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Don't Leave Campus Without Registering for Fall 2017!

Dining Plans - End of Semester Reminder

Early Meal Plan Sign Ups

Husein-Unternaher Service Event

Buchtelite to return: Staffers sought to revive the paper

Good Morning Commuter Breakfast this Wednesday

Alex Sheen to speak here Wednesday

Summer Volunteer Fair-Thursday, April 27

UA Senior Week - Spring 2017

Get to know your police at 'Coffee with the Cops'

Jen Vliet honored for community service

Best and brightest are problem solvers at UA Hackathon

Campus going tobacco-free on July 1

CAST students complete unmanned aerial mapping flight

Open Mic Night tonight

Her Campus Akron Tabling Event

Omicron Delta Kappa Guest Speaker

Free Cooking Classes for Students at UA Nutrition Center

RePlay for Kids Drop-In Service Event

Weekday Service Event-Friday, April 28

Me Too Monologues | Performance

Free STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) Testing

Akron General Heart and Vascular Center Tour

Thinking of Starting Your Own Business This Summer?

ARCHAngels Investor Network Quarterly Meeting

Voice Studio Recital is Saturday

Trombone Studio Recital

University Band Concert set May 2

An Audience Participation Murder Mystery

Students, SignUp to volunteer for SpringFest 2017

National Volunteer Week continues through April 29

Guided Meditation for Zips (Last semester)

Choral Concert is April 28

Concert Band to perform May 1

Delta Sigma Pi 2nd annual Golf Outing


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April 25, 2017

Don't Leave Campus Without Registering for Fall 2017!

You Are UA logoNow is the time to lock your spot in classes for the fall 2017 semester! Register online through My Akron by logging in with your UAnet ID and password at http://my.uakron.edu.

Don’t have a computer at home?

  • For your convenience, computer labs and kiosks are located throughout campus and both Bierce Library and the Student Union offer laptops to check out. You can also utilize the computers at Zip Assist in the Simmons Hall lobby.

Need help registering for classes?

  • Visit ZipAssist in the lobby of Simmons Hall. The friendly staff will be able to help you enroll in classes.

Need help choosing your classes?

  • Start by asking your academic advisor(s) for help. 

Don’t leave for summer break without registering for fall. Why wait? Register now!

Dining Plans - End of Semester Reminder

Just a reminder - All Dining Plans and Dining Dollars will be removed at 11:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Dining Dollars and Block Meals may be used through Saturday, May 13, 2017.

There will be NO rollovers or refunds for unused Block Meals or Dining Dollars. If you need more information, please contact the Zip Card Office at 330-972-5637.

Early Meal Plan Sign Ups

Dining Services is holding Early Meal Plan Sign Ups through May 5. To sign up and pre-register for your Fall 2017 Commuter Meal Plan, stop by one of the Dining Services tabling events and receive $50 in Bonus Dining Dollars next semester.

The Dining Services’ Early Meal Plan Sign Up tabling events will be held on the second floor concourse of the Student Union Building on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 26, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information about this special offer or to pre-register for the fall semester, contact Dining Service Marketing Manager  Heather Piper at piper-heather@aramark.com or 330-972-8863. 

Husein-Unternaher Service Event

Have you lost someone who was part of the UA family? Tomorrow is the day to remember them through service. Starting at 6:30 PM, the Husein-Unternaher Service Event will take place in Student Union Union Ballrooms A & B. We will embark on packaging 50,000 meals through StopHungerNow. Please take some time out of your evening to help remember our UA family. If you would still like to donate, you can do so here

Date: April 26
Time: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Student Union Ballroom A & B

Buchtelite to return: Staffers sought to revive the paper

If you are ready to write, the new Buchtelite is for you. After The Buchtelite suspended publication in December, there has not been a place for students to have a voice.

Ready to change that?  Join us for a planning meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 25.

We will be presenting a plan to bring the news organization back, and accepting applications for paid editorial, writing and sales positions.

Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
RM 111 (Conference Room A)
Kolbe Hall

Open positions:

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Online Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Sports and Entertainment Editor
  • Social Media Editor
  • Special Editions (Layout) Editor
  • Writing Positions
  • Sales Staff Positions

For more information, contact Professors Val Pipps (pipps@uakron.edu) and Julie Cajigas (julieca@uakron.edu).

