Akron Magazine Summer 2011 : Page 14

COLLEGE NEWS BUCHTEL COLLEGE news who exemplifi es outstanding merit and has fi nancial need. Robert Mitten was founder and president of Hesselbart Mitten Mark Mitten with his Advertising, at mother Hellen in 2006, at her UA honorary one time the sixth degree ceremony. largest advertising agency in Ohio. He was also the founder of the College of Business Administration Advancement Council. Hellen Mitten was active in the Akron community, volunteering at numerous organizations. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary degree from UA. for the Joffrey Ballet’s performances with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. “In addition to working hard in the dance studios every day to develop their skills as dancers, our students also learned invaluable professional lessons — such as how to excel in a highly competitive audition — from the seasoned Joffrey dancers,” explained Christina Foisie , head of UA’s Dance Institute. “Residencies like this help to bring national attention to our excellent dance programs. We are honored to have Mrs. Albrecht’s support.” Chemistry Lab Renovated Thanks to Foundation The University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry will enhance an advanced chemistry CARTER teaching lab, thanks to a multiyear grant from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation. This grant is the second largest single gift awarded by the foundation to the University, according to Theresa Carter , president of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation. The new lab space will accommodate the University’s expanding chemistry department, which has seen increasing student enrollment in recent years and presently serves more than 162 undergraduate chemistry majors, 64 graduate students and 5,000-plus students from various disciplines. “The upgraded lab will complement the instruction for advanced undergraduate chemistry and chemical engineering majors and also will signifi cantly enhance the research conducted by the department’s successful student body and internationally recognized faculty,” said Dr. Kim Calvo , chair of the Department of Chemistry. COLLEGE OF EDUCATION news Oelschlager Gift Will Help Close ‘Literacy Gap ’ The Center for Literacy (CFL), an extension of UA’s College of Education, has received a donation of 9,000 books from local author Vanita Oelschlager . Oelschlager, the CFL’s writer-in-residence, has pledged to bridge the “literacy gap” by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible in the Akron community. The inventive books, appropriate for children ages four to eight, include “Let Me Bee,” “My Grampy Can’t Walk,” “What Pet Will I Get,” and “Big Blue.” Her books aim to help children work through life experiences. Oelschlager’s books will be distributed to approximately a dozen schools and agencies in the literacy community, including Akron Public Schools-Project RISE, Canton City Schools, and Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.-Head Start Program. “Thanks to the Center for Literacy for distributing these books, it is very gratifying to know that boys and girls across Summit County will have a chance to read about, relate to and hopefully learn from them,” said Oelschlager. “I am hoping to make a difference in the place that I live and love.” CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTS news Joffrey Ballet Instructs UA Dancers COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Joffrey Ballet dancer Matthew Adamczyk instructs UA upper level dance students news Entrepreneur Continues Family Legacy at UA Mark Mitten , founder of the Mitten Group, Inc., a marketing fi rm in Chicago, recently made a gift to the Robert and Hellen Mitten Scholarship . This endowed fund was established in 1987 by Mark’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitten, and recognizes a marketing student(s) in the College of Business Administration Two dancers with the internationally acclaimed Joffrey Ballet — Valerie Robin and Matthew Adamczyk — were in residence on campus for two weeks this summer. Supported by devoted dance patron Francia Albrecht , the Joffrey dancers taught ballet-based classes in Guzzetta Hall for upper level students in UA’s Dance Institute and Dance Program. Robin and Adamczyk, along with artistic director Ashley Wheater, then returned in August |14 |

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Chemistry Lab Renovated Thanks to Foundation<br /> <br /> The University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry will enhance an advanced chemistry teaching lab, thanks to a multiyear grant from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation. This grant is the second largest single gift awarded by the foundation to the University, according to Theresa Carter, president of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.<br /> <br /> The new lab space will accommodate the University’s expanding chemistry department, which has seen increasing student enrollment in recent years and presently serves more than 162 undergraduate chemistry majors, 64 graduate students and 5,000-plus students from various disciplines.<br /> <br /> “The upgraded lab will complement the instruction for advanced undergraduate chemistry and chemical engineering majors and also will signifcantly enhance the research conducted by the department’s successful student body and internationally recognized faculty,” said Dr. Kim Calvo, chair of the Department of Chemistry.