Karl Rove to preview GOP debate in Cleveland; UA's John Green to moderate

On the eve of the first Republican presidential candidate debate in Cleveland, three Northeast Ohio universities have teamed up to get an insider’s perspective from noted GOP strategist Karl Rove, at left.

Karl RoveThis presidential debate preview – which also serves as a scholarship fundraiser – will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Cibréo Privato, 1438 Euclid Ave., in the Playhouse Square district of downtown Cleveland.

The event is sponsored by The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and UA’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Dr. John C. GreenThe conversation with Rove will be moderated by Dr. John C. Green, at right, director of the Bliss Institute.

“It will be hard to know the players without a scorecard,” said Green. “Karl Rove can help provide one.”

Proceeds from the ticket sales – which are fully tax deductible – will be shared equally for scholarships at the three universities. Ticket prices are $150 per person to attend a pre-event reception as well as the event; $75 for just the event.

Seating is limited to just 200 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit An Evening with Karl Rove to make required reservations and pay online.

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Calling hours tonight for Lynn Metzger

Dr. Lynn Rodeman Metzger, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies, died July 24. She was 78.

A native of nearby Suffield, Metzger earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at The University of Akron before completing a Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in Anthropology in 1989. She first joined UA in 1973. She ended her full-time assignment as a visiting assistant professor in classical studies, anthropology and archaeology in May 2002. Metzger continued teaching part time through December 2014 in the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies, Department of Sociology and the Honors College. She was awarded the Buchtel Award in Humanities in 2008.

Metzger is survived by her husband, Edward, and children Michael (Julie), Anne Kelly (Bob), Barbara (Kevin Hillery) and Mary Croft (Tom), and many other family members.

Calling hours are being held tonight, July 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Elms Commons at 1375 W. Exchange St., in Akron. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Hilary Church, 2750 W. Market St., in Fairlawn, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Metzger's life, donations may be made to the Summit County Historical Society at 550 Copley Road, Akron, 44320, or the Akron Symphony Orchestra, 92 N. Main St., Akron, 44308.

An obituary appears online in today’s Akron Beacon Journal.

Vote Barber for Bowerman Award

Shawn Barber Bowerman Award splash page

Fan voting for the Bowerman Award, for which junior pole vaulter Shawn Barber is one of three finalists, begins today and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The Bowerman Award, which is presented by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, is the highest individual accolade that can be bestowed upon a collegiate track and field student-athlete. Barber's selection marks the first time a student-athlete from UA and the Mid-American Conference has been named as a finalist for the Bowerman Award.

The voting process provides a unique opportunity for Zips’ fans and supporters of track and field to honor Barber’s 2015 success by casting a vote for #Barber4Bowerman.

Fans may log onto The Bowerman Award website to cast their votes for Barber. Fans can vote once per device over the course of the July 27 to Aug. 11 voting period.

The Bowerman Award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 17, in San Antonio, Texas.

Fans are also encouraged to show their support of Barber by using the hashtag #Barber4Bowerman on social media. Story continues online.

Summer 2015 final grades submission

Final grades submission of graduate and undergraduate grades for the 2015 Summer Sessions via My Akron is quickly approaching.

Availability of final grade rosters and due dates for the electronic submission of final grades vary by session:

SessionFinal grade rosters available beginningMust enter final grades  by 11:59 p.m. on
8-week SessionThursday, July 30Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • To ensure that your final grade rosters will be available to you when you need them, it is recommended that you access My Akron as soon as possible to verify that an electronic class roster is presently available for each class/section that you are a primary or secondary instructor of record. If a class roster is not available for each class/section that you teach, please contact your department immediately to correct the instructor-of-record information.
  • The assignment of an "I" (incomplete) grade "indicates that the student has done passing work in the course but that some part of the work is, for good and acceptable reason, not complete at the end of the term." Grade Policies and Credit.
  • The assignment of an IP (in progress) grade "indicates that the student has not completed the scheduled coursework during the semester because the nature of the course does not permit completion within a single semester, such as work toward a thesis. An IP grade should be assigned only in graduate courses." Grade Policies and Credit.
  • Instructors are strongly encouraged to enter a student's last date of attendance, if applicable, for those students receiving an "F" or "NCR" (no credit) grade. Documentation regarding this process, as well as an online tutorial, are available on the Software Training and Technological Services website.
  • Once a final grade (A – F or CR/NCR) has been posted, grade changes cannot be made electronically. In the event that you discover an error in the assignment of a final grade that has already been posted, you will need to complete and submit an official Change of Grade to the Office of the University Registrar. The Change of Grade forms is available in My Akron through the Faculty/Staff tab.
  • Posted grades of an I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress) or NGR (No Grade Reported) may be changed online via the applicable grade roster in My Akron at any time after the I, IP or NGR has been posted.
  • Please take a moment to view the online “Record Grades” tutorial, which will provide you with instructions for entering grades.

Please direct technical questions about online grade entry to the Zips Support Center at ext. 6888. If you have any questions regarding the timeline for grade entry, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the University Registrar at ext. 8300 or

Zips golfers are Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars

Louis Birchall Louis Birchall and Ryan Harris have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the 2014-15 season by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The selection is the first for both, and they become the sixth and seventh Zips to earn the recognition.

Birchall, at right, with a 3.810 GPA in biology, appeared in all 11 events for the Zips, posting a team-best 75.15 scoring average over 33 rounds. He posted one top-five and three top-25 finishes this season while carding four rounds of par or better this season. In addition to being named Academic All-MAC in June, Birchall was named MAC Golfer of the Week on Oct. 8 after finishing in second place at The Firestone Invitational, nearly winning the event.

Ryan Harris Harris, at right, appeared in 10-of-11 events this season, posting a 75.53 scoring average over 30 rounds. He posted two top-25 finishes. Harris finished the season with five rounds of par or better, and 20-of-30 rounds scored at 76 or better. Harris is a business administration major with a 3.400 cumulative GPA. He also earned Academic All-MAC honors in June.

A total of 206 players in Division I, 91 in Division II and 17 in NAIA earned the honor. Additionally, 34 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

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