Interim progress reporting deadline extended until Wednesday

Because of the PeopleSoft outage planned this weekend, the deadline to submit interim progress indicators has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Interim progress indicators are submitted in the same manner as final grades via My Akron. Rosters will be available for 100 or 200 regular session (15-week) courses.

Please recall that instructors of 100 or 200 level courses are required to submit progress indicators for all enrolled students as either "U" (Unsatisfactory) or "S" (Satisfactory).

Once a progress indicator is entered and saved, it will be viewable to students in My Akron. Progress indicators are advisory in nature and not recorded on the students’ permanent academic record.

Students who receive an indicator of “U” will receive an email encouraging them to discuss their progress with their instructor and advisor.

Questions regarding the process for interim progress indicators may be directed to the Office of the University Registrar at

Come watch a friendly hoops competition

BasketballGot some free time around midday on Monday?

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., see Interim President Matthew Wilson once again challenge students in one-on-one basketball or a game of HORSE at the Student Union courtyard, weather permitting.

If a student beats the president, he or she gets a $5 Starbucks card.

This is the second in a series of informal competitions the president plans to have with students throughout the academic year. 

See video on Facebook of the first basketball shoot-around with Wilson.

New grant will help modernize the surveying and mapping program

Dominion gift

On Thursday, the Surveying and Mapping Program in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), received a $25,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation.

Pictured above, from left, are Gary Schuller, professor and program director of the Surveying and Mapping Program, Jeff Murphy ’80 and ’81, vice president of Dominion East Ohio; David Lautenschleger, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Engineering and Science Technology; Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, interim dean of CAST; and Tim McNutt ’85, general manager of pipeline operations at Dominion East Ohio.

The grant will modernize the surveying and mapping (photogrammetry) curriculum by incorporating cutting-edge developments in aerial surveying and mapping, and develop 3D mapping simulations that can be used not only for teaching but for attracting prospective students to the program. Unmanned aerial systems and 3D software will be purchased, which will allow broader career choices for graduates.

Photogrammetry is the process of constructing maps or scale drawings from aerial photographs or other relevant images. Job opportunities for photogrammetrists can be found in a variety of businesses, with applications in geology, architecture, topographic mapping, engineering, manufacturing, police investigation and quality control.

“The grant will provide experiential learning opportunities for students to create a complete flight plan, be part of the flight crew to collect data, and process imagery in order to create useful maps and analysis,” explains Schuller, who is leading this project with the help of Lautenschleger. “It adds another cool tool to the surveyor’s toolbox, in addition to robotics, lasers and satellite receivers, for capturing geospatial data.”

Faculty and staff volunteers needed for Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22 

2015 MDD volunteers

More than 1,000 volunteer spots are available for staff and faculty to serve on Saturday, Oct. 22, for UA’s largest day of service, Make a Difference Day (MDD). Volunteers are needed from either 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are provided with breakfast, snacks and a T-shirt. Transportation to and from project sites is coordinated through UA. The event takes place rain or shine, and volunteers can be placed indoors and/or outdoors for projects in the community.

Staff and faculty can volunteer in one the following ways:

  • As an individual — not associated with a class, group, or organization. By completing the registration form online, the volunteer can state a preference to serve from either 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.
  • As part of a group, class, or organization by completing the registration form online. A representative from the group/class/organization will register all participants by name – the group can state a preference to serve from either 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m.
  • As an “in-house” leader. Registration is available online. These volunteers stay in the Student Union from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and assist with check-in, transportation and general needs within the Student Union.

Volunteer placement is on a first come, first-served basis. Registration is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

Learn more about this event and how to register by visiting UA’s Make a Difference Day website online today. See highlights from last year’s event.

Contact the Department of Student Life – serveAkron for more information about this program at or ext. 3923.

Goldwater Scholarship information session set Oct. 13

Faculty and staff, please share with interested students you know that the Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College is hosting an information session on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program. The session will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Betty V. and John M. Jacobson Honors College Common Room.

Dr. Donald ViscoAt the session, Dr. Donald Visco, interim dean of the College of Engineering and UA’s Goldwater Scholarship faculty representative, will provide a presentation to interested students on additional eligibility requirements and how to prepare a successful application.

