At Roundtable, alumnus and former CIA leader to discuss national security threats

Michael J. Morrell ’80, a national security commentator for CBS News, will speak at the Akron Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, June 3, at noon in the Quaker Station Ballroom. Morrell’s topic will be “Thinking About Today’s National Security Threats.” UA is sponsoring his presentation.

Michael J. Morrell Morrell, who gained extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy during a 33-year-career with the Central Intelligence Agency, served as its deputy director for more than three years, and was twice named as its acting director. He has been at the center of the CIA’s work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape — including the Arab Spring, the rise of China and the cyber threat.

In addition to his work for CBS News, Morrell is involved in a wide range of activities, including serving as a member of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Board of Directors, chairman of the SAP/NS2 Advisory Board and counselor to Beacon Global Strategies, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Morrell, a Cuyahoga Falls native who earned a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude at UA, remains involved with his alma mater as a member of President Scott Scarborough’s Advisory Board. He also is the author of “The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA vs. al-Qaida.”

After Morrell’s talk, there will be time for questions. Please encourage students pursuing degrees in business, economics, political science, public service technology and computer science to attend.

Members of the campus community can purchase tickets to the luncheon by calling 330-247-8682 or visiting the Akron Roundtable website. Tickets are $20 per seat. To ensure parking for those attending, individuals on campus are urged to walk or to ride the Roo Express Shuttle to Quaker Station.

Photo of the day: New banner

Bierce Library staff

Faculty and staff at Bierce Library join under the new banner on the building that says "Uniting the Arts & Humanities with Science & Technology."

Electrical engineering professor elected Fellow of Drexel

Dr. Joan Carletta, professor of electrical and computer engineeringDr. Joan Carletta, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a 2015-16 Fellow for the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) program.

This elite, one-of-a-kind professional development program is designed for women who are in STEM disciplines at academic institutions. Fellows are nominated and then mentored by their dean with the goal of developing diverse and strong leaders who are prepared to address emerging issues within their colleges, universities and professional communities.

The incoming class for the program at Drexel University in Philadelphia includes 31 experienced and diverse women faculty from 22 institutions across the country.

Carletta joined UA in 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 1996, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988.

In 2009, Carletta was on the team that won the Moody Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Fluids Engineering Division. She is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Carletta served as a member of IEEE Women in Engineering Committee and the IEEE Educational Activity Board. In 2010, she led the IEEE effort to develop first-year student curriculum that shows societal impact of engineering.

ELATE at Drexel is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Kudos to members of Human Power Team

Student engineers on the Human Power Vehicle Team

Student engineers on the Human Power Vehicle Team brought home a third place overall finish in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers competition hosted at the University of Florida in Gainesville May 8-10.

Jordan Boos, standing, with Julia Wood inside vehicleThe goal of the ASME competition is to provide students with an opportunity to develop “sustainable and practical transportation alternatives” using the design principles they’ve learned in the classroom. Students work in teams “to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use — from commuting to work to carrying goods to market.”

Out of 30 teams, UA’s College of Engineering students placed:

  • seventh in design
  • fourth in innovations
  • second in men’s drag race
  • seventh in women’s drag race
  • 13th in endurance

Pictured above with the vehicle are team members Jordan Boos, Joe Boyd, Tim Nutt, Leland Hoffman, Andrew Derhammer, Julia Wood, Rick Zavracky, Christopher Trowbridge, Keith Bartels, Jeremy Marcum and Donald Haiss. Pictured at right are Jordan Boos and Julia Wood.

High school students can get early start into new Fire Safety/EMT program

High school juniors and seniors in Barberton, Norton, Copley and Wadsworth will be able to earn college credits and job training in fire protection and emergency medical services through a new partnership with UA.

The Fire Safety/EMT College Tech Prep Program begins this fall with a class of 10 juniors – three each from Barberton High School and Wadsworth High School, and two each from Copley High School and Norton High School.

Students can earn up to 13 college credits toward an associate degree in Fire Protection Technology at UA. In addition, eligible students may take additional classes online to earn more college credits through Ohio’s College Credit Plus program.

An informational meeting about the program is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Barberton High School, 555 Barber Road, Barberton. The meeting is open to the public, though preregistration is required at ext. 7112 or

Full story online.

Grand reopening of Cellar Door Store

Join the grand opening celebration of the “refreshed” Cellar Door Store at Hower House. As part of the celebration, special sales will occur Thursday, May 21, through Saturday, May 23, from noon until 3 p.m. each day.

Present a copy of this message to receive a 15 percent discount on all regular price merchandise. Zip Cards are accepted.

Next week, the shop will return to its regular hours of Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 3:30 p.m.

The Cellar Door Store is located on the lower level of the Hower House Museum, 60 Fir Hill, on the north side of campus. There is free on-site parking.  For more information, call ext. 6909 or email

Parking updates through May 28

  • Lot 18 south, at the Student Union, will continue to be closed through the conclusion of a repair project. Alternate parking for visitors will be at the visitor meters by Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street.
  • Lot 2, Lot 8 and Lot 13, near Rhodes Arena, will experience significant traffic volume on Friday, May 22, from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. for the Brunswick High School graduation rehearsal. The event is expected to draw nearly 400 guests, which will affect most of the parking in and around the Rhodes Arena. Alternate commuter parking will be Lot 1 - East Campus Deck.
  • Lot 6, Lot 9 and Vine St., near InfoCision Stadium, will experience increased traffic volume on both Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28, from 3:30 p.m. through the conclusion of the scheduled softball games, or approximately 7 p.m. Alternate parking for commuters will be in Lot 1 - East Campus Deck or Lot 9, south of the InfoCision Stadium.

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