<br /> <br /> Entrepreneur Continues Family Legacy at UA<br /> <br /> Mark Mitten, founder of the Mitten Group, Inc., a marketing firm in Chicago, recently made a gift to the Robert and Hellen Mitten Scholarship. This endowed fund was established in 1987 by Mark’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitten, and recognizes a marketing student(s) in the College of Business Administration Who exemplifies outstanding merit and has financial need.<br /> <br /> Robert Mitten was founder and president of Hesselbart Mitten Advertising, at one time the sixth largest advertising agency in Ohio. He was also the founder of the College of Business Administration Advancement Council. Hellen Mitten was active in the Akron community, volunteering at numerous organizations. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary degree from UA.<br /> <br /> Joffrey Ballet Instructs UA Dancers<br /> <br /> Two dancers with the internationally acclaimed Joffrey Ballet — Valerie Robin and Matthew Adamczyk — were in residence on campus for two weeks this summer.<br /> <br /> Supported by devoted dance patron Francia Albrecht, the Joffrey dancers taught ballet-based classes in Guzzetta Hall for upper level students in UA’s Dance Institute and Dance Program. Robin and Adamczyk, along with artistic director Ashley Wheater, then returned in August For the Joffrey Ballet’s performances with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom.<br /> <br /> “In addition to working hard in the dance studios every day to develop their skills as dancers, our students also learned invaluable professional lessons — such as how to excel in a highly competitive audition — from the seasoned Joffrey dancers,” explained Christina Foisie, head of UA’s Dance Institute. “Residencies like this help to bring national attention to our excellent dance programs. We are honored to have Mrs. Albrecht’s support.”<br /> <br /> Oelschlager Gift Will Help Close ‘Literacy Gap’<br /> <br /> The Center for Literacy (CFL), an extension of UA’s College of Education, has received a donation of 9,000 books from local author Vanita Oelschlager.<br /> <br /> Oelschlager, the CFL’s writer-inresidence, has pledged to bridge the “literacy gap” by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible in the Akron community. The inventive books, appropriate for children ages four to eight, include “Let Me Bee,” “My Grampy Can’t Walk,” “What Pet Will I Get,” and “Big Blue.” Her books aim to help children work through life experiences.<br /> <br /> Oelschlager’s books will be distributed to approximately a dozen schools and agencies in the literacy community, including Akron Public Schools-Project RISE, Canton City Schools, and Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.-Head Start Program.<br /> <br /> “Thanks to the Center for Literacy for distributing these books, it is very gratifying to know that boys and girls across Summit County will have a chance to read about, relate to and hopefully learn from them,” said Oelschlager. “I am hoping to make a difference in the place that I live and love.”<br /> <br /> Professors, ABIA Teams Receive Awards<br /> <br /> An assistant professor of biomedical engineering and an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering have been awarded nearly $1 million in Faculty Early Career Development grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Both researchers are on teams at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, of which the University is a founding member.<br /> <br /> Biomedical engineering professor Dr. Yang Yun and his colleagues will use a $450,000 grant on research aimed at translating nonviral gene therapy from the research laboratory to the clinic. Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Dr. Jie Zheng will get $400,000 to develop a multiscale modeling and simulation platform to bring together structural prediction, computational biology and bioinformatics to form a model of biological activity in cell membranes.<br /> <br /> “These NSF awards are widely regarded within academic institutions and the larger scientifi c community as most prestigious for young investigators and are typically awarded to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research,” said George K. Haritos, dean of the UA College of Engineering.<br /> <br /> UA Forum Speaker Series<br /> <br /> The University of Akron Honors College is pleased to sponsor Atul Gawande as a UA Forum Speaker.<br /> <br /> A surgeon and writer, Gawnde is a staff member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the New Yorker Magazine. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health. He is the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.<br /> <br /> In 2006, he received the MacArthur Award for his research and writing. His book “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science,” was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 and is published in more than one hundred countries.<br /> <br /> The Forum takes place on Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact (330) 972-7966.