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Create a work of art at Feb. 13 Hearts for Humanity fund-raiser

Guests paint canvases at 2014 Hearts for Humanity event.

Hearts for Humanity is a fundraiser for the Alternative Spring Break program, which offers our students opportunities to participate in service trips during spring break.

This year, students will assist with service projects in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and right here in Ohio. Each year, more than 100 students and staff participate in these experiences — resulting in an average of 3,000 service hours being given to a variety of communities. Our volunteers provide more than $23,000 worth of minimum wage work for UA’s partner agencies.

The deadline to RSVP for the Feb. 13 event is Friday, Jan. 30. Please join us in the Student Union Ballroom for an interactive and exciting evening of great food, auction items and the opportunity to paint a masterpiece. We've partnered with a local company, Wine and Canvas, to bring you the opportunity to create your own work of art with the assistance of a master artist. (Pictured above are guest at the 2014 Hearts for Humanity event creating their works of art.)

The cocktail hour, featuring food stations with a cash bar and silent auction items, will open at 5:30 p.m. The formal art demonstration and creation of your own piece will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for UA students and $60 for guests. Included in the ticket price are the supplies for the creation of your canvas and an array of food stations featuring build-your-own burger, baked potato bar, create-your-own salad bar and more.

Guests can reserve a seat or make a direct donation to the program at the Hearts for Humanity website. Attendance and donations are tax-deductible. All proceeds directly help to minimize the travel expenses and cost of the ASB program for our students.

For more information, or to donate to the silent auction, please contact Alison Doehring, assistant director, Student Life, at aer15@uakron.edu or ext. 7352.

Fostering mental health on our campus

Student mental health issues are prevalent on our campuses. They affect the lives of our students in many ways, from success in the classroom to social interactions to physical health and wellness. 

A healthy life, work and school balance contributes to feeling happy, confident and capable in many aspects of life. Students who take care of their mental health develop healthy coping mechanisms and are better able to handle the highs and lows of the college experience. 

According to Dr. Juanita K. Martin, executive director of UA's Counseling and Testing Center, national research indicates that about 30 percent of college students have been so depressed and 50 percent so anxious that it has been very difficult for them to function or succeed academically. About 64 percent of young adults who leave college prior to graduation do so in part because of a mental health related reason. Research has also shown that psychological counseling positively impacts student retention.

Candace Campbell Jackson, vice president for student success, believes that as an institution we need to create a safe and open environment that will allow us all to focus on the welfare of our students and help them manage their mental health concerns.

“If we as a campus community talk openly about mental health, our students will feel more supported and encouraged to feel safe to ask for help," Jackson says. "The more aware and educated we all become related to the facts about mental health, the more likely we are to decrease the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental health concerns and treatment.” 

Many services are available on campus to help students with their overall health and wellbeing:

  • Free, confidential psychological services are offered through the Counseling and Testing Center in Simmons Hall 306, 330-972-7082. CTC also offers the campus community training such as suicide-prevention-gatekeeper training and consultation.
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Services provides opportunities to develop a healthy and fit lifestyle, as exercise and other creative outlets, such as music or acting, help to decrease depression and anxiety-like symptoms.
  • Student Health Services in SRWC, Suite 260, 330-972-7808, helps students address their overall health concerns and provides health education.
  • The Help-A-Zip online alert system allows faculty, staff and students to let campus professionals know who is having difficulties and who might need intervention and support.

As a campus community, let’s embrace a positive mental health culture and continue making a difference in the lives of our students by helping them to enhance their mental health capacity.  

Lunchtime Chinese lessons start Jan. 28

Learn Chinese during your lunch hour with free classes — no registration required. Chinese language classes will be held every Wednesday, beginning Jan. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in Student Union 318.

Classes are taught by Chao Mu of the Confucius Institute. For more information, call ext. 2013 or visit the Confucius Institute website.

