New trial academy gives law students courtroom experience

Matthew Hull presenting his case in the courtroom

In the criminal case of the State of Ohio v. Jon Malarcik, an off-duty Summit County Sheriff’s Department police officer is charged with murder.

Or, was the victim’s death an accident?

In the civil case of Keys v. Carney, Dan B. Keys is suing a local police officer for false arrest and use of excessive force.

Was this arrest a result of a personal grudge between two former classmates?

After a week of intensive learning and preparation, UA law students, including Matthew Hull, pictured above, presented these cases during mock trials on Aug. 28 at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

UA second- and third-year law students enrolled in the University’s inaugural Summer Trial Academy served as attorneys for the cases. First-year law students participated as jurors and witnesses. In sum, over 150 Akron Law students participated in the Summer Trial Academy.

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Dambrot to chair NCAA committee

Dambrot-Keith-headshotAfter serving three seasons on the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, Akron men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot has been named the new chairman of the committee, starting with the 2015-16 season.

"It's an honor to be selected by my fellow committee members to serve in this role," Dambrot said. "I am excited to continue working with a great group of people that are dedicated to making the game of basketball better."

The committee of 13 coaches and administrators assess both current and proposed rules to promote consistency and fair play in the game. The committee meets once a year and votes on changes every other May, unless there's a pressing issue about player safety.

Full story online.

Broadway in Akron Series is on!

Contrary to what you may have read or heard, the University is committed to delivering the full slate of shows on the same dates and times and at the same venue (E.J. Thomas) as previously announced. 

This year’s series includes:

  • The Broadway musical “Producers” on Nov. 3-4, 2015, beginning at 7:30 pm.
  • "Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story” on Jan. 12-13, 2016, beginning at 7:30 pm.
  • “Flashdance the Musical” on March 8-9, 2016, beginning at 7:30 pm.
  • "42nd Street” on May 10-11, 2016, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Special polymer science seminar to feature Tufts University professor

Samuel ThomasThe Department of Polymer Science will host a special seminar with Dr. Samuel Thomas III on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. in Goodyear Polymer Center 229. The title for his talk is "New Directions for Controlling Polymer Solubility with Light.” Read the abstract.

Thomas is an associate professor of chemistry at Tufts University, where his research focuses on new stimuli-responsive polymers.

Since joining Tufts in 2009, his research has been recognized with a DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009), a Thieme Publishers Journal Award (2010), a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2012) and a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2013). In 2013, Thomas’ teaching of undergraduate organic chemistry was recognized with a Tufts Teaching with Technology Award.

Dr. Yu Zhu, assistant professor of polymer science, will host this event. For information, contact him at

Voting begins Saturday for Akron Art Prize competition

More than 30 UA students spent time this summer expressing their creativity in a variety of mediums for the fourth annual Akron Art Prize competition. Their finished pieces, along with those of artists from around the region, will be displayed at downtown Akron venues, beginning Sept. 5.

kron Art PrizeThe competition, which runs through Oct. 3, is sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and coordinated by the Downtown Akron Partnership. The works displayed will represent a wide range of categories — from painting and photography to collage, graphic design and sculpture. UA covered the $25 entry fee for each student chosen to participate.

It’s up to the voting public to choose the winners.

Individuals can cast votes by downloading the Akron Art Prize app on their iPhone or Android device to view entries and cast votes. iPad kiosks are available for those without smart phone capabilities at all participating venues. Voting will continue during the universal venue hours, and close Oct. 3 with a finale celebration in the Akron Art Museum, One South High St.

Results of the public voting will be announced and awards presented during the finale, which is open to the public. The first place winner will have his/her artwork displayed in the Akron Art Museum for one week following the exhibition and receive $5,000. In addition, five $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded. This year, a special Artist's Choice award of $1,000 will be given to the entry selected by all of the participating Akron Art Prize artists. To learn more, visit the Akron Art Prize online.

Here are the participating UA students, listed with the venues where you can see their work:

43 Furnace Art Complex, 43 Furnace St.

  • Hannah Clemons
  • Masoume Davoudi
  • Jenn Dutt
  • Jaclyn Hale
  • Bridget Hoosic
  • Neriah-Shae Licata
  • Joshua Montgomery
  • Alexandra Morrison
  • Tara Murphy
  • Troy D. Myers
  • Laura Pisarski-Crawford
  • Mallory Trecaso
  • Melissa Urian
  • Wei Zeng

Nightlight, 30 N. High St.

  • Alexandra Long
  • Anita Marquart
  • Alexa Pokorny

Ro3, 115 E. Market St., #202

  • Katherine Butler
  • Chad A. Delmont
  • Emma Eshler
  • Rachael Goldman
  • Julia McNally
  • Rachel Rodgers
  • Chad Uehlein

Summit Artspace Gallery, 140 E. Market St.

  • Rebecca Aronhalt
  • Bradley Brownfield
  • Eric Ford
  • Melissa Markwald
  • Kit Palencar
  • Nathan Prebonick
  • Ryan Sandy

UA seeks smokers’ cooperation

To comply with Ohio's Smoke-Free Workplace Law, UA forbids smoking in any enclosed area, including buildings, parking decks and University vehicles.

To comply with the requirements of this law and to help ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter any area in which smoking is prohibited, no smoking is permitted within 25 feet of an entranceway, window or ventilation system of any University building or enclosed area. 

The law also requires that the University remove cigarette receptacles from areas on campus where smoking is prohibited. That means that smokers will have to fully extinguish their cigarettes when done and then place them in receptacles that are located at least 25 feet from the entrance of University buildings. 

The University is asking all smokers to be mindful of the restrictions in and around buildings, to be cautious and courteous when discarding cigarettes and to refrain from removing cigarette receptacles from their intended locations.

More information is available on the Ohio Department of Health's Web site.


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