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This survey is intended for faculty, staff and students. Your participation will be very greatly appreciated in determining priorities and improvements needed. This survey is voluntary and your identity will not be associated with your responses.

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Jatavis Brown headed to San Diego Chargers after NFL Draft

Senior linebacker Jatavis Brown

Senior linebacker Jatavis Brown of Belle Glade, Fla., was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (175th pick overall) of the 2016 National Football League Draft on April 30.

Brown became the 16th Zip in school history to be drafted into the NFL and the first draftee since 2008.

“I'm just happy to be a part of the Chargers’ organization,” says Brown. “I'm ready to get back on the field.”

“We are all so proud of Jatavis,” says head coach Terry Bowden. “He will do a great job in the NFL, and San Diego got a steal. Everyone at Akron should be proud.”

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Fall instructors needed for The Akron Experience: University 101

The Division of Student Success is seeking faculty and contract professionals to teach The Akron Experience: University 101 (1100:101) this fall. More than 60 course sections are offered throughout the week.

This 2-credit course is designed to support new students transitioning from high school or work to the college environment and begin to craft their Akron Experience. The course covers such topics as transition to the campus community, developing and honing learning skills, building academic awareness and discovering The University of Akron.

All instructors are expected to attend a training session in July and attend periodic meetings during the fall semester to discuss course development and share resources. All instructors are required to use a common textbook and follow the faculty and professional designed syllabus and course learning outcomes, though there is room for personalization.

Those interested in teaching this first-year experience course may request an application by emailing Applications are due Friday, May 13.

Please be advised, supervisor or department chair permission should be obtained before applying. Depending upon employment status, limitations may exist for instructor eligibility.

Congratulations to Erik Spinelli!

May graduate Erik Spinelli has been selected by the Ohio Council for the Social Studies as its 2016 Dr. James Sheehan Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award Winner. Spinelli, a double major in Integrated Social Studies Education and in history, will receive his State of Ohio teaching license in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies Education.

Erik SpinelliThe award recognizes outstanding social studies university students for excellence in teaching. Honorees receive a complimentary one-year membership in OCSS, a certificate of recognition, and recognition in its publications and at its annual conference.

As a social studies student teacher at Coventry Middle School, Spinelli successfully engineered instructional activities that brought the subject to life for his 7th and 8th grade classes. The activities included mock elections, a Constitutional Handbook project that helped students to analyze historical documents, and a Historical Figure Facebook Project. Spinelli also assisted with the Coventry baseball team, attended track meets, participated in parent-teacher conferences and was a chaperone on the Washington D.C., field trip for the 8th grade students.

“Through The University of Akron, I have built connections that will last a lifetime and gained valuable experience working with youth in Kenmore, Barberton, Coventry and the Boys and Girls Club,” notes Spinelli. “Through these provided opportunities, I have learned the skills needed to be a successful educator.”

‘Corpus Caesarianum’ is lecture topic

Franceso Strocchi of University College, London will present a lecture on his current dissertation research, titled “The five Commentarii of the Corpus Caesarianum: The first editorial case of the Roman world?” at Folk Hall Auditorium on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m.

The Archaeological Institute of America and the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies are sponsoring Strocchi’s lecture. It is free and open to the public. Please contact Dr. Timothy Matney at ext. 6892 for questions.

Emergency preparedness is topic for May 26 seminar in Simmons Hall

Mark Beers, UA’s emergency management coordinator, will present a Building Emergency Preparedness Seminar covering what to do should an emergency occur in Simmons Hall on Thursday, May 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The seminar will be held in Simmons Hall Auditorium 111. It is open to all UA employees.

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview of the Simmons Hall Building Emergency Response Team (BERT)
  • Personal protective actions (lock down/shelter in place/evacuation)
  • Medical emergency
  • Fire emergency
  • Bomb threat
  • Power outage
  • Hazardous spill
  • Armed intruder/active shooter
  • Tornado emergency

Please share this information with the staff in your department. RSVP to Renee Baker at by Wednesday, May 11.

‘Carmina Burana’ on Thomas Hall stage

Akron Symphony Orchestra performersOne of the most recognizable works in the world, “Carmina Burana,” weaves together songs of love, nature and fate. It will be performed by GroundWorks Dance Theatre and the Akron Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

Christopher Wilkins is the music director and conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. David Shimotakahara is the executive artistic director of GroundWorks.

The concert is made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Tickets are $17.50 to $55. Visit UAevents online.


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