Good Morning Commuter Breakfast this Wednesday

Attention commuter students!

ZipAssist and PNC Bank will be hosting a free continental breakfast for UA commuter students. We want to show our appreciation and recognize you as an integral part of the campus community. Stop by on the way to your morning class to grab a bite to eat!

Where: Student Union Commuter Lounge (1st floor of the Student Union)

When: Wednesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For questions, please contact Adam Hemminger at amh142@uakron.edu.

Alex Sheen to speak here Wednesday

Alex SheenAlex Sheen, the founder of because I said I would, will speak for about an hour on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Doors will open at noon. His appearance is hosted by serveAkron as a part of National Volunteer Week.

Sheen, who is from Northeast Ohio, started this nonprofit international social movement after the passing of his father in 2012. Sheen’s organization is dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept.

Sheen and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Known for fulfilling his promises, Sheen once walked more than 240 miles across Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. The organization has sent millions of promise cards to more than 153 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world.

The charitable projects and awareness campaigns sparked by Sheen and because I said I would have been widely featured, including on “ABC World News,” CNN, “The Today Show” and NPR, and in The Los Angeles Times.

Learn more about because I said I would.

Summer Volunteer Fair-Thursday, April 27

Join serveAkron to learn about volunteer opportunities in the community! On Thursday, April 27, stop by Summer Volunteer Fair from 11am-1pm on the 2nd floor of the Student Union to chat with community agencies and nonprofit organizations within Summit County.

This is a great way to get connected in the community and find an organization that interests you! Fill out a Passport to Service to win an awesome serveAkron gift bag (includes a water bottle)! #zipsgetinvolved 

Questions? Email serve@uakron.edu

Date: April 27
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Student Union

UA Senior Week - Spring 2017

Are you a graduating senior?

Check out the Senior Week site for information about programs planned just for YOU!

To reserve your spot in several events, please sign up by visiting: http://signup.com/go/Y5o9Wb

Some Quick Highlights:

- Class of 2017 commemorative pins will be given away throughout the week

- VIP Campus Tours – featuring places students normally wouldn't have access to

- FREE services provided by Career Services

- 60 free tickets & meal vouchers for a RubberDucks game

- Happy Hour at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. (a commemorative alumni glass for all attendees)

- An evening at The Winery at Wolf Creek in Barberton, OH (a commemorative alumni wine glass for all attendees)

- Graduation Cap decorating

- Social Media Challenge – send a picture & blurb about your best UA memory & why you love UA to zipsgetinvolved@uakron.edu – Prizes to winners include gift cards or a LeBron James shoe.

Programs kick off on Monday, May 1, and conclude with SpringFest on Friday, May 5.

Join us for this campus tradition and a great way to honor those students who will be walking the stage in a few short weeks!

Get to know your police at 'Coffee with the Cops'

Meet your UA police officers and enjoy a free cup of joe during “Coffee with the Cops” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in the Student Union.

They’ll also have free coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 3 in Bierce Library.

Facts about our police:

  • They are here to serve you.
  • They’re available around the clock, seven days a week.
  • They patrol campus and the student neighborhoods near campus.
  • They will provide a free safety inspection of your nearby rental.

Call them at 330-972-2911 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Learn more on the police website. And they look forward to meeting you April 25-26.

Jen Vliet honored for community service

Jen Vliet with award

April has brought several honors Jen Vliet’s way. The double major in AYA Integrated Social Studies Education and history, is the recipient of the inaugural Elizabeth Buchtel Student Award from the University of Akron Foundation, and the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, awarded by Ohio Campus Compact, which promotes and develops the civic purposes of higher education.

Vliet has been active in many student organizations throughout her years at UA. Her most notable achievement, however, is the founding of Akron Hope. She serves as executive director of the 501c3 nonprofit.

Launched three years ago as a way to support Helen Arnold Community Learning Center, the Akron Hope organization and the subsequent student group on campus — Zips for Akron Hope — works to “improve Title 1 education and improve the quality of life for impoverished youth through relationships, resources, and opportunities.” Akron Hope has now expanded to also serve students at Portage Path CLC.