The Goldwater Scholarship program is for undergraduate students at UA (United States citizens or permanent residents) who are one to two years away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree by fall 2017. Students must intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. The award has a value of $7,500 annually.

The most competitive applicants are those with strong GPAs and some undergraduate research experience already (even if only for the current semester). Faculty advisors for eligible undergraduate students are asked to encourage their students to attend the information session.

Flu clinics available on campus

The Nursing Center for Community Health is continuing to offer low or no cost flu vaccines on campus through October. Walk-in clinics are scheduled at locations throughout the Akron Main Campus.

Faculty, staff and their dependents that participate in the Summa Apex insurance program are able to receive their vaccine at no cost this year with a valid insurance card presented at the time of vaccine administration. Cost to all others requesting a flu vaccine is $25.

Here’s the flu vaccine clinic schedule through Oct. 13:

Nursing Center for Community Health Walk-In Clinic  (Mary Gladwin Hall 116)

  • Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Butchel Hall (Room 113)

  • Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to noon

Simmons Hall (Room 111)

  • Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Administration Services Building (Room 120)

  • Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Polsky Building (Room Location TBA)

  • Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

General Information and Requirements

  • We are only offering the vaccine through intramuscular administration (i.e. an injection).
  • The vaccine is the quadravalent formula, which is recommended by the local health district.
  • Participants must be 12 years of age and older.
  • There is no charge for staff, faculty and their dependents with Summa Apex insurance coverage.  Summa Apex insurance is the ONLY insurance coverage we are accepting. The Summa Apex insurance card must be presented at the time of vaccine administration.
  • Vaccine administration is available to those without Summa Apex insurance at a cost of $25. Please be advised that you must pay in cash and have correct change. For safety reasons, traveling clinics will not have the ability to have large sums of cash available.
  • Please wear clothing that easily provides access to your upper arm area.

For more information, contact Lisa Ritenour MSN, FNP-BC, CHC at or ext. 2139.

CBA and Confucius Institute to host guest speaker

Local businessman Joey Huang will present “Intersection of Medicine, Culture and Business for Managing Operations – Opportunities and Necessities” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 120 in the College of Business Administration building.

Joey HuangThe College of Business Administration and the Confucius Institute are hosting the event.

A graduate of Western Reserve Academy and the Ohio State University, Huang began his career as a dentist. In 1999, he decided to pursue his dream in business. He is now president of the Great Lakes Auto Group, a partnership of five different dealerships (Honda, Hyundai, Chevy, Chrysler and General Motors) in the Northeast Ohio area.

Huang credits his Chinese upbringing for his strong work ethic and value of education, and strives to instill these values in his own children by involving them in his business and extensive volunteer service in the Northeast Ohio community. Over the years, Huang has served as a board member for the Cleveland Clinic Ashtabula County Medical Center Board, YMCA Board, Western Reserve Academy Board, Northern Ohio Golf Association Children’s Charities Board, Hyundai National Dealer Council and the Chevrolet Board.

For more information, contact Nancy Easterling at

Crystal Clinic sponsors Wagon Wheel Challenge

The athletics departments at UA and Kent State, in partnership with Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, announced this week the continuation and new title sponsorship for the 14-sport rival series which will now be called “The Crystal Clinic Wagon Wheel Challenge.”

The Crystal Clinic Wagon Wheel Challenge is based on a time-honored competition for an historic wooden wagon wheel trophy awarded originally in 1945 to the winner of the annual Akron-Kent State football game. Since the 2011-12 academic year, the rivalry was broadened to include 14 NCAA varsity sports, with victories in each sport adding one point to the challenge standings.

“We are excited to join the Crystal Clinic and Kent State in our promotion of the Wagon Wheel Challenge once again,” said Larry Williams, UA’s director of athletics. "We are grateful to Dr. Ray Acus and Dr. Tim Myer, and all of the doctors at the Crystal Clinic who have taken great care of our student-athletes over the years. We are proud to support this historic tradition with our rivals at Kent State."

In keeping with tradition, the annual winner of the football contest will gain possession of the historic wooden Wagon Wheel trophy, while the school that accumulates the most total points in all varsity match-ups for that academic year will receive an overall series trophy.

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