TODAY'S NEWS

Clarification about tuition fee remission

To clarify a point in yesterday’s announcement about actions taken by the Board of Trustees with respect to special educational privilege commonly referred to as tuition fee remission:

The university’s fee-reduction benefit remains intact for employees who were not affected by the job eliminations.

Yesterday, the Board extended this benefit up to four years to those employees in eliminated positions and their dependents, enabling them to complete the degree program in which they are enrolled as long as there is no break in their attendance and they meet eligibility requirements.

For employees in eliminated positions and their dependents who are enrolled to begin classes for the first time with the start of the fall 2015 semester, the benefit is extended one year.

Employees affected by yesterday’s announcement may contact Talent Development and Human Resources for details.

40 student-athletes on MAC's Distinguished Scholar-Athletes list  

The Mid-American Conference has announced the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from 16 winter and spring sports during the 2014-15 academic season, with 40 Akron student-athletes representing the “best of the best” from each sport’s Academic All-MAC Teams.

In all, 359 student-athletes from the league’s eight winter sports (men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics) and eight spring sports (men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball and baseball) were honored.

UA had at least one representative from 11-of-12 teams in which it competes during the winter and spring seasons, led by 10 representatives each from the men's outdoor track and field team. Two-time defending MAC Champions women’s swimming and diving had seven selections while the women’s outdoor track and field team had six student-athletes tabbed for the honor. Other programs with selections included women’s indoor track and field (four), baseball (three), men's indoor track and field (two), women's basketball (two), women's tennis (two), women's golf (two), men's golf (one) and softball (one).

See full story and list of honored student-athletes online.

Make music from around the world with Rhythm Experience

Little boy playing "instrument"

This summer, you can make music from around the world with the UA Percussion Program’s Rhythm Experience.

Free for adults and children, the “make it, play it, take it” Rhythm Experience is part of these Akron Symphony parks concerts, presented by the city of Akron throughout Akron’s neighborhoods. (Pictured above is a youngster making music on his percussion instrument during the Rhythm Experience portion of the Akron Symphony concert on July 26 at Firestone Park.)

Here's the schedule for remaining concerts:

  • Glendale Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 2
  • Hardesty Park on Sunday, Aug. 9
  • Goodyear Park on Sunday, Aug. 16

Beginning at 6 p.m. before the concert at 7:30 p.m., make and learn how to play your own percussion instruments. Then, join the Akron Symphony for a fun mini-performance.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the presenting sponsor of UA's Rhythm Experience.

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