Zips for Hope has a roster of more than 280 members, and these students volunteer their time with the initiatives and programs created by Akron Hope.

The main outreach program, “Adopt A Classroom,” is supported by additional programs, such as Wrapping Night, Delivery Day, Teacher’s Hope Closet, Adopt A Team and Write for Hope. Combined, these initiatives have engaged 620 community/UA volunteers and supported 650 students and 67 teachers. These volunteers helped to wrap over 1,000 holiday presents, write 715 personalized holiday cards, mentor a team of athletes from a local high school, cook/serve meals for a local high school football team, and serve as pen pals for local elementary school children.

Vliet, who will be doing her student teaching this fall, will spend her summer completely focused on community engagement as an intern with the Knight Foundation.

Best and brightest are problem solvers at UA Hackathon

Hackathon team during competition

Sleep was in short supply this past weekend, but ideas were abundant as students from other universities joined some of UA’s own for a marathon session of problem solving known as a hackathon.

Participants were challenged to take a glimmer of an idea and create a fully formed product or program to solve a problem during the 24-hour period of the hackathon.

This was the first hackathon organized by UA students — all electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science majors. HAkron, as the team is known, handled all aspects of the event — from arranging sponsors to lining up a panel of judges.

The UA Hackathon was held at The Bit Factory, a software startup accelerator in Akron. UA’s Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement (EXL Center) sponsored the event, which drew more than 85 hackers.

The projects submitted for judging ranged from self-balancing robots to a custom “Siri-like” web application. Winners were:

  • A safe system with a variety of security features called “Locked ’n Loaded” — a programming system in a cardboard box — took first place and a $1,000 prize for the team that developed it.
  • Second place went to an echolocation device to help people hear better. The device is a series of wires that attach to a hand, much like a glove.
  • UA’s Bubble Tank Team members took third place with their computer-controlled, bubble-blowing robot. It might not solve any problems, but it sure gets a lot of smiles.

The Bit Factory and Akron Accelerator provided mentoring and representatives from the Morgan Foundation, Launch League, Fund for Our Economic Future and the Akron Mayor’s Office attended the UA Hackathon.

HAkron team members

Team HAkron is pleased with the inaugural effort and hopes to host another hackathon this fall with double the number of attendees, says team member Matt Morris. “Throughout the event we also had talks aimed at teaching the students about things ranging from app building to biomimicry.”

Joining Morris on HAkron were Emerson Cloud, Kyle Vasulka, Matt McDade, Julie Aichinger, Rodney Morgan, Steven Gates, Elissa Peters and Cam Sinko.

“These students – many of whom are just sophomores – undoubtedly represent the very best of The University of Akron,” notes Annal D. Vyas, co-director of the EXL Center. “I am personally proud of HAkron. The team members worked very hard to make their event a success. And this event is a great example of how the University and the community are working together as partners.”

Campus going tobacco-free on July 1

To promote healthy living, UA will become smoke-free and tobacco-free on July 1, 2017.

Tobacco-free campusThe essence of the University’s mission is to provide people the means to improve their lives. Becoming a tobacco-free campus supports that goal, and it will make our campus healthier, cleaner and more welcoming.

The University is offering support to help smokers make the transition.

“We understand this will be difficult for tobacco users,” said Alma Olson, director of Student Health Services. “We have put together a thoughtful mix of programs and services to help prepare them for July 1.”

See the programs and services.

The new policy, approved by the Board of Trustees in December, prohibits the use of products that contain tobacco or nicotine, including electronic devices on all University grounds. This includes vehicles leased or owned by UA and in personal vehicles parked on university grounds. The policy also prohibits tobacco use at university-sponsored events, regardless of the venue.

The policy applies to all members of the UA family, including students, employees, volunteers, visitors and contractors.

The move to become tobacco free began in University Council, following a request from a faculty member. Council members surveyed campus and reviewed policies at other Ohio universities, and sent a proposed policy to the president. The Board of Trustees then approved the policy.

