You’re invited to BLUprints to EX[L] with Matthew Wilson on Aug. 3

Meet Interim President Matthew Wilson when UA’s EX[L] Center hosts a free event open to all ages at BLU Jazz+, 47 E. Market St., on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. There will be an audience Q&A, followed by live jazz music at 8 p.m.

Matthew WilsonThe theme for the evening is “Campus to Community: Building Bridges For (A) Greater Akron.” Joining Wilson will be EX[L] Founding Director Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of; Annal Vyas ’14,  co-founder of NEXT OHIO; and Cristina Gonzalez Alcala ’10 and ’12, and Richelle Wardell, co-founders of Not Yo’ Daddy’s Mexican Hot Sauce.

BLUprints to EX[L] events are hosted by the Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship & Civic Engagement on the first Wednesday of each month to brings innovators together downtown at BLU Jazz+. Visit BLUprints to EX[L] on You Tube to see past events. For more information, visit the EX[L] Center online. 

Polymer engineering to host special seminar

Dr. Santanu KunduThe Department of Polymer Engineering will host a special seminar with Dr. Santanu Kundu on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Polymer Engineering Academic Center, Aggarwal Lecture Hall (Room 130).

Kundu’s talk is titled “Self-assembly, Nonlinear Rheology and Elastic Instabilities in Polymer Gels.”  He is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Mississippi State University.

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

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 and attend potential 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 professionally designed syllabus and course learning outcomes, though there is room for personalization.

Those interested in teaching this first-year experience course may email Lisa Hunt at to request an application. Applications are due Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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

Instructor training will take place on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Geology students recognized for their environmental science research

Geology students Troy Bole, Hunter Campbell, Adam Delaney, Corinne Lally, Lindsay Starr, Marissa Tomin and Sarah Travaly presented their environmental science research recently at the 2016 North-Central Geological Society of America annual meeting. This professional society represents geoscientists from Ohio to Nebraska, and the meeting was attended by hundreds of geoscientists.

Bole, Campbell, Delaney and Travaly won Best Student Presentation recognition and monetary awards.

The student research ranged from pollution in Ohio and Africa to modern and long-term hydrologic change in Summit County, new forensic scientific methods and the fossil record of past environments. Their abstracts were published in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 5.

Faculty members Dr. John Peck, professor of geosciences, and Dr. James Tomka, assistant professor of instruction, accompanied the students to the meeting in Champaign, Ill.

Volunteer for our 2016 Welcome Team by July 29!

The Office of New Student Orientation is looking for volunteers to staff Welcome Team tables around campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, and Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Welcome Team is an integral part of the first-year experience because it helps connect our new and returning students to campus.

Please visit our VolunteerSpot site to sign up. You will be able to see which shifts are available so you can choose the time and location that best fits your schedule.

Assignments are made as soon as you sign up. Please submit your volunteer availability by Friday, July 29. This will allow us enough time to order a shirt for you and get it delivered to your office. Your submission must be in by July 29 to guarantee a 2016 Welcome Team shirt. The shirts will be delivered by the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 19.

To learn more, contact Carly DeBord at

New release from UA Press

The University of Akron Press has published “Public Space, Public Policy, and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America.

public space book coverThe 388-page interdisciplinary anthology including personal accounts, analyses of historical and current events, and legal rulings told through the lens of various racial or ethnic groups living in the United States.

In 21 chapters, the essays include studies of the culture of public transportation in Los Angeles, Hasidism in North Brooklyn, punk music in Washington, D.C., and a wide range of peoples and places in between. The book’s editor is Teresa A. Booker, an assistant professor of African-American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The book is available as a paperback for $24.95 (ISBN 978-1-937378-48-6) or ePDF (ISBN: 978-1-937378-49-3) and ePub (978-1-937378-50-9) for $15.95. It also can be ordered online at the UA Press or by calling 1-800-247-6553.

Downtown traffic advisories for State Route 59 closures

On Monday, Aug. 1, Kenmore Construction, G. Stephens and the city of Akron are planning to close West
 State Street, West Center Street and Ash Street at the east side of Dart Avenue. West Center Street and Ash Street will remain closed for 
approximately two months. West
 State Street will be permanently closed between Locust 
Street and Dart Avenue.

A detour will be provided using West Market Street, South Main Street and West Bowery Street.
 This work is being done in preparation for the removal of State Route 59 between West Exchange
 Street and West Market Street, which is currently planned to begin in February 2017.

Also, Kenmore Construction, G. Stephens and the city of Akron have closed the Downtown/Market Street exit ramp off of State Route East, due to work along Dart Avenue. It will remain closed until the end of the year.
 This work is being done in preparation for the removal of State Route 59 between West Exchange
 Street and West Market Street, which is currently planned to begin in February, 2017.

Visit the Downtown Akron Partnership online for traffic advisories and more information.


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