A slew of changes are happening at the University of Akron. A total of 80 degree programs will be phased out due to declining enrollment and the changing college environment.

What will this mean for the students and faculty? Dr. John Green, interim president of the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the changes. One of the big questions surrounding the cuts are if jobs will be lost, but that is not the case. Green says the faculty members will only shift their job titles and will remain employed.

The majority of the cuts are master’s and bachelor’s programs. Students in the programs on the outs will be able to complete their degree.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:51

AUDIO: UA President Talks Academic Changes

The University of Akron announced big changes Wednesday, revealing that it would cut around 80 degree programs while placing higher emphasis on programs such as polymer science that the university is best known for.

The plan, which calls for the hiring of new faculty members in several departments without laying off any current staff, will be phased in over a period of a few years so current students can complete their degrees.

Dr. John Green, interim president of The University of Akron, joined The Jasen Sokol Show to explain the changes and how the university plans to keep up with the changing landscape in higher education.

 

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:51

UA Racing Team Competing in Germany

(University of Akron) Tanya may be small, but she’s mighty. In her sleek Yellowjacket-esque jersey that’s black with yellow trim (which proudly bears the name of her hometown — Akron), she zips around like a small wasp. She’s becoming quite the worldly athlete, having faced opponents in Canada and now more in Europe.

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As an open-wheel formula racecar, Tanya is the most important member of Zips Racing, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Team at The University of Akron (UA).

Properly named ZR18, “Tanya” is with her student engineers in Hockenheim, Germany, all this week for the Formula Student Germany competition. Just days prior, Zips Racing placed 21st overall out of 30 teams at Formula Student Austria in Spielberg, Austria. It’s the only U.S. team to compete in both European competitions this year (after having passed rigorous qualifications).

Zips Racing is one of about 100 student SAE teams in the U.S. that competes against other universities from around the globe. The team has nearly 40 members, a dozen of which are attending the competitions in Europe.

“Once you are bitten by the Formula SAE bug, it’s hard not to spend a lot of time with it; it becomes your passion,” said team captain Ezra Malernee, a senior mechanical engineering technology major. “I truly believe that the young men and women that come from Zips Racing are (some of) the best engineers and business students that are enrolled at the University, and (help to) put Akron on the map.”

The organization developed in 1989 when UA’s formula combustion team was formed. The first competition was in Lawrence, Mich. in May 1990. The team placed 15th out of 42 teams.

Zips Racing is funded primarily through UA’s College of Engineering, along with donations from foundations and local sponsors. Beasts like the ZR18 vehicle cost around $80,000 to build. The racecar sports specially designed Formula SAE tires from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and has an improved aerodynamics package from last year’s model, resulting in a 30 percent increase in downforce. Its top speed is 60 mph.

Racecars entered in Formula SAE racing events are judged on such factors as cost, innovation, acceleration, design and other aspects.

“Being a team member of Zips Racing is a real commitment,” said Daniel Deckler, student design teams adviser and a professor of engineering. “Through the course of a year, students will spend thousands of hours — often working through the night — designing and manufacturing the vehicles. This is truly a hands-on learning experience because the students learn skills in electronics, aerodynamics, chassis construction and mechanical engineering, and develop soft skills like project management.”

Before the European competitions, Zips Racing placed sixth out of 114 teams – outranking all U.S. teams – at Formula SAE Michigan in Brooklyn, Mich., in May, and ninth at Formula North 2018 in Ontario, Canada, in June. UA’s team was the only one from Ohio to finish in the top 10 in either competition.

Zips Racing is one of several successful student design teams in the College of Engineering at UA, which is the only university in the U.S. to have Formula, Baja, Human-Powered Vehicle, Concrete Canoe and Robotics teams all place in the top 10 in at least one of their respective competitions in the 2017-18 season.

“It is an incredible testament to UA’s College of Engineering that we are the only American engineering college that has this many top-ten finishes in this many competitions,” said Deckler. “And this happens year after year; this year isn’t just a fluke.”

For more information about Zips Racing, visit the organization’s website or keep up with the team on its Facebook page. 

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Monday, 06 August 2018 12:12

UA Power Outage Affects Dorms

A power outage affecting a portion of the University of Akron campus this morning.

According to Christine Boyd with UA, the outage is only affeting three residence halls, and no students are currently living there, as Fall Semester doesn't start for a couple of weeks yet.

Boyd says power should be restored to Bulger, Orr, and Ritchie Halls by Wednesday. No word on the cause of the outage yet.

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The ever-increasing cost of paying for college is a burden some students and families are struggling to take on year-in and year-out.

Textbooks alone have gone up more than 1,000 percent since 1977. With that in mind, a group of higher education faculty and staff are gathering this week at the University of Akron to discuss practical ways to reduce the cost of textbooks for students.

The inaugural OhioLINK statewide Affordable Learning Summit is tomorrow (Thursday) from 8:15 a.m. through 4 p.m. at teh Jean Hower Taber Student Union and will feature educators from across the state. 

See the full press release from UA below: 

Akron, OH – August 1, 2018 – Akron, OH – August 1, 2018 – Anyone who's been to college knows the struggle: textbooks can be expensive. The cost of textbooks over the last 30 years has continued to soar, outpacing the consumer price index by three to four times the rate of inflation. In fact, since 1977, the cost of textbooks has risen 1,041 percent. 

Educators in higher education will gather this week at The University of Akron (UA) to focus on reducing textbook costs for students. The inaugural OhioLINK state-wide Affordable Learning Summit is designed to foster information sharing among institutions in Ohio that have affordable-learning initiatives. The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 8:15 to 4 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union 

Making high quality course materials available for free or at minimal cost to students is part of a growing national trend — the Open Educational Resources Movement. UA is emerging as a leader in the trend, having launched an Affordable Learning website earlier this year. Designed as a central gathering place for faculty to share information and experiences on finding, and accessing, free or affordable course materials for their students, it also highlights examples of students’ cost savings, thanks to their professors’ efforts. The initiative is a collaboration of University Libraries, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, University Council’s Textbook Committee and the University Bookstore.

