Nominate your colleagues for their outstanding contributions

The University values your teaching, research and service to students, the campus community as well as the greater Akron community, and higher education. Nominate your colleagues for their contributions that make the University community a rich environment for teaching and learning.

Full-time faculty members (instructor through professor) employed by UA for at least five years are eligible for consideration for the Outstanding Teacher Award and Outstanding Researcher Award.

Faculty, contract professionals and staff are eligible for the Diversity Award, Community Engagement Award and the Student Success Award.  Faculty members and contract professionals are eligible for the award for Outstanding Faculty-Mentor for First-Year Students. Contract professionals and staff are eligible for the award for Exemplary University Service.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Administration support these awards, which will be presented during the spring semester.

Students, faculty, staff, or alumni may make nominations. Consider nominating a colleague for this recognition. Nominations/applications must be made by Monday, March 3.

The nomination forms:

‘The Ferguson Eruption’ — hear the story behind the headlines

Nicole Roach, chief diversity officer at Webster UniversityJoin us for “The Ferguson Eruption” on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m., in the Student Union Theatre to hear the real story behind the headlines on the Ferguson case from Nicole Roach, chief diversity officer at Webster University, located in St. Louis, Mo.

Roach will discuss “100 days — 100 seconds” about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown last August in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer and the protests that followed.

This Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Equity and The Multicultural Center.

Rethinking Race site

PeopleSoft maintenance on Sunday

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 1, during the normal maintenance window in order to apply updates to Financial Aid.

Opportunities at NASA is topic for talk

The Department of Mathematics is presenting a job orientation talk titled "NASA Research: A Sampling of Current Projects at NASA Glenn Research Center" from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in College of Arts and Science Building 142.

Four scientists from NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will share information about their research and working at NASA. Please join us to find out about projects in the areas of:

  • Materials Research — Michael J. Kulis, “Chemistry in Extreme Environments.”
  • Combustion Science — Michael C. Hicks, “International Space Station (ISS) Experiments.”
  • Aerosol Science — Marit E. Meyer, “Fire Detection and Ambient Air Quality in Spacecraft.”
  • Gas and Fluid Systems — Lauren M. Best, “Fluid and Cryogenic Design for In-space Propulsion Stages.”

Information on internships and other student programs at NASA will be presented. A question-and-answer session will follow, including opportunities to speak one-on-one with researchers. For questions, please contact Dr. Peter Gordon at ext.  8016.

UA a sponsor of medical apartheid talk at NEOMED

Harriet A. Washington, M.D.Harriet A. Washington, M.D., an award-winning medical writer and editor, will speak on her book, "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present,” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Education and Wellness Center Auditorium, 4209 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown. A book signing will follow her presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the NEOMED Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the NEOMED Diversity Council in honor of Black History Month; and in collaboration with the Bioethics Certificate program; UA’s Office of Inclusion and Equity; and the Hiram College Center for Literature and Medicine.

The program is free and open to the public. Washington’s book will be available for purchase at the event. Please register here to attend and reserve a copy of the book in advance by Feb. 11.

Please announce to your students that UA’s Office of Inclusion and Equity, with assistance from the Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC), College of Health Professions, is sponsoring bus transportation to the event for UA students. Click here to register for transportation to the event. For questions, contact Greta A. Lax at ext. 6957.

Tax assistance available on campus

The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program again this year for individuals with incomes of less than $53,000. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays in College of Business Administration 106 (closed Saturday March 21 and 28 for spring break).

VITA is an Internal Revenue Service program and all volunteers that will assist with tax return preparation have successfully completed its certification exams. Volunteers are graduate and undergraduate students. A tax professor will review each tax return.

For more information and to set up an appointment, visit the CBA’s VITA website. To discuss the program, contact Jacklyn Dean at

Achieve! campaign ready for Sunday debut


On his Twitter account, President Scott Scarborough expresses his admiration for the four alumni who are profiled in the new Achieve! promotional campaign that launches regionally on Super Bowl Sunday.

See the four commercials article about the four alumni and the campaign

Chinese New Year Gala is Feb. 20

Ring in the Chinese New Year with the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Student Scholar Association on Friday, Feb. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A Chinese buffet will be served from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 South High St. Entertainment will follow from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium, 60 South High St.

Tickets are on sale now. The cost for UA students, faculty and staff is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets for community members are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For ticket information, contact the Confucius Institute at ext. 2013 or

Black History Month offers variety of programs and events in February

Black History Month logo

Black History Month at UA celebrates and educates the campus and surrounding communities on the knowledge, pride, understanding and empowerment of the African American culture and its impact on our daily lives.

Programs and events will be held throughout the month of February that are open to all students, faculty, staff and the Akron community.
To see the schedule, visit the Black History Month website. For questions, please contact Dave Vale at or ext. 6568.

Upcoming intramural registration deadline

Deadlines are approaching for Intramural Dodgeball and the Adventure Challenge, which both close registration on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The cost for dodgeball is $30 per team and games will be played in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center 2-Court Gym on Sunday evenings. Dodge ball is played with six people per team and is an open league, meaning any combination of males and/or females may participate.

The cost for the Adventure Challenge is $10 per team and the competition will be held in the SRWC on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. The competition will consist of teams of two, with any combination of males or females.

All registration takes place online via All SRWC faculty and staff members and currently enrolled students are welcome to participate. Please contact the OASIS Office with any questions at ext. 6956 or email

The next sport to look forward to is our Wiffleball League, which has a registration deadline of Feb. 18.

Rethinking Race: One-act drama comes to Daum Theatre stage Feb. 5

Actresses in “Sister Friend: Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine.”

“Sister Friend: Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine,” a one-act by Dr. Amanda Kemp, poet/playwright, actress, activist and scholar, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall.

Admission is free and a talk-back session with the performers will be held immediately afterward. This event, part of Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond, is sponsored by University Libraries.

Phillis Wheatley, an 18th century black poet and international celebrity, and her friend, Obour Tanner, come to life in this drama about their friendship, love and understanding of the Divine. The play blends narrative with African American spirituals performed by tenor Deborah Billups and soprano Vanessa Ballard.

For questions about the performance, contact Lisa Lazar at Visit Kemp’s website to learn more about her work and see a trailer for the play.

A video of another Kemp play, “To Cross An Ocean Four Centuries Long,” will be shown on Monday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. in Bierce Library 154. View the trailer.

At noon on Thursday, Feb. 5, Kemp will lead a session for faculty and graduate students titled “Mind, Body and Spirit in the Classroom: Strategies for Surfacing and Structuring Productive Conflict.” See Rethinking Race: Talking about difficult topics from the Jan. 29 issue of the Digest to learn more.

Rethinking Race site


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