Forensic archaeology students 'dig' hands-on lesson

Forensic archaeology field school students from The University of Akron and Kent State University have been examining remains of pig carcasses purchased months ago from a local butcher and later buried with clues in a wooded area in Bath staged as a mock crime scene.

"We’ll clean the bones and look for whatever trauma has been inflicted on these victims," says archaeologist Linda Whitman. Whitman’s summer course, which she teaches with Kent State University biomedical scientist/biological anthropologist Linda Spurlock, gives students practical experience in fieldwork and an introduction to forensic anthropology. The students practice techniques used by archaeologists and crime scene investigators to examine the site and body remains.

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Summer 2015 final grades submission dates

Final grades submission of graduate and undergraduate grades for the 2015 Summer Sessions via My Akron is quickly approaching.

Availability of final grade rosters and due dates for the electronic submission of final grades vary by session:

SessionFinal grade rosters available beginningMust enter final grades  by 11:59 p.m. on
IntersessionThursday, June 4Tuesday, June 9
First 5-week SessionThursday, July 9Tuesday, July 14
8-week SessionThursday, July 30Tuesday, Aug. 4
Second 5-week SessionThursday, Aug. 13Tuesday, Aug. 18

- To ensure that your final grade rosters will be available to you when you need them, it is recommended that you access My Akron as soon as possible to verify that an electronic class roster is presently available for each class/section that you are a primary or secondary instructor of record.  If a class roster is not available for each class/section that you teach, please contact your department immediately to correct the instructor-of-record information.

- The assignment of an "I" (incomplete) grade "indicates that the student has done passing work in the course but that some part of the work is, for good and acceptable reason, not complete at the end of the term." (

- The assignment of an IP (in progress) grade "indicates that the student has not completed the scheduled coursework during the semester because the nature of the course does not permit completion within a single semester, such as work toward a thesis. An IP grade should be assigned only in graduate courses." (

- Instructors are strongly encouraged to enter a student's last date of attendance, if applicable, for those students receiving an "F" or "NCR" (no credit) grade.  Documentation regarding this process, as well as an online tutorial, are available on the Software Training and Technological Services website at

- Once a final grade (A – F or CR/NCR) has been posted, grade changes cannot be made electronically. In the event that you discover an error in the assignment of a final grade that has already been posted, you will need to complete and submit an official Change of Grade to the Office of the University Registrar.  The Change of Grade forms is available in My Akron through the Faculty/Staff tab.

- Posted grades of an I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress) or NGR (No Grade Reported) may be changed online via the applicable grade roster in My Akron at any time after the I, IP or NGR has been posted.

- Please take a moment to view the online “Record Grades” tutorial located at This tutorial will provide you with instructions for entering grades.

​Please direct technical questions about online grade entry to the Technology Learning Support Center at ext. 6888.  If you have any questions regarding the timeline for grade entry, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the University Registrar at ext. 8300 or

Eberhard Meinecke passes away

Dr. Eberhard A. Meinecke, a founding faculty member of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, died May 23 at the age of 81.

Dr. Meinecke enjoyed a productive and long-lasting career at the University for 31 years. As a front-runner in the application of rheology and the mechanical behavior of plastics and rubber, Dr. Meinecke mentored more than 100 doctoral students during his time at UA. A gathering to honor Dr. Meinecke will be held at his home at 2 p.m., June 7. A complete obituary appears in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Other professors remember Dr. Meinecke fondly:

"He was an intelligent gentleman with many attributes to the department and the college during our growing up to become an excellent program. He represented a generation in polymers." — Dr. Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Ph.D., NAE, Frank C. Sullivan Distinguished Research Professor.

"Eberhard was a hard working polymer scientist and engineer.  He was colorful and always helpful to the college and his colleagues and his many friends in the rubber industry." — Dr. Darrell Reneker, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science.

"As a distinguished colleague and friend of 35 years, I will greatly miss his engaging smile and quick wit. He was a creative researcher, inspiring mentor and a pioneer in the emerging field of polymer engineering. Eberhard was much sought after as a consultant for a wide variety of polymer problems faced by government and industry. We have lost a great contributor in many ways." — Dr. Frank N. Kelley, founding dean and Dean Emeritus, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

"It really was a privilege knowing Eberhard for nearly three decades, first as a professor, then as a mentor and finally as part of his family. His contributions to polymer science and engineering is only a fraction of his true legacy. It is his humanity that made him different, and for that he will live on in our hearts. I know that this is common sentiment felt by his students as he touched countless people and contributed to innumerable careers. It was his guidance and encouragement that laid foundations for our careers in polymers. While he may be gone, for sure he will be remembered by us." — Dr. Rikki Lamba, alumnus and managing director, additives and international business, Flow Polymers.

English Department takes part in day of service

On May 16, 12 UA individuals, including 9 faculty led by visiting college lecturer Lauren Garcia-DuPlain (pictured above in blue with a park ranger) of the English Department, took part in RiverDay with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The UA team, along with more than 100 other volunteers from the community and other organizations, planted over 300 native trees and shrubs, improved habitats for the plants and animals, and "swept" all 4.9 miles of the Plateau Trail.

For your students: 64 new positions posted to Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit Career Link, the Career Center’s online job board where 64 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • USDA/Milk Market Administrator–IT Assistant Intern
  • Apple Retail–Specialist
  • The Wooster Brush Company–Copywriter/Advertising Assistant

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

Summer dance classes for children

UA’s Dance Institute is offering introductory dance classes throughout the summer for children ages 3-7.  UA faculty and staff receive a 20 percent discount on the summer fee. All classes are held in Guzzetta Hall.

Introductory level classes are held Saturday mornings May 30, June 6, 13, 20, and 27.

  • Storybook Dance (ages 3-4)
  • Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Pre-Tap (ages 5-7)

Introductory level classes Monday and Wednesday evenings July 6-August 5

  • Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7)

For specific scheduling and fee information call ext. 7949, email or visit the Dance Institute's website.

Swim lessons for children and adults

Summer swim lessons will begin the week of June 8. Certified instructors will teach American Red Cross swimming skills for infants (18 months and older), preschoolers, youth, and adult learners. Affordable classes are offered twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and once weekly on Saturday mornings.

The total price listed includes eight group lessons. Member pricing applies to current UA students, UA faculty/staff, and SRWS members, as well as their siblings and children! Online registration is required, and classes are first come, first served. Payment will be expected on the first day of class. Visit the Rec Center website for online registration, course descriptions, and information on specific class days/times and pricing. Contact Diane Weaver at with questions.

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