“This summit is unique in that it brings together and addresses the different approaches to affordable learning in one venue,” notes Dr. Aimée deChambeau, dean of University Libraries at UA. “I am particularly excited about the level of collaboration across the state this initiative has inspired. We have leadership from OhioLINK, the Academic Library Association of Ohio, our campus libraries and bookstores, and a wide variety of faculty involved in this event.”

For many faculty on the UA campus, like Dr. Kristine N. Kraft, the effort to reduce the cost of course materials has been ongoing for some time. 

“The need to lower textbook costs is essential,” notes Kraft, an associate professor and interim director of the School of Allied Health Technology in the College of Health Professions. “This does involve some work on the faculty’s part. A faculty member needs to be aware of all the options that are available to them and the students. The process to go open source may be daunting, but if someone starts in small increments, it is a great process.”

Kraft, who also is program director of medical assisting, says they’ve been able to get a bundle price on the books their students must have by working directly with the University Bookstore and the publisher of the books.

“In a program-specific course, we have chosen to use all open source documents,” Kraft continues. “This has been over a five-year implementation. Every year, we have added more and more information, and, after numerous years, we have completely gone open source. By doing this, we have saved the student over $150 a semester, with just one book. This is a course where the book will change often as the information changes often.” 

Prior to the all-day event on Aug. 2, a free and optional half-day pre-summit will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1. It is designed for individuals — such as librarians, instructional designers and administrators — to learn about open educational resources, open textbooks and copyright.

For the schedule and registration information, visit the Affordable Learning Summit online.

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The University of Akron has a new women's basketball coach.

Melissa Jackson was officially named the head coach this week,taking over for the all-time winningest coach in Zips history, Jodi Kest.

Jackson joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the new gig and how she plans on putting her stamp on the program. 

 

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It has been a busy few weeks, but Dr. John Green is settling into his new job as president of the University of Akron. Dr. Green, also the director of the Bliss Institute and a frequent guest on the Ray Horner Morning Show, joined the program in studio to discuss what is on his plate. A major focus of Dr. Green’s is finding creative ways for enrollment. Other areas of focus have been working with the athletic department on the use of InfoCision Stadium, as well as fighting the deficit that has loomed over the school.

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Monday, 07 May 2018 07:04

House Fire Near UA Leaves One Dead

Akron fire has confirmed that one person is dead after Monday morning house fire at 675 Grant Street, near the University of Akron. 

The victim, identified as 26-year-old Kevin McCollum of Grant Street, was found in a second floor bedroom, while two other people who lived in the home made it out. It is believed that the fire started in that bedroom where firefighters found McCollum, around 4:45 a.m. Monday. 

McCollum was a former University of Akron student, attending from August 2010 through December 2015. While initial reports indicated that the home was occupied by University of Akron students, a spokesman for UA clarified that none of the residents of the home were current students at the school. In addition to McCollum, another resident had graduated from UA in the Spring of 2016. The third never attended the school.  

Meanwhile, the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. 

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It was announced some weeks back at Matthew Wilson, then-president at the University of Akron, was stepping down from his position, and the search continues to fill those big shoes.

In the meantime, Dr. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute and professor of political science, has been named as the interim president at the University of Akron. Dr. Green joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his appointment to his new position and how he plans on keeping business going as a new president search goes on. One of the strong points of Dr. Green being the president has been his tenure at the college, which has been more than thirty years.

Dr. Green also praised the job Matthew Wilson did after the fallout of Scott Scarborough two years prior.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:09

UA's Kest Stepping Away From The Sideline

After 12 seasons coaching at the University of Akron, 34 overall, head women's basketball coach Jodi Kest is retiring.

She joined Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about her career and latest ventures. 

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jodi the best in all of her future endeavors. 

 

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:48

UA President Wilson Stepping Down

In a letter to the University of Akron community, President Matthew Wilson announced that he will step down from his role as President, effective July 31, 2018, saying he will rejoin the school of law as a full-time faculty member. 

Read the letter President Wilson wrote below: 

Over the past few weeks, there have been many conversations about what my inclusion as a finalist in the University of Central Florida presidential search might mean. My sincerest apologies for any concern that this may have caused. With the search now complete, I want to address these conversations and talk about the future.

As I previously mentioned, the invitation to apply for the UCF presidency caught my interest due to our roots in the Orlando area and the opportunities associated with this once-in-a lifetime chance at the largest university in the country. Please know how much I sincerely appreciate those who reached out with words of gratitude, understanding, and support during the search process. I strongly believe that my inclusion as a finalist in the UCF presidential search is a testament to The University of Akron (UA), its strengths, and its recent progress. In fact, many eyes across the country focused on UA’s achievements, academic programs, research, and innovative initiatives and they were impressed with our University.

As I look back over my past four years at UA, it truly has been an honor to dedicate my heart, strength, soul, and mind to serving the institution in an effort to assist students, stabilize matters, overcome challenges, generate new opportunities, and lead UA to even greater heights. I first served as Dean of Akron Law until the Board of Trustees approached me nearly two years ago about serving as interim president. From the start, my family and I have tirelessly committed ourselves to UA and its success. Of course, the road has been very demanding, especially as we concurrently helped our youngest son successfully fight through a battle with an aggressive pediatric cancer. It has been a privilege to join so many extraordinary people within the UA family to collectively make a difference for our students and community.

Through the efforts of many in the University community, we have made remarkable progress amid challenging circumstances. We have continued to help students succeed and strengthened vital relationships. We have reminded the community, state, and world about the University’s value, benefits, and advantages. We have made progress on the budgetary front, including a $42 million one-year budgetary turnaround last year and increased donations. We have enhanced affordability (Akron Guarantee Scholarship) and international opportunities (International Center) as well as added innovative approaches (esports program and Five Star Fridays), new degrees (Cybersecurity), and flexible learning options. UA has returned to a state of positivity and optimism. Going forward, I am confident that bright times are ahead for UA, particularly if everyone maintains an innovative and creative mindset.

