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Choose Ohio First Scholars Showcase

While attending the Choose Ohio First Scholars Showcase on Monday, students and alums had the opportunity to highlight UA’s Choose Ohio First model and see what other STEM scholars around the state are doing. The UA contingent is pictured here with John Carey, center left, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The event was hosted at Columbus State Community College.

Alumnus and Microsoft pioneer to discuss careers in the era of big data

Dr. Mario Garzia, UA alumnus and 2014 Microsoft retireeDr. Mario Garzia, an alumnus and 2014 Microsoft retiree, will be a special guest participant at the IT Executive Exchange May Forum on Friday, May 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the College of Business Administration’s Murphy Room (Room 258). The meeting is open to the UA community and the public.

With all the buzz about big data and analytics, companies are wondering whether they should be hiring data scientists, training existing business analysts, hiring new graduates with analytics knowledge, creating centralized analytics functions, or all of the above. Will the ability to do sophisticated analytics become as commonplace as knowledge of Excel? Come discuss how you see the supply and demand for analytics unfolding in your firm.

Garzia, who earned both a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics at UA and a Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, took his profound understanding of mathematical theory to industry, applying it to the nascent field of computer science. A holder of several patents, he pioneered analytics at Microsoft, and, while there, helped develop a career path for data scientists.

If you would like to attend, please email Jen Taylor at

Fall instructors needed for The Akron Experience: University 101

The Division of Student Success is seeking faculty and administrators to teach The Akron Experience: University 101 (1100:101) in the fall. More than 60 sections of the course are offered at various times of the day.

This 2-credit course is designed to help new students transition from high school or work to the college environment and begin to craft their Akron Experience. The course covers such topics as transitioning to the campus community, developing learning skills, building academic awareness and discovering The University of Akron.

All instructors will be expected to attend a training session in May and attend periodic meetings during the fall semester to discuss course development and share resources. All instructors are required to use a common textbook and follow a standardized syllabus and course learning outcomes. Faculty and administrators who teach a section of The Akron Experience: University 101, in addition to their regular workload, will receive up to $1,600 in a University account for legitimate business expenses, such as travel for professional development or equipment purchases.

If interested, please email Greg Dieringer, executive director of student initiatives, at to request an application. Applications are due May 1.

Experiential learning in policy making

Getting a chance to present a policy proposal to the Ohio Senate Education Committee in Columbus would make for great field experience for any political science major.

Students at UA have been doing it every spring since 2011 as part of the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute (OSEPI), a 10-week program coordinated by the Ohio College Access Network, in partnership with top Ohio schools of public policy, affairs and leadership.

Jeff McEndree (left) and Brandyn CostaOSEPI provides a structured opportunity for teams of college students to critically engage with policy, research and ongoing discussions related to education and workforce development issues.

The 10-week program culminates in a two-day education policy summit where the teams are given the opportunity to discuss their policy research and recommendations with the Ohio General Assembly, display their policy information to legislators, policymakers and education stakeholders, and testify to the Senate Education Committee.

Joining UA at the 2015 Summit April 21-22 in Columbus were Ohio University and The Ohio State University. The UA team presented a policy proposal aimed at helping to relieve college debt. Members are Michael Murawski, senior, economics and political science; David Matheny, sophomore, political science; Jeff McEndree, senior, political science; Grant Morgan, freshman, economics and political science; and Brandyn Costa, senior, political science. (Pictured here are Jeff McEndree (left) and Brandyn Costa.)

UA’s Student Innovation Symposium well attended

The 2015 UA Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS) drew more than 400 attendees, including more than 220 student presenters, community partners, government officials, faculty and other guests. We would like to congratulate the following special attendees:

Faculty Mentor of the Year: Dr. Marnie Saunders

$500 Outstanding Student Research Award recipients:

  • Laura von Deak, biomedical engineering graduate student
  • Siamak Shams Es-Haghi, polymer engineering graduate student
  • Melissa Boswell, biomedical engineering undergraduate student

Other award recipients:

  • $100 Barnes & Noble winner for viewing the most presentations: Reanna Leverett
  • $50 Barnes & Noble winner for viewing the most presentations: Myrissa Powell
  • $100 UASIS Program Booklet Cover Design Contest: Eric Jonke

Visit the UASIS website to see the list for the best presenters of the day.
Please save the date and consider joining us on Thursday, April 14, 2016, for the 12th annual UA Student Innovation Symposium by supporting student researchers and volunteering to evaluate presentations. Please contact Dr. Heather Burton for more information.

