The University of Akron

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The Ohio Civility Consortium today held its first meeting as part of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute.  The group is trying to bring civil discourse back to politics.

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The estate of Jean Hower Taber is giving the University of Akron more than $20 million, the largest, one-time donation in the history of the university.

Matthew Wilson, UA’s president, says she designated the money to go toward two priorities.

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About 100 people were at the University of Akron’s College of Education tonight to discuss ways that educators can engage young people to talk about race.

The panelists frequently said students from middle school through college want to discuss social justice and race in the face of the NFL’s “take a knee” controversy and recent sexual harassment allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby.

John Queener teaches in the university’s psychology department and says the first step toward fostering conversation is to create a safe space in the classroom.

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The University of Akron is giving its students access to bicycles to use on and off campus free of charge.

John MacDonald is the director of student recreation and wellness services at UA. He says a new program gives students freedom to go where they choose after signing out a bike.

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This fall, the University of Akron will be the first public university in Ohio to offer a degree in cybersecurity.

The curriculum will include decoding, computer systems, mathematics and detecting illegal hacking.

Scott Randby will teach the mathematics component of the degree. He says that the importance of the field led the university to pursue the new curriculum.

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