Our short-term strategies have been noteworthy. We also have laid the foundation for longer term plans. Last fall, UA initiated a comprehensive, faculty-led review of our academic programs. That effort is proceeding as scheduled. The Faculty Senate will receive the results soon, prior to determinations by the administration and Board. Additional initiatives (especially our dashboard tools)  provide us with the data and analysis needed to engage in a thoughtful, collaborative process to determine our future direction. In keeping with our commitment to shared governance, successful strategic planning requires a university-wide, inclusive process. To that end, I hope that we can appoint a Strategic Planning Council (including representation from across UA and the community-at-large) to help lead these discussions. As we collectively work to prepare for the future, the likelihood of our success increases as the UA community works together, exudes positivity, and embraces these initiatives.

After four years of intense commitment and with the confidence that UA is on the right track, I have decided to shift from my role as President to join the full-time faculty, effective July 31, 2018. This decision came after much thought and consideration and is based on a host of personal and family considerations. Pursuant to my agreement with UA, I intend at this time to return to my faculty position with Akron Law at a substantially reduced salary, in recognition of ongoing financial challenges for the University.

Over the next four months, my efforts to ensure UA’s ongoing success and a smooth transition will continue in full force, especially as we continue to implement new initiatives. As I have said previously, it is an honor to be here at UA, as I thoroughly enjoy the UA community and students. I value the chance to contribute to a world-class university that is again on an upward trajectory.

Finally, I want to personally thank all who have supported me in my role as dean and president over the past four years. We can all be proud of UA and its achievements. Hopefully, everyone can redouble their efforts to unify and move UA forward.

Sincerely,

President's signatureMatthew J. Wilson
President
The University of Akron

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Wednesday marks the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. 

In conjunction with the anniversary and on National Walkout Day, where students in high schools, and other schools across the country are walking out of class for 17 seconds (one second for each victim), the University of Akron is offering a forum to discuss issues revolving around "Gun Violence in America's Schools." 

The LeBron James Family Foundation is sponsoring the event, that runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in Olin Hall, Room 124, at the University of Akron. You can find out more at UAkron.edu

 

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University of Akron head basketball coach John Groce spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the upcoming game tomorrow against Eastern Michigan in the MAC Tournament.

 

Tipoff is at 9pm at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

 

 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:41

AUDIO Devanier Floyd Talks Akron Signing

East running back Devanier Floyd spoke with Sam Bourquin after signing on with the University of Akron to play football for the Zips.

He says he's excited to stay in his hometown and playing ball for the Zips program.

 "I built very strong relationships with the people there (at Akron), and it was the right place for me to go," Floyd said. 

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Treon Sibley, one of Coventry's main offensive weapons on the gridiron has committed to play his college football at the University of Akron

Sibley talked about that decision with Sam Bourquin on National Signing Day.

"They (The Akron Staff) told me they needed someone with speed and that I had a chance to be a hometown hero," he explained. 

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:17

UA Looking to Recruit More In-State Athletes

Facing a nearly $29 Million budget shortfall, the University of Akron is looking for more innovative ways to bring in more revenue. 

With that in mind, UA President Matthew Wilson is looking to the sports side of the school, and says that with in-state recruitment of athletes lies more fiscal opportunity. 

The state provides public universities with subisidies for completion of credits and graduation of in-state students. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that "Course completion, based on a calculation of full-time Ohio students and the total number of credit hours taken, generates $1,800 to a school for every 30 credit hours completed."

Not including the funding from the state, President Matthew Wilson says there are other factors involved when considering bolstering the university's efforts on Ohio recruitment, including fans that you might attract, controling costs, locations where the team plays, and more. President Wilson makes a point to say that it's not about making Akron football or basketball or baseball, that's recently been restored at the school, ALL Ohio, but more about a balance. "Preserving our competetiveness (in the MAC and in the region), but in terms of our competetiveness across the country, we don't want to lose that, but at the same time Ohio really has a great talent base to draw from," President Wilson commented on the Jasen Sokol Show.

 

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:34

UA Moves to Four-Day Class Schedule

Since the first college class schedule at the first college, students have (probably) done everything they can to eliminate Friday classes. 

Well, starting in the Fall semester of 2018, University of Akron is taking it upon themselves to remove Friday classes for almost all students.

According to a press release, the new initiative at UA, is not meant to give students a three-day-weekend, but to open the door to more opportunities for lab work, practical work experience, volunteering, and more on Fridays. 

UA President Matthew Wilson says, “Quality learning and student success are the primary focuses of Five-Star Fridays,” said UA President Wilson. “Courses will be taught for the same amount of classroom time and involve the same academic rigor. They will just be organized a bit differently to allow for a more concentrated and purposeful set of experiential learning opportunities for students as a result of making Fridays available in this manner. The innovative approach is consistent with workplace flexibility trends.”

You can read the full press release from UA below: 

University of Akron (UA) President Matthew J. Wilson today announced UA will move towards implementing an innovative class schedule this fall to better prepare and serve students. The schedule is unique to universities in the area, as it will enable most students to focus on classes Monday through Thursday and then participate in practical, career-focused experiences on Friday. In conjunction with this initiative, UA will look to continue enhancing its weekend, online, and evening scheduling as well.

The new initiative – composed of a “Five-Star Friday” and “Four-Day Core” scheduling – is intended to give as many students as possible opportunities each Friday to participate in cooperative education, gain practical work experience, and engage in internships, co-curricular activities, research, lab work, community service, advising, tutoring and more without worrying about scheduling conflicts.

Students also will be encouraged to use Five-Star Fridays to attend special events, collaborate with faculty and peers, and take advantage of expanded academic counseling, tutoring, career fairs and other career services. As a result, students also can have three days of concentrated time to prepare for classes, engage with study groups, and participate in meaningful study and research.