<br /> <br /> Professor Appointed to Asian American Health Coalition<br /> <br /> Dr. Mieko K. Smith, a professor in the School of Social Work, was elected in June to the executive committee of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition. Created in 2002, the coalition promotes the health and well-being of Ohio’s Asian- American population through community research, education and advocacy.<br /> <br /> Smith also serves on the national advisory council of the Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network and on the board of the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV and AIDS.<br /> <br /> Program Honors Judge Sam H. Bell<br /> <br /> An endowment supporting a new program in advocacy is being launched by the School of Law and family of Judge Sam H. Bell ’52. Judge Bell was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 1982. He served on the Board of the National Federal Judges Association and sat on every level of the federal and state courts, with the exception of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Bell was a member of the Law School Advisory Committee for decades and helped found the Charles F. Scanlon Inn of Court.<br /> <br /> The program’s inaugural offering is an annual CLE in advanced trial advocacy emphasizing complex issues of evidence and expert testimony. Focus of the program will be to advance the knowledge and skills of advocacy in a courtroom environment and to provide students with the opportunity to become immersed in the study and practice of trail advocacy as well as providing continuing education to practicing lawyers. The School of Law and the family hope to honor Judge Bell’s belief that the skilled practice of advocacy was a large piece of his “mosaic of the law.”<br /> <br /> College Receives Funding for Patient Lift<br /> <br /> The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation has provided UA’s College of Nursing with a grant to purchase a ceiling-mounted patient lift system for The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Simulation Suite in the college’s Learning Resources Center.<br /> <br /> The lift system is a mechanically advanced ceiling lift system which allows a single caregiver to perform transfers by using a hand control without stress or strain and without manual lifting. The lift system would be a focal point of the college’s continuing initiative of employing safe workforce practices in training the region’s next generation of nurses.<br /> <br /> Polymer Science Alumna Honored<br /> <br /> Maria D. Ellul, Ph. D., principal scientist at ExxonMobil Chemical Company, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from UA’s College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering in October, 2010. Ellul received her doctorate in polymer science from UA in 1984. After nearly 30 years in the polymers industry, Ellul joined the Exxon Mobil Chemical Company’s, former J.V., Advanced Elastomer Systems (AES) in Akron, Ohio, in 1991, and since has been involved in elastomers and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) research and development.<br /> <br /> “The successes that were achieved during my career would not have been possible without the support of my spouse, Jeffrey L. Sain (MA ’85) and the contributions of many colleagues,” Ellul stated. “Of, course, The University of Akron, a world leader in polymer science and polymer engineering education, provided me with a solid foundation.”<br /> <br /> Ellul and Sain have also recently contributed to a fellowship for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering students pursuing the doctoral degree.<br /> <br /> Summer Program Offers Free Math Courses<br /> <br /> The University of Akron’s College of Summit College is committed to helping students succeed, including offering free courses in the summer.<br /> <br /> The Achieving College Success (ACS) program is a 10-week summer academic enrichment program for students who Place into basic math using COMPASS, a computer-based testing system used by UA to determine appropriate placement in first semester courses. The ACS program uses internet-based software in addition to face-to-face instruction, and is designed to provide specialized, one-on-one intervention to meet individual student needs.<br /> <br /> Students who participate in the ACS program attend a weekly faculty-led group session; work in a computer lab with faculty and peer tutors; and have the opportunity to complete basic math I & II, at no charge, in one semester. For more information, contact Jeanne Semilia at (330) 972-7087.<br /> <br /> Distinguished Alumni Award 2011<br /> <br /> The University of Akron Wayne College Alumni Association has announced Susan Mendenhall as its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.<br /> <br /> Mendenhall earned her associate degree in criminal justice from Wayne College in 1976. She returned to Wayne to begin taking teaching courses and then transferred to UA’s main campus, where she graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Mendenhall went on to earn a master’s degree from Ashland University in 1996.<br /> <br /> She has been a teacher for 25 years, beginning at the Wayne-Holmes Juvenile Attention Center. Mendenhall has also taught at Southeast and Northwestern Local Schools, and at Wooster City Schools. She serves as vice chair of the Wayne College Alumni Association.

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