UA volunteers leave their mark during week of Alternative Spring Break service

Projects are nearing completion, or are already finished as the three UA teams on Alternative Spring Break trips complete their week of service.

UA team on newly installed soc

On Wednesday, the team at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, Ga., finished its massive sod project — installing 33,000 square feet of sod on a baseball field. The crew, pictured above, also completed a project to de-mulch the playground and built a very large chicken coop — learning on the job how to use power tools.

This is UA’s sixth year of working with the camp on an Alternative Spring Break trip. And today, which is their last day of service, the UA team members will be repairing chairs in the dining hall and finishing any small projects that need final touches.

Each week, Camp Twin Lakes hosts a new group of youngsters from a specialty organization. At the end of their week, the campers enjoy a themed “prom” or “dance party.” The UA team members are leaving behind another finished project they will enjoy — an entire summer’s worth of decorations they created for the dances with an “Under the Sea” theme.

UA team tree planting

In Asheville, N.C., a UA team worked for the first time this year with the organization GreenWorks, which is focused on environmental projects. The team, pictured above, spent Wednesday prepping space and digging 7-foot-deep holes by the Asheville Housing Authority (AHA) for tree planting. The AHA project is part of a citywide “30 Trees in 30 Days” initiative.

For their last day of service today, the UA group hopes to finish the tree-planting project, weather permitting. If the volunteers are not able to work outside, they will head to a local homeless shelter to assist with meal prep, cleaning and general maintenance projects.

In Atlanta, Ga., at the City of Refuge, an agency that tackles issues of homelessness and poverty, the UA team members have spent a good portion of their time tutoring and playing with the children in the afterschool program. City of Refuge is also a new site to UA’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Tutoring youngsters

Today, the group is cleaning and organizing classrooms, and will continue tutoring sessions once the children arrive after school. The group will also enjoy open gym time with the children.

“The group members have received accolades from the City of Refuge staff for their willingness to dive in and not only educate themselves, but to fully embrace the experience,” says Alison Doehring, assistant director of Student Life. “All of our Alternative Spring Break students have been great representatives for our institution!”

Information session set on faculty-led study abroad programs

The Office of International Programs has invited the Knowledge Exchange Institute to host a session on faculty-led trips on Wednesday, April 5, in Student Union 335 from 1 to 2 p.m. This session will be geared to faculty members interested in pursuing faculty-led trips and/or those who have questions on how to run a successful program.

If you have questions or are unable to attend and would like additional information, please contact Tracy McCune at ext. 6405 or Julie Roberts at ext. 8085. 

Librarians can help you select a new reference manager

The UAkron subscription to RefWorks, a Web-based bibliography and database manager, will end on June 30, 2017. To help you prepare for this transition, Frank Bove, electronic resources librarian, and Tammy Stitz, applied science librarian, are offering sessions on how to choose a new reference manager.  

  • Mendeley for Beginners, Friday, March 31, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Zotero for Beginners, Friday, April 7, 10-11:30 a.m.

Both sessions will be held in the learning studio in the Science and Technology Library in Auburn Science and Engineering Center. To help customize the session, sign up online.

For questions, contact Bove at or Stitz at

Next Wellness Wednesday: What is you EQ?

Thomas O’Reilly“For the longest time, intelligence was regarded as the best determination of success in life,” states Thomas O’Reilly, M.S., and PPC-S of Impact Solution. ”Now, studies reveal our emotion awareness (EQ) might be a suitable rival to IQ.” He will present “Essential EQ” as the next Wellness Wednesday speaker on April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in Student Union 308.

O’Reilly will explore the following:

  • Emotional Quotient theory and the differences between EQ and IQ.
  •  The benefits of recognizing and understanding emotions.

Participants will assess their relationship to their own emotions and leave with five skills to help others improve their EQ.

Reservations are requested for this Wellness Wednesday talk. Reserve your seat now.

Exploration Station at Bierce: Fake News

What is fake news? Can you spot fake news? What can you do to combat it?

Explore these questions and more at interactive stations in Bierce Library 154, presented by University Libraries and the EXL Center. Drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 3-5.

Also, make sure to attend the Fake News Forum featuring UA faculty on Wednesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in Bierce Library 154.

Questions? Contact Lisa Lazar, performing arts librarian, at

Mentors needed for UA/Goodyear STEM Career Day

Come and promote your STEM field at the UA/Goodyear STEM Career Day. STEM professionals are needed from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, for a speed-mentoring event. During the event, you can encourage high school students to pursue careers in your STEM field by explaining your career and answering their questions.

The speed-mentoring format will be one professional with two high school students at a table in a casual discussion — no formal presentation is required. Two new students will rotate to the STEM professional every 10 minutes throughout the event, with short breaks every 30 minutes.

You can register online to participate.

Contact Dr. Carin Helfer at or ext. 6104 for more information.


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