The Akron Public Schools are looking at implementing a new plan to ensure 100% compliance with the OHSAA regulations.

 

This proactive approach stems from a ruling during the 2014-15 school year when the OHSAA had determined the APS committed infractions as it relates to eligibility.


APS Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the plan and how to better educate parents, student-athletes, and others about the eligibility rules.


"We want to be transparent and do things right here and follow the bylaws of the OHSAA as exactly they should be."


Vassalotti says that among other items, building athletic directors will be checking eligibility earlier, as well as making sure student-athletes grade point average is where it should be.


He says by being 100% compliant, student athletes get the concept of doing things the right way.

"We need to follow through to make sure all paperwork is turned in in a timely manner, and ultimately we want them out there competing with their teammates."

Friday, 16 October 2015 08:49

UAtoZ - October 10 Segments

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior volleyball player Baylie Huth from Mogadore High School.

Baylie says she enjoys playing volleyball with her teammates and playing for coach Calley Lasure.

"This year I've seen a lot of improvements, I love my team and we get along very well," Huth said. She says her goals for the team this year is to keep improving and make it to the district tournament.

In addition to starring on the volleyball court, Baylie also plays softball for the Wildcats.

Baylie says she plans on attending either Kent State University or the University of Akron upon graduation.

She says the balacing act of maintaining her studies and sports can be tough, but she makes time for it. "You have to make sure you get your work done," she says.

The 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Brian Schultz. Brian is a Senior at Firestone High School and a member of the Falcons golf team.

Golf was a family affair for Brian, as he picked up the sport from his father and grandfather alike. His older brother also had a passion for the game. Brian said one of his best memories of playing golf for Firestone was being able to play his freshman year during his brother's senior Year. That sense of comradery between he and his teammates will be one of the biggest things he takes away from his time playing golf for Firestone.

While playing golf for Firestone, Brian has accumulated quite a list of accomplishments including: 4 years of Varsity Golf, 1st team his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, and US Army Academic/Athletic Scholar award winner. He earned Rookie of the Year his Freshman year and the MVP award for his Sophomore and Junior seasons.

Brian also qualified for District Tournament his Sophomore and Junior years, which hasn't been done in 15 years at Firestone. On top of all of Brian's golf accomplishments, he also played Varsity Tennis his Sophomore and Junior years.

Not only is Brian excellent on the course he excels in the classroom as well. Brian is currently considering colleges including, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best in whichever he decides.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 17:43

Akron Independent Candidate Bill Melver Lays Out Vision

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The two major party candidates for Akron mayor squared off in a debate this week.

There's another candidate who wasn't there - Bill Melver, who is running as an independent in November against Democrat Dan Horrigan and Republican Eddie Sipplen.

Melver says he wants to help stem Akron's population loss by more promotion of the things Akron has to offer.

"Those who are contemplating moving out of the city," Melver tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "they are passing up a great opportunity to make a quality of life living right here in Akron."

He says current leaders do a "lackadasical" or poor job highlighting the city's strengths.

Melver points to his years working at GE under former CEO Jack Welch, and says asking what Welch would do would be a guide for him.

The University of Akron has announced a new two-year partnership with the Akron Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square to present the Broadway in Akron series.

The university says the shows will be presented as scheduled. The Broadway in Akron series begins with "The Producers" on November 3rd.

UA VP of Finance Nathan Mortimer says Playhouse Square will bring some marketing muscle to the program.

There was uncertainty related to whether or not the shows would go on after the staff at E.J. Thomas Hall was laid off in July due to budget cuts at UA.

Mortimer reiterates that all E.J. Thomas shows will go on.

The pact with the Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square lasts for the next two years.

 

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(News Release - University of Akron) As the saying goes, "the show will go on," and go on it will at E.J. Thomas Hall through a new relationship between The University of Akron, Akron Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square to present Broadway in Akron.

