University of Akron President Gary L. Miller to speak at Akron Press Club May 19

University of Akron President Gary L. Miller will make his first major speech to the community at the Akron Press Club luncheon program Tuesday, May 19, at the University’s Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway. His speech, “Akron Rising,” will explore the future of the University of Akron in the context of where it is now and the dynamic environments of higher education in America.

Miller became the 18th president of the University on Oct. 1, 2019.

He served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2014 to 2019. Under his leadership, the university established a school of engineering. The university also secured private funding and legislative approval for a STEM Innovation Center and partnered with a local technical college and public high schools to offer all Green Bay high school students access to 15 hours of college credit.

Miller was chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2011 to 2014. He was provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, a dean of the College of the Pacific (arts and sciences) at the University of the Pacific, a faculty member at the University of Mississippi, Weber State University and Mississippi State University. While at Mississippi State he co-authored a widely used textbook, Ecology.

Miller holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. He earned both a master’s and a bachelor’s in biology from the College of William and Mary.

He and his wife, Georgia Nix Miller, have three grown children.

Speaker: University of Akron President Gary Miller

Date:  Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for convenient online registration. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

 

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Akron Press Club presents Summit County sheriff debate

Who wants to be the new sheriff in Summit County? Find out when the Akron Press Club presents a debate between the four Democratic candidates in the March 17 primary.

The debate is free and open to the public.

It will be held March 10 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 South High Street, Akron. Seating will be on a first-come basis. This debate is co-sponsored by the University of Akron Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics and the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area.

A panel of journalists selected by the Press Club will question the candidates on a variety of topics.

The four Democratic candidates are all current or retired sheriff’s deputies:

  • Kandy Fatheree, a captain who started her career with community policing and criminal investigations in Lakemore.
  • Patrick Hunt, a sergeant who retired in 2018 as a supervisor in the narcotics division after assignments in corrections, patrol and the detective bureau.
  • John Peake, a Navy veteran who retired shortly after becoming a captain following three decades in corrections, the patrol division, the honor guard unit and detective bureau.
  • Dale Soltis, who ran day-to-day operations at the Summit County Jail before retiring in 2017 to become the Stark County jail commander.

The winner will face Republican Shane Barker in the fall election. Barker was a captain who worked in corrections, patrol and other divisions before retiring in 2018 as field supervisor for the Summit County Drug Unit.

Current Sheriff Steve Barry is retiring at the end of this year.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Superintendent David James to deliver 2020 State of Akron Schools speech

Superintendent David James, Ed.D. will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 at Quaker Station in Akron.
There will be the opportunity for questions following his address. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the program will follow.
As superintendent, James is responsible for more than 21,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district includes 47 schools and community learning centers. Akron Public Schools this year moved its new College & Career Academies of Akron into each of its high schools. Dr. James will address in detail this transformational program that APS now plans to work into all grade levels. It already has positive, measurable results from its pilot program that was started first at North High School three years ago.
In College & Career Academies, students are making informed decisions about selecting an academy for their sophomore through senior years. More than 250 business and community partners have agreed to work with individual academies and pathways at APS high schools.  The district also offers dual degree programs where students can earn a high school diploma and a two-year college degree upon graduation from high school. 
David James is a graduate of Cleveland John Adams High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and superintendent in August 2008. He received his doctorate in 2019.

Program: State of the Akron Schools: 2020
Speaker: Superintendent David James
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Program follows.     
Place: Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, Akron, OH
Cost: $25 per individual. $200 for table of 8.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, February 14, 2020.
Click here for convenient online registration.
Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or email akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron Press Club Book Sale November 9

The annual Akron Press Club book sale will be Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road at South Portage Path in Akron. The sale provides a wonderful opportunity to buy new and gently used books, audio books, music CDs and movie DVDs. Most items are priced at $5 or less.

Proceeds from the annual book sale fund scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students. More than $300,000 in scholarships has been awarded through the years.
Donations for the book sale are welcome. Anyone who wishes to contribute, or has questions, should contact Ron Syroid at rlsyroid@gmail.com or 330-607-6811 or Julia Gammon julia.gammon@gmail.com or 330-592-5284.   

Books may also be dropped off from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, November 8 at the Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Mansion. (We do not accept encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest Condensed books because they do not sell.)

Details

Event: Annual book sale.
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday November 9, 2019.
Place: Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Mansion, 550 Copley Road in Akron.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Photos from Akron mayoral debate



Akron mayoral candidates incumbent Dan Horrigan and challenger Josh Sines debated before an Akron Press Club crowd of more than 300 Oct. 16.

The candidates agreed on a number of issues. Both said they may have to raise sewer rates and each would emphasize cyber security and streamline city departments.



