Summer news about UA women


  • Paula Maggio, a visiting lecturer with UA’s Women’s Studies Program, has been awarded a short-term fellowship with the New York Public Library (NYPL).  The NYPL announced the recipients in the July 14 issue of the New York Review of Books (PDF). This opportunity supports scholars from outside New York who need to use the Library’s unique research and special collections. Maggio, one of 25 recipients, will use this fellowship to work on her book, “Bloomsbury at War: Pacifism and the Bloomsbury Group 1914-1945.”
  • Mary Myers, associate professor of criminal justice, was interviewed for a WKSU-FM story on Anthony Sowell, a convicted serial killer. Text and audio are available at http://www.wksu.org/news/story/28966 .
  • Daughter of Providence, a book by Julie Drew, UA professor of English, was published by Overlook Press and receivedglowing review in the Akron Beacon Journal. The review described the book as a “terrific debut novel.” Drew teaches writing, film and cultural studies at UA.
  • Dr. Susan Olson, chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership (EFL), has been named associate dean for external programs, grants, budgets and personnel in the College of Education. Olson comes to this position after having served seven years as chair of EFL, one year as interim chair of the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education, and a four-year term as chair of the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies. She has been a member of the UA faculty for 22 years.
  • Beginning August 1, Dr. Evonn Welton will assume the role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services in the College of Education. Welton has been with the College of Education since 1996, when she was promoted to the rank of full professor. Her faculty responsibilities have included teaching and research in the area of special education.
  • UA alumnae Jo Ellen Frost and Suzi Hrubik have joined Radcom Inc., a Hudson-based consulting firm. Read the Hudson Hub-Times story.

Women’s issues covered in the Buchtelite


Women’s issues are getting coverage in the Buchtelite, the University of Akron student newspaper.

Allison Strouse, arts and life editor for the paper, wrote an interesting piece about her experiences as a young woman who loves sports — and loves to cover them.

You can read her piece, “Make room for women in the press box on the Buchtelite Web site. You can also read her post, “New Indians regime arrives with optimism” on the Cleveland Magazine blog.

Alyssa Berthiaume, 2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the UA Women’s Studies Program and a regular writer for this blog, is in her last year of study for her MFA degree. So she was a natural choice to write opinion pieces for the paper.

Here are links to her recent columns:

Two UA women get the view from China


Dr. Elizabeth Stroble

University of Akron Provost Elizabeth Stroble and the other members of a UA delegation have returned after nine days in China.

Members met with China’s Ministry of Education about its award of a Confucius Institute to UA, the third university in Ohio to win the award. With it comes a $100,000 grant, two fully funded instructors in Chinese and a 3,000-volume library to promote the Chinese language and culture.

Holly Harris Bane

Provost Stroble has updated her online travelogue with photos and descriptions of the delegation’s final days there. Visit the travelogue to find out more about her visit.

Provost Stroble was one of two women who were part of the UA delegation. The other was Holly Harris Bane, associate vice president of strategic initiative and engagement.

Get more details
Read media coverage of the UA delegates’ trip here.
Get the whole story on the UA connection with the Confucius Institute here.
Find out more about the Confucius Institute.