Students exhibit artwork at Hower House

The opening reception for Current Perspectives I: An exhibition of artwork by jewelry and metalsmithing students in UA’s Myers School of Art will be tonight, April 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hower House at 60 Fir Hill on campus. The museum will be open free to the public during the reception. The exhibition will remain on display through June 13.

Tours at the Victorian mansion are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. and by appointment. The admission fee is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $2 for students with an ID. Call ext. 6909 or email for more information.

Older Adult Health and Wellness Fair cosponsored by UA

UA’s Nursing Center for Community Health is joining with Summit County Public Health, Open M and the  and Summit County Probate Court to host an Older Adult Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, April 30, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Goss Memorial Church, 2247 11th St. SW, Akron. Admission is free. The event is open to individuals age 55 and older.

Students in the School of Nursing and the Athletic Training Education Program will participate in providing presentations, demonstrations and blood pressure screenings. Twenty-two vendors will be on-site, in addition to the Akron General Medical Center Mobile Unit.

There will be door prizes and giveaways as well as blood sugar and total cholesterol checks for individuals who are fasting. Presentation topics include: 10 Questions to ask Your Doctor, Medication Safety and Reading Labels, and Nutrition and the Older Adult.

For questions, contact Lisa Ritenour at or 330-958-8275.

High school students can learn to code at tech camps

The Regional IT Engagement Board(RITE) and TECH CORPS have partnered with regional businesses to offer a free summer camp to 100 rising ninth through 12th grade students from northeast Ohio schools. Individual camps, with 20 students at each site, will be hosted by UA, Baldwin Wallace, Cleveland State, Kent State and Lorain County Community College.

The UA camp is scheduled July 13 to July 17.

Participants will be provided with 40 hours of rich-technology programming to put them in the role of creating and designing with technology. In addition, students will engage with IT professionals at the sponsoring companies. No previous programming experience is required.

Applications are due Monday, April 27. For more information and to download the application, visit High School Coding Camp online.

Yoga Inversion Workshop is April 27

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a handstand or forearm stand? Would you like to learn how to perform cool yoga inversions or learn more information about them?

If your answer is yes, visit Student Recreation and Wellness Services to register for the Yoga Inversion Workshop on Monday, April 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Studio B. The workshop cost is $3.

King and Plybon earn Academic All-MAC accolades

Sina King (right) and sophomore Hannah Plybon

Akron senior Sina King (right) and sophomore Hannah Plybon were named to the 2014-15 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Academic All-MAC team April 20. Both started in all 31 games for the Zips this season.

In all, a total of 27 student-athletes were named to the squad for this past season. A first-team All-MAC performer, King is only the second Zips' player to be named the Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. She led the conference in scoring (20.3), rebounding (9.3) and defensive rebounding (6.8), while ranking third in three-point shooting (.382), sixth in field-goal percentage (.478) and in free-throw percentage (.789).

A third-team All-MAC honoree, Plybon averaged 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. She ranked first and second, respectively, in the single-season Akron record book for three-pointers made (97) and attempted (260) en route to finishing fifth nationally in three-pointers made per game (3.13) this past season.

To qualify for the Academic All-MAC Teams, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests scheduled or completed in the particular sport.

Full story online.

Helium balloons available for purchase

The Quaker Square General Store & News Stand Comics is your on-campus supplier of helium-filled balloons. They are an inexpensive way to highlight registration tables, accentuate speaker podiums and more. Assorted colors and specialty balloons are available — including blue and gold.

The store services both large and small orders and, on-campus delivery is available seven days a week for no delivery charge. Call ext. 8829 or email Becky Pete at to learn more or to place an order.


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