"In consultation with the Akron Civic Theatre, we reached out to Playhouse Square to explore the best possible way to fulfill our commitment to season ticket holders and members of the Akron community to deliver Broadway," stated Nathan J. Mortimer, The University of Akron vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. "Our intent always was to present the shows as scheduled and we are excited that our relationship with Playhouse Square will enable us to do that. We are most grateful to both the Akron Civic and to Playhouse Square for working with us to seamlessly deliver the four scheduled shows at E.J. Thomas Hall. We are excited the same shows will be presented on the same dates and times and at E.J. Thomas Hall as previously announced and that all season ticket purchases are honored."

Broadway in Akron begins Nov. 3-4 with The Producers. The other shows are The Buddy Holly Story on Jan. 12-13, Flashdance the Musical on March 8-9 and 42nd Street on May 10-11.

"As a not-for-profit performing arts center, the entertainment on stage is at the core of our work and we feel it is important to help the Akron community experience the performances they have been anticipating in their home, E.J. Thomas Hall," said Playhouse Square Executive Producer Gina Vernaci.

The two-year agreement not only ensures the performances will go on as scheduled but also allows The University of Akron time to explore all options for presenting Broadway at E.J. Thomas Hall going forward.

"We all felt it was important to find a way to keep Broadway going in Akron," explained Akron Civic Theatre Executive Director Howard Parr. "People in the Akron area have proven over and over again they will support high-quality touring arts and entertainment programming at both venues. This new relationship helps make sure those programs will continue to be available in our community."

Tickets for individual shows go on sale September 28 and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by calling 330-253-2488 or at the Akron Civic Theatre ticket office.

As announced previously, other non-Broadway performances scheduled for E.J. Thomas Hall will go on as planned. They include the Akron Symphony, Tuesday Musical Association, DANCECleveland, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, performances by musical students from The University of Akron and other University-related programs.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:14

UA Officials: Once Again, No Name Change Planned

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The University of Akron continues to react to rumors that a name change is in the offing.

Vice President for Advancement Larry Burns repeated what was in a statement released Tuesday to the university community - they aren't planning to change UA's name.

"Well, I can't predict 10, 20 years from now," Burns tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "but at this point with this administration and the current situation we're in, the statement was clear that there will be no name change."

Burns says a name change or any such change would be a long process that would include the state legislature, and says no such proposal is on the table.

He says he realizes some may be confused by the process, and says that UA will continue to issue "as many statements as we need" to clarify the situation.

 

Monday, 11 May 2015 16:47

Pet Expo 2016

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Welcome to the 15th Annual Akron Pet Expo Adoption Event!

Saturday, June 4, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Hardesty Park - Directions


Hosted by WAKR, WONE and WQMX. Presented by JM Smucker Store and Cafe And Pay it Forward for Pets.

Free entry & free parking, rain or shine! 

We encourage people to also bring their pets and enjoy walking around. We will have over 50 shelters & vendors at the show - see below and click for their websites.

dogpoopbags.com - Marc's is sponsoring a Cutest Pet Contest. Honorary Chairperson Dick Goddard will join us from 11am - 2pm.

- Stuff the Van will be raising money and pet food for participating shelters. Sponsored by Ganley Ford Barberton.

- Akron Police K-9 Division will be providing demonstrations all day.

  

Shelters

 

Vendors

 
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:03

WAKR Saturday Morning Podcast

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WAKR starts the weekend with a series of informative & entertaining talk shows providing the information you can actually use in our "At Your Service"  Saturday morning talk shows. You can almost always learn something new.  Whether it's managing your money, your garden or your home, we've got the answers and fresh new ideas that you're looking for.

Here are podcasts of the latest shows just for you! Tom Dayton of "Ready, Set, Grow!" as well as Andy January & Kathryn DeLong with "My Beautiful Home"  are now available at a click of your mouse or when you're on-the-go, on your smartphone.



And just in case you miss Saturday's broadcast of your favorite show, you'll find podcasts of recent shows here on this page.

Thanks for listening to the "At Your Service" on Saturday morning from 1590 WAKR. News. Talk. Sports.

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