“Quality learning and student success are the primary focuses of Five-Star Fridays,” said UA President Wilson. “Courses will be taught for the same amount of classroom time and involve the same academic rigor. They will just be organized a bit differently to allow for a more concentrated and purposeful set of experiential learning opportunities for students as a result of making Fridays available in this manner. The innovative approach is consistent with workplace flexibility trends. ”

After an in-depth review by the colleges and the Registrar’s Office, it was determined that classes that had been scheduled for three days per week (typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday) could either be offered on two days during the week – by extending the typical 50-minute class to 75 minutes – or alternatively, by moving to a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday schedule, as an example. For many years, many other courses at UA have been scheduled for two days per week (typically Tuesday and Thursday), and those will be able to continue in that manner.

For pedagogical reasons, some courses, (for example, music, dance and art) need daily engagement with students and those can continue in that way. Deans, department chairs and school directors are working with faculty members to make those types of accommodations.

“Five-Star Fridays is an innovation in undergraduate education, featuring real-world experience and career preparation that enhance the value of traditional course work,” said Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences Dean John C. Green. “It will give our students flexibility to complete and enhance their degrees. Our chairs and directors carefully reviewed all of our course offerings and they found that nearly all classroom instruction can be implemented on a Monday – Thursday schedule while maintaining academic quality. In the few cases where a revised schedule would be problematic, we will either maintain the current schedule or make additional arrangements."

Since last fall, the Five-Star Fridays concept has been talked about at college and administrative unit town hall meetings on campus, at UA’s Faculty Senate and with University Council. It has been discussed among University leadership and within colleges and departments. A survey was conducted of approximately 15,000 students, with nearly 5,000 responses recorded, and conversations have been held with dozens of high school counselors and numerous high school principals.

“We’ve received a lot of favorable feedback about the Five-Star Fridays concept,” said Wilson. “The new scheduling will assist students with their organization and class preparation, facilitate greater preparation for entering the workforce, make possible more flexible learning opportunities, and be yet another of UA’s distinguishing features for prospective and current students.”

Wilson continued, “Among many benefits, Five-Star Fridays will reduce the number of missed classes for student athletes, our elite engineering design teams, academic competition teams and other students who need to travel. It will make scheduling job and internship interviews easier for all students. UA will join departments at a number of major universities in the Washington, D.C. area, for example, that do not schedule Friday classes so that students can intern with government agencies for the entire day. When students use Five-Star Fridays wisely, it will certainly enhance their experience and increase the value of their degree.”

“After surveying thousands of students, the consensus is clear – students support the Five-Star Fridays academic week,” said Taylor Bennington, president of UA’s Undergraduate Student Government. “The idea is innovative, creative, and is just another way UA is setting itself apart in Northeast Ohio.”

The Five-Star Fridays schedule begins with the Fall 2018 semester.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:43

AUDIO: Dr. John Green On Tax Cuts, Ray Bliss

The crowning achievement for year one of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the passing of the tax reform bill. The GOP has been joyous over its passage, but the opposition remains skeptical on how or if it will help the middle class.

Dr. John Green, president of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the tax bill. Dr. Green believes this is a big victory for the Republicans, but how it will play out in the long-term is a question.

Dr. Green is also the co-author of the book The Chairman: The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss, cowritten with William Hershey. He promoted the book and the book signings on the air, and discussed the impact Dr. Bliss had on the region.

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Friday, 15 December 2017 17:59

AUDIO Ken LaVicka Breaks Down FAU/Akron

Florida Atlantic University radio play-by-play voice Ken LaVicka joined Justin McKinney and Ben Thomas on the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the upcoming Boca Raton Bowl between FAU and the University of Akron. 

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Kent State University has announced a "tuition guarantee" program, similar to the University of Akron and Youngstown State University, along with several other statewide universities and colleges, that made announcements on their plans recently.

The tuition increase, which will be rolled out for incoming freshman starting Fall semester, 2018, and will freeze undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board rates, including meal plans, for four years. Eric Mansfield with KSU says that there could be additional costs for specific programs, but the tuition guarantee applies to the base tuition.  

The Kent State Board of Trustees is meeting again in March of 2018 to discuss what the tuition hike will be. Mansfield added in an interview with the Ray Horner Morning Show on 1590 WAKR that while in-state, undergrad tuition has not increased since 2014, and the tuition guarantee does not affect current students, the Board will discuss in that meeting in March what will happen with the tuition for current students. 

 

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 05:25

New UA, I PROMISE Campaign Featuring The King

LeBron James, the Kid from Akron, is the man behind the "I PROMISE" program, which he started back in 2011 in an effort to reduce the number of high school students dropping out of school. Since then, the "I PROMISE" program has partnered with University of Akron, helping kids, from a young age, stay on their path of education.

 

Now, LeBron is the face of a new digital marketing campaign, courtesy of "I PROMISE" and UA. 

 

 

 

See the press release from the University of Akron below for more details:  

 

The University of Akron’s (UA) latest videos in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) feature Akron native and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, along with aspiring students in his I PROMISE program and current UA students. The videos highlighting the benefits of a college education at UA are launching today via digital media in several markets in Ohio and elsewhere.

 

“It’s all about sparking hope and fulfilling dreams for my I PROMISE kids,” says James in the videos’ introduction. With a focus on stemming the high school dropout rates in his hometown of Akron, James started the I PROMISE program in 2011.

 

His foundation recently brought several I PROMISE students—some who are now high school freshmen—to the University to talk with current UA students. The resulting series of videos capture UA students mentoring the high schoolers for an afternoon, sharing their college experience, visiting labs and classrooms, and meeting professors. After the mentoring experience, the group came together at the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education to meet with James and share their dreams and goals with him.

 

“The University of Akron expresses its profound thanks to LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation for their partnership with the University,” said UA President Matthew J. Wilson. “The engagement seen in the videos between the I PROMISE and UA students is genuine and powerful.”

