Mike Wieland’s four decades to be honored at Service Awards Ceremony

Dominic Guzzetta was president, Whitby and Olin halls were the new buildings on campus and Printing Services operated in the basement of North Hall when Michael R. Wieland joined UA as office machine operator 2 in August 1975.

Michael Wieland Fast forward four decades and Wieland is now a supervisor of printing services.

On Thursday, April 23, he will be among 590 employees to be honored for milestone anniversaries of five to 40 years of continuous or combined service at UA at the 2015 Service Awards Ceremony. The event will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Quaker Square Grand Station Hall. Wieland is the sole 40-year service award recipient.

It was a family member already working at UA who encouraged him to apply for the opening in Printing Services, recalls Wieland, who had been working in the printing field since graduating from Garfield High School in Akron.

Michael R. Wieland with early version of ZippyOver the years, there have been big changes — both in his field and to the campus, recalls Wieland, pictured at right during the North Hall years with an earlier incarnation of Zippy.

“When we were in North Hall, there was no loading dock, so we got our paper deliveries through a window,” says Wieland with a chuckle. “North Hall is long gone, and so is the second building we were in. We’re now downstairs in the Administrative Services Building — we’ve got a loading dock and plenty of space.

“I’ve seen five presidents during my time here,” adds Wieland. “The biggest campus expansion came during Dr. (Luis) Proenza’s years.”

The tools of his trade have changed as well. Much of the labor-intensive preparation has given way to a process automated by computers, from the initial design through printing, binding and mailing. And the finished product looks very different.

“When I started, almost everything was in black and white, with a little color used on some big projects, recalls Wieland. Now, its all color.”

Wieland has attended his share of commencement ceremonies during his years at UA. Wife Loretta earned a B.S. in Nursing in 1990 and son Matthew earned a B.S. in Accounting in 1997. Daughters Andrea earned an Associate of Arts in 2000 and a B.S. in Labor Economics in 2004, and Kathryn earned an AAB in Office Administration in 2000 and a B.A. in Business and Organizational Communication in 2008. Kathryn is celebrating 15 years of service at UA herself this year — she is coordinator, specialist financial aid enrichment program, in Student Financial Aid.

Wieland says he has no plans to retire.

“I like what I’m doing,” he says with a smile.

All UA employees are invited to attend the 2015 Annual Service Awards. RSVPs are not required but welcome. For questions, e-mail Talent Development and Human Resources at

Final exam accommodations in your classroom

The Office of Accessibility is encouraging students with testing accommodations to schedule their final exams now.

In order to best serve you and your students, the On Campus Proctor Sheet is necessary to not only provide the accommodations but also to adhere to the guidelines you have established for your exam. Please fill out the On Campus Proctor Sheet completely. We will follow your instructions exactly and nothing on the proctor sheet will be changed without your knowledge.

For your convenience, you now have the ability to upload the On Campus Proctor Sheet and exam to our STARS system. This feature is in addition to the current exam delivery methods available. You can find a user guide for uploading exams at STARS Tutorials online.

When uploading exams, we recommend you create a document that includes the On Campus Proctor Sheet and the exam. However, you do have the ability to upload multiple documents to the system if that is easier.

If you experience any problems uploading the exam or On Campus Proctor Sheet to STARS, please call the Office of Accessibility at ext. 7928. An informational video on testing accommodations is available.

Photos of the Day: Campus Clean up!

Clean Up Day participants

Saturday’s perfect weather was put to good use by members of several student organizations during an early celebration of Earth Day. Participating in the first Campus Clean Up Day were 29 students who worked alongside six groundskeepers as they weeded and collected litter around several buildings, including Stile Athletics Field House, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and West Hall as well as Carroll Street and Coleman Common.

The initiative was organized by Undergraduate Student Government and the Physical Facilities’ Grounds Department. The clean up crew included members of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta Sigma Lambda and Newman Catholic Campus Ministry. Participants were given T-shirts that feature UA’s sustainability logo.

Collegiate Clothing Drive begins today

Recyclemania logoIn collaboration with the Salvation Army, UA will collect clothing and other textiles, beginning today, April 20, through residence hall move out.

In 2014, UA Recycling collected 1,402 pounds of clothing and other textiles to benefit local charities. Participants who recycle gently used clothing at one of the eight drop-off locations will have an opportunity to be caught “Green Handed” and rewarded with merchandise or other valuable prizes for their efforts.

Donations can be brought to one of the eight Salvation Army clothing bins located across campus. Bin locations can be found online.

Youth Sport Camp planned this summer

The School of Sport Science and Wellness Education and the Sport Science Academy will present the Youth Sport Camp for three weeks in June.

Camps will be held the weeks of June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Camp costs $175 a week, but an early bird discount of $15 off the cost is available until May 31. UA faculty and staff also receive an additional $10 discount with registration. The discount code is UAKRON. All campers receive a camp T-shirt, bag and water bottle with registration.

Professional camp staff will teach and coach the fundamentals of sport in a fun-filled, educational environment. Activities include sports, wellness games, physical activity, swimming, crafts and field trips. During Week 2, there will be a field trip to Canal Park for an Akron RubberDucks game and Splash Day event on Thursday, June 18.

For more information and registration, visit the Sport Science Academy Youth Sport Camp online or call Mike Duve at ext. 6351.

Trombone Studio Recital set for April 25

The School of Music's Trombone Studio will present a recital on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The students of faculty trombonist Dr. James Albrecht, accompanied by faculty pianist Debbie Yasutake, will perform.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call ext. 8301 or email

Spring Choral Concert is April 26

Men’s and Women’s chamber choirs and the Concert Choir

“Day and Night,” featuring the Men’s and Women’s chamber choirs and the Concert Choir, will be presented on Sunday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. The Concert Choir will perform the world premiere of “Fresh and Fearless” by award-winning American composer Daniel ElderDr. Marie Bucoy-Calavan will conduct.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call ext. 8301 or email


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