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CAST students complete unmanned aerial mapping flight

Students with drone

On April 18, 15 surveying and mapping students took part in Professor Gary Schuller’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Surveying class, which flew the new 3D Robotics IRIS+ UAS to capture aerial images of the topography at Bath Nature Preserve (BNP).

Students first used some of the flight skills developed on UA’s new Drone Simulators to test the UAS at a flying height of up to 60 meters. The small (3.5 lb) aircraft captures high resolution 18Mp imagery as it flies a pre-programmed flight plan by relying on an advanced autopilot system along with an on-board compass, precision altimeter, and global positioning system (GPS) satellite receiver. Prior to visiting BNP, students learned to create flight plans that would allow for the desired accuracy and the correct overlap (70 to 80 percent) between flight lines to allow for creation of a true 3D model from the photos.

Before the flight, students strategically placed six ground targets that were each visible in multiple aerial photos. The x, y, and z ground target positions were determined earlier using precise GPS methods by the Advanced Surveying Class. Using the center of the 1-foot-square ground targets allows students to later analyze the accuracy of geospatial data and define the scale and coordinate system for the 3D model that will be created using software in the Engineering and Science Technology computer lab.

The site at BNP, near The University of Akron Field Station, was selected because it allowed for flying away from airports, people and roads, some of the restrictions placed on flying small UAS safely within the National Air Space.

Open Mic Night tonight

Can you sing? Tell jokes? Have a poem? Showcase your talent and come share your musical ability at Open Mic Night tonight at 7:17 in the Student Union Starbucks!

Date: April 25
Time: 7:17 pm to 8:17 pm
Location: Student Union Starbucks

Her Campus Akron Tabling Event

Her Campus Akron will be holding two tabling events this week:

  • Tuesday April 25th, from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Student Union
  • Wednesday April 26th, from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Student Union

Stop by for some candy & to learn more about opportunities to become involved in the online campus publication—through journalism, marketing & events planning, and social media! 

Please contact Abbey Bashor for more information at: acb130@zips.uakron.edu.

Omicron Delta Kappa Guest Speaker

Join Omicron Delta Kappa on Tuesday, April 25, in Student Union Room 308 at 7 p.m. for guest speaker Mark Scheffler. 

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mark Scheffler became the Executive Director of Leadership Akron in July 2005. Scheffler previously served as Director of Development at Summit Education Initiative.

Scheffler graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and received a master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Scheffler has served on the boards of Torchbearers, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and A.M. Akron Toastmasters. He currently serves on the boards of United Way of Summit County, Akron Roundtable, and is immediate past board chair of Association of Leadership Programs. 

There will be limited seating, and will be open first-come, first served. Hope to see you all there, and please bring questions!

Date: April 25
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Student Union Room 308

Free Cooking Classes for Students at UA Nutrition Center

Interested in learning how to prepare easy, filling and healthy breakfasts to keep you energized for that 8 a.m. class? Looking for ways to stretch your food dollar? Want to expand the kinds of food you eat without expanding your budget? Join us for an interactive cooking class for UA students, and leave with these ideas and more!

Participants will taste recipes for Overnight Oats and take home cooking supplies and ingredients - FREE!

Class is Wednesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schrank Hall South 209. Space is limited!  ou must register by emailing nutritioncenter@uakron.edu by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26!

Date: April 26
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: SHS 209

RePlay for Kids Drop-In Service Event

As a part of National Volunteer Week, stop by the Student Union 2nd Floor Lounge near Starbucks to volunteer with RePlay for Kids on Thursday, April 27! This agency repairs and adapts toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities. Join us from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. to make an impact! #zipsgiveback 

Questions? Email serve@uakron.edu 

Date: April 27
Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Student Union, 2nd Floor Lounge

Weekday Service Event-Friday, April 28

As a part of National Volunteer Week, join serveAkron to volunteer at OPEN M to assist in various projects throughout the building! OPEN M provies free health care, food assistance, and job programs to relieve hunger, homelessness and poverty in the Akron area. 

Volunteer experience is from 9 am-11 am and students will meet in the Student Union Commuter Lounge (first floor below Starbucks) at 8:30 am and transporation will be provided by a Roo Shuttle. Spots are limited so sign up TODAY!