 

The full-length video runs just under two-minutes. Six I PROMISE students are also spotlighted in shorter videos, paired with UA students in their area of interest. The featured I PROMISE students include Jayden, paired with UA student and computer whiz Spencer Csasky, who is majoring in cybersecurity. Another showcased I PROMISE student is Julia, set to graduate from high school in 2022. She met with UA student Drake Smalley, who shared his co-op experience building orthopedic implants.

 

The videos are an integral part of UA’s fall student recruitment campaign, which is primarily digital media based but will also include some television broadcast and other media. The videos will target Northeast Ohio as well as markets including Erie, PA, Pittsburgh and suburban Chicago.

The full-length video is available at uakron.edu/discover. The individual student videos are at uakron.edu/stories.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:02

AUDIO John Groce Talks UA Hoops

University of Akron men's basketball coach John Groce spoke with the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday in studio ahead of the start of the season. 

 The season starts November 11 when the Zips take on Cleveland State in the Coaches vs Cancer event.

You can check out the Facebook Live with Coach here. 

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Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect. 

The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim. 

The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP. 

See the press release from the University of Akron below: 

 

City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about 2:30 this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.

A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.

 

The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.

 

The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

 

If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.

 

You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.

 

The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.

 

The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the service at 330-972-7263.

Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:15

Life Sentence in UA Student's Kidnapping, Assault

On Tuesday, Cedric Murphy, 60, of Akron, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a University of Akron student. 

Court documents show that in November of last year, Murphy offered a ride to the victim who was walking home from a night out with friends. The female victim agreed to the ride back to her dorm, but while she was inside Murphy's car, he assaulted her and refused to let her out. The victim eventually jumped from the moving car. She then ran home and called 911. 

A later investigation found DNA evidence on the victim that lead to Murphy's conviction in July, 2017. He was found guilty on first degree kidnapping, third degree abduction, and two counts of fourth gross sexual imposition. 

Murphy, sentenced by visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove in Summit County, is not eligible for parole until 10 years into his life sentence. 

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A new school year has begun at the University of Akron, and the atmosphere and the vibes are quite positive.

Matthew Wilson, the president of the university, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss all that is happening around the campus for 2017-2018. Wilson has met with the new freshman class, and says the student housing is currently at its peak. The new class, according to Wilson, is from all over the state, not just confined to the immediate area.

Wilson also mentioned some cosmetic changes around the campus. One of those facelifts is a $21 million renovation of the School of Law.

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Matt Ludwig, University of Akron sophomore captured an NCAA Championship in the pole vault in Eugene Oregon. 

Matt caught up with the Sam and Brad Show on a Feel Good Friday to talk about his accomplishment and what lies ahead for him.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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While fewer students at the University of Akron isn't necessarily a good thing, the University says they'll be saving on parking.

Cleveland.com is reporting that the University will terminate their leases with the following lots: 

First Methodist Church

Greek Orthodox Church 

The Chapel Lot 

The Broadway Parking Deck 

The total savings works out to about $55,500 per year, and leaves the University of Akron with 11,632 available parking spots. 

 

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Monday, 22 May 2017 12:29

One Zippy Returned, One Still Missing

The University of Akron has some reason to celebrate Monday as one of the two missing "Zippy" costumes has been returned safely. 

Still no word, though, on the status of the second costume. 

According to the University, the one costume was returned by a student who is part of the Zippy program, and thought he'd returned it after an event; he did not. As of Monday morning, that costume was returned unharmed. 

The University says they're still looking into the missing mascot. 

The following is the statement from University of Akron's Dan Minnich: 

"An individual in the Zippy Program who originally believed he did not have one of the costumes realized yesterday he had forgotten to return a costume after performing at an event. That costume is in the process of being returned. One Zippy costume remains missing." 

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The University of Akron formally introduced John Groce as its new Head Basketball Coach Thursday. Groce, who previously served as Head Coach at Illinois and Ohio, inherits a team that won 27 games in 2016-17 under Keith Dambrot before he left for Duquesne.

Groce joined Jasen shortly after his introduction to talk about his plans for Zips Basketball.

 

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The University of Akron has hired its new men's basketball coach.

John Groce is the new man in charge of the Zips, as he replaces the departed Keith Dambrot, who left to coach Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the hire.  Groce comes from the University of Illinois where he coached from 2012-17.

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Zips' sports beat writer George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke about the departure of former University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot to coach the men's team at Duquesne.

 

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Former University of Akron basketball player and Buchtel High grad Matt Futch joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the departure of Keith Dambrot from the University of Akron basketball program after 13 seasons.

 

Futch played at Akron from 2002-06 and was an assistant coach under Dambrot from 2011-13.

 

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:57

AUDIO: Dambrot Leaving Akron For Duquesne

After 305 wins and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years, Keith Dambrot is heading eastbound on Interstate 76. Dambrot, the now-former head coach of the Akron Zips, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his decision to guide the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne is familiar territory for Dambrot, as his father played there and his mother is from the Pittsburgh area. According to Dambrot, leaving the University of Akron was “the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life, to be perfectly frank about it.” He said he was not looking around for other jobs, but the timing was right to try to turn another program around. It will be a seven-year, $7 million contract for the 58-year-old Dambrot.

Dambrot is 59 and says he doesn't want to be coaching into his 70s or 80s, and looks at the rebuilding of the Duquesne program as a great opportunity. "The timing was right and I would take one more fling to turn another program around," Dambrot said.

LISTEN to the full Dambrot interview with WAKR's Ray Horner below.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:09

Goodbye, Our Native Son

Fan or no fan -- you have to feel sad when a member of the family leaves. And Keith Dambrot is a member of the Akron family, with deep roots in the community and University. The long-time basketball head coach is heading east, to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, for a reported seven year, seven million dollar deal.

Dambrot led the Zips to their winningest season in history, but fell to Kent State in the MAC title game; that loss scrubbed any hopes of a March Madness berth. Akron went two rounds before falling in the NIT.

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(University of Akron) Earlier tonight, The University of Akron was informed that current men's basketball Coach Keith Dambrot has accepted the position as head basketball coach at Duquesne University.