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Impeaching a President Panel Discussion at Akron Press Club November 20

The Akron Press Club will present a special panel discussion “Impeaching a President: Understanding the Current Moment” November 20 at Quaker Station on the campus of the University of Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.
This Press Club event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron Center for Constitutional Law and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The panel will be moderated by Tracy A. Thomas, Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director of the UA Center for Constitutional Law.
The panelists are:
● Martin H. Belsky, UA law professor and former law school dean. He also has served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives.
● David B. Cohen, UA political science professor and assistant director of the Bliss Institute. His research specialization is the American presidency and he is a frequent media contributor and guest speaker on national and Ohio politics.
● Brant T. Lee, UA law professor and assistant dean of diversity and social justice initiatives. He also has served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and in the White House as special assistant to the president.

Please note the special start time for this panel discussion. Doors open at 11:15 a.m., buffet lunch starts 11:30 a.m. and program begins at 11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion: Impeaching a President.
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 11:45 a.m.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, November 15, 2019.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Democratic and Republican Akron mayoral candidates will debate October 16

The Democratic and Republican candidates facing off in the November election for Akron mayor will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.

The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

The two candidates – incumbent Dan Horrigan and challenger Josh Sines – have agreed to the debate.

Please note that no campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to signs, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.

Free seats are available for those who which to attend the debate but not pay for a lunch. Reservations are requested for these seats.

Details:

Program: Akron mayoral debate.

Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 16. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 and the program will begin at 11:55 a.m.       

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost:  $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, October 11.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro State of the County Speech August 29 sold out

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver the annual State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, August 29. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. The event is sold out.

The speech is sponsored by the Akron Press Club. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Ilene Shapiro was appointed county executive in 2016. She was elected to the office the following November, becoming Summit County’s first elected woman county executive. She is a former county council president who served on the council for nearly 10 years.

She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board, the County Executives of America board of directors, board of the Akron Community Foundation and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.  

Shapiro is co-founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and has served as past president of the Women’s Network.

She is a former senior vice president of sales with FirstMerit Corp. and director of strategic alliances at the Summa Foundation. She also started a beauty supply business and owned a consulting business.

Proceeds from this speech and other Press Club events fund scholarships for students of journalism and public relations.

Program: State of the County 2019

Date: Thursday, August 29

Time: Doors open 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon

Place: John S. Knight Center

Cost: $35 Individual Tickets, members and non-members

          $350 per table of 10

The event is sold out.

All elected officials must register through Julie Tortora at the Summit County Executive’s Office at jtortora@summitoh.net or 330-643-2609.

All other registrations may be made through the Akron Press Club. Click here for fast and easy online registration (non-elected officials).  Or contact Lianne Fowler, Akron Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron Press Club, John S. Knight scholarships awarded

A total of nine students are receiving scholarships for $5,000 each from the Akron Press Club and the John S. Knight Journalism Fund.

Six area college students were selected for scholarships in memory of longtime Akron Beacon Journal editor John S. Knight and public relations professional Ludel Sauvageot.

A seventh student received the Russ Pry scholarship from the Akron Press Club, named in honor

of the Summit County executive who died in 2016. He supported the Press Club through his annual State of the County speech.

Through the generosity of Aileen Thong, a retired U.S. Army physician, in tribute to her father, the late Louis Gitsin Thong, the Akron Press Club awarded two more scholarships.

This year’s Knight scholars are Jenna Borthwick, Ian Kreider, Madison Patterson, Valerie

Royzman and Ariel R. Stahler, all of Kent State University.

The Sauvageot scholar is Alexa Marco of Kent State.

The Russ Pry scholar is Zachary Bush of the University of Akron.

The Thong scholars are Rachel Hale and Sophia Iannelli, both of Kent State. The scholars will be recognized at a noon luncheon April 26 at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., in downtown Akron. Tickets for the lunch, sponsored by the Akron Press Club, are $20. For reservations, contact Kim Anderson of the Beacon Journal at 330-996-3291.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students

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Akron Press Club immigration panel April 24

Immigration and Northeast Ohio will be the topic of an Akron Press Club panel discussion on Wednesday, April 24, at The Tangier. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

            The broad national debate about the impact of immigration – legal and undocumented – plays out in Northeast Ohio as well. Akron and Summit County have adopted a “welcoming community” plan for refugees and immigrants, and much of the limited population growth here has been spurred by the legal migration. Yet Ohio has four Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities detaining people in raids across the country.

            The Akron Press Club panel will take a closer look at the issues and impact.

The panel members are:

  • Madhu Sharma, executive director of the International Institute of Akron.
  • Elizabeth Knowles, director of the University of Akron School of Law’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
  • Utomhin Okoh, a community relations officer with the Akron Police Department.
  • Damber Subba, the first Bhutanese refugee to be sworn into the Akron Police Department.

            The panel will be moderated by Akron Press Club board member M.L. Schultze.

            Please join us for a deeper exploration of the issues facing immigrants and the communities they’re part of.

Program: Immigration panel.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, April 22.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students.

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