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What do you get when you take a kid from Pittsburgh, drop him into a biomedical engineering lab and then vault him onto the UA cheerleading squad? You get Scott Schoemer – an extremely busy (and talented) student at The University of Akron. On his journey to UA, Scott passed on a number of equally prestigious schools and has never once looked back. “If you would have told me I was going to be in a lab doing research the fall semester of my freshman year, I would have told you that you were crazy,” says Scott. “I wouldn’t have gotten this chance to do research so early in my academic career at any other school, so I’m grateful for this opportunity at UA.”
Meet a young man who knew which field of study he wanted to pursue right out of high school: an undergraduate degree in polymers. And what better way than that to get a head start on a graduate degree in polymers? The issue? Few schools offer polymer degrees at the graduate level, and even fewer offer an undergraduate diploma in polymers. So what initially drew Vishal to The University of Akron from his home near Buffalo, N.Y. was the fact that UA offers an undergraduate degree in mechanical polymer science as well as graduate degrees in polymer science and polymer engineering. But that’s far from the only factor that influenced his decision to attend UA.
Richard Schramm came to the United States from Chemnitz, Germany, to attend The University of Akron and sharpen his business and finance acumen. But along the way, he’s also picked up another valuable skill as an auctioneer for the Pi Sigma Epsilon business fraternity date auction that benefitted Akron Children’s Hospital. Recently, Richard also flexed his leadership muscles and was elected president of Pi Sigma Epsilon. When asked about his experience so far at UA, Richard says that joining his fraternity was the “best thing I’ve ever done.”
It’s been said that nice guys (and gals) finish last, but an admirable young lady like Courtney Ou proves that she has what it takes to finish first. And as president of two student organizations, Pi Sigma Epsilon and the Supply Chain Student Association, she’s definitely performing at the top of her game. “I think that being actively involved in student organizations since my arrival at The University of Akron is the reason behind my success so far,” explains Courtney. “Everyone’s pushing you to be the best you can be!”
When Martha’s not working in her dual-director roles at The University of Akron’s College of Health Professions and the Austen BioInnovation Institute (ABIA), she’s busy helping manage her eight grandchildren – all aged 7 and under. This experience helps make leading the simulation labs seem like child’s play, which is how Martha explains medical simulation as a “safe way to practice without the fear of harm to the patient.” Since Martha first arrived at UA in 1977, she has witnessed a tremendous transformation of the University that she believes is about so much more than just new buildings. She explains, “It’s about a space — a space that’s open. It’s encouraging. It’s fresh. It looks like tomorrow…not yesterday.”
If success was only measured once during a person’s life then you could say Terence Jackson has done quite well for himself. By pursuing his love of broadcasting, he has landed two great career opportunities: one at Radio One Cleveland and the other at WZIP-FM. But since success is ever evolving, Terence isn’t ready to ride off into the sunset and into the broadcast hall of fame – just yet. Through the process of working at WZIP, and earning his bachelor’s degree in business/organizational communications, Terence has found a second love: higher education administration. Terence explains, “Because everyone at UA has always looked out for my success, that’s made me want to give back by pursuing my master’s degree and helping future students discover what they’re passionate about.”