The University has issued the following statement from UA Athletic Director Larry Williams and it is being shared with you at this time:

"We are very grateful for the enormous contributions that Coach Keith Dambrot has made to our excellent men's basketball program. His hard work with our student-athletes combined with their dedication to going the extra mile have brought great success to The University of Akron – including the winningest season in UA history – and we value his role in making that happen. He and the Dambrot family will always be a part of The University of Akron family, and we wish him well as he moves along.

We will immediately launch a national search for our new basketball coach and we reaffirm our commitment to building our basketball program and all of Akron Athletics into a nationally recognized program across the board. In addition to finding a new coach, we are working to be in a position to upgrade the James A. Rhodes Arena and we will need to rely on support from the community to achieve that goal."

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The University of Akron Zips will be taking on the Mavericks of U.T. Arlington for a second round NIT matchup in Texas.

Assistant coach Kevin Byrne of the UA basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the team, their journey on the road, and what they're looking for in the Mavericks tonight. 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:54

AUDIO UA, Dambrot Ready For Mavericks

University of Akron Zips head basketball coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the win over Houston in the first round of the NIT.

The Zips will play the Mavericks of UT Arlington on Monday at 8pm in Texas.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:19

Shooting Near U of A Campus

University of Akron Police are investigating a shooting just off campus along South Adolph Avenue, just east of campus and Route 8. 

According to the police report, the shooting happened Monday afternoon about 1:15. One 26-year-old male victim was shot in the foot and transported to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the victim hasn't been cooperative with them and hasn't provided a suspect description. 

The only thing police know is that a male suspect fled the scene on foot, running through backyards toward campus. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD or University of Akron PD. 

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:07

AUDIO Kent State, Akron Ready For Rivalry Game

Rob Senderoff, coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday ahead of the game Friday between KSU and the University of Akron.

Tomorrow's game is sold out at Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena and can be seen on the ESPN family of networks.

The Flashes are 14-12 overall and 6-7 in the MAC. 

 

University of Akron head basketball coach Keith Dambrot also spoke with Sam and Brad as well to offer his take on tomorrow's contest.

 

 The Zips are 22-4 overall and 12-1 in the MAC.

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017 10:18

Akron, Kent State Rivalry Comically Renewed

Neighboring University of Akron and Kent State University have been rivals in the Mid-American Conference for some time now.

Well, ahead of their matchup on the basketball court on February 17th, the colleges are teaming up for a funny TV campaign to renew that rivalry in the friendliest of ways. 

They've released two new local TV spots (see below) featuring mascots "Zippy" the kangaroo from Akron and "Flash" the Golden Eagle for Kent State, and their one-time "sizzling romance" as the press release puts it. 

 

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:10

AUDIO Dambrot Discusses Zips' Win Over Ball State

University of Akron Zips men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about last night's buzzer-beating win over Ball State on Tuesday.

The Zips are now 20-4 on the season and 10-4 in the MAC. They will take on Eastern Michigan Friday, Feb 10 in Yipsilanti.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Monday, 06 February 2017 17:03

AUDIO Former Zip Jason Taylor Heading To HOF

One of the inductees to the Pro Football HOF, Jason Taylor found out the good news over the weekend that he will be enshrined in Canton as part of the Class of 2017.

One of his former coaches, Lee Owens, former head coach at the University of Akron, current head coach at Ashland University spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about how Jason committed himself to the game of football.

 

For the full interview, click here. 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 15:02

AUDIO Bowden Pleased With 2017 Recruiting Class

University of Akron Zips head football coach Terry Bowden spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about his 2017 recruiting class.

Some local talent headlines this year's haul including Ellet's Marquise Bridges,  Jemarulin Suggs and De'Andre Brimage from East, and Cobie Booker from Barberton.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:13

Holocaust Survivor Recordings Found At UA

Long lost recordings of songs sung by holocaust survivors in the years immediately following World War II have been found at the University of Akron.

The songs were part of a collection of material from psychologist David Boder, who recorded interviews with holocaust survivors back in 1946.

Dr. David Baker who is the Executive Director of the University's Center for the History of Psychology, says the recordings have been in their archives since 1967, but were in a mislabeled canister, and not found until recently.

But, because they were so old and recorded on wire instead of tape; they couldn't play them back. So, one of their media specialists actually constructed a new playback device using both old and new parts.

The songs are sung by a woman who had been in a forced labor camp in Poland. One, is a song that Jews would sing to inspire resistance against the Nazis, and another is a song the Germans forced their captors to sing while working in forced labor camps.

Copies of the recordings will now become part of the collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:13

Holocaust Survivor Recordings Found At UA

Long lost recordings of songs sung by holocaust survivors in the years immediately following World War II has been found at the University of Akron.

The songs were part of a collection of material from psychologist David Boder, who recorded interviews with holocaust survivors back in 1946.

Dr. David Baker who is the Executive Director of the University's Center for the History of Psychology, says the recordings have been in their archives since 1967, but were in a mislabeled canister, and not found until recently.

But, because they were so old and recorded on wire, instead of tape; they couldn't play them back. So, one of their media specialists actually constructed a new playback device using both old and new parts.

The songs are sung by a woman who had been in a forced labor camp in Poland. One, is a song that Jews would sing to inspire resistance against the Nazis, and another is a song the Germans forced their captors to sing while working in forced labor camps.

Copies of the recordings will now become part of the collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 17:49

AUDIO Marquise Bridges Ready To Be A Zip

Marquise Bridges, Ellet High School football standout running back, spoke with the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the commitment to go play for the University of Akron Zips.

 

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The University of Akron Zips are now 16-3 on the season and will take on Western Michigan Tuesday in a big MAC matchup.

Coach Keith Dambrot of the University of Akron Zips' men's basketball team joined Sam and Brad Monday to talk about their win over Eastern Michigan last Friday and what's coming up next with the Broncos.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 11:34

The Buchtelite Halting Publication

"The Buchtelite," the independent student newspaper of the University of Akron, will halt publication starting next semester, according to a press release today.

