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A message from President Scott Scarborough
A message from President Scott Scarborough
The University of Akron Parents Newsletter - May
May Parents & Family Association Newsletter
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A message from the president
Message from UA's president: A bright path ahead
Today, I had the privilege of representing The University of Akron before a national audience at the City Club of Cleveland. During that speech, I described my deeply held belief that public universities are essential to helping give more people the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. I also detailed a distinctive position for The University of Akron that will enable us to thrive as we move forward.
During the last 10 months, I’ve led extensive and thoughtful discussions with many constituencies – faculty, students, alumni, staff, donors, community and business leaders, and elected officials – to consider how we can grow in stature, attract more students, win more research dollars, generate more philanthropic support and better support the regional economy.
We realized we can best achieve those goals by leveraging the strengths already found throughout our university – career-focused academic programs in the sciences, arts and humanities; our deep connections to industry and community; applied and experiential learning; and our emphasis on critical thinking and complex problem solving.
When you add those elements together, it becomes clear that The University of Akron’s greatest strengths mirror those of some of the country’s great “polytechnic” universities – delivering excellent liberal and fine arts educations as well as preparing students for careers in sciences and technology, emphasizing the practical application of this knowledge across all programs.
"While we are not proposing a name change, we believe this distinction captures the essence of what we already truly are and enables us to forge a future as one of Ohio’s great public universities."
That realization led us to describe The University of Akron as "Ohio’s Polytechnic University." While we are not proposing a name change, we believe this distinction captures the essence of what we already truly are and enables us to forge a future as one of Ohio’s great public universities.
I invite you to learn more by visiting our web page where you will find several different perspectives and endorsements of this brand identity.
There is a bright path ahead for our institution, and it leads to our recognition as one of Ohio’s great public universities. I deeply appreciate your continued support for The University of Akron, and welcome your thoughts and comments.
Sincerely,
Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D.
President
Congratulations, graduates!
More than 3,100 students graduated the weekend of May 8. Take a look at the celebration in photos at uakron.edu/graduation!
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UA Parents Outing at the Akron RubberDucks
Join us Saturday, Aug. 22, for a 7:05 p.m. first-pitch when the Akron RubberDucks take on the Erie SeaWolves. Gates open at 6 p.m. with post-game fireworks.
Tickets are $7. Consider adding a meal voucher for an additional $5. Note, this special price is for advance ticket sales only – be sure to mention "UA Parents Events" when ordering.
For information or tickets, contact Dee Shilling at 330-253-5151, ext: 286, or dshilling@akronrubberducks.com.