UA launches two career-focused programs with a military flavor

The University of Akron today announced several new student initiatives to create additional opportunities for student success and career preparation through the launch of a Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy.

The new Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy will leverage existing and planned leadership opportunities at UA, including those for academic credit offered by the various colleges. In addition, UA is adding some new leadership development and veteran-oriented scholarships.

“This marks the sixth initiative in the past four months to reposition the University as Ohio’s Polytechnic University,” said UA President Scott L. Scarborough. “The Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy fit perfectly into the polytechnic identity by offering career-focused, highly experiential learning that will greatly benefit each student. It also will add an exciting new element to the life of campus.”

Scarborough added, “We know that employers value the discipline and leadership training that the military instills in young men and women. These initiatives enable students who want to add those aspects to their college education to do so without taking on an obligation to serve in the armed forces.”

The Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy will be headed by Lt. Col. Bradley Harvey, a career U.S. Army officer and the recently retired and highly respected professor of military science for UA’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He will begin his new duties July 13, 2015. Story continues online.

Photos of the Day: One very big canvas!

Erin Seigferth spray painting design on wall

The Highland Square neighborhood west of campus is shining a little brighter these days, thanks to a massive mural created by high school students from the Akron Public Schools and UA art students. Crew members, including Erin Seigferth, above, an incoming freshman, and Katie Butler, at right, who is earning a BFA in Painting, learned new techniques as they collaborated to design, draw and paint the mural on the 2,000 square-foot brick wall shared by Land of Plenty, a vintage shop and gallery, and West Hill Hardware on Market Street.

Katie Butler spray paints design from liftThe mural, the ninth and largest public art project created by Arts LIFT, has been guided by Arts LIFT coordinator Elisa Gargarella, professional street artist Steve Ehret, and Land of Plenty owner and artist Kristi Wall. The award-winning summer arts apprenticeship program is offered by UA’s Myers School of Art. This year’s project spanned June 15-26, with work happening in Folk Hall and on-site at Land of Plenty. Rubber City Fab metalworkers and Sherwin Williams were project supporters.

The Arts LIFT artists will unveil the completed mural during a free public celebration on Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Land of Plenty, 339 W. Market St. Local bands Shivering Timbers and Tall Tales will perform, followed by DJ Jay Soiree. Hollyhock Catering will provide refreshments.

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Parking update for this weekend

  • Lot 36, the South Campus Deck, Lot 39, the E. Exchange Street Deck, and Lot 49, the West Campus Deck, will have their rooftop parking areas closed at midnight on Friday, July 3, through the conclusion of the holiday fireworks on Saturday at approximately 11 p.m. All vehicles must vacate the posted areas by midnight or face towing at owners' expense. Alternate parking for vehicles will be available in the lower levels of each of the decks.

New job opportunities posted on Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 87 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • OverDrive, Inc. – technical writer (master’s level position)
  • CBIZ, Inc. – applications system analyst
  • Graco, Inc. – marketing intern
  • Sterling Jewelers – fashion merchandising intern

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or, visit the Career Center in Student Union 211, or call  ext. 7747. Follow us on Twitter @CareerCenter_UA.

Five year anniversary of Youth Sport Camp celebrated

Campers and counselors on Summa Field

The School of Sport Science and Wellness Education and the Sport Science Academy celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Youth Sport Camp, which was offered for three weeks in June.

The camps were successfully planned, organized and administered as a service learning experience for the Sport Science and Wellness Education graduate and undergraduate sport management students under the direction of Dr. Mike Duve, general studies coordinator.

This year’s camps boasted a record enrollment of 183 student campers between the ages of 5 and 12. Campers learned and participated in variety of sports, such as baseball, basketball, volleyball, track/field, soccer, hockey, football, cricket, golf, tennis, gymnastics and sport conditioning. Additionally, campers learned a variety of cooperative physical education games and activities and attended sessions on the fundamentals of nutrition and the benefits of lifestyle wellness choices.

All campers were encouraged to conduct themselves in a manner that is representative of the camp’s motto, “Act Like A Champion Today!” Each day, campers were introduced to a character word that represented the fundamental qualities of the camp motto.

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