Information provided says that with two of the paper's nine editors graduating and four more either studying or working abroad, the paper simply cannot operate with the remaining staff. It's the second time in less than three years the paper has gone on hiatus.

Temporary advisor of the paper, Val Pipps, says they're looking to hire someone who can select and manage a staff so that when they are back up an running they don't run into the same issues.

Below is the press release from The Buchtelite:

The Buchtelite, the 127-year-old independent student newspaper of The University of Akron, will suspend publication at the beginning of next semester, marking the second time in less than three years that the paper has gone on hiatus.

“The Buchtelite is important to the University, it’s important to the school,” said Theodore Avtgis, director of the School of Communications since July 1 of this year. “We will seek out alternatives to keep the paper alive for next semester.”

But with two of the paper’s nine editors graduating, and another four going out of the country to either work or study, it is unclear how long this suspension will last.

The paper’s current temporary adviser, Val Pipps, is leading the search for a new adviser next semester, who will be able to reconfigure the paper for what will likely be a full comeback in the fall of 2017.

“We’re looking for someone who will be able to hire a staff, work with that staff, and also sort things out on the organizational side of the paper so that, when it does come back, it won’t run into these same problems again,” Pipps said.

The Buchtelite is an independent student newspaper, which further complicates the matter of its continuance. Without any clear and established oversight, it falls into a “sort of no-man’s land,” as described by one of the paper’s former advisers, Roger Mezger.

Because general oversight (i.e., accounting) falls to UA’s Student Affairs, and the School of Communication hires and pays the adviser, neither entity is totally invested in the paper, Mezger added.

The Buchtelite’s status as independent also means that it does not receive any funding from the University itself, but relies only on revenue generated by its own business staff.

This business staff has not had any sort of professional guidance since 2013, when an Accounts Coordinator, who was a part-time University employee and managed the business side of the paper, left after a dispute with her superiors, according to a document from Mezger.

Two other factors have contributed to The Buchtelite’s funding issues: the University-wide cutbacks under former President Scott Scarborough in fall of 2015, which caused several key UA employees, who had an interest in keeping The Buchtelite running, to leave; and a changing media landscape in general, in which people turn more toward national, digital media and less toward local print media.

UA’s student newspaper, in short, does not make enough money to continue publication in the same form, nor generate enough incentive to have a steady, secure business and editorial staff.

“This year, it was difficult for us, a staff with over a year of experience, to even run the paper because, to say it simply, people don’t care very much,” managing editor Logan Lane wrote in an emailed statement. “The paper is treated as a campus novelty, something that needs to be kept alive because [people] feel like it should be. There’s no faculty or departmental effort to monitor or even keep the paper running.”

When The Buchtelite does return, it could be in a different format than the current one, which publishes two print issues per week and maintains a website.

One option, which many other college newspapers have taken up, is to go entirely online. Another option is to retain a print format, but reduce the numbers of issues per week and change the style of the printing.

Another possibility is for the paper to align with the University’s other student media, WZIP and Z-TV, which would act as a sort of organizational umbrella, one of whose functions would be publishing a newspaper.

More important possibilities regard the paper’s funding and editorial model, according to Pipps. Though it is now independent from the University, The Buchtelite could drop this status and merge into the College of Business Administration (for business and advertising) and the School of Communication (for an editorial staff and writers), becoming a laboratory enterprise for experiential learning.

Currently, only Buchtelite editors are paid; all writing and photography contributions come from volunteers. So unlike other area universities with a student newspaper, including Ohio State, Kent State and Youngstown State, communications students at UA are not required to contribute to The Buchtelite.

“I would say that that was the main problem this year,” said News Editor Kristina Aiad-Toss. “It’s very difficult to get students to volunteer their time and effort when they’re already involved in so many other things.”

If the paper were to become an experiential laboratory, some such problems might disappear.

“I’m saddened to hear [the news],” said UA Dean of Students Michael Strong, who worked for a student newspaper when he was in college. “As a member of our community I read The Buchtelite and I look forward to seeing it.”

Ashley Ritter, a senior public relations student who infrequently reads the paper, says she thinks it important nonetheless.

“I like that students can get experience [in writing for] publications, and I think a lot of students enjoy seeing what their peers are thinking about,” Ritter said.

Chris Horne, editor of Akron’s main cultural newspaper, “The Devil Strip,” expressed a similar sentiment.

“Student-run publications are always at risk because of attrition,” Horne wrote in an emailed statement, “[but] I’m usually going to side with there being more voices [in the community], not fewer…I think this is a loss to our community but I’m hopeful it isn’t a permanent loss.”

John Zipp, president of the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors, has often added an important perspective to various Buchtelite articles over the past two years.

“An engaged student press is an extremely important voice for students, and I hope that The Buchtelite comes back even stronger in fall 2017,” Zipp said. “With limited resources, I think that the paper has repeatedly produced well-done…articles.”

Those interested in joining The Buchtelite staff when it does return, or who in any other way have comments or questions regarding the newspaper, may direct their inquiries to Professor Val Pipps at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 10:21

U Of A Student Stabbed By Roommate, Dies

University of Akron student Duncan Unternaher, 23, was allegedly stabbed by his roommate in their apartment on Grant Avenue on campus. Police say it happened on Saturday, December 3, juat about 12:30 a.m., and stemmed from an argument that started over fast food. 

A third roommate called 911 to report that his roommate, 22-year-old Kendall Scheid, stabbed Unternaher. 

Unternaher, from Newark, Ohio, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died from his injuries on Monday, December 5. 

Scheid was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail on Felonious Assault charges. Bond has been set at $1,000,000 and he is reportedly facing more charges following the death of Unternaher. 

The Monday Unternaher died, University of Akron students held a candlelight vigil outside of the Phi Delta Theta house on campus, where students remembered him as fun-loving, outgoing, and friendly to everyone. 

