Grateful president, parents and students praise employees for smooth move-in

A tip of the hat to the hundreds of employees and student volunteers who helped make move-in run so smoothly yesterday.

“A day like this makes me proud to be a Zip,” said Interim President Matthew Wilson (pictured above) as he took a short break from greeting new students and their parents on the North Quad. “This is one of the most exciting times of the year, and I’m so grateful for all who are out here helping with move-in and welcoming our newest Zips to the family.”

Move-in is a highly coordinated event with one goal: To make it easy as possible for new resident students to settle in during what can be an emotional day for them and their parents.

“I’m pleased to see how well planned and directed this is,” said parent Colleen Stewart, who was helping her daughter Emalee move into Spanton. “It’s a proud but emotional day for us, and all the assistance is making it easier.”

Dr. Melinda Grove, director of Residence Life and Housing, and her team oversees move-in, which concludes today.

"It's always great to see nine months of planning come together so well," she said. "We have so many student groups and employees pitching in today; it really makes incoming students and parents feel at ease."


Olympic bronze medalist Murphy returns to campus

​​Lee LaBadie, Clayton Murphy, Dennis Mitchell

We welcomed back one of own on Wednesday — honoring Olympic 800-meter bronze medalist and former Zips’ All-American Clayton Murphy with a press conference at InfoCision Stadium. (Pictured with above with Murphy are Lee LaBadie, left, men’s distance and cross country coach, and Dennis Mitchell, head coach of track and field.)

Clayton Murphy with Matthew WilsonMurphy, pictured at right with Interim President Matthew Wilson, became the first United States men’s 800-meter runner to win an Olympic medal since 1992, chasing down the bronze medal over the final 100 meters on the strength of the fifth-fastest time, 1:42.93, in American history, at the XXXI Summer Olympics on Aug. 15.

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Come see the new Rob’s Café

Stop by Rob’s Café on Monday, Aug. 29, at 10:45 a.m. as Dining Services unveils the newly renovated dining facility.  Dining Services staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide guests with information on the new seating and layout, newly designed salad bar with a gluten free station, new dish machine and much more.

Door rates for Rob’s Café’s for fall semester are:

  • Breakfast — $6.75
  • Lunch — $8.75
  • Dinner — $10.50

All faculty and staff will receive a $1 off discount.

Meal Plan now available for faculty and staff

Dining Services now offers a Faculty Staff Meal Plan for the Fall 2016 Semester. The plan comes with 16 Block Meals for $95 that may be used at Rob’s Café – UA’s only all- you-care-to-eat dining facility, or Union Market, Trackside Grille, Climbing Rock Café, Freshens and all on-campus convenience stores for a full meal solution.

You may purchase a Faculty Staff Meal Plan by visiting Dining Services online, or for a payroll deduction, visit Purchase Dining Plan online. Complete the payroll deduction authorization form and submit to any Zip Card Office.

For more information, contact Heather Piper, Dining Services marketing manager, at ext. 8863.

Celebration of life and legacy of Alfred Anderson is Aug. 28

A celebration of the life of the late Alfred Anderson will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Carriage House at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path in Akron.

A well known professional opera singer and professor emeritus of UA’s Opera/Musical Theatre program, Anderson died June 17 at the age of 73. He joined UA in 1985 and retired in 2010. Anderson was still performing locally through April 2016.

At his request, there will be no formal program at this “open house style” remembrance. His family invites you drop in any time between 1 and 4 p.m. to listen to recordings, look at photos and mementos of Alfred’s life, and share wonderful memories, or perhaps even a funny story. The family looks forward to seeing his students, friends, audience members and all who knew him.

A complete obituary is available online.

Latest Myers School of Art exhibition is ‘Within Reach’

The PresentPaintings suggesting that what you see is not always what you get will highlight the newest exhibit at the Emily Davis Gallery, which opens Aug. 29 and continues through Sept. 23.

“Within Reach” showcases images by Dennis Kardon and Alexi Worth, two artists who are engaged in the intersection of narrative, material and perception. The relationships depicted suggest multiple meanings and misunderstandings. Kardon and Worth are informed by the contemporary context of self-reflection, technology and cinema.

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Men's soccer faces two tough tests this weekend at home

Men's soccer faces tough tests

The men's soccer team, ranked No. 2 in multiple Division 1 polls, opens the regular season this weekend versus a pair of top-15 teams at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field.

On Friday, we will host No. 7 Georgetown at 7:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Zips soccer schedule T-shirt.

On Sunday, Aug. 28, we will play No. 12 Seattle at 7:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans at that match will receive a free DeAndre Yedlin bobblehead.

Tickets for both matches are still available at or by phone at ext. 6920.


Parking updates through Sept. 3

  • Lot 6, at InfoCision Stadium, will be partially reserved on Monday, Aug. 29, through 10 a.m. Alternate parking will be available at the remaining open meters in the lot and in Lot 9, south of the stadium.
  • Lot 18, at the Student Union, will be reserved on Thursday, Sept. 1. Alternate parking will be available in Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street.
  • Lot 18, at the Student Union, will be partially reserved on Friday, Sept. 2, in the afternoon for meetings. Alternate parking will be available in Lot 36 - South Campus Deck, on E. Exchange Street.

Orchard Street paving to occur Monday and Tuesday

Orchard is a short, one-block street that runs east-west between Goodkirk and Spicer, on the east side of campus, near Route 8.

Orchard has also been home to some sizable potholes in recent years.

Good news! The street will be repaved on Aug. 29-30. Vine and Carroll streets are good alternatives those days.


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