University of Pittsburgh professor to deliver guest lecture

Dr. Tara Meyer Dr. Tara Meyer will present “Sequence Control in Copolymers: Synthesis and Consequences” on Friday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. in Goodyear Polymer Center 229 for the Spring 2015 Polymer and Advanced Materials Lecture Series.

Meyer is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Read the abstract.

This event is hosted by Dr. Nicole Zacharia, assistant professor of polymer engineering, at nzacharia@uakron.edu

Biomedical Engineering Seminar to feature OSU professor

Dr. Keith GoochThe Department of Biomedical Engineering will host a seminar with Dr. Keith Gooch on Friday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Polymer Engineering Academic Center 130A. The title for his talk is "Formation and Remodeling of Blood Vessels: Computational and Experimental Studies."

Gooch is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University and is a member of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech in 1991 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1995 at Penn State. Prior to joining OSU in 2006, Gooch was an assistant professor of bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania. He did postdoctoral work at MIT.

Contact Dr. Rouzbeh Amini for questions about the BME Seminar at ramini@uakron.edu.

What you need to know about measles

While measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, thanks to a highly effective vaccination program and better measles control in the Americas region, there has been a recent outbreak in our country. It started in California and has now spread to six other states.

This happens when unvaccinated individuals get measles while they’re abroad, then bring the disease into the United States. They can spread measles to other people who are not vaccinated, which sometimes leads to outbreaks. Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person.

The symptoms generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Measles typically begins with:

  • high fever
  • cough
  • runny nose red
  • watery eyes

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit. After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades. As is the case with many viral illnesses, there can be complications.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Please check your vaccine records and make sure you have had this vaccine. For more information, or to find out how you can get this vaccine, please call Student Health Services at ext. 7808.

Visit the campus wellness blog to learn more.

'Snow Maiden' returning to Thomas Hall

Snow Maiden and young dancers.

Magical fairies, playful animals, an elegant Snow Queen and a charming little Snow Maiden are coming to life when The University of Akron Dance Institute presents “The Snow Maiden” at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in February.

Performances are Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for all children and students. They are available at the door as long as seats remain, and also in advance at 330-972-7570, the Thomas Hall Ticket Office, and ticketmaster.com.

Appealing to all ages, the delightful ballet will feature more than 90 costumed performers and a haunting score by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. The performances are dedicated to the late Francia Adelaide Albrecht, whose lifelong passion for classical ballet continues to support and inspire young dancers. Story continues online.

Co-ed golf league seeks members

The co-ed UA Wednesday Golf League is looking for new members.

  • You can join as a regular player or as a sub. We currently field 16 two-person teams.
  • Play starts April 8 with tee times beginning at 4:20 p.m. each Wednesday.
  • Play is at Mayfair Country Club in Green.

Interested? Contact John Zipp at zipp@uakron.edu or Tom Bacher at bacher@uakron.edu.

Second-annual Purple Out Game is tonight

Dan Peters honored with purple out.

When the Zips take the court inside James A. Rhodes Arena tonight against Ball State at 7 p.m., fans will see something a little different.

As part of the Second-Annual Purple Out game, the Zips will wear all purple uniforms to honor the late Dan Peters, Akron's former director of basketball operations. Peters passed away last October after battling pancreatic cancer.

The purple uniforms feature grey and white accents the word "Zips" on the chest and will carry the name "Peters" on the back name plate for all student-athletes. The shorts will have the Akron "Z" on the left leg and a white ribbon on the right leg. The color purple and the ribbon represent pancreatic cancer awareness.

In addition to the jerseys, Zips Athletics will distribute 1,000 purple T-shirts with "Peters" on the back and the No. 14, Peters' number at Canton Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio. Fans can also purchase "4 Pete's Sake" lapel pins for $5, with all proceeds being donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The event is in conjunction with the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend.

Additionally, the Ball State game provides a chance for Danny, Coach Peters' son, to attend the event. Danny is an assistant coach on the Ball State staff. The Peters Family, including Danny, his brother, Michael, and his mother, Nancy, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony. Story continues online.

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