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:50

VIDEO UA Looking For More Belt-Tightening

Times are tough at the University of Akron, and a new report by Ernst and Young is leading to voluntary buyouts as the school tries to right it's spending versus revenues. University President Matthew Wilson says he wants to avoid layoffs; 161 employees were laid off in 2015 by the administration of then-President Scott Scarborough and that decision touched off fierce debate and open rebellion that eventually helped lead to Scarborough losing his job.
 
Student enrollment is down 20 percent for full-time freshman while and $18 million dollar deficit this year was covered by the University's reserve fund, but it cut the amount held by nearly a third. Wilson says they've managed to save up to $5 million dollars by current cost-cutting measures.
 
The economic proposals have already been shared with key stakeholders such as faculty representatives and donors.  
 
 
 
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(University of Akron)  As you know, I strongly believe in open and direct communications. Out of gratitude and respect for your support of UA, I want you to be among the first to receive this communication about our beloved institution. 
 
Since my appointment as President, we have experienced a lot of good news. Going forward, I anticipate that there will be much more. Donations to the University have started climbing (recent ABJ article), media coverage has been positive, the focus on student success has elevated, new student applications are once again trending in the right direction, and just a few weeks ago we announced a $3 million Knight Foundation grant. On campus, there is a renewed sense of optimism. In the community, I have felt the excitement as I have connected with alumni, university stakeholders, governmental officials, high schools, and others. In fact, I have personally visited nearly 50 high schools this semester and spoken at about 10 high school assemblies. To everyone who has helped me spread our success stories – thank you! 
 
At the same time, the University faces the financial realities associated with a sharp downturn in student enrollment. Over the past five years, we have experienced gradual enrollment declines resulting from the University’s move to more selective admission standards several years ago, demographics, the impact of large graduating classes and the turbulence of the last year, which resulted in a smaller entering freshman class this fall. To adjust and adapt, we reduced our expenses by $20 million last year by reducing administrators and staff, limiting expenses, and taking other measures. This year, our overall enrollment dropped by 8%. Our smaller student body (23,152 students this year) combined with our efforts to provide students with an affordable education require that we again simplify our budget to ensure our future success. 
 
A gift from an anonymous donor made it possible for us to engage the services of Ernst and Young (E&Y) to explore our past financial activity, look at our current financial situation, and provide preliminary suggestions for ensuring budgetary stability going forward. E&Y has provided us with an objective and impartial report of our financial history and current status. The E&Y team did an outstanding job providing an in-depth understanding of our situation and suggesting potential solutions to our challenges. 
 
To address our current situation, we have outlined the framework of a 2-year strategic financial plan based on objective data and discussions within our University family. This information has been shared with the leadership of Faculty Senate, University Council, student government, our bargaining units, and the Board of Trustees. I believe everyone is working toward a common understanding of the situation, and appreciates the importance of maintaining positivity for this plan to succeed.
 
We have posted our action plan and the E&Y report at uakron.edu/budget. Also, I have recorded an explanatory video message and posted it on the webpage. In short, I can summarize for you the key finding of the E&Y report: expenditures outpace revenues and will continue to do so unless we take appropriate actions. E&Y’s efforts have helped us focus on solutions and develop a strategic plan that can best be summarized as Stabilize–Invest–Grow. We will further stabilize our institution with a variety of initiatives that address our challenges, including a voluntary buy-out program to reduce personnel costs; we will invest in retention and recruitment opportunities to increase enrollment and expand our fundraising efforts; and we will grow our existing networks and expand greater pathways for non-traditional students, veterans, international students, and others to graduate from UA.
 
This is a lot to take in at once. I anticipate many more discussions with University governance groups, student representatives, and community leaders. I also welcome your input at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I personally read every message I receive, and will respond to as many as possible. 
 
I strongly believe this two-year plan will carry us forward. I ask for your goodwill, positivity, and continued support as my colleagues and I work tirelessly to ensure a prosperous future. Thank you for all you do for our students and our University.
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:45

Akron Early College H.S. Honored

Akron Early College High School is making strides to provide a better, more well-rounded high school, and even college experience for student in the Akron area. 

The Ohio Department of Education has taken notice, and has named Akron Early College one of four "Schools of Honor" in the state. 

Akron Early College Principal Cheryl Connolly, who started at the school as a classroom teacher when it first opened on University of Akron campus 10 years ago, says, "We have all worked very hard to make this school a success, so we're very proud of the kids and very proud of all of our graduates who... are doing great things for themselves and their communities." 

See the full press release on the School of Honor distinction for Akron Early College High School below: 

APS Akron Early College is 'Honored'

One of four Schools of Honor in Ohio

Ohio is recognizing four schools today for maintaining high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged circumstances that can make learning difficult.

The Ohio Department of Education named four High Performing Schools of Honor. Akron Early College High School (AECHS) is among the elite group.

You can find a complete list of Schools of Honor by clicking here.

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James said today, "This award is important for our students and faculty, most certainly.  But, we want our community to know how valuable it is we recognize achievement by our students who face difficult odds every day, not of their choosing.  Poverty creates unique educational challenges."

“All children can learn and achieve, and these schools have shown that circumstances don’t define them,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators for making a real difference in the lives of students."

The U.S. Department of Education approved Schools of Honor as part of Ohio’s flexibility waiver request for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2012.

To be a High Performing School of Honor, a school must:

  • Be Title 1 served or eligible and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.
  • Have 90 percent or more of all students score Proficient or higher in reading and math on statewide assessments (i.e., Ohio Achievement Assessments, Ohio Graduation Tests, and Ohio’s State Tests) over the last five years.
  • Have 80 percent of all subgroups, including racial and ethnic, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and English language learners who are Proficient.
  • Score an Ohio School Report Card grade of A, B or C on its Annual Measurable Objective, to narrow performance gaps between student groups.
  • Receive an A or B on student learning progress through the school year and a combined five-year graduation rate of 93 percent or higher, if it is a high school.

 

 

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