Summer 2015 Priority Registration

The Summer 2015 registration period begins today, March 2. Students are able to view their assigned enrollment appointment in My AkronClick here for instructions on how to view this information.

Students should visit My Akron to ensure all personal information (email, phone number, mailing address, etc.) is current for important University communication.

Students are encouraged to register early. Questions regarding courses or registration may be directed to the Student Services Center at

Women’s History Month under way

Women's History Month, celebrated each March on campus, focuses on the history, understanding, and empowerment of women and their impact on the campus, community and world.

Programs and events will be held throughout the month of March for all students, faculty, staff and the Akron community.

For dates and times of all programs and events taking place, please visit the Women’s History Month website. For questions, please contact Dave Vale at or ext. 6568.

Phishing, spam emails: Delete “VALIDATE” note

A spam/phishing email with the subject line "VALIDATE" may have appeared in your email. The message says "Your Mailbox is Full VALIDATE" and then provides a link. It implies it is from the "HelpDesk Center."  It is not from the University. Please delete the message and do not click on the link provided.

If you have questions or have already clicked on the link, contact the Zips Support Center at ext. 6888.

Learn more about how to identify so-called “phishing” e-mails at the IT Security Page.

Linda L. Moore passes away

Linda L. Moore, who retired from UA in 1998 as dean emeritus of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and professor emeritus of communication, died March 1 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Moore, who joined UA in 1978, had served as vice president of academic affairs at Emerson College in Boston from 2003 to 2013.

A funeral service is planned Wednesday in Boston. A memorial service will be held locally at a later date.

Swimming and Diving captures back-to-back MAC championships

MAC Swimming and Diving Champions

After capturing Akron's first-ever MAC Swimming and Diving Championship last year, second-year head coach Brian Peresie led this year's squad to a final tally of 650 points to claim the title for the second year in a row on Saturday night at Eastern Michigan's Jones Natatorium.

The Zips received eight individual postseason honors while Peresie was named MAC Swimming Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

"It feels great. I'm very happy for the team, the program and our alumni,” Peresie said. “It's exciting to be able to come in and experience this; especially with what we experienced last year, it's difficult to try and recreate something like that. We had our fair share of ups and downs, but I'm proud of how they attacked everything and how they handled the meet. We wanted to finish on top and the team did a great job." Full story online.

Zips capture Men's Indoor MAC Track Championship

Men's Track and Field Team MAC Championship Team

The men's track and field team came together as one to overcome an early second-day deficit en route to claiming the Zips second consecutive and fifth overall Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship on Feb. 27. The women's squad narrowly missed making it a clean sweep for the Zips finishing three points behind Eastern Michigan for the women's team title.

"It was bittersweet between the men and women," head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "The men did a great job coming from behind against a very hot Eastern Michigan team. It came down to the last event for both teams in the 4 x 400 relay. Despite our women running their best time of the year, they just came up four one-hundredths of a second short. The men capped off their team championship with a great win in the event." Full story online.

Engle is GARC Coach of the Year

Rifle head coach Newt Engle receives award.Rifle head coach Newt Engle was named the 2015 Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Coach of the Year at the conference's awards banquet on Feb. 27.

Engle, at right, in his 38th season with the Zips, is the longest tenured coach at UA. Last weekend he guided Akron to its second consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championship during its final year of competition with that conference. Akron has been nationally ranked all season, currently ranked No. 13.

The GARC is made up of schools that have varsity rifle sponsored at their universities but not their universities respective conferences.

Deadline to RSVP for School of Nursing  alumni awards dinner is March 4

The School of Nursing will host its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium on the FirstMerit Foundation Club Level, fifth floor. The honorees are:

  • Major Daniel A. Blaz ’98, assistant professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Md.
  • Laurel A. Celik ’77 BSN, RN, NCSN, school health registered nurse, Akron Public Schools and Akron Children’s Hospital School Health Services.
  • Loraine Frank-Lightfoot ’85, chief nursing officer at Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates
  • John W. Singleton ’01, flight nurse specialist with Metro Life Flight at MetroHealth Medical Center

Tickets to the event are $30 each and March 4 is the deadline to RSVP. Please send your payment to the Office of the Alumni Association, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-2602. You also may call ext. 7271 or visit the Office of the Alumni Association online to confirm your attendance.

Sport Science and Wellness Education class seeks participants for class project

Interested in getting started on a physical activity/exercise program, or increasing your current one? Participants are needed to serve as case study clients for students in the course 5550:220 Health Promotion and Behavior Change offered through the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education within the College of Health Professions.

The project will run from mid-March to the end of April. Participants must be willing to be briefly interviewed by a few students on two occasions and to return requested information. In exchange, you will receive tailored activities to help increase motivation and overcome barriers to physical activity.

For more information, please contact instructor Melissa Smith at or ext. 4905.

High School Drama Day is March 7

The Theatre Arts Program will host its Spring 2015 High School Drama Day on Saturday, March 7, in Guzzetta Hall. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 4 p.m.

This free event is for sophomore, junior and senior high school students and home-schooled students interested in theatre arts. Teachers, advisors and parents are also welcome. Students will participate in physical, vocal, and ensemble exercises and learn about design, technical theatre, and career opportunities.

Participants also will see a performance of the Theatre Arts Program’s production of “Blood Wedding” in Sandefur Theatre and have a talk-back session with the cast and production team.

Advance registration is required. For more information, contact ext. 7895 or Register online at Spring 2015 High School Drama Day.

MAC 3-on-3 Basketball Challenge

It is almost time for the third annual MAC 3-on-3 Intramural Challenge. UA will once again host fellow MAC schools for this intra-conference basketball competition. The UA Campus Qualifier Tournament will be held on Friday, March 13. The winning team will then represent UA at the MAC 3-on-3 Intramural Challenge against champion schools from other Mid-American Conference campuses on Saturday, April 11, at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The cost to enter is $15 per team. Registration takes places online via, and will close on Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. While this is the deadline, sign-ups are on a first-paid, first-confirmed basis, so be sure to register early.

Please contact the Outdoor Adventure Services Intramural Sports Office with any questions at ext. 6956 or

The next sport to look forward to is our Kin-Ball League, which has a registration deadline of Wednesday, April 1.


Pittsburgh Conference Lecture welcomes Steven Boxer

This article originally appeared on 2-25-2015

UA to host Ohio Latino Education Summit on March 6

This article originally appeared on 2-25-2015

Spring Off-Campus Housing Fair is March 4

This article originally appeared on 2-25-2015

Online tutoring available to students

This article originally appeared on 1-22-2015

Recycle unused cell phones to help domestic violence victims

This article originally appeared on 2-16-2015

School of Music presents Concert Band

This article originally appeared on 2-27-2015

Guided Meditation for Zips

This article originally appeared on 1-22-2015

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