Main Campus on standby to generate energy savings/dollars

In an agreement with its energy provider, UA is willing to reduce its energy usage on an intermittent basis in return for guaranteed revenues.

UA, a large energy consumer, will receive $800,000 in exchange for agreeing to reduce its energy use during periods when demand across the grid is high. The action will help stabilize the grid and may prevent brownouts or blackouts.

The agreement calls for UA to be on standby—ready to partially reduce its energy consumption by drawing down the air conditioning system for up to 6 hours on up to 10 separate occasions this summer. 

It's likely the Main Campus will know 24 hours in advance when it needs to reduce energy use. Main Campus employees will be notified by campus email and by building coordinators.

In preparation for any imminent shut down, buildings will be advanced-cooled and stored chilled water will continue to flow, helping to maintain temperatures, as best as possible, in classrooms while certain buildings will shift to generator power.

It is likely that buildings may feel colder during the preparation time, and warmer should the shutdown extend a full six hours.  We ask that you dress appropriately during these summer months and have a sweater handy in your office. We also ask that you resist opening windows, because the thermal energy stored inside the buildings is valuable to keeping the air cool.

If we learn that we will be going off grid, we will send the following message to campus: 

We expect to partially shut down the air conditioning system between the hours of XX to XX.  To prepare for this shut down, we are boosting the air conditioning over the next several hours. Your office area or classroom may feel colder and then warmer during this period.  If your workspace temperatures become exceedingly hot, please report this to Physical Facilities at ext. 7415. 

Questions faculty ask about accommodations for students

Many of you might receive emails and accommodation letters from The Office of Accessibility about a student’s accommodations in one or more of your classes. 

We often get asked questions by faculty and staff on how accommodations may work in the classroom. Please read through the FAQs on website.

The Office of Accessibility highly appreciates your assistance in the accommodation process.  Please direct any questions to The Office of Accessibility at ext. 7928 or

eTutoring available during intercession

Starting May 26, students will have access to eTutoring. This summer, eTutoring will offer synchronous tutoring in math (through calculus), chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. Students can submit writing assignments to the eWriting Lab.

eTutoring will be available throughout the summer until Aug. 7.

Tutoring in Bierce Library will open June 8.

Bliss Institute honors giants in Ohio politics

The university’s Ray C. Bliss Institute presented an honorary certificate in applied politics to Republican Douglas Preisse and Democrat Greg Haas at a luncheon in Columbus.

Preisse is chair of the Franklin County Republican Party's Executive Committee, a member of the Republican State Committee, and has been an advisor to Ohio governors, members of Congress, legislators, candidates, and other key Ohio public officials and private sector leaders.

Haas is a member of the Franklin County Board of Elections and recently retired as the Franklin County Democratic Party Chairman. As a venerated Ohio Democratic strategist, Haas led Bill Clinton's successful Ohio campaign in 1992.

“Douglas Preisse and Greg Haas have demonstrated the values exemplified by Ray C. Bliss — including ethical conduct, service to the democratic process, and excellence in public service,” said Dr. John C. Green, director of the Bliss Institute. “They are role models for our students.”

Honorary certificates were also awarded in memory of two Ohio political leaders:

  • Arnold Pinkney, the manager of Jesse Jackson’s historic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, and
  • Robert Bennett, chair of the Ohio Republican Party, 1988-2009.

Great opportunities for students on Career Center job board

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit Career Link, the Career Center’s online job board where 70 new positions were posted last week, including:

  • Bridgestone Americas – project engineer
  • Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal – production co-op-intern – fall 2015
  • Landmark Plastic Corporation – CSR to transition to regional sales manager

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or visit the Career Center in Student Union 211.

Office of Accessibility student newsletters

The Office of Accessibility periodically creates newsletters to send to students registered with our office.

The newsletters provide reminders of deadlines, changes in the office, highlight outstanding faculty members, resources and activities around campus.

The newsletters from the past 2014-15 academic year can be viewed below and on our webpage.

Fall 2014
Volume 3 Issue 1
Volume 3 Issue 2

Spring 2015
Volume 3 Issue 3
Volume 3 Issue 4

The Office of Accessibility would love to hear your feedback. Email with comments about the current newsletter or ideas you would like to see in future newsletters.

Tennis players ace their coursework

Three women's tennis players— junior Madison Cohen from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., senior Olga Shkundina from Ufa, Russia, and junior Martina Zerbola from Neuquen, Argentina — were named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference women's tennis team on Thursday.

To be eligible for Academic All-MAC honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.2 grade-point average, must have participated in at least half of the team's contests, and must not be a freshman or transfer.

"This is an outstanding achievement for Madison, Martina, and Olga," Zips head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We have an exceptionally intelligent group of young women as a whole, which will be evident when the ITA Scholar Athlete Awards are announced later this summer. I could not be more proud of how well our players are capable of balancing their academics with the rigors of being a student-athlete."


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