Statement about the future of the UA Press and the Multicultural Center

Statement from Lawrence Burns, vice president of advancement at The University of Akron:

“Media reports that The University of Akron plans to close its Multicultural Center and University Press are incorrect. Neither entity will close and UA’s commitment to both diversity and the support of the humanities is resolute.

“The Multicultural Center’s operations are being consolidated with the university’s Office of Diversity. This consolidated unit is being elevated and will report directly to the president.

“University Press operations are being transferred to UA’s Division of Libraries.

“Working in close consultation with faculty leadership – including the head of the Faculty Senate and the president of the AAUP-Akron chapter – there was an in-depth and comprehensive nine-month review of university finances that led up to the development of the University’s budget. Unfortunately, position eliminations were a necessary part of the budget-balancing work to strengthen UA’s financial health. As part of that process, it was determined that there would be no faculty layoffs to ensure the academic mission of the University was protected.”

UA to host law-enforcement training session on sexual assaults, violence and stalking

UA is one of five public universities chosen to host Campus Sexual Assault Investigation Training, an initiative of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWineLed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, the one-day session will be held on Thursday, July 30, in Student Union 312, 303 Carroll St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The advanced training is designed to educate campus, municipal and county law enforcement professionals connected with colleges and universities on issues relating to sexual assault, physical violence and stalking.

“We are very pleased that the Attorney General’s Office has asked us to be a host site for this training,” said Capt. Dale Gooding of UA Police. “We value our partnership with the Attorney General’s Office, as we have worked together in the past to bring law enforcement training to The University of Akron.”

Here’s the schedule of training sessions:

  • Legal Framework Surrounding Campus Sexual Assault, 8 to 10 a.m., presented by UA’s John Reilly, associate vice president and associate general counsel, and Mark Stasitis, director of labor relations and immigration services and Title IX coordinator.
  • Victim Advocacy, 10 to 11 a.m., Vanessa Sampsel, campus outreach coordinator, Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties; Alex Leslie, director of prevention programs, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; and Lynn Bilal, prevention coordinator, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
  • Ohio Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations, 11 a.m. to noon, Carol B. Gray assistant nurse manager, Emergency Department, Ohio State’s University Hospital East.
  • Conducting Sexual Assault Investigations and Evidence Collection, 1 to 4 p.m. Sgt. David Pelphrey, Sexual Assault Unit, Columbus Police Department.
  • Criminal Law Issues (4th, 5th and 6th amendments) 4 to 5 p.m., Lucinda Lee, Esq., law enforcement training officer, Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Online registration is still available for the training session on the Ohio Attorney General’s website at Campus Sexual Assault Investigation.

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Best Practices for Teaching Online

A Best Practices for Teaching Online course will be offered online in August for faculty who are new to online teaching. During this course you will learn strategies for managing your time in an online course, strategies for building community, tips for hosting live sessions in WebEx, grading strategies and tips for how to make teaching online enjoyable.

You will also have access to video and step-by-step tutorials for all of the tools you will need to know how to use to teach online. This course has been designed to give you a mini experience as an online student — in case you have never taken an online course — and includes advice from experienced UA faculty.

This online course is hosted in Springboard. There are no face-to-face meetings, but you will be asked to attend one Web conference in WebEx, just for practice. Depending on your comfort with technology, we estimate that you could complete this in three to six hours. There are three dates from which to choose. Interested faculty should enroll in the session that best fits your schedule:

  • Aug. 10-17
  • Aug. 17-24
  • Aug. 24-31

Visit Institute for Teaching and Learning Seminars to register.

Construction project under way at Auburn

Work to restore portions of the brick masonry facades, replace a number of windows and replace some of the older roofs at Auburn Science and Engineering Center is beginning immediately. Please expect some unavoidable noise during the duration of this construction project, which will continue into November.

  • Building occupants affected will be notified when the schedule for window replacement is available and should plan accordingly by keeping stored interior items away from windows in the South and West Tower facades facing Carroll Street and Mary Gladwin Hall.
  • A platform scaffold will be built on the east plaza of Auburn with pass through pedestrian tunnels to facilitate removal of the old roof and to bring materials up from ground level.
  • A mast climber and swing stages will be erected on the Carroll Street elevation of Auburn and will be separated from pedestrians by a fence.


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