Black Male Summit call for proposals

Join us for the 10th annual Black Male Summit, April 7 and 8, 2017, “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: The Legacy Lives On.”

The summit will feature nationally renowned speakers, along with educational leaders and students — all exploring the critical issues impacting black males in higher education. Last year’s sold-out event attracted more than 1,300 attendees.

The 2017 Black Male Summit is your opportunity to share your knowledge in a breakout session. Let us know the topic of your presentation and submit an abstract for consideration no later than Jan 15, 2017. Accepted proposals will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript for consideration of publication in the 2017 Black Male Summit Proceedings Book.

Areas of concentration within this year's theme of "From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: The Legacy Lives On" include:

  • Retention, Graduation and Student Success
  • Masculinity, Identity and the Media
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Criminal Justice/Social Engagement

Some PeopleSoft services unavailable Sunday morning

On Sunday, Dec. 4, from 6 a.m. to noon, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions Services will be unavailable while necessary system maintenance is performed. This includes Student Center and Faculty Center in the My Akron portal. Other PeopleSoft services will remain available.

Services will be restored by noon.

UA awarded ‘Best for Vets’ ranking

The University of Akron has been chosen for the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings by Military Times. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of the publication’s comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

Best for Vets ranking logoAs an editorially independent news project, the Best for Vets: Colleges rankings evaluate the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families, says Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

“We limit our list to encourage competition, and we genuinely hope this helps raise the bar for veterans on campus,” adds Miller, who notes that more than 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey.

In addition to evaluating services, campus culture and academic outcomes, the Best for Vets: Colleges survey factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

“I work in the Military Services Center as a VA work-study student and I think you can attribute all of the military friendly recognition received by The University of Akron has been earned to the dedication and heart of the staff of the MSC,” says Daryll Mauder, president of the Student Veterans of America chapter at UA. “The staff members are a one-stop shop for all services. We appreciate what they do for us.”

Services announced for Thomas M. Besch

Thomas M. Besch, who retired as a professor of surveying and mapping technology emeritus in May 2015, died Nov. 30. He was 70. See the announcement in the Dec. 1 Digest.

His survivors include his wife, Ann M. Besch, who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Science Technology.

Calling hours are scheduled Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 South Miller Road, Fairlawn. A funeral will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian Parish, 476 Mull Ave., Akron.

The family has requested that donations in Besch’s memory be made to The Thomas Michael Besch Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping.

Checks, with the fund indicated on the memo line, may be mailed to: The University of Akron, Department of Development, Akron, OH 44325-2603.

Student Health Services to host lecture on female fertility

Heather PollockThe Department of Student Health Services will host a guest lecture with Heather Pollock on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in Kolbe Hall 51. The title for her talk is “Carrying Your Baby Wait! How Freezing Your Eggs Can Change Your Life.”

Pollock, an instructor in the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies and the Williams Honor College, has worked with a reproductive gynecologist to put together this brief talk on what lies ahead for young women as they take on school, graduate school and the potential for other constraints on their childbearing years. This lecture aims to begin to talk in a current fashion about the realities facing young women as they emerge from their educations, and how to face them as grown-ups.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Heather Pollock, at

PAM Lecture to feature Georgia Tech professor Dec. 9

The Department of Polymer Science will host a Polymer and Advanced Materials lecture with Dr. Andrés J. García on Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. in Goodyear Polymer Center 229. The title for his talk is “BioArtificial Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine.”

Andrés J. GarcíaGarcía is the Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Endowed Chair and Regent’s Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research program centers on integrating innovative engineering, materials science, and cell biology concepts and technologies to generate (i) novel insights into the regulation of adhesive forces and mechanotransduction, and (ii) cell-instructive materials for tissue repair in regenerative medicine applications. His research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Coulter Foundation, Arthritis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His honors include the NSF CAREER Award.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Tianbo Liu at

Nuance will be in concert at the Akron Civic Theatre Dec. 9

Nuance members

Nuance, UA’s all male a cappella group, is performing at the Akron Civic Theatre Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. It’ll be an entertainment experience to remember with songs from several different genres, including hip hop, rock, pop, holiday classics and more.

Ticket can be ordered online, or purchased at the Civic Box Office that evening, starting at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Graduate String Quartet to perform Dec. 9

Female student with violin

The Graduate String Quartet will be in concert on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., at Hower House, 60 S. Fir Hill St., on the north side of campus.

The musicians will perform Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet, Christmas medleys and more. Tickets are $15 per person, and $5 for students. Festive attire is encouraged. Ticket price includes a self-guided tour of the Holiday Around the World exhibit.

For more information, call ext. 6909 or email

Better hearing for the holidays

Ring in the holiday season with a hearing test! The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) encourages people of all ages to get their hearing tested before the holiday season. Hearing loss isn’t just about what you hear, it plays a huge role in how you feel and function. Research indicates that when people address their hearing loss, it can have a positive effect on their home life, self-confidence, mood, overall health, job performance, and even income. Treating hearing loss safeguards quality of life by helping people maintain an active lifestyle and remain socially and cognitively engaged.

If you had difficulty hearing your loved ones during your Thanksgiving festivities, or perhaps they had difficulty hearing you, call today to have your hearing tested. UA’s Audiology and Speech Center can bill the University’s insurance provider, Apex, for the cost of the evaluation. For University employees who have a different insurance carrier, we offer a 50 percent discount on services provided in the Audiology and Speech Center and up to a $300 discount on hearing aids if needed. Additionally, parents, spouses and children of faculty and staff members receive a 25 percent discount on all services.

Our staff of licensed, doctoral-level audiologists and Doctor of Audiology students is available to assist you with your hearing needs. The clinic, located in Polsky Building 181, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Better hearing is just a phone call away!  To make an appointment, call ext. 6035.

For more information, visit the Audiology and Speech Center online.


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