrcill, director of athletics. "His track record of success on and off the court is a wonderful fit for our program, and we look forward to watching our student-athletes compete and grow under his leadership." Story continues online.

Parents and Family Winter Weekend

UA parents and family members are invited to attend the inaugural Parents and Family Winter Weekend on Feb. 21-22. A myriad of activities and events are available to make Winter Weekend a fun and relaxing time for parents and students. Parents will get the opportunity to spend time with their student learning more about the resources available on campus and experiencing what makes being a Zip so special. Be sure to visit the Parents & Family Association webpage for Winter Weekend information and a complete schedule of events.

Share the exciting news about the upcoming Parents Winter Weekend with your students or register today if you’re a UA parent. Please contact Cassie Verardi at or ext. 8488 with any questions or concerns.

Financial planning series set at Wayne College

The Wayne College Well-Being Committee is sponsoring a financial planning series. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in F-102. Here is the schedule of topics and presenters:

  • “Retirement Plan Basics,” Feb. 4, Bryan Hummel, vice president, D & E Financial Services.
  • “Social Security System,” Feb. 18, Robert Fenn, public affairs specialist, Social Security Administration.
  • “Retiring with SERS and What You Need to Know,” March 4, Cameron Vaughn, State Employees Retirement System representative.
  • “Pension Reform Update for State Teachers Retirement System,” March 11, Shara Bailey, State Teachers Retirement System representative.
  • “Financial Planning Wrap-up, April 1,” Bryan Hummel, D & E Financial Services.

To register for these sessions, go to the Training Seminars website. For questions, contact Kathy Batchelder at ext. 8944.

Wayne College offering first aid classes

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification and recertification classes will be held at Wayne College on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. each day.

You must attend both classes in their entirety and pay a nominal fee for the certification: $26 for certification, $19 for recertification. Please register for the classes on the Training Seminars website. For questions, contact Susan Ackerman, at ext. 8985.

Faculty flutist performing with Symphony Orchestra Feb. 3

Heidi Ruby-Kushious, faculty flutist  Join the Symphony Orchestra and faculty flutist Heidi Ruby-Kushious in a performance of Hue's “Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra” on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be presented at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St., one block north of campus.
The program will also include Brahms' Symphony No. 2, and feature the premiere performance of faculty professor Nikola Resanovic’s “IQ for Strings.” Guy Victor Bordo conducts.

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

Parking updates through Feb. 5

  • Lot 2, at Rhodes Arena, will be closed Friday, Jan. 30, at midnight through the conclusion of the women's basketball game the following day, or about 4 p.m. Lot entry will be permitted to authorized vehicles only. Alternate commuter parking will be Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Lot 18, at the Student Union, will be partially reserved on Monday, Feb. 2, at 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. for a special event. Alternate parking for visitors will be at the remaining open meters in Lot 18 and the visitor meters by Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on East Exchange Street.
  • Lot 28, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2, at noon through 9:30 p.m. for the Melissa Harris-Perry lecture. Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be available in Lot 27, by Guzzetta Hall, and Lot 26 - North Campus Deck.
  • Lots 2 and 8, at Ocasek Natatorium, will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. through the conclusion of the women’s basketball game that evening, or approximately 9:30 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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