Questions? Email serve@uakron.edu 

Date: April 28
Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: OPEN M

Me Too Monologues | Performance

Me Too Monologues uses community storytelling to create a powerful performance.

Date: April 28
Time: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
Location: Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall

Free STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) Testing

Planned Parenthood will provide free testing for sexually transmitted infections on Wednesday, May 3, from 10 am - 2 pm. This will be the last event until September. Please contact Health Services at 330-972-7808 or by email to pasbury@uakron.edu for more information.

Date: May 3
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: SRWC
Contact: Patty Asbury, pasbury@uakron.edu

Akron General Heart and Vascular Center Tour

Join the Biomedical Engineering Society on Wednesday, April 26, to visit the Cleveland Clinic, Akron General Heart and Vascular Center! The event includes a brief lecture and discussion as well as a tour of the clinical areas. The event will start at 3:45 pm and go to approximately 5 pm.

Contact uakron.bmesociety@gmail.com to find out about carpooling opportunities and RSVP on the Biomedical Engineering Society orgsync page.

Thinking of Starting Your Own Business This Summer?

Interested in starting your own business this summer? Paul DeCapua, a retired business executive who counsels businesses extensively, will be giving a presentation and will work individually with students who wish to start a business this Wednesday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again that same day from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Please join him for this free event at the EXL Center, located in Room 168 of Bierce Library. Students are welcome to drop in anytime during these hours.

Moreover, even if you don't have a business idea, see examples of up and coming student businesses in Northeast Ohio by attending the final round of the Launchtown competition held the very next day on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., where $10,000 of prize money will be handed out to startups. Four UA teams are in the final rounds of the competition, which is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. The event will be held at The Bit Factory, 526 S. Main St., Suite 511.  

For more information regarding either of these events, please contact the Co-Director of The EXL Center, Annal Vyas, at adv5@uakron.edu.

ARCHAngels Investor Network Quarterly Meeting

Are you interested in Entrepreneurship/Startups? And:

  • Want to have fun!
  • Want a unique experience.
  • Have an interest in any of the following:
    • Starting a Business;
    • Venture Capital;
    • Economic Development;
    • Investing;
    • Business Law;
    • Engineering New Products;
    • Leadership; or
    • Any other business ideas (profit or nonprofit)

  On Wednesday, May 10, our Akron Regional Change Angels (ARCHAngels) Investment Network, which is a regional forum that meets quarterly to introduce tech-based entrepreneurs to investors in Northeast Ohio, particularly within the greater Akron area, will reconvene again at The University of Akron Quaker Station at 3 p.m. You are invited to join us and hear presentations from several new high-potential investment opportunities.

The ARCHAngels events are free and the networking after the event provides a unique venue for learning, sharing, and networking with the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial and investment community.

Location: Quaker Station on the campus of The University of Akron

Date: May 10

Doors Open: 2:30 pm

Event: 3:00-5:00 pm

Networking & Refreshments:  5:00-6:00 pm

For More information, visit http://www.uakron.edu/archangels/


Contact: Daniel Hampu, project manager with the University of Akron Research Foundation at dhampu@uakron.edu.

Voice Studio Recital is Saturday

Voice Studio will have a recital on Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Featuring student performers from the UA School of Music. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-972-8301 or email concerts@uakron.edu.

Trombone Studio Recital

The Trombone Studio will have a recital on Sunday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Featuring student performers from the UA School of Music. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-972-8301 or email concerts@uakron.edu.

University Band Concert set May 2

University Band will be in concert on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union, 303 Carroll St. Galen Karriker and Andrew Feyes conduct. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-972-8301 or email concerts@uakron.edu.

An Audience Participation Murder Mystery

Theatre Guild at The University of Akron presents:

Funeral For A Gangster
An Audience Participation Murder Mystery
By: Eileen Moushey
Directed by: Noah Bastock

May 4th and 5th at 7:30 pm
Quaker Square General Store

General Admission: $5
Tickets available at the door or preorder at:
https://commerce.cashnet.com/ORGTHGUILD


For more information:

Email: uatheatreguild@gmail.com
Website: https://goo.gl/sj3BY5

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