Footage of UA’s First Bowl Appearance Now Online

As The University of Akron Football Team heads to Boise this week to take part in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it is only appropriate to take a look back at past UA bowl appearances. The first bowl game the Zips appeared in was the 1968 Grantland Rice Bowl, named after popular early 20th-century American sportswriter Grantland Rice. The game took place on December 13, 1968 in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. The Zips, who went 7-3-1 that year, met the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who were also making their first bowl appearance. To read more.

UA voice mail system upgrade to start on 2/20/2015

As you may have read in the e-Mail Digest announcement last week, the University’s voice mail system will be upgraded beginning Friday, February 20, 2015, at 2:00 PM. The upgrade will be completed by Monday, February 23 at 7:00 AM.  Phones will work but voice mail will be unavailable during the upgrade.

To do before the upgrade (before February 20th)

Task 1: If you have not already done so, record your name within the existing voice mail system. To record your name:

  1. Log in to your voice mail
  2. Press “5 5”, record your name as prompted.

Task 2: Clean‐up your mail box by deleting unneeded messages.

To do after the upgrade (after February 23rd)

  1. Dial x8000 (or press the Messages button on your desk phone)
  2. Enter the default password and press the pound key (#).
  3. Change your password according to the password parameters.

You’ll need to refer to the Voice Mail Upgrade Guide for the default password and password parameters.

Please contact Susan, Mike, or Noah if you have any questions.

Vic Fleischer Joins The UniverCity Community Leadership Institute

Vic Fleischer will join a select group of other UA leaders in The UniverCity Community Leadership Institute (UCLI), a new program developed by The University of Akron in partnership with Leadership Akron. This leadership development program will benefit the campus and greater Akron community by building relationships between campus and community leaders and the organizations they serve. The program will begin in early February and continue throughout the Spring 2014 semester.

WKSU Highlights The Race Card Project at Bierce

WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the University of Akron’s “Rethinking Race” week and highlights the The Race Card Project at Bierce. Access Services Student Assistant Will Carter is featured.

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Upcoming UL Rethinking Race Events

February 7, 2014

The UL is partnering with the School of Communications for Candid Conversations with Dr. Lin on Friday, February 7th at 11am in Einsteins. Dr. Lin, who teaches intercultural communication at UA, will use submissions from The Race Card Project display in Bierce lobby to start conversations about race, ethnicity and identity.  Please join us!

Dr. Lin Flyer Large

February 10, 2014

The opening of the exhibit “This is Akron with Opie Evans: The Rubber City as Seen through the Lens of One of Its Earliest African-American Photographers” at the McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture. Reception on February 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The exhibit is a partnership between the McClain Gallery, Pan-African Center for Community Studies and Archival Services of University Libraries.

February 14, 2014

Lisa Lazar will be hosting Different faces, different films:  examining the portrayal of race in different types of film and exploring race-related film resources at Bierce Library on Friday, February 14th from 10-11:30am in room 154 in Bierce Library. The session is open to both faculty and students.

The UL sponsored Rethinking Race Film Festival, as well as the Bierce Film series, will continue through Friday February 14.

For more information about Rethinking Race activities on campus, see

Library Snapshot Day- Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SNAPSHOTDay2013-300x138pxIt’s picture day again at the University Libraries.

This Wednesday, November 20 the UL will be participating in Ohio Library Snapshot Day 2013: A Day in the Life of Ohio Libraries.

We will be documenting what happens on a typical day at all of our locations, including but not limited to:

  • students’ use of the building
  • staff behind the scenes
  • student workers

Back by popular demand will be the whiteboard in Bierce Lobby and new this year we will be running an instagram contest for the students via our Facebook page. #biercelibrary

The stories and photos we collect will be added to those of other libraries across the state to raise awareness about the important role of libraries in Ohio.

Get involved!

No one will be forced to be in pictures, but you can volunteer to be in them, or take your own photos to submit to our Flickr photo stream showing us what you do/see. (These pictures can be e-mailed to Stephanie.)

Check out last year’s photos:

Volunteer Opportunity: Honors College Scholarship Friday

The Honors College is looking for volunteers to help interview potential incoming Honors students for Invitation to Excellence: Scholarship Friday next Friday, November 22. The time commitment for an interviewer is Noon – 2 p.m. and/or 3-5 p.m. 

For just a few hours of your time this is a fun and easy opportunity to interact with outstanding students and encourage them to attend UA. And it really is fun- just ask Ann, Phyllis or Stephanie who are all returning interviewers this year.

Training is available. For more information, please call or e-mail Peggy Walchalk (x5247 or

Come to the 2013 United Way RooNited campaign kick-off party on 11/1

The 2013 United Way RooNited campaign kick-off party will be on Friday, November 1, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Join us for pizza and hot dogs and an all-campus celebration. Free to attend!

You can purchase tickets to participate in the raffle for a chance to win an iPad Mini and other prizes. Money raised from the raffle will support scholarships for UA students through United Way. You can also participate in games and purchase tickets to Saturday’s ‘Zippy’s Great Chili Cook-off’ (proceeds go to the campaign) and the UA/KSU football game.

The RooNited campaign runs from November 1 – 15, 2013 and provides the UA campus community the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students. You can choose to earmark any portion of your contribution to support several new scholarships designed to help University of Akron students graduate in a timely fashion.

For campaign updates, like RooNited on Facebook or follow on Twitter @RooNitedUA.

We hope to see you at this fun filled university sponsored event! Please let Kaye (x 7495) or  Susan (x 7240)  know if you have any questions about the kick-off party or the 2013 UA United Way Campaign.

 Come on …. Get in the Game!!!


With May upon us Archival Services would like to look back at one of Buchtel College’s traditional spring celebrations

1915 Tree Day at Buchtel College, University Photographs, Archival Services, University Libraries, The University of Akron.

1915 Tree Day at Buchtel College, University Photographs, Archival Services, University Libraries, The University of Akron.

Tree Day was established in 1902 by Buchtel College President Augustus B. Church.  On May 12th 1902 classes were cancelled and everyone met at Crouse Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. for an address delivered by Professor R.G. Moulton of the University of Chicago.   At 1:25 p.m. the student body assembled at Buchtel Hall and paraded to Buchtel Academy where each class planted a tree and took turns presenting stunts, skits, songs and poems.  To read about that event here are the April 24 1902 and the May 22 1902  Buchtelite articles that describes the event.  Tree Day became an annual event with the crowning of the May Queen replacing the tree planting.  Eventually Tree Day became May Day which in turn evolved into the current Springfest.

University History Books available that may be of interest :

Summit’s Glory: Sketches of Buchtel College and the University of Akron by George W. Knepper

 LD51.A62 K62 1990

New Lamps for Old: One Hundred  Years of Urban Higher Education at The University of Akron.  A centennial publication by George W. Knepper  LD51.A62 K6

Fifty Years of Buchtel (1870-1920) Alumni Association Akron, Ohio: Buchtel College Alumni Association, LD661 .B52 1922

The First Hundred Years are the Hardest: the Story of the University of Akron by Norman P. Auburn   LD51.A62 A93

Archival Services also has:

 University of Akron photograph collection on-line finding aid available at;query=;brand=default

 The Tel-buch yearbooks 1908-2008

The Buchtelite 1889-present

To learn more about Archival Services visit